Whether you like Country, Rock, or R&B, we have a list for you if you like music from 1987. Not only did 1987 feature musicians like Lionel Richie, Randy Travis and, Belinda Carlisle, the year also featured fast and slow tempo wedding songs. Enjoy my list of favorite 1987 wedding songs.
1987 Wedding Songs
The Time of My Life – Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley
September 1987, Dirty Dancing Soundtrack
Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley blend their voices on this wedding classic, the iconic theme from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. It might be the most-played 80s song for wedding festivities, and many couples have used it for a first dance.
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship
January 1987, No Protection
Starship evolved beyond the classic Jefferson Starship lineup to produce multiple hits in the 80s, and this one reached number one on the charts. The song is a celebration of two people joining their hearts to conquer the world.
Just to See Her – Smokey Robinson
March 1987, One Heartbeat
Few musical artists boast the timeless appeal of Smokey Robinson, and the legend lends his smooth vocals to this beautiful love song. “Just to See Her” is a nice choice for those wedding ceremonies where the bride and groom each pick a song to dedicate to their partner.
Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
March 1987, Always & Forever
This was a career-defining hit for Randy Travis, one of country music’s elite superstars. Travis sings about love everlasting and the special commitment that you will make to your chosen one on a memorable day.
To Know Him Is to Love Him – Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris
January 1987, Trio
Three of the best female voices of the century – Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris – soar in this cover of a 1958 hit by The Teddy Bears. The groom will be moved when his bride chooses to make this song a part of the wedding ceremony.
Till I’m Too Old To Die Young – Moe Bandy
February 1987, You Haven’t Heard the Last of Me
This tune by Moe Bandy will be most appreciated by couples that have a strong affinity for traditional country music. It has simple lyrics that express the importance of living life to the fullest, and the two-step dance groove those country songs are known for.
I Really Want to Be Your Man – Roger
Roger Troutman has a distinctive R&B voice that soars on this 1987 soul hit. It has the funky vibe of the era, so most couples will want to save this one for the wedding dinner.
Love Power – Dionne Warwick and Jeffrey Osborne
1987, Reservations for Two
Some couples prefer more classic musical styles when choosing songs for their wedding, and that’s exactly what “Love Power” by Dionne Warwick and Jeffrey Osborne reflects. It’s a song that speaks of love’s transformative qualities and the potential for growth that exists in every newly married couple.
I Live for Your Love – Natalie Cole
November 1987, Everlasting
Natalie Cole is nothing less than musical royalty. Nat King Cole would have been proud of his daughter for recording this sentimental expression of devotion that deserves a place in any wedding celebration.
Lovin’ You – The O’Jays
1987, Let Me Touch You
The O’Jays were known for R&B love songs that explore the many emotions that accompany a life-changing relationship. Dance with your new spouse on this one and think upon how far you are willing to go for the love that you have found.
Heaven Is a Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle
September 1987, Heaven Is a Place on Earth
This song was one of the first solo hits for the Go-Go’s Belinda Carlisle, and it has a moderate beat that made it a dance club favorite in 1987. The lyrics speak about the worth of true love, something that you will be celebrating on your wedding day.
Is This Love – Whitesnake
You might not think of the band Whitesnake when it comes to choosing wedding songs, but the band did have its share of power ballad hits. This song has the advantage of remaining relevant in its sound over the years, so it will fit perfectly on the reception playlist.
Big Love – Fleetwood Mac
March 1987, Tango in the Night
Originally released as the first single from Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night album, the song was later reworked by guitarist Lindsey Buckingham to become one of the band’s live concert highlights. The singer of the song proclaims his eternal devotion to a partner with a promise to give her the big love that she deserves.
The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
November 1987, Bad
The King of Pop Michael Jackson expresses how romantic commitment makes one feel in this 1987 classic. Like most Jackson tunes, this one retains its appeal year after year for couples that are taking that walk down the aisle.
Faith – George Michael
October 1987, Faith
George Michael’s “Faith” is a little on the racy side, but it still conveys all the emotions that will consume you on your wedding day. Most couples have their DJ play it during the reception, but some adventurous partners have found a way to use it during the wedding ceremony recessional.
Always – Atlantic Starr
May 1987, All in the Name of Love
The title of this song by Atlantic Starr is all you need to know about why it is such a perfect wedding song. “Always” is a moving ballad about the fidelity and commitment two people should have for one another if they want a marriage that lasts forever.
That’s What Love Is All About – Michael Bolton
September 1987, The Hunger
Michael Bolton is an artist that many couples choose to include when it comes to wedding songs. Bolton’s soulful rendition of this song is a sweet testimony to the true meaning of forever love, and the song is a nice addition to the selection of processional music.
In My Dreams – REO Speedwagon
1987, Life as We Know It
The power pop ballad was practically perfected by REO Speedwagon in the 1980s with hits like this one. “In My Dreams” features the harmony vocals that the band is known for, and it is suited for slow dancing between couples.
We’ll Be Together – Sting
1987, …Nothing Like the Sun
Sting proved his mettle as a solo performer with this departure from The Police. It has a spicy tempo that is best reserved for the wedding reception, and it might be a perfect song to play during the sendoff.
Make No Mistake, She’s Mine – Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers
June 1987, Heart & Soul
Country legends Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers teamed up on this duet that asserts a man’s love for his chosen one. Grooms will want to add it to the playlist as a fun reminder that the bride is off the market.
Baby’s Got a Hold on Me – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
July 1987, Hold On
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band nailed the feelings that every groom experiences on the wedding day with this hit. It’s a fun way to close the wedding ceremony as a part of a non-traditional recessional for you and your bridal party.
Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison
October 1987, Cloud nine
George Harrison had an amazing career after the breakup of the Beatles, and this hit introduced him to a whole new generation of fans. The simple lyrics and sing-a-long style are something everyone will enjoy at a wedding reception.
Say You Will – Foreigner
December 1987, Inside Information
The legendary Foreigner issues a plea of love in this oft-overlooked choice for 1987 wedding songs. It fits the tone of a day when you are asking a partner to say they will love you for a lifetime.
If you have a favorite 1987 wedding song not on our list, be sure to comment it below. Also, check out our list of the best 80s wedding songs.