Top 1973 Wedding Songs for Love Is the Foundation

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

1973 Wedding Songs

Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye

Released in June 1973 on the album 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.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Understand me, sugar
Since we’ve got to be here
Let’s live
I love you

Natural High – Bloodstone

Released in June 1973 on the album 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 true love and how it can take us to another level of existence, so use the song as you are introduced as newlywed for the first time.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

And I’ll take to the sky on a natural high
Loving you more till the day I die

All I Know – Art Garfunkel

Released in October 1973 on the album 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.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

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

Released in January 1973 on the album Keeper of the Castle

This song by The Four Tops captures the essence of the Motown sound that was still popular in 1973, and couples often choose it 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.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

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

Released in November 1973 on the album 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.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

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

Released in March 1973 on the album Red Rose Speedway

The love story of Paul McCartney and his wife Linda is celebrated in this song which was written by the former Beatles 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.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

And when I go away
I know my heart can stay with my love
It’s understood
It’s in the hands of my love

Time in a Bottle – Jim Croce

Released in November 1973 on the album 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 set the mood for your wedding day as the guests are taking their seats.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

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

Released in January 1973 on the album 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 husbands. When used for the first wedding dance the song can create a sentimental and emotional vibe that will convey feelings of true passion.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song

Young Love – Donny Osmond

Released in July 1973 on the album 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.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

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

Released in March 1973 on the album Talking Book

Stevie Wonder is a brilliant songwriter who 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.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

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

Released in May 1973 on the album 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.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

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

Released in April 1973 on the album 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 before the beginning of the wedding ceremony.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

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

Released in August 1973 on the album 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.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

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

Released in September 1973 on the album 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.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

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

Released in December 1972 carry-over on the album 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.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

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

Released in June 1973 on the album 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.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

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

Released in March 1973 on the album 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.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

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

Released in December 1972 carry-over on the album 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.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

And even though we ain’t got money
I’m so in love with ya honey
Everything bring a chain of love


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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

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 won the World Series over the New York Mets.
  • Super Bowl VII – Miami Dolphins won 14-7 over the Washington Redskins.
  • The New York Knicks won the NBA Title over the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Monreal Canadiens defeated the Chicago Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup.

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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