215 Best 1980s Wedding Dance Songs

Are you planning a retro-themed wedding or simply looking for the best 1980s wedding dance songs to add to your playlist?

No worries, we’ve got you covered.

In this post, we’ve put together the best songs from the 80s.

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From groovy hits like Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” to smooth ballads like Billy Ocean’s “Suddenly,” every fan of 80s music is sure to find something they love. 

So whether you’re an 80s baby or simply a lover of tunes from that era, sit back and relax as we take you through 215 of the best 1980s songs that are sure to rock your wedding. 

Why The 1980s Was A Remarkable Period For Wedding Songs And Love Songs In General

Most requested 1980s songs for weddings

The 80s was definitely a great period for music lovers.

The sincere and heart-pulling lyrics matched with tunes that struck a chord in the listeners’ hearts sure made for a swell time.

With so many great hits spanning various genres (from hip-hop to rock, pop, reggae, R&B, new wave, and country), it’s no surprise that many couples still like to have at least a sprinkling of these songs in their wedding playlist.

One interesting fact about songs from this era is the following they still have today. Many of these songs are evergreen and still capable of getting people off their feet.

Celebrating your wedding party with these groovy sounds will definitely cause you to travel back to the golden age of the 80s and bring back some fun memories.  

Beautiful 1980s First Dance Songs 

Some of the most beautiful love songs were written in the 80s. These love songs are still very popular today and make epic first dance songs. Take a look:

Great 1980s Country Songs For Weddings 

The country songs genre also recorded some great hits in the 1980s. Here is a list of some of the most notable wedding picks.

Great 1980s Punk And Hard Rock Songs For Weddings 

Rock was one of the predominant genres in the 1980s, so it is not surprising that quite a number of rock songs made our list.  

1980s Hip-Hop Wedding Songs You Will Enjoy

If you’re a fan of old-school hip-hop, then you definitely should check out this list. I’m sure you’ll find it contains at least a few of your favorites.

Top 1980s Disco Rhythms For Weddings

Biggest dance hits of the 80s for weddings

You can’t talk about the 1980s without mentioning disco music. This genre of music happened to be all the rave back then.

It’s safe to say that no 80s themed party’s playlist is complete without some disco tunes to get the groove on.

Great 1980s Band Music For Weddings 

The 1980s had great bands like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, and The Weather Girls. If you’re a fan of band music, you’re going to love this list of 1980 band songs.

  1. It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls
  2. Cradle of Love by Billy Idol
  3. Shiny Happy People by R.E.M
  4. Mr. Roboto by Styx
  5. I Would Die 4 U by Prince and the Revolution
  6. Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue
  7. Rag Doll by Aerosmith
  8. Love In An Elevator by Aerosmith
  9. Invisible Touch by Genesis
  10. Shoot To Thrill by AC/DC
  11. Shakin’ by Eddie Money
  12. Valerie by Steve Winwood
  13. Voices Carry by ‘Til Tuesday
  14. Him by Rupert Holmes
  15. Purple Rain by Prince

Great 1980s Pop Songs For Wedding

The Best 1980s R&B Wedding Songs 

1980s Wedding Songs With The Reggae Vibe 

  1. It’s You by Sandra Cross
  2. Electric Boogie by Marcia Griffiths
  3. Black Roses by Barrington Levy
  4. Mr. Lover Man by Shabba Ranks
  5. I’m Free by Soup Dragons With Junior Reid
  6. Emergency by Administrators
  7. Cherry Oh Baby by UB40
  8. Wild World by Maxi Priest

New Wave Songs From The 1980s For Your Special Day

1980s songs to get everyone dancing at a wedding

Parent Wedding Dance Songs From The 1980s

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Other Great 1980s Songs To Play At Your Wedding 

Most popular wedding first dance song

Here’s is an extra set of 1980 jams to choose from:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most popular song for the bride to walk down the aisle to? 

The most popular song used for the bride’s procession is the “Bridal Chorus” from the 1850 german opera titled Lohengrin (you might know it as “Here Comes The Bride”). 

It was composed by Richard Wagner and has been used for most weddings in the western world for centuries.

It’s traditionally played on the pipe organ while the bride walks in, but you could check out Vincente Avella’s piano cover for a less dramatic version. 

If you’d prefer a song from the 80s, why not try songs like My Prerogative by Bobby Brown, Your Love is King by Sade, or White Wedding by Billy Idol.

What 80s song is the most requested at weddings?

Several jams from the 80s are still prevalent today. A lot f wedding DJs still slip one or two into their wedding playlist. 

Some of the most requested songs from that era include Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose.”

Final Thoughts

We sure enjoyed going down memory lane with these songs. Enjoy your 80s themed wedding!