The 80’s was a very significant and diverse era. Big hair, neon clothes, and brand new genres of music! Most people would say that the music of the 80s pretty much defined the era. We saw the introduction of dance music and new wave. Artists like Bowie, Prince and Madonna became icons not only in their music but with their style.
Picking out the Top 10 best wedding songs from the 1980s has proven to be an extremely difficult task – cutting the list down to just ten was pretty impossible. From cheesy romantic ballads to high-energy dance tunes and well-crafted pop hits, the ‘80s produced a plethora of superb music that is still held in high esteem today.
With the list below, we’ve tried to pick out a mix of different songs that will help to form the basis of a well-rounded playlist. One thing is for sure – if you pick an ‘80s musical theme for your big day you are sure to have one hell of a party!
Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan and Rufus
All of your guests will know the tune, whether it’s the classic original or the terrible more recent cover version by Liberty X. A perfect message for a wedding day.
Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
The final scene in ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ is one of the enduring cinematic moments from the ‘80s. If you are looking for a romantic ballad to end the night, this is the song for you!
With Or Without You – U2
U2 had the world at their feet during the ‘80s and this was one of their most popular songs – a great singalong tune.
Endless Love – Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
A tearjerker from two of the giants of soul music. On a day when the newlyweds are declaring their ‘Endless Love’ what could be more appropriate?!
Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
You can’t have an ‘80s theme without some riff-driven synth pop to get the night going. “When I’m with you baby, I go out of my head, I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough” – how sweet!
Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston
The song that launched Whitney to become the ultimate diva of the era, this song was made for smooching.
Power Of Love – Huey Lewis and The News
There were at least two other songs with the same title released in the ‘80s (Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Jennifer Rush) but this upbeat hit made famous in ‘Back To The Future’ is our favourite.
It Must Be Love – Madness
Actually a cover of an earlier song by Labi Siffre, the simple message of this tune is summed up in the lyrics:-
“Nothing more, nothing less, love is the best.”
I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is thought of today as a Motown and Soul god; however, this is his most commercially successful hit. You really can’t argue with the sentiment.
White Wedding – Billy Idol
A song that was written for the occasion, this post-punk barnstormer will have heads banging on the dancefloor.
This is only a small selection of ’80s songs that would be highly appropriate wedding music. We’d love to hear your favourites – please leave your suggestions in the space below!