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 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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
Similar song lists for further reading:
- Wedding Songs the Year you were Married
- Love Playlists to dedicate a Song
- Songs lists by the Era of your Wedding
Top Anniversary Songs List
Last Updated: January 24, 2021
Anniversary song list curated by Matthew Campbell
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