1966 wedding songs feature hits by Percy Sledge, The Temptations, and many other legends of the 60s era. In this list of wedding songs from 1966, you’ll find love ballads for every part of your wedding day festivities.
1966 Wedding Songs
Few musical partnerships were stronger than that formed by The Righteous Brothers, and Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield soared to the top of the charts with this song in 1966. It became a concert favorite and also one of the most popular wedding song choices that can be used in many different ways.
Dance tunes was a trademark of The Young Rascals, and this song has been included on many wedding reception playlists. It has an appeal to couples of all ages, and it will give both young and old wedding guests something to share on the dance floor.
Percy Sledge is known for this passionate musical description of a man’s love for his new bride, and there is also a more modern version by Michael Bolton. This Sledge original is the one that many newlyweds like to have played as a part of the modern wedding processional.
Iconic is one word that describes this 1966 hit by The Association, a song that embraces themes of gratitude and devotion between couples. It will work best at your wedding as the song for the first dance with your new spouse, but it can also be used for the cutting of the wedding cake.
David Ruffin of The Temptations takes the lead on this song about true love, the kind of love that goes beyond physical beauty to touch the soul. The song is a good reminder that the beauty inside is what matters most, so play it before the wedding as your guests are being seated.
The Monkees can add a touch of fun to your wedding reception when you play this hit from one of the original boy bands of the 1960s. It is an upbeat tune that everyone remembers, and it even has an instrumental that inspired a unique dance move that your wedding guests will recall.
Music by The Troggs can be a little on the harder side when it comes to 1966 wedding song choices, but this one is often chosen as a special dedication from the groom to the bride. Use it for the lighter moments of a wedding celebration such as the send-off at the end of the party.
Smooth harmonies and lyrics of love are what defined the soulful music of The Four Tops, and you’ll want to include this song as a reminder that you have embarked upon a lifetime of commitment with your new spouse. Many couples like to have it played after the happy couple has been joined at the altar.
Andy Williams was one of the most popular recording artists of the 1960s, and much of that popularity can be credited to love ballads like this top hit. Any song by Williams will fit the most solemn parts of a wedding ceremony, and you can also use this one during the wedding recessional.
Otis Redding talks about the need of a young woman to be cared for by her new spouse in this 1966 wedding song classic. There are few songs better for a first dance between the newlyweds, but the song can also be used at the midway point of the wedding reception before the speeches begin.
The career of Elvis Presley was embarking upon a new phase in 1966 as the King of Rock and Roll began to reinvent himself through a Las Vegas residency. There are still many fans of Elvis today who want to include his music in their wedding, and this would be one of the better choices.
The Man in Black Johnny Cash knew a thing or two about lasting love, and perhaps this song was inspired by his own partner June Carter. It can serve as a modern-day dedication to the blushing bride when added to the DJs wedding reception choices.
1966 was another strong year for The Temptations with hits like this one, an upbeat dance number that features the smooth tenor of Eddie Kendricks. Playing music from this legendary Motown group during a wedding reception is sure to bring smiles and joy to all involved.
The Beatles were still riding the wave of the British Invasion when they released this song in 1966, one of the most poignant selections from their large collection of hits. The song is used by modern couples as a part of the wedding processional, usually being played as the wedding party makes an entrance.
Those couples who have a fondness for classic rock will want to add this song from Buffalo Springfield to their wedding day choices. It should be used for reception dancing in most cases, but more adventurous couples can also choose it for the recessional.
Martha and the Vandellas are always great choices when it comes to dancing music, and this one will spice up your own party with a great beat and meaningful lyrics. Play it at a time during your own reception when everyone needs a chance to get up on their feet and move.
The entire point of this song is the importance of finding a lifelong partner, and Marvin Gaye along with Kim Weston made the tune a big hit in 1966. This is a song that should spotlight you and your partner, so set it aside for a special wedding reception dance.
The legendary Percy Sledge made an entire career of amazing love ballads like this one, and its modern feel is still relevant for newlyweds today. It is a very nice song to end the night as you and your spouse head off to your honeymoon together.
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Congratulations on your wedding of 1966. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1966
- Chad Everett wed Shelby Grant
- George Harrison wed Pattie Boyd
- Barry Gibb wed Maureen Bates
- Tyne Daly married Georg Stanford Brown
- Donald Sutherland wed Shirley Douglas
News Highlights of 1966
- The first docking in space is achieved by Gemini 8 astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott.
- The first artificial pump in a patient’s heart is implanted by Dr. Michael De Bakey
- Outside Paris, the wedding of Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti.
- In Las Vegas, the famous wedding of Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow.
- Fashion Model Twiggy popularizes the miniskirt.
1966 Sports Champions:
- Baltimore Orioles win the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Super Bowl I – Green Bay Packers won 35-10 over the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Boston Celtics win the NBA Title over the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Monreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup over the Detroit Red Wings.
Music Highlights of 1966
- Grammy’s Song of 1966: Michelle – Paul McCartney and John Lennon
- Sgt. Barry Sadler – The Ballad Of The Green Berets
- The Association – Cherish
- Tommy James & The Shondells – Hanky Panky
- Mamas & The Papas – Monday, Monday
- The Rolling Stones – Paint It, Black
- The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer In The City
- The Troggs – Wild Thing
- The New Vaudeville Band – Winchester Cathedral
- The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love
- The Righteous Brothers – (You’re My) Soul And Inspiration
- Lou Christie – Lightnin’ Strikes
- Petula Clark – My Love
- Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
- The Righteous Brothers – (You’re My) Soul And Inspiration
- Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman
- Frank Sinatra – Strangers In The Night
- The Beatles – Paperback Writer
- Donovan – Sunshine Superman
- The Monkees – Last Train To Clarksville
- ? (Question Mark) & The Mysterians – 96 Tears
- The Four Tops – Reach Out I’ll Be There
- Johnny Rivers – Poor Side Of Town
- The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
- The Supremes – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
- The Monkees – I’m A Believer
Entertainment Highlights of 1966
- Best Picture: The Sound of Music: Robert Wise
- Best Actor: Lee Marvin – Cat Ballou
- Best Actress: Julie Christie – Darling
Top Television Shows:
- The Andy Griffith Show, Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Bonanza, Daktari, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., Green Acres, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Lucy Show, The Red Skelton Hour
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