Top 20 Wedding Reception Songs
So, you’ve pledged your vows and had your tender first dance. Sentiment and emotion is running high. Now it’s time to hit the dance floor, cut loose and celebrate! This selection of party songs will guarantee that your guests will be racing to the dance floor at your wedding reception to showcase their best moves and sing along at the top of their voices.
1. This is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
A great way to get your wedding reception started. The constant chanting repetition of the title words in response to every line that Montell Jordan sings encourages the whole wedding party to join in with singing together, providing a strong opening unifier.
2. I Gotta Feeling- Black Eyed Peas
This song carries an upbeat message of celebration and impending excitement that will guarantee that you successfully set the tone for how your wedding reception is going to proceed.
3. Don’t Stop Believin’ - Journey
These motivational lyrics and the emotion that carries them through the song provide a fantastic base on which to start your life’s journey together. The lyrics tell the story of how two people met and came together and will now go on forever in such a way that any newly-married couple can identify with. This, combined with powerful vocals and a classic guitar solo, makes it a must-have choice at wedding receptions everywhere.
4. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) - Beyoncé
Single you may no longer be, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t sassily acknowledge the one that just put a ring on your finger. It also gives all the single people in the house a chance to celebrate their status with attitude too.
5. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
The cool opening guitar riff makes you want to strut your stuff towards the dance floor. The cheeky lyrics make you want to sing at anyone who will listen, and when it gets to that seventies-inspired brass riff, you’re ready to embody funk itself. Dance floor watch out!
6. Dancing Queen - ABBA
The dreamy glissando that the opening to this song provides makes you feel like you’re floating around the dance floor. Today is your big day and the lyrics in this song reinforce the feeling that at this moment in time, you are the centre of the universe.
7. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) - Stevie Wonder
The funky twang, that we are introduced to in the opening chords, thankfully never lets up throughout this stomper. The lyrics seem perfectly designed for a wedding celebration. After literally signing to dedicate your life to your loved one, it provides a chance to look towards your future together with hope.
8. Crazy In Love - Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Those blaring horns in the intro’s hook make you want to stomp right into the middle of the dance floor like the sassy Sasha Fierce that you are deep inside, before stopping traffic while you shake your thang. The lyrics encapsulate and celebrate the crazy emotion of love in all its glory, all the while set to a killer beat.
9. September - Earth, Wind and Fire
It’s a good idea to have a mix of all-time classics alongside your modern tunes in order to appeal to the range of generations at your wedding reception. This is one song that transcends generations. This mid-tempo jam mixes the sentimental lyrics of how special the bond you share with your partner truly is, while repeating a catchy hook that everyone can sing along to.
10. Happy - Pharrell Williams
This upbeat gem, with its sunny demeanour throughout, perfectly captures the tone of the joy that it feels like nothing could possibly diminish in your special moment in time.
11. Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
A classic, feel-good sing along song that has the power to make more and more people feel compelled to join in with singing as each line builds up to its joyous chorus. If you are still in need of an icebreaker at this point in your wedding reception, playing this song is fail proof.
12. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Endorsed by none other than Mr Wedding Song himself, Ed Sheeran, as his favourite song to perform at a wedding reception. In an interview with O, The Oprah Magazine he claimed that the reason this song was so popular at wedding receptions was because you could guarantee that a lot of the female guests would have brown eyes and would identify with the song, ‘so whenever I sing it, the dance floor goes off.’
13. Marry You - Bruno Mars
The clue is in the title. The melody gives a real upbeat swing to a song that was specifically written to celebrate marriage with wedding bells galore chiming throughout. The carefree lyrics and breezy tone create a light ambience.
14. Get Lucky - Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers
The laid-back synth guitar that permeates throughout this track creates a chilled sound which will allow you to take a moment to reflect contently on your wedding day and how you got so lucky!
15. Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Time to let your hair down with your bridesmaids and remind yourselves of your hens party and also come to the realisation that your fun times with your girlfriends don’t have to come to an end.
16. Wannabe - Spice Girls
This uptempo classic is a fun, anthemic choice to let loose to. Grab your girlfriends and act out whichever Spice Girl character you most identify with, all while not-so-subtly telling your spouse that he’d better not cross any of you!
17. I’m So Excited - The Pointer Sisters
This song expresses the bursting emotion of excitement that you are feeling at the prospect of your future. The repetition in the lyrics allow the emotions in the song to swell until they build to the explosive crescendo to reflect the love that you are unable to contain.
18. Gangnam Style - Psy
If there are any stragglers that still haven’t plucked up the courage to make it to the dance floor yet, then a song with designated dance moves is a fun, inclusive choice where everyone can feel just as silly as each other. A global phenomenon in recent years, this K-Pop track has become a staple on dance floors at wedding receptions worldwide. As the holder of the title of the most-watched video of all time on Youtube from 2012-2017, there’s no excuse for anyone not to know how to ride the horse or lasso the sexy lady.
19. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
The lyrics in this folk-rock song paint a realistic picture of what your married life will be like. It establishes the realisation that you’re going to be by each other's sides for every significant moment from now on and vowing to still be together when you’ve grown old. This sentiment is offset by the quirky tone to the vocals in the chorus, which set a fun mood for everyone at the wedding reception to enjoy.
20. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
The perfect song to end the perfect night with. The dreamy lull in the song provides an opportune moment to gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes, before the volume dramatically kicks in one more time for your posse to all gather round and celebrate your special wedding day with gay abandon. Just be careful if you attempt to recreate the lift - it’s been an eventful enough day already!
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