1988 Wedding Songs

1988 was filled with love songs by artists like Billy Ocean, Keith Whitley, and Cheap Trick. As the decade began drawing to a close its songs took on a more deeply romantic feel. Here’s a list of the best 1988 wedding songs that you will want to include in your celebration of love.

1988 Wedding Songs

Best Wedding Songs of 1988

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The Flame – Cheap Trick
April 1988, Lap of Luxury
Cheap Trick enjoyed a comeback in 1988 thanks to this soft rock ballad voiced by lead singer Robin Zander. The lyrics of the song bestow a promise that is suitable for your wedding ceremony, and many couples play this song right before taking their vows.

Whenever you need someone
To lay your heart and head upon
Remember, after the fire, after all the rain
I will be the flame


Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley – Will To Power
November 1988, Will to Power
Will to Power was a relatively unknown 80s band until they released this mashup of two popular 70s tunes. The songs complement one another in their lyrics and music, and the medley is sometimes used as a part of the wedding processional.

Ooh baby I love your way every day
Ooh wanna tell you I love your way every day


Giving You the Best That I Got – Anita Baker
September 1988, Giving You the Best That I Got
This song from Anita Baker resonates with the appreciation that one partner feels for another. It has been used for the first dance between newly married couples, and the uplifting vibe suits the emotions that you will feel on your wedding day.

We love so strong and so unselfishly
And I tell you now that I made a vow
I’m giving you the best that I got


When You Say Nothing At All – Keith Whitley
August 1988, Don’t Close Your Eyes
Keith Whitley was a country music legend whose life was cut short not long after this song was released in 1988. The song has been used in thousands of wedding ceremonies, and the lyrics are meant to convey a sense of the unspoken connection that exists between partners.

A touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall
Yeah, you say it best
When you say nothing at all


I’ll Leave This World Loving You – Ricky Van Shelton
August 1988, Loving Proof
Marriage is about a lasting commitment, and Ricky Van Shelton nails the essence of forever love in this country ballad. Grooms have been known to use this song as a special dedication to their bride on a wedding day, and it also makes a nice dance tune.

You were mine for a time, and I’m thankful
Oh but life would be lonesome without you
If we never meet again, this side of heaven
I’ll leave this world loving you


The Colour of Love – Billy Ocean
January 1988, Tear Down These Walls
Every wedding needs a beautiful piece of music for the ceremony, and this soulful offering from Billy Ocean can make the happy tears flow. It’s a song about how love is something only those affected by it can truly explain, and it asserts that the experience has different meanings to everyone.

When I’m thinking of you
As a picture perfect painting
Of a love forever true


Any Love – Luther Vandross
August 1988, Any Love
When it comes to romantic music, many would claim that Luther Vandross defines the genre. He was at his best on songs like this one, and no one will be surprised when “Any Love” finds its way into your wedding ceremony as a musical interlude.

Everyone needs a love no doubt
Any love, Any love
Everybody feels alone without
Any love, any love


Saved by Love – Amy Grant
1988, Lead Me On
Contemporary Christian artist Amy Grant understood how love can make one feel safe and protected. She sang about that very thing in this 1988 mainstream hit which is suitable for many portions of a wedding celebration.

Can’t imagine ever leaving now,
Now that she’s been saved by love


I’ll Always Love You – Taylor Dayne
1988, Tell It to My Heart
Taylor Dayne was one of the most popular female artists of the 80s, and this hit remains popular on oldies stations today. It is a lyric-driven song that stresses the desire of a partner to love their new spouse for a lifetime.

You are my everything
Tell me who could ask for more
And I’ll always love you
Honey, this will never end


I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love – Chicago
May 1988, Chicago 19
As the 80s came to a close the band Chicago found itself without lead singer Peter Cetera, but they still managed to score a top hit with this power ballad. It is probably a song that works best for wedding receptions, and it can also be used for the wedding day send-off.

I don’t want to live without your love
I don’t want to face the night alone
I could never make it through my life
If I had to make it on my own


Make Me Lose Control – Eric Carmen
May 1988, The Best of Eric Carmen
Eric Carmen was still riding high from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack when he released this top 80s hit. There are few songs better suited for the first slow dance with your new spouse at the wedding reception, so claim the spotlight and revel in the glory of the day.

When I look in your eyes, I go crazy
Fever’s high with the lights down low
Take me over the edge
Make me lose control


One Good Woman – Peter Cetera
1988, One More Story
A man’s life changes for the better on the day he weds his forever bride, and that’s exactly what this song from Peter Cetera emphasizes. Grooms will hit all the right notes when they surprise a bride with this one before the celebratory toasts are made.

You bring out the best in me
With love and understanding
Anytime I need some understanding
You are always there


Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison
October 1988, Open Up and Say… Ahh!
Poison is best known for this acoustic power ballad from 1988, a song that acknowledges that no love is without its ups and downs. The real message here, however, is that you and your spouse can conquer whatever the future holds when you face each day together.

But I wonder does he know
Has he ever felt like this
And I know that you’d be here right now
If I could have let you know somehow I guess


She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals
December 1988, The Raw & the Cooked
If you are looking for something on the funky side to spice up your wedding reception, spin this tune from Fine Young Cannibals. It’s a song that is guaranteed to get everyone up on their feet and focus lots of attention on the beautiful bride.

