Those who want to include 80’s music at their wedding will find that 1983 was one of the best years of the decade. It was filled with tender ballads and dance grooves from some of the 80’s biggest stars.
Here’s a list of the top 1983 wedding songs.
Best Wedding Songs Of 1983
Faithfully – Journey
April 1983, Frontiers
The Jonathan Cain lyrics of this Journey hit are exceptionally suited to weddings. It’s about the commitment that both of you are making to one another, and you should play it right before you take your vows.
And lovin’ a music man
Ain’t always what it’s supposed to be
Oh girl you stand by me
I’m forever yours, faithfully
We’ve Got Tonight – Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton
1983, We’ve Got Tonight
Bob Seger wrote this touching love song, and Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton did it justice in 1983. This is the song that you want to kick off your wedding reception, so save it for that first special dance.
We’ve got tonight
Who needs tomorrow?
We’ve got tonight, babe
Why don’t we stay?
Tonight, I Celebrate My Love – Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack
1983, Born to Love
Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack made this a wedding song for the ages. It is another good choice for your first dance or a wedding toast at the reception, but some have even used it as an alternative to the traditional recessional.
Tonight our spirits will be climbing
To a sky filled up with diamonds
When I make love to you, tonight
Tonight I celebrate my love for you
True – Spandau Ballet
April 1983, True
When Steve Buscemi does his take on this Spandau Ballet song in The Wedding Singer everyone laughs. At your wedding, it will make those happy tears flow with its straightforward message of devotion.
Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
I want the truth to be said
I know this much is true
All Time High – Rita Coolidge
1983, Octopussy Soundtrack
Recorded by Rita Coolidge for the soundtrack of the James Bond film Octopussy, this is a wonderful addition to the wedding processional. It can be played as your bridesmaids enter the wedding venue.
We’re an all-time high
We’ll change all that’s gone before
Doing so much more than falling in love
Every Breath You Take – The Police
May 1983, Synchronicity
You and your partner will enjoy dancing to this song by The Police. It expresses that the protective vibe you get from your one and only.
Oh, can’t you see
You belong to me
How my poor heart aches
With every step you take
Let’s Dance – David Bowie
April 1983, David Bowie
Every wedding reception needs a powerful dance tune to get the celebration rolling. This song from David Bowie has a nice groove that will set the tone for your party and have guests dancing until the wee hours.
For fear tonight is all
You could look into my eyes
Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight
All Night Long – Lionel Richie
August 1983, Can’t Slow Down
Another song that must be included for wedding parties is this 1983 classic from Lionel Richie. It works well as a song you would use at the beginning of the wedding reception after you make your dramatic entrance.
Yeah, once you get started you can’t sit down
Come join the fun, it’s a merry-go-round
Everyone’s dancing their troubles away
Come join our party, See how we play!
Affair of the Heart – Rick Springfield
April 1983, Living in Oz
Rick Springfield was a pop icon of the ’80s, and this song from the Australian singer hits all the right notes in its celebration of true love. It’s a song that you can play for your partner before you make that lasting commitment to one another.
But don’t try to tell me you think it’s all physical
It goes much deeper than that
You ought to know it’s an affair of the heart
Making Love Out of Nothing at All – Air Supply
July 1983, Greatest Hits
Grooms might want to choose this Air Supply song as a special dedication to their beautiful bride. It acknowledges how a partner is there to bring out the best in the one they have chosen to love.
But I don’t know how to leave you
And I’ll never let you fall
And I don’t know how you do it
Making love out of nothing at all
It Might Be You – Stephen Bishop
January 1983, Tootsie Soundtrack
How joyous it is to find the one that you will grow old with. Stephen Bishop’s hit from the film Tootsie is a perfect song to play as you begin the processional at your wedding.
So many dreams to make
And with so much love to make
I think we’re gonna meet some time
One on One – Hall & Oates
January 1983, H2O
There is nothing wrong with adding a little steam to your wedding day. Try this song by Hall & Oates as the first dance with your new spouse, and remember that the two of you are now one forever.
You can’t tell me you don’t miss me girl
I think I might know you too well
Wonder what you’d say if you knew that I was coming tonight
I want you can’t you tell
You Are – Lionel Richie
January 1983, Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie had so many hits in the early ’80s that his work is sure to make it into your wedding. If you only want to choose one from this soulful master, “You Are” is the perfect expression of how much your partner means to you.
You need to know
I love you so
And I’d do it all again and again
Never Gonna Let You Go – Sérgio Mendes
April 1983, Sérgio Mendes
Sérgio Mendes didn’t have many hits outside of his native Brazil, but this one tends to be used in many wedding ceremonies. It’s a song about devotion and the desire to cling tightly to your partner.
You and me
We’re gonna be better than we were before
I loved you then but now I intend
To open up and love you even more
This time you can be sure
Love Is on a Roll – Don Williams
March 1983, Yellow Moon
Country music artists like Don Williams supplied plenty of 1983 wedding songs like this one. It’s simple and honest in its expression of emotions, just the way a good country song should be.
Love is on a roll, love is on a good roll
Our love is on a roll, our love is on a good roll
Fool for Your Love – Mickey Gilley
March 1983, Fool for Your Love
This nice piano ballad from country music superstar Mickey Gilley makes for a nice expression of devotion on your wedding day. This 1983 single has a doo-wop vibe that is great for dancing the night away.
