1971 wedding songs include many classic hits that you will still hear played on the radio today. The longevity of these romantic ballads by Bill Withers, Rod Stewart, and more can be attributed to a genuine understanding of love’s enduring power.
1971 Wedding Songs
Few songs sum up the devotion a man has for his new bride better than this Bill Withers classic, a song that still makes the rotation on many radio stations today. This is one of the most popular 1971 wedding songs for first dances between newlyweds, and it can also precede the arrival of the bride on the wedding aisle.
The Rolling Stones might not be the first group to come to mind when it comes to wedding song choices, but this soft ballad works very well as a part of the processional. It can also be played as an interlude for the arrival of the bride and groom at the reception.
The smooth voices of Carole King and James Taylor combined on this 1970s smash to deliver a tender expression of what true love means. When you find that special someone the earth indeed moves, so celebrate those feels by dancing to this song with your new spouse.
Al Green helped to define the R&B sound that is still popular today, so it is no surprise that many of his hits find their way into wedding day playlists. As with most R&B songs, this one is best saved as a dance tune for your guests.
Rod Stewart has a powerful classic rock voice, but he also excels at crooning sentimental love ballads like this one which has been used in many modern weddings. Weddings are events filled with the promise of hope for a happy future, and that is exactly what this song conveys in its lyrics.
The Queen of Soul may no longer be with us, but the legacy of Aretha Franklin lives on in this cover of an iconic Simon & Garfunkel hit. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” has been used for the entire wedding processional, flowing into the traditional bridal march as the bride makes her entrance.
Three Dog Night simplify the meaning of love in this uptempo dance number, a song that you will surely want your DJ to spin as you celebrate marriage into the night. Some couples have also used this song to introduce themselves as newlyweds for the very first time.
There is no better song that expresses hope for humanity than John Lennon’s biggest solo hit, and it can also reflect the wishes that you and your new spouse have for your life together. The first dance is a very important moment in any wedding celebration, and this song sets the mood for a hopeful future.
Noel Paul Stookey kept it very basic with this song written especially for wedding festivities, and the tune can be used in a variety of ways for your nuptials. Play it as your guests arrive, or you can also use it after the vows have been said for a unique recessional.
This song by Delaney & Bonnie could be the only song you need for your formal wedding ceremony, but it serves the purpose best when mixed with other reception songs. Let the song remind you that today a bright new chapter in your life begins, one that you and your partner intend to weave into a never-ending fairytale.
Charley Pride is one of the most iconic superstars of country music, and this is arguably his biggest hit single. It is a song that a groom should dedicate especially to his new bride, and some grooms might even want to sing it for her karaoke-style at the after-wedding celebration.
Sir Tom Jones has always been a favorite with the ladies, and this song is a nice choice to honor all the bridesmaids and the bride herself. Create a special moment with the song at the reception by encouraging all the ladies to line dance with enthusiasm.
Sonny & Cher were known for some cheesy romantic songs, but they could also deliver meaningful ballads like this one. Weddings need moments that are meant to be shared solely between the bride and groom, and you can use the tune to create such a moment with a priceless first dance.
David Cassidy covered this hit by The Association to perfection in 1971, and it is still relevant for modern wedding couples. The song is a great prelude to the wedding party speeches at the reception, and it can also be used to accompany the pouring of unity sand during the formal ceremony.
She’s Not Just Another Woman – 8th Day
March 1971, 8th Day
8th Day summed up how all grooms should feel about their bride on your wedding day. Let her know that she is the center of the universe when you include this powerful tune in your playlist of wedding love songs.
Just about every song recorded by The Carpenters could serve as a wedding selection, but this one is more meaningful than most. Couples will want to save it to play during moments that focus exclusively on the bride and groom.
This song from Marvin Gaye was featured in the wedding reception scene from Jerry Maguire, and many couples end up duplicating that silver screen moment at their own wedding reception. It’s definitely a song that should be reserved for dancing.
Olivia Newton-John shines on this Bob Dylan cover from 1971, and the lyrics express how that special partner helps you to become all that you can be. Many brides like to play it for their new husband after the first wedding dance has been shared.
Many might remember this song from the film Toy Story, but James Taylor did his take on it in 1971. If you and your partner have whimsical personalities, this song might create one of the highlights of your wedding ceremony.
The Stylistics are one of the most-remembered groups of the 1970s, and their music has retained its charm years after the group faded from the charts. This is a song that tells your partner you place them above every other person in the world.
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Celebrating weddings of 1971. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1971…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1971. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1971
- Diana Ross and Robert Ellis Silberstein
- Jacqueline Ray and Tom Selleck
- Mr. T and Phillys Clark
- Julio Iglesias and Isabel Preysler
- Ozzy Osbourne and Thelma Mayfair
News Highlights of 1971
- Rolls-Royce, Ltd., filed for bankruptcy after suffering huge losses in developing a new jet engine for Lockheed.
- In New York’s Madison Square Gardens, Joe Frazier defeats Muhammad Ali to retain the heavyweight boxing championship.
- The Apollo 15 astronauts explore the moon’s surface riding in a battery-operated vehicle known as the Lunar Rover.
1971 Sports Champions:
- The Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series over the Baltimore Orioles.
- Super Bowl V – Baltimore Colts won 16-13 over the Dallas Cowboys.
- The Milwaukee Bucks win the NBA Title over the Baltimore Bullets.
- Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup over the Chicago Black Hawks.
Music Highlights of 1971
- Grammy’s Song of 1971: You’ve Got A Friend – Carole King
- The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
- Sly & The Family Stone – Family Affair
- Donny Osmond – Go Away Little Girl
- The Bee Gees – How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
- Carole King – It’s Too Late
- Three Dog Night – Joy To The World
- The Temptations – Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
- Rod Stewart – Maggie May
- Janis Joplin – Me And Bobby McGee
- The Osmonds – One Bad Apple
- The Honey Cone – Want Ads
- The Raiders – Indian Reservation
- James Taylor – You’ve Got A Friend
- Paul & Linda McCartney – Uncle Albert
- Cher – Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves
- Isaac Hayes – Theme From Shaft
- Don McLean – American Pie
- Melanie – Brand New Key
- Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
- Nilsson – Without You
Entertainment Highlights of 1971
- Best Picture: Patton: Frank McCarthy
- Best Actor: George C. Scott – Patton
- Best Actress: Glenda Jackson – Women in Love
Top Television Shows:
- ABC Movie Of The Week, Adam 12, All In The Family, The Flip Wilson Show, Funny Face, Gunsmoke, Mannix, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Sanford & Son
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