The 70s Soft Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour (Volume 1)

In 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

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

Recap of Previous Cocktail Hour Playlists

Here are our prior submissions:

  1. Alternative Rock Cocktail Hour, Craft Beer (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  2. The Quintessentially Mixed Cocktail Hour, Long Island Iced Tea (DJ AQ). Click here.
  3. Good Vibes Cocktail Hour, Pina Colada (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
  4. Head to Shoulder Dip Cocktail Hour, Hairy Navel (DJ Gary G). Click here.
  5. Retro Soul Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Havana Coconut Martini (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  6. Smooth Sail Cocktail Hour, Malibu Bay Breeze (DJ Mike K). Click here.
  7. Back to the Eighties Cocktail Hour, Midori Sour (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  8. Beach Themed Cocktail Hour, Red Stripe Beer (DJ Spinz). Click here.
  9. Classic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Tanqueray & Tonic (DJ Garrett B.). Click here.
  10. International Excursions Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sangria (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  11. Country Wedding Cocktail Hour, Manhattan (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  12. Crooner Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jack Daniels on the Rocks w/Splash of Water (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  13. Chanteuse Wedding Cocktail Hour, White Lady (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  14. TV Theme Songs Wedding Cocktail Hour, Coca-Cola with a side of Popcorn (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  15. Christmas Wedding Cocktail Hour, Eggnog (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  16. Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby Wedding Cocktail Hour, Rum Punch for a Crowd (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  17. Classic R&B Wedding Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Blue Ocean (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
  18. James Bond Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vesper Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  19. Valentines Wedding Cocktail Hour, Godiva Chocolate Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  20. Miami Vice Wedding Cocktail Hour, Cuba Libre (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  21. The "Super Happy Hour" Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Bob Marley (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  22. The Brazilian Wedding Cocktail Hour, Caipirinha (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  23. The New Jersey Homegrown Wedding Cocktail Hour, Boat Beer (Microbrew) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  24. The French Connection Wedding Cocktail Hour, 2010 Canon-la-Gaffeliere (Bordeaux) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  25. The Disco Love Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sloe Gin Fizz (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  26. The Super Funky Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour, Funky Cold Medina (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  27. The Acid Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour, Gimlet (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