These songs from the 1980s still stand up to love.
first dance

The '80s will always be remembered for big hair, padded shoulders, and great love songs. (Power ballad, anyone?) If your parents married in this decade, they had plenty of romantic, emotional tunes to choose from for their first dance. Interested in honoring them and the decade with a first dance sung by Peabo, Lionel, Prince, or Sade? Check out these sob-worthy picks.

1. "Endless Love" by Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross (1981)

Sample lyrics:

"Two hearts,
"Two hearts that beat as one
Our lives have just begun…

Forever (Oh)
I'll hold you close in my arms
I can't resist your charms"

2. "Someone Like You" by Van Morrison (1987)

Sample lyrics:

"Someone like you makes it

All worthwhile

Someone like you

Keeps me satisfied

Someone exactly like you."

3. "It Had to Be You" by Harry Connick, Jr. (1989)

Sample lyrics:

"It had to be you
It had to be you
I wandered around and finally found
The somebody who could make me be true"

4. "Sweet Love" by Anita Baker (1986)

Sample lyrics:

"Sweet love hear me callin' out your name
I feel no shame; I'm in love
Sweet love, don't you ever go away
It'll always be this way"

5. "The Rose" by Bette Midler (1980)

Sample lyrics:

"Some say love, it is a river, that drowns the tender reed
Some say love, it is a razor, that leaves your soul to bleed
Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need
I say love, it is a flower, and you, it's only seed."

6. "You're the Inspiration" by Chicago (1984)

Sample lyrics:

"You're the meaning in my life
You're the inspiration
You bring feeling to my life
You're the inspiration
Want to have you near me
I want to have you hear me saying
No one needs you more than I need you"

7. "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack (1983)

Sample lyrics:

"Tonight I celebrate my love for you
It seems the natural thing to do

Tonight no one's gonna find us
We'll leave the world behind us"

8. "Adore" by Prince (1987)

Sample lyrics:

"Baby, yes
Until the end of time
I'll be there for you
You own my heart and mind
I truly adore you"

9. "Your Love is King" by Sade (1984)

Sample lyrics:

"Your love is king
Crown you in my heart
Your love is king
You're the ruler of my heart
Your kisses ring
Round and round and round my head
Touching the very part of me
It's making my soul sing"

10. "Could I Have This Dance?" by Anne Murray (1980)

Sample lyrics:

"Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?

Would you be my partner every night?

When we're together it feels so right

Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?"


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