Top 100 1950s Wedding Songs + Lyric Quotes

Updated on June 6, 2022 | Written by Matthew Campbell (Editor of My Wedding Songs and wedding DJ)

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So, you and your dreamboat are getting married?

Then why not celebrate going to the chapel with the best music the 1950s had to offer?

1950s music for weddings

What Defines 1950s Music?

The decade that followed the end of World War II brought prosperity and, with that, fun tunes to dance the twist, and more.

Sure, the 1950s brought rock and roll which was a natural evolution from jazz.

Their parents listened to Big Band and Swing. Partner dancing just kept up its pace.

Ballads were still big in the 1950s, with such crooners as Dean Martin, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and Pat Boone.

So, what defines 1950s music is the backbeat, great vocals, and a memorable chorus.

Let’s start with the most popular right now.

Top 10 Best 1950s Songs

  1. “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole
  2. “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin
  3. “I Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash
  4. “Shout” by The Isley Brothers
  5. “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley
  6. “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra
  7. “Shout” by the Isley Brothers
  8. “Sway” by Dean Martin
  9. “This Magic Moment” by The Drifters
  10. “All Shook Up” by Elvis Preseley

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100 Best 1950s Songs For Your Wedding

You will enjoy a list of the most popular and unique 1950s songs for your wedding day.

Every couple’s music tastes are different. Thus, we selected wedding songs from the 1950s that include many different music styles.


R&B 1950s Wedding Songs

Money (That’s What I Want) – Barrett Strong
1959, R&B
song on Amazon

Money don’t get everything, it’s true
But what it don’t get I can’t use
I need money (That’s what I want)

Sea Of Love – Phil Phillips
1959, R&B
song on Amazon

Come with me, my love
To the sea, the sea of love
I want to tell you
How much I love you

What’d I Say – Ray Charles
1959, R&B
song on Amazon

See the girl with the red dress on
She can do the Birdland all night long
Yeah yeah, what’d I say


Love Potion No. 9 – The Clovers
1959, R&B
song on Amazon

I started kissin’ everything in sight
But when I kissed a cop down on Thirty-Fourth and Vine
He broke my little bottle of Love Potion Number Nine

Dance With Me – The Drifters
1959, R&B
song on Amazon

Dance with me
Dance with me closer, closer and closer
And maybe we’ll be lovers when the music ends

Shout – The Isley Brothers
1959, R&B
song on Amazon

You know you make me wanna (Shout)
Kick my heels up and (Shout)
Throw my hands up and (Shout)

Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
1959, R&B
song on Amazon

Goin’ to Kansas City
Kansas City, here I come
They got some crazy little women there
And I’m gonna get me one

Chantilly Lace – Big Bopper
1958, R&B
song on Amazon

Chantilly lace and a pretty face
And a ponytail hangin’ down
A wiggle in her walk and a giggle in her talk, Lord
Make the world go ’round, ’round, ’round


Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes – Chuck Willis
1958, R&B
song on Amazon

I don’t want hang up my rock and roll shoes
Because my feet start movin’ ev’ry time i hear those blues
Let’s rock let’s roll

For Your Precious Love – Jerry Butler & the Impressions
1958, R&B
song on Amazon

Just for you to say that you’ll be my girl
Wanting you, I’m so lonely and blue
That’s what love will do

Willie & The Hand Jive – Johnny Otis
1958, R&B
song on Amazon

Hand jive, hand jive
Hand jive, doin’ that crazy hand jive, hey, hey
Come on, sugar, yeah!

He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands – Laurie London
1958, R&B
song on Amazon

He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole wide world in His hands

You Send Me – Sam Cooke
1957, R&B
song on Amazon

At first I thought it was infatuation
But, woo, it’s lasted so long
Now I find myself wanting
To marry you and take you home


Honky Tonk, Part 1 – Bill Doggett
1956, R&B
song on Amazon

She’s your (ya) thunderin’ lightning rod
(Well it was) Born at the junction of form and function
It’s the (‘e) hammer of the honky-tonk gods

Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
1956, R&B
song on Amazon

Well, it’s one for the money
Two for the show
Three to get ready
Now go, cat, go

Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
1956, R&B
song on Amazon

I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill
On Blueberry Hill, when I found you

