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The Ultimate 80s Wedding Songs List!

Last Updated: 14th February 2022

So you’re looking for some 80s wedding songs to include in your big day? Great! Firstly, you’ve come to the right place, as we’ve created a gigantic list of over 300 wedding songs from the 80s! Secondly, you’ve chosen to include music from the funnest decade ever. Your guests will have the time of their lives!

So why is 80s wedding music just so awesome? Here are some of the reasons you need to include tracks from this era at some point in your celebrations.

  • The love songs make for the perfect first dance – 80s first dance songs are the best! With huge rock ballads and soulful love songs to choose from, you’ll never regret choosing an 80s classic for your first dance as a married couple.
  • The songs are so eclectic – Only with an 80s playlist will you hear everything from AC/DC to Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston to Run DMC. Most 80s tracks are instantly recognisable and provide the variety you’ll need to give your guests an unforgettable evening.
  • There are some incredible songs from films and TV – Maybe you want to attempt the lift from Dirty Dancing or sing your heart out to Holding Out For A Hero? Movies from this era provided an incredible selection of dance floor fillers.
  • The rock music is iconic – With singalong vocals and extravagant guitar solos, the rock music from the 80s is guaranteed to get your guests belting out the words and whipping our their air guitars!
  • It’s great for everyone – The 80s is the perfect decade to choose music from if you want to please all your guests at the same time. Most people will be happy to dance along to any of the tracks on this list.

So have a listen to some of the songs on the list – who knows? You might find your perfect first dance song, father daughter dance or inspiration for your evening playlist!

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  • 80s Pop Songs
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  • 80s Soul And Motown Songs
  • 80s Disco Songs
  • 80s Rap & Hip-Hop Songs
  • 80s Reggae Songs

  • 80s Pop Songs

    80s pop music tends to be tuneful and great to sing along to – making it ideal for packing out the dance floor at your wedding. This pop-tastic list is filled with everything from romantic 80s first dance songs and upbeat floor-fillers.


