Do you plan to include 80’s music at your wedding? 1984 was one of the hottest of the decade for the emotional love songs that defined the era. Steve Perry, Wham!, and Madonna were just a few of the artists that delivered the best 1984 wedding songs. Here’s a 1984 wedding song collection that is a must for your wedding day playlist.
Best Wedding Songs of 1984
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Stuck on You – Lionel Richie
May 1984, Can’t Slow Down
Lionel Richie kept his 80’s dominance intact with this pop classic of true love. Many couples have chosen to use this song as a part of their wedding ceremony processional due to its laid-back vibe.
Needed a friend
And the way I feel now I guess I’ll be with you ’til the end
Guess I’m on my way
Mighty glad you stayed
Wrapped Around Your Finger – The Police
January 1984, Synchronicity
The Police released this chart-topper in the U.S. during January of 1984, and it served as a great introduction to what would become the hottest year ever for pop music. It sums up how you are your partner are connected, and it is a great reception dance tune.
Things they would not teach me of in college
I can see the destiny you sold turned into a shining band of gold
I’ll be wrapped around your finger
I Can Dream About You – Dan Hartman
April 1984, Streets of Fire Soundtrack
Dan Hartman only had a few hits, but this smash from the film Streets of Fire was arguably the biggest. It is a good song for wedding dances even if the uptempo vibe might be too much for the actual ceremony.
I can dream about you
If I can’t hold you tonight
I can dream about you
You know how to hold me just right
Head Over Heels – The Go-Go’s
February 1+84, Talk Show
The Go-Go’s were all about the fun vibe of the ’80s, and this hit from the all-girl band expresses how true love can make you feel. Play it for your wedding guests and be reminded of those first days when meeting your partner turned the world upside down.
One hand’s just reaching out
And one’s just hangin’ on
It seems my weaknesses
Just keep going strong
Easy Lover – Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind, & Fire) and Phil Collins (Genesis)
November 1984, Chinese Wall
Philip Bailey and Phil Collins combine their vocal talents on this lively rocker that was co-written by Bailey and Collins with the help of Eric Clapton bassist Nathan East. Try it as a spotlight dance for you and your spouse, and let the love you share come easy.
She’s an easy lover
She’ll get a hold on you, believe it
Like no other
Before you know it you’ll be on your knees
Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen
May 1984, Born in the U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen‘s career took a major boost upward in 1984 with a collection of hits that includes this catchy pop tune. Its trademark hook is one everyone knows and can dance to when you include it in your wedding festivities.
You can’t start a fire
You can’t start a fire without a spark
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
Solid – Ashford & Simpson
Ashford & Simpson is one of the most prolific songwriting teams in R&B history, and they had a huge crossover hit with “Solid” in 1984. Few songs do a better job of expressing the rock-solid commitment that two partners make on their wedding day.
And for love’s sake, each mistake
Ah, you forgave
And soon both of us learned to trust
Not run away, it was no time to play
We build it up
Take on Me – A-ha
October 1984, Hunting High and Low
The Norwegian pop sensations A-ha delivered what became an icon of 80’s music with this sing-a-long classic. Even the guests at your wedding who weren’t huge 80’s music fans will recognize this one.
Just to play my worries away
You’re all the things I’ve got to remember
You’re shying away
I’ll be coming for you anyway
Purple Rain – Prince
June 1984, Purple Rain
What can be said about Prince‘s career-defining song that hasn’t already been said? Imagine this song being played at your wedding after you are introduced as husband and wife for the very first time.
You say you want a leader,
But you can’t seem to make up your mind
And I think you better close it
And let me guide you to the purple rain
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
January 1984, She’s So Unusual
Cyndi Lauper’s voice never sounded better than it does on this tender ballad that everyone can relate to. You can play this right before you take your vows as the primary song for your wedding ceremony, and the happy tears are sure to flow.
If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I’ll be waiting
Time after time
When We Make Love – Alabama
April 1984, Roll On
Those who prefer country music will want to make this Alabama ballad a part of the wedding celebration. It’s tender and sweet in its depiction of the intimacy that all partners share.
All day long
We keep holdin’ on
It couldn’t be any better than this
I got it all at my finger tips
Nobody Loves Me Like You Do – Anne Murray
August 1984, Heart Over Mind
Anne Murray and Dave Loggins made this sweet duet one remember, and it was later covered by Whitney Houston and Jermaine Jackson for Houston’s debut album. This song is a perfect one to play as the wedding party takes their places before the bride makes her grand entrance.
You touched my heart in places
That I never even knew
Nobody loves me like you do
Hello – Lionel Richie
February 1984, Can’t Slow Down
Many wedding couples have chosen this Lionel Richie hit for their wedding music selections, and with good reason. There is a simplicity to the lyrics that places a focus on the basics of loving one another for a lifetime.
‘Cause you know just what to say, and you know just what to do
And I want to tell you so much, I love you
I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
August 1984, The Woman in Red
Stevie Wonder counts down the months of the year and describes all the ways that life would be less special without your chosen partner. The song is a reminder that every day is an opportunity to express how much you love one another, and there will surely be many days ahead for you both.
I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
Oh Sherrie – Steve Perry
April 1984, Street Talk
This solo venture from Journey‘s Steve Perry is filled with all the longing and devotion that you want to express during your wedding. A great time to play it is right after you cut the wedding cake.
