Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first dance song is the top pick at weddings in Massachusetts and New York -- here's the most popular wedding song in every state

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the newly named Duke and Duchess of Sussex, chose Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” for their first dance wedding song.
  • Spotify put together a list of the most popular wedding songs by state, and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” made the list more than once.
  • Ed Sheeran also dominated, making the list 24 times.

If you think Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding ceremony was magical, the reception sounds like it took the magic to a whole new level.

The newlyweds reportedly chose Whitney Houston’s classic song, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” for their first dance – proof that royals may be more relatable than we thought.

While choosing a first dance song for your wedding can be challenging thanks to the endless playlists, many songs end up being more popular than others – including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first dance song.

With the help of Spotify, we’ve put together a list of the most popular wedding song in every state, and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” made the list more than once.

Spotify looked at all-time wedding playlists – like those titled with the word “wedding” and the label “first dance” – to see which songs and artists were included the most. From there, they looked at each state’s top 500 wedding songs on the “wedding” playlists and ranked them in order of most-played wedding songs based on listening in May so far.

Spotify most popular wedding song every state Shayanne GalMeghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first dance song, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ ranked most popular wedding song in two states.

In addition to Houston’s famous vocals, couples apparently love dancing to the sound of Ed Sheeran, whose songs are the most popular first dance songs in almost half of the US. A few other artists are popular in multiple states; there are a total of 21 different songs on the list.

Below, see the most popular wedding song in every state, plus Washington, DC.


Alabama — “Marry Me”

Artist: Train

Lyrics:

“Marry me Today and every day Marry me If I ever get the nerve to say Hello in this cafe”

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Alaska — “Marry Me”

Artist: Train

Lyrics:

“Marry me Today and every day Marry me If I ever get the nerve to say Hello in this cafe”

Listen here »


Arizona — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Arkansas — “Perfect”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Baby, I’m dancing in the dark with you between my arms Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favourite song When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath But you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight”

Listen here »


California — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Colorado — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Connecticut — “You’re My Darling”

Artist: Leon Timbo

Lyrics:

“You are so amazing, I can’t believe that you’re standing here, here with me, baby Never thought I’d see someone who makes me feel like this”

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Delaware — “Marry Me”

Artist: Train

Lyrics:

“Marry me Today and every day Marry me If I ever get the nerve to say Hello in this cafe”

Listen here »


Washington, DC — “May We All”

Artist: Florida Georgia Line

Lyrics:

“May we all know that nothing ain’t cool ’til you wear the new one The sound of a quarter rollin’ down a jukebox Play the Travis Tritt right above the 2Pac For you get lost down some road Slow rolling with the top off the back of a Bronco Buy a cold sixer with a cashed in lotto She’s smilin’ with her hair blowing out the window Where you ’bout to go? Yeah you learn to fly and if you can’t then you just free-fall May we all”

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Florida — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Georgia — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Hawaii — “Perfect”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Baby, I’m dancing in the dark with you between my arms Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favourite song When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath But you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight”

Listen here »


Idaho — “Marry Me”

Artist: Train

Lyrics:

“Marry me Today and every day Marry me If I ever get the nerve to say Hello in this cafe”

Listen here »


Illinois — “Marry You”

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Artist: Bruno Mars

Lyrics:

“Cause it’s a beautiful night, we’re looking for something dumb to do Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you Is it the look in your eyes or is it this dancing juice Who cares baby, I think I wanna marry you”

Listen here »


Indiana — “We Danced”

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Artist: Brad Paisley

Lyrics:

“And we danced Out there on that empty hardwood floor The chairs up and the lights turned way down low The music played, we held each other close And we danced”

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Iowa — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Kansas — “Unchained Melody”

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Artist: The Righteous Brothers

Lyrics:

“Oh, my love My darling I’ve hungered, hungered for your touch A long, lonely time”

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Kentucky — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Louisiana — “Why I Love You”

Artist: MAJOR.

