Music is one of the feature attractions at a wedding reception. After everyone has seen the beautiful bridal gown and eaten the delicious food, it’s time for the music to take center stage. If you want to make sure that you deliver the goods with songs that will make the occasion a happy one, we’ve got your back.
We’re going to give you a sampler of a terrific wedding reception songs for dancing, dining, and other special moments.
Up-Tempo Dance Songs
What’s a wedding reception without a generous supply of songs guaranteed to make people hit the dance floor? It’s a challenge to find a tune that both your 12-year-old niece and your 72-year-old grandmother will love. The best that you can do is play a variety of songs that are likely to cross demographics.
You can do yourself a huge favor by polling your guests ahead of time. Design your invitation so that the RSVP includes room for the guests to list a few of their favorite songs. You can also ask them to list a handful of songs that they’re tired of hearing. Armed with that information, you could cobble together a set list that might even have your grandmother dancing with your niece.
One additional thing to keep in mind is the lyrics. Even if a song is a favorite of several people, you need to decide if its risque lyrics are likely to offend others. A wedding is a time of celebration. Try to find a clean version of the song or perhaps, save it for the after-party.
Below are a few songs to get you started. They’re contemporary as well as old school favorites.
Best of My Love by The Emotions
Bootylicious by Destiny’s Child
Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Baby by Barry White
Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
Celebration by Kool and the Gang
Crazy in Love by Beyonce
Dancing Queen by ABBA
Finally by CeCe Peniston
Get Down on It by Kool and the Gang
Get Down Tonight by KC and the Sunshine Band
Getting’ Jiggy Wit It by Will Smith
Gonna Make You Sweat by C+C Music Factory
Got to Be Real by Cheryl Lynn
Happy by Pharrell Williams
Hey Ya! By Outkast
I Will Never Let You Down by Rita Ora
Just Dance by Lady Gaga
Let’s Groove by Earth, Wind and Fire
Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
Love Train by The O’Jays
Lovin’ On You by Luke Combs
Low by Flo Rider
Mad Love by Sean Paul and David Guetta
Miami by Will Smith
Rock Your Body by Justin Timberlake
September by Earth, Wind and Fire
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours by Stevie Wonder
Shake it Iff Taylor Swift
Sugar by Maroon 5
This is How We Do It by Montell Jordan
That’s The Way (I Like It) by KC and the Sunshine Band
24K Magic by Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars
Slow Dance Songs
A good DJ will know when to change tempo and give the dancers a chance to catch their breath.
At Last by Etta James
Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
Halo by Beyonce
Here and Now by Luther Vandross
Leave the Door Open by Silk Sonic
Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers
When I Fall in Love by Michael Buble
Wedding Reception Entrance Songs
Set the mood with a little music to introduce the wedding party. You might play the music continuously underneath the intros or turn up the volume only after someone is introduced and begins walking into the reception half.
Choose music that matches your personality and the mood of your particular wedding reception. If you’re not a serious person, choose something that reveals your playfulness, mischievousness, or sense of adventure.
Battle Without Honor by Tomoyasu Hotei
Canon in D by Pachelbel
Hawaiian Wedding Song by Elvis Presley
The Horse by Cliff Nobles and Co.
Soulful Strut by Young-Holt Unlimited
There is Love by Peter, Paul and Mary
You’re My First My Last My Everything by Barry White
You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder
Ballads for Dining
Adore You by Harry Styles
Adore You by Miley Cyrus
Afterglow by Ed Sheeran
All of Me by John Legend
Baby I Love Your Way by Peter Frampton
The Closer I Get to You by Luther Vandross
Crazy by Patsy Cline
The Eternal Flame by The Bangles
From This Moment On by Shania Twain
God Only Knows by The Beach Boys
I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song by Jim Croce
In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young
Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel
Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole
Love Someone by Jason Mraz
Love Someone by Lukas Graham
Marry Me by Jason Derulo
Perfect by Ed Sheeran
Ribbon in the Sky by Stevie Wonder
Saving All My Love For You by Whitney Houston
Sweet Embraceable You by Ella Fitzgerald
This is It by Scotty McCreery
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin
You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban
You Sang to Me by Marc Anthony
You’re Still the One by Shania Twain
When dinner is winding down and you want to slowly get your guests in the mood for the eventual dance songs to come play, a few mid-tempo songs like the ones below.
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tyrell
Could It Be I’m Falling in Love by The Spinners
If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys
Just the Two of Us by Grover Washington, Jr.
Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight and the Pips
No One by Alicia Keys
Not Another Love Song by Ella Mai
Only Wanna Be With You by Post Malone
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole
Vision of Love by Mariah Carey
Waiting for a Girl Like You by Foreigner
Songs That Aren’t the Romantic Ballads You Think They Are
There are some songs that you should avoid playing at the reception even if they’re requested. Notice why.
Every Breath You Take is a stalker’s anthem.
The Way We Were is a song about a couple that’s broken up.
I Will Always Love You is the story of two people going their separate ways.
Isn’t She Lovely? isn’t about an adult woman but a newborn baby girl.
Make Sure That You Have Great Wedding Reception Songs
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