Sunday, 16 April 2017 17:50

25 Soft Rock Hits From The 80s For Dinner At Your Wedding

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80s Soft Rock artist Richard Marx and his beautiful bride Daisy Fuentes on their wedding day in 2015. ` 80s Soft Rock artist Richard Marx and his beautiful bride Daisy Fuentes on their wedding day in 2015. ` Photo by Ross Daniels

The dinner music portion of your afternoon or evening should include non-abrasive music that allows for good conversation and socializing among you and your wedding guests. Your DJ should adjust the volume of the music accoridngly. Brides and grooms tend to go in numerous different directions when it comes to selecting music for this portion of the evening. Some couples go for a light country, or perhaps the tried and true jazz standards like Frank Sinatra or even Motown. Soft rock is a genre that maybe your parents listened to (chuckle), and maybe that's why it's often overlooked when selecting wedding music. Back in the 70s and 80s, there were numerous romantic songs written that are just perfect for dinner at your Charleston wedding at Lowndes Grove, Kiawah, or the Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation.


1. "You're The Inspiration | Chicago
This song was actually written by DAvid Foster and originally the great Kenny Rogers was supposed to sing it, but when Peter Cetera and Chicago got a hold of it in 1984, they turned it into a mega hit, and it might be just perfect for a couple to do their first dance to as well.

2. " Faithfully" | Journey
This song shows up very frequently on wedding playlists around Charleston and is a true gem from the early 1980s. Journey was just inducted into the Rock & Roll Of Hame in 2017 for classics like this. Go ahead, jot this one down. You know you want to.

3. "Take My Breath Away" | Berlin
From the Top Gun soundtrack, "Take me to bed or lose me forever". Sound familiar? Need I say more in regards to this epic 80s makeout song?  If you like, we'll add this terrific track your wedding playlist and we'll lower the lights when it gets played or you and he can step outside and steal a smooch while you overlook the view at the Historic Rice Mill in downtown Charleston.

4. "I Guess That's Why They Called Them The Blues" | Elton John
A light rock classic from Elton John that was released in Britain in April 1983 and climbed all the way to Number 4 in the United States. If you are a military couple, take a look at the video for this song and you'll see why you might want to add it into your dinner music playlist.


5. "Heaven" | Bryan Adams
1985 might have been the biggest in young Bryan Adams' career. It was the year that he released "Reckless", an album that featured "Summer of '69", "Run To You", "Somebody", "It's Only Love (featuring Tina Turner", and this lovely song for every couple who wants to feel as though they are in "Heaven" on their wedding day.


6. "Greatest Love Of All" | Whitney Houston
An incredible ballad early in the career of the late Whitney Houston.  It is a bit long, but can be shortened for dinner or even a first dance.


7. "Bette Davis Eyes" | Kim Carnes
An amazing track by the lovely voice of Kim Carnes that spent 9 weeks at the top of the charts and would sound excellent on your playlist out at Pepper Plantation.


8. "Hungry Eyes" | Eric Carmen
Eric Carmen made a brief comeback in the 80s right around the time of Dirty Dancing hitting the movie theaters. This would be an excellent addition to any dinner music playlist where you might steal a kiss from your significant other. 


9. "The Lady In Red" | Chris Deburgh
An incredibly beautiful song that has certainly been used for a first dance song, but even more often for the dinner music hour. For that one or two women at your wwedding who may wear that red dress to your wedding.


10. "Groovy Kind Of Love" | Phil Collins
Phil Collins covers this 60s classic by the Mindbenders perfectly and the texture will go well with your other dinner music selections.


11. "I Don't Want To Live Without You" | Foreigner
Foreigner morphed into a more soft rock band in the mid to late 80s with some like songs like this after their hard rocking 1970s debut. 

12. "One On One" | Hall & Oates
The softer sounds of Hall & Oates can fit in well during your dinner music time of the evening, especially like this one from the early 80s.

13. "True" | Spandau Ballet
If you are into those "coming of age" movie from the 80s, you know this next song and will most likely throw it into your playlist for the day.  Watch the movie "Sixteen Candles" starring Molly Ringwald if you want to relive the classic movies of the 80s and this song.

14. "Sara" | Starship
This is a given, especially if the bride is named "Sara". An 80s classic that fits perfectly into your dinner music playlist.

15. "She's Got A Way" | Billy Joel
An early 80s classic by the Piano Man is an amazing addition to any wedding dinner mujsic playlist or an excellent choice for your first dance song. Truly beautiful and endearing song.

16. "Right Here Waiting" | Richard Marx
Richard Marx was a hit machine back in the 80s and this track was the second to be released off his album "Repeat Offender" during the summer of 1989. Perfect for your wedding.

17. "Can't Fight This Feeling" | REO Speedwagon
It wouldn't be the 80s without a power ballads and a rather fantastic one to add into your playlist from REO Speedwagon. One of the biggest songs from 1985.

18. "Alone" | Heart
This could be put into the 80s power ballad category (I am going to save that list for a future blog entry). Released in the mid 1980s during a resurgence from their hard-rocking 70s, Ann Wilson's voice still gives me goose bumps on this one. It reached Number 1 in the summer of 1987.

19. "Have I Told You Lately" | Van Morrison
In my opinion, this is one of the greatest love songs ever written. Later covered by Rod Stewart, Van Morrison knocks it out of the park with this classic from 1989.


20. "Penny Lover" | Lionel Richie
A beautiful balld from the great Lionel richie is a great addition to any dinner playlist!


21. "Suddenly" | Billy Ocean
Billy Ocean wrote some great love songs in the 80s and this was a mammoth hit for him. It'd be perfect for your special day.

22. "Wind Beneath My Wings" | Bette Midler
From the movie "Beaches", you know that movie that you and your mom probably cried to as you were growing up? Yep, this is a true soft rock classic from the 80s and could also be used for the Mother / Son Dance.


23. "Broken Wings" | Mr. Mister
A monster classic from 1985 that still sounds so fresh in 2017. 


24. "Everytime You Go Away" | Paul Young
Another great love song from 1985. 


25. "Smooth Operator" | Sade
Sade pops up all over the place when it comes to weddings. Her voice is perfect for any wedding playlist, including yours when you get ready to eat dinner at your reception at the William Aiken House in downtown Charleston.

Well, I hope you enjoyed playing all the songs on this blog post as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you. Hopefully it gave you some ideas on what you'd like to hear during dinner at your upcoming Charleston wedding. Are you ready to sit down and discuss the music for your wedding day? Are you ready to book a true professional wedding DJ? Click HERE to schedule a consultation with Mike and we'll grab a coffee. 

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