1970 produced timeless wedding songs from The Carpenters, The Beatles, Perry Como, and an entire host of musical greats.
You can use this list of 1970 wedding songs to choose love ballads that will take you back to that magical year and fill your special day with a touch of nostalgia.
1970 Wedding Songs
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The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles
May 1970, Let It Be
The Beatles had one last time to shine with this 1970 hit before the Fab Four called it quits, and the song has become a wedding classic. Its lyrics speak of the unique journey that all lovers share, and brides prefer to include this song in their wedding processional.
You left me standing here
A long, long time ago
Don’t leave me waiting here
Lead me to your door
Band of Gold – Freda Payne
February 1970, Band of Gold
One of only a few hits for Freda Payne, “Band of Gold” is a vintage wedding song that reflects the solemn nature of wedding vows. The song celebrates devotion and commitment, and it should be played as the bridal party is making its way down to the altar.
Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
July 1970, Diana Ross
The 1970s produced many love songs that are suitable for wedding day dancing, and this classic from Diana Ross may be the most requested of them all. It can be used for the first dance that you and your partner will share as husband and wife, or you can also make it the soundtrack of your wedding sendoff.
No wind, (no wind) no rain, (no rain)
Nor winter’s cold
Can stop me, babe (oh, babe) baby (baby)
If you’re my goal
We’ve Only Just Begun – The Carpenters
September 1970, Close to You
Using imagery like white lace and promises, this wedding song by the Carpenters can evoke the strong emotions that should be a part of your nuptials. As the lyrics suggest, this is the song to play immediately following your wedding vows.
And when the evening comes, we smile
So much of life ahead
We’ll find a place where there’s room to grow
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
January 1970, Bridge over Troubled Water
Simon & Garfunkel is one of the most iconic duos in music history, and this song from their vast catalog of hits is the one most often found in modern wedding ceremonies. There is a promise in the lyrics that newlyweds can share, one that says they will take care of one another for many years to come.
When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you
I Just Can’t Help Believing – B.J. Thomas
June 1970, Everybody’s Out of Town
Many people are a fan of the rich baritone of B.J. Thomas on this 1970 tune, and the song was also covered in later years by Elvis Presley. It is a song that grooms should reserve as a special dedication to their beautiful bride, and it can also be played as a backing track while the wedding cake is being cut.
And I just can’t help believing
When she’s whispering her magic
And her tears are shining honey sweet with love
This time the girl is gonna stay
He Loves Me All the Way – Tammy Wynette
Aril 1970, Tammy’s Touch
Country music of the 70s produced its fair share of wedding songs, and it doesn’t get more country than Tammy Wynette. The songstress celebrates the love of a strong man in this ballad, and brides will want to include it on the reception playlist for their new husband.
I’m not ever gonna worry about tomorrow
As long as he makes everything alright today
I’d rather wonder a little and have his lovin’
‘Cause when he loves me he loves me all the way
Tomorrow Is Forever – Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton
1970, Porter Wayne and Dolly Rebecca
Dolly Parton is still the true queen of country music, and this song from a duet album with Porter Waggoner describes the bright future that all married couples hope to share. Some brides have even used this song for a father/daughter dance, and it also works for the recessional of the bridal party.
We must forget the passing time my love for you is the real kind
The kind that won’t hurt you no never
Yesterday is gone gone gone but tomorrow is forever
The Next Step is Love – Elvis Presley
1970, That’s The Way It Is
No one could croon a love song like Elvis Presley, and couples that are fans of the King will want to select this little-heard ballad for their wedding. Presley sings about that precious journey from dating to the wedding altar, so make the song a prominent part of your vows.
And the next step is love
So what are we waiting for
The next step is love
Girl, it’s for sure
I Want to Take You Higher – Ike and Tina Turner
1970, Proud Mary
Get ready for some fun on the reception dance floor when you play this song by Ike and Tina Turner, two legends of 70s soul. There is a sentimentality to the lyrics, but the song really shines thanks to its powerful dance groove that will have everyone up on their feet.
But now don’t ya, I said don’t ya
Don’t ya wanna get higher
Yeah, don’t ya wanna get higher
Crazy Love – Van Morrison
Van Morrison influenced a whole generation of singers from Mick Jagger to Rod Stewart, and “Crazy Love” is a song where his vocals shine. You might be surprised to know that many grooms will grab the microphone and sing this one with the house band for the blushing bride.
Take away my trouble, take away my grief
Take away my heartache, in the night like a thief
She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love
I Found That Girl – Jackson 5
Jermaine Jackson takes the lead on this song from the Jackson 5, and it has the silky smooth vocals that you would expect from R&B royalty. A bride will be very happy when her new partner has the DJ play this one especially for her on her wedding day, and it has even been played as she takes her important journey down the wedding aisle.
