51 Best Songs About A Wife

Best Songs About a Wife

Unlike the classic theme of songs about heartbreak or unrequited love, songs about a wife are about making her feel special and loved. So, let’s explore some of the best songs about a wife, both songs with wife in the title and other more coded tracks!


“Beloved Wife” by Natalie Merchant

Song Year: 1995

Released on her 1995 album Tigerlily, Natalie Merchant’s “Beloved Wife” is a melancholy song about the loss of a wife. Her uniquely lyrical voice captures the sadness of such a loss, but the music also captures the beautiful side of marriage and the deep connection you can build with a wife.

“My Wife” by The Who

Song Year: 1971

Changing the mood from Natalie Merchant, next up is an energetic rock song by The Who. Appearing on their 1971 album The Kids Are Alright, “My Wife” is a song about a man in trouble. In an almost comedic fashion, the singer goes on about running away from the stern punishment of his wife.

“Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley

Song Year: 1987

While this song might not have a wife in the title, it is a classic love song that deserves on any playlist of songs about a wife. Appearing on the 1987 album Whenever You Need Somebody, this energetic song is about a man telling a woman that he wants to commit to marriage and that he will not disappoint her.

“My Girl” by The Temptations

Song Year: 1965

You will likely recognize this classic track as soon as the opening guitar riff begins. From the 1965 album The Temptations Sing Smokey, “My Girl” is a tribute to the feelings of being in love with a woman—it can be a great tribute song to your wife!

“My Woman, My Woman, My Wife” by Marty Robbins

Song Year: 1970

The American country musician Marty Robbins released the song “My Woman, My Woman, My Wife” in 1970 as a single from the album of the same name. The track performed well on my charts in multiple countries, and in 1971, it won a Grammy for Best Country Song.

“I’ve Got a Darlin’ (for a Wife)” by Merle Haggard

Song Year: 1975

Merle Haggard, a legend in the country music world, released this next track on his 1975 album Keep Movin' On. The song has relaxing instrumentals at a slow tempo, featuring the smooth sounds of the steel guitar. And the lyrics, as the title suggests, are all about the singer making a tribute to his wonderful wife.

“Faithfully” by Journey

Song Year: 1983

Journey released the song “Faithfully” in 1983 on their album Frontiers, and the track includes the belting vocals and powerful instrumentals that you would expect from Journey. As the title suggests, the lyrics center around the lifelong faith a man commits to when he marries the love of his life.

“Lovesong” by The Cure

Song Year: 1989

From their 1989 album Disintegration, “Lovesong” by The Cure is an alternative rock song that was successful in the United States and beyond. It reached the number 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 during its release year, and many artists recorded it. You can also hear this love song in the soundtrack of Adam Sandler’s 50 First Dates.

“For Once in My Life” by Frank Sinatra

Song Year: 1969

The track “For Once in My Life” is a slow ballad written by Ron Miller and Orlando Murden. Many famous recordings of this song exist, including those by Tony Bennet and Stevie Wonder. But this version by Frank Sinatra, released in 1969, is an upbeat tribute to marriage and includes exciting big band accompaniment. 

“Wife and Kids” by Kenny Chesney

Song Year: 2007

Country artist Kenny Chesney released the song “Wife and Kids” on his 2007 album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates. The track takes a unique angle on appreciating your wife and family through a protagonist who does not have a wife. He instead reflects on someday having a wife in the future and the meaning it will bring.

“Be My Wife” by Paul Gilbert

Song Year: 1998

From the 1998 album Flying Dog, Paul Gilbert’s “Be My Wife” is an upbeat rock song about a young man searching for his future wife. The music has a driving rhythm and aggressive guitar playing, and the lyrics center around a young man’s passion for finding the woman of his dreams and making the full commitment. 

“Sugar Wife” by The National

Song Year: 2003

The alternative/indie band The National released the song “Sugar Wife” on their 2003 album Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers. The mix of weird instrumentals and coded music video make a straightforward interpretation difficult. But the lyrics center around the concept of a wife making a man grow up in life.

“I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

Song Year: 2012

From his 2012 album Love Is a Four Letter Word, Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” is one of those tender acoustic ballads that can perfectly capture your love for a wife. Achieving the number 8 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, the lyrics are all about staying true to a committed love no matter what happens.

