Candle Lighting Songs

Candle Lighting Song List

The following is a list of suggested songs for your Bar / Bat Mitzvah Candle Lighting Ceremony.

Songs for Memorial Candles

 “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston
“Memories”- Elvis Presley
“Memory” Theme from Cats – Barbara Streisand
“One Sweet Day”- Mariah Carey
“Poppa, Can You Hear Me” – Barbra Streisand (from “Yentl)
“Somewhere Out There”- James Ingram
“Tears In Heaven”- Eric Clapton
“The Way We Were” – Barbra Streisand
“There You’ll Be” – Faith Hill
“This One’s For You” – Barry Manilow
“To Where You Are” – Josh Groban
“Unforgettable” – Natalie & Nat “King” Cole
“Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” – Phantom of the Opera

Songs for Grandparents

“As Time Goes By” – Jimmy Durante
“Can’t Smile Without You – Barry Manilow
“Forever Young” – Rod Stewart
“Have I Told You Lately” – Rod Stewart
“I Got you Babe” – Sonny & Cher
“I’ll Be There” – Mariah Carey or Jacksons version
“I’m So Excited” – The Pointer Sisters
“In the Mood” – Glenn Miller
“La Chaim” (To Life) – Fiddler on the Roof
“Sunrise, Sunset” – Fiddler on the Roof
“The Best of Times” – La Cage Aux Folles
“Through the Years” – Kenny Rogers
“Times of Your Life” – Paul Anka
“Tradition” – Fiddler on the Roof
“You Are” – Richie Lionel
“You Are The Sunshine of My Life” – Stevie Wonder
“You Light Up My Life”- Debby Boone
“You”ve Made Me So Very Happy” – Blood, Sweat & Tears

Songs for Aunts and Uncles

“Bad Case of loving You”-Robert Palmer (also good for doctor friends)
“Bang The Drum All Day”-Todd Rundgren
“Boogie Down”-Al Jarreau
“Celebration”-Kool & The Gang
“Do You Believe In Magic”-Loving Spoonful
“Ease On Down The Road”-Michael Jackson & Diana Ross
“Good Times” (these are the good times)-Chic
“Groove Me”-King Floyd
“Happy Together”-The Turtles
“Hot Stuff”-Donna Summers
“Hot Hot Hot”-Buster Poindexter
“How Sweet It Is” (to be loved by you)-Marvin Gaye or James Taylor
“I Wanna Have Some Fun”-Samantha Fox
“I Love The Nightlife”-Alicia Bridges
“I Just Called To Say I Love You”-Stevie Wonder
“I Say A Little Prayer”-Dionne Warwick
“I Think I Love You”-The Partridge Family
“If My Friends Could See Me Now”-Linda Clifford
“It’s Not Unusual”-Tom Jones
“It’s A Family Affair”-Sly & The Family Stone
“Land of 1000 Dances” – Wilson Pickett
“Let Your Love Flow-“Bellamy Brothers
“Let The Good Times Roll”
“Let’s Have A Good Time”-Kool & The Gang
“Let’s Hang On”-Four Seasons
“Love Will Keep Us Together”Captain & Tenille
“Love Machine”(I’m just a love machine-Miracles
“More Today Than Yesterday”-Spiral Staircase
“Never Gonna Give You Up”-Rick Ashley
“Nice To Be With You”
“Night Fever”-Bee Gees (“Saturday Night Fever” Soundtrack)
“Nobody But Me”-Human Beinz
“Oh Whatta Night” (December 63)-Four Seasons
“Put A Little Love in Your Heart”-Al Greene
“Respect”-Aretha Franklin
“Silly Love Song” (I Love You)-Wings
“Still The One”-Orleans
“Takin’ Care of Business”-BTO (good for people that work alot)
“We Are Family”-Sister Sledge
“Where’s The Party”-Madonna
“You Make My Dreams Come ” True-Hall & Oates

Songs for Cousins
(can also use songs from "Aunts & Uncles, or any other category)