    Take On Me – A-Ha

    Forever Young – Alphaville

    Don’t Turn Around – Aswad

    Somewhere In My Heart – Aztec Camera

    Tarzan Boy – Baltimora

    Cruel Summer – Bananarama

    Venus – Bananarama

    Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Belinda Carlise

    Stand By Me – Ben E. King

    (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

    Agadoo – Black Lace

    The Conga – Black Lace

    Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler

    Waiting For A Star To Fall – Boy Meets Girl

    If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cindy Lauper

    Time After Time – Cindy Lauper

    Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club

    Karma Chameleon – Culture Club

    (I Just) Died In Your Arms – Cutting Crew

    Mary’s Prayer – Danny Wilson

    Rhythm Of the Night – De Barge

    Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode

    Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode

    Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

    9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

    Girls On Film – Duran Duran

    Hungry like The Wolf – Duran Duran

    Rio – Duran Duran

    The Reflex – Duran Duran

    The Cutter – Echo and The Bunnymen

    I’m Still Standing – Elton John

    Orinoco Flow – Enya

    A Little Respect – Erasure

    Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen

    Sweet Dreams (Are Made OF This) – Eurythmics

    Rock Me Amadeus – Falco

    Good Thing – Fine Young Cannibals

    She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals

    Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac

    Cars – Gary Numan

    Invisible Touch – Genesis

    Got My Mind Set On You – George Harrison

    Faith – George Michael

    The Heat Is On – Glenn Frey

    Conga – Gloria Estafan

    Get On Your Feet – Gloria Estafan

    The King Of Wishful Thinking – Go West

    We Close Our Eyes – Go West

    I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) – Hall & Oates

    Man Eater – Hall & Oates

    Private Eyes – Hall & Oates

    Rich Girl – Hall & Oates

    You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates

    Do You Believe In Love – Huey Lewis and The News

    Hip To Be Square – Huey Lewis and The News

    Stuck With You – Huey Lewis and The News

    The Power Of Love – Huey Lewis and The News

    Need You Tonight – INXS

    Nasty – Janet Jackon

    We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart

    Steppin’ Out – Joe Jackson

    St Elmo’s Fire – John Parr

    Summer Nights – John Travolta & Olivia Newton John

    We Go Together – John Travolta & Olivia Newton John

    You’re The One That I Want – John Travolta & Olivia Newton John

    Babooshka – Kate Bush

    Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and The Waves

    Footloose – Kenny Loggins

    Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes

    Kids In America – Kim Wilde

    You Keep Me Hanging On – Kim Wilde

    The Locomotion – Kylie Minogue

    La Bamba – Los Lobos

    Our House – Madness

    Express Yourself – Madonna

    Holiday – Madonna

    Into The Groove – Madonna

    Like A Prayer – Madonna

    Material Girl – Madonna

    Double Dutch – Malcolm McClaren

    Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder

    Down Under – Men At Work

    The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats

    Live It Up – Mental As Anything

    Bad – Michael Jackson

    Beat It – Michael Jackson

    Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

    Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson

    Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson

    The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

    Thriller – Michael Jackson

    You Got It (The Right Stuff) – New Kids On The Block

    Blue Monday – New Order

    Physical – Oliva Newton John

    Love Is a Battlefield – Pat Benetar

    She’s Like The Wind – Patrick Swayze & Wendy Fraser

    You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon

    Straight Up – Paula Abdul

    Always On My Mind – Pet Shop Boys

    It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys

    West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys

    Let My Love Open The Door – Pete Townshend

    Easy Lover – Phil Collins

    In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins

    Something Happened On The Way To Heaven – Phil Collins

    Sussudio – Phil Collins

    Two Hearts – Phil Collins

    You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins

    Together In Electric Dreams – Philip Oakley & Giorgio Moroder

    Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.

    Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx

    Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

    Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell

    Smooth Operator – Sade

    Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

    Holding Back The Years – Simply Red

    Money’s Too Tight (To Mention) – Simply Red

    Gold – Spandau Ballet

    TRUE – Spandau Ballet

    Two Of Hearts – Stacey Q

    Higher Love – Steve Winwood

    Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads

    Tell It To My Heart – Taylor Dayne

    Everybody Want’s To Rule The World – Tears For Fears

    Shout – Tears For Fears

    Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles

    Young At Heart – The Bluebells

    Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles

    Drive – The Cars

    Don’t You Want Me – The Human League

    Together In Electric Dreams – Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder

    I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

    It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls

    I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany

    What’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina Turner

    Mickey – Toni Basil

    Dance Hall Days – Wang Chung

    Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung

    Sweet Little Mystery – Wet Wet Wet

    Club Tropicana – Wham!

    Everything She Wants – Wham!

    Freedom – Wham!

    I’m Your Man – Wham!

    Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

    The Only Way Is Up – Yazz

    Owner Of A Lonely Heart – Yes


    80s Rock Songs

    This is the section where you’ll find epic love ballads – perfect for a first dance or bridal entrance song. The rest of the songs are hard-hitting, legendary tracks that your guests will love getting their air guitars out to!