“Can’t Take My Eyes off You” by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Song Year: 1967

Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio wrote the track “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” in 1967, and Frankie Valli released it as a single the same year. If you do not recognize the song from this original version, you probably recognize it from its usage in many television and movie soundtracks.

“The Sorrowful Wife” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Song Year: 2001

From the 2001 album No More Shall We Part, the song “The Sorrowful Wife” by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds is a darker song about the challenges of marriage. Whatever the specific issues the songwriter had in mind, this husband has greatly disappointed his wife and observes how sad she is, accompanied by sorrowful piano music.

“My Loving Wife” by George Jones

Song Year: 1973

George Jones released the tune “My Loving Wife” on his 1973 album Nothing Ever Hurt Me (Half as Bad as Losing You). The track is a slow ballad about appreciating your wonderful wife, no matter how many reasons you have to complain. This track is fantastic for expressing unconditional love to your wife.

“Drifters Wife” by J.J. Cale

Song Year: 1982

Released on the 1982 album Grasshopper, J.J. Cale’s song “Drifters Wife” takes a unique angle on the concept of marriage by pointing out the life of a drifter without a wife. The acoustic musical accompaniment highlights the lyrics, which talk about moving from city to city and never committing to any woman or location.

“I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meat Loaf

Song Year: 1993

Jim Steinman wrote this track in 1993, and Meat Loaf released it in August of the same year. The last few verses feature Lorraine Crosby’s vocals, and the track ended up being Meat Loaf’s only number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The track also won a Grammy.

“You and Me” by Penny & The Quarters

Song Year: 2007

Upon hearing the sounds of Penny & The Quarters, you might correctly recognize that the original recording dates back to the 1970s. The group is an unknown soul band, and the track “You And Me” resurfaced as part of the film Blue Valentine in 2010. Many other advertising campaigns have since used it as well.

“Leave My Wife Alone” by John Lee Hooker

Song Year: 1951

If you are looking for an old-school take on being protective of your wife, check out the track “Leave My Wife Alone” by John Lee Hooker. Released in 1951, the track is a jazzy track accompanied by acoustic guitar and lyrics about warning someone to stop bothering the singer’s wife.

“My Friend's Wife” by Jimmy Cliff

Song Year: 1971

Jimmy Cliff released the track “My Friend’s Wife” on his 1971 album Another Cycle. While not the most romantic song to play for your wife, it is a theme that many might relate to. And you can consider this a great tune to put on a dancing playlist!

“The Scaffolder's Wife” by Mark Knopfler

Song Year: 2007

Released on the 2007 album Kill To Get Crimson, Mark Knopfler’s “The Scaffolder’s Wife” fits in with the standard pop sound you would expect of Knopfler. With his deep baritone voice and accompanied by a relaxing acoustic guitar, the lyrics suggest the aging and changing of someone’s wife.

“Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)” by The Penguins

Song Year: 1954

If you are feeling nostalgic for decades earlier, consider adding this love song to your playlist of songs about a wife. Released in 1954 by the doo-wop group The Penguins, the song has lyrics all about a man falling in love and wanting to get married. The Temptations also famously covered this track.

“That Was No Lady That Was My Wife” by Slade

Song Year: 1981

Moving ahead a few decades, the next track is from Slade’s 1981 album Till Deaf Do Us Part. The energetic rock song is not about a peaceful and faithful marriage but rather the anger of catching someone with your wife.

“Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross

Song Year: 1981

If romance is what you are looking for, you won’t find a song as romantic as Lionel Richie’s “Endless Love.” Released in 1981 and recorded as a duet with Diana Ross, the track is a passionate declaration of loving someone forever. The song was a huge hit, and many consider it one of the greatest duets ever recorded.

“We Are Man and Wife” by Michelle Featherstone

Song Year: 2007

Michelle Featherstone released the song “We Are Man and Wife” on her 2006 album Fallen Down, and the track is a touching declaration about appreciating love and marriage. With passionate piano playing and belting vocals, the singer repeatedly declares how special and permanent the vows of marriage are.

