The news yesterday that Lonestar's 'Amazed' is the U.K.'s most popular first track at wedding receptions prompts me to post it, though presumably most people must have heard it - at other people's weddings, if not their own. Still, there must be people who don't know it as, apparantly, it didn't make the top 20 over here. It's a powerful song.
At our wedding, we were allowed one CD track and it was specified that it couldn't be anything religious apparently on the grounds that it was a civil ceremony. We wouldn't have chosen anything religious ourselves but if someone chose, say, a gospel tinged soul number, why couldn't they have it? Presumably there's a historical reason which no-one has seriously questioned. We chose Eva Cassidy's haunting version of 'Fields of Gold'. I think it's one of those instances where a cover surpasses the original, though I really liked the sound of Sting's lute version which featured in an episode of 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip'.
Lonestar - Amazed (iTunes)
Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold (iTunes)
Sting - Fields of Gold (Studio 60):