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
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Woman in Love – Barbra Streisand
August 1980, Guilty
No measure of time
We planned it all at the start
That you and I
Live in each other’s hearts
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
April 1980, Firin’ Up
They say once in your life
You find someone who’s right
Someone who loves you like me
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
August 1980, Urban Cowboy Soundtrack
When we’re together it feels so right
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
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
October 1980, Lost in Love
Girl, you’re every woman in the world to me
You’re my fantasy, you’re my reality
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
November 1980, Hi Infidelity
When I said that I love you
I meant that I love you forever
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
September 1980, Greatest Hits
There’s so many ways
I want to say “I love you”
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
March 1980, Empty Glass
Let my love open the door
To your heart, to your heart
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”
Take me back to you
It’s been a long time
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
May 1980, Xanadu Soundtrack
You have to believe we are magic
Nothin’ can stand in our way
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
June 1980, Romance Dance
This is real, it’s a fact
I’ll always belong only to you
And each day I’ll be living to
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
June 1980, Christopher Cross
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free
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
October 1980, Feel the Fire
But if it’s not heaven
When you’re holdin’ me
Then it’s the way that heaven oughta be
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
January 1980, Twice The Fire
I know with all my heart we’ll never part
For this is the day when our love comes alive
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
November 1980, No Night So Long
Your touch can make me feel so high
With you the night just seems to fly
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
1980, Go All the Way
Most of the people say
That love is for the givin’
So let me love you, girl
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
March 1980, …But the Little Girls Understand
And I’ll pay when the price is right
But you can’t put a price on love
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
February 1980, Departure
Any way you want it
That’s the way you need it
Any way you want it
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
1980, Fun and Games
Just one more try
For something new
I need you
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
November 1980, Barry
And I wonder every night
If you might just miss me too
And I sing for you
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
August 1980, Urban Cowboy Soundtrack
Love, look what you’ve done to me
Never thought I’d fall again so easily
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
June 1980, Urban Cowboy Soundtrack
Love will always stay
Just a touch away
Come with me
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
November 1980, Foolish Behaviour
Once in love you’re never out of danger
One hot night spent with a stranger
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.
Stand by Me – Mickey Gilley
1980, Urban Cowboy Soundtrack
I won’t cry, I won’t cry, no I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
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
August 1980, Sweet Sensation
This feeling’s so deep inside of me
Such a tender fantasy
You’re the one I’m living for
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.
I hope you enjoyed a rollback in time. If you like our list of 1980 wedding songs, be sure to check out our list of the best 80s wedding songs.
If you have a favorite song that was released in 1980, not on our list, be sure to comment it below.
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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