best 1970s music for weddings

Top 100 1970s Songs for Weddings

 

 

Are you considering using 1970’s songs at your wedding? There are so many great genres and hits to choose from. It was tough to only choose our top 100. And, the groove that met the emotion of the 1960s is hard to beat.

Why Choose 1970’s Songs For Your Wedding?

First of all, if your parents are GenXers or young Boomers, these are the songs they love. So, since they’re paying for the wedding, how about giving them some great songs? (Wait. They’re paying, right?) Secondly, a lot of people in that generation are getting remarried. Thirdly, the lyrics. Those are some well-written, emotion-packed songs. Then you add in the groove, and that is the way to fill up your dance floor.

best 1970s music for weddings

 

Table of Contents:

The 100 Best Songs of the 1970s

We hope you choose to include some of these hits in the early hours of your reception or even in the ceremony. 

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1970s wedding song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: March 30, 2021

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The Things We Do For Love
1976, Pop
ABBA
Dancing Queen
1976, Disco
ABBA
Take A Chance On Me
1978, Disco
AC/DC
Highway To Hell
1979, Rock
Aerosmith
Walk This Way
1975, Rock
Al Green
Let's Stay Together
1971, Soul
Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO)
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
1974, Rock
Barry White
Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe
1974, Soul
Bay City Rollers
Saturday Night
1973, Pop Rock
Bee Gees
Stayin' Alive
1977, Disco
Bellamy Brothers
Let Your Love Flow
1975, Country
Bill Withers
Lean On Me
1972, Disco
Bob Seger
Old Time Rock & Roll
1979, Rock
Captain & Tennille
Love Will Keep Us Together
1975, Pop
Carl Douglas
Kung Fu Fighting
1974, Disco
Charlie Rich
The Most Beautiful Girl
1973, Country
Cheap Trick
I Want You To Want Me
1977, Pop Rock
Chic
Good Times
1979, Disco
Chic
Le Freak
1978, Disco
Commodores
Brick House
1977, Funk
Commodores
Three Times A Lady
1978, Soul
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Rich Girl
1977, Pop Rock
Dobie Gray
Drift Away
1973, Rock
Don McLean
American Pie
1971, Rock
Earth, Wind And Fire
September
1978, R&B
Elton John
Crocodile Rock
1972, Rock
Elton John
Your Song
1970, Pop
Elvin Bishop
Fooled Around And Fell In Love
1975, Pop Rock
Eric Clapton
Wonderful Tonight
1977, Rock
Exile
Kiss You All Over
1978, Rock
Free
All Right Now
1970, Rock
Gary Wright
Dream Weaver
1975, Pop
Gladys Knight & The Pips
Midnight Train To Georgia
1973, Soul
Glen Campbell
Rhinestone Cowboy
1975, Country
Gloria Gaynor
I Will Survive
1978, Disco
Grand Funk
The Loco-Motion
1962, Pop
Heatwave
Always & Forever
1976, R&B
Hot Chocolate
You Sexy Thing
1975, Funk
James Taylor
Fire And Rain
1970, Rock
Janis Joplin
Me And Bobby McGee
1971, Rock
Jim Croce
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
1973, Folk Rock
Jimmy Buffett
Margaritaville
1977, Country
John Denver
Take Me Home, Country Roads
1971, Country Folk
John Denver
Thank God I'm A Country Boy
1975, Country Folk
John Lennon
Imagine
1971, Pop Rock
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
You're The One That I Want
1978, Pop
KC & The Sunshine Band
Get Down Tonight
1975, Disco
KC & The Sunshine Band
That's The Way (I LIke It)
1975, Disco
Kiss
Rock And Roll All Nite
1975, Rock
Labelle
Lady Marmalade
1974, Soul
Led Zeppelin
Stairway To Heaven
1970, Rock
Lipps. Inc.
Funkytown
1979, Disco
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sweet Home Alabama
1974, Rock
Marvin Gaye
Let's Get It On
1973, Soul
Meat Loaf
Paradise By The Dashboard Light
1977, Rock
Michael Jackson
Rock With You
1979, R&B
Nick Gilder
Hot Child In The City
1978, Pop Rock
Norman Greenbaum
Spirit In The Sky
1970, Rock
Orleans
Still The One
1976, Rock
Paul Davis
I Go Crazy
1977, Rock
Poco
Crazy Love
1979, Country Rock
Pratt & McClain
Happy Days
1976, Rock
Queen
We Are The Champions
1977, Rock
Rare Earth
Get Ready
1970, Rock
Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water
1970, Folk Rock
Sister Sledge
We Are Family
1978, Disco
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Tears Of A Clown
1970, Pop Soul
Stealers Wheel
Stuck In The Middle With You
1972, Folk Rock
Steam
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
1969, Pop
Steely Dan
Reelin' In The Years
1973, Rock
Steve Miller Band
The Joker
1973, Rock
Stevie Wonder
Superstition
1972, Funk
Stevie Wonder
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
1973, Soul
Styx
Babe
1979, Rock
Sugarhill Gang
Rapper's Delight
1979, Hip Hop
T. Rex
Bang A Gong (Get It On)
1971, Rock
The Beatles
Let It Be
1970, Rock
The Cars
Just What I Needed
1978, Rock
The Doobie Brothers
LIsten To The Music
1972, Rock
The Eagles
Hotel California
1977, Rock
The Four Seasons
December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night!)
1975, Disco
The Hollies
Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)
1972, Rock
The Jackson 5
I'll Be There
1970, R&B
The Knack
My Sharona
1979, Pop
The O'Jays
Love Train
1972, R&B
The Partridge Family
I Think I Love You
1970, Pop
The Rolling Stones
Brown Sugar
1971, Rock
The Romantics
What I Like About You
1979, Pop
The Temptations
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
1971, Soul
The Temptations
Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
1972, Soul
The Trammps
Disco Inferno
1976, Disco
Thelma Houston
Don't Leave Me This Way
1975, Disco
Thin Lizzy
The Boys Are Back In Town
1976, Rock
Three Dog Night
Joy To The World
1971, Rock
Van McCoy
The Hustle
1975, Disco
Village People
Y.M.C.A.
1978, Disco
War
Low Rider
1975, Funk
Warren Zevon
Werewolves Of London
1978, Rock
Wild Cherry
Play That Funky Music
1976, Funk

