The Best Polka Songs
Updated on April 16, 2022 | Written by Matthew Campbell
If you want people to have fun and fill up the dance floor at your wedding reception, then why not give polka a shot? It’s a fun way to honor your Eastern European heritage.
Why Would I Play Polka At My Wedding?
If you have Eastern European roots, most probably your family loves polka! So why not slip in a few songs and allow everyone else to enjoy? Weddings are about celebrating families and culture.
Polka is fun! You can’t help but laugh and smile while you dance. By far, the most popular polka song is “Beer Barrel Polka” by Frankie Yankovic. We bet you’ll start singing along when you hear the chorus. This is a fun song for a wedding reception. Why not a polka cover of “Closing Time” by The Chardon Polka Band to end out the evening?
Table of Contents:
- Polka Wedding Songs
- Polka Wedding Songs Spotify Playlist
- Top Polka Albums
- Top Polka Artists
- Questions about Polka Music
Did we include your favorite polka song? If not, feel free to let us know in the comments.
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Modern Polka Songs
So, gather up your jackets, move it to the exits
I hope you have found a friend
Closing time, every new beginning
Comes from some other beginning’s end
Be sure to check out the upcoming Ocean Beach Park Polka Days in London, CT. Visit their website for more details.
Classic Polka Songs
Apples, peaches, pumpkin pie
Who’s not ready? Holler I!
Let’s all play hide and seek
Roll out the barrel, we’ll have a barrel of fun
Roll out the barrel, we’ve got the blues on the run
Zing boom tararrel, ring out a song of good cheer
Now’s the time to roll the barrel, for the gang’s all here
You filled me with strange delight
and softly you strolled away
I dream of that night with you
lady when first we met
Dance, Dance, Dance
Life can be happy and gay
It’s good time polka all day long
So get ready, get set because
You’re about to get a good time polka tonight
I got married and divorced after quite a fuss
‘Cause my wife refused to let her mother live with us
I hear a polka and my troubles are through
This kind of music is like heaven to me
It’s up and down and then you wave your knees
Your head goes boppin’ in the morning breeze
To the Hop Scotch Polka
No No No, We don’t want to go home
Till the bottle goes dry
That’s why we drink it here
And when we’re gone from here
All our friends will be drinking all that beer
She only wants me when I got money
When I have no money she is disgusted
You’ve caused me to lose all my women
And now, now you say we are through
Well, I’m telling you
Baby, I was through with you
Let’s have a party, a party tonight
We’ll bring the music for your delight
Roll out the barrels, spread out some cheer
We’ll play a polka for everybody’s ears
Her name is Mini she’s skinny
And what a flirt Tthe boys love her so
While they’re dancing
Everybody’s cares are quickly gone
This goes on and on until the dawn
Try the rye or the kaiser
They’re on special tonight
If you want, you can have an appetizer
You might like our silami and the liver’s alright
And they really go well with the rye or the kaiser
Check Out These Top Polka Albums
Popular Polka Artists
- Frankie Yankovic
- Jimmy Sturr
- Jimmy Dorsey
- Walt Solek
- Gene Wisniewski
- Eddie Blazonczyk
- Walter Ostanek
- “Weird Al” Yankovic
- Eddie Korosa
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The History of Polka Music
When you think of Polka you probably think of the baseline and accordion and maybe the fun dance. You may think of Oktoberfest even! Polka is a Czech folk dance and is spread across the entire region. It’s popular anywhere you see Eastern European cultures, like Germans and their Oktoberfest. Polka is even an influence on Mariachi music.
There are different styles of Polka depending on ethnic influences. The main emphasis in many polka songs is the use of one musical instrument – the accordion. Along with the accordion, polka songs can be accompanied by fiddles, clarinets, and a rhythm section.
Considered America’s Polka King, Frankie Yankovic, helped popularize polka music in America while releasing more than 200 polka singles. Frankie Yankovic obtained the title of America’s Polka King after beating Duke Ellington in a battle of the bands at the Milwaukee Arena. In 1986 he was awarded the first-ever Grammy in the Best Polka Recording category. Frankie was so popular, he could probably have every song on our list. When playing a polka song at a wedding, you cannot go wrong with Frankie Yankovic.
Polka music made its way into America with immigrants from Eastern Europe. However, the popularity of Polka music has significantly decreased with minimal Polka albums becoming mainstream after 2009. Alex Meixner is a Grammy Nominated accordionist who has helped rock-out polka. If you are interested in other Polka music or want to learn more about the Polka community, visit the International Polka Association’s website and the Cleveland Polka Association’s website.
Why Not Have a Quick Polka Dance Lesson?
If you can do the Texas Two-Step, you can probably do the Polka! It’s a popular dance based upon 2/4 timing. It has a half step which is where the “pulka” comes in. You can do the polka to any 2/4 song — like most country music.
One of the most popular versions of the polka is the “heel and toe and away we go” due to its ease of execution. Nowadays polka dances can be included in the categories of ballroom as well as country and western.
If you are interested in purchasing a good polka CD for weddings, we recommend a CD named “Polka Hits The Casuals Way.” The disc offers 10 Karaoke-style hits which include Let’s Have a Party/E-I, E-I-O, Just Because, In Heaven There Is No Beer, Who Stole The Kishka, Too Fat Polka, Roll Out The Barrel, Blue Skirt Waltz, Pennsylvania Polka, The Bird Dance, and Grab Your Balls We’re Going, Bowling. If you want to purchase the disc, please contact Ray Zalokar of www.247Polkaheaven.com. You can also email Ray 247polka[at]247polkaheaven[dot]com for more information.
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