I’m In Love Again – Fats Domino
1956, R&B
song on Amazon

Yes it’s me and I’m in love again
Had no lovin’ since you know when
You know I love you, yes I do
And I’m saving all my lovin’ just for you

The ABC’s Of Love – Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
1956, R&B
song on Amazon

Gosh, knows I love you
Heaven knows it’s true
I want to be near you


Jim Dandy – Lavern Baker
1956, R&B
song on Amazon

Spot a lady on a runaway horse
Ah-hah, that’s right, of course
Jim Dandy to the rescue

Let The Good Times Roll – Shirley & Lee
1956, R&B
song on Amazon

Come on baby while the thrill is on
Come on baby lets have some fun
Come on baby let the good times roll

Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
1955, R&B
song on Amazon

Bo Diddley bought his babe a diamond ring
If that diamond ring don’t shine
He going to take it to a private eye

At My Front Door (Crazy Little Mama) – El Dorados
1955, R&B
song on Amazon

If you got a little mama and ya want to keep her neat
Keep your little mama off my street

Pledging My Love – Johnny Ace
1955, R&B
song on Amazon

My heart’s at your command dear
To keep, love and to hold
Making you happy’s my desire
Keeping you is my goal


Tweedlee Dee – LaVern Baker
1955, R&B
song on Amazon

Tweedle dot, tweedle dot
Gimme gimme gimme gimme
Gimme all the love you got

Sincerely – The Moonglows
1954, R&B
song on Amazon

Oh Lord, won’t you tell me why
I love that girlie so
She doesn’t want me
But I’ll never never never never let her go

I’ve Got A Woman – Ray Charles
1954, R&B
song on Amazon

She saves her lovin’, early in the mornin’
Just for me, oh yeah
She saves her lovin’, just for me
Ah, she, loves me, so tenderly

Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight – The Spaniels
1954, R&B
song on Amazon

Goodnight sweetheart, well, it’s time to go
I hate to leave you, I really must say
Oh, goodnight sweetheart, goodnight


Country 1950s Wedding Songs

My Special Angel – Bobby Helms
1957, Country
song on Amazon

You are my special angel
Through eternity
I’ll have my special angel
Here to watch over me

Kisses Sweeter Than Wine – Jimmie Rodgers
1957, Country
song on Amazon

Well we worked very hard, both me and my wife
Workin’ hand-in-hand to have a good life

Young Love – Sonny James
1957, Country
song on Amazon

Just one kiss from your sweet lips
Will tell me that your love is real
And I can feel that it’s true
We will vow to one another

I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash
1956, Country
song on Amazon

Yes, I’ll Admit I’m A Fool For You
Because You’re Mine

Jambalaya (On The Bayou) – Hank Williams
1952, Country
song on Amazon

Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and a fillet gumbo
‘Cause tonight, I’m gonna see my ma cher amio
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the bayou

Hey Good Lookin’ – Hank Williams
1951, Country
song on Amazon

Say hey, good lookin’, what you got cookin’?
How’s about cookin’ somethin’ up with me?


Doo-Wop 1950s Wedding Songs

Charlie Brown – The Coasters
1959, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

Charlie Brown Charlie Brown he’s a clown that Charlie Brown
He’s gonna get caught just you wait and see
(Why’s everybody always picking on me)

I Only Have Eyes For You – The Flamingos
1959, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

Maybe millions of people (sha bop sha bop) go by
But they all disappear from view
And I only have eyes for you

Rock and Roll is Here To Stay – Danny & the Juniors
1958, Doo Wop
song on Amazon

Rock ‘n roll will always be
Our ticket to the end
It’ll go down in history
Just you watch, my friend

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – The Platters
1958, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

When your heart’s on fire
You must realize
Smoke gets in your eyes

16 Candles – The Crests
1958, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

Sixteen candles in my heart will glow
For ever and ever for I love you so (for I love you so)


Little Star – The Elegants
1958, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder where you are
Wish I may, wish I might
Make this wish come true tonight

At The Hop – Danny & the Juniors
1957, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

Where the jockey is the smoothest
And the music is the coolest at the hop
All the cats and the chicks can get their kicks at the hop

