1982 was a year filled with romantic ballads that can be a perfect addition to your wedding. From Air Supply to Chicago, the legendary bands of the decade were at their very best. Here is a selection of 1982 wedding songs that will make your special day one to always remember.
Best Wedding Songs of 1982
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Love Me Tomorrow – Chicago
September 1982, Chicago 16
Love me tomorrow won’t you please promise me?
Love me tomorrow like today
The love that you celebrate on your wedding day is a forever love, one that is meant to stand the test of time. “Love Me Tomorrow” by Chicago expresses the promise that you and your partner will make to one another as you speak your vows.
Even the Nights Are Better – Air Supply
June 1982, Now and Forever
Don’t you love how your chosen one makes every part of your life complete? This 1982 hit from Air Supply is an affirmation of the life-changing power of love, and it is a perfect song choice for entering your wedding reception.
Even the nights are better
Now that we’re here together
Even the nights are better
Since I found you
I Can Make You Feel Good – Shalamar
This song from Shalamar has a strong R&B groove that is suitable for dancing the night away at your wedding party. The song summons up all of those feelings that accompany falling in love, and it also stresses the importance of devotion over material things.
Baby, I can make you feel good I can make you feel good
Let me lay this good love on you
Baby, I can make you feel good I can make you feel good
You can say I really want you
Hold Me – Fleetwood Mac
June 1982, Mirage
The sweet vocals of Christine McVie highlight this hit from Fleetwood Mac‘s 1982 album Mirage. It’s a song about the perfection of two souls that make one another completely.
I’m just around the corner
If you got a minute to spare
I’ll be waitin’ for ya’
If you ever want to be there
Open Arms – Journey
January 1982, Escape
Every 80’s-inspired wedding ceremony should include music from Journey. “Open Arms” is one of the band’s most powerful love songs, and it is perfect for an interlude before you light your unity candles.
So now I come to you with open arms
Nothing to hide, believe what I say
So here I am, with open arms
Hoping you’ll see what your love means to me
Sweet Time – REO Speedwagon
June 1982, Good Trouble
REO Speedwagon had a minor hit with this love song in 1982, and it is a nice choice to include in the wedding ceremony proper. The song is about letting love come easy and free as you and your partner mark the passing years.
But now i am ready
I am ready to make you mine
So i’m holdin steady
And we’re gonna take our own sweet time
Love Come Down – Evelyn “Champagne” King
July 1982, Get Loose
Evelyn “Champagne” King has an R&B voice that was made for weddings, and it is on full display in this classic. If you have chosen other R&B songs for your wedding, try using this one before the processional as your guests are filing in.
Thief in the night
You took my heart
Now danger’s in sight
‘Cause I can’t help the way that I feel
Save a Prayer – Duran Duran
August 1982, Rio
This Duran Duran song from 1982 is best used for a wedding reception and dancing thanks to its funky vibe, but the lyrics are powerful. The song is filled with imagery about the mysteries of love.
Don’t ask me why I’ll keep my promise I’ll melt the ice
And you wanted to dance so I asked you to dance
But fear is in your soul
Some people call it a one night stand but we can call it paradise
Zoom – Fat Larry’s Band
October 1982, Breakin’ Out
If you want to show off your knowledge of 80’s love songs, try spinning this one at your wedding reception. It scored a top ten hit in the UK for Fat Larry’s Band, and it reflects all the innocent wonder of falling in love with a lifelong partner.
Zoom, you chased the day away
High noon, the moon and stars came out to play
Then my whole wide world went zoom
Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
July 1982, An Officer and a Gentleman Soundtrack
This is a song that deserves a place of honor in your wedding ceremony. It was one of the biggest love songs of the ’80s, and many couples select it as the centerpiece of their wedding music choices.
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high
Do You Believe in Love? – Huey Lewis and the News
January 1982, Picture This
Huey Lewis and the News reached No. 7 on the charts with this upbeat love song. When used at your wedding reception you’ll probably recall the feelings of those first days when you could only hope that the person responsible for those feelings was your one and only.
I used to have you in a photograph
I’m so glad it’s changed
But now I’ve got you and it’s gonna last
Do you believe in love
Heart to Heart – Kenny Loggins
November 1982, High Adventure
David Foster co-wrote some of the most romantic songs of the ’80s, and this partnership with Kenny Loggins is among the best. It’s one of those songs that might express things you find hard to say to your partner, and it acknowledges that a perfect marriage requires honesty.
How can we go on together
Now that we’ve grown apart, oh no
Well, the only way to start
Is heart to heart
It Started With a Kiss – Hot Chocolate
There aren’t many songs that are more appropriate for a first wedding dance than this one by Hot Chocolate. It is especially good for childhood sweethearts who are tying the knot.
It started with a kiss
I never thought it would come to this
Let Me Tickle Your Fancy – Jermaine Jackson
July 1982, Let Me Tickle Your Fancy
This song is pure fun, and it is one that you’ll want to use for group dances at your wedding party. Jermaine Jackson’s energetic vocals will put a smile on the face of every guest.
