17 Best David Bowie Love Songs For Your Wedding

David Bowie is a music icon. There are few musical stars who influenced more careers. Here is a closer look at David Bowie and his top wedding and love songs.

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About David Bowie

David Bowie was born David Robert Jones in 1947. The native of London began his professional musical career in 1963, and Bowie quickly became known for his songwriting ability. Bowie cracked the UK music charts for the first time in 1969. The song “Space Oddity” would go on to make Bowie an international superstar.

Bowie also became an actor with appearances in films such as Labyrinth and The Prestige. Many of his roles involved playing important characters from history such as Nikola Tesla and Pontius Pilate. Bowie continued performing and making music until his death in 2016 at the age of 69.

David Bowie inspired countless musicians and songwriters with a career that spanned an amazing six decades. Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

David Bowie released many wedding songs and love songs during his storied career. The selections range from poignant ballads to energetic dance music. Newlyweds of all ages will find something on this list that conveys the love they feel for one another.

Our list of the top wedding songs by David Bowie includes ballads and dance music that can make your wedding day a memorable event.

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David Bowie Wedding Hits

The Wedding Song
Released in 1993 on the album Black Tie White Noise

David Bowie might not be the first musical artist to come to mind when considering wedding music, but this song from the 1993 album Black Tie White Noise has a meaningful message for newlyweds. Most couples will want to have this song woven into the formal wedding ceremony, generally as in an interlude that precedes the vows.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Heaven is smiling down, heaven’s girl in a wedding gown
I never gonna be so good
Just like a good brochure
I’m gonna change my way
Angel for love

Absolute Beginners
Released in 1986 on the album Absolute Beginners

There is a certain aspect of getting married that is a new beginning, one where couples leave their old lives behind to begin a new one with each other. That is the message of this David Bowie song, a ballad that you can use in many ways on your wedding day.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

If our love song
Could fly over mountains
Could laugh at the ocean
Just like the films
There’s no reason
To feel all the hard times
To lay down the hard lines
It’s absolutely true

Within You
Released in 1986 on the album Labyrinth Soundtrack

David Bowie contributed this song to the soundtrack for the 1986 film, Labyrinth, and it has become something of a cult classic. Couples that have a fondness for pop culture can include the song in their wedding to honor their love of the film, and it will bring a smile to many revelers at the reception.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Yes I do
Live without the sunlight
Love without your heartbeat
I, I can’t live within you

As The World Falls Down
Released in 1986 on the album Labyrinth Soundtrack

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Wasn’t too much fun at all
But I’ll be there for you-ou-ou
As the world falls down
Falling
As the world falls down
Falling
Falling in love

China Girl
Released in 1983 on the album Let’s Dance

Everyone was singing this David Bowie song in 1983, and the song proved to be one of Bowie’s most commercial successes while winning multiple awards. The pure fun of this dance number will get everyone on their feet at the wedding reception, so save it for the middle of the party to raise the energy.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Wake up mornings where’s my, little China girl
I hear her heart’s beating, loud as thunder

Without You
Released in 1983 on the album Let’s Dance

Every wedding should have song choices that are meant to convey the love of two people for one another, and also the commitment that they will soon embrace. This is a song that will let your new spouse know how important they are to your life, and it is a good choice for the first dance.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

And when I’m willing to call it a day
Just when I won’t take another chance
I hold your hand

Be My Wife
Released in 1977 on the album Low

Those couples who want something straightforward from David Bowie might want to include this song in their wedding festivities. It can be played just before the bride makes her entrance into the wedding chapel, but it can also be used as an alternative processional.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Please be mine
Share my life
Stay with me
Be my wife

Heroes
Released in 1977 on the album “Heroes”

A great combined parent dance song for the wedding couple and their parent.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I will be king
And you
You will be queen
Though nothing
Will drive them away

Wild Is The Wind
Released in 1976 on the album Station to Station

This song was among the few cover songs Bowie did in his long career, and it remains a favorite of Bowie’s adoring fans. You can have this song played as your wedding guests take up their seats in the chapel, and it also makes for a nice interlude as the wedding cake is being cut and served.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

