58 Songs to Say Happy Anniversary

Updated on March 12, 2020
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Celebrate your love, commitment, and time together as a couple with an anniversary playlist that tells your partner you'd choose them all over again.
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Tell Them You'd Choose Them All Over Again

I was 21 when my husband first beamed a grin my way. His smile was so wide that it almost broke his face. He was all filled up on "happy," and I knew I needed that in my life. We waited several years to get married, and our relationship has since been an adventure of

  • raising a daughter and house full of rescue cats together
  • struggling with my multiple sclerosis
  • traveling the world, from Europe to Peru
  • changing jobs and moving, and
  • dealing with daily life.

Although a couple of years threatened to almost sink us, thankfully, love, commitment, and sometimes simple inertia saw us through. We often tell one another that we have history together. (It'll be 25 years of married history this year!) Based on our shared experience, I've come to be a big believer in the following piece of advice by author H. Jackson Brown, Jr., "Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery."

If you are celebrating an anniversary with your partner, make an anniversary playlist that honors your love relationship and expresses thanks for being there. We have a long list of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs to start you off.

1. "Have I Told You Lately" by Rod Stewart

Although Northern Irish musician Van Morrison originally wrote this love ballad as a prayer and won a Grammy for it, Rod Stewart's 1993 rendition made the soft rock tune internationally famous. The song's narrator earnestly expresses gratitude that his sweetheart has blessed his life, making his journey through this world more joyful. With lightness and laughter, his lover has chased the darkness from his life. She offers him comfort and hope, easing his troubles.

2. "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran

If you marry the right person, you can fall in love with them repeatedly over your years together. This soul-tinged pop song from 2014 features a man who is happily attached and looking forward to waltzing into his sunset years with his one and only. While their bodies will eventually falter and their minds will dull with age, he knows that their hearts will beat strong for one another and their touch will bring a knowing comfort. The narrator thinks out loud that together they have found forever.

Written about then-girlfriend Athina Andrelos, the song became an international hit and won Ed Sheeran a Grammy Award. Their relationship didn't last, however, and in 2019 he married his childhood sweetheart.

3. "Look at Us" by Vince Gill

In a way, this sentimental ditty is as awkward it is touching. Country music star Vince Gill wrote the 1991 hit to honor his marriage to his wife Janis. While "Look at Us" ended up being the Country Music Television (CMT) Song of the Year, the bad news was that the marriage ended just a few years later. Gill subsequently married Christian singer Amy Grant.

In the song, a husband tenderly reflects upon the years he and his wife have spent together. Proudly describing their union as true love, he references her beauty, his unremitting attraction to her, and how they will go down in the history books as an example for other couples:

Chances are
We'll go down in history
When they want to see
How true love should be
They'll just look at us.

4. "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion

Because your spouse is in it for the long haul, they've seen you through the darkest of days. Acknowledge your better half for their support with this 1996 love ballad, an international chart-topper. Your soulmate has been a source of strength, motivation, and hope when you couldn't muster it yourself. They've proven to be inspirational and have nourished you with warmth and acceptance. Where would you be without their support? Give them the loving shout out them deserve.

5. "I Will Follow You into the Dark" by Death Cab for a Cutie

Standard wedding vows typically entail the central promise to remain as one "til death do us part." This assurance of lifelong commitment is based on The Book of Common Prayer, dating back to 1549.

Some people take their promise to their significant other one step further, however. Not even death can separate him from the one he loves. The guy in this stirring 2006 alternative rock song contemplates what the future holds and makes a pledge to his beloved that he will follow her into the great beyond, regardless of whether that means heaven, hell, or nothingness. Now that is commitment.

6. "Unforgettable ... with Love" by Natalie and Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole first recorded this elegant R&B song in 1951. It featured a man lovingly declaring how completely besotted he is with his significant other. He promises to always cherish her and feels so fortunate that she returns his devotion. Nat King Cole's original version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Four decades later, in 1991, the jazz legend's daughter Natalie leaned upon digital technology to record "Unforgettable" as a mesmerizing father/daughter duet. The R&B song became both an international favorite and crossover mainstream pop and adult contemporary success.

7. "The Rest of Our Life" by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

The couple in this tender country duet from 2017 felt an instant connection upon meeting and started to plan a long-range future, even if they didn't verbalize it. The magic between them is so special that it will unify them for the rest of their lives.

