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15 Dreamy First Dance Songs from the 1980s

Go back in time for your wedding with these throwback tunes.

Many of the great love songs of the ‘80s were used in the soundtracks of classic films, such as Top Gun, Sixteen Candles, Dirty Dancing, and Say Anything. If you have a connection to one of these films, the respective song could be a great choice.

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The 1980s are usually thought of as a decade of excess, especially in regards to the wild colors used in the fashion of the time. When people think of weddings of the ‘80s, the word “big” comes to mind – especially big hair and sleeves. And while there certainly isn’t a shortage of fun, upbeat dance songs from the 1980s for the reception, the idea of a slower romantic tune for the first dance is not an idea that immediately comes to mind for many people. 

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However, it’s a better option than you might think. For one, many couples getting married today have parents who were married in the decade. You and your spouse could have your first dance to the same tune as your parents and start a tradition that could go for generations! Many of the great love songs of the ‘80s were used in the soundtracks of classic films, such as Top Gun, Sixteen Candles, Dirty Dancing, Endless Love, An Officer and a Gentleman, and Say Anything. If you and your beloved have a connection to one of these films, the respective song could be a great choice. 

Take a look at 15 first dance song ideas from the 1980s below:

"Take My Breath Away" - Berlin

"Islands in the Stream" - Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers

"Open Arms" - Journey

"Eternal Flame" - The Bangles

"You're the Inspiration" - Chicago

"True" - Spandau Ballet

"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

"I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" - New Kids on the Block

"Time After Time" - Cyndi Lauper

"Faithfully" - Journey

"Lovesong" - The Cure

"If You Were Here" - Thompson Twins

"In Your Eyes" - Peter Gabriel

"You Make My Dreams Come True" - Hall & Oates

"Up Where We Belong" - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

For more ideas, discover the perfect playlist for your summer wedding and find first dance songs from the 1990s if that decade is more your style. 

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