“I’m Gonna Make You My Wife” by The Whispers

Song Year: 1977

Released on the 1977 album Open Up Your Love, the track “I’m Gonna Make You My Wife” by The Whispers is a classic love song from a husband to a wife. This slow ballad has expressive instrumentals for the accompaniment and touching lyrics about a man wanting to get married to the woman of his dreams.

“Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton

Song Year: 1977

Eric Clapton released the tune “Wonderful Tonight” on his 1977 album Slowhand. If you do not recognize this famous track by the title, you will likely remember it by the opening guitar riff. This romantic ballad is the perfect song to play for your wife to make her feel appreciated and beautiful. Clapton wrote it about the English photographer Pattie Boyd.

“I Only Have Eyes for You” by The Flamingos

Song Year: 1959

For most, there is a common theme of wanting to express to your wife that she is the only person that you are romantically interested in. And the track “I Only Have Eyes for You,” released by The Flamingos in 1959, is the perfect way to do that. Harry Warren and Al Dubin wrote the song decades earlier, but this doo-wop version by The Flamingos was particularly successful.

“Wives and Lovers” by Dionne Warwick

Song Year: 1963

Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote the song “Wives and Lovers” in 1963, and there are many well-known recordings of this classic track. This version features a collaboration with Dionne Warwick, and they used it on her album The Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick. The lyrics center around wives keeping romance alive in their marriages.

“Loving You Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)” by Willie Nelson

Song Year: 1980

Willie Nelson released the song “Loving You Was Easier” in 1980 as part of the movie Honeysuckle Rose. Featuring the vocals of Dyan Cannon, the lyrics are a tribute to the deep connection of love between two people that want to commit to each other for life. The expressive vocals are sung as a duet to help accentuate the idea of couple/husband and wife.

“Husbands & Wives” by Brooks & Dunn

Song Year: 1998

Brooks & Dunn released this country song in 1998 on their album If You See Her. The song originally dates to 1966, when country music star Roger Miller wrote it for his album Words and Music, but this Brooks & Dunn recording topped the charts. The slow waltz is about the fact that husbands and wives have to compromise to make the relationship work.

“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

Song Year: 1972

Released in 1972 on an album by the same name, Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” is a hugely successful song about staying together forever with the one you love—it is a perfect tribute to wives. The track reached the number 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 and the Library of Congress selected the track in 2010 for its National Recording Registry.

“Wifey” by Next

Song Year: 2000

The R&B trio Next released the track “Wifey” on their 2000 album Welcome II Nextasy. The lyrics center around men treating their wives with care, and the visuals in the music video show the same treatment. The song made it to the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and the number 7 spot on Billboard Hot 100.

“Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon

Song Year: 1980

From the 1980 album Hi Infidelity, REO Speedwagon’s “Keep On Loving You” is a powerful rock ballad about love and devotion, making it a perfect wife song. The track features fantastic guitar playing by Gary Richrath and powerful vocals by Kevin Cronin. As one of the band’s most successful tracks, it reached the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981.

“When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge

Song Year: 1966

Although you might be familiar with the Michael Bolton version of this song, consider this original 1966 recording by Percy Sledge, which brings a special romanticism to the sound. Like Bolton’s version, this recording by Sledge made it to the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts. The track is the perfect passionate love song for your wife.

“Be My Wife” by David Bowie

Song Year: 1977

David Bowie released the tune “Be My Wife” in 1977 as the second single track from the album Low. The song features unique elements such as ragtime piano playing and an untraditional song form. But the lyrics center around a lonely man wanting to make someone his wife.

“Bring It On Home to Me” by Sam Cooke

Song Year: 1962

The blues piano at the introduction of this track immediately confirms the style and passion of this Sam Cooke song. Released in 1962, the song blends the blues and gospel styles into a passionate love song, constantly repeating the desire to settle down with a woman. The track made it to the number 2 spot on the Billboard chart Hot R&B Sides.

“Married in a Gold Rush” by Vampire Weekend

Song Year: 2019

Vampire Weekend released the song “Married in a Gold Rush” in 2019 as part of the album Father of the Bride. The track is a blend of country and folk styles sung as a duet between band members Ezra Koenig and Danielle Haim. The lyrics represent the challenges of being married and how the good days eventually end and challenge husbands and wives to stay together.