Do you have a favorite 1970s wedding song that isn’t on our list? Please share it in the comments. Also which one would you replace? We read and respond to all comments.

Top 5 1970’s Songs By Downloads

  1. “September” – Earth, Wind & Fire
  2. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
  3. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” – Stevie Wonder
  4. “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  5. “Dancing Queen” – ABBA

The 1970’s – Birth of Disco

Every era has it’s boom in culture. After WWI, we had the roaring twenties! After WWII, we had 50’s music and swing dancing. As the Vietnam War continued into 1975, people took to dancing to forget about the war and be happy. This time, they went to the Disco.

The music of the 1970s can be most remembered as the birth of Disco! I can hear the high hat now. It just makes you want to dance. Popular disco music artists included the Bee Gees with “Stayin’ Alive”, Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”, “Dancing Queen” was practically the anthem but don’t forget the Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.”.

1970’s Songs Welcome Progressive Rock

Another music style popular in the 1970s was progressive rock. Progressive rock songs were typically longer in length and may not be conducive to weddings, but who doesn’t love Freebird? Those songs got longer as recording technology changed. Each side of a record could only be so long.

“Led Zeppelin never released ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ which is 8:02 minutes, as a single, but the track still became the stuff of legend.” Mashable https://mashable.com/2014/11/23/pop-song-length/

Finally, punk rock also started in the 1970s with heavy guitar riffs and anger in the lyrics and projection in the singers. Punk rock style music kickoff with bands like the Sex Pistols and the Ramones. Bob Marley had a huge fan base in the U.S. performing Jamaican reggae music as well.

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The 1970s Brought Us the Hustle

The dance of the Best 1970s music that was typical in dance clubs, aka discos, was the Hustle. You can learn to do this groovy dance with the following tutorial.

The music genre was named after the music played in discotheque — the nightclubs people danced in. The Hustle was invented in 1970 thought to be in New York City. Offspring of the Hustle were the Basic Hustle, Latin, Spanish and Tango Hustle, and Swing Hustle. Other popular dances of the 1970’s music included the Bump, Penguin, Boogaloo, Watergate, and the Robot. Way too much fun!

Fads and Culture in the 1970s

The 19070’s had its own fads for teens such as pet rocks, mood rings, and the creation of the Rubik’s cube. Popular fashion trends saw long hair on men, bell-bottom pants, and hot pants. There were many new inventions for teens in the Seventies which included the floppy disc, game console Atari, the videocassette recorder (VCR), and the invention of email in 1971.

The 1970s also gave birth to affirmative action, legalized abortion, and Earth Day. Many 1970’s bands increased their following in the States and worldwide because of the invention of the 8-track tape.

Blockbuster films of the seventies included “Star Wars,” “The Godfather I and II,” and “Grease.” TV shows of the 1970s included “The Brady Bunch,” “Happy Days,” “All In The Family,” and “Sesame Street” for children. With the advancement of TV, sports became big business. This was the beginning of wealthy sports owners and highly paid baseball players with the free agency by the end of the decade.


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3 responses to “Top 100 1970’s Songs for Your Wedding”

  1. M N says:

    Not sure which 1970’s Supertramp songs are good for dancing.

  2. M N says:

    No Supertramp in the list? :(

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