When you find a partner who allays your worries and makes you feel young, then the inevitable grey hair, wrinkles, and thicker waistlines aren't as much of a looming concern. You know you'll face them together with the right partner by your side (Plus, they'll be fat and old like you, no offense.) Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been married since 1996 when Hill was his opening act on his tour. They have three daughters together.

8. "All of Me" by John Legend

Being married isn't about ironing out the flaws but instead learning how to accept the perfect imperfections that make your sweetheart unique. This Grammy Award-winning 2013 R&B tune captures the complete devotion of a man in a long-term committed love relationship whose partner is saucy and brings her own brand of crazy. (Don't we all?) Even when she's crying or stealing his focus from work, his partner brings excitement and intrigue. They've been together a long time, but she inspires him and somehow makes him whole.

9. "Just the Way You Are" by Bill Joel

Unconditional acceptance is a gift whose value knows no price. The happily attached man in this classic love ballad from 1977 reminds his lover that his devotion is boundless, lasting through life's tragic and triumphant moments, as well as all of life's in-betweens. The narrator authentically implores his partner not to change merely to to impress him. He already loves her just the way she is.

10. "Still the One" by Orleans

Marriage is not just about kisses and snuggles. It's also about taking out the trash and arguing over in-laws. I like this 1976 soft rock number for both its uptempo beat and its realistic portrayal of long-term love as full of ebbs and flows:

We've been together since way back when
Sometimes I never want to see you again
But I want you to know, after all these years
You're still the one I want whisperin' in my ear.

The song narrator playfully describes all of the reasons why they still love their significant other. After all these years, the couple still feels a pull of attraction towards one another. They still have fun together and serve as each other's better half, growing old and changing together.

11. "Better Together" by Jack Johnson

"Love is the answer, at least for most of the questions in my heart."

This 2006 song is upbeat, mellow, and uncomplicated, placing the love relationship of the narrator and his beloved at the focal point of all things that matter. In the end, it's all about love, and he knows that any experience is better when shared with her.

12. "You're Still the One" by Shania Twain

With America's divorce rate between 40-50%—even higher for subsequent marriages—you might sometimes feel that you and your spouse are struggling against the odds. The three biggest causes of divorce are compatibility problems, infidelity, and money woes.

But maybe you're one of the lucky ones who have marriage figured out, like the narrator in this country-pop crossover song from 1998. If so, then congratulations! Addressing her husband, the woman in the tune reminisces triumphantly about meeting and falling in love. She takes special pride in the fact that they've overcome naysayers who doubted the couple would last. They've beaten the odds together and are still very much in love.

The song, unfortunately, turned out to be ironic for Shania. Her then-husband Mutt Lange, famed music producer who has worked closely with AC/DC, Def Leppard, Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, and others, cheated on her with her best friend. The couple divorced in 2010, and Shania has been happily married to the best friend's husband ever since. Isn't that a plot twist?

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.

— Bruce Lee, Hong-Kong-American actor and martial artist

13. "I'll Always Love You" by Taylor Dayne

Taylor Dayne (real name Leslie Wunderman) has humongous 1980s hair and a powerhouse voice that could shake the rafters. She pledges eternal love to her sweetie in this stirring pop ballad from 1988. The song's narrator enthusiastically expresses gratitude for the hope and excitement that her lover has introduced into her life. They share not only a magnetic physical attraction (va-va-voom) but also a deep friendship. This woman in love wants to assure him that he can count on her forever.

14. "You're My Best Friend" by Queen

Just as Bruce Lee's quote points out, love is friendship gone ablaze. It melds the boundaries of two spirits together. Trusted friends offer fidelity, forgiveness, and acceptance, and they help to make the world more livable. This classic 1975 rock song paints marriage as a deep, lifelong friendship. It was written by Queen's bass guitarist, John Deacon, for his wife.

15. "You Make It Easy" by Jason Aldean

I hope you have someone in your life who makes you feel as lucky as the guy in this 2018 country song feels. He suspects that God made his better half just for him. She serves as his muse and saving grace, breathing happiness into his world even on the dark or stressful days. And best of all, his lady love inspires him to become a better version of himself.

16. "Sea of Love" by The Honeydrippers

Like a knowing look between life partners, this love song expresses deep affection without having to spell everything out. The R&B-tinged pop song features a man who thinks back to first meeting his lover. He beckons his beloved to the shore where he can reiterate his feelings amidst the sand and waves.

