Top 60 Classic Rock Love Songs That Will Live On

Looking for classic rock love songs for a first dance, remember old flames or a special dedication? Below you can see a list of 60 classic rock love songs to celebrate with your special someone.

The list of songs ranges from the 1960s through the 1990s. Many artists on our list are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame too!

Classic rock love songs list

As an experienced wedding DJ, I’ve assembled a list of classic rock love songs for a wedding playlist. Songs are selected by the meaning of the song and popular hits by today’s couples.

  1. “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd (1975)
  2. “Crazy On You” by Heart (1975)
  3. “What I Like About You” by The Romantics (1980)
  4. “Your Love” by The Outfield (1985)
  5. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics (1983)
  6. “I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner (1984)
  7. “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen (1984)
  8. “Faithfully” by Journey (1983)
  9. “High on You” by Survivor (1984)
  10. “Crimson and Clover” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1981)

Classic Rock Love Songs

All I Want Is You – U2

Released in 1988 on the album Rattle and Hum

This is a song you can play during dinner as a background song or as a first dance.

Love Lyrics:

But all the promises we make
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

All My Love – Led Zeppelin

Released in 1979 on the album In Through the Out Door

Led Zeppelin had so few love songs. This is my favorite and you could play it at any romantic moment of your wedding day.

Love Lyrics:

His is the force that lies within
Ours is the fire, all the warmth we can find
He is a feather in the wind
All of my love

Always – Bon Jovi

Released in 1994 on the album Cross Road

This is a great love song that you can play for a slow dance or as an anniversary dance during the reception.

Love Lyrics:

‘Til the heavens burst and the words don’t rhyme
And I know when I die, you’ll be on my mind
And I’ll love you, always

And I Love Her – The Beatles

Released in 1964 on the album A Hard Day’s Night

This is a mid-tempo song that makes for a great dedication letting your bride know you love her.

Love Lyrics:

A love like ours
Could never die
As long as I
Have you near me

Babe – Styx

Released in 1979 on the album Cornerstone

Because of the theme of the lyrics, this makes for a great singalong slow song to end the reception.

Love Lyrics:

You know it’s you Babe
Giving me the courage and the strength I need
Please believe that it’s true
Babe, I love you

Can’t Fight This Feeling – REO Speedwagon

Released in 1984 on the album Wheels Are Turnin’

One of the great love songs of the 80s and was a popular first dance song.

Love Lyrics:

I’ve forgotten what I started fighting for
It’s time to bring this ship into the shore
And throw away the oars, forever

Colour My World – Chicago

Released in 1970 on the album Chicago

This song was played for many first dances but can now be played as a ceremony prelude song.

Love Lyrics:

Promise your love
That I’ve waited to share
And dreams
Of our moments together
Color my world with hope of loving you

Crazy Love – Van Morrison

Released in 1970 on the album Moondance

This is an epic wedding song that can put love vibes in the air while enjoying your meal during the reception.

Love Lyrics:

Take away my trouble, take away my grief
Take away my heartache, in the night like a thief
She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love

Crazy On You – Heart

Released in 1976 on the album Dreamboat Annie

If you want to let loose and rock out during your reception, this one should be near the top.

Love Lyrics:

And you don’t need to wonder, you’re doing fine
My love, the pleasure’s mine
Let me go crazy on you

Dance With Me – Orleans

Released in 1973 on the album II

This would be a perfect unexpected mid-tempo first dance song that fits the theme of the moment.

Love Lyrics:

The music is just starting
Night is calling, and I am falling
Dance with me

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police

Released in 1981 on the album Ghost in the Machine

If the bride is tossing her bouquet, this is a great accent song for the moment.

Love Lyrics:

I resolved to call her up
A thousand times a day
And ask her if she’ll marry me

Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison

Released in 1988 on the album Open Up and Say… Ahh!

If you are in search of a slow love song to have everyone in a circle around the newlyweds swaying and singing the lyrics, play this song.

Love Lyrics:

Just like every night has its dawn
Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song
Every rose has its thorn

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams

Released in 1991 on the album Waking Up the Neighbours

This song was a widely popular first dance song. You can play it to accent any intimate moment of love.