Little Darlin’ – The Diamonds
1957, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

My darling I need you
To call my own
And never do wrong
To hold in mine
Your little hand

The Stroll – The Diamonds
1957, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

Take me by my hand
I feel so goo-ooh-ooh-ood
Take me by my hand
And let’s go strolling
In wonderland

Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris
1957, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

Little bitty pretty one
Come on and talk-a to me
Lovey dovey lovey one


In The Still of The Night – The Five Satins
1956, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

In the still of the night
I held you
Held you tight
‘Cause I love
Love you so
Promise I’ll never
Let you go

Come Go With Me – The Del-Vikings
1956, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

Well I love, love you darlin’
Come and go with me
Come home with me
Way beyond the sea

Only You – The Platters
1955, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

Only you
Can make this change in me
For it’s true
You are my destiny

Sh-Boom – The Chords
1954, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

Every time I look at you
Something is on my mind
If you do what I want you to
Baby, we could be so fine

Earth Angel – The Penguins
1954, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

Earth angel, earth angel
The one I adore
Love you forever and ever more
I’m just a fool
A fool in love with you

Gee – The Crows
1953, Doo-Wop
song on Amazon

Oh Gee, my oh Gee, well o-o Gee
Why I love that girl, love that girl


Rockabilly 1950s Wedding Songs

Rebel Rouser – Duane Eddy
1958, Rockabilly
song on Amazon

Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
1958, Rockabilly
song on Amazon

I’m gonna take two weeks, gonna have a vacation
I’m gonna take my problem to the United Nation
Well I called my congressman and he said quote
“I’d like to help you son, but you’re too young to vote”

Party Doll – Buddy Knox
1957, Rockabilly
song on Amazon

Every man has got to have a party doll
To be with him when he’s feelin’ wild
To be everlovin’, true and fair

Susie Q – Dale Hawkins
1957, Rockabilly
song on Amazon

Oh Suzie Q
Oh Suzie Q
Oh Suzie Q, baby I love you

Be-Bop-A-Lula – Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps
1956, Rockabilly
song on Amazon

Be-bop-a-Lula she’s my baby
Be-bop-a-Lula I don’t mean maybe
Be-bop-a-Lula she’s my baby doll


Rock 1950s Wedding Songs

Sea Cruise – Frankie Ford
1959, Rock
song on Amazon

I got to boogie-woogie like a knife in the back
So be my guest, you got nothin’ to lose
Won’t ya let me take you on a sea cruise?

Splish Splash – Bobby Darin
1958, Rock
song on Amazon

There was Lollipop with-a Peggy Sue
Good Golly, Miss Molly was-a even there, too
A-well-a, splish splash, I forgot about the bath
I went and put my dancing shoes on

Rockin’ Robin – Bobby Day
1958, Rock
song on Amazon

‘Cause we’re really gonna rock tonight
(Tweet, tweedle-lee-dee)
A pretty little raven at the bird-band stand
Taught him how to do the bop, it was grand

Rave On – Buddy Holly & the Crickets
1958, Rock
song on Amazon

Rave on, rave on and tell me
Tell me not to be lonely
Tell me you love me only
Rave on for me

Tequila – The Champs
1958, Rock
song on Amazon


Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry
1958, Rock
song on Amazon

His mother told him “someday you will be a man
And you will be the leader of a big old band
Many people coming from miles around
To hear you play your music when the sun go down

All I Have To Do Is Dream – Everly Brothers
1958, Rock
song on Amazon

I need you so that I could die
I love you so and that is why
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is
Dream, dream, dream, dream

Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard
1958, Rock
song on Amazon

Good golly, Miss Molly, sure like to ball
When you’re rockin’ and a rollin’
Can’t hear your momma call

La Bamba – Ritchie Valens
1958, Rock
song on Amazon

Yo no soy marinero, soy capitán
Soy capitán, soy capitán
Bamba, bamba

Book Of Love – The Monotones
1958, Rock
song on Amazon

I love you darlin’
Baby, you know I do
But I’ve got to see this book of love
Find out why it’s true


Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly & the Crickets
1957, Rock
song on Amazon

Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty Peggy Sue
Oh Peggy, my Peggy Sue
Oh well, I love you gal yes I need you Peggy Sue

