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10 More Great Wedding Slideshow Songs

September 14th 2010 9:49 PM

A couple of months ago, we posted an entry entitled “10 Great Wedding Slideshow Songs” We received a lot of positive feedback from this article, as we all know how long it takes to find the right song for the right couple. Well here are a few more of our favorites. We expanded the list to include more contemporary and perhaps a little more alternative selections that we feel work well for the modern, trendy, and maybe younger brides.

[also see for more song selections]

Revision: There is no implication in this article that using these songs on a commercial or personal website is legal; and we take no official stance on the matter. There are dozens of websites that allow you to buy licensed music from independent artists for this type of use; and you’ll have to understand the risks and legal issues involved before placing any audio content on your website.

We’re simply providing an opinion of songs that fit the themes of weddings (love, romance, etc). Whether our readers are brides deciding on a first dance song, couples choosing songs for their wedding website, or photographers creating a slideshow for their couple, we hope you gain some sort of value from this list of great music.

1) Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
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2) Fink – Sort of Revolution
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3) The Perishers – Come Out Of The Shade
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4) Adele – Make You Feel My Love
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5) Parachute – She is Love
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6) Meiko – Reasons to Love You
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7) Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
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8) Passion Pit – Swimming in the Flood
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9) James Morrison – You make it real
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10) Stephane le Bellec – Come Away With Me
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  1. Martins Kikulis

    Thanks for the list.. Few really good ones there!

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  2. Chris

    Lorne and Pye all great points. Discussion is important and the cornerstone of knowledge. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the matter.

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  3. Lorne Chesal

    with all due respect admin/post production pye…

    There is little to no traffic in your forums.

    You made the statements here, so they should be discussed here. IMO of course. This is your home and I am a guest. I get that.

    How many of the thousands on amateurs whom you state are within their right to do this will make a Web site for their brides (your plural, not mine) and host a slideshow there?

    And to be frank, amateurs & enthusiasts are not free and clear to use commercial music either for a synced slideshow. It’s as legal as running a red light.

    Meaning that yes, it’s done all the time, it’s tolerated, it’s a minor priority for all concerned, the sun will still rise in the morning despite it happening, but it is still against the laws as they are written.

    And your approach is exactly why the problem exists. You continue to insist there is grey area when there is not. And you want us to believe that’s it’s OK to do this under certain circumstances.

    If the context of your article was… “wouldn’t it be great if we could use commercial music like these 10 examples…” or, “once the music industry comes to their senses about small scale licensing, we suggest these titles …” I’d be less inclined to comment.

    If you ran the MP3 Lounge blog, and an article were submitted about going to my Web site, copying an image or a number of images and matching them up with your music track… would that be OK? Would you run it? Would you warn your readers that using someone else’s visuals (without their knowledge and permission) to go with your music is perfectly legal as long as it’s for personal use? Would you go on to advise a pro to check with their lawyer first?

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  4. Lorne Chesal

    Post Production Pye.

    You said this in the post: you’ll have to check with an attorney to understand your risks before you decide to place these songs on your website.

    And you defend yourself with this: Using a song you purchased for a personal slideshow is completely legal.

    Two different contexts.

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    • admin


      Thank you for your detailed comment. I am sure SLR Lounge readers will find it very useful. Though in the future these discussions are better served in the forums.

      Just to be clear, the article states the exact same thing you just did, just in different words.

      At the beginning of the article we clearly give a warning to make sure you understand the risks associated with using these songs on your website. I.E. It is illegal, no ifs, ands or buts.

      My comment is simply to state that SLR Lounge has hundreds of thousands of readers. Many of which are not professionals, rather just enthusiasts who want to make nice personal-use slideshows with great songs. In that use, using songs that one has purchased is completely legal. Choosing to use them for commercial purposes is done at one’s own risk.


      Post Production Pye
      SLR Lounge Author and Moderator

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  5. Lorne Chesal

    In just read the previous post from last year with the first batch of “great songs”

    Let’s set a few things straight. I am not a musician. I don’t own any music that is in danger of being used against my wishes. I am a photographer. Much like most of you reading this post and the comments for it.

    That said…

    Please go to your CD collection and take one out. Doesn’t matter which one. Read the fine print. If not there, it’s in the liner notes.

    You don’t *own* the music.

    You never have, and you never will. You bought a CD, but you did not buy the music. You bought a license to use the music in specific ways. You do not own the music and have the right to do as you wish with it. It’s been like this for quite a while. Back to the vinyl days. Downloading is the same.

    from Apple/ITunes online Terms of sale (in part) -


    (i) You shall be authorized to use Products only for personal, noncommercial use.

    Music licensing is a byzantine art. There are entire industries whose sole job it is to secure licensing rights for music. TV. movies, Web sites. All must negotiate the rights to use music.

    Yes. It’s not easy for a photographer on his/her won to navigate the path required to get rights to modern and popular music. just because it’s difficult, does not alter the legalities.

