1980s Wedding Songs as You Make My Dreams Come True

Whitney Houston wanted to dance with somebody, David Bowie raised the cry “Let’s Dance!” and we can’t forget about the “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats.

After all, can we even be friends if you don’t dance to ’80s music?

1980s Wedding Songs

Quick Tips

When selecting 1980s songs for your wedding, you must consider the following 3 factors:

1. What is the tempo of the song to determine the style of dance?
2. What is the meaning of the song and is it appropriate for your wedding?
3. Does the song’s genre match the theme of your wedding?

As an experienced wedding DJ, I’ve assembled a list of popular 1980s songs to get people on the dance floor and for romance at your wedding! The list is grouped by genre to match your taste in music.

Trending 1980s Wedding Songs

  1. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
  2. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
  3. “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  4. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
  5. “Love Shack” by B-52’s
  6. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
  7. “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  8. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard
  9. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
  10. “You Make My Dreams (Come True)” by Daryl Hall & John Oates
  11. “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams
  12. “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang
  13. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
  14. “Africa” by Toto
  15. “(I’ve Had The) Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
  16. “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  17. “It’s Tricky” by Run-DMC
  18. “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
  19. “Electric Boogie” by Marcia Griffiths
  20. “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley

1980s Wedding Songs by Genre

Pop

  1. Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles
  2. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (last dance song)
  3. Hot Hot Hot – Buster Poindexter
  4. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley (party dance song)
  5. True Blue – Madonna
  6. Kiss – Prince
  7. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves (recessional song)
  8. Into the Groove – Madonna
  9. Take On Me – a-Ha (party dance song)
  10. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  11. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
  12. Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper (bouquet toss song)
  13. Let’s Dance – David Bowie
  14. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson (party dance song)
  15. Flashdance…What A Feeling – Irene Cara
  16. 1999 – Prince
  17. You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates (recessional song)
  18. New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
  19. My Sharona – The Knack
  20. Rock With You – Michael Jackson

Rock

  1. Love Shack – The B-52’s (party dance song)
  2. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
  3. Sweet Child o’ Mine – Guns N Roses (father-daughter dance song)
  4. Mony Mony – Billy Idol (party dance song)
  5. Need You Tonight – INXS
  6. Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi(party dance song)
  7. The Lady In Red – Chris De Burgh
  8. Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money (last dance song)
  9. The Power Of Love – Huey Lewis and the News
  10. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey (last dance song)
  11. Your Love – Outfield (party dance song)
  12. You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
  13. Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  14. Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen
  15. I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
  16. Footloose – Kenny Loggins (party dance song)
  17. Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
  18. Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler
  19. Faithfully – Journey (first dance song)
  20. Jump – Van Halen
  21. White Wedding – Billy Idol
  22. Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant
  23. Jack & Diane – John Mellencamp (cocktail hour song)
  24. Somebody’s Baby – Jackson Browne
  25. Rock This Town – Stray Cats
  26. Africa – Toto
  27. Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top (groomsmen song)
  28. Centerfold – J. Geils Band
  29. I Love Rock ‘N Roll – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  30. Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie
  31. Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield (party dance song)
  32. 867-5309 / Jenny – Tommy Tutone
  33. Back In Black – AC/DC
  34. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC (party dance song)
  35. Any Way You Want It – Journey
  36. Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
  37. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
  38. What I Like About You – The Romantics

R&B

  1. Working My Way Back To You – The Spinners
  2. Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car – Billy Ocean
  3. My Prerogative – Bobby Brown
  4. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston (party dance song)
  5. Word Up! – Cameo (party dance song)
  6. How Will I Know – Whitney Houston
  7. Jump (For My Love) – The Pointer Sisters
  8. All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie
  9. Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
  10. Get Down On It – Kool & The Gang (party dance song)
  11. Endless Love – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
  12. Super Freak – Rick James
  13. Lovely One – The Jacksons
  14. Celebration – Kool & The Gang (party dance song)
  15. You And Me – Rockie Robbins

Hip Hop

  1. Wild Thing – Tone-Loc
  2. Bust A Move – Young MC
  3. It Takes Two – Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock (party dance song)
  4. Fight For Your Right – The Beastie Boys
  5. Push It – Salt ‘N Pepa (party dance song)

Country

  1. Copperhead Road – Steve Earle (group dance song)
  2. Fishin’ In The Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  3. Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis (recessional song)
  4. You And I – Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle (first dance song)
  5. Lady – Kenny Rogers

New Wave

  1. Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung
  2. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) – Dead Or Alive
  3. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
  4. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics (party dance song)
  5. One Thing Leads To Another – The Fixx
  6. Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners (party dance song)
  7. I Ran (So Far Away) – Flock Of Seagulls
  8. The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
  9. I Melt With You – Modern English
  10. Call Me – Blondie
  11. Come Dancing – The Kinks (sister-brother song)
  12. Whip It – Devo

Disco

  1. You Dropped A Bomb On Me – The Gap Band
  2. Let’s Groove – Earth, Wind & Fire (party dance song)
  3. I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
  4. Funkytown – Lipps Inc. (party dance song)

Reggae

  1. Electric Boogie – Marcia Griffiths (group dance song)
  2. Red Red Wine – UB40 (cocktail hour song)

Have a favorite 1980s wedding song, not on my list?  Please share the song below so I add it!

Tip

Next, read a list of 1980s love songs.

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