"Sea of Love" was originally made famous by Phil Phillips in 1959. He wrote the simple, soothing, and romantic tune in an attempt to woo a woman he loved. It didn't work, but the song netted him a top 10 Billboard hit, his only Top 40 song. In 1981, Del Shannon hit the mainstream Billboard chart again with a cover of it, followed in 1984 by Robert Plant's R&B group, The Honeydrippers.

17. "When I Said I Do" by Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black

Use this 1999 country duet by real-life spouses Clint and Lisa Hartman Black to remind your honey that you're in this marriage for the long haul. The husband in the song assures his wife that nothing will compromise the way he feels about her. The lovesick guy reminds his bride of his pledge of eternal devotion.

Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black married in 1991. In crossing over to the mainstream pop chart, "When I Said I Do" became Lisa Hartman Black's only song ever to make the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Yep, wifey became a one-hit-wonder with this ditty.

18. "Thank You for Loving Me" by Bon Jovi

Mature love involves more than sweet romance. It's about supporting a partner whether they lose their iPhone, their job, or their parent. It's about holding each other accountable and rescuing one another when needed. As this rock ballad from 2000 points out, committed love expands one another's worlds. If you have someone special in your life, express appreciation for them. Say "thank you" for the simple act of loving.

19. "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

Oh, so what if this song is five decades old. It's still as sexy as hell.

In this 1971 R&B number, a man enthusiastically expresses his commitment to his chosen girl and looks forward to seeing their relationship through until the final curtain call. "Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad," he's all-in invested in a woman who makes him feel young. (Unfortunately, Al Green's personal life didn't parallel his signature song.)

Green won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was also listed by Rolling Stone as one of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" and "100 Singers of All Time."

20. "The Way You Do the Things You Do" by The Temptations

Like a lifelong love affair, there's a certain timelessness to this Motown song. With its upbeat rhythm, the tune showcases a man who compliments his sweetheart's intelligence as well as her physical features. Rapt by the woman's many positive qualities, he lovingly places her upon a pedestal:

Well, you could've been anything that you wanted to
And I can tell
The way you do the things you do
The way you do the thing you do, ah, baby
The way you do the things you do

Three separate times, "The Way You Do the Things You Do" became a Top 40 hit on the mainstream pop chart, the Billboard Hot 100. Each release was in a different decade, with the song performed by a different artist: The Temptations (1964), Rita Coolidge (1978), and UB40 (1989).

I chose you, and I'll keep choosing you over and over.
I chose you, and I'll keep choosing you over and over. | Source

Even More Songs to Say "Happy Anniversary"

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. "Love Someone"
Lukas Graham
2018
22. "Just the Two of Us"
Grover Washington Jr.
1981
23. "I'm Yours"
Jason Mraz
2008
24. "Back at One"
Brian McKnight
1999
25. "I Keep on Loving You"
Reba McEntire
2010
26. "The Way You Look Tonight"
Frank Sinatra
1961
27. "Better Together"
Luke Combs
2019
28. "Forever and for Always"
Shania Twain
2002
29. "You Make Me Feel Brand New"
The Stylistics
1974
30. "Memories Are Made of This"
Dean Martin
1955
31. "Anniversary"
Tony! Toni! Toné!
1993
32. "Through the Years"
Kenny Rogers
1981
33. "Could I Have This Dance"
Anne Murray
1980
34. "I Do (Cherish You)"
Mark Wills
1998
35. "When I See You Smile"
Bad English
1989
36. "You Are the Sunshine of My Life"
Stevie Wonder
1973
37. "You Just Get Better All the Time"
Tim McGraw
1997
38. "I'd Still Say Yes"
Klymaxx
1986
39. "Best Is Yet to Come"
Frank Sinatra
1964
40. "Truly Madly Deeply"
Savage Garden
1997
41. "I'd Love You All Over Again"
Alan Jackson
1990
42. "After All These Years"
Journey
2008
43. "Made for You"
Jake Owen
2018
44. "So Amazing"
Luther Vandross
1986
45. "You're the First, the Last, My Everything"
Barry White
1974
46. "Your Love Is King"
Sade
1984
47. "Best of My Love"
The Emotions
1977
48. "It's Your Love"
Tim McGraw (featuring Faith Hill)
1997
49. "In My Life"
The Beatles
1965
50. "Three Times a Lady"
The Commodores
1978
51. "Love Someone"
Lukas Graham
2018
52. "My Best Friend"
Tim McGraw
1999
53. "You've Made Me So Very Happy"
Blood, Sweat & Tears
1969
54. "Better Dig Two"
The Band Perry
2012
55. "How Sweet It Is"
James Taylor
1975
56. "Me and You"
Kenny Chesney
1995
57. "Still Into You"
Paramore
2013
58. "Forever and Ever, Amen"
Randy Travis
1987
Know a song that belongs on this Happy Anniversary playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

