The 70s Soft Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour

May 18, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

miller_high_life_popular_science_april_1970In the midst of the disco craze and stadium rock bands of the era, the 1970s also featured a wealth of pleasing and mellower fare – we’ll call it “soft rock.” The playlist that follows – curated by our DJ Iron Mike – compiles the best sounds of the decade. Remember bands like Steely Dan, America, Chicago, Ambrosia and England Dan & John Ford Coley? Iron Mike does!

Ambient DJ continues its tradition of selecting a signature drink for each wedding cocktail hour playlist. The 1970s was a simpler era that pre-dated craft beers and fancy cocktails. Thus, we’ve selected Miller High Life (aka, “The Champagne of Beers”) as the accompany signature “cocktail” to this playlist. Most likely served from an aluminum can!

The 1970s Soft Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist – Compiled by DJ Iron Mike

You’re The Only Woman – Ambrosia
I’d Really Love to See You Tonight – England Dan and John Ford Coley
Magnet & Steel – Walter Egan
Over My Head – Fleetwood Mac
Your Smiling Face – James Taylor
Lights (City by the Bay) – Journey
So Into You – Atlanta Rhythm Section
Couldn’t Get it Right – Climax Blues Band
Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
Fallin’ In Love – Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
Ventura Highway – America
Anticipation – Carly Simon
You’re My Best Friend – Queen
Beginnings – Chicago
I wanna get next to you – Rose Royce
Don’t You worry about a Thing – Stevie Wonder
All Day Music – War
Never Been to Spain – Three Dog Night
It Never Rains in Southern California – Albert Hammond
Dancing in the Moonlight – King Harvest
Brandy – Looking Glass (Note: this band hails from New Brunswick NJ!)
Peg – Steely Dan
Rock Me Gently – Andy Kim
Low Down – Boz Scaggs
Reminiscing – Little River Band
Summer, Highland Falls – Billy Joel
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard – Paul Simon
Sweet Seasons – Carole King

Recap of Previous Cocktail Hour Playlists

Here are our prior submissions:

Alternative Rock Cocktail Hour, Craft Beer (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Quintessentially Mixed Cocktail Hour, Long Island Iced Tea (DJ AQ). Click here.
Good Vibes Cocktail Hour, Pina Colada (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
Head to Shoulder Dip Cocktail Hour, Hairy Navel (DJ Gary G). Click here.
Retro Soul Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Havana Coconut Martini (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Smooth Sail Cocktail Hour, Malibu Bay Breeze (DJ Mike K). Click here.
Back to the Eighties Cocktail Hour, Midori Sour (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Beach Themed Cocktail Hour, Red Stripe Beer (DJ Spinz). Click here.
Classic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Tanqueray & Tonic (DJ Garrett B.). Click here.
International Excursions Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sangria (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Country Wedding Cocktail Hour, Manhattan (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Crooner Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jack Daniels on the Rocks w/Splash of Water (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Chanteuse Wedding Cocktail Hour, White Lady (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
TV Theme Songs Wedding Cocktail Hour, Coca-Cola with a side of Popcorn (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Christmas Wedding Cocktail Hour, Eggnog (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby Wedding Cocktail Hour, Rum Punch for a Crowd (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Classic R&B Wedding Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Blue Ocean (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
James Bond Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vesper Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Valentines Wedding Cocktail Hour, Godiva Chocolate Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Miami Vice Wedding Cocktail Hour, Cuba Libre (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The “Super Happy Hour” Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Bob Marley (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Brazilian Wedding Cocktail Hour, Caipirinha (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The New Jersey Homegrown Wedding Cocktail Hour, Boat Beer (Microbrew) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The French Connection Wedding Cocktail Hour, 2010 Canon-la-Gaffeliere (Bordeaux) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Disco Love Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sloe Gin Fizz (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Super Funky Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour, Funky Cold Medina (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Acid Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour, Gimlet (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
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Ambient DJs’ Founder and President, Gregg Hollmann, is a leader in the wedding and events industry. With formal musical training on several instruments, Gregg is known for his creative mixing and chameleon-like ability to play in different musical styles. His musical knowledge allows him to excel in environments ranging from elegant wedding receptions to convivial dance parties. A graduate of the College of New Jersey, he holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. He enjoys working with clients and personalizing events to their tastes. An industry leader, Gregg has served as President of the East Coast’s premier professional disc jockey organization, the New Jersey Disc Jockey Network for the past three years. He is the author of The Bride’s Guide to Selecting the Perfect Wedding DJ available on Amazon.com.


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