Weddings are a beautiful thing: emotional, touching, moving… but we all know the best part is when the dancing starts and everybody gets up on the floor to move and celebrate. As a bride, you’ll have a blast getting down with all of your favourite people on one of the best nights of your life. All you have to do is make sure you have an exciting music list that will inspire people to shake it. So in the spirit of grooving, here is a list of songs that are guaranteed to get people – young and old – up and cutting a rug.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
Nothing gets people moving like songs about dancing. Throw in a classic 80s beat and Whitney Houston’s ridiculously good voice and you have a recipe for dance floor success.
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
A 2014 song that sounds like it could be from the 70s, this one will appeal to wedding guests no matter their age.
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
A dance song with a toast included in the lyrics (“Mazel Tov! L’Chaim!”), I Gotta Feeling is a great one to start off your reception with.
Hey Ya! – OutKast
Nobody can resist a song with instructions, so get ready to see all of your aunts and uncles shaking it like a Polaroid picture.
Dancing Queen – ABBA
If that sparkly piano and vocal intro don’t immediately get you off your butt and onto the dance floor, you may not have a pulse.
Cha Cha Slide – Mr. C
Like it or not, this one is a classic. You just have to play it at your wedding. It’s practically the law.
Yeah! – Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris
If these three hip hop powerhouses from the 2000s can’t get your party started, nobody can.
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
Those high-pitched vocals just hit in exactly the right place. Bonus points if your wedding is in September.
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys
If you were alive in the 90s, you know the power of this song to make people move. How can you resist that question-and-answer chorus?
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
The thing about this song is that when you hear it, you gotta cut loose. Footloose.
Mambo No. 5 (a Little Bit of…) – Lou Bega
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s an irresistible song to dance to. Especially if you’ve got an Angela, Pamela, Sandra, Rita, Monica, Erica, Tina, Sandra, Mary, or Jessica on your guest list. Which you probably do.
Man! I Feel Like a Woman! – Shania Twain
Whether your wedding is taking place in Tennessee and you’re wearing a cowboy hat down the aisle, or you’re all cosmopolitan New York edgy, this song is a bop that gets all of the girls goin’.
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Let’s be honest, when Taylor Swift set out to make this song, she had wedding reception dancing in mind. And she sure succeeded.