The best 1978 wedding songs include choices from Eric Clapton, Kenny Rogers, Bruce Springsteen, and other musical legends. These songs will add depth of emotion and a sense of nostalgia to your wedding celebration.
1978 Wedding Songs
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The great thing about songs like this from Barry Manilow is that they are so timeless while managing to capture sentiment like few others. Manilow scored with the peppy ballad in 1978 but it fits right in with modern wedding festivities, often being played as the recessional.
This is one of the classic love songs of the 70s era, and the Commodores hit would also be included on a list of all-time best wedding songs. It is so soft and genuine that a bride would have no problem making it her modern bridal march, and it can also create memorable first dances.
Anne Murray gave the world some big hits in the 1970s, and this one from 1978 was also covered by stars like Kenny Rogers. Formal use of the song has been done in many modern weddings, and some couples also like to play it prior to the celebratory toasts at the reception.
The brief career of Andy Gibb was spotted with romantic love songs like this one, a tune that speaks of love’s unique appeal for all newlyweds. We all feel that something special about our chosen one, so let them know how much they mean to you by choosing this song for your wedding ceremony.
Carly Simon was riding high in 1978, producing smash hits like this one which captures the devotion that couples feel for one another as they prepare to wed. It’s a song that should probably be played when the important members of the family are being seated, but it can also be played as the first guests start to arrive.
Bob Marley and the Wailers aren’t known for wedding music, but this tune qualifies as a 1978 Reggae wedding song for fun-loving couples that want to celebrate their own individuality. Save for the reception when everyone has had a few drinks to loosen up on the dance floor.
Rock music was starting to evolve into the 80s sound bands like The Cars became known for, and this song has a beat that became famous as the 70s decade came to a close. Even though it is too lively for formal parts of a wedding, it can still be used for a send-off or something to dance to.
Kenny Rogers has a huge fan base because he combined elements of both pop and country in his classic hits like this one. It makes our list of 1978 wedding songs because there are some couples who fondly remember this ballad as a part of their own special day, and it gets played often for anniversaries.
This song by country artist Ronnie Milsap might also win the prize for the longest 1978 wedding song title, but it is a great choice if you want to enter the reception hall to something special. The lyrics are all about creating a lifetime of love together, and that is just the theme you should present as you get married.
Charley Pride sings directly to a special woman in this country hit, a song that grooms love to have played for their bride. Have a try at singing it, too, if you really want to woo her in front of all your family and friends.
Keeping it simple is good advice when choosing 1978 wedding songs. Eddie Rabbitt is very on point here with lyrics that resonate with true love, and it will create some chills when the new couple chooses it for their first dance.
There aren’t very many 1978 wedding songs that can be chosen as a special dedication to the father of the bride, but this one by Emmylou Harris will produce those feelings everyone expects on your wedding day. Most brides will want to make it the song that plays while they have a dance with dad.
This became the debut hit for Eddie Money, a classic rock star who is still going strong today with a new reality show and live concerts. Eddie likes to open his show with this uptempo tune, so choose it to open your wedding reception as you greet guests.
Olivia Newton-John has a sweet and tender vocal style that has contributed to many popular wedding songs, but this one could be the best of them all. A bride might want to think about making it the song she dedicates to her new husband with a champagne toast.
Bruce Springsteen must have been thinking about commitment and marriage when he penned the lines in this song, a rock anthem that lifts up the ideas of promises and devotion. The song will only be suitable for after-wedding dancing because of its rock vibe, but the lyrics tell a powerful story.
Dan Hill only had this hit and a few others to define his musical career, but his legacy lives on when couples choose this song for their wedding. You’ll most often find it used as a first dance between the newlyweds.
ABBA was holding strong to the disco vibe as the 70s came to a close, and they went out with a bang by releasing this dance favorite. It’s a fun song that will make all of your guests want to relive those disco moves, and you can also make it the final song of the night for the send-off.
1978 wedding songs don’t get any better than this ballad from Eric Clapton, the legendary blues guitarist who plays like no other musician. This is a song that says everything a groom might find it hard to say to his bride on the wedding day, so let Slow Hand get your message across.
I hope you enjoyed our favorite 1978 wedding songs. If you have a song not on our list, be sure to comment on it below as we do read and respond to all submissions. If you like the 70s, be sure to check out our list of 1970s wedding songs.
Celebrating wedding songs of 1978. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1978…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1978. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1978
- Samantha Lewes wed Tom Hanks
- John Lydon wed Nora Forster
- Robert Kardashian wed Kris Jenner
- Fran Drescher wed Peter Marc Jacobson
- Cyrinda Foxe wed Steven Tyler
News Highlights of 1978
- In response to threats of a farm strike, President Carter proposes increasing federal aid to the nation’s farmers.
- In a Pennsylvania plant, the first American-made Volkswagen automobile rolls off the assembly line.
- Princess Caroline of Monaco marries French businessman Phillippe Junot.
- The first “test-tube” baby is born in Britain. Fertilization was performed in a glass dish, then, the fertilized eggs were implanted into the mother.
1978 Sports Champions:
- The New York Yankees win the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Super Bowl XII – Dallas Cowboys win 27-10 over the Denver Broncos.
- The Washington Bullets win the NBA Title over the Seattle SuperSonics.
- The Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup over the Boston Bruins.
Music Highlights of 1978
- Grammy’s Song of 1978: Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel
- Player – Baby Come Back
- A Taste Of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie
- Exile – Kiss You All Over
- Andy Gibb – Love Is Thicker Than Water
- Donna Summer – MacArthur Park
- The Bee Gees – Night Fever
- Andy Gibb – Shadow Dancing
- The Bee Gees – Stayin Alive
- The Commodores – Three Times A Lady
- Wings – With A Little Luck
- Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You
- Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams – Too Much, Too Little, Too Late
- John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – You’re The One That I Want
- Frankie Valli – Grease
- The Rolling Stones – Miss You
- Nick Wilder – Hot Child In The City
- Anne Murray – You Needed Me
- Chic – Le Freak
- Barbara Streisand & Neil Diamond – You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
- The Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven
- Rod Stewart – Do Ya Think I’m Sexy
- Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
Entertainment Highlights of 1978
- Best Picture: Annie Hall: Charles H. Joffe
- Best Actor: Richard Dreyfuss – The Goodbye Girl
- Best Actress: Diane Keaton – Annie Hall
Top Television Shows:
- All In The Family, Angie, Happy Days, Laverne And Shirley, M*A*S*H, Mork And Mindy, 60 Minutes, Taxi, Three’s Company
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