Love Lyrics:

I can’t help it, there’s nothin’ I want more
You know it’s true
Everything I do
I do it for you

Faithfully – Journey

Released in 1983 on the album Frontiers

The song talks about a music man being on the road while in love and wanting to be with her forever. My favorite song of all time!

Love Lyrics:

And lovin’ a music man
Ain’t always what it’s supposed to be
Oh girl you stand by me
I’m forever yours, faithfully

Fields Of Gold – Sting

Released in 1993 on the album Ten Summoner’s Tales

This is a great song to play when any member of the wedding party walks down the aisle.

Love Lyrics:

Upon the fields of barley
We’ll forget the sun in his jealous sky
As we lie in fields of gold

Follow Me Follow You – Genesis

Released in 1978 on the album …And Then There Were Three…
I can say

Because the song speaks of following each other, it is appropriate for a recessional song.

Love Lyrics:

The night is long but you are here
Close at hand I’m better for the smile you give
And while I live

Gimme All Your Lovin’ – ZZ Top

Released in 1983 on the album Eliminator

This is a rocking good party song for dancing!

Love Lyrics:

Gimme all your lovin’
All your hugs and kisses too
Gimme all your lovin’
Don’t let up until we’re through

God Only Knows – Beach Boys

Released in 1966 on the album Pet Sounds

This has been a popular song to play for a parent and child dance.

Love Lyrics:

Though life would still go on, believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me
God only knows what I’d be without you

Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison

Released in 1989 on the album Avalon Sunset

Wow, what a beautiful slow love song you can play as a prelude song or as a background song that every age will appreciate.

Love Lyrics:

Have I told you lately that I love you
Have I told you there’s no one else above you
You fill my heart with gladness

Home Sweet Home – Mötley Crüe

Released in 1985 on the album Theatre of Pain

This is a popular hair band ballad that you can throw into your wedding reception as a recessional song or as an exit song.

Love Lyrics:

Long and winding road
I’m on my way
I’m on my way
Home sweet home

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) – James Taylor

Released in 1975 on the album Gorilla

This is a fun-long hit that is commonly played while the wedding cake is being cut and served.

Love Lyrics:

How sweet it is to be loved by you
Feels so fine
How sweet it is to be loved by you

Hysteria – Def Leppard

Released in 1987 on the album Hysteria

As a slow song, you can play this during a classic rock set for a slow dance.

Love Lyrics:

It’s such a magical mysteria
When you get that feelin’, better start believin’
‘Cause it’s a miracle, oh say you will

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

Released in 1998 on the album Armageddon Soundtrack

This is one of the greatest classic rock love songs of all time and can be played during any wedding ceremony or reception.

Love Lyrics:

The sweetest dream will never do
I’d still miss you, babe
And I don’t want to miss a thing

I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner

Released in 1984 on the album Agent Provocateur

A slow song that describes wanting love and can be played as the bride or groom’s processional.

Love Lyrics:

I wanna know what love is
I want you to show me
I wanna feel what love is

If You Want My Love – Cheap Trick

Released in 1977 on the album Cheap Trick

As an upbeat love song, you can play this as the reception doors open and guests arrive.

Love Lyrics:

If you want my love you got it
When you need my love you got it
I won’t hide it

I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen

Released in 1984 on the album Born in the U.S.A.

This song is a bit steamy if you know what I mean. It has a mid-tempo beat and can be played as a background song to keep the mood up.

Love Lyrics:

And a freight train runnin’ through the middle of my head
Only you can cool my desire
Oh, oh, oh
I’m on fire

In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel

Released in 1986 on the album So

What an epic moment during the movie ‘Say Anything’. You can play this as the wedding couple is announced in the reception hall.

Love Lyrics:

In your eyes
The light, the heat (in your eyes)
I am complete

Joy of My Life – John Fogerty

Released in 1977 on the album Blue Moon Swamp

This is a playful love song that is VERY romantic to play as a recessional song. Chris Stapleton released a slow cover too!

Love Lyrics:

I am the luckiest man alive
And did I tell you baby
You are the joy of my life

Just Like Heaven – The Cure

Released in 1987 on the album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

It’s up to you as this is one of the great new wave party hits that can accent any lighthearted moment including dancing.

