best 1960s music for weddings

Popular 1960s Hit Songs for Weddings

 

 
When you think of classic rock & roll, classic R&B, and classic folk, you have to be thinking of the 1960s. When you play songs from the sixties at your wedding, you’re unlikely to get complaints. From songs for the candle ceremony, first dance, and grooving out with your best family and friends, the 1960s has your back.

Why Was the 1960s So Special For Music?

What makes the 1960s such a special decade for music? Some of it has to do with the natural cycle of style. Other influences include improvements in technology. And still, there is a “je ne sais quoi” — a mystery — something you can’t quite put your finger on.

As the 1960s began, the pop charts gave us R&B, Soul, DooWop. At the same time, the 1960s gave us instrumental beach music — surf rock. And we can’t forget the impact of musical artists from England coming to the USA — the British Invasion. Popular British music groups included the Beatles, the Byrds, and the Turtles.

best 1960s music for weddings

 

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100 Groovy 1960s Songs for Your Wedding

Without further ado, we list the very best songs of the 1960s for your wedding. Did we leave out your favorite? Let us know which one in the comments as well as the one you would replace.

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1960s wedding song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: March 30, 2021

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Aretha Franklin
Chain Of Fools
1967, R&B
Aretha Franklin
Respect
1967, R&B
Aretha Franklin
You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman
1967, R&B
Ben E. King
Stand By Me
1961, R&B
Betty Everett
The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)
1964, R&B
Bobby Lewis
Tossin' And Turnin'
1961, R&B
Booker T. & The MG's
Green Onions
1962, R&B
Chubby Checker
The Twist
1960, Rock
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bad Moon Rising
1969, Rock
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Proud Mary
1969, Rock
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
1969, Rock
Del Shannon
Runaway
1961, Pop
Dion
Runaround Sue
1961, Doo-Wop
Dion
The Wanderer
1961, Rock
Elvis Presley
Can't Help Falling In Love
1961, Pop
Etta James
At Last
1960, Blues
Four Seasons
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
1967, Pop
Four Tops
Baby I Need Your Loving
1964, Soul
Four Tops
I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
1965, Soul
Four Tops
Reach Out I'll Be There
1966, Soul
Gene Chandler
Duke Of Earl
1962, Soul
J Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers
Last Kiss
1961, R&B
James Brown
I Got You (I Feel Good)
1965, R&B
Jan & Dean
Surf City
1963, Pop
Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
Sugar Shack
1963, Rock
Joey Dee & The Starlighters
Peppermint Twist, Part I
1961, Rock
Johnny Cash
Ring Of Fire
1963, Country
Little Eva
The Loco-Motion
1962, Pop
Louis Armstrong
What A Wonderful World
1967, Pop
Manfred Mann
Do Wah Diddy Diddy
1964, Pop
Martha & The Vandellas
Dancing In The Street
1964, R&B
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
1967, Soul
Marvin Gaye
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
1964, Soul
Marvin Gaye
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
1968, R&B
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
You're All I Need To Get By
1968, R&B
Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
Stay
1960, Doo-Wop
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
Devil With A Blue Dress On
1966, Rock
Neil Diamond
Sweet Caroline
1969, Rock
Ohio Express
Yummy Yummy Yummy
1968, Pop
Otis Redding
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
1968, R&B
Patsy Cline
Crazy
1961, Country
Percy Sledge
When A Man Loves A Woman
1966, R&B
Procol Harum
A Whiter Shade Of Pale
1967, Rock
Ray Charles
Georgia On My Mind
1960, Jazz
Ray Charles
Hit The Road Jack
1961, R&B
Righteous Brothers
Unchained Melody
1965, Soul
Roger Miller
King Of The Road
1965, Country
Rolling Stones
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
1965, Rock
Roy Head & The Traits
Treat Her Right
1965, Soul
Roy Obison
Oh, Pretty Woman
1964, Rock
Sam & Dave
Soul Man
1967, Soul
Sam Cooke
Bring It On Home To Me
1962, R&B
Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
Wooly Bully
1965, Rock
Sly & the Family Stone
Dance To The Music
1968, Soul
Sonny & Cher
I Got You Babe
1965, Pop
Spencer Davis Group
Gimme Some Lovin'
1966, Soul
Steam
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
1969, Pop
Steppenwolf
Born To Be Wild
1968, Rock
Steppenwolf
Magic Carpet Ride
1968, Rock
Stevie Wonder
Uptight (Everything's Alright)
1965, Soul
Tammy Wynette
Stand By Your Man
1968, Country
The Archies
Sugar, Sugar
1969, Pop
The Beach Boys
Good Vibrations
1966, Pop
The Beach Boys
I Get Around
1964, Pop
The Beach Boys
Surfin' U.S.A.
1963, Rock
The Beatles
I Saw Her Standing There
1963, Rock
The Beatles
I Want To Hold Your Hand
1963, Rock
The Beatles
She Loves You
1963, Rock
The Beatles
Twist And Shout
1964, Rock
The Beatles
Yesterday
1965, Rock
The Byrds
Turn! Turn! Turn!
1965, Folk Rock
The Chiffons
He's So Fine
1962, Pop
The Dixie Cups
Chapel Of Love
1964, Pop
The Drifters
Save The Last Dance For Me
1960, R&B
The Drifters
Under The Boardwalk
1964, Soul
The Foundations
Build Me Up Buttercup
1968, Soul
The Kingsmen
Louie Louie
1963, Rock
The Kinks
You Really Got Me
1964, Rock
The Marcels
Blue Moon
1961, Doo-Wop
The McCoys
Hang On Sloopy
1964, Rock
The Miracles
You've Really Got A Hold On Me
1962, Soul
The Monkees
Daydream Believer
1967, Pop
The Monkees
I'm A Believer
1966, Rock
The Righteous Brothers
You're My, Soul And Inspiration
1966, Pop
The Righteous Brothers
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
1964, Pop
The Rolling Stones
Jumpin Jack Flash
1968, Rock
The Ronettes
Be My Baby
1963, Pop
The Shirelles
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
1960, R&B
The Supremes
Baby Love
1964, R&B
The Surfaris
Wipe Out
1963, Rock
The Temptations
Ain't Too Proud To Beg
1966, Soul
The Temptations
My Girl
1964, Soul
The Tokens
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
1961, R&B
The Troggs
Wild Thing
1966, Rock
The Ventures
Walk Don't Run
1960, Rock
The Young Rascals
Good Lovin'
1966, R&B
Tommy James & The Shondells
Mony Mony
1968, Rock
Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl
1967, Rock
Wilson Pickett
In The Midnight Hour
1965, R&B
Wilson Pickett
Mustang Sally
1966, R&B

