1979 was a wonderful year for music with ballads from Barry White, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers, and many other musical legends. This list of 1979 wedding songs represents the best of the best when it comes to music for your wedding.
1979 Wedding Songs
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Amii Stewart will always be remembered for this 1979 uptempo classic, a favorite of many newlyweds for their reception playlist. The song is one of those that can be counted on to get everyone in the spirit of wedding day celebration.
The Bee Gees ruled the 70s with disco hits and ballads like this one, a tender expression of devotion that will appeal to couples. This is a song that can be played as wedding guests are filing into the chapel, or it can be used to introduce the new couple as man and wife.
This song by Sister Sledge is one that brides will want to add to their reception playlist as a special dedication to the groom. It is also a nice dance tune for couples to share alone as the newlyweds have their first dance together.
Randy VanWarmer only had one major hit, and this song is still played often today at weddings and other celebrations of love. Many brides like to have it played as the wedding party is walking down the aisle.
Kenny Rogers is best known for his raspy, soulful voice and hits from the 70s like this one, a straightforward dedication to a special woman. Grooms can have this played for their new bride at the reception to inspire heartfelt emotion.
No wedding reception would be complete without this KISS classic from 1979, and the lively vibe and catchy hook are just what you need for dancing. The lyrics are delivered by Kiss frontman Paul Stanley, and they are a pure expression of need and desire.
The legendary Smokey Robinson cruised to the top of the charts with this soulful ballad about driving with the one you love while classic songs play on the radio. There is no better song to use as the soundtrack to your sendoff when guests toss birdseed and wish you a happy life together.
Music legend Dionne Warwick was at her very best on this song from 1979, a meaningful ballad that speaks of how one true love can change a person’s life forever. It is most often used in weddings as a part of the processional, but it can also be played during the recessional as the bridal party makes their exit.
Every wedding needs a few uptempo songs for the reception, and this one from Robert Palmer is a true classic. It’s one of those songs that everyone knows the words to, so all can sing along and feel like they are part of the celebration.
Kenny Rogers has two hits on this list of 1979 wedding songs, and this one is sometimes made a focal point during the formal wedding ceremony. Each lyric is carefully crafted to show how important the newlyweds are to one another, and it will start the happy tears flowing among your wedding guests.
Anne Murray took a chance with this Monkees classic and scored a major hit in 1979. The song can be used in a number of ways in modern wedding ceremonies, but it probably works best for moments like the cutting of the wedding cake.
Barry White did his take on this Billy Joel classic in 1979 and delivered it with the soulful baritone that made Barry White a musical legend. The lyrics will remind married couples that they do not need to change to please one another and that all the love they possess is enough to get them through the hard times.
Newlyweds that are fans of country music will surely want to have a selection from Dolly Parton on their playlist, and this one is great for dancing the night away at the reception. The song is all about devotion to that special one, just the kind of sentiment that you want to express on the wedding day.
Crystal Gayle, the younger sister of country music legend Loretta Lynn, made this a smash hit in 1979. It is a song from one lover to another that expresses a deep hope for the future, so save it for a special moment at the wedding reception.
Everyone knows that intimacy is part of marriage, but this song from Tammy Wynette conveys that intimacy in a very subtle and meaningful way. It is the right song to have played as the married couple is preparing to make their exit and head off to a nice honeymoon together.
At the heart of all weddings, there is an expression of hopes and dreams for the future, and that is exactly what this song from The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band expresses. Every couple wants to build a future that will include a life of nothing but the best experiences, and this song can be played at the reception to celebrate that desire.
Honor the true meaning of weddings with this romantic ballad from the Bellamy Brothers that is all about the glorious power of love. Make it a point to add this song to your wedding reception playlist, and let your partner know that you chose it especially for them.
There Is a Miracle in You – Tom T. Hall
The groom’s job on his wedding day is to let his bride know that she is the center of the universe, and this song from Tom T. Hall will convey that message. Hall was known as a brilliant songwriter, and the lyrics from this hit are sure to leave their meaning on every guest at the wedding.
I hope you enjoyed our list of favorite 1979 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.
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Congratulations on your wedding of 1979. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1979
- John Candy wed Rosemary Margaret Hobor
- Cat Stevens married Fauzia Mubarak Ali
- Stevie Ray Vaughan married Lenora Lenny Darlene Bailey
- Debby Boone wed Gabriel Ferrer
- Peter Criss married Debra Jensen
News Highlights of 1979
- Chrysler Corporation asks the federal government for a loan of $1 billion after reporting the largest quarterly loss in its history.
- Mother Teresa, the empress of charity, accepts the Nobel Peace Prize.
1979 Sports Champions:
- The Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series over the Baltimore Orioles.
- Super Bowl XIII – Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 35-31.
- The Seattle Supersonics win the NBA Title over the Washington Bullets.
- The Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup over the New York Rangers.
Music Highlights of 1979
- Grammy’s Song of 1979: What A Fool Believes – The Doobie Brothers
- Donna Summer – Bad Girls
- Rod Stewart – Do Ya Think I’m Sexy
- Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
- Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
- Chic – Le Freak
- The Knack – My Sharona
- Peaches & Herb – Reunited
- Herb Alpert – Rise
- The Bee Gees – Tragedy
- The Spinners – Working My Way Back To You
- Amii Stewart – Knock On Wood
- The Doobie Brothers – What A Fool Believes
- Blondie – Heart Of Glass
- Peaches & Herb – Reunited
- The Bee Gees – Love You Inside Out
- Anita Ward – Ring My Bell
- Robert John – Sad Eyes
- Chic – Good Times
- Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
- KC & The Sunshine Band – Please Don’t Go
- M – Pop Muzik
- The Commodores – Still
- Styx – Babe
- Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
- The Eagles – Heartache Tonight
- Barbara Streisand & Donna Summer – No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
- The Captain & Tennille – Do That To Me One More Time
- Michael Jackson – Rock With You
- Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Entertainment Highlights of 1979
- Best Picture: The Deer Hunter: Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino, John Peverall
- Best Actor: Jon Voight – Coming Home
- Best Actress: Jane Fonda – Coming Home
Top Television Shows:
- Alice, Dallas, The Dukes Of Hazzard, Flo, M*A*S*H, One Day At A Time, 60 Minutes, That’s Incredible, Three Company
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