The ‘80s was a fantastic decade for music, and many tunes from the era lend themselves to wedding festivities. From love-filled power ballads to sweetly-sweet tunes to songs that make you want to feel the beat of the rhythm of the night, there’s endless options for creating the perfect wedding playlist. Check out a few excellent songs to discuss with your wedding DJ or band:
‘Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car’
This classic from Billy Ocean is a wonderfully-zany, highly-danceable tune that’s guaranteed to make everyone smile…and get on the dance floor. The combination of clever lyrics, awesome beats, and Ocean’s unmistakeable voice create the perfect wedding dance song.
‘P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)’
No wedding playlist is complete without Michael Jackson, and the King of Pop has plenty of energetic songs to choose from. ‘P.Y.T.’ is merely one great example, as there’s also ‘The Way You Make Me Feel,’ ‘Beat It,’ ‘Billie Jean,’ and (of course) ‘Thriller.’ Who knows, you might inspire a ‘Thriller’ dance segment at your reception!
The hit from Toto isn’t exactly a dance song, but it’s still a great tune with romantic lyrics. “It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you/ There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do” is a wonderful sentiment that certainly works for a wedding.
‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’
Cyndi Lauper’s iconic tune is always a huge hit at weddings, whether just the girls or the girls and guys get up and dance. Add a little Cyndi to your wedding playlist and delight your guests.
‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’
‘Dance’ is in the title! ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ is one of Whitney Houston’s most dance-worthy songs, and yet another option that’s sure to get everyone moving.
‘I Want To Know What Love Is’
If looking to slow things down every now and then, ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ from Foreigner is a great choice. Dance to it with your partner and know you’ve found lasting love.
Madonna is another wedding must, as most if not all will want to dance to the Queen of Pop. ‘Material Girl’ is a fabulous option, as is ‘Holiday’ and ‘Get Into The Groove.’ Songs during dinner can include ‘Cherish,’ a song the icon wrote for then-hubby Sean Penn.
What other ‘80s tunes make great wedding playlist additions?