Wednesday, April 12 2017 14:37

Top 10 Wedding Songs of 2016 & Predictions for 2017...

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the knotWhile parenting is where THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine is rooted, there is a distinct connection between parenthood and nuptuals for my wife and I. As some of you may know, our first daughter, Adalyn was born on our 10th wedding anniversary. Aside from perhaps Luke Skywalker making the perfect shot at the end of Star Wars, I can't think of another example of more perfect timing. Exactly one decade prior to becoming "The Rock Father," I was having my first dance with my new bride. Funny enough, the wedding party entered the reception to John Williams' "Throne Room/End Titles" from Star Wars, but our first dance was to the Tony Bennett version of "The Way You Look Tonight" - a song I'd actually perform myself on 2004's Remakes & Sequels EP by Saturday Action Theatre (very "emo"). So what are newlyweds dancing to in 2017? To find out, here's a look at what was popular last year, as provided by the folks at The Knot, who gathered data while putting together their 10th Annual "Real Weddings" Study. Here's the list...

Top 10 First Dance Wedding Songs of 2016:

  1.  "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
  2. "From the Group Up" by Dan + Shay
  3. "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley
  4.  "Die a Happy Man" by Thomas Rhett
  5.  "All of Me" by John Legend
  6.  "You are the Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne
  7. "At Last" by Etta James
  8. "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
  9. "I Don't Dance" by Lee Brice
  10. "Then" by Brad Paisley

Possibilities for Top First Dance Wedding songs of 2017:

  • "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran
  • "Remedy" by Adele
  • "Yours" by Russell Dickerson
  • "Greatest Love Story" by LANCO
  • "In Case You Didn't Know" by Brett Young

The site was a long way from existing when my wife and I were married, but The Knot now says that their wedding resources are "trusted by 8 out of 10 couples in the U.S." Sure beats the phone book.

Data and top image provided by The Knot.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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