Most young couples these days want a wedding list with contemporary songs that are upbeat, or even groovy. But that’s probably not you and your partner, right?
That’s why you’re here, looking for old-school songs to set the mood for your wedding ceremony and move everyone to tears.
Don’t worry if you’re unable to find the right song because I have a list of classics that will be great for your wedding!
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Top 30 Best Vintage Wedding Songs Lists
As all eyes rest upon the beautiful couple in all the segments of the ceremony, vintage romantic songs in classic voices can create a dreamy ambiance for the ceremony.
Check out my favorite vintage wedding songs for your special day!
- “At Last” – Etta James
- “Your Song” – Elton John
- “God Only Knows” – The Beach Boys
- “Crazy Love” – Van Morrison
- “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers
- “Leather And Lace” – Stevie Nicks and Don Henley
- “A Sunday Kind of Love” – Etta James
- “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” – Frankie Vallie
- “Harvest Moon” – Neil Young
- “Cheek To Cheek” – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
- “I Will” – The Beatles
- “I Only Have Eyes For You” – The Flamingos
- “Vienna” – Billy Joel
- “Two Of Us” – The Beatles
- “First Day Of My Life” – Bright Eyes
- “In My Life” – The Beatles
- “La Vie en Rose” – Edith Piaf
- “The Very Thought of You” – Billie Holiday
- “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra
- “Kiss From A Rose” – Seal
- “Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder
- “ You Make My Dreams “ – Hall and Oates
- “Marry Me”– Train
- “ I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
- “ From This Moment On” – Shania Twain
- “ At Last” – Etta James
- “In Your Eyes”– Shania Twain
- “Because You Loved Me” – Celine Dion
- “ Love And Marriage” – Frank Sinatra
- “Black Velvet” – Alannah Myles
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Frequently Asked Questions
Now you know of some of the most beautiful tracks that your wedding DJ or band can play for you. These songs can be great for the first dance, the wedding procession, the couple’s entrance, cake-cutting, the actual ceremony – and what not!
But do you still have questions about old-school wedding songs? Then check out the answers to the commonly asked questions – which I have compiled for you below!
Old School was a box-office hit in America, and Dan Finnerty caught the attention of people with his music. He built quite a unique reputation as he came to be known as a wedding singer with a foul mouth. His performance in Total Eclipse of the Heart led to his reputation.
When the mother and the groom take to the dance floor, they create a beautiful moment. This dance deserves the perfect songs like Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings, Rod Stewart’s Forever Young, John Lennon’s Beautiful Boy, Bruce Springsteen’s If I Should Fall Behind, etc.
When you and your partner dance for the first time at your wedding, you will have all eyes on you. But you will forget that – and only be absorbed by each other. classic songs like At Last by Etta James, Your Song by Elton John, Love and Marriage by Frank Sinatra, etc. are perfect for this dance.
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When the bride dances with her father, is there anyone at the wedding who can hold back their tears? Classics like How Sweet It Is by James Taylor, Unforgettable by Nat King Cole, Always Be Your Baby by Natalie Grant, etc. are the perfect songs for this tear-jerking moment.
The most favorite song for the bride to walk down the aisle to is “Here Comes The Bride” which is the Bridal Chorus from the song Lohengrin. Other old school songs for this moment can be Solomon, HWV 67: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Water Music Suite: Air, Cello Suite No. 1, etc.
If you want to add an old-school charm to your wedding, the timeless classics by Frank Sinatra can be the perfect choice for your playlist. Songs like The Best Is Yet To Come, My Funny Valentine, The Way You Look Tonight, Love Is Here To Stay, All My Tomorrow’s, etc., are ideal for your wedding. 
Elvis Presley has given us songs that are as timeless as eternal love. His music has been a classic favorite at wedding ceremonies for decades. Songs like It’s Now Or Never, Burning Love, Love Me Tender, Come Rain or Come Shine, etc., are perfect for a wedding ceremony. 
When it comes to love songs, one of the most powerful voices is that of Diana Ross. Her songs are classic favorites for wedding ceremonies. Tracks like Endless Love, If We Hold On Together, When You Tell Me That You Love Me, etc., can add magic to your wedding!
Nat “King” Cole’s incredible voice has the power to make you fall in love with love. His songs can capture all the romance in the air at your wedding, too! Tracks like Love Letters, Stardust, When I Fall In Love, Unforgettable, Embraceable You, All For You, etc., are a must for a wedding playlist.
Elton John is considered one of the American icons, and his songs have tugged at the heartstrings of romantics for decades. His songs, Your Song, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Tiny Dancer, The One, and Something About The Way You Look Tonight are classic favorites for weddings.
Billy Joel is a jewel in the crown of American music. Since the sixties, his romantic songs have touched the hearts of people and have since become classics at wedding ceremonies. Songs like Your Song, You’re My Home, She’s Got A Way, etc., are a must for wedding playlists.
Who can deny that the songs by The Beatles are a part of American culture – and they are nothing but classics? Their timeless romantic songs like In My Life, Here Comes The Sun, All You Need Is Love, And I Love Her, I Saw Her Standing There, etc., are perfect wedding songs
If you want to add the old-world magic of 60’s music to capture the purity of love in simpler times, the classic favorites by Bob Dylan can be perfect for you. You can have your wedding band play tracks like Wedding Song, Just Like A Woman, And I Love Him, etc., at your ceremony.
If you are a fan of 60’s music, you know how Cher’s songs are considered classics. For your wedding day, you can pick songs like After All, A Different Kind Of Love, Love So High, Song For You, Fire and Rain, etc., are ideal for your first dance, the walk down the aisle, and more!
The songs you choose for your wedding day do not have to be contemporary – though we admit that modern artists like Taylor Swift, Christina Perri, Ed Sheeran, etc., have given us some of the most beautiful romantic love songs of this generation.
But your heart is set on an old-school ceremony, it’s best to go with classic wedding music. We hope that our suggestions will help you find the right tracks!
- 1. Frank Sinatra’s Top 10 Greatest Songs [Internet]. Playback.fm. Available from: https://playback.fm/lists/frank-sinatra-top-10
- 2. Greene A, Greene A. Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Elvis Presley Songs [Internet]. Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone; 2015. Available from: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/readers-poll-the-10-best-elvis-presley-songs-151994/
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