Our Top 11 Best Dance Songs for Your Wedding Reception

Well, you’ve made it. You’ve saved, planned, orchestrated, invited, and vowed. Your “I Do’s” are done, your photos are checked off, and now all that’s left… is to party! That’s right, it’s reception time, friends, and we. Are. Here. For. It! We LOVE receptions because it’s the time of the day when everyone gets to let loose. The hard work is over, and the party people get to grab a drink (or a few), kick off their shoes, and celebrate! 

But a wedding reception would just be a boring dinner party without one crucial element – excellent music. That’s why we believe hiring a fantastic DJ is truly vital to a great wedding day party. The DJ holds the whole reception together, makes it flow well, and creates an unforgettable atmosphere – for better or worse. And believe us when we say we’ve seen worse. So, please, dear wedding couple, use recommendations and reviews and meet a few DJs along the way before you choose the best one for you. DJ choice is so important! Here are a few DJs we love and will recommend every day of the week (in no particular order):

Millenium Sound Productions

DJ Shawn Steele

Lake Erie Events

Lake Shore DJ Service

Since we’ve been to more than a few wedding receptions, we can go beyond just recommending our favorite DJs. We’ve selected a handful of our favorite dance-til-you-drop wedding reception songs that are guaranteed to have your guests on the dance floor all night long! Here are our top 11 best dance songs for your wedding reception (don’t worry, no Electric Slide in sight).

 I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston

We’re starting off with a classic! You will never go wrong with Whitney Houston, and this one gets everyone out on the dance floor, from Grandma Lois down to your adorable ring bearers. Play it at the beginning of dance time, and it’s a surefire winner!

two women dancing at Majestic Woods wedding reception

Marry You by Bruno Mars

Are you even really married if you didn’t play this song at your wedding? One of the best reception songs for very obvious reasons; this one makes our list because it’s super fun, bouncy, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Bride and groom dancing at Lakeshore Vineyards wedding reception

Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon

No one can resist dancing to this one! This choice is guaranteed to get everyone up and moving – even the most dance-floor-resistant guests! Not only will you have a crowd filling your dance floor, but since everyone knows the lyrics, they’ll be yelling and singing along. You can’t lose!

Guests dancing at Erie Art Museum wedding

Sweet Child o Mine by Guns n’ Roses

Want a surefire way to get a dance-off circle going? Nothing brings out the air guitar talents of your groomsmen like the guitar solo in this one. It’s a classic for a reason.

Dancing at Goddell Gardens wedding reception

Girls Like You by Maroon 5 with Cardi B

Always a crowd-pleaser with a great beat, we love this fun song with Cardi B and Adam Levine. Perfect for a wedding dance floor!

Guests dancing at an Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel wedding reception

Perfect by Ed Sheeran

Let’s slow it down a bit with this one. As one of the most popular songs to slow dance to over the last few years, this one will surely get all those couples out on the dance floor. Not every guest will want to shake it with their hands in the air like they just don’t care, but almost everyone will get out there for a slow dance. This one is perfect.

Bride and groom dancing a Majestic Woods wedding reception

I Am Yours by Andy Grammer

Another perfect song for a slow first dance or just a break in all the jumping around, this one is a can’t-miss. Heartfelt, emotional, and way too underrated, this beautiful number by Andy Grammer is a sure way to bring the romance back to your reception.

Man and three women laughing on dance floor

1, 2 Step by Ciara

This one is sure to bring a little “club” to your reception, and we’re here for it! An obvious hip-hop choice for your playlist, this one will have everyone on the dance floor!

bride dancing with bridesmaid at Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel wedding reception

Rasputin (Club Remix) by Barbra Streisand & Boney M, remixed by DJ Doug Laurent

This one is 100% certain to get everyone moving, bouncing, and out on the dance floor! The fun beat is irresistible, even to the most timid of dancers. Do not miss adding this one to your dance playlist! 

bride dancing in the middle of a circle of wedding guests

Lovely Day by Bill Withers

This oldie-but-goodie has made a recent comeback as a viral TikTok and Reels audio and is sure to be a fun, familiar soundtrack to get your guests up and dancing! This one has our vote for the one that adds a bit of unexpected variety to the mix.

Two women smiling and dancing at Majestic Woods wedding

Bye Bye Bye by *NSync

A classic that literally everyone knows at least some of the moves to, this one is a must! This might be aging us, but Bye Bye Bye takes us back to our own youth, so we just had to include it! We love that it is still popular and a super fun (albeit obvious) way to end the night!

Two bridesmaids surround groomsman on the dance floor at Erie PA wedding reception

We hope you had as much fun listening to some of our favorite wedding reception dance songs as we did writing the list! If you’d like to put this playlist on repeat (I mean, we are) grab our custom Spotify playlist here! And when you’re ready to let us help you through the wedding process, we’d love to serve you.

Send us a message here, and get ready for the most fun you’ve ever had taking photos! We can’t wait to get started!

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