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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Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
June 1973, Let’s Get It On
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.
Understand me, sugar
Since we’ve got to be here
I love you
Natural High – Bloodstone
1973, Natural High
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.
And I’ll take to the sky on a natural high
Loving you more till the day I die
All I Know – Art Garfunkel
October 1973, Angel Clare
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.
Depend on you
To help them grow
I love you
And that’s all I know
Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got) – The Four Tops
January 1973, Keeper of the Castle
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.
Oooh, (ain’t no woman like the one I’ve got.)
Oh, no, they don’t come better
Let Me Be There – Olivia Newton-John
November 1973, Let Me Be There
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.
Watching you grow
And going through the changes in your life
That’s how I know
I always want to be there
My Love – Paul McCartney and Wings
March 1973, Red Rose Speedway
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.
And when I go away
I know my heart can stay with my love
It’s in the hands of my love
Time in a Bottle – Jim Croce
November 1973, You Don’t Mess Around with Jim
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.
If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you
Killing Me Softly with His Song – Roberta Flack
January 1973, Killing Me Softly
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.
Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Young Love – Donny Osmond
July 1973, Alone Together
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.
Young love first love
Filled with deep devotion
Young love our love
We share with deep emotion
You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
March 1973, Talking Book
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.
You are the sunshine of my life
That’s why I’ll always stay around
You are the apple of my eye
Forever you’ll stay in my heart
Touch Me in the Morning – Diana Ross
May 1973, Touch Me in the Morning
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.
If I’ve got to be strong
Don’t you know I need to have tonight when you’re gone?
‘Till you go I need to hold you until the time
Don’t Fight the Feelings of Love – Charley Pride
April 1973, Sweet Country
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.
So reach out your hand, take in all the sunshine from above
Well, now love is believing so don’t fight the feelings
Don’t fight the feelings of love
Love Is the Foundation – Loretta Lynn
August 1973, Loretta Lynn
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.
And love is the foundation we lean on
All you need is love to ease your mind
And does it have to be right to be called love
When he gives me more loving
Then a lifetime of looking could ever find
A Song I’d Like to Sing – Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson
September 1973, Full Moon
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.
Maybe it don’t mean a thing
It’s a pretty little tune
It’s a song I’d like to sing
That I’d love to sing with you
Could It Be I’m Falling In Love – The Spinners
December 1972 carry-over, Spinners
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.
Say you feel the same way too and I wonder what
It is I feel for you
Could it be I’m falling in love (with you baby)
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.
Gotta find me an angel
To fly away with me
Gotta find me an angel
Ooo and set me free
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.
Now that I’m here no more tears
Come here, come here
And you won’t find things that broke your heart
Danny’s Song – Anne Murray
December 1972 carry-over, Danny’s Song
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.
And even though we ain’t got money
I’m so in love with ya honey
Everything bring a chain of love
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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