That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly & the Crickets
1957, Rock
song on Amazon

Well, that’ll be the day
When you say goodbye
Yes, that’ll be the day
When you make me cry

Rock And Roll Music – Chuck Berry
1957, Rock
song on Amazon

That’s why I go for that rock and roll music
Any old way you choose it
It’s got a back beat you can’t lose it
Any old time you use it
It’s gotta be rock roll music
If you wanna dance with me

Elvis Presley – All Shook Up
1957, Rock
song on Amazon

I can’t seem to stand on my own two feet
Who do you think of when you have such luck?
I’m in love
I’m all shook up

Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock
1957, Rock
song on Amazon

Let’s rock
Everybody, let’s rock
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin’ to the Jailhouse Rock


Rockin’ Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu – Huey “Piano” Smith & the Clowns
1957, Rock
song on Amazon

I would be runnin’ but my feet’s too slow
Young man rhythm’s got a hold of me too
I got a rockin’ pneumonia and a boogie woogie flu

Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
1957, Rock
song on Amazon

Kiss me baby
Mmmmh, it feels good
Hold me baby
Well I’m off to love you like a lover should

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On – Jerry Lee Lewis
1957, Rock
song on Amazon

Come along my baby, whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on
Yes, I said come along my baby, baby you can’t go wrong
We ain’t fakin’, while lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Keep A Knockin’ – Little Richard
1957, Rock
song on Amazon

Keep a knockin’, but you can’t come in
Come back tomorrow night and try again

Searchin’ – The Coasters
1957, Rock
song on Amazon

My goodness, searching every which a-way Yeah Yeah
But I’m like the Northwest Mountie
You know I’ll bring her in some day Gonna find her


Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry
1956, Rock
song on Amazon

A trifle further and reel and rock with
One another
Roll over Beethoven
Dig these rhythm and blues

Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
1956, Rock
song on Amazon

Come on over here and love me you know what I want you to say
Don’t be cruel to a heart that’s true
Well I don’t want no other love honey it’s just you I’m thinkin’ of

Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
1956, Rock
song on Amazon

You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog
Cryin’ all the time
Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit
And you ain’t no friend of mine

I Want You, I Need You, I Love You – Elvis Presley
1956, Rock
song on Amazon

Ev’ry time that you’re near
All my cares disappear
Darling, you’re all that
I’m livin’ for
I want you, I need you
I love you more and more

Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
1956, Rock
song on Amazon

Love me tender
Love me long
Take me to your heart
For it’s there that I belong
And we’ll never part


Fever – Little Willie John
1956, Rock
song on Amazon

Listen to me, baby
Hear ev’ry word I say
No one could love you the way I do
‘Cause they don’t know how to love you my way
You give me fever

Love Is Strange – Mickey & Sylvia
1956, Rock
song on Amazon

Your sweet loving
Is better than a kiss
When you leave me
Sweet kisses I miss

Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
1955, Rock
song on Amazon

Tutti frutti, oh rootie
Tutti frutti, oh rootie
A wop bop a loo bop a lop ba ba

Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets
1954, Rock
song on Amazon

One, two, three o’clock, four o’clock, rock
Five, six, seven o’clock, eight o’clock, rock
Nine, ten, eleven o’clock, twelve o’clock, rock
We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight


Pop 1950s Wedding Songs

Mack The Knife – Bobby Darin
1959, Pop
song on Amazon

Ooh, Miss Lotte Lenya and ol’ Lucy Brown
Oh, the line forms on the right, babe
Now that Mackie’s back in town

Venus – Frankie Avalon
1959, Pop
song on Amazon

I promise that I always will be true
I’ll give her all the love I have to give
As long as we both shall live

Put Your Head On My Shoulder – Paul Anka
1959, Pop
song on Amazon

Put your head on my shoulder
Whisper in my ear, baby
Words I want to hear
Tell me, tell me that you love me too

Sleep Walk – Santo and Johnny
1959, Pop
song on Amazon

Every night I just Sleepwalk
And when you walk inside the door
I will Sleepwalk no more

Come Softly To Me – The Fleetwoods
1959, Pop
song on Amazon

I love, I love you so
Please hold, hold me so tight
All through, all through the night


Do You Want To Dance – Bobby Freeman
1958, Pop
song on Amazon

Well, do you want to dance and make romance?
Kiss and squeeze me, mmmm yes
Do you want to dance?

