Dancing Music | 1950’s and 60’s

If you are and your betrothed are fans of the golden oldies, and want the dancing portion of your reception to reflect that, here are some songs for you. The “Favorites” are also included in a previous post, which has the top songs from 1950’s to today, guaranteed to get people on the dance floor. The “+ More” section includes songs that aren’t on that list, but are great tunes from the 50’s and 60’s that people will be sure to enjoy. I’ve also included songs for slow dancing, which are always good to play intermittently throughout the evening. A lot of these songs are also great for dinner music, and even for the ceremony, if you are going the non-classical route.
Twist And Shout – The Beatles
Do You Love Me – The Contours
The Twist – Chubby Checker
I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
Shout – The Isley Brothers
Respect – Aretha Franklin
ABC – Jackson 5
All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
California Girls – The Beach Boys
Dancing In The Street – Martha & The Vandellas
Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
Wild Thing – The Troggs
Gimme Some Lovin’ The Spencer Davis Group
Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Dance To The Music – Sly & The Family Stone
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
I Want You Back – The Jackson Five
+ More!
All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
Kokomo – The Beach Boys
Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops
When I’m Sixty-Four – The Beatles
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Runaround Sue – Dion
Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann
Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
Eight Days A Week – The Beatles
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – The Temptations
Duke Of Earl – Gene Chandler
Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker
I’m A Believer – The Monkees
I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
Peppermint Twist – Joey Dee & The Starliters
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
My Girl – The Temptations
Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
In My Life – The Beatles
I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra
It’s My Party – Lesley Gore
Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles
At The Hop – Danny & The Juniors
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye
Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli
Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin
Surfin’ U.S.A. – The Beach Boys
I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
Lollipop – The Chordettes
Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
Hey Jude – The Beatles
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers
Rockin’ Robin – Bobby Day
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys
La Bamba – Ritchie Valens
Love Me Do – The Beatles
Happy Together – The Turtles
I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Hang On Sloopy – The McCoys
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
With A Little Help From My Friends – The Beatles
You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You – Dean Martin
Let The Good Times Roll – Shirley & Lee
You Can’t Hurry Love – Diana Ross
Fun, Fun, Fun – The Beach Boys
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Baby I Need Your Loving – The Four Tops
Son Of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
Chantilly Lace – The Big Bopper
Chapel Of Love – The Dixie Cups
Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones
Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – The Beatles
I Heard It Through The Grape Vine – Marvin Gaye
Stay – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones
Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
Twistin’ The Night Away – Sam Cooke
The Way You Do The Things You Do – The Temptations
Baby Love – Diana Ross & The Supremes
Yakety Yak – The Coasters
My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
Strangers In The Night – Frank Sinatra
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown
A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters
Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
Stop! In The Name Of Love – The Supremes
You Really Got Me – The Kinks
Let’s Fall In Love – Frank Sinatra
Slow Dance Songs
At Last – Etta James
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Crazy – Patsy Cline
Something – The Beatles
Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles
These Arms Of Mine – Otis Redding
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Everybody Loves Somebody – Dean Martin

If you’d like to give these songs a listen, go check out the “Listen” page – or go straight to the playlist on Spotify.

Jess - June 8, 2011 - 6:05 am

hmmm… SO wish I had this when we were planning our wedding! I absolutely love this era of music. Thank you! :)

denice - June 8, 2011 - 2:24 pm

So glad to have found this site! YAY!!! I will be referencing you a lot!!!

Bree [capitolromance] - June 8, 2011 - 5:21 pm

flippin’ fabulous list of some REALLY amazing tunes. also – I am head over heels in love with the 1950s style. Seriously, I want to get married again just so I can have that last dress!

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