The 80s Power Ballad Wedding Cocktail Hour

In this 86th installment of the wedding cocktail hour series, we’ve set our sights on the power ballads of the 80s.  Think big hair with lots of hairspray, big drum kits, big vocal buildups and high drama!  Representative bands include Journey, Motley Crue, Poison, Firehouse, Whitesnake, KISS, Foreigner, Bon Jovi and Van Halen.  Besides cocktail hour, any of these tracks would represent an interesting surprise for dinner music or a slow dance.

Our selections span from 1978 to 1990, with most tracks being released in the mid-1980s.  Take a trip down memory lane by viewing any of these songs’ music videos on YouTube.

For an accompanying signature drink, we’ve selected a popular beverage of the Eighties – a Bartyles_James_Wine_Cooler Bartyles & James Wine Cooler.

Immediately below the playlist, listen to the playlist on our Spotify channel.

The 80s Power Ballad Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

  1. Lights – Journey
  2. More Than Words – Extreme
  3. Home Sweet Home – Motley Crue
  4. Love of a Lifetime – Firehouse
  5. When I See You Smile – Bad English
  6. Is This Love – Whitesnake
  7. Reason to Live – KISS
  8. I Want to Know What Love Is – Foreigner
  9. Never Say Goodbye – Bon Jovi
  10. Glory of Love – Peter Cetera
  11. The Search is Over – Survivor
  12. Can’t Fight This Feeling – REO Speedwagon
  13. Sister Christian – Night Ranger
  14. Alone – Heart
  15. Babe (I Love You) – Styx
  16. Open Arms – Journey
  17. Dreams – Van Halen

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company  specializing in weddings.  Connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com

To view our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 85 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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The International Excursions Cocktail Hour (Volume 2)

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Brazilian Singer-Songwriter Rodrigo Amarante

In this 85th installment of the wedding cocktail hour series, we’ve brushed off our passports to explore exotic musical offerings from abroad.  The inspiration for this playlist was the song “Tuyo” – a sultry tango and the opening track from Netflix series “Narcos” that explores the life and times of Pablo Escobar.  The playlist expanded from this selection to feature other South American artists from Colombia, Argentina and Brazil.  Then we embark on side trips to France, the Caribbean and finishing in Mother Africa.

Representative artists include the Buena Vista Social Club, Federico Aubele, Juanes, Carlos Vives, Celia Cruz, Beres Hammond, Manu Dibango and Femi Kuti.  This playlist is designed to impart a tropical beach feel.Aguardiente Sour

For an accompanying signature drink, we’ve selected a popular cocktail from Colombia called the Aguardiente Sour.  Aguardiente (translated as “fire water”) is a spirit containing distilled sugar cane and anise.  Learn how to mix an Aguardiente Sour by clicking here.

Immediately below the playlist, listen to the playlist on our Spotify channel.

The International Excursions Wedding Cocktail Hour (Volume 2) – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

  1. Chan Chan – Buena Vista Social Club (Afro-Cuban)
  2. Tuyo – Rodrigo Amarante (from Narcos soundtrack) (Brazil)
  3. Carta Fatal – Soffy Martinez (from Narcos soundtrack)
  4. Cumbia Sobre el Mar – Quantic & Flowering Inferno (Quantic is a UK musician who formerly lived in Colombia)
  5. Contigo – Federico Aubele (Argentina)
  6. Cada Beijo (Thievery Corporation Remix) – Bebel Gilberto (Brazil)
  7. Last Tango in Paris – Gotan Project (France)
  8. Fuego – Juanes (Colombia)
  9. La Gota Fria – Carlos Vives (Colombia)
  10. Rie y Llora – Celia Cruz (Cuba)
  11. I Feel Good – Beres Hammond (Jamaica)
  12. Love Has Found its Way – Dennis Brown (Jamaica)
  13. Mali 2002 – Papa Wemba, Passi, Femi Kuti, Youssou N’Dour, Cheb Mami, Roki Traore (Congo, Nigeria, Senegal, Algeria, Mali)
  14. Seve – Tez Cadey (France)
  15. Soul Makossa – Manu Dibango (Cameroon)
  16. Hakuna Matata – KCee (Rwanda)
  17. Zouk-la Se SEl Medikaman Nou Ni – Kassav (Guadeloupe)
  18. Sorry Sorry (Francois K’s Old School Afro Dub) – Femi Kuti (Nigeria)

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

Need More International Music?

Enjoy our International Excursions Playlist (Volume 1) below with even more countries and artists!