To Know Him is To Love Him – Teddy Bears
1958, Pop
song on Amazon

I’ll be good to him, I’ll bring love to him
Everyone says there’ll come a day
When I’ll walk alongside of him

Lollipop – The Chordettes
1958, Pop
song on Amazon

His kiss is sweeter than an apple pie
And when he does his shaky rockin’ dance
Man, I haven’t got a chance

It’s All in The Game – Tommy Edwards
1958, Pop
song on Amazon

Soon he’ll be there at your side with a sweet bouquet
And he’ll kiss your lips and caress your waiting fingertips
And your hearts will fly away

Tammy – Debbie Reynolds
1957, Pop
song on Amazon

When the night is warm, soft and warm
I long for his charms
I’d sing like a violin
If I were in his arms


All The Way – Frank Sinatra
1957, Pop
song on Amazon

When somebody needs you
It’s no good unless he needs you all the way
Through the good or lean years
And for all the in between years come what may

Chances Are – Johnny Mathis
1957, Pop
song on Amazon

Just because my composure sort of slips
The moment that your lips meet mine
Chances are you think my heart’s your Valentine

April Love – Pat Boone
1957, Pop
song on Amazon

Rain to grow the flowers for her first bouquet
But April love can slip right through your fingers
So if she’s the one don’t let her run away

Diana – Paul Anka
1957, Pop
song on Amazon

Stand by mi diana

Memories Are Made Of This – Dean Martin
1956, Pop
song on Amazon

Add one stolen night of bliss
One girl, one boy
Some grief, some joy
Memories are made of this


Banana Boat Song – Harry Belafonte
1956, Pop
song on Amazon

Day-o, day-o
Daylight come and we want go home

Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing – The Four Aces
1955, Pop
song on Amazon

Love is a many splendored thing
It’s the April rose that only grows in the early spring
Love is nature’s way of giving a reason to be living

Autumn Leaves – Roger Williams
1955, Pop
song on Amazon

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all, my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall


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Backup on the Backbeat – A Little about 1950s Songs

Rock and roll music started in the mid-1950s and became mainstream with artists such as Bill Haley & His Comets and Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley became the image of Best 1950s Music. That decade made him “The King of Rock and Roll.”

Elvis ruffled the feathers of the squares after his pelvis gyrations on The Ed Sullivan Show. That kind of dancing was never shown on television before. Rock and Roll didn’t dominate the 1950s, however. Country and Western grew in popularity with such artists as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Porter Wagoner. Carl Perkins fueled a new version of country and western and R&B combined called rockabilly. Arguably, there was quite a bit of crossover.

Hank Williams also helped to popularize Honky Tonk, a style of country music characterized by a style of piano playing emphasizing rhythm more than harmony. (Does this remind you of jazz? It should) It is interesting to note the “tonk” in the word Honky Tonk was taken from a manufacturer of an upright piano.


1950s Pop Culture

In the 1950s, we saw the popularization of television, dance shows, and even the credit card system in the USA. Although color televisions were being introduced, most shows were seen in the afternoon and evenings in black and white.

Popular TV shows included I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, and The Twilight Zone. Segregation was also made illegal. Space travel became a reality with the Russian Sputnik 1. America also grew by 2 States with the addition of Hawaii and Alaska. That was a lot of change. Sound stressful? Yeah, dance it out.

Hot fashion trends included men’s bomber jackets (WWII), Bermuda shorts, and a nipped waist for women. In the early 1950s, there was a major advancement in medicine with the creation of a vaccine to prevent polio. So you can see, Daddy-O, why people wanted to splish splash, rock around the clock, and do the jailhouse rock.

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Meet Matthew (Matt) Campbell, the passionate wedding DJ and music expert behind My Wedding Songs. With years of experience in the industry and a keen ear for the latest trends, Matt knows just what it takes to create the perfect soundtrack for your special day. From classic love ballads to upbeat party anthems, his articles are jam-packed with insider tips and top recommendations that will have you and your guests on your feet all night long.

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