Top 5 1960s Songs

  1. “My Girl” by The Temptations
  2. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
  3. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  4. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
  5. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley

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Another noted creation was created by Detroit Legend, Barry Gordy, Jr. — Motown. Popular Motown artists include Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder. This epic decade came to a close with a historic music festival. Woodstock had 450,000 attendees for the three-day festival.

21st Century Music Owes a Debt to the 1960s

The Best 60s Music was the beginning of a melting pot of different music styles. During the Vietnam War, American bands performed protest songs. Folk artists such as the Mama & the Papas and Simon & Garfunkel were also mainstream. DooWop groups ruled the early 60s such as The Shirelles, Dion & The Belmonts, and the Four Seasons. What we call beach music was popular with teens with artists such as The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, and The Ventures. Black rights were at the forefront with the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. This helped the rise of R&B and Soul style music with artists like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke.

The 1960s and the British Invasion

The British invasion brought us rock groups like The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Moody Blues, The Yardbirds, and, of course, Cream. We also had some combinations of music styles like rock and blues with groups such as Janis Joplin and Three Dog Night. For many fans, The Beatles are in their own category for the Best 1960s Music — unless you ask a Stones fan, of course.

The 1960s Music Culture

Historical events of the Sixties included the assassinations of John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. The States was struggling with Civil Rights and the Vietnam War while breaking the frontier of space travel and walking on the moon. Pop culture was all over the map from Beetlemania to Height Ashbury. Teen fashion included hot pants, mini skirts, bold colors known as Mod Fashions, and plaids. Toward the end, it was all about hippies and their psychedelic fashion, bell bottoms, and no bras.


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One response to “100 Groovy 1960s Songs for Your Wedding”

  1. jayne says:

    Need a wedding song for father and daughter for fri 4th sept asap help

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