You
Kiss me
With your kiss
My life begins
You’re spring to me
All things
To me

Can You Hear Me?
Released in 1975 on the album Young Americans

This haunting ballad was originally released by Bowie in 1974, but the song was so popular that it also was included in Bowie albums in 1975 and 2016. The song retains a modern appeal, and it has a heartfelt expression of love and longing that is perfect on your wedding day.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I want love so badly, I want you most of all
You know it’s harder to take it from anyone
It’s harder to fall
Can you hear me call

The Prettiest Star
Released in 1973 on the album Aladdin Sane

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

How you moved is all it takes
To sing a song of when I loved
The prettiest star

Lady Grinning Soul
Released in 1973 on the album Aladdin Sane

Weddings should really be mostly about the bride, and this David Bowie song from 1973 is a quirky way to celebrate everything about her that is unique and special. Many brides have it played at the wedding reception so that they can share a special dance with their bridal party.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

She’ll come, she’ll go
She’ll lay belief on you
But she won’t stake her life on you
How can life become her point of view

Lady Stardust
Released in 1972 on the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Couples who appreciate the music of David Bowie are probably individuals who celebrate their unique personalities, and this song gives the newlyweds an opportunity to let their individuality shine. It can be used to great effect to introduce the couple for the first time as husband and wife.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

And he sang all night long
Femme fatales emerged from shadows
To watch this creature fair

Soul Love
Released in 1972 on the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

This is one of the songs that defines David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust stage of the 1970s, and it resonates with a theme of eternal love and devotion. Songs like this one from the catalog David Bowie are generally reserved for use on the wedding reception playlist.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Love is careless in its choosing
Sweeping over cross and baby
Love descends on those defenseless

Fill Your Heart
Released in 1971 on the album Hunky Dory

David Bowie sings of the importance of recognizing and seizing true love in this song from his early career, and that is a theme all newlyweds can relate to. This song is a reminder to appreciate true love and cling to it with all the depth of one’s soul.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

‘Cause they are free of thoughts unpure
And of thoughts unkind
Gentleness clears the soul
Love cleans the mind and makes it free

Changes
Released in 1971 on the album Hunky Dory

“Changes” was released in 1971 and comes from the album Hunky Dory, a critically-acclaimed example of Bowie’s lyrical brilliance. The song celebrates growth and evolution, and it has been used by some brides for a father-daughter dance at the wedding reception.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Time may change me
But I can’t trace time
I said that time may change me
But I can’t trace time

In the Heat of the Morning
Released in 1970 on the album The World of David Bowie

This song differs from other love songs released by David Bowie, and it has a pop sound that makes it a good dance selection. The sultry nature of the lyrics makes the song one that could set a good tone for the send-off at the end of the wedding celebration.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

No man loved like I love you
Wouldn’t you like to love me too

An Occasional Dream
Released in 1969 on the album David Bowie

This was one of the early hits by David Bowie, but the 1969 release still has relevance today for modern couples. The lyrics are deep and reflective, typical of Bowie’s early work, and suitable for the sentimental portions of a wedding celebration.

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

It was long, long ago
And I can’t touch your name
For the days of fater were strong for you
Danced you far from me

David Bowie Highest Charting Songs – UK

  • #1 “Space Oddity”, 1969
  • #1 “Ashes to Ashes”, 1980
  • #1 “Under Pressure” (with Queen), 1981
  • #1 “Let’s Dance”, 1983
  • #1 “Dancing in the Street” (with Mick Jagger), 1985
  • #1 “Perfect Day” (with various artists for Children in Need), 1997
  • #2 “The Jean Genie”, 1972
  • #2 “China Girl”, 1983
  • #2 “Modern Love”, 1983
  • #2 “Absolute Beginners”, 1986
  • #3 “Drive-In Saturday”, 1973
  • #3 “Life on Mars?”, 1973
  • #3 “Sorrow”, 1973
  • #3 “Sound and Vision”, 1977
  • #3 “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” (with Bing Crosby), 1982

If you have a favorite David Bowie song, not on my list, please share the song below so that I can add it!

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Heather
Heather
5 months ago

As The World Falls Down. Should be added to the list as well. ????

My Wedding Songs
My Wedding Songs
5 months ago
Reply to  Heather

Thank you Heather. I agree that it is a great song too and I will add it to the list.

Lorraine Moda
Lorraine Moda
3 years ago

Prettiest Star

My Wedding Songs
My Wedding Songs
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorraine Moda

Thank you so much, Lorraine. It was certainly one that we missed. However, it has been added to our list.