Wedding Song Ideas by Eras

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Music played at weddings commonly matches the eras the couples went to middle school and high school.

Thus, I curate playlists spanning the decades to match the couples’ music preferences. BUT, you can find Popular songs for parents and grandparents too! If you are a bit of a music nerd, you can always bring in Popular hits from yesteryear.

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Era Song Inspiration for Weddings

Choosing Wedding Songs by Era

Many couples believe the music they choose for their wedding is important to the overall success of the day. Most of them are looking for songs that evoke a specific emotion or feeling. No songs do that better than the ones you grew up with — or the era you identify with.

A great thing about era wedding songs is they naturally create a unique vibe for your special day. We’ve emphasized timeless songs in our era lists — and they’re listed by decade. These songs are modern and fit right in with today’s musical styles. You may even recognize some of them as many current artists are sampling songs from the past to create their present hits. And there are the covers, too.

Song Lists by Combined Years

The Era That Is Important to You

No rule says you have to stick to tradition when it comes to creating your wedding playlist. The songs from a certain era can be used in your wedding processional, and they can also be used to dance the night away after the vows have been said. Most importantly, these era wedding songs represent the music that is most important to you.

Many of us would agree that music defines who we are. A memorable song conveys much more than a romantic sentiment. It can also convey a look, a feel, and the general vibe of an era. Choosing the music that helped define your own life — even if it is the Backstreet Boys — will create a wedding day that you will remember for years to come.

Feel free to be creative with the era wedding songs that you choose. Use them in a variety of ways: honoring your grandparents with a period dance, for example. Trust us; there are songs on these lists that every bride would be happy to hear as she walks down the aisle. Some songs can be used for father-daughter dances and other emotional moments during the reception.

Your guests will appreciate a tip of the hat to the songs that have helped each decade stand out from the others. Let these era wedding songs be your tribute to life, love, and laughter.

Music Guides

See my wedding music guides to help plan your wedding playlist.

The books will save you time and help you plan all the music for the ceremony and reception.

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Wedding Songs Planner

5,000 song suggestions from 60+ wedding playlists for your big day including wedding moments, eras, and genres.

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Wedding Music Toolkit

Everything you need to plan your wedding day playlist including ceremony & reception guides, and song ideas.

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