It makes me shake
When I think about us
I get all keyed up
And the tantalizing touch
That I love
My Father’s House – Bruce Springsteen
September 1982, Nebraska
Finding a song for a father/daughter dance at a wedding can be difficult, but this poignant tune from Bruce Springsteen‘s Nebraska can strike the right emotional note. It reminds us not to take fathers for granted and to cherish the love they show.
My father’s house shines hard and bright
It stands like a beacon calling me in the night
Promised You a Miracle – Simple Minds
April 1982, New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84)
Simple Minds delivers some deep lyrics on this 1982 love song. A groom could dedicate this song to his new bride during the ceremony, just before he makes the ultimate forever promise.
Only love she sees
He controls on love
Life throws a curve
Everything is possible
Everything is possible
Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
1982, Midnight Love
Marvin Gaye‘s classic might be a little too suggestive for the actual ceremony, but it is a regular addition to wedding reception playlists. There is something about feeling the closeness of the one you love while the song plays.
Come take control, just grab a hold
Of my body and mind, soon we’ll be making it, honey
I’ll be feeling fine
She’s Right On Time – Billy Joel
June 1982, The Nylon Curtain
If you happen to be one of those lucky brides that are getting married in December, Billy Joel‘s fun mixture of romance and Christmas joy will work perfectly for your wedding event. You can even use it as a prelude to the procession, and it also fits as an interlude.
Still I will chose to live
In the complicated world
That we shared for so long
Good or bad, right or wrong
The Girl is Mine – Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney
October 1982, Thriller
Every groom should include this Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney duet in their wedding. Play it just for her after she makes her appearance at the altar, or even sing it to her yourself at the after-party.
Because she’s mine
The doggone girl is mine
Don’t waste your time
Because the doggone girl is mine
Truly – Lionel Richie
September 1982, Lionel Richie
Promises of eternal love are Lionel Richie‘s specialty, and “Truly” can be used by either the bride or groom as a dedication. Many couples have played this song while they exit the chapel after saying their vows.
Girl, tell me only this
That I’ll have your heart for always
And you want me by your side
Whispering the words “I’ll always love you”
While My Heart is Still Beating – Roxy Music
1982 Live concert Recording in France
It is so important to love your partner will all of your being each and every day. This song by Roxy Music will remind you how special and powerful your wedding day is.
While my heart is still beating
Where’s it all leading
Walk on air
Am I still dreaming
You and I – Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle
October 1982, Radio Romance
Those who love country music will want to make this hit by Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle the musical centerpiece of a wedding. Play it after the bride has been given away and before you begin the solemn expression of your vows.
The promises that we made
And now your love is my reward
And I love you even more
Than I ever did before
The One Thing – INXS
July 1982, Shabooh Shoobah
INXS was just beginning to find its audience when this song debuted in 1982. It states clearly that you are his one thing, the thing that elevates him above other men and brings out his best.
There’s no ice in your lovers walk
You don’t look twice ’cause you move so fast
It’s the one thing
You are my thing
Get Closer – Linda Ronstadt
September 1982, Get Closer
Linda Ronstadt uses her heavenly voice to tell every man what a woman wants. Today is the day to pull her close, hold her tight, and promise that you’ll never let go.
You want love? Get closer
Hold her hand, be forward
Come on, be a man, get closer
We continued our series of ’80s wedding songs with this list of Wedding Songs of 1982. You can also view our favorite wedding songs of the 1980s.
Celebrating wedding songs of 1982. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1982…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1982. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1982
- Andy Garcia married Maria Victoria Marivi Lorido
- Bono married Ali Hewson
- Marie Osmond married Steve Craig
- Robert Kennedy, Jr. married Emily Ruth Black
- Howie Long-married Diane Addonizio
News Highlights of 1982
- The television show Late Night With David Letterman debuts.
- In eight separate instances, people taking Tylenol capsules to die. Before the cause is discovered to be deliberate contamination, the manufacturer withdraws the product from the market. It is later reintroduced and regains its position as the number one pain reliever.
- Barney Clark becomes the first recipient of a permanent artificial heart.
1982 Sports Champions:
- The St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series over the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Super Bowl XVI – San Francisco 49ers won 26-21 over the Cincinnati Bengals.
- The Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA Title over the Philadelphia 76ers.
- The New York Islanders win the Stanley Cup over the Vancouver Canucks.
Music Highlights of 1982
- Grammy’s Song of 1982: Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson
- The Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
- The J Geils Band – Centerfold
- Human League – Don’t You Want Me
- Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder – Ebony And Ivory
- Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
- Chicago – Hard To Say I’m Sorry
- Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll
- John Cougar – Jack And Diane
- Lionel Richie – Truly
- Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong
- Vangelis – Chariots Of Fire
- Toni Basil – Mickey
- Patti Austin with James Ingram – Baby, Come To Me
- Hall & Oates – Maneater
- Toto – Africa
- Men At Work – Down Under
Entertainment Highlights of 1982
- Best Picture: Chariots of Fire: David Puttnam
- Best Actor: Henry Fonda – On Golden Pond
- Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn – On Golden Pond
Top Television Shows:
- The “A” Team, Dallas, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, The Love Boat, Magnum P.I., M*A*S*H, Simon And Simon, 60 Minutes, Three’s Company
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