Lyrics:

“This is why I love youOoh this is why I love youBecause you love meYou love meThis is why I love youOoh this is why I love youBecause you love meYou love me”

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Maine — “changes”

Artist: XXXTENTACION

Lyrics:

“Mmm, baby, I don’t understand this You’re changing, I can’t stand it My heart can’t take this damage And the way I feel, can’t stand it”

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Maryland — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Massachusetts — “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”

Artist: Whitney Houston

Lyrics:

“Oh, I wanna dance with somebody I wanna feel the heat with somebody Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody With somebody who loves me”

Listen here »


Michigan — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Minnesota — “Rain From Heaven”

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Artist: Eric Paslay

Lyrics:

“Rain from heaven, roll on through Thunder go on, wait for magnolia blooms Wind and lightning, dust off the avenue Rain from heaven, wash over me and you”

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Mississippi —  “My Girl”

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Artist: The Temptations

Lyrics:

“I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day When it’s cold outside I’ve got the month of May Well I guess you’d say What can make me feel this way? My girl (my girl, my girl) Talkin’ ’bout my girl (my girl)”

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Missouri — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Montana — “Focus”

Artist: Life of Dillon

Lyrics:

“Said I might lose my way But I won’t lose myself, yeah It’s your life, you can live how you want But don’t blame it on no one else”

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Nebraska — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Nevada — “Never Stop (Wedding Version)”

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Artist: SafetySuit

Lyrics:

“I will never stop trying I will never stop watching as you leave I will never stop losing my breath Every time I see you looking back at me I will never stop holding your hand I will never stop opening your door I will never stop choosing you babe I will never get used to you”

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New Hampshire — “Marry You”

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Artist: Bruno Mars

Lyrics:

“Cause it’s a beautiful night, we’re looking for something dumb to do Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you Is it the look in your eyes or is it this dancing juice Who cares baby, I think I wanna marry you”

Listen here »


New Jersey — “Marry You”

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Artist: Bruno Mars

Lyrics:

“Cause it’s a beautiful night, we’re looking for something dumb to do Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you Is it the look in your eyes or is it this dancing juice Who cares baby, I think I wanna marry you”

Listen here »


New Mexico — “Siempre Te Voy a Querer”

Artist: Carolina Ross (cover)

Lyrics:

“Siempre te voy a querer Me aseguraré de enamorarte cada día Aun con mis defectos, aún con mis locuras Y mis tonterías Siempre te voy a querer Te voy a cuidar por el resto de mi vida Hasta que la muerte, un día nos separe Yo voy a ser tuyo y tú mía”

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New York — “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”

Artist: Whitney Houston

Lyrics:

“Oh, I wanna dance with somebody I wanna feel the heat with somebody Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody With somebody who loves me”

Listen here »


North Carolina — “Why I Love You”

Artist: MAJOR.

Lyrics:

“This is why I love youOoh this is why I love youBecause you love meYou love meThis is why I love youOoh this is why I love youBecause you love meYou love me”

Listen here »


North Dakota — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Ohio — “Marry Me”

Artist: Train

Lyrics:

“Marry me Today and every day Marry me If I ever get the nerve to say Hello in this cafe”

Listen here »


Oklahoma — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Oregon — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Pennsylvania — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Rhode Island — “A Thousand Years”

Artist: Christina Perri

Lyrics:

“I have died everyday, waiting for you Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years I’ll love you for a thousand more”

Listen here »


South Carolina — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


South Dakota — “I Get to Love You”

Artist: Ruelle

Lyrics:

“I get to love you It’s the best thing that I’ll ever do I get to love you It’s a promise I’m making to you Whatever may come, your heart, I will choose Forever I’m yours, forever I do I get to love you, I get to love you”

Listen here »


Tennessee — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Texas — “Perfect”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Baby, I’m dancing in the dark with you between my arms Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favourite song When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath But you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight”

Listen here »


Utah — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Vermont — “Shut Up and Dance”

Artist: WALK THE MOON

Lyrics:

“Oh don’t you dare look back Just keep your eyes on me I said you’re holding back She said shut up and dance with me This woman is my destiny She said oh oh oh Shut up and dance with me”

Listen here »


Virginia — “Marry Me”

Artist: Train

Lyrics:

“Marry me Today and every day Marry me If I ever get the nerve to say Hello in this cafe”

Listen here »


Washington — “Say You Won’t Let Go”

Artist: James Arthur

Lyrics:

“And I wanna stay with you until we’re grey and old Just say you won’t let go Just say you won’t let go”

Listen here »


Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Take me into your loving arms Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart I’m thinking out loud That maybe we found love right where we are”

Listen here »


Wisconsin — “Marry Me”

Artist: Thomas Rhett

Lyrics:

“I’ll wear my black suit, black tie, hide out in the back I’ll do a strong shot of whiskey straight out the flask I’ll try to make it through without crying so nobody sees Yeah, she wanna get married But she don’t wanna marry me”

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Wyoming — “Perfect”

Artist: Ed Sheeran

Lyrics:

“Baby, I’m dancing in the dark with you between my arms Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favourite song When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath But you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight”

Listen here »

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