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.
Best Wedding Songs of 1988
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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