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.
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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Top 5 1970’s Songs By Downloads
- “September” – Earth, Wind & Fire
- “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
- “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” – Stevie Wonder
- “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- “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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