You take me half the way to heaven
And you know it’s not enough
I’m just a fool for your love
I Always Get Lucky with You – Merle Haggard
April 1983, Shine On
This chart-topper from 1983 was written by Merle Haggard and sung to perfection by George Jones. There is a message in the lyrics which affirms how lucky you and your partner were to find one another and be joined eternally in the sacred bonds of marriage.
There’s been good days and bad days
But when the day is all through
Hey, I’ll always get lucky with you
Somebody’s Gonna Love You – Lee Greenwood
March 1983, Somebody’s Gonna Love You
This song by Lee Greenwood was one of the top tunes from the Summer of ’83, and it resonates with strong emotional lyrics that every bride can relate to. Today, your search is over and you will stand with the one that is going to love you forever.
Somebody’s gonna touch you, it’s just a matter of time
And if you’re ever gonna try love again, it might as well be mine
A Fire I Can’t Put Out – George Strait
May 1983, Strait from the Heart
There are many things that help us know when we have found the right one. George Strait, the king of country music, sings about the inability to let that special one get away once they have brightened your life.
At least I’m happy knowing what love is all about
You’ll always be a fire I can’t put out
The Closer You Get – Alabama
April 1983, The Closer You Get…
Alabama was one of the dominant country music bands of the ’80s, and this is just one of the band’s hits that are used in many weddings. It’s a tune that is meant to make you recall the feelings from those early days when you were just beginning to fall in love with your partner.
Is this really real
‘Cause there’s something magic
The way that I feel in your arms here tonight
The Rose – Conway Twitty
January 1983, Dream Maker
Conway Twitty released his version of this Bette Midler song in 1983, scoring a crossover hit that puts a country spin on a pop classic. “The Rose” is often used as a part of the wedding ceremony, being played after the bride is given away.
Just remember, in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed, that with the sun’s love
In the spring, becomes the rose
Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love – B.J. Thomas
May 1983, New Looks
B.J. Thomas was known for some amazing love songs, and this one is perfect for couples who appreciate the beautiful traditions of the wedding ceremony. It speaks of growing old together and all the simple things that make love grand.
Whatever happened to old fashioned love
The kind that would see you through
The kind of love my Momma and Daddy knew
You Can’t Run from Love – Eddie Rabbitt
March 1983, Radio Romance
When true love enters your life there is no escaping the reality that something wonderful is happening. Eddie Rabbitt sings about the certainty of love everlasting in this hit from March 1983.
Sail across the seven sea’s
Climb upon the mountain high
Build a wall around your heart
It’s going to find you every single time
Baby, What About You – Crystal Gayle
June 1983, True Love
Brides will want to play this for their partner before they make their wedding promise. The lovely voice of Crystal Gayle delivers lyrics that speak of a genuine desire so strong that it can only be satisfied by the commitment of marriage.
Sometimes, late at night, when I’m missing you
And I’m calling out your name
I don’t know if it’s wrong, I don’t know if it’s right
But I follow my heart just the same
If you like this song list, be sure to check out our song list of the top 100 1980s wedding songs.
Celebrating wedding songs of 1983. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1983…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1983. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1983
- Johnny Depp wed Lori Anne Allison
- Andy Griffith wed Cindi Knight
- Kirstie Alley wed Parker Stevenson
- Keith Richards wed Patti Hansen
- Yul Brynner wed Kathy Lee
News Highlights of 1983
- General Motors and Toyota agree to joint production of a subcompact car in the United States.
- President Reagan proposes the Strategic Defense Initiative, which critics name “Star Wars.”
- Peter Jennings becomes ABC’s TV anchor and Tom Brokaw becomes NBC’s TV anchor.
- Sally Ride, a 32-year-old physicist, is the first American woman to go into space.
- More than 1,900 I.S. Marines invade the Caribbean island of Grenada to prevent it from becoming a Soviet puppet state.
1983 Sports Champions:
- The Baltimore Orioles win the World Series over the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Super Bowl XVII – The Washington Redskins win their first Super Bowl title over the Miami Dolphins.
- The Philadelphia ’76ers win the NBA Title over the Los Angeles Lakers.
- The New York Islanders win the Stanley Cup over the Edmonton Oilers.
Music Highlights of 1983
- Grammy’s Song of 1983: Every Breath You Take – The Police
- Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)
- Michael Jackson – Beat It
- Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
- Men At Work – Down Under
- Irene Cara – Flashdance…What A Feeling
- Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton – Islands In The Stream
- Michael Sembello – Maniac
- Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say
- Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
- Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
- Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
- David Bowie – Let’s Dance
- Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
- Billy Joel – Tell Her About It
- Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart
- Quiet Riot – Cum On Feel The Noise
- Air Supply – Making Love Out Of Nothing At All
- Eddie Grant – Electric Avenue
Entertainment Highlights of 1983
- Best Picture: Gandhi: Richard Attenborough
- Best Actor: Ben Kingsley – Gandhi
- Best Actress: Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice
Top Television Shows:
- The “A” Team, Cagney And Lacey, Dallas, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, Hotel, Kate And Allie, Magnum P.I., Simon And Simon, 60 Minutes
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