“Dating Game Theme”-Herb Albert
“Good Lovin'”-The Young Rascals
“Hold My Hand”-Hootie & The Blowfish
“It’s A Sunshine Day”-The Brady Bunch
“Rock -n- Roll All Night”- Kiss
“Walkin’ On Sunshine”-Katrina & The Waves
“What I Like About You”-The Romantics

Songs for Friends

“Ain’t Nothing But A She Thing”-Salt -n- Peper
“Anytime You Need A Friend”-Mariah Carey
“Bad Boys” (whatcha gonna do)-Inner Circle (Cops Theme)
“Bad Boys”-Miami Sound Machine
“Best Friend”-Brandy
“Boom, Boom, Boom”- The Outhere Brothers
“Closer To Free”-BoDeans (from T.V. show “Party of Five”)
“Count on Me”-Whitney Houston & CeCE Winans (Waiting to Exhale)
“Friend Like Me”-from the movie Aladdin
“Friends”(You Gotta Have Friends)-Bette Midler
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”-Cyndi Lauper
“Girls” (that’s what I really want)-Beastie Boys
“Heal The World”-Michael Jackson
“Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda”- Comp Song
“I’ll Be There For You”-Rembrants (Theme from Friends)
“I’ll Be There”-Mariah Carey
“If I Ruled The World”-NAS
“Kids In America”-The Muffs
“Lean On Me”-
“Lump”-Presidents of The United States
“My Friends”-Red Hot Chili Pepers
“Stand By Me”-Ben E. King                
“Still A Friend Of Mine-Incognito
“Teach Your Children”-Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
“That’s What Friends Are For” – Dionne Warwick & Friends
“The Boys Are Back In Town”-Bus Boys
“The Boys Are Back In Town”-Thin Lizzy
“These Are Days”- 10,000Maniacs
“We Will Rock You”-Queen
“We Go Together”-Grease
“We Go Together” from the movie Grease
“We Are The World”-
“We Are The Champions”-Queen
“What About Your Friends-TLC
“What’s Up” (what’s going on)-4 Non Blondes
“Whenever I Call You Friend”-Melissa Manchester
“With A Little Help From My Friends”-Beatles or Joe Cocker
“You’re My Best Friend-Queen
“You’re A Friend Of Mine”-Clarence Clemons
“You’ve Got A Friend In Me”-Randy Newman from Toy Story
“You’ve Got A Friend-James Taylor or Carol King

Songs for Brothers

“1,2,3,4,”(Sumpin New)-Coolio
“Bad to the Bone”-Tag Team
“Godfather Theme, “Speak Softly Love”-(also use for Italian friends
“I’m Gonna Be (I would walk 500 miles)”-Proclaimer
“I’m Too Sexy”-Right Said Fred
“Just Can’t Wait To Be King”-The Lion King
“Let’s Hear It For The Boy”-Denise Williams
“Macho Man”-Village Man
“Rocky Theme” (Gonna Fly Now) – Bill Conti
“Soul Man”-Sam & Dave or Blues Brothers
“Superman” Theme
“Whatta Man”-Salt & Pepa
“Whoomp, There it Is”-Tag Team
“Wild Thing”-The Throggs

Songs for Sisters

“Baby Love”-The Supremes (especially if very young)
“Born to Be Wild”-Steppenwolf
“Dancing Queen”-Abba
“Dating Game Theme”-Herb Albert
“Do Wah Diddy” (there she was..)Manford Mann
“Foxy Lady”-Jimi Hendrix
“I Saw Her Standing There”-Beatles
“I’m Every Woman”-Whitney Houston or Chaka Kahn
“Isn’t She Lovely”-Stevie Wonder
“Just A Girl”-No Doubt
“Lean On Me”-Bill Withers, Club Nouveau
“Material Girl”-Madonna
“Miss America”-
“More Than A Woman-Bee Gees
“Most Beautiful Girl in The World”-Prince
“My Girl”-Temptations
“Pretty Woman”-Roy Orbinson or Van Halen
“Supermodel”-Jill Sobule (from movie Clueless)
“The Sister Song”-Barney
“U Got the Look”-Prince
“Uptown Girl”-Billy Joel
“Whenever I Call You Friend”-Melissa Manchester
“Wind Beneath My Wings”-Bette Midler

