12 Songs That Are Guaranteed to Get Everyone Dancing at Your Wedding
If you want your wedding to be the most talked about in town, you need to get everyone out on the dance floor all night long. (Lionel Richie-reference intended!)
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Lauryn Hill
“It’s the perfect song for warming up the dance floor during dinner or cocktail hour,” shares veteran wedding DJ Petey Randall of Queue DJ. “This refreshing rendition of the Frankie Valli classic adds a heavy baseline that’s great for making people feel like dancing, long before the dancing officially kicks off.”
“Let’s Get Married” (ReMarqable Remix) by Jagged Edge
“There are a lot of love songs out there, but not too many that talk you through an entire wedding ceremony in detail. This song is a great choice during the transition from dinner music to dance party.” DJ Petey suggests playing this when there’s a lull in conversation or ceremonial affairs.
“Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
“Nostalgia is a very powerful force when it comes to music. Fill your playlist with fun throwbacks that transport you to a memorable time or place. A good DJ will seamlessly integrate these jaunts down memory lane with more contemporary party music, creating a mix that is both unique and timeless.” We hear you, DJ Petey!
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“Dance Yrself Clean” by LCD Soundsystem
Petey insists on this tune for later in the night, “When grandma’s sweatin’ up a storm and the groom has lost his shoes.” (Sounds like a fun wedding!)
“Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone
Looking for a great closing song? DJ Petey wants your guests to get in on the singing, so he suggests this classic singalong feel-good tune.
“Love Shack” by the B-52s
“While this may be considered one of those cheesy wedding songs there hasn’t been a single wedding where I have not received a request to play this song,” explains Kevin M. Dennis, a top wedding DJ from Fantasy Sound. “It’s fun, everybody knows it, and it can still pack a dance floor!”
“Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
“In today’s world, you can’t go wrong with Bruno Mars!” We hear you loud and clear, and will dance in agreement, Kevin. “His ability to appeal to both young and older audiences is unparalleled, and this hit is the perfect example!”
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
“This song has become an instant classic. The perfect storm of its danceable rhythm and singable lyrics are guaranteed to fill any dance floor and lift everyone’s spirits!” Dennis says dance-minded DJs will play this one in the middle of the night to keep the party going. C’mon, the hook is dance, dance, dance. No arguments here.
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“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
“This is one of those raise-your-glass type of songs,” Dennis says. “Everyone may not be dancing, but I can guarantee that everyone in the room will be singing along at an insane level to this one!”
“Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid
Kevin likes songs that have accompanying dances everyone already seems to know, plus your southern guests will be overjoyed to hear this one. “This one has made a definite comeback since last wedding season and has rebranded itself as a must play at every wedding. Much like the “Cha Cha Slide,” “Cupid Shuffle” is a perfect way to get everyone on the dance floor and is simple enough for all ages!”
“Wannabe” by the Spice Girls
“’90s hits will get everyone going,” shares Kevin. “It’ll always fill the dance floor, and nostalgia is always a hit.”
“Bye, Bye, Bye” by NSYNC
Obviously this one is great at the end of a wedding, too, and the sheer ’90s appeal will get everyone moving. “When in doubt I always suggest throwing in something from the ’90s,” tells Kevin. “Anything by the Spice Girls, NSYNC, or Backstreet Boys will always fill the dance floor.”
Originally published as 12 Songs That Are Guaranteed to Get Everyone Dancing at Your Wedding on ReadersDigest.com.