10 Best Modern Rock Wedding Songs

By Julie •  Updated: 01/21/21 •  6 min read

Planning the music at your wedding is very important. Indeed, you want to ensure that all of your guests have the time of their lives in the evening. In other words, you want the drinks to be flowing, everyone to be socializing and friends and family having fun on the dance floor.

A good way to do this is by choosing upbeat and fun songs. While a few ballads can be great for special days, we suggest taking a look at some modern rock songs for your wedding. If this is your favorite genre, you can share your passion with your loved ones. Let’s take a look at the 10 best modern rock wedding songs.


Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

If you want to get everyone on their feet and dancing at your wedding then you have to play ‘Seven Nation Army’. This song is by The White Stripes and it has a catchy guitar sound that is going to have all of your guests enjoying themselves. Of course, it is modern rock and easy to listen to for all ages.

Walk This Way by DMC featuring Aerosmith

Another modern rock song that is going to get all of your guests on the dance for is ‘Walk This Way’ by DMC and featuring Aerosmith. This is a fun one that lets everyone join in and have some fun. The lyrics are easy to learn and you cannot help but dance when you hear the tune. It is a favorite to add to your wedding playlist if you are looking for modern rock songs.


Viva La Vida by Coldplay

This song we would class as alternative rock but it will not be one that everyone will like. But we still think it is perfect for a wedding and that you should consider it for your playlist. It is going to be quite upbeat for all of your guests to enjoy and you can dance and singalong together. Coldplay are a huge band that everyone knows and continue to be popular. This was one of their biggest songs they released, which means you know it is going to be a hit at your wedding.

I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

It can be difficult to create a playlist that everyone is going to like at your wedding. But if you take your time, you can find the right balance. Another great modern rock song to add to your wedding playlist is ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing’ by Aerosmith. It is a song that a lot of people will recognize at your wedding and it allows everyone to slow dance with the one they love. The lyrics are based on love, which makes it perfect for singing to your partner on your special day. Of course, it also has a great rock sound that you and all of your guests are going to love.

The Middle by Jimmy Eat World

Making sure your guests have a great time at your wedding party is important. You want to see everyone dancing and laughing with loved ones. This means you have to choose some upbeat and fun modern rock songs for your playlist. In this case, we recommend ‘The Middle’ by Jimmy Eat World. A lot of people will know that song and love it. It allows everyone to dance and get lost in the moment together.


The Only Exception by Paramore

If you do want to slow it down a little bit at your wedding party, we suggest ‘The Only Exception’ by Paramore. This is a modern and alternative rock song that is going to allow everyone to slow dance but still enjoy a good tune. This song was a big hit when it was first released and continues to be listened to around the world. There are also some other Paramore songs you can look into for your wedding to follow the rock theme.

The Reason by Hoobastank

If you have been a fan of modern rock, you will have probably heard of Hoobastank. They were a popular band and their name is definitely memorable. One of their biggest songs was ‘The Reason’, which is about love and about how someone can change you. This might fit perfectly for your wedding and if you feel your partner brings out the best in you. What’s more, the rock sound is very easy to listen to.

Wonderwall by Oasis

Oasis was a very popular British rock band and their music is adored by millions. In particular, one of their biggest hits was Wonderwall. Most people know the lyrics or they can easily learn them at your wedding. It has a modern rock sound that is easy to listen to and will allow everyone to sing along. Your friends and family are sure to have a great time listening to this song by Oasis.


Last Night on Earth by Green Day

Green Day was a popular modern rock band and there are several songs from them you can use at your wedding party. In particular, we love ‘Last Night on Earth’. This is great for a wedding since it is all about love. You can tell your partner how much you mean to them and everyone can enjoy the relaxing rock sound from this song. Everyone can sway along and enjoy this one together.

Just a Girl by No Doubt

Last but not least, we had to include No Doubt. You can add a modern rock female voice with Gwen Stefani. This song is called ‘Just a Girl’ and it can be a bit of fun for the new bride and groom on the dance floor. It has a catchy modern rock sound you can enjoy and after a few drinks, you are sure going to be dancing! This song was first released in 1995 and it has continued to be popular. It was a big hit for the band and it continued to be enjoyed around the world.


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Julie is an editor and writer who loves to write about getting engaged and wedding preparations. She’s also a wedding photographer on the side. Julie received her degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Julie lives in Texas with her husband and their three kids. As a couple they enjoy spending time on Texas’ South Padre Island beaches, and they also love to hike in the Texas Hill Country. As well as being parents to kids, Julie and her husband are also pet parents to two dogs, three cats, and a 50 gallon tank of beautiful tropical fish.

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