Throwback Thursday: Wedding Music Through The Decades

Selecting your wedding music can be tricky business. You obviously want to hear you and your partners favorite songs, but you also want your guests to enjoy themselves and get out there on the dance floor with you. Whether you’re a country-lovin’ couple or your super into hip-hop, you may need to diversify your playlist to make the masses happy. Luckily there are so many good songs out there that have proven to be timeless classics and nearly impossible not to dance (and sing along) to. Here are some suggestions that are sure to appeal to just about every demographic in attendance. Be warned, I am a true music buff (especially the oldies) so this list is rather extensive, but hopefully it will be helpful if you’re in the process of compiling a song list for your DJ or band.

1950s
“I Walk The Line” – Johnny Cash
“Johnny B Goode” – Chuck Berry
“Love Potion No. 9” – The Clovers
“Rock Around The Clock” – Bill Haley and His Comets
“Rockin Robin” – Bobby Day
“Shout” – The Isley Brothers
Slow Song Choices: “Only You” – The Platters, “You Send Me” – Sam Cooke or “Beyond the Sea” – Bobby Darrin

1960s (For those wondering, this is my favorite decade of music – I’m an old soul I guess!)
“Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison
“The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss) – Betty Everett
“Dancing in the Street” – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
“Runaround Sue” – Dion
“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” The Temptations
“Twist & Shout” – The Isley Brothers
Slow Song Choices: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley,”Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers, “When a Man Loves a Woman” – Percy Sledge, “Stand by Me” – Ben E. King

1970s
“December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
“I Want You Back” – Jackson Five
“Crocodile Rock” – Elton John
“I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
“Last Dance” – Donna Summer
“September” – Earth, Wind & Fire
“The Gambler” – Kenny Rogers
“Old Time Rock & Roll” – Bob Seger
Slow Song Choices: “Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton, “Your Song” – Elton John or “Lean on Me” – Bill Withers

1980s
“Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson (or really ANY MJ song)
“Tainted Love” – Soft Cell
“It Takes Two” – Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock
“All Night Long (All Night)” – Lionel Richie
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” – Whitney Houston
“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
“Fame” – Irene Cara
Slow Song choices:”Endless Love” -Lionel Richie & Diana Ross or “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” – Phil Collins

1990s
“This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan
“Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
“Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory
“Mo Money Mo Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G.
“What Is Love” by Haddaway
“Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex
“No Scrubs” by TLC
“Finally” by CeCe Peniston
“I Like to Move It” by Reel 2 Real
Slow Song choices: “Amazed,” Lonestar or “Iris,” Goo Goo Dolls

What are your favorite wedding songs? Leave ’em in the comments, please!

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Allie is a native New Yorker who fell in love with Rhode Island after studying Journalism at URI and living by the beach. After several years in Manhattan working in public relations and digital media, Allie returned to the Ocean State and currently resides in Newport. She enjoys writing, music, yoga and any activity that involves sunshine and the ocean.

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