To be a man
The way you explained it to me that day,
You said only the right girl
Can make me feel this way
Well mama, I think I found that girl
Open Up My Heart – The Dells
1970, Like It Is Like It Was
There was still room for the doo-wop sound of The Dells in the 1970s, and this song is one that everyone can sing along to. The catchy hook and beat are just what you need for your wedding reception, or you can play it while the guests for your wedding arrive and take their seats.
As I look about me, I can see
All the blessings given to me
A baby boy
A woman who loves me
When We Get Married – The Intruders
1970, Gamble LP
The Intruders were a one-hit-wonder group that scored big with this elegant ballad about getting hitched, and its simple message is a favorite among couples who appreciate vintage music. The best way to use this song is as an interlude that precedes the formal wedding processional.
We’ll have a ball
Dancin’ and all
When we get married
I Do Take You – The Three Degrees
One of the great things about choosing wedding songs from 1970 is that ballads like this one by The Three Degrees were specially written for the purpose of wedding use. The lyrics are very reminiscent of the wedding vows that you and your partner will recite to one another.
For richer or for poor
To cherish and to love
We kissed and then we became man and wife
I Like Your Lovin’ (Do You Like Mine) – The Chi-Lites
December 1970, I Like Your Lovin’ (Do You Like Mine?)
A 1970s-themed wedding will always bring the funk when it comes to music choices, and The Chi-Lites nailed the 70s groove better than just about any other group. This one is strictly a dance tune, so place it on the list for your DJ to spin.
And I just got to tell you
I just got to tell you
Never gonna let you go
I like your loving, do you like mine
The Wonder of You – Elvis Presley
April 1970, On Stage
There are two choices from Elvis Presley on this 1970 wedding song list, and this one is the most popular. The song became a staple of the King’s live performances, and today it is used for the first dance between husband and wife.
I’ll guess I’ll never know the reason why
You love me as you do
That’s the wonder
The wonder of you
It’s Impossible – Perry Como
November 1970, It’s Impossible
Perry Como has a voice that inspires many wedding singers, and “It’s Impossible” showed that the crooner was still going strong in 1970. There are so many feels in this special love ballad, and it could even be used as an alternative to the traditional bridal march.
Can the ocean keep from rushin’ to the shore?
It’s just impossible
If I had you, could I ever want for more?
It’s just impossible
We are just beginning our list of the 1970s wedding songs by year. If you have a 1970 wedding song that should be on our list, be sure to comment on it below so that we can add it to the list.
Celebrating weddings in 1970. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1970…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1970. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1970
- Barry Gibb married Linda Ann Gray
- Jimmy Page wed Charlotte Martin
- Patty Duke married Michael Tell
- Alan Thicke wed Gloria Loring
- Jim Morrison married Patricia Kennealy
News Highlights of 1970
- President Nixon sends combat units into Cambodia
- Homosexuals march from New York’s Greenwich Village to Central Park demonstrating for gay rights.
- The Nation’s most liberal abortion law goes into effect in New York.
- One million cans of tuna are recalled by the FDA because of mercury contamination.
1970 Sports Champions:
- The Baltimore Orioles win the World Series over the Cincinnati Reds.
- Super Bowl IV – Kansas City Chiefs won 23-7 over the Minnesota Vikings.
- The New York Knicks win the NBA Title over the Los Angeles Lakers.
- The Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup defeating the St. Louis Blues.
Music Highlights of 1970
- Grammy’s Song of 1970: Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
- The Jackson 5 – ABC
- Diana Ross – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
- The Guess Who – American Woman
- The Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There
- The Partridge Family – I Think I Love You
- The Beatles – The Long And Winding Road
- B.J. Thomas – Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head
- The Carpenters – (They Long To Be) Close To You
- Edwin Starr – War
- Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Tears Of A Clown
- Sly & The Family Stone – Thank You
- Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
- The Beatles – Let It Be
- Ray Stevens – Everything Is Beautiful
- The Jackson 5 – The Love You Save
- Bread – Make It With You
- Three Dog Night – Mama Told Me (Not To Come)
- Neil Diamond – Cracklin’ Rose
- Dawn – Knock Three Times
- George Harrison – My Sweet Lord
Entertainment Highlights of 1970
- Best Picture: Midnight Cowboy: Jerome Hellman
- Best Actor: John Wayne – True Grit
- Best Actress: Maggie Smith – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Top Television Shows:
- ABC Movie Of The Week, Bonanza, The F.B.I., The Flip Wilson Show, Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, Here’s Lucy, Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D., Medical Center
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