So you’re probably wondering: what the heck is marryoke? Well, it’s a combination of the words marry and karaoke, for starters, and it’s a type of wedding video where the couple and their guests lip sync a favorite song during their wedding—cheesy and over-the-top dancing strongly encouraged. The couple’s wedding videographer then edits the footage (usually taken throughout the wedding day) into a fun music video and cheeky memento of the day. These marryoke wedding videos are quite popular in Europe but haven’t exactly swept the U.S. yet. Here’s hoping that more couples try out this trend from overseas. The best marryoke songs tend to be popular songs that your guests already know the words to, all the better for easy lip syncing after a few drinks.
Looking for some of the best marryoke songs? Check out our list (featuring examples of videos from real weddings).
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
Okay, we’re not quite sure what this song has to do with weddings, but it sure is fun to rock out to—and gets your guests on the dance floor, too!
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
This song is all about celebrating, so it’s perfect for a wedding. Whether you’re going for a fully choreographed marryoke video or a more impromptu clip, this catchy song is ideal.
“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Glee Cast
This marryoke video features the Glee cover of this classic 80s song, but if you’d prefer the original Dirty Dancing movie version sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, go for it!
“Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
We definitely recommend that you choose a marryoke song that’s upbeat and is a true crowd-pleaser, and this song couldn’t be better.
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
This 80s hit is one of the best singalong tunes out there, so it certainly makes an ideal marryoke song. You and your guests will love showing off your silliest dance moves to this one!
“Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations
The best marryoke songs are ones with easy-to-remember lyrics. Clearly, this 1960s classic is a well-known tune that your guests will love to sing.
“All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey
Hosting a wedding during the holiday season? This song is an absolute must both during your reception and for your marryoke video. Who hasn’t dreamed of hitting the high notes like Mariah?
“Marry You” by Bruno Mars (Remix)
Of course, this song by itself is one of the best wedding songs in recent memory. We absolutely love this Indian-inspired remix, which works beautifully on this super-sweet marryoke video.
“Somebody to Love” by Queen
Queen fans will definitely want to consider this favorite, which allows you and your guests to live out all of your rock star fantasies.
“What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
This lively and sweet song is ideal for a wedding marryoke video, and is certainly a much-loved favorite!
“Raise Your Glass” by Pink
If you and your guests are the party animal types, there may be no better song than this Pink favorite. It will definitely encourage your guests to raise their glasses—and party!
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
Again, the more upbeat the marryoke song, the better, and we can’t think of a more upbeat and well, happy, song than this Pharrell tune. It’s a hit with guests of all ages!
“You’re the One That I Want” from Grease
If you, your partner and your guests are the theatrical types, you probably already know all the words to this song. And it provides the perfect opportunity for some choreographed dance moves!
“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and The Waves
The lyrics of this song will probably reflect how you actually feel on your wedding day, so what could be a better tune for your marryoke video than this one? It’s also a song with lyrics that repeat, which makes it easy for your guests to lip sync.
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
Do you and your partner have a flair for the dramatic? Then you’ll probably love lip syncing and dancing to this song—though the lyrics aren’t the most wedding-appropriate or upbeat, it’s still a fun one.
“The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson
Who hasn’t dreamed of breaking out their best MJ moves at their wedding? Well, here’s your choice. This is one of our favorite Michael Jackson songs for weddings, and it’s sure to get your guests singing along and grooving. The groom in this video is clearly loving it!
“Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” by Glee cast
Songs from the television series Glee are obvious choices for marryoke videos (since the whole trend has lots of elements from the show), but the Elton John and Kiki Dee version is certainly a classic. Your guests both old and young probably know this song and will love singing along.
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
We love the inspiring and celebratory feel of this song, and again it’s one that your guests probably already know. If you and your partner have been through a lot together, this may be one of the best marryoke songs for you.
“Baby” by Justin Bieber
Whether you’re a true Belieber or just want to have a little fun with your marryoke video, this song is perfect to lip sync.
“Praise You” by Fatboy Slim
This favorite doesn’t have a lot of words, but it certainly inspires some pretty amazing dance moves. Your guests, young and old, will love grooving to this one!
“I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts
This song celebrates friendship (hello, it’s the Friends theme song!) so it’s a perfect song for you to sing with your pals on your wedding day.
“I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys
If you and your partner have a sense of humor, this boy band classic is a great marryoke song. Sure, the lyrics don’t really make much sense, but it sure is fun to dance to!
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
There’s nothing like singing along to a Whitney Houston tune, and this is certainly one of our favorites, especially if you and your crew love to dance!
“Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler
This song is totally dramatic, and we particularly love how it’s used here, for a military wedding.
“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
One of the songs that first inspired the whole “lip sync video” trend, this song doesn’t make a ton of sense lyrically for a wedding but sure is fun for a marryoke video.