Top 80s Wedding Party Songs
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Top 80s Wedding Party Songs

When it comes to weddings, we know that when the time to party arrives, it’s important now more than ever that the two families get together and embrace each other’s dance moves in order to properly begin to form a bond. We also know that there are many factors affecting the enjoyability of the moment; the perfect lighting, the right amount of smoke, the shiny reflectiveness of the disco balls, the quality of the food (and the drinks!), but most importantly the music. That’s right - your choice of music has much more impact on your party than you think!

As you probably already know, music can affect a person’s mood, sometimes drastically. This is why it’s so important to choose the music that makes the mood. If you put on a sad song, the mood with become somber, and your wedding will become all doom and gloom very quick. However, if you play a happy song, the positive atmosphere about the guests will increase, and your wedding will be a jolly time to remember.

So which songs to choose? We understand that choosing a track list can be stressful - which genre? Which artists? Which decade? Which theme? Don’t worry, we’re here to ease your conscience and assist you will selecting the perfect playlist. At weddings, the mood is usually exciting, happy, and harmonious, and in order to keep that mood going all throughout your event, you need some top hits that radiate those emotions - and we know just the thing!

The 80s - a time where pop culture made a huge breakthrough in all aspects of our lives; movies, fashion, appearances, but most importantly, music. Following the deaths of huge 60’s and 70’s singers such as Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley, huge new artists such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Freddie Mercury emerged in this decade. It was a new era - an era of pop. The fact that the 80s is so adored by not just the millennials, but the youthful too, just goes to show how it was and still is obviously a very popular decade.

The 80s was probably the decade that most parents of the new generation lived their teenage years, so not only will 80s tunes throw them back, but they’ll be able to take their children with them and delve them deep into the world of retro. They’ll be able to relive their childhood whilst sharing it with their kids, and therefore bonds will grow stronger, memories will grow fonder, and emotions will become happier as a wave of nostalgia washes over everyone in attendance.

As previously stated, music in the 80s was impacted hugely by pop culture, in all genres. All the popular songs from this time period seem to have that disco party kick, that spark of excitement with every rhythm. This is why 80s hits are perfect for your wedding party - to keep that spark of excitement ignited all day and all night long.

So enough talk - here are the top 30 80s band songs to make your wedding party an event to be remembered!

80s wedding songs to get ready to for the morning of your Wedding

  1. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" - Wham!: This zippy 80s jam will get you excited and ready to go.
  2. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" - Cyndi Lauper: A must-play pop anthem for the bride and her ladies.
  3. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" - Simple Minds: The classic 80s track to get you pumped up.
  4. "Walking on Sunshine" - Katrina & The Waves: The quintessential bright and cheerful 80s hit to start your day on a high note.


80’s Wedding Songs for Guests Arriving

Set the mood as your guests arrive with these welcoming and upbeat 80s tunes. Create an atmosphere of anticipation and joy for the celebration ahead.

  1. "Walking on Sunshine" - Katrina and The Waves (1983)
  2. "Sweet Child o' Mine" - Guns N’ Roses (1987)
  3. "Dancing in the Street" - David Bowie and Mick Jagger (1985)
  4. "Take On Me" - A-ha (1985)
  5. "I Can’t Help It" - Michael Jackson (1980)

80’s Wedding Songs for Seating Guests

Create a serene and welcoming atmosphere as guests take their seats with these elegant and mellow 80s tunes.

  1. "Careless Whisper" - George Michael (1984)
  2. "Through the Years" - Kenny Rogers (1981)
  3. "Just the Way You Are" - Billy Joel (1977)
  4. "In Your Eyes" - Peter Gabriel (1986)
  5. "True Colors" - Cyndi Lauper (1986)

80’s Wedding Entrance Songs

Make a grand entrance to your reception with these energetic and uplifting 80s tracks. Let the beats set the tone for a night of celebration and joy as you and your partner enter the venue.

  1. "Don’t Stop Believin’" - Journey (1981)
  2. "Welcome To The Jungle" - Guns N’ Roses (1987)
  3. "Beat It" - Michael Jackson (1982)
  4. "Take On Me" - A-ha (1985)
  5. "Footloose" - Kenny Loggins (1984)


Step into the magic of love with these enchanting 80s tunes as you make your way down the aisle. Let the nostalgic melodies of the following songs set a romantic atmosphere for this unforgettable moment.

