Dance Music for Weddings: The Ultimate Playlist

By Charlotte Elizabeth Grainger

The countdown has begun. If you're planning your special day, one thing you shouldn't overlook is the reception playlist. Choosing the right dance music for weddings can be an intimidating task, but an essential one. It can also be a lot of fun! If you're looking for wedding playlist inspiration, here's everything you need:

Party Tunes

First, you want to get everyone out onto the dance floor. You need some tunes that make people want to move. So, include music with a rocking beat and a catchy chorus to boot. That way, before you know it, everyone—including your Aunt Mary— will be showing off some serious moves. Here are some suggestions to get the party started:

  • LMFAO: "Sexy and I Know It"

  • Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera: "Moves Like Jagger"

  • Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars: "Uptown Funk"

  • Lady Gaga: "The Edge of Glory"

  • Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams: "Get Lucky"

  • Pharrell Williams: "Happy"

  • Justin Timberlake: "Señorita"

  • Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx: "Gold Digger"

  • The Black Eyed Peas: "I Gotta Feeling"

  • The Killers: "Mr. Brightside"

Unlike first dance songs, party playlists work best when you include some real chart toppers, so try to stick with songs that are crowd-pleasers. Go for the tunes you've heard a thousand times before but still want to listen to now and then. Scour your Spotify playlists to see which ones fit the bill.

Golden Oldies

The beautiful thing about wedding receptions is that you get all your nearest and dearest under one roof. Keep in mind you need to make sure there are a few songs the more senior guests know, too. Opting to pop a few golden oldies on your playlist will keep everyone happy. Consider putting these oldies on your list:

  • Michael Jackson: "The Way You Make Me Feel"

  • Dolly Parton: "Jolene"

  • Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"

  • Whitney Houston: "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"

  • Elvis Presley: "Jailhouse Rock"

  • The Foundations: "Build Me Up Buttercup"

  • David Bowie: "Golden Years"

  • The Beatles: "Come Together"

  • Rolling Stones: "Paint It Black"

  • Madonna: "Vogue"

Remember, you don't have to confine yourself to just one genre or era here. Getting the right dance music for weddings is all about choosing a range of songs from the sixties, seventies, and eighties—all of which are as memorable as they are lively.

Singalong Anthems

By the end of the night, your guests will have had a few glasses of bubbly and be ready for a good singalong. So, forget obscure tracks no one knows. It's time for some classic anthems everyone could sing in their sleep. Here are some ideas:

  • Prince: "Purple Rain"

  • B-52's: "Love Shack"

  • Meat Loaf: "Paradise by the Dashboard Light"

  • Bon Jovi: "Livin' on a Prayer"

  • Queen: "Bohemian Rhapsody"

  • Journey: "Don't Stop Believin'"

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd: "Sweet Home Alabama"

  • ABBA: "Dancing Queen"

  • Gloria Gaynor: "I Will Survive"

  • Toto: "Africa"

Finally, remember that you get the final say on your playlist. If there are any tunes you simply adore or are particularly sentimental to you as a couple, go ahead and include them. After all, it's your wedding, so you make all the rules!