Best 1987 Wedding Songs for The Time Of My Life

Whether you like Country, Rock, or R&B, I have a list for you if you like music from 1987.

Not only did 1987 feature musicians like Lionel Richie, Randy Travis, and Belinda Carlisle, but the year also featured fast and slow-tempo wedding songs.

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Best 1987 Wedding Songs

The Time of My Life – Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley
Released in September 1987 on the album Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Just remember
You’re the one thing
I can’t get enough of
So I’ll tell you something
This could be love

Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley blend their voices on this wedding classic, the iconic theme from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. It might be the most-played 80s song for wedding festivities, and many couples have used it for the last dance song.

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship
Released in January 1987 on the album No Protection

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

And if this world runs out of lovers
We’ll still have each other
Nothing’s gonna stop us

Starship evolved beyond the classic Jefferson Starship lineup to produce multiple hits in the 80s, and this one reached number one on the charts. The song is a celebration of two people joining their hearts to conquer the world.

Just to See Her – Smokey Robinson
Released in March 1987 on the album One Heartbeat

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I would do anything
I would go anywhere
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do
Just to see her again

Few musical artists boast the timeless appeal of Smokey Robinson, and the legend lends his smooth vocals to this beautiful love song. “Just to See Her” is a nice choice for those wedding ceremonies where the bride and groom each pick a song to dedicate to their partner.

Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
Released in March 1987 on the album Always & Forever

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

If you wonder how long I’ll be faithful
I’ll be happy to tell you again
I’m gonna love you forever and ever
Forever and ever, amen

This was a career-defining hit for Randy Travis, one of country music’s elite superstars. Travis sings about love everlasting and the special commitment that you will make to your chosen one on a memorable day.

To Know Him Is to Love Him – Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris
Released in January 1987 on the album Trio

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Why can’t he see
How blind can he be?
Someday he will see
That he was meant for me

Three of the best female voices of the century – Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris – soar in this cover of a 1958 hit by The Teddy Bears. The groom will be moved when his bride chooses to make this song a part of the wedding ceremony.

Till I’m Too Old To Die Young – Moe Bandy
Released in February 1987 on the album You Haven’t Heard the Last of Me

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Let me watch my children grow to see what they become
Oh Lord, don’t let that cold wind blow till I’m too old to die young

This tune by Moe Bandy will be most appreciated by couples who have a strong affinity for traditional country music. It has simple lyrics that express the importance of living life to the fullest, and the two-step dance groove those country songs are known for.

I Really Want to Be Your Man – Roger
Released in 1987 on the album Unlimited!

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

‘Cause what I gotta say
Is sealed with a kiss
And a wedding ring

Roger Troutman has a distinctive R&B voice that soars on this 1987 soul hit. It has the funky vibe of the era, so most couples will want to save this one for the wedding dinner.

Love Power – Dionne Warwick and Jeffrey Osborne
Released in 1987 on the album Reservations for Two

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Love power, it rules us
Takes over and fools us
To make it, it takes
Love power takes over

Some couples prefer more classic musical styles when choosing songs for their wedding, and that’s exactly what “Love Power” by Dionne Warwick and Jeffrey Osborne reflects. It’s a song that speaks of love’s transformative qualities and the potential for growth that exists in every newly married couple.

I Live for Your Love – Natalie Cole
Released in November 1987 on the album Everlasting

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I live for your love (in my life), want you in it
I live for your love, I admit it, I live for your love

Natalie Cole is nothing less than musical royalty. Nat King Cole would have been proud of his daughter for recording this sentimental expression of devotion that deserves a place in any wedding celebration.

Lovin’ You – The O’Jays
Released in 1987 on the album Let Me Touch You

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Needing you
I need you in everything I do
Baby, since I’ve got you
My life is complete

The O’Jays were known for R&B love songs that explore the many emotions that accompany a life-changing relationship. Dance with your new spouse on this one and think about how far you are willing to go for the love that you have found.


See a list from the prior year with the popular 1986 wedding songs.

Heaven Is a Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle
Released in September 1987 on the album Heaven Is a Place on Earth

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

You pull me close, and we start to move
And we’re spinnin’ with the stars above
And you lift me up in a wave of love

This song was one of the first solo hits for the Go-Go’s Belinda Carlisle, and it has a moderate beat that made it a dance club favorite in 1987. The lyrics speak about the worth of true love, something that you will be celebrating on your wedding day.

Is This Love – Whitesnake
Released in 1987 on the album Whitesnake

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

This must be love
‘Cause it’s really got a hold on me
A hold on me

You might not think of the band Whitesnake when it comes to choosing wedding songs, but the band did have its share of power ballad hits. This song has the advantage of remaining relevant in its sound over the years, so it will fit perfectly on the reception playlist.

Big Love – Fleetwood Mac
Released in March 1987 on the album Tango in the Night

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Oh, you begged me to keep you
In that house on the hill
Lookin’ out for love
Big, big love

Originally released as the first single from Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night album, the song was later reworked by guitarist Lindsey Buckingham to become one of the band’s live concert highlights. The singer of the song proclaims his eternal devotion to a partner with a promise to give her the big love that she deserves.

The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
Released in November 1987 on the album Bad

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I never felt so in love before
Just promise baby, you’ll love me forevermore
I swear I’m keepin’ you satisfied
‘Cause you’re the one for me

The King of Pop Michael Jackson expresses how romantic commitment makes one feel in this 1987 classic. Like most Jackson tunes, this one retains its appeal year after year for couples that are taking that walk down the aisle.

Faith – George Michael
Released in October 1987 on the album Faith

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I’ll just have to wait
Because I’ve got to have faith
I gotta have faith
I’ve got to, got to, got to have faith

George Michael’s “Faith” is a little on the racy side, but it still conveys all the emotions that will consume you on your wedding day. Most couples have their DJ play it during the reception, but some adventurous partners have found a way to use it during the wedding ceremony recessional.

Always – Atlantic Starr
Released in May 1987 on the album All in the Name of Love

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Oh boy I love your soul
I can’t find enough ways to let you know
But you can be sure of course, for always

The title of this song by Atlantic Starr is all you need to know about why it is such a perfect wedding song. “Always” is a moving ballad about the fidelity and commitment two people should have for one another if they want a marriage that lasts forever.

That’s What Love Is All About – Michael Bolton
Released in September 1987 on the album The Hunger

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Through thick and thin
We’re destined for each other
Knowing we can reach the other side
Far beyond the mountains of our pride

Michael Bolton is an artist that many couples choose to include when it comes to wedding songs. Bolton’s soulful rendition of this song is a sweet testimony to the true meaning of forever love, and the song is a nice addition to the selection of processional music.

In My Dreams – REO Speedwagon
Released in 1987 on the album Life as We Know It

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

At least I could pretend you’re thinkin’ of me
‘Cause nighttime is the one time I am happy
You see in my dreams

The power-pop ballad was practically perfected by REO Speedwagon in the 1980s with hits like this one. “In My Dreams” features the harmony vocals that the band is known for, and it is suited for slow dancing between couples.

We’ll Be Together – Sting
Released in 1987 on the album …Nothing Like the Sun

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

To have you with me I would swim the sevens seas
To have you as my guide and my light
My love is a flame that burns in your name
We’ll be together We’ll be together tonight

Sting proved his mettle as a solo performer with this departure from The Police. It has a spicy tempo that is best reserved for the wedding reception, and it might be a perfect song to play during the sendoff.


Next, see a list of the best 1988 wedding songs.

Make No Mistake, She’s Mine – Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers
Released in June 1987 on the album Heart & Soul

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

‘Cause I don’t want to close my eyes
No I don’t want to know where she goes each night when she leaves
Make no mistake, make no mistake

Country legends Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers teamed up on this duet that asserts a man’s love for his chosen one. Grooms will want to add it to the playlist as a fun reminder that the bride is off the market.

Baby’s Got a Hold on Me – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Released in July 1987 on the album Hold On

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

A three day weekend, lot of time to kill
Put the top down but we’re never gonna freeze
‘Cause baby’s got a hold on me

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band nailed the feelings that every groom experiences on the wedding day with this hit. It’s a fun way to close the wedding ceremony as a part of a non-traditional recessional for you and your bridal party.

Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison
Released in October 1987 on the album Cloud Nine

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

And this time I know it’s real
The feelin’ that I feel
I know if I put my mind to it
I know that I really can do it

George Harrison had an amazing career after the breakup of the Beatles, and this hit introduced him to a whole new generation of fans. The simple lyrics and sing-a-long style are something everyone will enjoy at a wedding reception.

Say You Will – Foreigner
Released in December 1987 on the album Inside Information

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Say you will, say you will be my guide light
Say you will, say you will make up your mind this time
Say you do, say you do, you want to be mine

The legendary Foreigner issues a plea of love in this oft-overlooked choice for 1987 wedding songs. It fits the tone of a day when you are asking a partner to say they will love you for a lifetime.

Celebrating wedding songs of 1987. Where were you and what was happening?

If you were one of the weddings in 1987

Congratulations on your wedding of 1987. You share your anniversary with the following events.

Celebrity Weddings of 1987

  • Mark Harmon wed Pam Dawber
  • Jillie Mack married Tom Selleck
  • Phyllis Fierro wed Ralph Macchio
  • Patrick Dempsey married Rochelle ‘Rocky’ Parker
  • Mimi Rogers wed Tom Cruise

News Highlights of 1987

  • Fawn Hall, the 27-year-old personal secretary of Lieut. Col. Oliver North, admits to helping Col. North destroy national security documents related to the Iran-contra fund-division affair.
  • Eastman Kodak and Fuji both market disposable cameras.

1987 Sports Champions

  • The Minnesota Twins win the World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Super Bowl XXI – New York Giants won 39-20 over the Denver Broncos.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA Title over the Boston Celtics.
  • The Edmonton Oilers win the Stanley Cup over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Music Highlights of 1987

  • Grammy’s Song of 1987: Somewhere Out There – James Horner, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil
  • Heart – Alone
  • Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – Head To Toe
  • Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
  • Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
  • Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
  • Los Lobos – La Bamba
  • Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
  • Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
  • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Shakedown
  • U2 – With Or Without You
  • Huey Lewis & The News – Jacob’s Ladder
  • Aretha Franklin – I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
  • Club Nouveau – Lean On Me
  • Atlantic Starr – Always
  • The Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died In Your Arms
  • Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
  • U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • Madonna – Who’s That Girl
  • Whitney Houston – Didn’t We Almost Have It All
  • Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett – I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
  • Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – Lost In Emotion
  • Michael Jackson – Bad
  • Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth
  • Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time OF My Life
  • Billy Idol – Mony Mony
  • George Michael – Faith
  • George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You
  • Whitney Houston – So Emotional
  • Tiffany – Could’ve Been
  • INXS – Need You Tonight
  • Salt-N-Pepa – Push It
  • Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
  • Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

Entertainment Highlights of 1987

  • Best Picture: Platoon: Arnold Kopelson
  • Best Actor: Paul Newman – The Color of Money
  • Best Actress: Marlee Matlin – Children of a Lesser God

Top Television Shows

  • Alf, Cheers, The Cosby Show, A Different World, The Golden Girls, Growing Pains, Murder, She Wrote, Night Court, 60 Minutes, Who’s The Boss

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