80 Last Dance Songs for 2018 to End the Night Right

July 19, 2018 | juliette

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When it comes to reception music, last dance songs are probably not high on your list of priorities but—trust us—you don’t want to leave it up to chance. You want to be sure your guests know it’s the last song of the evening so everyone is on the dance floor to end the night. Your last dance song should be a song that speaks to the ambiance you’ve created throughout your entire day. Whether you want to end the party on a high note with a group dance or on a romantic note with a slow dance, these last dance songs are sure to end the night right!

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Group Dance Wedding Music Songs

This eclectic group of songs will be sure to get everybody out on the floor, even if they don’t dance. Universally known (and loved) by generations, you’ll be sending your guests out on a high note with scratchy voices from singing along.

All You Need is Love – The Beatles

This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole

Love On Top – Beyonce

Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader

Mr. Brightside – The Killers

Closer – The Chainsmokers

Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Closing Time – Semisonic

Tiny Dancer – Elton John

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I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness

All The Small Things – Blink 182

Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root

This Must Be The Place – Talking Heads

September – Earth, Wind & Fire

Young Folks – Peter Bjorn and John

Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Hey Ya – Outkast

Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

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Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

Footloose – Kenny Loggins

Take On Me – A-Ha

I Really Like You – Carly Rae Jepsen

Dog Days are Over – Florence and the Machine

Bye Bye Bye – *NSYNC

Wannabe – The Spice Girls

…Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus

Crazy in Love – Beyonce

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

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Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon

YMCA – Village People

Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5

I Love It – Icona Pop

Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira

Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

Yeah! – Usher

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

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Slow Dance Wedding Music Songs

If slow dances match your wedding day vibes better than the ruckus of group dance songs these options will still send your guests to the dance floor. Instead of taking off their heels to jump along, they’ll have grabbed their partners to dance from cheek-to-cheek.

At Last – Etta James

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

The Nearness of You – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Perfect – Ed Sheeran

Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton

From The Ground Up – Dan + Shay

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

Angela – The Lumineers

By Your Side – Sade

Let It Be Me – Ray LaMontagne

Something About Your Love – Mason Jennings

Sweet Pea – Amos Lee

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Close Your Eyes – Michael Buble

It’s Only Dancing – Jeremy Messersmith

Harvest Moon – Neil Young

Time After Time – Iron and Wine

Lucky – Jason Mraz and Colbie Callait

XO – John Mayer

Maps – Colin & Caroline

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes

Greatest Love Story – Lanco

Ho Hey – The Lumineers

Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw

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In Case You Didn’t Know – Brett Young

Thing About Us – Steve Moakler

Only Love – Ben Howard

Our Love – Judah & the Lion

I Cross My Heart – George Strait

Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran

Home – Michael Buble

Wildfire – Ben Rector

Love Is Beginning – Imaginary Future

Hesitate – Steve Moakler

Magic – Coldplay

I’m With You – Vance Joy


Looking for more music ideas to round out your reception? Check out these curated playlists:

These 60 Mother-Son Dance Songs Won’t Leave a Dry Eye in the House

These 60 Father-Daughter Dance Songs Get Us Right in The Feels

80 First Dance Songs You Haven’t Thought Of Yet

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  1. I’ll definitely let my DJs know about this collection of music :)

  2. Crazy in Love – Beyonce it’s definitely song for me! nice article.

  3. The only song on this list that actually works as a last dance song is SHUT UP & DANCE. The rest are just songs that would work during dinner or dancing.

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