    If Spielberg wanted to use a Beatles song for a movie, he can’t unless the Beatle’s licensing people allow him to. Period. If they don’t agree on a price, he doesn’t use the music. Period.

    here are some links…

    from ASCAP -

    Synchronization or “Synch” Rights

    A synchronization or “synch” right involves the use of a recording of musical work in audio-visual form: for example as part of a motion picture, television program, commercial announcement, music video or other videotape. Often, the music is “synchronized” or recorded in timed relation with the visual images. Synchronization rights are licensed by the music publisher to the producer of the movie or program.

    Sounds like a slideshow doesn’t it?

    On the subject of “fair use” which is often cited as permission to do as you please… -

    [The US copyright law includes provisions for fair use, which allows that copyright owners do not always control every use of protected material. To the dismay of many, the law does not set out exactly what a fair use is, leaving it to be worked out between copyright owners, users and the courts.]

    I wouldn’t want to be the David that goes up against a Music Goliath. I wouldn’t think a judge would consider you trying to impress clients and gain their business as fair use.

    Why am I so worked up?

    Because photographers are rightly outraged when their images are ‘stolen” or used without attribution, payment or permission. But some don’t choose to view using commercial music for a slideshow as a similar issue. The justifications range from… “I bought the CD…” or “my client gave me his CD…” or “well that band makes millions, I’m just a lowly photographer and he’s not losing money because of this…” or “it’s fair use…” or “the legality is not clear..” or whatever the excuse du jour is.

    It’s wrong. It’s unethical. It’s illegal. It’s clear. No winking and looking the other way.

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  6. admin

    Lorne, Bill and Sarah,

    We allow and encourage free discussion in each article. Unless the comment is made by an official SLR Lounge moderator, it is not the opinion of SLR Lounge.

    As we mentioned in the beginning of this article, this post is not meant to be a discussion of legalities. Every professional photographer knows there is no gray area for interpretation in this regard, and we state clearly that you act at your own risk.

    This however does not prevent us from having the right to say these are great songs for slideshows, period. SLR Lounge readers vary from photographers to simply photo enthusiasts. Using a song you purchased for a personal slideshow is completely legal. Using it as a business is not, and as we have mentioned in many other places, you do so at your own risk.

    If you wish to continue your discussion regarding legalities, please take it to the forums.


    Post Production Pye
    SLR Lounge Author and Moderator

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  7. Lorne Chesal

    to quote:

    [Bill, it’s really funny how quickly people are to cast stones in this area when they themselves almost surely are also breaking copyright laws in one way or another whether it be via software, movies, music, etc.]

    and your point?

    [This is one area where I strongly believe that the music industry in general is lagging.]
    [However, music companies don’t offer such a solution.]

    Agreed. Does not change the fact that sync rights are required to use those tracks for a slideshow. Period. No debate required.

    [So, until a small business license is available, I will continue to do what I think is right and simply buy each album when I use a song from that artist for a client’s slideshow.]

    Good luck with that defense in court.

    Bill’s point stands. It’s irresponsible for the SLR Lounge to imply that the legality of buying a track from Amazon to use this way is somehow open to interpretation. IP rules and regs regardless of how dumb, archaic and inconvenient we may find them are clear. Their wink wink disclaimer is a joke.

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  8. Sarah

    Bill, it’s really funny how quickly people are to cast stones in this area when they themselves almost surely are also breaking copyright laws in one way or another whether it be via software, movies, music, etc.

    Here is the bottom line. I can’t tell you how many of the industry’s best photographers at WPPI openly have stated something to the effect of, “We don’t use licensed music for slideshows because we don’t want our guests watching our images to crappy music.” That is the bottom line, music that is reasonably licensable is for the most part garbage.

    While I am a strong proponent for buying everything that your business uses to succeed, such as buying the actual software you use to run your business. I don’t believe in spending money on a product that only degrades my own.

    This is one area where I strongly believe that the music industry in general is lagging. If the music industry had a simple $50 or $100 licensing fee to small business owners for use of their songs in a personal-use format, such as a slideshow, I would be the first person to support it.

    However, music companies don’t offer such a solution. They price their licensing systems as if everyone is a major corporation using their music for TV advertising campaigns, or movie soundtrack. I am not using their music for advertising campaigns, I am not using it to directly promote my brand via advertising. I am using it to create a product that is personally used by each individual client.

    So, until a small business license is available, I will continue to do what I think is right and simply buy each album when I use a song from that artist for a client’s slideshow.

    In the meanwhile, feel free to continue using crappy music for yours.

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  9. The_other_bill

    I think it’s irresponsible to imply that it’s okay to use these songs for business uses without licensing the songs–particularly since we photographers are in the same boat as musicians. It’s getting harder to make a buck. Everybody wants our creative works for free. If photographers won’t stand up for the legitimate licensing of music for commercial purposes, then why would we expect anyone to ever pay to license our works in a similar situation?

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  10. carlos resendiz

    that I can make slideshow software such as those shown here, sorry for my English

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