Top 100 Wedding Songs for Receptions

Creating a playlist for a wedding can be a challenging task. You want your guests to dance, but not everyone likes every type of music - or even every tempo of the music. Finding the right balance of dance songs to slow songs to keep the party flowing smoothly is not easy. Hiring a DJ or band is great because they have most likely seen it all. However, if you decide to go the playlist route, here are a few songs you may want to include (and some to avoid) to make sure your reception is a party your guests will never forget!


married couple dancing together at their wedding

Top 20 first dance songs


Let’s get this party started! It is tradition for the bride and groom to have a first dance before the reception really gets going. You can choreograph a routine with your spouse or just sway gently while gazing into each other’s eyes. Pick a song that reflects your relationship and journey you are embarking on together.

  1. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

  2. At Last – Etta James

  3. All of Me – John Legend

  4. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

  5. Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan/Billy Joel/Garth Brooks/Adele

  6. Everything – Michael Buble

  7. Better Together – Jack Johnson

  8. Lucky – Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat

  9. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley

  10. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

  11. Crazy Love – Van Morrison

  12. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding

  13. Marry You – Bruno Mars

  14. The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennett/Frank Sinatra

  15. Then – Brad Paisley

  16. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

  17. You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker

  18. L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole

  19. You and Me – Lifehouse

  20. My Best Friend – Tim McGraw

Top 20 Father/Daughter dance songs


Bring on the tissues! The father/daughter dance is one that seems to get all the wedding guests all choked up! There are so many wonderful songs about the love between a father and his daughter. Find the perfect one that encapsulates your relationship with you and your dad.

  1. Unforgettable - Nat King Cole & Natalie King Cole

  2. You’ll be in my hHeart - Phil Collins

  3. Love me Now - John Legend

  4. I hope you Dance - Lee Ann Wommack

  5. Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw

  6. It Won’t be like this for Long - Darrius Rucker

  7. I Loved her First - Heartland

  8. Fathers and Daughters - Michael Bolton

  9. Isn’t she Lovely - Stevie Wonder

  10. Fathers and Daughters - Paul Simon

  11. Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlise

  12. Wind Beneath my Wings - Bette Midler

  13. What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

  14. Dance with my Father - Luther Vandross

  15. Perfect - Ed Shereen

  16. Your Song - Elton John

  17. Thank you - Dido

  18. In my Life - The Beatles

  19. I’ll Stand by you - The Pretenders

  20. Lullabye (Goodnight my angel) - Billy Joel


A bride dancing with her father

Top 20 Mother/Son dances


The groom and his mother should have their moment in the spotlight, too. Sometimes finding the right song to celebrate their relationship can be tricky, so here are a few songs that showcase the special bond between moms and their sons.

  1. You are my Sunshine - Chris Stapleton

  2. The First Lady in my Life - Paul Todd

  3. Beautiful Boy - John Lennon

  4. Wildflowers - Tom Petty

  5. My mother’s Eyes - Frankie Valli

  6. I’ll be There - Jackson Five

  7. You are the Sunshine of my Life - Stevie Wonder

  8. Rainbow Connection - The Muppets

  9. He Gets that From me - Reba McEntire

  10. Just the Way you are - Billy Joel

  11. Because you Loved me - Celine Dion

  12. Close to you - The Carpenters

  13. Home - Jack Johnson

  14. Over the Rainbow - Israel “IZ” kamakawiwo’ole

  15. Do I Make you Proud - Taylor Hicks

  16. Hero - Mariah Carrey

  17. Mama’s Song - Carrie Underwood

  18. Have I told you Lately - Van Morrison

  19. Don’t Blink - Kenny Chesney

  20. How Sweet it is (to be Loved by you) - James Taylor

Top 20 Dance songs


Your reception is a party - a celebration! So have some fun! Here are 20 great dance songs that will show off your guests’ dance moves - both young and old!

  1. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

  2. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

  3. Shake it off - Taylor Swift

  4. Raise your Glass - P!nk

  5. Celebration - Kool & the Gang

  6. Stain’ Alive - Bee Gees

  7. September - Earth, Wind & Fire

  8. Livin’ on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

  9. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

  10. Don’t Stop Believing - Journey

  11. Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks

  12. Country Girl (shake if for me) - Luke Bryan

  13. Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band

  14. Sugar - Maroon 5

  15. Levitating (feat. DaBaby) - Dua Lipa

  16. Wannabe - Spice Girls

  17. Thriller - Michael Jackson

  18. Footloose - Kenny Loggins

  19. You Shook me all Night Long - AC/DC

  20. Cotton Eyed Joe - Rednex

20 Songs to avoid at your wedding reception


Whether they have been overplayed at nauseum or contain some inappropriate lyrics, or just have a downer vibe, these songs may be best to avoid at your reception.

  1. Baby got Back - Sir Mix a Lot

  2. Locomotion - Little Eva

  3. Single Ladies - Beyonce

  4. I will Survive - Gloria Ganer

  5. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke

  6. Who Let the Dogs Out - Baha Men

  7. All my exes live in Texas - George Strait

  8. Love Stinks - J. Geils Band

  9. GoldDigger - Kanye West

  10. My Humps - Black Eyed Peas

  11. Before he Cheats - Carrie Underwood

  12. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

  13. Hey Ya - OutKast

  14. White Wedding - Billy Idol

  15. Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) - Big and Rich

  16. Honky Tonk Badonkadonk - Trace Adkins

  17. Watch Me (Nae, Nae) - Silento

  18. Hot in Here - Nelly

  19. Hello - Adele

  20. I Touch Myself - Divinyls


Wedding party jumping up in the air for a wedding photo together

BONUS - Guaranteed Group Dance songs

Here are 10 Songs almost guaranteed to get everyone out on the dance floor!

  1. We are Family - Sister Sledge

  2. Cha Cha Slide - DJ Casper

  3. The Macarena - Los Del Rio

  4. Shout - Otis Day and the Knights

  5. YMCA - Village People

  6. Boot Scootin Boogie - Brooks and Dunn

  7. Love Shack - B52’s

  8. Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

  9. Chicken Dance - The Tweets

  10. Cupid Shuffle - Cupid

No matter what songs you choose (or choose not to have) at your reception, make sure you have fun! You just got married! It’s time to celebrate!


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