Love Lyrics:

Alone above a raging sea
That stole the only girl I loved
And drowned her deep inside of me

Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel

Released in 1977 on the album The Stranger

This is a beautiful love song that has been a popular first dance song.

Love Lyrics:

I said I love you, that’s forever
And this I promise from the heart
I couldn’t love you any better
I love you just the way you are

Lady – Styx

Released in 1973 on the album Styx II

The piano emphasis on this hit is uplifting and can be played while the garter is removed from the bride’s leg.

Love Lyrics:

Love shines in your eyes
Sparkling, clear and lovely
You’re my lady

Light My Fire – The Doors

Released in 1967 on the album The Doors

The Doors are not known for party songs but this tune can be mixed in during a rock set and will have everyone singing the chorus.

Love Lyrics:

Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire, yeah

Love of a Lifetime – Firehouse

Released in 1990 on the album FireHouse

Even though this love song was released in the early nineties, it still gets requested to play for first dances.

Love Lyrics:

A love to last my whole life through
I finally found the love of a lifetime
Forever in my heart

Love Of My Life – Queen

Released in 1975 on the album A Night at the Opera

Mercury’s voice is so recognizable and this track is will bring romance to any wedding day.

Love Lyrics:

When I grow older
I will be there at your side to remind you
How I still love you

Love Song – Tesla

Released in 1989 on the album The Great Radio Controversy

The best Tesla signaling song is ‘Signs’. However, ‘Love Song’ is their best slow dance song to celebrate being in love.

Love Lyrics:

Love is all around you
Love is knockin’ outside your door
Waitin’ for you is this love made just for two

Love Walks In – Van Halen

Released in 1985 on the album 5150

With the increased hype and the song’s theme, it is made for a couple’s grand entrance as newlyweds into the reception venue.

Love Lyrics:

Some kind of alien
Waits for the opening
Then simply pulls a string
Love comes walkin’ in

Love Will Keep Us Alive – Eagles

Released in 1994 on the album Hell Freezes Over

If a couple is truly in love and wants to spend the rest of their lives together, this track should be their first dance as a married couple.

Love Lyrics:

Now I’ve found you
There’s no more emptiness inside
When we’re hungry
Love will keep us alive

Make It With You – Bread

Released in 1970 on the album On the Waters

This is one of those hits that everyone forgets about but loves. It makes for an exceptional background song.

Love Lyrics:

I want to make it with you
I really think that we could make it, girl

Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney

Released in 1970 on the album McCartney

If you want to bring some levity to your dance floor, play this popular Beatles member’s amazing tune.

Love Lyrics:

Maybe I’m amazed at the way you help me sing my song
Right me when I’m wrong
Maybe I’m amazed at the way I really need you

More Than Words – Extreme

Released in 1990 on the album Extreme II: Pornograffitti

This is an acoustic love song that is commonly played during wedding ceremonies – even decades later.

Love Lyrics:

More than words
Is all I ever needed you to show
Then you wouldn’t have to say
That you love me
‘Cause I’d already know

Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

Released in 1991 on the album Metallica

If the wedding couple are true hard rock fans, this song makes for an exceptional first dance song.

Love Lyrics:

So close, no matter how far
It couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship

Released in 1987 on the album No Protection

If you are looking for a song to close out your reception in a group dance celebrating the couple, play this gem.

Love Lyrics:

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

One More Night – Phil Collins

Released in 1985 on the album No Jacket Required

Will you have some sort of accent to your departure such as sparklers? This is a spot-on music choice to play.

Love Lyrics:

Like a river to the sea
I will always be with you
And if you sail away
I will follow you

Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan

Released in 1983 on the album Texas Flood

If you like to party, then this could be an unexpected but fun first dance or else save it for dancing.

Love Lyrics:

Well I love my baby
Like the finest wine
Stick with her until the end of time
She’s my sweet little thang
She’s my pride and joy

Something – The Beatles

Released in 1969 on the album Abbey Road

This song is so overlooked for their other hits. However, it makes for a fantastic first dance track or ceremony recessional song.

