40th Anniversary Songlist
June 11, 2007 8:01 AM   Subscribe

Help me score my parent's anniversary video: I need music about being married and growing old together.

It's their 40th anniversary party and I have created a 45 minute video of old photos and home movies to show. Now I need a soundtrack. The obvious choices are Wouldn't It Be Nice and When I'm 64, so I am looking for something along those lines.

The parentals' musical tastes, of course, are for oldies, more Motown and Rockabilly than British Invasion but their record collection includes music from throughout the last 40 years. My own collection of nihilistic Kraut Rock doesn't seem to fit the bill so I need help finding the right musical cheese to pour over my video casserole.
posted by Slarty Bartfast to Media & Arts (35 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
The Beautiful South.......prettiest eyes
posted by travis08 at 8:13 AM on June 11, 2007

If they like Motown, I have always been a fan of the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrel duet "You're all I Need to Get By". It isn't about marrying and growing old, but it does mention being each other's destiny and dedicating their lives to one another. Good song. There is also Sam Cooke's "You Send Me". It has the lyric "Now I find myself wanting to marry you and take you home". My wife and I danced to that song as the first dance at our wedding. Speaking of which, why don't you ask them what song they danced to as their first song at their wedding, or if they have "a song" as a couple?
posted by ND¢ at 8:17 AM on June 11, 2007

Shania Twain's You're Still the One.
posted by inconsequentialist at 8:22 AM on June 11, 2007

Al Green - Love and Happiness
posted by cashman at 8:27 AM on June 11, 2007

Grow Old With Me (track 11): a bit of new-fangled musical theatre swing from composer/performer Jason Robert Brown's solo album Wearing Someone Else's Clothes
posted by elkerette at 8:29 AM on June 11, 2007

Then there's "God Only Knows", by the Beach Boys, one of the most gorgeous tunes ever recorded (IMHO).
posted by dbiedny at 8:30 AM on June 11, 2007

Quickly, incompletely, off the top of my head:

Dignified and Old, The Modern Lovers
The Touch of Your Lips, Chet Baker
Love and Marriage, Frank Sinatra
Love's Been Good To Me, Johnny Cash
You Speak My Language, Morphine
Picture Book, The Kinks
Into Your Eyes, Lucero
A Pair of Brown Eyes, The Pogues
From Your Boy, The Queers
Mary's Getting Married, The Silos
I Got You (At The End Of The Century), Wilco
Bitches Ain't Shit, Dr. Dre (kidding!)

That's what a quick scroll through my iTunes came up with. From Your Boy would make a nice outtro -- it's kinda loud and raucous, but it's mid-tempo and upbeat and very (cloyingly) sweet-spirited.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:33 AM on June 11, 2007

The Magnetic Fields - The Book of Love
posted by ludwig_van at 8:40 AM on June 11, 2007 [1 favorite]

The Wedding Song! So beautiful...
posted by barometer at 8:45 AM on June 11, 2007

Where Have You Been - Kathy Mattea
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:46 AM on June 11, 2007

Oh Susanna's "Pretty Face" fits the bill quite nicely.
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:47 AM on June 11, 2007

Still the One by Orleans
Stuck With You by Huey Lewis and the News
Day After Day by Badfinger
You're By Best Friend by Queen
Magic Moments by Perry Como
Kisses Sweeter than Wine by Jimmie Rodgers
posted by Squee at 8:50 AM on June 11, 2007

The Features: "The Idea of Growing Old" (up on their myspace at the moment).
posted by ryanshepard at 8:54 AM on June 11, 2007 [1 favorite]

Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers
posted by ReiToei at 9:09 AM on June 11, 2007

Sea of Love for sure! (HoneyDrippers)

Lennon: Grow Old With Me
Jack Johnson: Do You Remember (10 years -> 40 years)
Elvis: The Wonder of You
Sam Cooke: For Sentimental Reasons & Bring It On Home (not great for an anniversary, but it's probably my favorite song and I always look for a reason to play it)
Ben Harper does an awesome cover of Gaye's Sexual Healing if you can find a copy
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 9:11 AM on June 11, 2007

Adam Sandler - Grow Old With You (The Wedding Singer)
posted by comiddle at 9:13 AM on June 11, 2007

If they like country: Randy Travis, "Forever and Ever, Amen"
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:20 AM on June 11, 2007

What about Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Grow Old With Me," or Ben Folds' "The Luckiest?"
posted by justonegirl at 9:24 AM on June 11, 2007

"100 Years To Live", Five For Fighting

"Grow Old Along With Me", is the full name of the Mary Chapin Carpenter song mentioned above. Bette Middler has a nice rendition of it as well.
posted by mattfn at 9:34 AM on June 11, 2007

The Platters "With This Ring"

With this ring I promise I'll always love you, always love you
With this ring I promise I'll always love you, always love you

