This list of 1976 wedding songs includes hits from Paul Anka, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, and an entire group of musical legends. Few years have produced as many sincere wedding classics as 1976, and you’ll find songs here for all parts of your ceremony.
1976 Wedding Songs
The velvety voice of the legendary Lou Rawls has been heard at many wedding ceremonies, and this song from 1976 remains a popular choice today. Rawls’ classics are most often used as wedding dance tunes, but this one can also be added to the arrival playlist.
“Dancing Queen” is one of those songs that defined the disco era of music, and the ABBA hit is used at weddings to spotlight the bride at her reception. It is one of those rare songs that inspires everyone to move regardless of their taste in music.
This feel-good country song from The Bellamy Brothers celebrates the emotions of happiness and joy that are so important on your wedding day, and it is used by modern couples to accompany their grand entrance to the reception. An alternative use would be to have the song played during the send-off.
All weddings involve the promise of commitment and devotion that resonates in the lyrics of this 1976 song from The Brothers Johnson, and you should consider it for the formal wedding ceremony. The song also makes a wonderful dance choice.
Orleans will provide some lively music for your wedding reception playlist with this classic, a song that is still heard on the radio today. The other married couples who attend your wedding will also recall the song fondly and be inspired to celebrate. A great anniversary song celebrating married couples.
David Bowie is not a name that automatically comes to mind when choosing wedding songs, but couples that want something different might want to include this unique ballad. The nature of Bowie’s compositions probably makes his songs good choices for the less-formal parts of a wedding.
The message in this love song from Rod Stewart is very clear, and the ballad can be all about that special honeymoon night with your new spouse. Imagine fleeing away from the wedding festivities into the night as this song plays in the background.
Those who love disco will surely want to include a Bee Gees hit or two in the wedding reception choices, and lesser-known hits like this one are perfect choices. The Bee Gees were all about celebrating the glories of love and life in their music, and this one just makes you feel good.
Leo Sayer became an iconic voice of the 1970s even though he only had a couple of hits like this one, a disco tune that can be used for that first dance with your new spouse. It can also be saved for later in the night when everyone is participating in the joyful celebration.
Lionel Richie began his career with The Commodores, and this was one of their biggest hits of 1976. It is a song that uses simple lyrics to convey a depth of emotion that is rarely seen in today’s music.
You may never have heard of Firefall, but the group’s music lives on with snappy tunes like this one. Grooms should consider the song when choosing tunes that are dedicated to the bride and making her feel special.
George Jones and Tammy Wynette sang about their own love story in this country classic, a song that speaks of the true meaning of the wedding bands that couples exchange. It could be used as an interlude for lighting a unity candle, or it can also be played as wedding guests are seated.
Don Williams was a gentle giant of country music, leading a rich baritone to this tender 1976 wedding song about love everlasting. Let the bride know that your love is forever by playing this song just for her.
Rich harmonies dominate the music of Dave & Sugar, a pop/country trio that scored with this 1976 release. This is exactly the kind of song that can be used as a highlight of the formal wedding ceremony, and it should be played before the formal vows begin.
Make the bride feel wonderful on her special day by having the DJ spin this John Denver tune for her during the wedding reception. Some grooms might even want to have a go at singing the song themselves, but Denver’s vocals are hard to beat.
Christine McVie takes the lead on this Fleetwood Mac classic which became one of the band’s first big hits, a tribute to falling in love and all the feelings that accompany this magical time. The song has a lively tempo and will probably serve best as a dance selection.
It just doesn’t get any better than Freddie Mercury and Queen, and this early hit from the band is filled with Mercury’s soaring vocal range. Most couples tend to make this a first wedding dance selection, but it has also been used as a recessional for when the couple exits the wedding chapel.
Life comes down to a few special moments and occasions, and Paul Anka has provided the soundtrack for plenty of wedding ceremonies. The smoothness of his vocals makes Anka’s music a nice choice for just about any part of a wedding ceremony, although this song often gets chosen for a father/daughter dance.
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Celebrating weddings of 1976. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1976…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1976. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1976
- Diahnne Abbott wed Robert De Niro
- Barbara Bouchet wed Luigi Borghese
- Kim Novak wed Dr. Robert Malloy
- Roger Waters wed Lady Carolyn Christie
- Andy Gibb wed Kim Reeder
News Highlights of 1976
- Barbara Walters is the first broadcaster to be offered a $1-million-per-year contract to cohost the nightly news.
- From coast to coast, America celebrates its 200th birthday.
- Gymnast Nadia Comaneci is the darling of the Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.
- Jimmy Carter is elected President over Gerald Ford.
1976 Sports Champions:
- The Cincinnati Reds win the World Series by sweeping the New York Yankees.
- Super Bowl X – Pittsburgh Steelers won 21-17 over the Dallas Cowboys.
- The Boston Celtics win the NBA Title over the Phoenix Suns.
- The Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Music Highlights of 1976
- Grammy’s Song of 1976: I Write The Songs – Bruce Johnston
- The Starland Vocal Band – Afternoon Delight
- The Four Seasons – December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)
- Johnnie Taylor – Disco Lady
- Elton John & Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
- Paul Simon – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
- Chicago – If You Leave Me Now
- Diana Ross – Love Hangover
- Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
- Wings – Silly Love Songs
- Rod Stewart – Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)
- The Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow
- The Sylvers- Boogie Fever
- John Sebastian – Welcome Back
- The Manhattans – Kiss And Say Goodbye
- Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band – A Fifth Of Beethoven
- KC & The Sunshine Band – (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty
- The Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing
- Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots – Disco Duck (Part 1)
- Steve Miller Band – Rock ‘N Me
- Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. – You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)
- Rose Royce – Car Wash
- Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
- Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Blinded By The Light
- Mary MacGregor – Torn Between Two Lovers
- ABBA – Dancing Queen
- Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way
- Stevie Wonder – I Wish
- Barbara Streisand – Love Theme From “A Star Is Born” (Evergreen)
- The Eagles – New Kid In Town
Entertainment Highlights of 1976
- Best Picture: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Saul Zaentz, Michael Douglas
- Best Actor: Jack Nicholson – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
- Best Actress: Louise Fletcher – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Top Television Shows:
- ABC Monday Night Movie, ABC Sunday Night Movie, Baretta, The Big Event, Charlie’s Angels, Happy Days, Laverne And Shirley, M*A*S*H, On Day At A Time, The Six Million Dollar Man
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