Songs for Parents

“As Long As We Got Each Other”-(Growing Pains Theme)
“Can You Feel It”-The Jacksons
“Can’t Stop Lovin’ You”-Van Halen
“Everlasting Love”-Gloria Estefan
“Greatest Love Of All”-Whitney Houston
“Heaven Must Have Sent You”-Bonnie Pointer
“Hero”-Mariah Carey
“I Will Always Love You”- Whitney Houston
“I Love You Always Forever”-Donna Lewis
“I Love You”-Donna Summers
“I’ll Stand By You”-The Pretenders
“I’ll Be There”-Mariah Carey
“Not While I’m Around” (nothing’s gonna harm you…) Barbara Streisand
“Save The Best For Last”-Vanessa Williams
“Silly Love Songs”-Wings
“Teach Your Children”-Crosby, Stills & Nash
“Through The Years”-Kenny Rogers
“Time To Remeber”-Billy Joel
“Together Forever”-Rick Astley
“We’re Havin’ A Party”-Rod Stewart or South Side Johnny
“Wind Beneath My Wings”-Bette Midler
“You Make My Dreams Come True”-Hall & Oates
“Your The Inspiration”-Chicago
“Your Mama Don’t Dance”-Kenny Loggins

Songs for Guests of Honor
(The "Good Luck Candle")

“Bad to the Bone” – George Thorogood 
“Celebration” – Kool and the Gang
“Daddy’s Little Girl” – Al Martino or Mills Brothers
 “Dancin’ Queen” – Abba
“Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
“Fame” – Irene Cara 
“Finally”-CeCe Penniston
“Get the Party Started” – Pink 
“Gettin’ Jiggy with It” – Will Smith 
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper 
“Glamorous” – Fergie 
“Happy Birthday”-Stevie Wonder
“I Feel Good”-James Brown
“I Gotta Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas 
“I’m Too Sexy” – Right Said Fred 
“I‘m Every Woman” – Whitney Houston 
“I’m So Excited” – Pointer Sisters 
“Independent Woman” – Destiny’s Child 
“Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder 
“Let’s Get it Started” – Black Eyed Peas 
“Little Miss Can’t be Wrong” – Spin Doctors 
“Livin’ La Vida Loca” – Ricky Martin 
“Livin’ on a Prayer” – Bon Jovi 
“Luck be a Lady” – Frank Sinatra 
“Most Beautiful Girl in the World” – Prince 
“Nobody But Me” – Human Beinz
 “Party Like a Rockstar” – Shop Boyz
“Pretty Fly for a White Guy” – Offspring
“Rock and Roll Part 2″ – Gary Glitter
“Rock and Roll all Night” – Kiss
“Save the Best for Last” – Vanessa Williams
“Simply the Best” – Tina Turner
“The Best (you’re simply the best..)-Tina turner
“Uptown Girl” – Billy Joel 
“Wild Thing” – The Troggs

