1950s Love Songs: Timeless Hits for a Wedding Playlist

Love songs are what fill dance floors. They bring back memories and invoke a true feeling of love from within. Typically, couples will always dance to slow songs at wedding receptions.

This article is focused on the most popular love songs of the 1950s. I have selected songs that make fantastic first dance songs for wedding couples.

The fifties were the dawn of Rock and Roll. However, the mainstream included Doo-Wop, Rhythm and Blues, Rockabilly, Country, and many vocalists or Jazz artists. Billboard nominated Elvis Presley as the artist of the decade of the Fifties.

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Love Songs from the 1950s

A Kiss To Build A Dream On – Louis Armstrong
Released in 1951, Genre: Jazz

A song about a guy wanting a kiss from his lady to hold him over until the next time they see each other.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Give me a kiss to build on and my
Imagination will thrive upon that kiss


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All The Way – Frank Sinatra
Released in 1951, Genre: Jazz

A song about going all in on a relationship and putting yourself wholeheartedly in a relationship.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

But if you’ll let me love you
It’s for sure I’m gonna love you, all the way, all the way

That’s Amore – Dean Martin
Released in 1953, Genre: Pop

A song that describes what it’s like when you are in love.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet
You’re in love

Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) – The Penguins
Released in 1954, Genre: Doo-Wop

A song about being in love with someone and hoping they will love you back.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I fell for you, and I knew
The vision of your love’s loveliness
I hope and I pray, that someday
I’ll be the vision, the vision of your happiness

Pledging My Love – Johnny Ace
Released in 1955, Genre: R&B

The song is about promising to love and take care of your lover. All they have to do is the same in return.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I’ll forever love you
For the rest of my days
I’ll never part from you
Or your loving ways


Check out the love songs of the 1970s.

Let It Be Me – The Everly Brothers
Released in 1955, Genre: Vocal

A song about a boy who falls in love with a girl and hopes she will love him back.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you
Let it be me

Only You – The Platters
Released in 1955, Genre: R&B

This is a song about a girl who will make a boy feel complete only if they are together.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I understand the magic that you do
You’re my dream come true
My one and only you

In The Still of The Night – Five Satins
Released in 1956, Genre: Doo-Wop

A song about a guy who wants to hold his lover tight in the darkness of night.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I’ll hope and I’ll pray
To keep
Your precious love
Well before the light

Love Is Here To Stay – Frank Sinatra
Released in 1956, Genre: Vocal

A song singing about how many couples break up but your love for each other will last forever.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

But oh my dear, our love is here to stay
Together we’re goin’ a long, long way

One in a Million – The Platters
Released in 1956, Genre: R&B

A song describing destiny in finding your one true love.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Though it may be rare, you and I do share
This love that has happened to few
For there’s one in a million like you

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Memories Are Made Of This – Dean Martin
Released in 1956, Genre: Pop

The song shares a love story about a couple from falling in love, to getting married and having kids.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Your lips and mine, two sips of wine
Memories are made of this

Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
Released in 1956, Genre: Rock

A song about how if your lover loves you you will show it in return forever and your dreams will come true.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Love me tender, love me long
Take me to your heart
For it’s there that I belong
And we’ll never part


Listen to the love songs of the 1980s.

When I Fall In Love – Nat King Cole
Released in 1956, Genre: R&B

A song about making a commitment to love your lover forever.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

When I give my heart it will be completely
Or I’ll never give my heart
And the moment I can feel that you feel that way too
Is when I fall in love with you

You Send Me – Sam Cooke
Released in 1957, Genre: R&B

A song about a love relationship going from liking someone to falling in love and wanting to get married.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Now I find myself wanting
To marry you and take you home

The Twelfth of Never – Johnny Mathis
Released in 1957, Genre: Country

A song about a man answering the question of how long he will love his lover and replying that the time will never come.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I’ll love you ’til the poets run out of rhyme
Until the Twelfth of Never and that’s a long, long time

Chances Are – Johnny Mathis
Released in 1957, Genre: Country

A song about a girl wondering how long her lover will love her and he responds with forever.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

The moment you come into view
Chances are you think that I’m in love with you

To Know Him is To Love Him – The Teddy Bears
Released in 1958, Genre: Pop

A song about a lady who is in love and wants to stand by her man and love him.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Yes, just to know him
Is to love love love him
And I do

To Be Loved – Jackie Wilson
Released in 1958, Genre: R&B

A song about how someone loving you takes away your despair and loneliness.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

To be loved (to be loved)
Oh what a feeling
To be loved

For Your Precious Love – Jerry Butler & the Impressions
Released in 1958, Genre: R&B

A song about a couple in love and that it will grow stronger through time.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

And of all the things that I want,
In this whole wide world, is
Just for you to say that you’ll be my girl

I Only Have Eyes For You – The Flamingos
Released in 1959, Genre: R&B

A song about not wanting anyone else but your one true love.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Maybe millions of people go by
But they all disappear from view
And I only have eyes for you

This I Swear – The Skyliners
Released in 1959, Genre: Doo-Wop

A song about promising to love your lover for all of your life.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

My love for you will last
Till time itself is through
Oh, my darling, oh, my darling
This I swear is true

Come Rain or Come Shine – Ray Charles
Released in 1959, Genre: Blues

A song about wanting to love someone through the ups and downs of life’s journey.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

You’re gonna love me
Like no one’s loved me
Come rain or come shine


More love on this list of love songs of the 2000s.

Never Be Anyone Else But You – Ricky Nelson
Released in 1959, Genre: Rock

A song about finding your one true love and telling them that no one else will make you happy.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

There’ll never be anyone else
But you for me
Never ever be
Just couldn’t be
Anyone else but you

We Belong Together – Ritchie Valens
Released in 1959, Genre: Rock

A song about a man vowing to love his lover for eternity as they were meant to be together.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

You’re mine
And we belong together
Yes, we belong together
For eternity


Newer songs here love songs of the 2010s.

Put Your Head On My Shoulder – Paul Anka
Released in 1959, Genre: Doo-Wop

A song about a special dance in which the couple will be beginning their love story.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Won’t you kiss me once, baby?
Just a kiss goodnight, maybe
You and I will fall in love (you and I will fall in love)


If you are looking for a complete list of the best wedding songs from the 1950s, please visit a list of the popular hits of the 1950s.

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Do you have a favorite 50s love song? Please share your song below in the comments!


  1. Hi I’m looking to find a first dance song from the 50s or 60s that starts of as a slow dance and goes into jive. do you have any ideas that would suit my rock n roll themed wedding? thank you!

      1. I remember a listening to a slow song in the 60’s when I was pre teen. Can’t find any info on-line. I only remember that some of the lyrics went something like this: “Where were you right after I fell, and I just couldn’t help myself……….????? Do you remember or know the title and/ or performer? THANKS

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