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Here we go...

Have I Told You lately - Van Morrison
Along with an even more sentimental and classy "unplugged" update by Rod Stewart, a fairly straightforward declaration of intent... works especially well with older couples who've been together for a while.

Something Stupid - Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman was obviously caught up in her own vocal hype from shooting Moulin Rouge. Opportunist Robbie probably scored from inside the box. Despite a snappy retro arrangement, a bit of a waste, given that Nicole has the vocal personality of a doorknob.

Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis/UB40
For some bizarre reason involving alien brainwashing, surveillance cameras and a fried banana sandwich, people were reggae-dancing to this song in the nineties. But wise men say The King remains the one and only true schmoozer.

Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
A deceptively heartfelt and sensitive New York style ballad that actually propelled the Piano Man to international stardom. Over the years it's slipped from the public consciousness, but it remains a cheesy gem. Mind you, Billy Joel is a first class songwriter, and has provided more than his fair share of similar-themed croons.
I said I love you, and that's forever
And this I promise from the heart
I could not love you any better
I love you just the way you are.

Eternal Flame - The Bangles
Suzannah Hoffs and the Bangles' immaculate harmonies greased the wheels of many an eighties teenage love affair... so to speak. (Is it ok to call a teenage thing a love affair?)

Everything I Do (I Do it For You) - Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams jumped the proverbial shark with this song. Before: A straight-up Canadian rocker of the bratpack generation... After: Insipid love theme composer for action films. Somehow we can't get the disturbing image of a naked Kevin Costner out of our heads. See? Now you have it too.

I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
For the record, some people still think this is a Whitney Houston song. And the reason we've not named Dolly Parton's version here is because it's actually bloody good, compared to this over-elaborate hash of a Bodyguard Soundtrack. And... no, it can't be! It's connected to Kevin Costner again!

Any damn song by - The Carpenters
Actually, any damn Burt Bacharach song. But The Carpenters, along with Dionne Warwick, did a good job of cornering this particular sub-genre of adult contemporary music. We actually wouldn't recommend sprinkling moondust in your hair, though.

Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi's "New Jersey" album was a masterpiece. A few years later, Johnny got a haircut and got famous for this drivel. The Rock Ballad, nineties style.
With an ironclad fist I wake up and
French kiss the morning
While some marching band keeps
its own beat in my head
While we're talking
About all of the things that I long to believe
About love and the truth and
what you mean to me
And the truth is baby you're all that I need

Endless Love - Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
One of the 70s greatest soul songwriters + one of soul's great divas = one of the greatest soul duets of all time. Serious.
My love, there's only you in my life,
The only thing that's right.
My first love, you're every breath that I take,
You're every step I make.

Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
The sad truth is the Norah Jones seems quite talented, but for an unwise penchant for putting an audience to sleep over the length of an album. Despite her youth. Tell you what, Norah. You go on ahead, we'll stay here, thanks.

Angels - Robbie Williams
Robbie's actual true masterpiece. Yeah, we're sentimental that way.

You're Beautiful - James Blunt
The much-lamented, much celebrated Mr. Blunt is an ideal match for Miss Jones. World famous and award-winning, despite the Shakespearean-level quality of lines like: "I saw your face/ in a crowded place". Woo-hoo.

My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
Sadly, we won't.

I Swear - All4One
A silly pop hit from the nineties. It evokes smiles and guffaws at first, but is likely to cost you dearly by the two minute mark if you were the one who put it in the player.
And I swear...
By the moon and the stars in the skies
I'll be there
I swear...
Like a shadow that's by your side
I'll be there

My Baby Just Cares For me - Nina Simone
The late Nina Simone's perennial favourite. Everybody knows this one. And no matter how many times we've heard this played, it never fails to get EVERYONE smiling. Though it is not friendly on the sound systems.

Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Johnny Rzeznik got his band famous for this hit, which is of course now associated with Meg Ryan's crying face. And Nicholas Cage's perpetual torment. Classy.

- Anton Marshall

The thing about weddings, aside from the fact that it's one occasion where you might get to eat a gourmet meal without paying for it, is that it's steeped in some truly awful traditions. One example is the alleged 'first dance', which often reprises some of music's soppiest slowdance music. That said, you can't always resist thinking about your main squeeze when any of these filter through the speakers...

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