It’s official: you’re planning a mountain wedding! The music you play will set the scene for the entire event, so you might as well add as much alpine flavor as possible.
These mountain songs range from familiar to obscure, and span genres from country to indie/pop to classic rock. Turn up the volume and enjoy the party!
Country Roads – John Denver
Country Roads is a classic mountain tune that every generation will know and love. This John Denver favorite has been covered by dozens of artists, so take your pick: Brad Paisley, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Emmylou Harris and Brandi Carlile, Loretta Lynn, Olivia Newton-John, and many more. For a fun alternative to the plethora of country versions, try this reggae cover by Toots and the Maytals:
Misty Mountain Hop – Led Zeppelin
Sure to bring back memories for the baby boomers in the crowd, “Misty Mountain Hop” was one of Led Zeppelin’s most popular songs from 1971. Add it to your playlist for a dose of nostalgic classic rock.
Mountain Music – Alabama
Crank this classic up and watch your guests flock to the dance floor. One of the biggest country hits of the 1980s, “Mountain Music” blends Southern rock and bluegrass for a foot-stompin’ good time.
How Mountain Girls Can Love – The String Cheese Incident
Originally recorded by the The Stanley Brothers and The Clinch Mountain Boys in 1958, “How Mountain Girls Can Love” is an upbeat and fun little bluegrass ditty. For a modern take on the tune, play the cover by Colorado jam band The String Cheese Incident.
If you’re getting married in Tennessee or anywhere in Appalachia, this song is a must for your playlist! This song has been covered by dozens of artists across many genres, so pick your favorite.
The Mountains Win Again – Blues Traveler
With lyrics like “Ooh you gotta love the pain / Ooh it looks like rain again,” this may not be the most romantic mountain song you could choose. But if you’re a fan of 90s rock or just need a diversion from all the country/bluegrass tunes, this song is a solid option.
Mountain Top – Leftover Salmon
Leftover Salmon blends cajun rock and fiddle in this fun and dance-worthy tune about why we all love spending time in the mountains: “Take me back to my mountain top / Where the time it moves real slow / There’s no tickin’ of the clock / And nowhere you gotta go.”
Blue Ridge Mountain Song – Alan Jackson
If you’re looking for a romantic mountain-themed first dance song, look no further than this sweet song by country artist Alan Jackson.
Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men
This song adds a fresh sound to the list with its modern indie-pop vibe. Play it at cocktail hour or during dinner for some energetic background music.
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
This oldie is a Motown favorite that will bring a smile to everyone’s face! Play it for intros, on the dance floor, or for your midnight send-off.
Do you have a favorite mountain-themed song to add to the list? Leave a comment to share below.