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The Best Anniversary Songs For Weddings

 

 
Honoring couples celebrating anniversaries is an act of hospitality at the wedding reception. Which anniversary songs are best for the wedding reception and won’t distract you too much?

The Anniversary Song Dance

One way to celebrate anniversaries at your wedding reception is to invite all of the married couples to the dance floor. Then, remove couples by groups of 5 years at a time from the current year. Once you get to 40 years, remove couples one year at a time until you find the couple that has been married the longest.

Then, the wedding DJ would play the anniversary song of your choosing to honor the longest-married couple with a special dance. You can even have a special gift set aside for this couple. There are many songs that signify an anniversary for the newly-weds to the young at heart like the “Anniversary Waltz” by Eddy Howard, “Anniversary” by Tony Toni Tone, and “Happy Anniversary” by Kelly Morrison.

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Top Anniversary Songs List

Last Updated: June 29, 2021
Anniversary song list curated by Matthew Campbell

SongAmazon Link
Al Green
Let’s Stay Together
1972, Soul
Alan Jackson
I’d Love You All Over Again
1991, Country
Ambrosia
Biggest Part Of Me
1980, Rock
America
All My Life
1979, Rock
Anna Nalick
As Time Goes By
2019, Folk
Anne Murray
Could I Have This Dance
1980, Country
Avant feat. KeKe Wyatt
You & I
2013, R&B
Avett Brothers
Swept Away
2004, Folk
Backstreet Boys
As Long As You Love Me
1997, Pop
Barry White
You’re The First, The Last, My Everything
1974, R&B
Beatles
Here, There and Everywhere
1966, Rock
Beatles
In My Life
1965, Rock
Beatles
When I’m Sixty-Four
1967, Pop
Bee Gees
How Deep Is Your Love
1977, Pop
Ben E King
Stand By Me
1961, Soul
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
1987, Pop
Billy Joel
Just The Way You Are
1977, Rock
Bobby Vinton
Please Love Me Forever
1967, Pop
Bon Jovi
Always
1994, Pop Rock
Brad Paisley
Two People Fell In Love
2001, Country
Bruno Mars
Just The Way You Are
2010, Pop
Calum Scott
You Are The Reason
2017, Pop
Captain & Tennille
Love Will Keep Us Together
1975, Pop
Carpenters
We’ve Only Just Begun
1970, Rock
Celine Dion
Because You Loved Me
1996, Pop
Chase Rice
Forever to Go
2020, Country
Climax Blues Band
I Love You
1980, Rock
Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black
When I Said I Do
1999, Country
Coldplay
Yellow
2000, Rock
Cowboy Junkies
Anniversary Song
1993, Country Rock
Dan + Shay
From The Ground Up
2016, Country
David Pomeranz
On This Day
2001, Pop
Ed Sheeran with Beyonce
Perfect
2017, Pop
Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud
2014, Pop
Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle
You And I
1982, Country
Edwin McCain
I Could Not Ask For More
1999, Rock
Elton John
Your Song
1970, Pop
Eric Clapton
Wonderful Tonight
1977, Rock
Eva Cassidy
Anniversary Song
2000, Pop
Extreme
More Than Words
1991, Rock
Five For Fighting
100 Years
2003, Rock
Fleetwood Mac
You Make Loving Fun
1977, Rock
Frank Sinatra
My Way
1969, Jazz
Frank Sinatra
The Best Is Yet To Come
1964, Jazz
Grover Washington Jr. with Bill Withers
Just The Two Of Us
1981, R&B
Harry Connick Jr.
It Had To Be You
1991, Big Band
Honeydrippers
Sea Of Love
1985, Rock
Ian Janes
Can’t Remember Never Loving You
2018, Country
Jason Mraz
I’m Yours
2008, Pop
Jodeci
Forever My Lady
1991, R&B
John Legend
Stay With You
2004, R&B
Johnny Cash
A Thing Called Love
1972, Country
Josh Groban (Duet with Jennifer Nettles)
99 Years
2018, Pop
Josh Groban
You Raise Me Up
2001, Inspirational
Journey
After All These Years
2008, Rock
Kelly Clarkson
A Moment Like This
2002, Pop
Kelly Morrison
Happy Anniversary
2009, Rock
Kenny Rogers
You Decorated My Life
1979, Country
King Calaway
You're Still The One
2019, Country
Kool and The Gang
Celebration
1980, Disco
Lady Gaga
Always Remember Us This Way
2018, Pop
Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
Endless Love
1981, R&B
Lionel Richie
Still In Love
1996, R&B
Little River Band
Happy Anniversary
1977, Rock
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Grow Old With Me
1995, Country
Michael Buble
The Best is Yet to Come
2007, Pop
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Just to Say I Love You
2018, Folk
Nat King Cole
L-O-V-E
1965, Jazz
Natalie Cole
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
1975, R&B
Nick Tayler
Daisy Jane
2021, Country
Old Skool Gang
Beautiful (You Are so Beautiful to Me)
2018, R&B
Orleans
Still The One
1976, Rock
Patty Loveless and Vince Gill
My Kind Of Woman / My Kind Of Man
1999, Country
Paul Anka
Times Of Your Life
1975, Pop
Peabo Bryson And Roberta Flack
Tonight, I Celebrate My Love
1983, R&B
Queen
You’re My Best Friend
1976, Rock
Randy Travis
Forever And Ever, Amen
1987, Country
Rascal Flatts
Through The Years
2020, Country
Ray Goodman & Brown
Happy Anniversary
1980, R&B
Rex Smith
You Take My Breath Away
1979, Rock
Righteous Brothers
Unchained Melody
1965, Soul
Rod Stewart
Forever Young
1988, Rock
Rod Stewart
Have I Told You Lately
1993, Rock
Roy Clark
Honeymoon Feelin’
1974, Country
Russell Dickerson
Love You Like I Used To
2020, Country
Savage Garden
Truly Madly Deeply
1997, Pop
Shania Twain
Forever And For Always
2003, Country
Shania Twain
You’re Still The One
1998, Country
Shanice
Saving Forever For You
1992, R&B
Sonny & Cher
I Got You Babe
1965, Pop
Stevie Wonder
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
1973, Soul
Tank
Our Song
2019, R&B
Teddy Swims
You're Still The One
2020, Pop
Thomas Rhett
Die A Happy Man
2015, Country
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
The Rest of Our Life
2017, Country
Tim McGraw
You Just Get Better All The Time
1997, Country
Tony Toni Tone
Anniversary
1993, R&B
Tori Kelly feat. Ed Sheeran
I Was Made for Loving You
2015, Pop
Van Morrison
Have I Told You Lately
1989, Rock
Willie Nelson
Our Song
2020, Country