They used to call me the wanderer
Who never wanted to settle down... Yeah
But I'll tell you, baby
I wander no more, got to stay around 'cause

With this ring I promise I'll always love you, always love you
With this ring I promise I'll always love you, always love you

Got nothing but this old heart of mine
Baby, please, believe in me
Girl, you know, sweet heart,
I'll always try to keep you satisfied, 'cause

With this ring I promise I'll always love you, always love you
With this ring I promise I'll always love you, always love you

With this ring I promise I'll always love you, always love you
With this ring I promise I'll always love you, always love you

Baby, I never thought so much love
Could fit in a little band of gold
But I'm telling you, darling
I feel it in my heart, got it in my soul

With this ring I promise I'll always love you, always love you
With this ring I promise I'll always love you, always love you
posted by happyturtle at 9:34 AM on June 11, 2007

At Last - Etta James
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) - James Taylor
posted by hoppytoad at 9:41 AM on June 11, 2007

Voltaire -- Anniversary
(And seconding Queen -- You're My Best Friend.)
posted by anaelith at 10:14 AM on June 11, 2007

I'm not sure that they think they are old. Many people think that they have changed and grown so much together that it's more of being in love is perpetually new.
posted by ewkpates at 10:17 AM on June 11, 2007

2nding Ben Folds "The Luckiest"
posted by clunkyrobot at 10:26 AM on June 11, 2007

I did one of these for my parents 50th. It helps to know what songs they like, I included some that my mom remembers her parents dancing to. But others I used were:

"Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby," for grandkids montage

"In My Life," Beatles

"My Favorite Year," Michael Feinstein version

"Don't Get Around Much Anymore" for dating/wedding/WW II service montage

"For the Good Times," Kris Kristofferson version (my mom played this in the car...on EIGHT-TRACK...all the time. It was kind of the theme song for their group of friends

I also used the theme song from "All in the Family," their fave sitcom ("Boy the way Glenn Miller played...")
posted by GaelFC at 10:36 AM on June 11, 2007

"Teo Torriatte" by Queen:
When I'm gone
No need to wonder if I ever think of you
The same moon shines
The same wind blows
For both of us, and time is but a paper moon...
Be not gone

Though I'm gone
It's just as though I hold the flower that touches you
A new life grows
The blossom knows
There's no one else could warm my heart as much as you...
Be not gone

Let us cling together as the years go by
Oh my love, my love
In the quiet of the night
Let our candle always burn
Let us never lose the lessons we have learned
posted by Oriole Adams at 11:14 AM on June 11, 2007

The Beatles "Two of Us"

You and I have memories
Longer than the road that stretches out ahead
posted by Gungho at 11:17 AM on June 11, 2007

I love you - Climax Blues Band
It's only Natural - Crowded House
We Are In Love - Harry Connick Jr.
Fly Me To the Moon - Sinatra
posted by any major dude at 11:46 AM on June 11, 2007

This Old Love by Lior ("We'll grow old together, we'll grow old together, this old love will never die...")
posted by Bella Sebastian at 12:25 PM on June 11, 2007

You want the "Happy Anniversary" song from So I Married an Axe Murderer. I don't know how you get it, though, because annoyingly it's not on the soundtrack.
posted by hot soup girl at 2:03 PM on June 11, 2007

AskMe comes through again! Thank you all so much. I'll keep checking back if someone else wants to chime in.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 4:57 PM on June 11, 2007

If you can stomach the country, Alan Jackson's "Remember When" would be perfect. Don't worry, it's more a ballad than anything else:

Remember when we vowed the vows
and walked the walk
Gave our hearts, made the start, it was hard
We lived and learned, life threw curves
There was joy, there was hurt
Remember when

Remember when thirty seemed so old
Now lookn' back it's just a steppin' stone
To where we are,
Where we've been
Said we'd do it all again
Remember when

Remember when we said when we turned gray
When the children grow up and moved away
We won't be sad, we'll be glad
For all the life we've had
And we'll remember when

You can listen to a snippet on Amazon. Really sweet song.
posted by Ugh at 6:02 PM on June 11, 2007

I did this a few years back.
Two of Us - The Beatles
Ooh La La - Faces (maybe not the best choice)
Let's Stay Together - Al Green

If they are country fans... Kenny Rogers' Through the Years
posted by nimsey lou at 7:50 PM on June 11, 2007

Al Green - Love And Happinesss, Let's Stay Together, Look What You Done For Me

Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

Donny Hathaway - The Closer I Get To You

Aretha Franklin - Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

Minnie Ripperton - Loving You
posted by heartquake at 1:26 PM on June 12, 2007

Parents? 40th anniversary? How about "The Best is Yet to Come," by Sinatra?
posted by rush at 2:25 PM on June 12, 2007

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