Wedding Songs to Dance To: How to Pick Dancing Tunes for Every Guest!

wedding songs to dance toWe can all agree that weddings are emotional landmines.  However, the best weddings that I have attended had ceremonies where tears were shed, embraces were had, and then the formality abandoned as guests danced the night away at the fantastic reception post-ceremony.  After all, what do people love to do at parties once their bellies are full and toasts are over?  If you are looking for some great wedding songs to dance to at your upcoming wedding reception or party, we have some suggestions right here that are going to help you and your guests get your grooves on! From the classics to the raging 80’s to contemporary hits, we’re going to list our top picks right here.

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Tips for Choosing Wedding Songs to Dance To

Before you start choosing your playlist, here are some things to keep in mind while you go about choosing wedding songs to dance to:

Mix things up:  It is likely that you are going to have a wide variety of guests at your wedding, from your college roommates to colleges to some of your dad’s friends.  Knowing this, it is important that you keep your playlist varied.  Not everyone is going to be able to dance to Beyonce, and some would prefer to dance to KC & The Sunshine Band more than others.  Mix things up and play different kinds of tunes that each of your guests, including you, can have fun dancing to.

Know what your guests like:  With the guests you know well, you will be able to cater your dance music to their liking.  For instance, if your family has a favorite jig that you like to get down to, let the DJ or bandleader know so that you can get a group dancing.  You might have some cheesy songs in there, but that should only add to the fun.

Just ask:  A convenient way to make sure that you know what type of music your guests will enjoy dancing to would be to simply ask.  On your RSVP card, ask your guests to name a few songs that are going to get them up and dancing.  You definitely do not want to have an empty dance floor at your wedding.  If you have a DJ, make sure that you provide them with a list of the preferred dance songs ahead of time.

Older guests:  Catering your wedding dance music to older guests can seem tricky.  However, keep in mind that older guests are probably going to leave early.  Knowing this, you can play some older hits early on in your reception.  You never know, these hits could be a favorite of some of your younger guests as well!  Consider these dancing tunes: “Teddy Bear” (Elvis), “You Can’t Hurry Love” (Supremes), or “Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lewis).

Keep the floor busy:  A good and inviting dance for is always a stacked one.  Because this is your day, you have the freedom to tell your bridal or grooms party to get on the dance floor.  Have them go around the room inviting other people on the floor and mix up some generations!

weddingdancemusicSuggestions for Wedding Dance Songs

80s Dance Music

  • Billy Idol – “Dancing With Myself”
  • Commodores – “Celebration”
  • Commodores – “Easy”
  • Earth Wind & Fire – “Shining Star”
  • John Cougar – “Rockin In The USA”
  • Kool & The Gang – “Get Down On It”
  • Kool and the Gang — “Jungle Boogie”
  • Madonna — “Burning Up”
  • Madonna — “Material Girl”
  • Madness — “Our House”
  • Michael Jackson — “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough”
  • Modern English — “Melt With You”
  • Pet Shop Boys — “West End Girls”
  • Romantics — “What I Like About You”
  • The Clash — “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
  • The Cure — “Love Cats”
  • The Weather Girls — “It’s Raining Men”
  • Tommy Tutone — “Jenny (867-5309)”
  • Violent Femmes — “Blister In The Sun”

70s Dance Music

  • Chic — “Good Times”
  • Commodores — “Brick House”
  • Grand Funk Railroad — “Some Kind Of Wonderful”
  • Jackson 5 — “ABC”
  • KC & The Sunshine Band — “Get Down Tonight”
  • KC & The Sunshine Band — “Shake Your Booty”
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd — “Sweet Home Alabama”
  • Ramones — “I Wanna Be Sedated”
  • Rolling Stones — “Miss You”
  • Sly and the Family Stone — “Dance to the Music”
  • Sister Sledge — “We Are Family”
  • The Isley Bros — “It’s Your Thing”

60s Dance Music

  • Al Green — “Lets Stay Together”
  • Aretha Franklin — “Respect”
  • Beatles — “I Saw Her Standing There”
  • Beatles — “Twist & Shout”
  • Blues Brothers — “Soul Man”
  • Credance Clearwater Revival — “Proud Mary”
  • Four Seasons — “Oh What A Night”
  • James Brown — “I Feel Good”
  • Mitch Ryder — “Devil With A Blue Dress”
  • Mitch Ryder — “Good Golly Miss Molly”
  • Otis Redding — “Hard to Handle”
  • Rolling Stones — “Jumping Jack Flash”
  • Rolling Stones — “Satisfaction”
  • Supremes — “You Can’t Hurry Love”
  • The Archies — “Sugar”
  • Van Morrison — “Into the Mystic”
  • Young Rascals — “Good Lovin'”

50s Dance Music

  • Chubby Checker — “The Twist”
  • Chuck Berry — “Johnny B. Goode”
  • Contours — “Do You Love Me”
  • Elvis Presley — “Blue Suede Shoes”
  • Elvis Presley — “Can’t Help Falling In Love”
  • Elvis Presley — “Teddy Bear”
  • Platters — “Only You”
  • Sam Cook — “You Send Me”
  • The Angels — “My Boyfriend’s Back”
  • The Kingsmen — “Louie Louie”
  • Wilson Picket — “Mustang Sally”

40s Dance Music

  • Frank Sinatra — “It Had To Be You”
  • Frank Sinatra — “The Way You Look Tonight”

Current Popular Dance Music

  • Beyonce — “Crazy in love”
  • Christina Aguilera — “Ain’t No Other Man”
  • Christina Aguilera — “Beautiful”
  • Ciara — “One Two Step”
  • Emotions — “Best of My Love”
  • Gretchen Wilson — “Redneck Woman”
  • Justin Timberlake — “Summer Love”
  • Mary J Blidge — “Family Affair”
  • Outkast — “The Way You Move”

Get Ready to Dance!

With these suggestions for wedding songs to dance to, you will be able to keep things lively and bumping on the dance floor throughout the night.  If you are feeling shy about hitting the floor, check out more dancing courses on Udemy so that you will be able to strut your stuff confidently! Also, be sure to capture all the greatest dance moments with the best wedding photography.