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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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