She drives me crazy
Like no one else
She drives me crazy
And I can’t help myself


The Lover in Me – Sheena Easton
October 1988, The Lover in Me
Sheena Easton released this song when her music had taken a turn to the suggestive side, so you might want to save it for the waning hours of the wedding after-party. Everyone will appreciate the meaning as you and your partner prepare to depart for your honeymoon.

I can give you all the lovin’
But I gotta know that you’re there to receive
I can be your only woman
But I gotta feel that I’m all that you need


My Heart Can’t Tell You No – Rod Stewart
September 1988, Out of Order
This song by Rod Stewart was originally written for country artist Barbara Mandrell. It is a song that speaks of sweet surrender to the one you love, and it indicates that nothing could stop you from giving your new spouse a lifetime of devotion.

I want to believe it’s true
So I let you in knowing tomorrow
I’m gonna wake up missing you


A Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins
August 1988, Buster Soundtrack
Phil Collins truly came into his own after he embarked upon an 80s solo career, and this song is a jewel of his recordings that are often overlooked. Couples that want to go non-traditional with their wedding ceremony can make this a part of the wedding recessional.

Wouldn’t you agree?
Baby, you and me
Got a groovy kind of love


If It Isn’t Love – New Edition
June 1988, Heart Break
New Edition introduced the world to Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and other young stars that would go on to become legends of Hip Hop. This ballad from the boy band has a tender feel that goes well with many portions of a wedding celebration.

I told her I’d never fall in love
But now I know better


Strong Enough To Bend – Tanya Tucker
June 1988, Strong Enough to Bend
Some songs just capture everything that a wedding ceremony should represent, and this country ballad from Tanya Tucker is one of them. It speaks about how true love endures because two partners are willing to put individual needs aside to nurture each other’s personal growth.

For years
We have stayed together
As lovers
And as friends
What we have
Will last forever


A Little Bit in Love – Patty Loveless
June 1988, If My Heart Had Windows
Patty Loveless was discovered by Dolly Parton, and this was just one of many hits Loveless had in the 80s. It’s a fun song that a bride will want to share with her groom, one that evokes all those glorious feelings that accompany love at first sight.

I let my guard down
And I can’t seem to leave you alone
I’ll get over it
I’m just a little bit in love with you


Deeper Than the Holler – Randy Travis
November 1988, Old 8×10
Randy Travis released a number of 80s songs that are used in weddings today, and this one is a simple declaration of love. It calls upcountry imagery to describe how much love a man has for his forever bride.

So I had to sing this song
About all the things I knew
My love is deeper than the holler, stronger than the river


From the Word Go – Michael Martin Murphey
December 1988, River of Time
Sometimes you know right away that the person you have fallen in love with is the person you will marry. This song from Michael Martin Murphey might be a good choice if you want something a little different to play while you cut the wedding cake.

I’d never been nowhere before now
All it took was a touch
To stop my heart and start love


Celebrating weddings of 1988. Where were you and what was happening?

If you were one of the wedding songs of 1988…

Congratulations on your wedding of 1988. You share your anniversary with the following events.

Celebrity Weddings of 1988

  • Steve Vai married Pia Maiocco
  • Vince Neil married Sharise Ruddell
  • Alice Adair married Josh Brolin
  • Duff McKagan married Amanda Mandy Brixx
  • Steven Tyler wed Teresa Barrick

News Highlights of 1988

  • The nation endures a record-shattering heatwave and drought during the summer.
  • Vice President George Bush beats Michal Dukakis in a lackluster presidential race.
  • Three stranded whales in Point Barrow, Alaska, attract international attention when both Soviet and American teams try to free them.

1988 Sports Champions:

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series over the Oakland Athletics.
  • Super Bowl XXII – The Washington Redskins win their second Super Bowl 42-10 over the Denver Broncos.
  • The Los Angeles Laker win the NBA Title over the Detroit Pistons.
  • The Edmonton Oilers win the Stanley Cup over the Boston Bruins.

Music Highlights of 1988

  • Grammy’s Song of 1988: Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
  • Tiffany – Could’ve Been
  • George Michael – Faith
  • George Harrison – Got My Mind Set On You
  • Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth
  • Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
  • George Michael – One More Try
  • Steve Winwood – Roll With It
  • Whitney Houston – So Emotional
  • Guns n’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
  • Terence Trent D’Arby – Wishing Well
  • George Michael – Father Figure
  • Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
  • Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror
  • Whitney Houston – Where Do Broken Hearts Go
  • Gloria Estephan & The Miami Sound Machine – Anything For You
  • Cheap Trick – The Flame
  • Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat
  • Rick Astley – Together Forever
  • Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
  • Richard Marx – Hold On To The Nights
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Parents Just Don’t Understand
  • Def Leppard – Love Bites
  • UB40 – Red, Red Wine
  • The Escape Club – Wild Wild West
  • Will To Power – Baby, I Love Your Way
  • Bon Jovi – Bad Medicine
  • Phil Collins – Groovy Kind Of Love
  • The Beach Boys – Kokomo
  • Chicago – Look Away
  • Poison – Every Rose Has It’s Thorn
  • Bobby Brown – My Perogative
  • Paula Abdul – Straight Up
  • Sheriff – When I’m With You

Entertainment Highlights of 1988

  • Best Picture: The Last Emperor: Jeremy Thomas
  • Best Actor: Michael Douglas – Wall Street
  • Best Actress: Cher – Moonstruck

Top Television Shows:

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

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