Friday, 21 April 2017 17:44

The Best 80s Music Playlist For Charleston Weddings | Part 1

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"Footloose" by Kenny Loggins is an absolute perfect choice to put into your 80s music category at weddings around Charleston. "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins is an absolute perfect choice to put into your 80s music category at weddings around Charleston.

 There is simply no mistaking it, the 80s were full of multiple genres of music. From the pop music of Michael Jackson and Madonna to the synth pop of Animotion and the Pet Shop Boys over to the hairbands with Poison and Bon Jovi.  We cannot forget 80s hip-hop either, as it was huge back then. The 80s were a party. The 80s were fun. The 80s were happy. This is exactly how you want the vibe of your wedding reception to be, so sprinkling in some of your favorites from the 80s is always a great idea. This list is ONLY 50 songs. Feel free to add your own into the mix. I am actually shaking my head right now knowing that I am probably leaving off some big ones, but I'll let you do your research on the 80s and add your favorites in. As one of the best Charleston wedding DJs, I'd like to give 50 of the biggest songs from the 80s that are heard all over Charleston at wedding receptions and private events too. Perhaps I will do a Part 2 with another future blog post. Turn up your speakers and have some fun, by flashing back to the 80s with me.


"Holiday" - Madonna | One of Madonna's signature songs. The perfect song for the bride and her bridesmaids to enter the dance floor and begin a fun non-stop evening of the biggest and most important day of your life. Be sure to add this in for your wedding at the South Carolina Aquarium.

"What I Like About You" | The Romantics | From their self-titled album released in 1980, this track is fast, fun, and still sounds fresh at weddings around Charleston after all these years. You should get your DJ to play it at your Lowndes Grove wedding.

"Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" | Wham 
Still saddened by the death of George michael on Christmas Day in 2016, this song has always been active on wedding playlists, even before Georgie died. It's fun and you simply cannot help but having fun and start dancing when you hear. That is what your wedding is supposed to be. FUN.

"Pour Some Sugar On Me" | Def Leppard
We're coming up on 30 years since it's release. Off their mega hit album "Hysteria". Have your DJ throw this on later in the night for extra fun over at your Daniel Island Club wedding. 

"Funkytown" | Pseudo Echo
An excellent cover you should add into your wedding playlist. But if you would prefer the original, check out the Lipps version.

"Push It" | Salt & Pepa
The first female rap group with a platinum record. One of the best B Sides of the 80s too. A song that crowds of all ages still respond to close to 30 years after it's release.

"Mony Mony" | Billy Idol
Billy Idol took this hit from Tommy James and The Shondells and turned it up a notch and made all sorts of weddings move, shake and have loads of fun. Add it into your playlist at your Historic Rice Mill wedding reception.

"Thriller" | Michael Jackson
Anytime that Michael Jackson is added to the playlist you know it's going to be an excellent time, because even though he died in 2009, his music will live on forever at wedding receptions all around Charleston.

"Let's Groove" | Earth, Wind & Fire
Earth, Wind & Fire remains a constant on most wedding playlists. Don't forget to go back to the 70s a little too and add in "September" for your Pepper Plantation wedding reception

"Walk This Way" | Run DMC
Their collaboration with Aerosmith on this track is a huge hit at Lowcountry weddings. Get your DJ to add it in for you on your playlist. I will gladly get it played for you.

"It's Tricky" | RUN DMC
80s rap at it's finest with this track. These guys are the kings of 80s rap. You cnanot go wrong at your Harborside East Wedding Reception with this classic.

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" | Whitney Houston
I've seen all people get on the dance floor with this classic from the late Whitney Houston. Grandmas and grandpas included too. 

"Footloose" | Kenny Loggins
An infectious desire to dance like Kevin Bacon comes over a lot of folks when I throw this song on.  It's always a hit. Throw it on your playlist as you get ready for your Seabrook Island Club wedding.

 "Mickey" | Toni Basil
This cheerleader classic from the early 80s still has legs and gets the crowd pumped. Toni Basil surged to Number 2 with this gem.

 "Just Like Heaven" | The Cure
An 80s classic for those prefer an alternative and underground Goth vibe to portions of their wedding reception over at the William Aiken House.

"Rio" - Duran Duran
Her name is "Rio and she dances on the sand. Might be a perfect selection for your wedding reception over on the beach on Folly. 

"Like A Prayer" | Madonna
Another absolute classic by Madonna that gets folks moving on the dance floor. I like ramping things up a tad and throwing on the Shep Pettibone remix. Look it up and I will get it thrown on for you.

"Your Love" | The Outfield
This 80s hit from 1986 is a song that you can crank up and sing along with. Write it down now for your reception over at the Cooper River Room.

"You Make My Dreams Come True" | Hall & Oates
One of the many songs from Hall & Oates you might find yourself adding to your playlist. This one is perfect for the bridal party introduction. Add it into your playlist for your wedding reception at the Cotton Dock over at Boone Hall.

"Let's Go All The Way" | Sly Fox
Throw this song on late in your wedding reception over at the Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation and your crowd will erupt in a frenzy of fun.

"Come On Eileen" | Dexy's Midnight Runners
I'm not sure what gets into people when I throw this track on, but if you watch the video to this song, your wedding guests tend to mimic the people in it. Come on, you know you want to write it down on your playlist.

