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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Knock On Wood – Amii Stewart
January 1979, Knock on Wood
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 your wedding day celebration.
‘Cause your love, is better
Than any love I know
It’s like thunder, lightning
The way you love me is frightenin’
Love You Inside Out – Bee Gees
April 1979, Spirits Having Flown
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.
I ain’t no vision, I am the man
Who loves you inside out
Backwards and forwards with
My heart hanging out
I love no other way
He’s The Greatest Dancer – Sister Sledge
February 1979, We Are Family
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.
The champion of dance, his moves would put you in a trance
And he never leaves the disco alone
Arrogance but not conceit, as a man he’s complete
Just When I Needed You Most – Randy VanWarmer
February 1979, Warmer
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.
‘Cause I need you more than I needed before
And now where I’ll find comfort, God knows
‘Cause you left me just when I needed you most
She Believes In Me – Kenny Rogers
April 1979, The Gambler
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.
And she believes in me
I’ll never know just what she sees in me
I told her someday if she was my girl
I could change the world
I Was Made For Lovin’ You – KISS
May 1979, Dynasty
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.
And tonight, I want to make it all come true
‘Cause girl, you were made for me
And girl, I was made for you
Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson
August 1979, Where There’s Smoke…
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.
Let the music take your mind
Just release and you will find
You’re gonna fly away, glad your goin’ my way
I love it when we’re cruising together
I’ll Never Love This Way Again – Dionne Warwick
July 1979, Dionne
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.
I won’t turn my head in sorrow if you should go away
I’ll stand here and remember just how good it’s been
And I know I’ll never love this way again
Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) – Robert Palmer
July 1979, Secrets
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.
Doctor Doctor, gimme the news
I got a bad case of lovin’ you
No pill’s gonna cure my ill
I got a bad case of lovin’ you
You Decorated My Life – Kenny Rogers
September 1979, Kenny
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.
And you decorated my life
Created a world
Where dreams are a part
And you decorated my life
By paintin’ your love all over my heart
Daydream Believer – Anne Murray
December 1979, I’ll Always Love You
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.
You once thought of me
As a white knight on his steed
Now you know how happy I can be
Just the Way You Are – Barry White
1979, The Man
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.
I would not leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times
I’ll take you just the way you are
You’re The Only One – Dolly Parton
June 1979, Great Balls of Fire
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.
You’re the only one darlin’
They’ll never be anyone else but you
I love you so much
You are my love, you’ve become my life
Half the Way – Crystal Gayle
September 1979, Miss the Mississippi
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.
Now I can see where your
Sweet love can lead me
This is what I have waited for
They Call It Making Love – Tammy Wynette
May 1979, Just Tammy
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.
And they call it makin’ love
Makin’ love, makin’ love
Throw it down, pick it up
Dress it up and call it love
An American Dream – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
November 1979, An American Dream
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.
Voila! An American Dream
Yeah, we can travel, girl, without any means
When it’s as easy as closing your eyes
Lovin’ On – Bellamy Brothers
1979, The Two and Only
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.
Through the hard times, when it all goes wrong
We’re gonna make it, not unless so strong
And when it’s over, honey you and I we’re loving on
There Is a Miracle in You – Tom T. Hall
1979, Saturday Morning Songs
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.
Bless you go and grow and see and do there is a miracle in you
You can do anything you want from here to there
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.
Celebrating wedding songs of 1979. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1979…
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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