12 Songs to Play When Opening the Dance Floor

These tunes will let guests know it's time to dance!

You probably haven’t given much thought to which song will open up the dance floor, so get ideas for what to play to get the party started!

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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 song will open up the dance floor. Sure, you may have a few favorite tunes you know you want played during the night, but the first song that indicates it’s time to start dancing can set the tone for the rest of the night.

popular wedding songs to open up the dance floor
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We’ve picked out a dozen of our favorites that make for a great start to any reception. Some may be a little more instructive, with lyrics demanding, “Everybody dance now!” while others are just known for making everybody want to bust a move. From oldies to modern hits, it’s hard for even the most dancing-averse to resist these jams.

"Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

"This is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan

"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson

"We Found Love" by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris

"September" by Earth, Wind & Fire

"Twist and Shout" by The Beatles

"Hey Ya!" by Outkast

"Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston

"Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé

"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" by Backstreet Boys

"Gonna Make You Sweat" by C+C Music Factory

For more advice and tips, discover some of the most popular wedding songs, find out how to make sure your guests dance all night and what to play for the last song.