1980 was an amazing year that ushered in big hair, parachute pants, and a decade of fantastic music that possessed its own unique style. If you are looking to include the sounds of the ’80s in your wedding, we’ve got the perfect list. Here are the top wedding songs of 1980.
Best Wedding Songs of 1980
Woman in Love – Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand established her relevancy for another era with this mid-tempo ballad. It makes a great song for the first dance at your wedding reception.
Let Me Love You Tonight – Pure Prairie League
Pure Prairie League scored a big hit with this song that features the smooth vocals of a very young Vince Gill. Everyone will be dancing when you add this to the reception playlist.
Could I Have This Dance? – Anne Murray
This gentle pop/country ballad by Anne Murray is still popular today. It can be used for the first dance with your partner, and the song has even been used as a part of the wedding ceremony itself.
Every Woman in the World – Air Supply
Few bands defined the 80’s pop sound better than Air Supply. This hit from 1980 can be used in wedding ceremonies as a sweet message from the groom to his bride.
Keep On Loving You – REO Speedwagon
If you want a song to include in your wedding ceremony that captures the essence of 80’s music, few are better than this REO Speedwagon number one hit. It can be played just before you take your solemn vows.
Lady – Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers had a big hit with this song in 1980, and it is used in many weddings today. It is best included on your reception playlist.
Let My Love Open The Door – Pete Townshend
Every wedding reception needs songs that are lively and fun. This Pete Townshend hit is an upbeat classic that encourages group dancing.
Loving You (Is a Way of Life) – Jon Stevens
June 1980, B-side track, “The Honeymoon is Over”
This song by New Zealand songwriter Jon Stevens is not as well-known as some other 1980 wedding songs, but it has powerful lyrics that sum up the commitment you have for your partner.
Magic – Olivia Newton-John
You can go full 1980 with this pop classic by Olivia Newton-John. It has that wonderful blend of disco and pop that was a hallmark of early 80’s music.
More Love – Kim Carnes
There have been many versions of this Smokey Robinson classic, but the Kim Carnes rendition of 1980 is a great wedding choice. If you want to try something unique, use this song for your recessional as you leave the wedding altar.
Sailing – Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross nailed the pure bliss of love in this song from 1980. It’s a feel-good ballad that will be instantly recognized by most of your guests.
(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven – Reba McEntire
This country hit by Reba McEntire is a celebration of how love makes everyone feel. It can be used before that first toast between the bride and groom.
I Pledge My Love – Peaches & Herb
Peaches & Herb released this song in January of 1980. It is a song that reflects the promises you are making to your partner on the wedding day, and it can be used as a part of the processional before the traditional bridal march.
Easy Love – Dionne Warwick
The beautiful vocals of Dionne Warwick make this a great song to precede the wedding ceremony. Many will want to add it to a list of music that is played while guests are being seated.
Don’t Say Goodnight – The Isley Brothers
The Isley Brothers had something of a comeback hit with this 1980 soul classic. Best saved for the end of the wedding day, try putting this one on as you make your getaway to begin the honeymoon.
Can’t Put a Price on Love – The Knack
There is no way to express the value of true love. That’s what this song by The Knack proclaims, and it is a wonderful piece of dance music.
Any Way You Want It – Journey
All of your wedding songs don’t need to be slow ballads. This lively rocker from Journey expresses the promise of devotion that is an important part of your wedding day.
Give It All You Got – Chuck Mangione
If you want an instrumental song for your wedding ceremony, try this one by Chuck Mangione. It has been used by many couples as a prelude to the wedding processional.
I Made It Through The Rain – Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow sings about the twists and turns of life in this beautiful ballad. Play it to remind you that all the things you endured on the path to love only served to lead you to a forever partner.
Look What You’ve Done to Me – Boz Scaggs
This love song is from the soundtrack for the popular film Urban Cowboy. It combines nostalgia with a smooth romantic vibe that is great for dancing.
Love the World Away – Kenny Rogers
Your wedding is a special moment when you become aware that two people united can conquer the world. Let this Kenny Rogers song occupy a place in your ceremony, perhaps as you light a unity candle.
Passion – Rod Stewart
This song was a huge hit for Rod Stewart. It will present a nice change of pace from all of the other slow ballads that you have chosen for your wedding day playlist.
Still Falling in Love – Carroll Baker
1980, All for the Love of a Song
This song by Canadian country artist Carroll Baker might not have been as popular as some on the list of 1980 wedding songs, but it is tender and meaningful. It reminds you that years from now you can still be falling in love with your one and only.
Stand by Me – Mickey Gilley
The Mickey Gilley version of this timeless hit was released in 1980 and is still popular on country radio today. Few songs capture the devotion of a wedding day better than this one.
Never Knew Love Like This Before – Stephanie Mills
Use this 1980 song from Stephanie Mills during your wedding ceremony and the happy tears will begin to flow. It is a celebration of everything good about love and marriage.
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Weddings of 1980
Who Married & What Happened?
Celebrating weddings in 1980. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1980…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1980. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1980
- Demi Moore wed Freddy Moore
- Angus Young married Ellen Van Lochem
- Jere Fields married Jimmie Walker
- Mel Gibson wed Robyn Moore
- Pierce Brosnan wed Cassandra Harris
News Highlights of 1980
- American speed skater Eric Heiden wins five gold medals at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.
- Mount St. Helens, in the state of Washington, erupts.
- The United States, West Germany, and Japan boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet Union’s military intervention in Afganistan.
- Ronald Wilson Reagan is elected as the 40th President Of The United States.
1980 Sports Champions:
- The Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series over the Kansas City Royals.
- Super Bowl XIV – Pittsburgh Steelers won 31-19 over the Los Angeles Rams.
- The Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA Title over the Philadelphia 76ers.
- The New York Islanders win the Stanley Cup over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Music Highlights of 1980
- Grammy’s Song of 1980: Sailing – Christopher Cross
- Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)
- Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
- Blondie – Call Me
- Paul McCartney – Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)
- Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
- Lipps, Inc – Funky Town
- Kenny Rogers – Lady
- Olivia Newton-John – Magic
- Michael Jackson – Rock With You
- Diana Ross – Upside Down
- Billy Joel – It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me
- Diana Ross – Upside Down
- Barbara Streisand – Woman In Love
- Kool & The Gang – Celebration
- Kenny Rogers – Lady
- Eddie Rabbitt – I Love A Rainy Night
- John Lennon – (Just Like) Starting Over
- Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
- Blondie – The Tide Is High
- REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You
Entertainment Highlights of 1980
- Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer: Stanley R. Jaffe
- Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman – Kramer vs. Kramer
- Best Actress: Sally Field – Norma Rae
Top Television Shows:
- Alice, Dallas, The Dukes Of Hazzard, The Jeffersons, The Love Boat, M*A*S*H, NBC Tuesday Night Movie, Private Benjamin, 60 Minutes, Three’s Company
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