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First Dance Tunes: Wedding Songs from the 1970s

A playlist of classic tunes so you and your spouse can get your groove on.

When it comes to the wedding world, the 1970s is sometimes mocked for the powder-blue tuxedos and feathered hair that ran rampant throughout the decade, but there's one aspect where those years really shined: music.

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When it comes to the wedding world, the 1970s is sometimes mocked for the powder-blue tuxedos and feathered hair that ran rampant throughout the decade, but there's one aspect where those years really shined: music. No, it was not all disco. The '70s were also the peak of what's still considered "classic rock," as well as a time full of Motown and R&B hits.

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Photo by Crystal Stokes Photography; Rentals by Nüage Designs

If you and your future spouse of music lovers, you may want to consider turning back the clock to the 1970s to find the perfect song to play during your first dance. These romantic tunes stand the test of time, so a selection from that era will also represent the staying power of your marriage. 

Ironically, choosing an older song will also keep your first dance from feeling dated when you look back on your wedding video years later. Picking a classic will help give your day a timeless quality desired by so many. Listen to the playlist below to discover the right tune for you. 

"Let's Stay Together" - Al Green

"Lovely Day" - Bill Withers

"First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" - Roberta Flack

"Just the Way You Are" - Billy Joel

"Your Song" - Elton John

"You Are the Sunshine of My Life" - Stevie Wonder

"Nobody Does It Better" - Carly Simon

"You Are So Beautiful" - Joe Cocker

"How Deep is Your Love" - Bee Gees

"This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" - Natalie Cole

"Three Times a Lady" - The Commodores

"Wonderful Tonight" - Eric Clapton

For more song ideas, listen to first dance options from the 1980s and 1990s, and discover more wedding trends from the '70s

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