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Not sure where to start with your cocktail hour playlists? Well, today is your lucky day! We’ve curated 5 cocktail hour playlists that are perfect for any mood. Whether you want to keep things light or create a sophisticated lounge feel, we’ve found songs for any vibe and saved them as Spotify playlists for you to use on your big day!

Psst…Haven’t visited our Spotify profile yet? Make sure to stop by to get our curated playlists for everything from getting ready with the girls to last dance songs!

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If you’re going for a whimsical and airy vibe for your wedding, skip the classic jazz or R&B in favor of these light and happy songs:

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

Marry Me – Train

I Choose You – Sara Bareilles

Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

Whole Wide World – Bahamas

I Found You – Alabama Shakes

Wildfire – John Mayer

Butterflies – Kacey Musgraves

Saturday Sun – Vance Joy

Next to You – John Vincent III

Green Eyes – Coldplay

We Belong Together – Vampire Weekend ft. Danielle Haim

I Wish I Was – Maren Morris

Smile – Leven Kali

Why iii Love The Moon – Phony Ppl

Can’t Believe The Way We Flow – James Blake

Scintilla – Jarreau Vandal ft. Luna Mae

Seeing Blind – Niall Horan & Maren Morris

Millionaire – Chris Stapleton

Make A Little – Midland


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If your vibe is more timeless and old-school, you can’t go wrong with these unforgettable hits:

It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones

My Girl – The Temptations

L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole

Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer

Coming Home – Leon Bridges

You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates

Just One Look – Doris Troy

Trust in Me – Etta James

Before I Let Go – Frankie Beverly & Maze

Love, Love, Love – Donny Hathaway

I Do Adore Her – Harry Belafonte

You Make Me Feel So Young – Frank Sinatra

There Is No Greater Love – Billie Holiday

Love Letters – Ketty Lester

At Last – Beyonce

Sabor a Mi – Eydie Gorme & Trio Los Panchos

Love Me Do – The Beatles

Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader

Adore – Prince

The Way You Look Tonight – Michael Buble


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If you envision a chill hangout rather than a formal cocktail hour, we’ve got the perfect mix of songs for a totally mellow feel:

Everything – Michael Buble

I Got You – Jack Johnson

Fall – Ed Sheeran

A Little More – Alessia Cara

Only Love – Ben Howard

Dead Sea – The Lumineers

Middle of My Mind – Tom Rosenthal

Wasteland, Baby – Hozier

Swallowed in the Sea – Coldplay

Virginia May – Gregory Alan Isakov

Lost in My Mind – The Head and The Heart

And I Love Her – The Beatles

Music to My Eyes – Bradley Cooper & Lady GaGa

Sweet Creature – Harry Styles

The Limit To Your Love – Feist

Harvest Moon – Neil Young

The Air That I Breathe – Shovels & Rope

Simply Beautiful – Al Green

Lovin’ You – Minnie Riperton

Sambinha Bom – Mallu Magalhaes

Sleep on the Floor – The Lumineers

Mystery of Love – Sufjan Stevens


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If sophisticated lounge vibes are calling your name, get the party started with these classy favorites:

Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z

Baby, I Love You – Aretha Franklin

Forever Mine – Andra Day

Crossfire/So Into You – Nai Palm

What You Don’t Do – Lianne La Havas

Take it Easy – White Denim

Celebrate – Anderson .Paak

I Had a Dream – Ray Charles

Sway – Michael Buble

Honey Dove – Lee Fields & the Expressions

I Want You Around – Snoh Aalegra

Easy – Mac Ayres

You’re All I Need to Get By – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Don’t Let Me Down – Joy Crookes

Just A Little – Masego

Getting’ In the Way – Jill Scott

A Storm On A Summers Day – Full Crate ft. Gaidaa

I Found A Love – Wilson Pickett

Living For the Love of You – The Isley Brothers

Knocks Me Off My Feet – Stevie Wonder


photo by Dallas & Sabrina Photography

Lastly, if you want a vibe that’s totally unexpected and unique, look no further than this eclectic mix of tunes:

Coffee – Sylvan Esso

Beige – Yoke Lore

Agnes – Glass Animals

Us – Regina Spektor

Honey Dew – Lion Babe

Bubbles – Jamila Woods

Juniper – Begonia

Solo – Frank Ocean

You – Morgan Saint

22 – Bon Iver

Closer – Thunderbitch

Kalifornia – Modern Pleasure

My One – Mereba

Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

Bootman – Ross From Friends

Sweeter – Letherette

May – Monte Booker ft. Ravyn Lenae

The One – Kodaline

Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men

Cut and Run – Yoke Lore


Looking for more song ideas to round out your wedding reception playlist? Be sure to follow these curated playlists:

56 Unique Wedding Songs to Really Set the Mood

This Wedding Reception Playlist is Guaranteed to Get Your Guests on the Dance Floor

80 First Dance Songs You Haven’t Thought of Yet

80 Last Dance Songs for 2018 to End Your Night Right

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