"The Safety Dance" | Men Without Hats
Another one of those songs where your guests are likely to begin mimicking the people in this video. Its an early 80s classic that gets thrown into the mix plenty.

"Word Up' | Cameo
Word Up is a great track for the crowd and if you'd like to go a little deeper in the Cameo catalog, try "Candy" by Cameo for your garter toss. 

 "Wild Thing" | Tone Loc
Old school 80s hip hop will always be an excellent choice. Throwing this track on is highly recommended for your Alhambra Hall wedding receptions in Mt Pleasant.

"Hangin Tough" | New Kids On The Block
See my blog post from last week about boy bands on your wedding playlist. This one should also be on that list, but it's here instead. So why don't you go ahead and get it into your wedding playlist right now.

"(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right To Party" | Beastie Boys
An excellent choice to really get the party started at your wedding reception over at Wild Dunes.  Great energy

"Take Me Home Tonight" | Eddie Money
A beautiful dance from the mid 80s designed for your wedding reception over at the Legare Waring House. Add it to your list now.

"Dancing In The Dark" | Bruce Springsteen
A great way to transition from dinner into dancing with this track by the Boss.

"Everybody Have Fun Tonight" | Wang Chung
The title of this song is a great way to think of your wedding night. Write this one down. I promise you will not be disappointed. FUN.

"Just A Friend" | Biz Markie
If this song gets thrown on toward the end of the night, it's pretty much a given that everybody will sing along to it. 

"Talk Dirty" | Poison
If you are gonna throw some Bon Jovi into your wedding playlist, you might as throw some Poison in there too.  

"Summer Of '69" | Bryan Adams
Another wedding reception favorite in Charleston. Plese add it into your playlist now. :)

"Karma Chameleon" | Culture Club
Culture Club sounds awesome at weddings all around the Lowcountry, epsecially during your cocktail hour, because it's fun and chill.

"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" | Dead Or Alive
This dance classic from 1985 is pretty much guaranteed to get all your friends acting goofy and fun out on the dance floor. I'll throw it in toward the end of the night for you.

"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" | Cyndi Lauper 
One of the most requested songs for the bouquet toss. It's perfect for all your single girls to fight over your bouquet.

"Electric Avenue" | Eddy Grant
Another great one from 1983 that is a constant request at a lot of weddings at Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing.

"Relax" | Frankie Goes To Hollywood
I really don't have too much to say about this song only that you should add it into your "perfect" playlist, and I'll play it about 9:45pm if your reception is fixing to wrap up around 10. It'll be perfect.

"The Power Of Love" | Huey Lewis & The News
This is a happy go lucky song off the Back To The Future soundtrack that is awesome to use for bridal party introductions to your wedding reception.

"Jack & Diane" | John Mellencamp
The biggest hit for John Mellencamp, who actually called himself John Cougar at the time. A great sing-a-long song for you and your guests.

"Don't Stop Believin" | Journey
Always a crowd pleaser. One of the biggest sing-a-long songs from the 80s at Charleston weddings, and especially out at Kiawah Resort.

"Sexual Healing" | Marvin Gaye
Released a few years before his untimely death in 1984, this track is perfect for a slow dance to cool your guests off, or maybe heat things up for some extracurricular activities after the wedding reception.

"Another One Bites The Dust" | Queen
The infectious bass line of this track is just one of the many reasons you should add it into the 80s music portion of your wedding playlist.

"Let The Music Play" | Shannon
An epic dance hit in any club in 1984, this track is sure to get dance floor moving and grooving at your wedding at the Wickliffe house in downtown Charleston.

"The Look" | Roxette
I sure love me some Roxette. They were a hit making machine back in the late 80s and early 90s. You might throw this song on during your bachelorette party weekend when you and your bridesmaid are out in the limo and on the town,

 "Baby Don't Forget My Number" | Milli Vanilli
Lip synch controversy or not, this pop duo from Germany created some incredibly catchy pop music in the late 80s and early 90s. This one is one of my personal favorites, but also feel free to add in "Girl You Know It's True"

 "It's Raining Men" | The Weather Girls
An excellent choice if your are planning on doing a bouquet toss at your wedding reception over at one of my favorite venues, Middleton Place.

 "Take On Me" | A-Ha
Pretty much a given on the 80s music section of recent wedding playlists.

 "Catch Me I'm Falling" | Pretty Poison
I really need to do a post about 80s One Hit wonders, because this song would be on there, and goes forgotten. Crank it up when you play thus You Tube, but more importantly, don't forget to add it to your playlist.

"Let's Dance" | David Bowie
An excellent song to get the "dancing" to begin at your wedding over at The Veranda at Magnolia Plantation. Put it on your list right now.

"Obsession" | Animotion
Featured on Grand Theft Auto and also at your wedding over at Boals Farm in Mt Pleasant. 80s synth pop at it's finest.

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And there you have it. 50 hand-selected tracks from the 80s that tend to rock weddings all around Charleston. Are you enjoying the content on this blog?  Thank you very much for making it to the end of this post.  Are you just recently engaged and are in the preliminary stages of searching for your DJ? You should book your Charleston wedding venue first, then your DJ. I'd love to sit down with you and discuss the music for your upcoming wedding ceremony and reception.  Click HERE to schedule a consultation and let's grab coffee soon so I can save your date. I am available via phone for a call, or we can even do a Skype or Facetime to discuss your big day.

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