150 Best Rock Songs for Weddings
When you think of fun songs with a good beat, you’re going to think of rock and roll. This is why rock songs are perfect for your wedding reception. A good beat is key to get people on the dance floor.
Rock and Roll was born from a faster-paced rhythm and blues style music in the late 1940s. The guitars produced by Les Paul in the late 1940s and into the early 1950s also helped progress the production of rock’n’roll music production. He also revolutionized recording but that’s another blog post.
Rock and Roll – From the 40’s Onward
The first staged performance of rock and roll did not take place until 1953 featuring Bill Haley & His Comets with The Dominoes. “Rock Around the Clock” became the first rock and roll song to top the pop charts in 1955. Other early producers of rock’n’roll included Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and Fats Domino.
Sixties rock and roll were most known for the British invasion with the likes of The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones. The 1960s were also filled with surf music, folk, Motown, and heavy metal. The seventies gave way to the popularity of disco. However, the 1970s had the beginning of punk rock, funk, and glitter rock.
The eighties saw new styles of rock and roll including the beginning of hair bands with glam rock, new wave, and hardcore rock and roll. In the nineties, we saw the beginning of a new type of rock and roll grunge with Nirvana at the forefront. Kids of the 1990’s also heard ska, alternative, and many types of synthesized dance music.
What Era Is Classic Rock?
Some of the best songs to play at weddings are what’s considered classic rock — coming from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Some of the early 1980s brought new songs that slipped into that category but it’s rare. Think Rolling Stones instead of The Beatles and Heart over the Go-Gos. Classic rock songs are remembered by many from their youth and learned by every generation since. Here is a list of the most popular classic rock songs downloaded on Amazon.
- Thunderstruck – AC/DC
- Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
- (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
- Highway to Hell – AC/DC
- Africa – Toto
- Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
- Back In Black – AC/DC
- You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
- Hells Bells – AC/DC
- Piano Man – Billy Joel
What Are the Best Rock Songs For My Wedding?
Rock songs can be played during the wedding ceremony through the reception. Each song has its own theme so choose wisely and what means the most to you. 150 is a lot of songs. So, take your time browsing and click on the album to listen to the song.
Forgive us as we did our very best to remove all Pop songs from this list. Some are unavoidable. There are still a few alternative rock songs and soft rock songs as well. You will also enjoy many songs of yesteryear and through today.
Best Rock Songs Including Alternative Rock
Rock is a classic part of American culture and people of all ages love it — that backbeat gets everyone on the dance floor.
Rock wedding song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: September 30, 2020
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