Alternative Versions of Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight"
I periodically like to write about alternative wedding songs – new, independent artists, forgotten gems, lesser known cover songs, and quite a bit of Springsteen. If you’re an alternative bride and music aficionado and have suggestions, please e-mail me at natalie (at) nataliediener.com. I’m always looking for new music!
Eric Clapton, 1977
The original really has it all – Clapton’s guitar prowess, beautiful lyrics, and a tempo that anyone can dance to, even if you have two left feet. If you love this song, but would like an alternative option for your first dance song, here are a few selections.
Pickin’ On Clapton has a really fun bluegrass instrumental version – it starts off slow and then picks up the pace so you and your love can surprise guests with a little fast and fancy footwork. For any brides having a barn or rural reception, this is a great option.
Gregory Isaacs offers up a great reggae version – slow and sweet but it has that wonderful uplifting reggae beat.
If you’re doing a fun retro wedding and want something a little loungey, Michael Buble has a great version to dance to in your tea length gown or black and white wing tips.
A capella fans will be happy to know that Rockapella has a version (in fact, Rockapella has versions of just about every love song ever.)
Did I miss any versions worth mentioning?