1965 was one of the best years in music with a parade of hits from Tom Jones, The Beatles, Sonny & Cher, and more.
The year produced songs that have become wedding classics for couples young and old. Here is a list of the very best 1965 wedding songs.
1965 Wedding Songs
I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
July 1965, Look at Us
Classic 1960s music is defined by hits like this iconic Sonny & Cher duet released in 1965, a song so popular for use in weddings today that some couples do it karaoke-style. It can be used in many different ways for your special day, but the reception festivities are where it fits best.
Cause I don’t care, with you I can’t go wrong
Then put your little hand in mine
There ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb
Yesterday – The Beatles
August 1965, Help!
The Beatles had so many hits in 1965 that it is hard to choose just one for use in modern weddings, but this poignant ballad about growing into adulthood is the one selected by many couples. The song also speaks of loss and heartache, but it is still very suitable for the wedding DJ’s playlist.
Why she had to go, I don’t know, she wouldn’t say
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday
Do You Believe in Magic – The Lovin’ Spoonful
July 1965, Do You Believe in Magic
A little fun from The Lovin’ Spoonful is the perfect addition to any wedding party, and this peppy celebration of the feelings true love brings is one of Spoon’s biggest hits. It is a song that has been dedicated to many brides on your wedding day, and it has also been used to create a memorable wedding chapel exit.
If you believe in magic come along with me
We’ll dance until morning till there’s just you and me
Fever – The McCoys
1965, Hang on Sloopy
The McCoys had a big hit with a song that has been covered by Elvis Presley, Madonna, and many other famous artists, but the original is still preferred for weddings today. Use it for a first dance between the happy couple, but it is even better when played toward the end of the night before the send-off.
I light up when you call my name
‘Cause I know you’re gonna treat me right
You give me fever
The Game of Love – Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders
January 1965, The Game of Love
You might not remember Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders but you will probably remember this 1965 smash, a song that resonates with the love vibes that the 60s were known for. Try placing this song strategically in your wedding day activities, perhaps before the cutting of the cake.
The purpose of a man is to love a woman
And the purpose of a woman is to love a man
So come on baby, let’s start today
For Your Love – The Yardbirds
March 1965, For Your Love
The mellow rock sounds of The Yardbirds are always a good addition to your wedding day, and this song has the benefit of meaningful lyrics that will not be lost on your wedding guests. There are few songs better than this one for the first newlywed dance.
I’d give you diamonds bright
Double takes I will excite
Make you dream of me at night
For your love
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye
November 1964 carry-over, How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You
Gone before his time, Marvin Gaye contributed some of the most beautiful songs to the catalog of American music. Along with “What’s Going On?” and other classics, one can expect the music of Marvin Gaye to be included on the playlist of every wedding DJ.
And there you were
With sweet love and devotion
Deeply touching my emotion
I want to stop and thank you baby
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops
April 1965, Four Tops Second Album
You’ll have all your wedding guests up on their feet when you spin this Motown hit by The Four Tops and don’t be surprised if everyone does the classic Four Tops dance that goes with it. For this reason, you will want to use it in your wedding in a way that includes everyone from the guest list and bridal party.
When I call your name, girl
It starts the flame burning in my heart
Tearin’ it all apart
No matter how I try
My love I cannot hide
I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
October 1965, I Got You (I Feel Good)
The Godfather of Soul James Brown might not be someone that you associate with wedding songs, but this song often appears as a dance selection for the wedding party. It has a catchy hook and riff that everyone will recall and enjoy.
When I hold you in my arms
I know that I can’t do no wrong
And when I hold you in my arms
My love won’t do you no harm
It’s Growing – The Temptations
March 1965, The Temptations Sing Smokey
The Temptations have a couple of tunes on our list of 1965 wedding songs, and this one is the least known of the two. David Ruffin handles the lead vocals on a song that describes the progression of falling in love from the beginning to a happy trip down the altar.
My love for you just grows and grows
Oh, how it grows and grows
And where it’s gonna stop I’m sure, nobody knows
Just Once In My Life – The Righteous Brothers
April 1965, Just Once in My Life
The voices of The Righteous Brothers helped to define the music of the 1960s, and almost every song they are known for is a love ballad. There is no wrong way to use this in your wedding, but having it played as the guests are being seated is our recommendation.
Just once in my life let me hold on to
The good thing I found don’t let me down
Baby say that you’d be staying
My Girl – The Temptations
March 1965, The Temptations Sing Smokey
This song by The Temptations is one of the greatest recordings ever made, and it should come as no surprise that many modern brides have heard it played just for them at their wedding. Some couples love to play this song as the processional when they finish that first newlywed kiss and rush up the aisle to start a beautiful life together. Others save for a special father-daughter dance song.
I’ve got a sweeter song
Than the birds in the trees
Well, I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way
Send Me the Pillow You Dream On – Dean Martin
1965, Send Me the Pillow You Dream On – Dean Martin
Don’t exclude the classic voice of Dean Martin from your 1965 wedding day selections, and dedicate this one especially to your blushing bride. The song will have special relevance for those guests at your wedding who are a little older and remember the velvet days of Las Vegas crooning.
Don’t you know that I still care for you?