  1. Take On Me" - A-ha (1985)
  2. Every Breath You Take" - The Police (1983)
  3. I Want To Know What Love Is" - Foreigner (1984)
  4. Sweet Child o' Mine - Guns N’ Roses (1987)
  5. True Colors - Cyndi Lauper (1986)

Classic Wedding 80s Love Songs for Your Vow Exchange

  1. "Endless Love" - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie: This 1981 duet is an iconic proclamation of eternal romance.
  2. "Faithfully" - Journey: Steve Perry's powerful vocals make this 1983 rock ballad a great vows song.
  3. "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" - Eurythmics: The dreamy 1983 synth-pop hit captures the blissful feeling of pledging your love.
  4. "Take My Breath Away" - Berlin: This 1986 romantic chart-topper from Top Gun embraces the magic of the moment.

Eternal 80s wedding song Hits to Symbolize Your Union with your exchanging of rings

  1. "Eternal Flame" - The Bangles (1988): The romantic lyrics and dreamy sound evoke the never-ending love represented by the rings.
  2. "Forever Young" - Alphaville (1984): This synth-pop classic captures the hopefulness and commitment of marriage.
  3. "Never Gonna Give You Up" - Rick Astley (1987): Astley's signature hit playfully but sincerely pledges devotion.
  4. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" - Simple Minds (1985): An uplifting anthem about cherishing love that pairs well with exchanging rings.

80’s Wedding Songs for the start of your Ceremony

Enhance the solemnity of your wedding ceremony with these classic and elegant 80s instrumental tracks. Let the melodies create a serene and romantic atmosphere as you exchange vows and embark on your journey together.

  1. "A Thousand Years" - Sting (1985)
  2. "Careless Whisper" - George Michael (1984)
  3. "Endless Love" - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (1981)
  4. "Take My Breath Away" - Berlin (1986)
  5. "Every Breath You Take" - The Police (1983)

Sign the register to these 80s song wedding hits!

Enhance the intimate moments of signing the register with these romantic and soulful 80s tunes. Let the melodies create a beautiful backdrop for this special part of your wedding ceremony.

  1. "Unchained Melody" - The Righteous Brothers (1965) (a classic that transcends decades)
  2. "I Just Called to Say I Love You" - Stevie Wonder (1984)
  3. "Eternal Flame" - The Bangles (1988)
  4. "Endless Love" - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (1981)
  5. "True" - Spandau Ballet (1983)

Listen to these 80's wedding songs for end of your ceremony

Listen to these 80's wedding songs for the end of your ceremony" and experience the power of timeless melodies that have stood the test of time. Each song has been carefully chosen to bring a unique blend of emotion, energy, and celebration, ensuring that the final notes of your ceremony linger in the hearts and minds of all who attend.

1. Journey - Don’t Stop Believin’ (1981)
2. Europe - The Final Countdown (1986)
3. Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger (1982)
4. Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes - (I've Had) the Time of My Life (1987)
5. Starship - We Built This City (1985)

Lively Songs: 80s Tracks to Get the reception started 

  1. "Footloose" - Kenny Loggins (1984): This iconic dance hit is perfect for hitting the reception dance floor.
  2. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" - Cyndi Lauper (1983): A total feel-good anthem to get everyone dancing and celebrating.
  3. "Karma Chameleon" - Culture Club (1983): Boy George's signature new wave jam brings great funky energy.
  4. "Jesse's Girl" - Rick Springfield (1981): This classic rock hit with its infectious melodies will get people singing and moving.
  5. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" - Wham! (1984): The quintessential 80s pop banger to kick the reception into high gear.
  6. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" - Dead or Alive (1984): This over-the-top 80s dance gem is a surefire crowd-pleaser.

80's Wedding songs for the bride and groom’s first dance

 This handpicked selection of timeless tunes will infuse your special moment with nostalgia and passion. These songs are more than just notes; they are the soundtrack to a love story, resonating with the sentiments of couples who danced through the 80s.