Love Lyrics:

Something in the way she knows
And all I have to do is think of her
Something in the things she shows me

Songbird – Fleetwood Mac

Released in 1977 on the album Rumours

This is another song to play during a wedding ceremony including the unity ceremony or walking down the aisle.

Love Lyrics:

And the songbirds keep singing
Like they know the score
And I love you, I love you, I love you

Still Loving You – Scorpions

Released in 1984 on the album Love at First Sting

Will you be having a dance to celebrate the longest-married couple? If so, play this for their special dance.

Love Lyrics:

Only love
Can bring down the wall someday
I will be there

The Best Of My Love – Eagles

Released in 1974 on the album On the Border

This is an acoustic hit to play during dinner or for a classic cocktail playlist.

Love Lyrics:

You know we always had each other baby
I guess that wasn’t enough
But here in my heart
I give you the best of my love

The Search Is Over – Survivor

Released in 1984 on the album Vital Signs

The lyrics, the tempo, the meaning – it is a wonderful first dance song.

Love Lyrics:

I can see forever
The search is over
You were with me all the while

Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce

Released in 1973 on the album You Don’t Mess Around with Jim

This makes for an exception first dance song even for today as it has held the test of time.

Love Lyrics:

If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you

To Be With You – Mr. Big

Released in 1991 on the album Lean Into It

This is an upbeat song that fits nicely in a cocktail hour.

Love Lyrics:

Deep inside I hope you feel it too
Waited on a line of greens and blues
Just to be the next to be with you

Waiting for a Girl Like You – Foreigner

Released in 1981 on the album 4

This song is a perfect sentiment to play as the groom walks down the aisle waiting to get married.

Love Lyrics:

Now, I know it’s right, from the moment I wake up till deep in the night
There’s nowhere on earth that I’d rather be than holding you tenderly
I’ve been waiting for a girl like you to come into my life

We’ve Got Tonight – Bob Seger

Released in 1978 on the album Stranger in Town

If you plan to play a ballad to bring out all the couples to the dance floor during the reception, this song hits the mark.

Love Lyrics:

And here we are babe, what do you say
We’ve got tonight, who needs tomorrow
We’ve got tonight babe
Why don’t you stay

What I Like About You – The Romantics

Released in 1979 on the album The Romantics

The Romantics have a high-spirited party track with this hit song.

Love Lyrics:

Keep on whispering in my ear
Tell me all the things that I wanna hear
‘Cause it’s true
That’s what I like about you

Wicked Game – Chris Isaac

Released in 1989 on the album Heart Shaped World

Even though the theme of the song may not be fully wedding-appropriate, it has a way of getting people to tap their toes and sing along.

Love Lyrics:

The world was on fire and no one could save me but you
It’s strange what desire will make foolish people do
I never dreamed that I’d love somebody like you

Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones

Released in 1971 on the album Sticky Fingers

I have seen several newlyweds dance their first dance to this tune.

Love Lyrics:

No sweeping exit
Or offstage lines
Could make me feel bitter
Or treat you unkind
Wild horses
Couldn’t drag me away

With Your Love – Jefferson Starship

Released in 1976 on the album Spitfire

This mid-tempo has a smooth groove to play as a background song to keep the mood up.

Love Lyrics:

Heaven sent a sign that sent you
I’m going out of my mind
Since I met you

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

Released in 1977 on the album Slowhand

Clapton created one of the greatest slow songs of all time and can be played for a first dance, parent dance, slow dance for couples, and everything in between.

Love Lyrics:

I feel wonderful
Because I see the love light in your eyes
And the wonder of it all
Is that you just don’t realize how much I love you

You Really Got Me – The Kinks

Released in 1964 on the album Kinks

This is a great party song but can also be played for the garter removal.

Love Lyrics:

You got me so I don’t know what I’m doin’, now
Oh yeah, you really got me now
You got me so I can’t sleep at night

Your Song – Elton John

Released in 1970 on the album Elton John

I have seen the song played for a parent dance, first dance, and special dedication. It is up to you!

Love Lyrics:

I hope you don’t mind
That I put down in the words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

I hope you enjoyed my list of classic rock love songs for a special date night, wedding first dance, or special dedication. If you have a favorite, please share your song below!


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