Send me the pillow that you dream on
So darling, I can dream on it, too
This Diamond Ring – Gary Lewis and the Playboys
January 1965, This Diamond Ring
This song from Gary Lewis and the Playboys helped to shape Lewis’ career and etched him into that long list of one-hit wonders who gave us their best in the 1960s. The son of comedian Jerry Lewis and his group were a classic dance band that still pleases couples today.
This diamond ring doesn’t shine for me anymore
And this diamond ring doesn’t mean what it meant before
So then your heart won’t have to break like mine did
If there’s love behind it
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
July 1965, Just Once in My Life
This song by The Righteous Brothers has been used for the soundtrack of Ghost and other romantic films, but it is used best when played during the processional of modern weddings. No voice compares to that of Bill Medley, and almost everyone knows and can relate to the lyrics of this song.
I need your love
I need your love
God speed your love to me
You’re the One – The Vogues
September 1965, Meet The Vogues
Remind your significant other that they are the center of your world with this 1965 wedding song from The Vogues, a nice choice for the party after you say your vows. You might also want to use it when you and your partner light the unity candle in a celebration of your new life together.
You’re the one that I’m dreamin’ of
Baby, you’re the one that I love
My Love – Petula Clark
December 1965, My Love
There is a need to include simple songs at a wedding that make clear the theme of devotion and commitment, and Petula Clark’s hit is a perfect choice for that. The song proves that a love tune does not need complex lyrics to get its message across, and that makes it great for the formal portions of a wedding ceremony.
You are always on my mind no matter what I do
And everyday it seems that I want you more
Land of a Thousand Dances – Cannibal and the Headhunters
February 1965, Land of 1000 Dances
Who can forget this dance number from Cannibal and the Headhunters that became a worldwide smash in 1965? This song is often used as a party group dance game during the wedding celebration when couples compete to see who knows all of the dance moves in the song.
You know I feel alright
Feel pretty good y’all
It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones
January 1965, Along Came Jones (It’s Not Unusual)
Sir Tom Jones is known for being a sex symbol of the 1960s, and his music still has that naughty vibe that can liven up a wedding reception. This is probably Sir Tom’s most memorable hit song, and couples have been known to break out “The Carlton” when they use this as the song for their first dance.
But when I see you out and about it’s such a crime
If you should ever want to be loved by anyone
It’s not unusual
I Hear a Symphony – The Supremes
October 1965, I Hear a Symphony
The end was near for The Supremes as the members of the legendary girl group prepared to go their separate ways, but they had a few final hits to deliver in 1965. This is a sweet song of love that shines with the blissful harmony Diana Ross and company were known for, and it fits nicely into the music selections before the ceremony begins.
Whenever you are near
I hear a symphony each time you speak to me
I hear a tender rhapsody of love
Our list of 1965 wedding songs should take you back to a time when songs were heard on the radio and records. If you like this list, be sure to check out our list of the top 1960s wedding songs.
Celebrating wedding songs of 1965. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1965…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1965. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1965
- Bob Dylan married Sara Lowndes
- Eric Braeden married Dale Russell
- Henry Hill wed Karen Friedman
- Ringo Starr married Maureen Starkey
- Annette Funicello wed Jack Gilardi
News Highlights of 1965
- The Johnson administration orders airstrikes against targets in North Vietnam.
- 25,000 civil rights demonstrators conduct a 50-mile walk for freedom from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama.
- Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov becomes the first human to leave an orbiting spacecraft and float in space.
- The world’s largest air-conditioned arena opened, The Houston Astrodome in Texas.
- A bill is signed by President Johnson increasing Social Security benefits and creating Medicare.
1965 Sports Champions:
- Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series over the Minnesota Twins.
- AFL Championship Buffalo Bills won 23-0 over the San Diego Chargers.
- NFL Championship – Green Bay Packers won 23-12 over the Cleveland Browns.
- Boston Celtics win the NBA Title over the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup over the Chicago Black Hawks.
Music Highlights of 1965
- Grammy’s Song of 1965: The Shadow Of Your Smile – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
- The Rolling Stones – Get Of My Cloud
- The Beatles – Help!
- The Beach Boys – Help Me, Rhonda
- The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
- Sonny & Cher – I Got You, Babe
- Herman’s Hermits – Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter
- The Supremes – Stop! In The Name Of Love
- The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!
- Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs – Wooly Bully
- The Beatles – Yesterday
- The Temptations – My Girl
- Gary Lewis & The Playboys – This Diamond Ring
- The Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
- The Beatles – Eight Days A Week
- Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders – Game Of Love
- Freddie & The Dreamers – I’m Telling You Now
- The Beatles – Ticket To Ride
- The Supremes – Back In My Arms Again
- The Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself
- The Byrds – Mr. Tamborine Man
- Herman’s Hermits – I’m Henry VIII, I Am
- Barry McGuire – Eve Of Destruction
- The McCoys – Hang On Sloopy
- The Supremes – I Hear A Symphony
- The Dave Clark Five – Over And Over
- Simon & Garfunkel – The Sounds Of Silence
- The Beatles – We Can Work It Out
Entertainment Highlights of 1965
- Best Picture: My Fair Lady: Jack L. Warner
- Best Actor: Rex Harrison – My Fair Lady
- Best Actress: Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins
Top Television Shows:
- The Andy Griffith Show, Batman, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Bonanza, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., Green Acres, Hogan’s Heroes, The Lucy Show, The Red Skelton Show
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