1990 ushered in a music decade of powerful dance grooves and emotional ballads that are chosen by many couples for their wedding day playlist. The best 1990 wedding songs are a combination of tunes for your ceremony, first dance, and reception. Here is a list of the top 1990 songs to consider for your wedding.
Best Wedding Songs of 1990
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Love Without End, Amen – George Strait
April 1990, Livin’ It Up
This song by country artist George Strait is a tribute to fathers, and it can be used for a special dance between the bride and her dad. The song’s lyrics are a poignant reminder that a father will always be there for his child even though he is giving her away on your wedding day.
Everything You Touch – Smokey Robinson
1990, Love, Smokey
The timeless Smokey Robinson started off the 1990s with this smash hit that celebrates the perfection of your partner. Like all songs by Smokey, this one is suitable as a special dedication to be played before you and your lover take the solemn vows of marriage.
(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection – Nelson
May 1990, After the Rain
Gunnar and Matthew Nelson came by their musical talents honestly as the sons of superstar Rick Nelson, and this upbeat song became one of the few hits scored by the duo. It’s an upbeat song with a catchy hook that everyone loves, and it can be used to create a memorable first dance with your new spouse.
Because I Love You (The Postman Song) – Stevie B.
September 1990, Love & Emotion
Simple, heartfelt melodies often have the greatest impact during wedding ceremonies, and they don’t come simpler than this song by Stevie B. It is a piano ballad that has been used by many wedding couples as a part of their processional, and it also serves for an interlude before lighting unity candles.
All The Man That I Need – Whitney Houston
December 1990, I’m Your Baby Tonight
Whitney Houston sang about the fulfillment that a spouse can bring in this 1990s hit from her album I’m Your Baby Tonight. The bride can save this song for a special dedication to the groom during the wedding reception, or it can be chosen for the first dance.
All My Life – Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
January 1990, Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind
Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville followed the success of “Don’t Know Much” with this second single from their award-winning duet album. It is a song that speaks of finally finding the one you were meant to love forever, and it is a great choice for the wedding processional.
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
October 1990, Ghost Soundtrack
Originally released in 1965, this Righteous Brothers classic was released anew in October of 1990 as part of the Ghost soundtrack. It went on to become a hit for a whole new generation, and it has also become one of the most popular wedding song choices for today’s couples.
Love Takes Time – Mariah Carey
September 1990, Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey became one of the most iconic voices of the era with hits like this one. Play it during your wedding ceremony to remind you that all good things take time to be realized, and remember that today your wait for true love is at an end.
You Gotta Love Someone – Elton John
August 1990, Days of Thunder Soundtrack
This song by Elton John from the Days of Thunder soundtrack expresses how empty life can be when we have no one to share it with. The lyrics are a powerful testimony to the love that you will be celebrating today, so use this song before you make your grand entrance on the wedding aisle.
If Wishes Came True – Sweet Sensation
June 1990, Love Child
Sweet Sensation is not often remembered today, but this song by the group is still used as a part of wedding ceremonies. It has a powerful message which affirms that dreams do indeed come true when one is willing to seek out the perfect partner.
High Enough – Damn Yankees
June 1990, Damn Yankees
The supergroup Damn Yankees was short-lived, but Tommy Shaw, Ted Nugent, and Jack Blades scored their top hit with this power ballad. It will appeal to couples that have a taste for non-traditional additions to the wedding playlist, and it is usually reserved for reception dancing.
Skies the Limit – Fleetwood Mac
April 1990, Behind the Mask
Fleetwood Mac was going through a transition of sorts when they released this song from their 1990 album Behind the Mask. The album is a celebration of the heights that two people can reach when they join hearts together on their wedding day, and the vocals of Christine McVie resonate with honest emotion.
Step by Step – New Kids on the Block
June 1990, New Kids on the Block
New Kids on the Block remain one of the most popular boy bands of the 90s, and this song was a huge hit for the group. It is a dance tune that your wedding DJ can use to get everyone up on their feet during the reception.
I’ll Give All My Love to You – Keith Sweat
June 1990, Keith Sweat
Some soulful music is always welcome at a wedding reception, and no one does this style of music better than Keith Sweat. Promises are a theme of your wedding day, and this song is a summation of all the vows you want to express to your new spouse as you embark upon a new adventure as man and wife.