Top 10 Wedding Anniversary Songs

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10. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
Originally released in 1975.
A great R&B love song celebrating an eternal love for one another.

9. Still The One – Orleans
Originally released in 1976.
A classic rock love song proving how much you still mean to one another after all these years together.

8. Just The Two Of Us – Grover Washington Jr. with Bill Withers
Originally released in 1980.
A great jazz tune with Bill Withers singing “We can make it if we try.”

7. You Decorated My Life – Kenny Rogers
A classic country song released in 1979.
This song is a great love song story.

6. Anniversary – Tony Toni Tone
Our first true “anniversary” song on the list released in 1993.
This R&B song will be a mainstay on many couple’s lists celebrating an anniversary.

5. When I’m Sixty-Four – The Beatles
A classic love song by the Beatles released in 1967.
A love story about a man growing old with his lover.

4. 100 Years – Five For Fighting
This rock song was originally released in 2003.
A song about growing up until you are 100 years old and in the end “And I’m just dreaming counting the ways to where you are.”

3. You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
Our highest-ranking country song was released in 1997.
Another song stating how much you still mean to each other after all these years together.

2. Anniversary Waltz – Eddy Howard
For generations that have been around for many years, they will appreciate this classic song from 1950. Be sure you know how to waltz before playing this one though.

1. Happy Anniversary – Kelly Morrison
How can a song so new end up at the top of the list? This is a song sung by Kelly who has one of those raspy, memorable voices. This song is one of the feel-good songs that just makes everyone want to dance!

 

Traditional Wedding Anniversary Symbols

  • 1st Anniversary – Paper
  • 2nd Anniversary – Cotton
  • 5th Anniversary – Wood
  • 10th Anniversary – Tin
  • 15th Anniversary – Crystal
  • 20th Anniversary – China
  • 25th Anniversary – Silver
  • 30th Anniversary – Pearl
  • 40th Anniversary – Ruby
  • 50th Anniversary – Gold
  • 60th Anniversary – Diamond

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Honoring Your Parents and Grandparents

If the wedding couple decides to only honor their parents or grandparents, we recommend selecting a song that symbolizes their history of love together. The anniversary song does not have to be one of the songs on our list. In fact, you could play the song from their first dance as the anniversary song. How special would that be?

If you wish to provide a special gift to wedding couples at your wedding — such as parents and grandparents — we have provided a list of the traditional wedding anniversary symbols as follows just to make it that much more personable to each couple.

 

Why Celebrate Other Anniversaries At Our Wedding?

Just as you ask people for advice for the wedding couple, celebrating other couples encourages the newlyweds. Also, weddings are about celebrating love. Honoring others brings honor to your new life together and creates memories to last a lifetime — not just for the bride and groom.

Special Anniversary Parties

Special parties for anniversaries are fun, too. Just remember that if you are a young couple celebrating 5 or 10 years together, we would suggest anniversary songs that propose a message that there are better years to come such as “We’ve Only Just Begun” by the Carpenters and “Grow Old With Me” by Mary Chapin Carpenter.


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8 responses to “Top Anniversary Songs For Your Wedding Reception”

  1. Tipp says:

    Wow, I’m here looking for more anniversery songs and found out tge our band The Sunmessengers out of Detroit play so many of you choices, You have so many Great Songs That we Don’t do! I’m Glad I found You!

  2. Priscilla curry says:

    Great selections

  3. Barbara Hickman says:

    I love this web page. Me and my hubby will be married 50 years this Halloween thanks for these memories. ?

  4. Pamela Hospodarsky says:

    I Still Get That Honeymoon Feeling, You Were The First, The Last, My Everything. You Belong To Me, From Here To Eternity, This I Swear Is True, You Look Wonderful Tonight, You’re My Best Friend, Celebration, Your My Kind of Woman/Your My Kind of Man, A Thing Called Love, Please, Love Me Forever, Our Love Is Here To Stay, Pledging My Love, The Song Remembers When, I Only Have Eyes For You, The Way You Look Tonight, Till There Was You, Tonight I Celebrate My Love, You Take My Breath Away, Forever and Ever, Amen, You Raise Me Up and LOVE ME

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