Oldies Wedding Songs as I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

When you think of “oldies,” what comes to mind? Why that’s easy; it’s our favorite oldies songs from the 1950s 1960s and a few 1970s.

Which are the best oldies songs for your wedding? Discover the best Oldies songs for weddings from years of experience as wedding DJs.

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As an experienced wedding DJ, I’ve assembled a list of oldies songs. Songs are selected by the meaning of the song and popular hits by today’s couples. Besides trending, additional lists are grouped by genre to match your taste in music.

Trending Oldies Songs

“Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash

(1963) Popular Lyrics: “I fell into a burning ring of fire / I went down, down, down / And the flames went higher / And it burns, burns, burns”

“Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison

(1967) Popular Lyrics: “In the misty morning fog with / Our, our hearts a-thumping and you / My brown-eyed girl”

“The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” by The Tokens

(1961) Popular Lyrics: “In the jungle, the mighty jungle / The lion sleeps tonight / In the jungle the quiet jungle / The lion sleeps tonight”

“Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass

(1972) Popular Lyrics: “The sailors say Brandy you’re a fine girl / (You’re a fine girl) / What a good wife you would be”

“The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel

(1966) Popular Lyrics: “People writing songs that voices never share / No one dared / Disturb the sound of silence”

“Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On” by Jerry Lee Lewis

(1955) Popular Lyrics: “I said shake it, baby, shake it / Well shake, baby, shake / Come on over, whole lot of shakin goin’ on”

“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (Live)” by Elvis Presley

(1970) Popular Lyrics: “You’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’ / Oh, that lovin’ feelin’ / You’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’ / Now it’s gone, gone, gone”

“Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis

(1957) Popular Lyrics: “I’ve changed my mind / This love is fine / Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!”

“Be My Baby” by The Ronettes

(1963) Popular Lyrics: “So won’t you, please (be my, be my baby) / Be my little baby? (My one and only baby) / Say you’ll be my darlin’ (be my, be my baby)”

“I Wanna Know Your Name” by The Intruders

(1973) Popular Lyrics: “‘Cause you’re the kind of girl / That I adore / And you’re the kind of girl / I’ve been looking for”

“Mellow Yellow” by Donovan

(1966) Popular Lyrics: “I’m just mad about fourteen / Fourteen’s mad about me / I’m-a just mad about-a fourteen / A-she’s just mad about me”

“If I Can Dream” by Elvis Presley

(1968) Popular Lyrics: “But as long as a man / Has the strength to dream / He can redeem his soul and fly”

“Cupid” by Sam Cooke

(1961) Popular Lyrics: “Cupid draw back your bow / And let your arrow go / Straight to my lover’s heart for me / Nobody but me”

“Venus” by Frankie Avalon

(1959) Popular Lyrics: “Venus, goddess of love that you are / Surely the things I ask / Can’t be too great a task”

“Where Do I Begin” by Andy Williams

(1971) Popular Lyrics: “With her first hello / She gave new meaning to this empty world of mine / There’d never be another love, another time”

“Somebody To Love” by Jefferson Airplane

(1967) Popular Lyrics: “Don’t you need somebody to love / Wouldn’t you love somebody to love / You better find somebody to love”

“Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In” by The 5th Dimension

(1969) Popular Lyrics: “Golden living dreams of visions / Mystic crystal revelation / And the mind’s true liberation / Aquarius”

“Do You Believe in Magic?” by The Lovin’ Spoonful

(1965) Popular Lyrics: “If you believe in magic, come along with me / We’ll dance until morning ’til there’s just you and me / And maybe if the music is right / I’ll meet you tomorrow sorta late at night”

“Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley

(1956) Popular Lyrics: “Love me tender, love me true / All my dreams fulfilled / For my darling I love you / And I always will”