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company with a multi-cultural musical approach and specializing in weddings.  Connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com

To view our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 84 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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A Fine Day to Say “I Do” Wedding Cocktail Hour

Ambient DJ is thrilled to showcase a new playlist and mix by the super-talented DJ Linda Leigh who joined our wedding team in 2016.  A native of Philadelphia, Linda Leigh is a DJ/Musical Curator who has performed in a variety of settings – including raves, lounges, retail stores, forests, radio (FCC license), clubs, rooftops, coffee houses and art exhibits.

The Fine Day to Say “I Do” Cocktail Hour features electronic sounds, including remixes of R&B and 60s classics.  Standout selections include Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day” Sunshine Remix and Peter Zohdy’s deft rework of the Turtles’ “You Showed Me.”
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For an accompanying signature drink, Linda has selected an Aperol Spritz.  As per Linda, “this cocktail is perfect for your guests to imbibe at the start of a celebration!  Aperol is an Italian aperitif with a relatively low alcohol content and a refreshing flavor profile.  The recipe features 3 parts prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, 1 part soda water and an orange slice.

Immediately below the playlist, listen to Linda’s continous mix on Mixcloud.  Below that, enjoy the music unmixed on Spotify.  Catch Linda’s live DJ sets each Sunday Night at the trendy Trenton Social where she trades sets with another Ambient DJ Music Mixologist, DJ Dre Ovalle.  In this editor’s humble opinion, Sunday Night Social is the top musical offering in Central New Jersey for those with a taste for  underground electronic music.

The Fine Day to Say “I Do” Wedding Cocktail Hour  – Compiled and Mixed by DJ Linda Leigh

  1. Feel Like I Do – Disclosure f/ Al Green
  2. Lovely Day (Sunshine Mix) – Bill Withers
  3. You Showed Me (Peter Zohdy Botox Edit) – The Turtles
  4. Whatever it Takes (Joey Negro Destination Boogie Dub) – The Turtles
  5. Love – Manuel Palmitesta
  6. Weltareh (Freeform Five & Kevin Mckay Reform) – Freeform Five f/ Juldeh Camara
  7. Wonderful Life (MSK Remix) – Black
  8. So Good to Me – Chris Malinchak
  9. Rhythm and Love – Jonny Bee
  10. Sonnentanz (Kellerkind Remix) – Klangkarussell
  11. Fine Day featuring Anita Briem – Henri

Listen on Mixcloud

To experience the wonderful musicality and transitions of Linda’s mix – visit:

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

Note: One of Linda’s selections was not available on Spotify, and for several others the  selected remix was not available.  In this case, we substituted the remix with the original track.

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Catch Linda’s live sets every Sunday Night from 6 PM to Close at Trenton Social

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company specializing in weddings and based in Central NJ.   Connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com

To view our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 83 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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The All Trumpet Wedding Cocktail Hour

The trumpet – whether muted or unmuted or in its flugelhorn variation – offers one of the coolest sounds in music.  In that spirit, we’ve compiled an all trumpet wedding cocktail hour featuring jazz greats like Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard and Chet Baker; upcoming trumpet players like Wayne Tucker who we recently experienced at Duane Park in Manhattan; to 90s dance compositions like “Cool Like Dat” (Digable Planets) and “Flip Fantasia” (Us3) which is based off Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island.”

For a signature drink, we’ve selected a decadent Sparkling French Martini (vodka, Chambord (raspberry liqueur), pineapple juice and champagne) – Ambient DJs’ resident French Martini specialist recommends Ketel One vodka.  To learn how to mix a Sparking French Martini, click here.

Chambord Cocktail - Venue: Cloudstreet, Brisbane

The French Martini

Immediately below the playlist, listen to the music unmixed on Spotify.

The Trumpet Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

  1. Summertime – Miles Davis
  2. The Dreamer – Jose James
  3. A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes – Wayne Tucker
  4. I Fall in Love Too Easily – Chet Baker
  5. When It’s Sleepytime Down South – Wynton Marsalis
  6. Under a Blanket of Blue – Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong
  7. Lemon Tree (Thievery Corp Remix) – Herb Alpert
  8. Grazing in the Grass – Hugh Masekela
  9. Give It All You Got – Chuck Mangione
  10. Ride Like the Wind – Freddie Hubbard
  11. Zanzibar – Earth, Wind & Fire
  12. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) – Digable Planets
  13. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) – Us3
  14. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) – OMI
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Check out upcoming NYC-based trumpet player Wayne Tucker’s uplifting album                    “When I Was a Child” on iTunes here

Listen on Spotify

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company specializing in weddings and based in Central NJ.   Connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com

To view our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 82 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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