The best 1968 wedding songs are a collection of soulful ballads and lively dance tunes that can be used in many ways to make your day special. You will find songs here from Joe Cocker, Andy Williams, and Diana Ross that express all the emotions you want to share with your wedding guests.
1968 Wedding Songs
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The Foundations produced one of music’s most memorable feel-good love songs with this one from 1968, and the song is still relevant and popular today among music lovers. It’s a fun song with catchy lyrics, but for weddings, the song should be used for the cake cutting or send-off thanks to its lively beat.
This song by Andy Williams has also been covered by other artists including The Four Seasons, but the Williams version has that soft and emotional presence that is perfect for weddings. The song can be used for a first dance or it can be played as the newlyweds are introduced as man and wife for the first time.
The lyrics of “Everlasting Love” are evocative of all the emotions one wants to express on their wedding day, and this 1968 song by Love Affair will add happiness to a wedding reception. Every reception needs songs like this one that will inspire everyone to get up and dance.
Big changes were going on with Diana Ross & The Supremes in 1968 as Ross assumed her position as the group’s primary star and this song helped to validate Diana Ross as a future legend. It can be played at weddings while the wedding guests are being seated, but the song is best saved for reception dancing.
Instrumentals are always popular wedding song choices, and Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass created some wonderful tunes such as this one. Because it is meant to be enjoyed as an instrumental arrangement the song works well for many formal parts of the wedding ceremony, and it can also be used for dancing.
There are few songs that express hope better than this iconic tune from Louis Armstrong and the Louis Armstrong Orchestra, a song that has been used for a dance between the bride and her father at many wedding receptions. You can also play the song at the end of the night just before everyone goes home as a statement that you and your spouse are excited about what the future holds.
Never forget The Beatles when it comes to wedding song choices, and this song is one that many say was written by Paul McCartney for John Lennon on the occasion of Lennon’s union with Yoko Ono. The lyrics of the song encourage couples to move forward in love and trust, so use it in a formal way during your wedding.
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell produced a couple of hits in the late 60s, and this is the one that will probably be appealing to newlyweds. It is a soft ballad that can be played as a part of the wedding processional or recessional, but as a first dance between the happy couple, there are few songs better than this one.
Jim Morrison and The Doors reached for a more mellow sound with this 1968 hit, and it has become one of the most popular 1968 wedding songs among couples who prefer vintage rock and roll. The lyrics might be too complex for use in the ceremony, but they are perfect when the song is played before the celebratory toasts.
The People was a rock group from the 1960s that only had one major hit, and that hit stands as a very straightforward dedication of love. You need some music for your wedding which states clearly the theme of the day, and that is what this song does in a catchy way.
Keep the Ball Rollin’ – Al Hirt
January 1968, Al’s Place
New Orleans jazz legend Al Hirt delivered this instrumental in 1968, and it has remained popular among those who appreciate complex musical compositions. The great thing about instrumentals such as this is that they can be used in almost any part of a wedding celebration.
Aretha Franklin rightfully became known as the Queen of Soul thanks to hits like this one, and the personal nature of the song’s lyrics make it one that brides frequently include in their wedding. Have the DJ add it to the playlist for the reception and share the joy of the day with all your guests.
Eric Clapton and Cream were perhaps best known for this guitar-driven hit with a catchy hook that almost everyone knows. You will probably find that playing this song at your reception is a surefire way to encourage group dancing among your guests.
The soulful voice of Percy Sledge has thrilled music fans for decades, and Sledge delivered a powerful message with the lyrics of this classic hit. It has become a popular 1968 wedding song because it advances feelings and emotions a groom should have for his bride on your wedding day.
Joe Cocker took this Beatles classic and made it his own, producing a version that is more remembered than the one recorded by Ringo Starr. This is a song that you want to have played especially for the wedding party and friends that mean so much to you and your spouse.
Recall those early days of love when you play this song from B.J. Thomas during your wedding festivities. The song is one made for dancing, but couples have also used it to create a modern recessional that raises everyone’s spirits as the bride and groom exit the wedding chapel to begin a happy life together.
Above is a list of a few of the best 1968 wedding songs. If you like the 60s, check out our list of 1960s wedding songs.
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Celebrating weddings of 1968. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1968…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1968. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1968
- John Bonham married Pat Phillips
- Charles F. Blair, Jr. married Maureen O’Hara
- Mireille Strasser married Peter Noone
- Charlie Rose married Mary King
- Robin Gibb married Molly Hollis
News Highlights of 1968
- Dr. Martin Luther King is fatally shot outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
- The section of San Francisco near the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets become home to hippies during the “Summer OF Love”.
- Senator Robert F Kennedy is shot to death in California. Sirhan Sirhan is indicted for first-degree murder for Kennedy’s assassination.
- Billie Jean King wins her third straight Wimbledon championship.
- Three astronauts aboard Apollo 8 are the first men to orbit the moon.
- Jacqueline Kennedy marries shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis on the island of Skorpios.
1968 Sports Champions:
- The Detroit Tigers win the World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals.
- Super Bowl II – Green Bay Packers won 33-14 over the Oakland Raiders.
- Boston Celtics win the NBA Title over the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Monreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup over the St. Louis Blues.
Music Highlights of 1968
- Grammy’s Song of 1968: Little Green Apples – Bobby Russell
- The Doors – Hello, I Love You
- The Beatles – Hey Jude
- Bobby Goldsboro – Honey
- Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
- John Fred & His Playboy Band – Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)
- Paul Mauriat – Love Is Blue (L’Amour Est Bleu)
- Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson
- The Rascals – People Got To Be Free
- Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
- Herb Alpert – This Guy’s In Love With You
- Archie Bell & The Drells – Tighten Up
- Herb Alpert – This Guy’s In Love With You
- Hugh Masekela – Grazing In The Grass
- Jeannie C. Riley – Harper Valley P.T.A.
- Diana Ross & The Supremes – Love Child
- Sly & The Family Stone – Everyday People
- Tommy James & The Shondells – Crimson And Clover
Entertainment Highlights of 1968
- Best Picture: In the Heat of the Night: Walter Mirisch
- Best Actor: Rod Steiger – In the Heat of the Night
- Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Top Television Shows:
- Beverly Hillbillies, Bonanza, The Dean Martin Show, A Family Affair, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Julia, Mayberry R.F.D., Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
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