Oldies songs to play at weddings

Top 100 Oldies Wedding Songs

 

 
When you think of “oldies,” what comes to mind? Why that’s easy; it’s our favorite songs from the 1950s and 1960s. Which are the best oldies songs for your wedding?

We have created a list of our favorite best Oldies songs for weddings. My Wedding Songs has song lists of the best 1950s, best 1960s, and best 1970s. However, we wanted to create an additional song list of the best Oldies songs.

What is an Oldies Song?

What constitutes an oldies song can change with each decade. But think “American Graffiti,” “Happy Days,” and “Grease.” And don’t forget the choreographed boy bands (the original ones before Menudo and K-Pop).

Oldies are traditionally the songs from the 1950s through the late 60s — rock and roll at its purist. You can find many different music types such as R&B, Rock and Roll, Beach, Country, and more.

Oldies songs to play at weddings

 

Table of Contents:

The 100 Best Oldies Songs for Your Wedding

Oldies wedding song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: March 29, 2021

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Another favorite oldies wedding song…

When We Get Married – The Dreamlovers


 
SongAmazon Link
Archies
Sugar, Sugar
1969, Pop
Aretha Franklin
Respect
1965, R&B
Beach Boys
Good Vibrations
1966, Pop Rock
Beach Boys
Surfin’ USA
1963, Rock
Beatles
All You Need Is Love
1967, Rock
Beatles
I Saw Her Standing There
1963, Rock
Beatles
Twist & Shout
1963, Rock
Ben E King
Stand By Me
1961, Soul
Betty Everett
The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)
1964, R&B
Bill Haley
Rock Around The Clock
1954, Rock
Bobby Darin
Mack The Knife
1959, Pop
Bobby Day
Rockin’ Robin
1958, Rock
Buddy Holly & The Crickets
That’ll Be The Day
1957, Rock
Carl Perkins
Blue Suede Shoes
1956, Rockabilly
Cast Of Fiddler On The Roof
Sunrise Sunset
1964. Broadway
Champs
Tequila
1958, Rock
Chubby Checker
Limbo Rock
1962, Rock
Chubby Checker
The Twist
1960, Rock
Chuck Berry
Johnny B Goode
1958, Rock
Contours
Do You Love Me
1962, Soul
Crests
16 Candles
1958, Doo-Wop
Dean Martin
That’s Amore
1953, Pop
Dion
Runaround Sue
1961, Doo-Wop Rock
Dion
Wanderer
1961, Rock
Dixie Cups
Chapel Of Love
1964, Pop
Drifters
Save The Last Dance For Me
1960, R&B
Drifters
Under The Boardwalk
1964, Soul
Duane Eddy
Rebel Rouser
1958, Rockabilly
Eddie Cochran
Summertime Blues
1958, Rockabilly
Ella Fitzgerald
My Funny Valentine
1956, Jazz
Elvis Presley
All Shook Up
1957, Rock
Elvis Presley
Can’t Help Falling In Love
1961, Pop
Elvis Presley
Hound Dog
1953, Blues
Elvis Presley
Jailhouse Rock
1957, Rock
Elvis Presley
Love Me Tender
1956, Country
Etta James
At Last
1960, Soul
Everly Brothers
All I Have to Do is Dream
1958, Pop
Five Satins
In the Still of the Night
1956, R&B
Five Satins
To the Aisle
1957, Pop
Flamingos
I Only Have Eyes for You
1959, Rock
Foundations
Build Me Up Buttercup
1968, Pop
Four Tops
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
1965, Soul
Frank Sinatra
Fly Me To The Moon
1954, Pop
Frank Sinatra
Love and Marriage
1955/1956, Pop
Frank Sinatra
Luck Be A Lady
1963, Jazz
Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight
1964, Pop
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
1967, Pop
Henry Mancini
Moon River
1962, Pop
Isley Brothers
Shout
1959, R&B
Jackie Wilson
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher
1967, R&B
Jackie Wilson
To Be Loved
1958, R&B
Jan & Dean
Surf City
1963, Rock
Jay & The Americans
This Magic Moment
1969, Pop
Jerry Lee Lewis
Great Balls Of Fire
1957, Rock
Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
Sugar Shack
1963, Rock
Johnny Cash
I Walk The Line
1956, Country
Johnny Mathis
Chances Are
1957, Pop
Johnny Otis
Willie & The Hand Jive
1958, Rock
Kingsmen
Louie Louie
1957, R&B
Little Eva
The Loco-Motion
1962, Pop
Little Richard
Good Golly, Miss Molly
1958, Rock
Louis Armstrong
What A Wonderful World
1967, Pop
Louis Prima
Jump, Jive and Wail
1956, Jazz Swing
Martha and the Vandellas
Dancing In The Street
1964, R&B
Marvin Gaye
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
1968, R&B
Mills Brothers
Daddy’s Little Girl
1950, Jazz
Mitch Ryder
Devil With A Blue Dress On
1966, Rock
Monkees
Daydream Believer
1967, Pop
Monkees
I’m a Believer
1966, Pop
Nat King Cole
The Party’s Over
1956, Jazz
Nat King Cole
Unforgettable
1952, Jazz
Neil Diamond
Sweet Caroline
1969, Pop
Otis Redding
Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay
1968, R&B
Otis Redding
These Arms Of Mine
1962, R&B
Percy Sledge
When A Man Loves A Woman
1966, R&B
Platters
Only You
1955, Doo-Wop
Platters
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
1958, Doo-Wop
Platters
Twilight Time
1958, Doo-Wop
Ray Anthony
Hokey Pokey
1953, Jazz
Righteous Brothers
Unchained Melody
1965, Soul
Righteous Brothers
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
1964, Pop
Ritchie Valens
La Bamba
1958, Rock
Rosie & The Originals
Angel Baby
1960, Doo-Wop
Sam & Dave
Soul Man
1967, Soul
Sam Cooke
You Send Me
1957, R&B
Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
Wooly Bully
1965, Rock
Sonny & Cher
I Got You Babe
1965, Pop
Spaniels
Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight
1954, R&B
Spencer Davis Group
Gimme Some Lovin’
1966, Soul
Temptations
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
1966, Soul
Temptations
My Girl
1964, Soul
Thurston Harris
Litty Bitty Pretty One
1957, Rock
Tom Jones
It's Not Unusual
1965, Pop
Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
1962, Pop
Toys
A Lover's Concerto
1967, Rock
Troggs
Love is All Around
1967, Rock
Turtles
Happy Together
1967, Pop Rock
Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl
1967, Rock
Wilson Pickett
Mustang Sally
1966, R&B
Young Rascals
Good Lovin’
1966, R&B

