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While you and your future spouse may carefully pore over song lists to find the right tune for walking down the aisle, your grand entrance, or the first dance, you probably haven’t given as much thought to which wedding songs will open up the dance floor.
Sure, you may have a few favorite tunes you know you want played during the wedding reception, but the first song that indicates it’s time to start the dance party can set the tone for the rest of the night. Need help adding some of these party songs to your wedding music playlist?
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We’ve picked out 21 of our favorite party songs that make for a great start to any wedding reception. Some may be a little more instructive, with lyrics literally demanding, “Everybody dance now!” while others are just known for making everybody want to bust a move.
From oldies to modern hits and hip-hop to funky music, plus some of the most successful songs on the top charts, it’s hard for even the most dancing-averse wedding guests to resist these jams either at the beginning of the night – or when the dance floor needs some party songs to get the crowd going again.
Take a look at 21 of the top songs to get wedding guests of all ages on the dance floor!
While many of Whitney's fans of course prefer the original, Kygo's remix of "Higher Love" makes for the perfect upbeat tune to get wedding guests of all ages on the dance floor!
Seemingly out of nowhere, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars became one of the top wedding reception dance party songs, with many couples and wedding parties even choreographing dances to it for their entrance!
Another favorite for wedding receptions across the nation is "This is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan. The hip-hop and R&B artist has even been hired to perform it for the guests on the dance floor at a few weddings!
The "King of Pop" has quite a few hits that have become popular wedding songs, with "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" being one of the best party songs from the artist.
Since 2011, "We Found Love" by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris has been on many playlists of wedding songs. It's especially a favorite for guests to both sing and dance to on the dance floor!
Whether you have a DJ or an engaging band performing this song on stage, "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire is guaranteed to get guests young and old out on the dance floor.
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Another oldie but goodie, "Twist and Shout" by The Beatles is one of our favorite songs for the wedding reception that all guests will love. For additional ideas, see more wedding songs by The Beatles!
Fans of André 3000 and couples who grew up in the early 2000s will love opening the dance floor with "Hey Ya!" by Outkast for a nostalgic popular song that the kids will love too.
Another favorite among kids and adults alike is "Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon. A bonus is that the lyrics actually instruct your guests to dance.
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston is a feel-good song that will get everyone on the dance floor. Another idea is to have your DJ remix another of the singer's slower hits for your first dance that then transitions into this great song to start the party!
Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" will get all of your single friends on the dance floor, but "Crazy in Love" is a choice that's a bit more widespread for all guests – and the title fits the wedding theme.
If you and your group of friends were huge Backstreet Boys fans, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" by Backstreet Boys will be a sure-fire way to ensure everyone hits the dance floor. For more inspiration, see the Backstreet Boys at Nick Carter's wedding!
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"Gonna Make You Sweat" by C+C Music Factory has been featured as a dance-party starter in so many movies, and it's also the perfect song to get all of your wedding guests dancing all night long.
Whether you're a fan of Dirty Dancing or not, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from the much-loved movie will get all of your guests dancing – even if you haven't mastered the lift in the famous dancing scene!
Many would argue that this song should be played later in the night at your wedding reception, but regardless, "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond is sure to get some participation from your wedding guests!
If you and your new spouse grew up listening to "Yeah!" by Usher at school dances, you already know the power it has to get everyone on the dance floor. Why not carry that magic on at your wedding?
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Calling all rock fans! "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC is a classic, and it's nearly guaranteed to get your friends and family belting out the lyrics at the top of their lungs.
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" by Stevie Wonder is a classic, so it's no wonder it's also a favorite of Inside Weddings couples for their wedding recessional, first dance, grand exit, and more!
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