But you know that there’s a fever
Oh, that you’ll never find nowhere else
Can’t you feel it burnin’
Got a Hold on Me – Christine McVie
January 1984, Christine McVie
Christine McVie is often overlooked as a signature voice of Fleetwood Mac in favor of Stevie Nicks, but this song showcases her talent as a singer and songwriter. It’s a melody about becoming your best with the help of a partner.
I got a love, I got somebody
This love got a hold on me
Ooh, I got a love, I got somebody
This love got a hold on me
Just a Little Love – Reba McEntire
February 1984, Just a Little Love
Aren’t you happy that your chosen one brings a sense of stability and peace to your life? Reba McEntire sings about that feeling in this hit, a great choice for your primary wedding song.
You make me see why the good Lord made me
And you can do miracles
With just a little love
My Only Love – The Statler Brothers
1984, Atlanta Blue
This song by the Statler Brothers is so perfect for weddings that the song’s video is about a beautiful ceremony like the one you will have today. Few songs have been eternally identified as wedding ballads, and this is one of them.
You’re so special
You’re so real
And I know you’ll always be
My only lov
The Best Year of My Life – Eddie Rabbitt
September 1984, The Best Year of My Life
Every groom should choose this song for his bride as a special wedding ceremony dedication. The smooth vocals of Eddie Rabbitt fit perfectly with the solemn moment that precedes the taking of your wedding vows.
The best year of my life
Is the year that just went by
Since I met you
She’s My Rock – George Jones
August 1984, Ladies’ Choice
Country artist George Jones knew a thing or two about how a good woman completes a man. He makes it plain as day how important the bride is with this country music classic.
She’s the sunshine of my day
And I don’t care what you say about her
Lord, she took me in and made me everything I am today
I Love Only You – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
1984, Plain Dirt Fashion
Picking a wedding song for that first dance can be difficult, but this one is perfect in both its lyrics and music. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was known for a pop-country style that just makes you feel good.
After an all-night game of cards
And drivin’ my old chevy
On a sunday afternoon
But I love only you
Someone Is Falling in Love – Kathy Mattea
1984, Kathy Mattea
Today, you are celebrating falling in love with a person that completed your soul. Kathy Mattea speaks of how glorious it is to fall in love and honor that love with a band of beautiful gold.
Where’ve you been
I’ve looked for you forever and a day
Where’ve you been
I’m just not myself when you’re away
Like a Virgin – Madonna
October 1984, Like a Virgin
This song was Madonna‘s true breakthrough hit, and it was released on Halloween in 1984. Despite the title, the lyrics aren’t too racy for inclusion in your wedding festivities as a reception dance jam.
Gonna give you all my love, boy
My fear is fading fast
Been saving it all for you
‘Cause only love can last
The ’80s produced many great hits perfect for weddings. If you have a favorite 1984 wedding song not on our list, be sure to comment it below so that others can see it too.
If you like this sone list, be sure to check out our list of the best 100 1980s wedding songs. You can also enjoy other ’80s wedding songs in our series – wedding songs of 1980, 1981 wedding songs, 1982 wedding songs, and 1983 wedding songs.
Celebrating wedding songs of 1984. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1984…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1984. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1984
- Damon Wayans married Lisa Thorner
- Katharine Ross married Sam Elliott
- Rick Springfield married Barbara Porter
- Nastassja Kinski married Ibrahim Moussa
- Toby Keith married Tricia Covel
News Highlights of 1984
- The Winter Olympics take place in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, making the first time they are held in a Communist country.
- The Soviets boycott the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
- The average price of a new single-family home surpasses $100,000.
- The Motion Picture Association Of America introduces the PG-13 rating for movies.
- Walter Mondale selects Geraldine Ferraro his vice-presidential nominee, the first woman to be named to a major-party ticket.
- President Reagan is re-elected by a landslide, carrying 49 of the 50 states.
1984 Sports Champions:
- The Detroit Tigers win the World Series over the San Diego Padres.
- Super Bowl XVIII – Los Angeles Raiders won 38-9 over the Washington Redskins.
- The Boston Celtics win the NBA Title over the Los Angeles Lakers.
- The Edmonton Oilers win the Stanley Cup over the New York Islanders.
Music Highlights of 1984
- Grammy’s Song of 1984: What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner
- Phil Collins – Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
- Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)
- Kenny Loggins – Footloose
- Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters
- Stevie Wonder – I Just Called To Say I Love You
- Van Halen – Jump
- Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
- Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
- Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
- Prince – When Doves Cry
- Lionel Richie – Hello
- Deniece Williams – Let’s Hear It For The Boy
- Duran Duran – The Reflex
- Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
- John Waite – Missing You
- Prince & The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy
- Hall & Oates – Out Of Touch
- Prince & The Revolution – Purple Rain
- Madonna – Like A Virgin
- Wham! – Careless Whisper
Entertainment Highlights of 1984
- Best Picture: Terms of Endearment: James L. Brooks
- Best Actor: Robert Duvall – Tender Mercies
- Best Actress: Shirley MacLaine – Terms of Endearment
Top Television Shows:
- The “A” Team, The Cosby Show, Dallas, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, Family Ties, Knots Landing, Murder, She Wrote, Simon And Simon, 60 Minutes
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