Do you have a favorite oldies song, not on our list?  Please share it below so that we can add your song.

Amazon’s Top 10 Oldies Songs

These oldies songs are listed in popularity according to the number of downloads on Amazon. They aren’t necessarily the best for a wedding. We don’t recommend “Me and Mrs. Jones” because it’s about an affair. “Blue Christmas” is a breakup song as is “The Sound of Silence.” But they would be good at a 1950’s themed party.

  1. Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
  2. Be My Baby – The Ronettes
  3. Crying – Roy Orbison
  4. Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
  5. Red Rubber Ball – The Cyrkle
  6. Somebody to Love – Jefferson Airplane
  7. Put Your Head On My Shoulder – Paul Anka
  8. I Think I Love You – The Partridge Family
  9. In Dreams – Roy Orbison
  10. If I Give My Heart to You – Doris Day with The Mellomen

Why Should I Play Oldies Songs At My Wedding?

If poodle skirts, saddle shoes, leather jackets, and penny loafers are your jam, then a themed wedding could be epic — one to remember. If you’re in love with swing dancing, you’ll love an oldies playlist at your wedding. Though it was considered wild at the time, it’s fairly tame now. We’ve seen more wholesome wedding receptions with Italian Cream Soda bars and Swing Dancing (as opposed to rap or heavy metal).

Most people can dance to swing and it sure gets the old folks moving. And, when we say old, we mean those who grew up in the 1950s or 1980s (when it was a revival). You see, these trends cycle every thirty years or so.

 

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4 responses to “100 Best Oldies Songs for Weddings”

  1. Ellie says:

    Some of these songs are good. But most of them are about cheaters, breakups and broken hearts. I wouldn’t play half of them at my wedding. This list was not helpful.

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