As I was putting together the list of songs for this cocktail hour playlist idea, I thought back to another fairly recent blog posted that went up back in August about the ultimate "Yacht Rock" cocktail hour playlist. Yacht rock artists were a select few, but some of them were also in pretty heavy rotation on AM and FM soft rock stations back then. Your cocktail hour playlist at your Charleston area wedding is really only limited by your imagination. It can sound however you like it to be. Ideas for your cocktail hour mood and vibe are infinite. It will continue to be my goal that this blog will become the preeminent source for Charleston brides here locally as well as destination brides as they think about the perfect playlist and music for their wedding.
1. "Drift Away" | Dobie Grey | 1973
The biggest song of Dobie Grey's career was released in the winter of 1973 and went all the way to the Top 5 on the Billboard charts. Michael Bolton and Rod Stewart, as well as The Rolling Stones have covered the song.
2. "Lean On Me" | Bill Withers | 1972
The only number 1 song for Bill Withers hit the airwaves in the spring of 1972. The song also made Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. Back in 1987, it was covered by the 80s group Club Nouveau.
3. "Midnight At The Oasis" | Maria Muldaur | 1974
The winter of 1974 saw this song warm our hearts and thinking of an affair in some hot desert. You can find the song on Maria Muldaur's self titled release. Midnight At The Oasis was her biggest song reached the Billboard Top 10.
4. "Easy" | The Commodores | 1977
This song is so chill that I am getting even more and more relaxed as I finish writing this blog post. :) It hit Number 1 on the R&B charts for good reason, and it'll sound good on your cocktail hour playlist.
5. "Summer Breeze" | Seals & Crofts | 1972
If you were around in the summer of 1972, you remember this song all over the radio. You can add this song to your cocktail hour playlist at your summer wedding out at Kiawah Island or Seabrook.
6. "Baker Street" | Gerry Rafferty | 1978
Released in the winter of 1978, this song probably appears on most 70s playlists on Spotify and Pandora. It reached #2 and you can either add the album version at nearly 6 minutes to your playlist, or shorten things a tad by playing the single.
7. "Reminiscing" | The Little River Band | 1978
The summer of 1978 was huge for this band from Australia and this song would eventually receive a radio award for 5 million spins.
8. "Colour My World" | Chicago | 1971
This song was actually first released in 1970 to their other hit "Make Me Smile", but then was released again in the summer of 1971 where it hit the Top 10. Played at lots of Charleston weddings, this song will get the dancing underway.
9. "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" | Elvin Bishop | 1976
Mickey Thomas, who would later join Jefferson Starship sang the lead vocals on this #3 song from the spring of 1976. You might remember it from the movie "Boogie Nights" in 1997.
10. "Dreams" | Fleetwood Mac | 1977
Where do I start? First off the spring of 1977 was a magical time in music in America as this song is the second song to break to radio off the mega-selling "Rumours" album. Rumours would go on to become one of the biggest selling ever.
11. "Chevy Van" | Sammy Johns | 1975
The song that celebrated customized Chevrolet vans back in the 1970s. Eric Church recently covered this song that became a hit in 1975.
12. "Your Song" | Elton John | 1970
This track was the B side to the song "Take Me To The Pilot", but radio DJs were turning the 45 over to play "Your Song". The song kicked off a string of hits through out the 70s for Elton John.
13. "Imagine" | John Lennon | 1971
The signature song for John Lennon's solo career reaching all the way to Number 3 on the Billboard charts. If you are into Jack Johnson, be sure to check out his version.
This 70s Soft Rock Cocktail Hour Playlist is just another angle you could take when planning the perfect mix of music for your upcoming Charleston wedding. Perhaps one of these songs will jog your mind and allow you to maybe take another direction. Without any other distractions (videography, photography, photobooth or uplighting), my sole focus is on the music and helping out all my couples determine what they would like to hear at their Charleston wedding. If you are on the fence as to which direction you'd like the music to go at your wedding and need to sit down with a true professional, let us talk soon. One of my favorite things to do is talk music with newly engaged couples about their musical likes and dislikes. Click HERE to tell me about your big day and let's meet soon.