Ultimate wedding songs ranked – find out if your favourite tune is on the list

The ultimate wedding playlist has been revealed with 'Dancing Queen' by Abba taking the top spot – 46 years after it was first released.

A poll of 2,000 wedding guests saw 'Don’t Stop Me Now', by Queen and Neil Diamond’s 'Sweet Caroline', complete the top three.

The 'big day' top 40 playlist also included 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams, Toploader’s 'Dancing in the Moonlight', and 'Mr Brightside', by The Killers.

'Single Ladies', by Beyonce, and 'One Love', by Blue also featured.

The research also found 59 per cent love the cheesiness of a wedding playlist, and 21 per cent enjoy nothing more than a good boogie with pals to celebrate someone tying the knot.

Savoury biscuit brand Mini Cheddars, which commissioned the research, has created the ultimate wedding superband, featuring Blue's Duncan James and Claire Richards, from Steps, which will perform for one night only this September.

Leighton Wall, a spokesperson for global snacking company, pladis UK&I, said: "Weddings are a great way to let loose, at their heart, they are all about happiness.

"Part of this happiness comes from letting go of inhibitions, hitting the dance floor and fully embracing those ‘guilty pleasures’.

"For some reason, showing emotions and being authentically yourself is seen as somewhat cheesy among many – but we say embrace it, not just at weddings but any time you fancy.”

The study also found 30 per cent of those polled believe speeches are typically the cheesiest part of any wedding ceremony.

Second on this list was the often-awkward first dance (27 per cent) followed by the music choices (26 per cent).

But more than one in 10 admit they never dance at weddings they attend.

And the age-old question of whether wedding planners should go for a DJ, or a live band, hasn’t been answered – with Brits split right down the middle on what they prefer.

On the big day, the wedding ceremony itself, including the exchanging of vows, was deemed slightly better than the evening party (24 per cent compared to 22 per cent).

But 15 per cent simply look forward to enjoying the wedding breakfast.

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The average adult has attended eight weddings, putting them in a good position to judge how well one has gone – while 10 per cent estimate they’ve been to 15 or more.

And of those who are already married, one in five had a row with their other half about what tunes should go on the all-important evening do playlist.

Blue star Duncan James said: “It can be hard to reach a compromise on music if one person loves heavy metal and the other’s a pop-peddler.

"This is why it’s often best to leave your preconceived notions of what music is ‘good’ at the door, and let a DJ play the biggest crowd pleasers in their record collection.

"There’s a reason many of the songs in this ultimate wedding playlist have been mainstays for decades. They’re timeless classics everyone knows, and Claire and I can’t wait to play a few of ours on one couple’s special day.”

Steps singer Claire Richards said: “To play such an amazing role in one couple’s wedding will be a real honour.

"I know how important music is at a wedding, and Duncan and I can’t wait to make sure every guest fully embraces that no-care feeling you only get dancing your heart out at a wedding.“

To find out how to have Duncan James and Claire Richards perform at your wedding visit https://www.instagram.com/minicheddarsuk/?hl=en – the competition closes on Friday 19 August.

TOP 40 WEDDING PLAYLIST SONGS:

  1. Dancing Queen by Abba
  2. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
  3. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
  4. Happy by Pharrell Williams
  5. Mamma Mia by Abba
  6. Oh What a Night by Frankie Valli
  7. Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader
  8. Night Fever by the Bee Gees
  9. I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas
  10. Don’t Stop Believin' by Journey
  11. I’m Still Standing by Elton John
  12. Mr Brightside by The Killers
  13. Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  14. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
  15. Are You Ready for Love? by Elton John
  16. Let Me Entertain You by Robbie Williams
  17. Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder
  18. Believe by Cher
  19. How Will I Know by Whitney Houston
  20. Single Ladies by Beyonce
  21. Valerie by Amy Winehouse
  22. One Love by Blue
  23. Blame it on the Boogie by Jackson 5
  24. Reach by S Club 7
  25. Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega
  26. Sex On Fire by Kings of Leon
  27. American Pie by Don McLean
  28. Proud Mary by Tina Turner
  29. Could It Be Magic by Take that
  30. Hey Jude by The Beatles
  31. Shut up and Dance by Walk the Moon
  32. September by Earth, Wind and Fire
  33. 5, 6, 7, 8 by Steps
  34. Thriller by Michael Jackson
  35. Chain Reaction by Steps
  36. Spice Up Your Life by The Spice Girls
  37. Red Balloons by Nena
  38. Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
  39. All Rise by Blue
  40. C’est la Vie by B’witched

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