What are your favorite songs to hear at a wedding reception? The songs that get everyone up on the floor and keep them there? Let’s look at 10 key dance songs and also some slow songs for respite. Of course, there are so many more so I’ve stuck them on a Spotify playlist, below.
Marry You by Bruno Mars: The perfect wedding reception tune.
Celebration by Kool and the Gang: I don’t think they wrote this thinking it would be perfect for just about every type of celebration you could imagine, but they probably could have retired after just this song.
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars: Revives and amplifies the good ol’ days of The Time and Prince.
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg by The Temptations: A class that’s always a floor-filler, especially for the older folk like me.
YMCA by the Village People: The Daddy of wedding reception songs. I think I’ve heard it at every single wedding I’ve attended.
Rapper’s Delight by The Sugar Hill Gang:
Brick House by The Commodores: Although seemingly a song from the male POV, the lyrics were written by Shirley Hanna-King, wife of one of the band members.
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) by Beyonce: A great one to get all the women on the dancefloor, and some of the gay men, too.
Can’t Stop This Feeling by Justin Timberlake: Newer entry but instantly makes you want to move your body.
Bust a Move by Young MC: Another classic, although you could substitute it for similar great songs from the ’90s including “Funky Cold Medina” and “Baby’s Got Back”.
Now for the 5 choices for first song or just jams to take it down:
At Last by Etta James: Classic. If it was good enough for the Obamas, it’s good enough for your wedding.
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra: Can’t touch this.
Something by The Beatles: One of the most romantic songs ever by the greatest band ever. And written by little brother George Harrison no less.
Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol: Hypnotic and emotional, this is one of the biggest hits of this century (the most played song on U.K. Radio). I love the fact they used it for the wedding scene in “Gavin and Stacey”.
Careless Whisper by Wham!: Cheesy yet amazing.
Added bonus: here’s a five-hour wedding reception playlist you can use, with all the songs above plus more classic hip-gyrating jams: