This Wedding Reception Playlist is Guaranteed to Get Your Guests on the Dance Floor

August 21, 2018 | juliette

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After the toasts are done and dinner has been served, it’s time to party! When creating your reception playlist, make sure to include a mix of genres, speeds, and songs from different eras to give a little something for all your guests. Group dances and songs that provoke spontaneous bursts of singing on the dance floor are also huge hits! From the first dance to the last song of the evening, we’ve rounded up the best wedding reception songs to keep your guests dancing all night long!

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Dancing Queen – ABBA

Despacito – Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

Havana – Camila Cabello

Marry You – Bruno Mars

On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez

Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Crazy in Love – Beyonce and Jay Z

Get Lucky – Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers

That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars

Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5

Take On Me – A-Ha

Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder

Footloose – Kenny Loggins

Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

I Want You Back – Jackson 5

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Sugar – Maroon 5

Africa – Toto

Meant to Be – Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line

Boot-Scootin’ Boogie – Brooks & Dunn

Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex

Copperhead Road – Steve Earle

Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton

I Cross My Heart – George Strait

Honey Bee – Blake Shelton

The Keeper of the Stars – Tracy Byrd

You Had Me From Hello – Kenny Chesney

Man! I Feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain

(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes

Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson

My Girl – The Temptations

Yeah! – Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris

Wannabe – Spice Girls

Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

Country Girl (Shake It For Me) – Luke Bryan

Redneck Woman – Gretchen Wilson

Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks

Hey Ya! – Outkast

Mr. Brightside – The Killers

Once In a Lifetime – Talking Heads

Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Mama Mia – ABBA

Kokomo – The Beach Boys

Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash

You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

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This Must Be The Place – Talking Heads

Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root

Rich Girl – Daryl Hall & John Oates

Sugar, We’re Goin Down – Fall Out Boy

Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani

I Love It – Icona Pop

We Found Love – Rihanna, Calvin Harris

It Takes Two – Rob Base & DJ EZ Roc

Good Feeling – Flo Rida

All of Me – John Legend

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

I Choose You – Sara Bareilles

The Way You Look Tonight – Michael Bublé

Hello – Martin Solveig, Dragonette

Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus

Oops!…I Did It Again – Britney Spears

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Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson

Gonna Make You Sweat – C & C Music Factory

Pump Up The Jam – Technotronic

SexyBack – Justin Timberlake

One More Time – Daft Punk

Free Ride – The Edgar Winter Group

Kiss – Prince

Waiting for Tonight – Jennifer Lopez

Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin

Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine

Wild Thing – The Troggs

All Day and All of The Night – The Kinks

Twist & Shout – The Beatles

You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate

Love Train – The O’Jays

Canned Heat – Jamiroquai

I Got You – James Brown

Shout – The Isley Brothers

Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson

Boogie Shoes – KC & The Sunshine Band

September – Earth, Wind & Fire

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Love Shack – The B-52’s

Everybody – The Backstreet Boys

Bye, Bye, Bye – *NSYNC

Best Day of My Life – American Authors

Single Ladies – Beyonce

Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj

You’re the One That I Want – John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Respect – Aretha Franklin

Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations

Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams

Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker

Bless The Broken Road – Rascal Flatts

Do You Love Me – The Contours


Looking for specific reception music inspiration for your first dance, final dance, or father/mother dance? Be sure to follow these curated playlists, as well:

80 First Dance Songs You Haven’t Thought of Yet

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

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

80 Last Dance Songs for 2018 to End Your Night Right

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  1. A great list. Thanks for sharing. Some of these I’ve played in bands before, but you’ve given me some good ideas to offer future wedding couples what songs they might want to hear for the evening party.

  2. THANK YOU for sharing this. I’ve gone to countless weddings/events that don’t play the right mix, and it definitely hurts the dance floor.

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