200 Best Party Songs
We’re all over boring wedding receptions. Right? It’s your celebration. You want to dance to some legit tunes. Party hard and make it a night to remember. It’s your wedding so why not?
What Genre is Best for a Dance Party?
The songs we’ve curated are tried and true to get all of your wedding guests on the dance floor. The vibe of a good party is participation. You want your guests to crowd the dance floor. Only that one crazy aunt will dance by herself — you know the one. So, if you want to avoid that situation, get everyone on the dance floor. Right? Bullet dodged.
Current hits are good but a good dance party doesn’t need to stick to one genre. Rock, Country, Dance, R&B, Hip Hop, Swing, Big Band, Oldies, Polka, Jazz, Disco, Reggae, can all be on your list. Well, maybe not polka. Then again, if that’s your grandparent’s jam, play it early in the reception.
Do Party Songs Have to Fit the Wedding Theme?
In short, no. Your wedding reception is about having fun. You can get your groove on to “Shook Me All Night Long” in a tux. No worries. Though, you may want to bring more comfortable shoes or just dance barefoot. Not every party song will fit the theme of every wedding. However, the final say should go to the bride and groom.
No wedding is complete without music. Everyone will remember the ambiance and dancing at your wedding reception. Guests will also remember whether or not he or she had a good time. (Remember, they bought you really nice gifts. You want them to think it was worth it.) In fact, songs are the most important essence that adds flavor to the wedding. Getting down on the dance floor is the best way to express one’s enjoyment.
Why Do People Get on the Dance Floor?
People get on the dance floor when they hear their song! You’ll often see their demeanor completely change and they get up, often recruiting others, proclaiming “This is my jam, y’all!” A good backbeat or trap beat is irresistible.
Beyond the beat, music is personal. It evokes memories. The lyrics speak to our souls. This is why your crazy aunt dances to “Dancing Queen” by ABBA. She relates to it.
What about Corny Songs at my Reception?
Hey, kids love the chicken dance. No matter how lame it seems during the planning phase, you’ll be surprised at what happens at the moment. People will participate if the wedding couple does, too. If the style of a wedding is black tie and located in a classy venue, there is no reason not to have the limbo dance if the bride and groom want to start it! If the bride and groom lead, people will follow.
What if I Don’t Want my Grandpa to Bring SexyBack?
Okay, this is a legit concern. Sure, you may not want to see your grandpa dancing to Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack.” With that said, you can talk with your wedding coordinator and DJ and create phases for your reception.
Wait. What? Yes. Play the corny songs, the 70’s rocker song your mom loves, even the ABBA song your crazy aunt dances to (you know she got you a great gift). But later in the evening, the DJ can segue into your jams. The jams of your tribe. The ones that remind you and your wedding party of your good times together.
How Do I Choose Good Party Songs for My Wedding?
Selecting the best party songs is, in of itself, a great task. It’s not as easy as you think; it takes much effort. This is why we provide this list of 200 party songs so that it will inspire you as the wedding couple when you sit down to plan your wedding. You can even check out the ultimate collection of best wedding songs that you can find anywhere.
Choose the songs you want to hear during the dancing portion of your wedding reception. Then, be sure to give the list to the master of ceremonies or music entertainment before the wedding. This way, they will have all the songs you desire to have played. Even better is to plan this with your professional wedding planner.
200 Best Party Songs For Wedding Receptions
Below is a list of wedding party songs to choose from. We do not discount any music genre. As a professional DJ for decades, we know what works. We want you to have the best list of what to play at weddings.
Did we miss one of your favorite dance songs? Please place a comment below with your suggestion — and which song it should replace.
Party song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: May 21, 2020
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