Classic Rock Love Songs – Podcast E86

Podcast Episode 86

spotify-podcast-badge Apple-Podcasts Matt talks about popular classic rock love songs to play on your wedding day – as a first dance, during the ceremony, as a slow dance song, or to accent a moment like cutting the wedding cake.

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All right let’s talk about Classic Rock love songs. These are Classic Rock songs from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Before that time I would consider being oldies and newer then that would be more modern, and as time progresses you could say that the 2000s could be considered classic but only time will give that presence. On our website, I do have a list of 60 top Classic Rock songs that you can check out by searching for Classic Rock songs on the website. While you are there make sure you sign up for our monthly newsletter of all the new wedding songs released in the previous month, plus what is trending. That way you get an idea of what songs are popular that maybe you have forgotten about for a little while.

Now, of course, I am not going to be covering all 60 songs because that would really bore you to death, but let’s go ahead and get started with the first song by U2 and “All I Want Is You”. U2 is one of the greatest bands of all time from Ireland. This song has the lyrics…But all the promises we make, From the cradle to the grave, When all I want is you. Kind of a lovey-dovey song that you can have. Another legendary Classic Rock band is Led Zepplin with their song “All My Love”. I think that a lot of people forget about this song. Lyrics include…His is the force that lies within, Ours is the fire, all the warmth we can find, He is a feather in the wind, All of my love. There are quite a few Bon Jovi songs that I could have selected, but I preferred the song “Always” released in 1994 on their album Cross Road, with the lyrics…‘Til the heavens burst and the words don’t rhyme, And I know when I die, you’ll be on my mind, And I’ll love you, always.

From the Hair Band era we have Styx with “Babe” in 1979, and also “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon in 1984 was a very popular love song. Lyrics included…I’ve forgotten what I started fighting for, It’s time to bring this ship into the shore, And throw away the oars, forever. A very popular love song that was covered by Brian McKnight, and many other artists, is “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison in 1970, with the lyrics…Take away my trouble, take away my grief, Take away my heartache, in the night like a thief, She gives me love, love, love, love, crazy love. You know, everybody thinks of “Every Breath You Take” by The Police, but that is really like a stalking song so not a very good wedding song. Instead, you may consider “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” with the lyrics…I resolved to call her up, A thousand times a day, And ask her if she’ll marry me. This song is a mid-tempo song so it is one you can have during the dancing part, even during the cocktail hour or just to keep the mood up.

“Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” by Poison in 1988 with the lyrics…Just like every night has its dawn, Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song, Every rose has its thorn. The next two songs are very popular first dance songs. One of my best friends had it at his wedding. It is “Everything I Do I Do It For You” by Brian Adams, and “Faithfully” by Journey with those famous lyrics…And lovin’ a music man, Ain’t always what it’s supposed to be, Oh girl you stand by me, I’m forever yours, faithfully. Another very popular love song, released in 1989, is “Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison. It was covered by Rod Stewart and include the lyrics…Have I told you lately that I love you, Have I told you there’s no one else above you, You fill my heart with gladness.

Motley Crue’s song “Home Sweet Home” released in 1985 is a great love ballad. Lyrics include…Long and winding road, I’m on my way, I’m on my way, Home sweet home. Talk about sweet, next up is James Taylor’s song “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” from 1975. This is a popular cake-cutting song as well. I consider the next song as one of the greatest of all time and a perfect love song. Released in 1998, Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” from the movie Armageddon, with the lyrics…The sweetest dream will never do, I’d still miss you, babe, And I don’t want to miss a thing. It is funny, today is November 30th, the last day of the month so we just sent out our newsletter and one of the songs on the list is a song that is trending. By Foreigner, we have “I Want To Know What Love Is”. Released in 1984 lyrics include…I wanna know what love is, I want you to show me, I wanna feel what love is.

There is a bunch of Bruce Springsteen fans everywhere and his slow ballad “I’m On Fire” is a little risque but it is a song that you could play. From the movie Say Anything, everyone remembers John Cusack holding up the boom-box to this song, “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel. Lyrics include…In your eyes, The light, the heat (in your eyes), I am complete. This next song, released in 1977, was recently covered by Chris Stapleton. “Joy Of My Life” by John Fogerty includes the lyrics…I am the luckiest man alive, And did I tell you, baby, You are the joy of my life. Firehouse had a couple of love ballads, and I selected “Love Of A Lifetime” with the lyrics…A love to last my whole life through, I finally found the love of a lifetime, Forever in my heart. Probably the most prominent ballad in the Eagles’ discography is “Love Will Keep Us Alive” from 1994. Lyrics include…Now I’ve found you, There’s no more emptiness inside, When we’re hungry, Love will keep us alive.

I have seen this song trending a few times on TikTok. It is “Make It With You” by Bread from 1970. If you are looking for an acoustic song to play, “More Than Words” by Extreme in 1990 with love lyrics…More than words, Is all I ever needed you to show, Then you wouldn’t have to say, That you love me, ‘Cause I’d already know. The heavy metal song “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica in 1991, there are a lot of great covers of this as well if you are afraid of offending anybody. One of the best love songs on the list, which has been covered multiple times, is Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 song “Songbird”. Lyrics include…And the songbirds keep singing Like they know the score, And I love you, I love you, I love you. For the softer, more contemporary sound, “The Search Is Over” by Survivor in 1984. Lyrics include I can see forever, The search is over, You were with me all the while.

It is funny, my nephew got married last year and this next song was his first dance song. “Time In A Bottle” by Jim Croce with the lyrics…If words could make wishes come true, I’d save every day like a treasure, and then, Again, I would spend them with you. One of my favorite artists of all time, Bob Seager, 1978, released “We’ve Got Tonight”. “Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones in 1971 will take you back with the lyrics…No sweeping exit, Or offstage lines, Could make me feel bitter, Or treat you unkind, Wild horses, Couldn’t drag me away. Another very popular slow song to play at weddings is “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton with the lyrics…I feel wonderful, Because I see the love light in your eyes, And the wonder of it all, Is that you just don’t realize how much I love you. I am going to close out with “Your Song” by Elton John from 1970 with my favorite quote…I hope you don’t mind, That I put down in the words, How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.

So there you have it, a few Classic Rock Love songs you can add to your wedding day playlist. You can check out the complete list of 60 songs on our website While you are there make sure you sign up for our monthly newsletter, called the Music Letter, of all the new wedding songs released in the prior month plus all the trending songs. This is the first podcast of December and in two weeks I am going to be covering, for the first time ever, Reggae songs! Thanks for listening and gave a great day!

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