Love is a Rock – REO Speedwagon
August 1990, The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken
Legendary 80s rockers REO Speedwagon made one last stand with this song that describes the depth of a man’s love for his partner. It is a song that builds from a soft vibe to a driving conclusion, and most couples prefer to add it to the list of wedding day dance tunes.
Blaze of Glory – Jon Bon Jovi
August 1990, Blaze of Glory
Two lovers standing against the world is the underlying theme of all wedding vows, and this song by Jon Bon Jovi is a celebration of that theme. It is a powerful ballad that will make a great send-off when you and your new spouse are ready to escape the wedding reception and depart for your honeymoon.
Close To You – Maxi Priest
July 1990, Bonafide
If you are looking for something unique for your wedding festivities, try this Reggae tune by Maxi Priest. It combines an island vibe that is perfect for dancing with sentimental lyrics that affirm your devotion to your chosen one.
Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinéad O’Connor
January 1990, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got
At first, listen to this song written by Prince might not seem like a wedding song, but the powerful vocals of Sinéad O’Connor resonate with the devotion that newlyweds share. It should be used for a first dance, or you can also play it at your wedding while cutting the wedding cake.
All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You – Heart
March 1990, Brigade
Every wedding reception should have a few songs that are on the steamy side. This one from the band Heart sets the stage for the wonderful honeymoon and all the years ahead that you and your partner will soon share.
Hold On – Wilson Phillips
February 1990, Wilson Phillips
The perfect harmonies of Wilson Phillips are on full display in this song from February 1990. It is a song that expresses how important it is to wait for true love, and it will remind you that your reward is being delivered on your wedding day.
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Celebrating wedding songs of 1990. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1990…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1990. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1990
- Nikki Sixx married Brandi Brandt
- Bruce Dickinson wed Paddy Bowden
- Nicole Kidman wed Tom Cruise
- Axl Rose wed Erin Everly
- Jerry Hall married Mick Jagger
News Highlights of 1990
- The Soviet Union gets its first McDonald’s restaurant.
- Explicit posters to promote safer sex start appearing to help educate young people in the battle against AIDS.
- On August 2, Iraqui forces invade and seize control of Kuwait.
1990 Sports Champions:
- The Cincinnati Reds win the World Series over the Oakland A’s.
- Super Bowl XXIV – San Francisco 49ers won 55-10 over the Denver Broncos.
- The Detroit Pistons win the NBA Title over the Portland Trail Blazers.
- The Edmonton Oilers win the Stanley Cup over the Boston Bruins.
Music Highlights of 1990
- Grammy’s Song of 1990: From A Distance – Bette Midler
- Phil Collins – Another Day In Paradise
- Jon Bon Jovi – Blaze Of Glory
- Billy Idol – Cradle Of Love
- En Vogue – Hold On
- Wilson Phillips – Hold On
- Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
- Sinead O’Conner – Nothing Compares 2 U
- Bell Biv Devoe – Poison
- Mariah Carey – Vision Of Love
- Madonna – Vogue
- Allanah Myles – Black Velvet
- Janet Jackson – Escapade
- Taylor Dayne – Love Will Lead You Back
- Tommy Page – I’ll Be Your Everything
- Glenn Medeiros – She Ain’t Worth It
- New Kids On The Block – Step By Step
- Wilson Phillips – Release Me
- Janet Jackson – Black Cat
- Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
- Mariah Carey – Love Takes Time
- Stevie B – Because I Love You (The Postman Song)
- Whitney Houston – I’m Your Baby Tonight
- C & C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat
- Madonna – Justify My Love
- Janet Jackson – Love Will Never Do (Without You)
Entertainment Highlights of 1990
- Best Picture: Driving Miss Daisy: Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck
- Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis – My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown
- Best Actress: Jessica Tandy – Driving Miss Daisy
Top Television Shows:
- A Different World, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Cheers, The Cosby Show, Empty Nest, The Golden Girls, Murphy Brown, NFL Monday Night Football, Roseanne, 60 Minutes
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