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    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      MG - I'm glad you found this enjoyable.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Dora - Thank you! We'll figure out a different trip in the future. Since we went to London and Paris for our honeymoon we were wanting to return for a couples trip (having taken our daughter and my parents there 10 years ago). We were about to purchase tickets when the Coronavirus outbreak put a snag in our plans. Be safe in this health crisis, dear Dora!

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      MG Singh 

      3 months ago from Singapore

      We all have anniversaries. This is a great collection to set the mood

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations on your 25-year happy marriage! Hope you find a wonderful substitute way to enjoy your anniversary. Thanks for this very positive list of anniversary songs.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Bill - Congratulations on 27 years of wedded bliss. We had planned to go to Europe again to celebrate our big anniversary, but with the pandemic, we will have to delay those plans. Stay well where you are!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Nithya - Glad you enjoyed the list. I liked Taylor Dayne and wished she hadn't disappeared.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Nell - Congratulations to you! Glad you have such a good partner in life.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      3 months ago from Massachusetts

      Great list Flourish. This is something all couples celebrate at least once a year. We have number 27 coming up this summer. Love the collection of songs. Have a great weekend.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 months ago from England

      What a great list! Some I know, others I haven't heard before.I definitely chose a keeper. For various reasons we broke up, but then got back together. We are superglued at the hip, as my mother would say! lol!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 months ago from Dubai

      These are beautiful songs that you have selected to say Happy Anniversary. I have heard many of these songs and my favorite is the song by Taylor Dayne.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Peggy - I'm glad you chose a keeper too!

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Nice way to celebrate your 25th and our 50th anniversary later this year with this nice grouping of songs. You are so right in that we should choose our life-long mates carefully. It would appear that we both chose wisely. (Smile)

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Heidi - Thank you. I prematurely pressed publish and didn't know it! There's a lot going on here right now and I had no idea. I think "Unforgettable" is so elegant and timeless. Whether it's the original or the duet, it's amazing. Thanks for the add, too. Have a great weekend to come and stay healthy amidst all the stuff that's going on.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Liz - Thank you for reading along. I hope you discovered a new song or two that appealed to you.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Devika - I appreciate the kind comment. Have a wonderful rest of your week. Stay healthy amidst all that is going on in the world.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      William - Thanks for stopping by.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Linda - Glad you enjoyed this. Congratulations to your daughter. I'm sure you are very excited!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Bill - I hit publish before I was done. That kind of day/week! Thanks for commenting.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Umesh - Thank you for your kind comments. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      3 months ago from Chicago Area

      This is kinda timely since it's almost our anniversary!

      I LOVE Unforgettable! One of my fave Nat (and Natalie) Cole tunes.

      My add is Forever and Ever Amen by Randy Travis.

      What a great list that a lot of people will want to share!

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      You have compiled a great list of anniversary songs. There's a mix of old favourites and some less familiar to me.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I like almost all of these songs from John Legend to Celine Dion to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. I do not like Queen's songs but I think all the rest are really good. Thanks for putting all of this information together as there are so many good songs abut anniversaries.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like the lists of songs most of what I am familiar with. You have kept a list of songs for a while and are sharing the best or taking me down memory lane. A way to be kept thinking and to learn more about songs from you.

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      William 

      3 months ago from N

      Awesome

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      Linda Lum 

      3 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Flourish, what a happy list. I can't think of a single song to add and (this time) I think I know them all. This just has me smiling ear to ear. I'll share this one with my daughter (she's getting married!). Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I was completely stumped with this category. No real surprise there. I'm not the brightest bulb in the package. :)

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Excellent compilation Flourish, well presented. Some of these numbers are so melodious and sweet. This is a collection to keep. Nice. Well done. Stay blessed.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Lovely compilation Flourish. Stay blessed.

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