    1999 – Prince

    99 Luftballons – Nena

    Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band

    Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer

    Africa – Toto

    Another One Bites The Dust – Queen

    Any Way You Want It – Journey

    Back In Black – AC/DC

    Bad To The Bone – Geroge Thorogood & The Destroyers

    Be Good To Youself – Journey

    Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen

    Call Me – Blondie

    Centerfold – The J. Geils Band

    Cherry Bomb – The Runaways

    Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

    Crazy Train – Ozzy Ozbourne

    Cum On Feel The Noize – Slade

    Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen

    Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins

    Don’t Get Me Wrong – The Pretenders

    Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

    Dude (Looks Like A Lady) – Aerosmith

    Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks

    Every Breath You Take – The Police

    Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police

    Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor

    Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty

    Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen

    Here I Go Again On My Own – Whitesnake

    Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benetar

    I Love Rock ‘N Roll – Joan Jett & Thye Blackhearts

    I Ran (So Far Away) – Flock Of Seagulls

    I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow

    I Want To Break Free – Queen

    I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner

    I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

    It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me – Billy Joel

    Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield

    Jump – Van Halen

    Just Like Heaven – The Cure

    Kiss – Prince

    Let’s Dance – David Bowie

    Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

    Listen To Your Heart – Roxette

    Little Red Corvette – Prince

    Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

    Love Shack – The B-52s

    Modern Love – David Bowie

    Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship

    Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger

    Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses

    Poison – Alice Cooper

    Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

    Purple Rain – Prince

    Raspberry Beret – Prince

    Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

    Rock The Casbah – The Clash

    Rock You Like A Hurricane – Scorpions

    Roxanne – The Police

    Run To You – Bryan Adams

    Separate Ways – Journey

    Should I Stay Or Should I Go – The Cure

    Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

    Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones

    Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones

    Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams

    Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

    Tainted Love – Soft Cell

    Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money

    The Final Countdown – Europe

    The Look – Roxette

    The Tide Is High – Blondie

    Under Pressure – Queen ft. David Bowie

    Walk Of Life – Dire Straits

    Walk this Way – Run DMC ft. Aerosmith

    We Built this City – Starship

    We Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel

    We Got The Beat – The Go-Gos

    Welcome To the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses

    What I Like About You – The Romantics

    When Doves Cry – Prince

    You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi

    You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

    You’re The Voice – John Farnham

    Your Love – The Outfield


    80s Soul And Motown Songs

    Playing this genre of 80s music is a sure-fire way to get your guests singing along. With everything from Chaka Khan to Billy Joel, these soulful 80s wedding songs will get your guests belting out the words and partying hard.


    Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car – Billy Ocean

    Piano Man – Billy Joel

    Tell Her About It – Billy Joel

    Uptown Girl – Billy Joel

    When The Going Gets Tough – Billy Ocean

    Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan

    I Feel For You – Chaka Khan

    Lady (You Bring Me Up) – Commodores

    Dancing In The Street – David Bowie, Mick Jagger

    Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Deneice Williams

    Chain Reaction – Diana Ross

    I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross

    She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer

    Loco in Acapulco – Four Tops

    Fame – Irene Cara

    Flashdance (What A Feeling) – Irene Cara

    I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown

    Living In America – James Brown

    All Night Long – Lionel Ritchie

    Dancing On the Ceiling – Lionel Ritchie

    Never Too Much – Luther Vandross

    Xanadu – Olivia Newton John

    Super Freak – Rick James

    Cuddly Toy – Roachford

    Master Blaster – Stevie Wonder

    Breakout – Swing Out Sister

    Can You Feel It – The Jacksons

    Boy From New York City – The Manhattan Transfer

    I’m In The Mood For Dancing – The Nolans

    I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters

    Jump (For My Love) – The Pointer Sisters

    The Best – Tina Turner

    How Will I Know – Whitney Houston

    I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

    Teardrops – Womack & Womack


    80s Disco Songs

    If there’s one genre of music that was designed to dance to, it’s disco. You can’t go wrong choosing some of these 80s disco songs if you want everyone to have a good time!


    Upside Down – Diana Ross

    Let’s Groove – Earth, Wind And Fire

    Give Me The Night – George Benson

    Give It Up – KC & The Sunshine Band

    Feels Like I’m In Love – Kelly Marie

    Celebration – Kool & The Gang

    Get Down On It – Kool & The Gang

    Gloria – Laura Branigan

    Dance Yourself Dizzy – Liquid Gold

    Maniac – Michael Sembello

    A Night To Remember – Shalamar

    Working My Way Back To You – The Spinners


    80s Rap & Hip Hop Songs

    A mixture of practically every genre, 80s Hip Hop is a super-fun way to get your friends and family up and dancing. We guarantee that choosing some of these tracks will get your guests requesting even more!

    Fight For Your Right – Beastie Boys

    Word Up – Cameo

    The Adventures of Grand Master Flash On The Wheels Of Steel – Grand Master Flash and The Furious 5

    The Breaks – Kurtis Blow

    It’s Like That – Run DMC

    It’s Tricky – Run DMC

    Push It – Salt N Pepa

    Apache – The Sugarhill Gang

    Rappers Delight – The Sugarhill Gang

    Funky Cold Medina – Tone Loc

    Bust A Move – Young MC


    80s Reggae Songs

    Bob Marley might have sadly passed away in 1981 but his legacy has lived on and your guests will adore hearing these reggae tracks!


    One Love – Bob Marley

    Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

    Electric Avenue – Eddie Grant

    Red Red Wine – UB40

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    We hope you love our 80s wedding songs and have found some inspiration for your playlist, first dance or daytime entertainment! From everyone here at Entertainment Nation, we’d like to offer to offer you our heartiest congratulations and good luck with your big day!

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