Miami Vice Wedding Cocktail Hour

March 30, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

miami_vice_wedding_playlistMiami Vice is an iconic television series of the 1980s. The show, which ran from 1984-1989, drew heavily upon New Wave culture and music. The show became noted for its heavy integration of music and visual effects to tell a story. 327 songs were used over the course of the show’s 109 episodes. Michael Mann, the executive producer of the television series, went on to direct a film adaptation of Miami Vice that was released in 2006.

Our playlist includes a mixture of original songs from Miami Vice and our own picks that channel the vibe of Vice and Miami. Genres featured include 80s/New Wave, classic rock, house music, Latin styles and hip hop. This playlist could be particularly welcome at a summer beach wedding, or for a bride-groom who love the 80s! Towards the bottom of this article, check out a free, one hour Miami Vice dance mix by DJ Gregg Ambient!

Ambient DJ continues its tradition of selecting a signature cocktail for each wedding cocktail hour playlist. During the course of their undercover work, we can imagine Detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs sipping on Cuba Libres. View the recipe for this signature drink by clicking here.

Miami Vice Cocktail Hour Playlist – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

Miami Vice Theme – Jan Hammer (soundtrack)
You Belong to the City – Glenn Frey
Broken Wings – Mr. Mister
You Wear it Well – DeBarge
Jump (For My Love) – The Pointer Sisters
Glamorous Life – Sheila E.
Smuggler’s Blues – Glenn Frey
Dirty Laundry – Don Henley
Everybody – Madonna
What You Need – INXS
Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
Lives in the Balance – Jackson Browne
Better Be Good to Me – Tina Turner
Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed
White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
Cocaine – Eric Clapton
Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
Conga – Miami Sound Machine
Cuba – Gibson Brothers
La Vida Es Un Carnaval – Celia Cruz (salsa)
Aguanile – Marc Anthony (salsa)
Dark Beat – Oscar G. & Ralph Falcon (Tribal House)
Miami – Oscar G. (House)
Just Another Day (George Acosta Remix) – Jon Secada (Dance/Trance)
Miami (2014 DJ Vice Remix) – DJ Vice
White Lines – Grandmaster Flash (old school rap)
Push It – Rick Ross (hip hop)
Crockett’s Theme – Jan Hammer (electronic)
Missing You – John Waite
Waiting for a Girl Like You – Foreigner
In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins
One of These Mornings – Moby f/ Patti LaBelle
Post-Modern Sleaze – Sneaker Pimps

To read a detailed “Wiki” file on all of the music of Miami Vice, click here.
The Miami Vice Sessions – Volume 1 by Dj Gregg Ambient on Mixcloud

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.
About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is a full-service mobile NJ DJ entertainment company based in Central New Jersey that specializes in wedding DJ entertainment. Ambient DJ is a 2013 winner of the Knot Best of Weddings award as well as of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award. We have a deep passion for the music that we play and enjoy collaborating with our brides and grooms to create unforgettable parties! For more info and to read our wedding reviews, visit us on the web at

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