At the start of the new year, I like to look back at the year that was and review the songs that my couples selected for the six most common formalities of their wedding reception: The Grand Entrance, The First Dance, The Father/Bride Dance, The Mother/Groom Dance, Cake Cutting, and The Last Dance. While there are several wedding music guides available, I find the real pulse of the best Grand Entrance songs for 2012 come from my clients: real Pacific Northwest couples planning and hosting real Pacific Northwest weddings. So, without further ado…

Here are the top Grand Entrance Songs of 2012, as selected by my couples:

Dropkick Murphys – “I’m Shipping Up To Boston”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

The Blues Brothers Band – “Can’t Turn You Loose”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Lady Antebellum – “When You Got A Good Thing”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Pitbull – “Give Me Everything”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

LMFAO – “Sexy And I Know It”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Lady Gaga – “Just Dance”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris – “We Found Love”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

U2 – “Beautiful Day”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Michael Jackson – “The Way You Make Me Feel”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Akon – “Bananza (Belly Dancer)”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Martin Solveig – “Hello”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Michael Bublé – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

The Black Eyed Peas – “Let’s Get It Started”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

The Black Keys – “I’ll Be Your Man”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Etta James – “At Last”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Earth, Wind & Fire – “Let’s Groove”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

The Verve – “Bitter Sweet Symphony”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Looking for more great Grand Entrance song suggestions? Visit my ultimate Wedding Music Guide for more Grand Entrance song picks!

Previous Best Grand Entrance Songs By Year:

Other 2011 Best Of Lists: