1960 kicked off a special era in music that featured hits by Elvis Presley, Etta James, and Phil Everly. Some of the best 1960 wedding songs are included on this list of favorites, and you will find multiple styles of music represented here to suit every taste.
1960 Wedding Songs
The King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley has lent his recorded voice to many wedding celebrations, and this catchy hit from 1960 is sometimes used as an alternative recessional. The song is also a great one to use as you and your new spouse are cutting the wedding cake.
Etta James had one of the most iconic voices in the history of music, and this song is counted among her biggest hits. The song speaks of how true love puts one at ease, and that is a great message to convey during a wedding event.
Wedding songs can be simple statements of love and affection, just like this classic from Cliff Richard and The Shadows. The powerful but simple message of the song is clear, so use it when the guests have their full attention focused on the bride and groom.
This song from The Drifters is an excellent way to close out the wedding reception celebration with one final dance between the happy couple. Wedding guests of all ages can relate to the tune, and most will even be able to sing along.
Chubby Checker’s legendary classic is one that guarantees guest participation at the wedding reception, so add it to the playlist and watch everyone do the Twist! This is just the kind of song you need to help everyone let their hair down after an emotional day.
This was one of the final songs recorded by Buddy Holly before he was tragically killed in a plane crash, and it remains a popular expression of sincere love. Holly recorded the song for his own wife, and it can be used as a nice dedication from the groom to his bride.
This song by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs is so popular that it has been used in many films including Dirty Dancing. The song is one that will contribute a little bit of variety to the list of songs you have chosen for your wedding reception.
Etta James sings about the fulfillment of promises and expectations that the wedding day brings, and her soulful style makes the song appropriate for any portions of the ceremony. It should come as no surprise that many brides have chosen this song instead of the standard bridal march to accompany their approach to the altar.
Freddie King is remembered as one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time, but he recorded many soulful ballads like this one in his lengthy career. King’s song is perfect for the wedding day sendoff when the newlyweds are leaving to embark upon their honeymoon.
Phil Everly penned this tune and released it in 1960 before Linda Ronstadt had a huge hit with it a few years later. This is a song that couples like to play as they enter the reception hall for the first time as man and wife, or it can simply be added to the playlist for dancing.
Harold Dorman was the first to record and release this hit that would be covered by Johnny Rivers and Charley Pride in the years that followed. This love song has a lively tempo which will make everyone want to join the happy couple on the dance floor.
This song by Hank Locklin will appeal to fans of authentic country music, and it has been a part of many modern weddings. The song will provide a nice setting for that first dance, and it can also be played as guests are arriving and being seated.
This is an old Spanish song that was modernized by Jimmy Sweeney in 1960, and the song was also covered by Elvis Presley during his career. It is the perfect song to have played for the bride at the wedding reception, and some grooms even choose to sing it themselves.
Marv Johnson summed up the way many couples feel about one another with this song from 1960, the only hit that Johnson is remembered for. Written by Motown founder Berry Gordy, the song is a sweet expression of wedding day emotion.
Kathy Young with the Innocents contributed this song to a long list of 60s wedding classics, and it is still used today by modern newlyweds for their reception music choices. It evokes those feelings that come when love is new, and it will put a smile on everyone’s face when the happy couple dance to it.
Weddings demand songs that express how lovers make one another feel, and this one by Michael Holliday is filled with beautiful imagery and sentiment. It should be saved for a special moment such as lighting the unity candle or the first dance.
This is a classical song by Dalida that soared to the top of the Italian charts in 1960, and it is a nice wedding choice for couples of Italian descent. It has been included in many traditional Italian weddings, usually as a part of the formal ceremony.
Shelby Flint only had one hit in her career, and this smash still makes the rounds today at many wedding celebrations. You will probably want to use it as dance music, but it can also make for a nice musical interlude during the actual wedding ceremony.
We just beginning with our list of 1960s wedding songs. If you have a song that should be added to the list, be sure to comment on it below. We do read and respond to all suggestions.
Listen to our best 1960 wedding songs playlist on Spotify.
Celebrating wedding songs of 1960. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1960…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1960. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1960
- Marlon Brando wed actress Movita Castaneda
- Oscar Robertson wed Yvonne Crittenden
- Jack Nicklaus wed Barbara Bash
- Sammy Davis Jr married actress May Britt
News Highlights of 1960
- The final season of The Howdy Doody Show
- In California, the Soviet Union wins the Winter Olympics
- The United States sends the first satellite into orbit to take pictures of the earth’s weather system.
- In Chicago, John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon meet for the first televised debate between presidential candidates.
- John F. Kennedy is elected Unites States President.
- Americans begin building bomb shelters in their basements and backyards in fear of nuclear war.
1960 Sports Champions:
- Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series over the New York Yankees.
- NFL Championship – Philadelphia Eagles won 17-13 over the Green Bay Packers.
- The American Football League (AFL) played its first season.
- Boston Celtics win the NBA Title over the St. Louis Hawks.
- Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Music Highlights of 1960
- Grammy’s Song of 1960: Theme From Exodus – Ernest Gold
- Chubby Checker – The Twist
- Percy Faith – Theme From A Summer Place
- Elvis Presley – Stuck On You
- The Drifters – Save The Last Dance For Me
- Connie Francis – My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own
- Elvis Presley – It’s Now Or Never
- Brenda Lee – I’m Sorry
- The Everly Brothers – Cathy’s Clown
- Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight?
- The Hollywood Argyles – Alley-Oop
- Marty Robbins – El Passo
- Connie Francis – Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool
- Brian Hyland – Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
- Brenda Lee – I Want To Be Wanted
- Larry Verne – Mr. Custer
- Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind
- Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs – Stay
- Bert Kaempfert – Wonderland By Night
- Lawrence Welk – Calcutta
- The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow
Entertainment Highlights of 1960
- Best Picture: Ben-Hur: Sam Zimbalist
- Best Actor: Charlton Heston – Ben-Hur
- Best Actress: Simone Signoret – Room at the Top
Top Television Shows:
- The Andy Griffith Show, Candid Camera, Gunsmoke, Have Gun, Will Travel, The Jack Benny Show, The Price Is Right, Rawhide, The Real McCoys, The Untouchables, Wagon Train
Learn more about 1960 on Wikipedia. Thank you for visiting our page – weddings of 1960.