Songs for People from Out of State

“America”-Neil Diamond (esp if their from a foreign country)
Brooklyn: “No Sleep Til Brooklyn”-Beastie Boys
California: “California Dreaming”-Mamas & Papas
California-“California Girls”-Davis Lee Roth
California: “California Love”-2 Paac featuring Dr. Dre
Cincinatti: “Cinnicinati WKRP”-Theme from T.V. show
Cuba:”Cuba”-Gibson Brothers
Chicago:”My Kind of Town”-Frank Sinatra
Carolina:”Carolina On My Mind”-James Taylor
Los Angeles-“LA Law Theme” (good for lawyer friends)
Las Vegas:”Viva Las Vegas”-Elvis Presley
Manhattan:”Movin’ On Up”-Theme from the Jeffersons
Miami:”Only In Miami”-Bette Midler
Miami:Miami Vice Theme
New Jersey:”Palisades Park”-Freddy Cannon
New York:”New York, New York”-Frank Sinatra
New York:”New York State of Mind”-Billy Joel
New Orleans:”Mardi Gras Music”
Philadelphia:”Streets Of Philadelphia”-Bruce Springsteen
San Fransisco:”San Francisco”-Village People
San Francisco:”I Left My Heart in San Francisco”-Tony Bennet
Texas-“Yellow Rose of Texas”
Tennesse-“Tennesse”-Aressted Development
Washington D.C.-“Stars & Stripes”
West: “The Joker “(some people call me a Space Cowboy)-Steve Miller
West: “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”-John Denver

Songs for Sports Fans

“Centerfield”(put me in coach, I’m ready to play…) – John Fogerty
“ESPN Sportscenter Theme”
“Go New York, Go New York Go”-Knicks Theme
“Monday Night Football Theme
“Rock & Roll Part 2” – Gary Glitter
“Sirius”-Chicago Bulls
“Sweet Georgia Brown”-Harlem Globtrotters Theme
“Take Me Out to The Ballgame”

Songs for Little Kids

“Go Go Power Rangers”-Power Rangers Theme
“Hakuna Matada”-Lion King
“I Love You”-Barney Theme
“Just Can’t Wait to Be King-Lion King
“Mr Roger’s Neighborhood” Theme
“Seasame Street Theme”
“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”-The Tokens
“Under The Sea”-Little Mermaid


Adams Family Theme
Black Magic Woman – Santana
Brady Bunch Theme
Chanukah Song – Adam Sandler
Curly Shuffle – Jump ‘N the Saddle Band
Dressed for Success – Roxette
Fame – David Bowie
Glamorous Life – Sheila E
Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler
Living La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
Rappers Delight – Sugar Hill Gang
Shake Your Tuchas – 2 Live Jews
Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot
Big Shot – Billie Joel
Call Him Mr. Vain – Hideaway
Charlie Brown (He’s a Clown) – Coasters
Something To Talk About – Bonnie Rait
Splish Splash- Bobby Darin
Strokin – Clarence Carter
Surfin Bird (Bird Is The Word) – The Trashman
Surfin USA – Beach Boys
Take This Job And Shove It – Johnny Paycheck
Taxman – The Beatles
The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
The Jerk – The Larks
The Joker – Steve Miller Band
The Wanderer – Dion
Theme from Perry Mason (Lawyers)
There’s No Business Like Show Business
Vogue – Madonna
Walk Like A Man – Frankie Vallie & The 4 Seasons
We’re In The Money
When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) – The Beach Boys
When I’m 64 – Beatles
Wild One – Martha Reeves and The Vandellas
Wipeout – The Surfaris
Wooly Bully – Sam The Sham and The Pharoahs
Would I Lie To You – Charles and Eddie
Yellow Submarine – Beatles
You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
You Talk Too Much (No Doubt About It) – Joe Jones

Father & Daughter Dance Songs

Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion 
Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn 
Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison 
Hero – Mariah Carey 
I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack 
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder 
My Girl – The Temptations 
My Special Angel – Bobby Helms 
Sunrise Sunset – Fiddler on the Roof 
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra or Steve Tyrell
Through the Years – Kenny Rogers 
Times of Your Life – Paul Anka 
Unforgettable – Natalie Cole 
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong 
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker

Mother and Son Dance Songs

A Song for Mama – Boys to Men
Beautiful in My Eyes – Joshua Kadison 
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion 
Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray 
Forever Young – Rod Stewart 
Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart 
Hero – Mariah Carey 
In My Life – Beatles 
Sunrise Sunset – Fiddler on the Roof 
The Rose Bette – Midler 
Through the Years – Kenny Rogers 
Unforgettable – Natalie Cole 
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong 
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

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