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

Song Year: 1964

Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields originally wrote the tune “The Way You Look Tonight” in 1936, and Fred Astaire performed the original version. But the success of the song sparked many subsequent versions, the most famous being this Frank Sinatra recording from 1964. Featuring Sinatra’s passionate baritone vocals and exciting big band accompaniment, this track is a perfect dancing song for your wife.

“Drank My Wife Away” by Craig Gerdes

Song Year: 2019

Not every song in this collection can be a sweet love song dedicated to a wife, and in this example, you have a song about a man behaving badly and driving his wife to leave him. Released on the 2019 album by the same name, Craig Gerdes’ “Drank My Wife Away” is a country song that serves as a reminder to behave well to keep the wife happy.

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder

Song Year: 1970

Released in 1970 on an album by the same name, Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” is a passionate soul song about making your commitment to a person official through marriage. With exciting instrumentals and gospel background vocals, the track is about giving yourself over to your wife.

“Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney

Song Year: 1970

Paul McCartney released the track “Maybe I’m Amazed” on his first solo album in 1970, and a modified version of the track was also released 7 years later as part of an album by Wings. The lyrics center around McCartney’s love for his wife and amazement at how she supported him during difficult times.

“Ex-Wives” by The Six

Song Year: 2018

The track “Ex-Wives” comes from the British musical comedy The Six, which is about the wives of Henry VIII. The six ex-wives of Henry VIII sing together and compete over which one received the worst treatment. The music is presented in a pop/electronic style with lots of harmony between the six women.

“Middle of Things, Beautiful Wife” by Sango featuring Xavier Omar

Song Year: 2013

Sango released the song “Middle of Things, Beautiful Wife” on the 2013 album North, and the track features singing by Xavier Omar. The hip-hop track features lyrical singing as well as rapping, and the lyrics center around the singer’s wife being the center of his world.

“Oh Yoko!” by John Lennon

Song Year: 1971

From his 1971 album Imagine, John Lennon’s “Oh Yoko!” is a tribute song to Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono. The energetic folk song features Lennon’s voice, along with harmonies in the chorus, and the lyrics repeatedly stress the love he has for his wife.

“Money Is My Wife” by Urban Mystic featuring Jadakiss, Styles P, Bun B

Song Year: 2011

The track “Money Is My Wife” by urban Mystic is a hip-hop song about the challenges of living in poverty and how money can take on the role of a wife by being the most important aspect of life. Featuring vocal contributions from Jadakiss, Styles P, and Bun B, the track transitions between lyrical choruses and energetic rapping.

“My Wife” by Raheem DeVaughn

Song Year: 2010

From the 2010 album The Love & War MasterPeace, Raheem Devaughn’s “My Wife” is an R&B/Soul song about committing to marriage. The lyrics center around regret for having short-term relationships in the past, along with his desire to get married and settle down this time.

“To My Future Wife” by Jon Bellion

Song Year: 2013

Jon Bellion released the track “To My Future Wife” on the 2013 album The Separation, and the song is a reflection of his thoughts on his wedding day. The music is driving and passionate, and the lyrics are about the strength of marriage in enduring difficult times. The singer repeatedly says that love for his wife is the answer to difficult times.

“Smokin’ Hot Wife” by Sawyer Brown

Song Year: 2011

Changing to a more casual mood, this country song by Sawyer Brown is all about appreciating his wife. Released in 2011 on the album Travelin' Band, the title of the track misleads the ultimate meaning of the lyrics, which also provides deeper reasons for why the singer appreciates his wife so much.

“Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife” by Drive-By Truckers

Song Year: 2008

Drive-By Truckers released the track “Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife” in 2008 on their album Brighter Than Creation's Dark. The folk music, featuring background banjo playing, represents a tribute and appreciation for wives and family. The lyrics show this appreciation by communicating some kind of tragedy.

Top Songs About a Wife, Final Thoughts

As you can tell from this list of songs about a wife, there is music that fits just about any occasion. Whether you are looking for a love song on your anniversary, a sentimental memory of someone passed, or sweet dancing songs for a wedding, there are plenty of options in this collection.

And in case you are ever in an unfortunate breakup, bookmark this contrasting collection of heartbreak songs.

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