  1. "You Give Good Love" - Whitney Houston - 1985
  2. "Angel" - Anita Baker - 1983
  3. "So Amazing" - Luther Vandross - 1986
  4. Something About You" by Level 42 - 1985

Dine in Nostalgia: A Collection of 80s Wedding Songs for Your Dinner

80's Wedding Songs for the Bride and Groom’s First Dance," a handpicked selection of timeless tunes that will infuse your special moment with nostalgia and passion. These songs are more than just notes; they are the soundtrack to a love story, resonating with the sentiments of couples who danced their way through the 80s.

  1. "Crazy for You" - Madonna (1985)
  2. "You're the Inspiration" - Chicago (1984)
  3. "Always" - Atlantic Starr (1987)
  4. "All Out of Love" - Air Supply (1980)
  5. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" - Bonnie Tyler (1983)

Joyful 80s Songs to Celebrate Your weddings Toasts and Speeches

  1. "Celebration" - Kool & The Gang (1980): This funky hit gets everyone in a festive, party mood for the toasts.
  2. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" - Simple Minds (1985): An inspirational 80s classic to honor the newlyweds.
  3. "Glory Days" - Bruce Springsteen (1984): Springsteen's rousing anthem captures the joy of celebrating milestones.
  4. "We Are The Champions" - Queen (1977): Freddie Mercury's powerful vocals make this an epic song for toasting triumphs.

80’s Wedding Songs for Cake Cutting

Add a sweet touch to the cake-cutting ceremony with these delightful and romantic 80s tunes. Let the music complement the joyous atmosphere as you and your partner share this special moment.

  1. "Sweet Love" - Anita Baker (1986)
  2. "Keep on Loving You" - REO Speedwagon (1980)
  3. "Time After Time" - Cyndi Lauper (1984)
  4. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" - Belinda Carlisle (1987)
  5. "Just Like Starting Over" - John Lennon (1980)

Lively 80s wedding song Hits to Toss the Bouquet

  1. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" - Cyndi Lauper (1983) - An empowering, celebratory anthem perfect for the single ladies.

  2. "Material Girl" - Madonna (1984) - Madonna's cheeky ode to romance gets everyone in a playful mood.
  3. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" - Wham! (1984) - This upbeat 80s classic will get everyone dancing as the bouquet flies.
  4. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" - Whitney Houston (1987) - Whitney's iconic vocal energy makes for an exciting bouquet toss moment.
  5. "Manic Monday" - The Bangles (1986) - The bright new wave vibes of this hit capture the fun of the tradition.

80's wedding songs to play for your Last Toast

  1.  "Endless Love" by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (1981)
  2. "Faithfully" by Journey (1983)
  3. "Glory of Love" by Peter Cetera (1986)
  4. "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin (1986)
  5. "Open Arms" by Journey (1982)

80's wedding songs for Your Farewell Exit

  1. Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds (1985)
  2. Celebration" by Kool & The Gang (1980)
  3. Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey (1981)

80's wedding songs for the after party

Keep the party alive and the energy high with these upbeat and dance-worthy 80s tracks. Ensure your after-party is a celebration to remember as you and your guests dance the night away to these iconic tunes.

  1. Dancing Queen - ABBA (1976) (a disco classic)
  2. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper (1983)
  3. Sweet Child o' Mine - Guns N’ Roses (1987)
  4. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham! (1984)

That’s it! You’ve reached the end of our list of 80’s songs we think would be perfect for your wedding.

If you’re all about the 80’s craze, we have some ideas for a retro themed wedding down below...!

  • Glow sticks
    If you really want a blast from the past, why not bring back these neon lights for a totally radical party?

  • Retro candy bar
    If you want to indulge all your senses into the 80’s bring back the classic nosh like Skittles, Nerds, Push Pops, Chupa Chups, and maybe even Coke in a glass bottle!

  • Photo booth
    It’s a no brainer that a photo booth would be the perfect addition to your ultimate retro theme, your guests would have so much fun dressing up and having a laugh; and they’d have the polaroid pics to cherish the memories.

  • 3D glasses
    These cool shades will allow you and your guests to view your wedding party from a whole new perspective, or should I say a whole old perspective?

  • 80’s cinema
    To put your 3D glasses to good use, put them into action by showing the classic throwback 80’s movies such as The Breakfast Club, Indiana Jones, Labyrinth, The Shining, Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Back To The Future, E.T, and more of your faves!

If you’re still stuck for ideas for an 80’s themed wedding party, click here for some more assistance which will hopefully make your dreams of a retro theme into a reality!



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