Popular Oldies Wedding Hits by Genre

Pop

  1. Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
  2. This Magic Moment – Jay & The Americans
  3. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  4. Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
  5. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  6. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  7. Daydream Believer – The Monkees
  8. Happy Together – The Turtles
  9. I’m a Believer – The Monkees
  10. I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
  11. It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones
  12. Chapel Of Love – The Dixie Cups
  13. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  14. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – The Righteous Brothers
  15. Luck Be A Lady – Frank Sinatra
  16. Moon River – Henry Mancini
  17. The Loco-Motion – Little Eva
  18. I Left My Heart In San Francisco – Tony Bennett
  19. When We Get Married – The Dreamlovers
  20. Mack The Knife – Bobby Darin
  21. All I Have to Do is Dream – Everly Brothers
  22. To the Aisle – The Five Satins
  23. Chances Are – Johnny Mathis
  24. Love and Marriage – Frank Sinatra
  25. Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
  26. That’s Amore – Dean Martin

R&B

  1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
  2. Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
  3. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
  4. Soul Man – Sam & Dave
  5. When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
  6. Gimme Some Lovin’ – Spencer Davis Group
  7. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – The Temptations
  8. Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
  9. Good Lovin’ – Young Rascals
  10. Respect – Aretha Franklin
  11. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  12. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops
  13. The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss) – Betty Everett
  14. Dancing In The Street – Martha and the Vandellas
  15. My Girl – The Temptations
  16. Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
  17. These Arms Of Mine – Otis Redding
  18. Do You Love Me – The Contours
  19. Stand By Me – Ben E King
  20. Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters
  21. At Last – Etta James
  22. Shout – Isley Brothers
  23. To Be Loved – Jackie Wilson
  24. Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
  25. You Send Me – Sam Cooke
  26. In the Still of the Night – The Five Satins
  27. Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight – The Spaniels

Rock

  1. All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
  2. A Lover’s Concerto – The Toys
  3. Love is All Around – The Troggs
  4. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  5. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
  6. Devil With A Blue Dress On – Mitch Ryder
  7. Wooly Bully – Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
  8. Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys
  9. I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
  10. Twist & Shout – The Beatles
  11. Surf City – Jan & Dean
  12. Sugar Shack – Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
  13. Limbo Rock – Chubby Checker
  14. Runaround Sue – Dion
  15. Wanderer – Dion
  16. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
  17. The Twist – Chubby Checker
  18. Rockin’ Robin – Bobby Day
  19. Tequila – The Champs
  20. Johnny B Goode – Chuck Berry
  21. Willie & The Hand Jive – Johnny Otis
  22. Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard
  23. La Bamba – Ritchie Valens
  24. That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
  25. All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
  26. Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
  27. Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
  28. Litty Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris
  29. Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
  30. Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
  31. Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley
  32. Hound Dog – Elvis Presley

Jazz

  1. The Party’s Over – Nat King Cole
  2. My Funny Valentine – Ella Fitzgerald
  3. Jump, Jive and Wail – Louis Prima
  4. Hokey Pokey – Ray Anthony
  5. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
  6. Daddy’s Little Girl – The Mills Brothers

Doo-Wop

  1. Angel Baby – Rosie & The Originals
  2. I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingos
  3. 16 Candles – The Crests
  4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – The Platters
  5. Twilight Time – The Platters
  6. Only You – The Platters

Rockabilly

  1. Rebel Rouser – Duane Eddy
  2. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran

Country

  1. I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash

Broadway

  1. Sunrise Sunset – Cast Of Fiddler On The Roof

Do you have a favorite oldies song not on my list? Please share your song below in the comments!

Fun Facts

What constitutes an oldies song can change with each decade. But think “American Graffiti,” “Happy Days,” and “Grease.” And don’t forget the choreographed boy bands (the original ones before the Backstreet Boys and Boyz II Men).

Oldies are traditionally the songs from the 1950s through the late 70s — rock and roll at its purist.

You can find many different music types such as R&B, Rock and Roll, Doo-Wop, Country, and more.

If poodle skirts, saddle shoes, leather jackets, and penny loafers are your jam, then a themed wedding could be epic — one to remember. If you’re in love with swing dancing, you’ll love an oldies playlist at your wedding. Though it was considered wild at the time, it’s fairly tame now. We’ve seen more wholesome wedding receptions with Italian Cream Soda bars and Swing Dancing (as opposed to rap or heavy metal).

Most people can dance to swing and it sure gets the old folks moving. And, when we say old, we mean those who grew up in the 1950s or 1980s (when it was a revival). You see, these trends cycle every thirty years or so.

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