This list of 1973 wedding songs features selections from Anne Murray, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and other legends from one of the best decades in music. You are sure to find something for your ceremony in this collection of the best popular wedding music choices from 1973.
1973 Wedding Songs
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No one defined the soul music genre like Marvin Gaye, and this song has become the defining hit of his amazing career. Many wedding couples have heard this song play while they join one another for that important first dance as man and wife.
Bloodstone only had a few charted hits in the 70s, and this one continues to be appreciated by modern audiences. There is a message in the song that celebrates the true love and how it can take us to another level of existence, so use the song as you are introduced as newlyweds for the first time.
Art Garfunkel broke from his partner Paul Simon in the 70s to release a large catalog of his own music, and “All I Know” instantly became a popular wedding song choice. It should be played at weddings before the formal ceremony begins as a powerful declaration of devotion.
This song by The Four Tops captures the essence of the Motown sound that was still popular in 1973, and it is often chosen by couples for wedding reception dancing today. The song has a lively tempo that may not suit the more solemn parts of a wedding, but it will encourage everyone to get on the dance floor once the vows are complete.
The Australian songstress Olivia Newton-John pushed her musical and acting career into the stratosphere with pop hits like this one, a song that was also covered by Elvis Presley. Couples today like to use the song to accompany the cutting of the wedding cake.
The love story of Paul McCartney and his wife Linda is celebrated in this song that was written by the former Beatle as an enduring tribute. This is a song that grooms will want to save as a special dedication to their bride, and you might even want to sing it to yours with a backing track.
Chances are you’ve heard this Jim Croce ballad playing in the background during weddings that you have attended. It has a powerful message in its lyrics that can help you to set the mood for your wedding day as the guests are taking their seats.
Every wedding needs a selection of songs that are devoted to both the bride and groom, and brides love to choose this Roberta Flack hit for their husband. When used for the first wedding dance the song can create a sentimental and emotional vibe that will convey feelings of true passion.
Donny Osmond is perhaps on the cheesy end of the pop spectrum when it comes to music, but “Young Love” and other songs from the former heartthrob are still in demand when it comes to modern weddings. Your older wedding guests will appreciate the throwback to another era.
Stevie Wonder is a brilliant songwriter that knows how to touch the hearts of newlyweds, and here is a song that the happy couple can both dedicate to one another. You will likely want to use the song as an alternative to the standard wedding recessional once your vows have been made.
The career of Diana Ross went far beyond her time with the Supremes, as this hit from 1973 shows. It became a number one record for Ross, and you just might hear the DJ spin it when you attend a modern wedding reception.
Some couples prefer a country sound when it comes to their 1973 wedding song choices, and this ballad from Charley Pride is often selected as a dance number. You might also consider including it with the selection of music that is played prior to the beginning of the wedding ceremony.
Loretta Lynn drew on earthy lyrics and time-honored imagery to write simple country songs like this one, a ballad that breaks down how relationships are built to last. You need a few songs at your wedding that remind you how important it is to place love for your partner above all else.
Two of the most distinct voices of the 1970s, Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson, lift this song of hope to wonderful heights. In the lyrics, there is the promise of a better life that all married couples strive to honor on their wedding day.
Don’t forget wedding reception songs like this one by The Spinners to liven up the party once the nuptials have been sealed. This is an uptempo number that everyone finds it hard to resist when it comes to dancing, and it can also be played before the wedding party makes their toasts.
Angel – Aretha Franklin
June 1973, Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)
There is a celebration of family in this song by Aretha Franklin, one that will help a bride honor all the influences that have supported and nurtured her through the years. Some brides even dedicate it especially to their family with a speech at the reception.
I’ve Got So Much to Give – Barry White
March 1973, I’ve Got So Much to Give
The deep baritone of Barry White has surely been the soundtrack for many romantic encounters, and it also serves the purpose when it comes to wedding dance music. In this soulful ballad, there is a message of commitment that will resonate with modern brides.
Few stars ruled the pop charts like Anne Murray in the 1970s, and this song has gone on to become the hallmark of her career. Couples like it because it speaks of the struggles that new couples face, and it spreads the message that love can conquer all.
Celebrating weddings of 1973. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1973…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1973. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1973
- Alvin Martin wed Whoopi Goldberg
- Dean Martin married Catherine Hawn
- Ali MacGraw wed Steve McQueen
- Kris Kristofferson married Rita Coolidge
- Jerry Springer wed Micki Velton
News Highlights of 1973
- An agreement is signed in Paris to stop the war in Vietnam.
- G George Liddy and James W McCord Jr. are convicted of plotting to spy on the Democrats in the Watergate break-in.
1973 Sports Champions:
- The Oakland A’s win the World Series over the New York Mets.
- Super Bowl VII – Miami Dolphins won 14-7 over the Washington Redskins.
- The New York Knicks win the NBA Title over the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Monreal Canadiens defeat the Chicago Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup.
Music Highlights of 1973
- Grammy’s Song of 1973: Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack
- Jim Croce – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
- The Stories – Brother Louie
- Elton John – Crocodile Rock
- Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
- Gladys Knight & The Pips – Midnight Train To Georgia
- Paul McCartney & Wings – My Love
- Dawn – Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree
- The Carpenters – Top Of The World
- Carly Simon – You’re So Vain
- Charlie Rich – The Most Beautiful Girl
- Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly With His Song
- The O’Jays – Love Train
- Vicki Lawrence – The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia
- The Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein
- Billy Preston – Will It Go Round In Circles
- Stevie Wonder – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
- George Harrison – Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
- Helen Reddy – Delta Dawn
- Maureen McGovern – The Morning After
- Diana Ross – Touch Me In The Morning
- Grand Funk – We’re An American Band
- Cher – Half-Breed
- Eddie Kendricks – Keep On Truckin’
- The Rolling Stones – Angie
- Steve Miller – The Joker
- Ringo Starr – Photograph
- Al Wilson – Show And Tell
- Jim Croce – Time In A Bottle
- Barbara Streisand – The Way You Were
- The Love Unlimited Orchestra – Love’s Theme
- Ringo Starr – You’re Sixteen
Entertainment Highlights of 1973
- Best Picture: The Godfather: Albert S. Ruddy
- Best Actor: Marlon Brando – The Godfather
- Best Actress: Liza Minnelli – Cabaret
Top Television Shows:
- All In The Family, Cannon, Hawaii Five-O, Kojak, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H, Maude, Sanford & Son, Ths Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, The Waltons
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