43 Best Polka Songs
These are the Best Polka Songs for Weddings to get people on the dance floor! Polka music is a form of European dance music which originated in Bohemia (now an area within the Czech Republic). 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. If you are interested in new Polka music or want to learn more about the Polka community, visit the International Polka Association website and the Cleveland Polka Association website.
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 rhythm section.
The Most Popular Polka Song for a Reception: 1) Beer Barrel Polka – Frankie Yankovic.
Popular Polka Artists include:
- Frankie Yankovic
- Jimmy Sturr
- Jimmy Dorsey
- Walt Solek
- Gene Wisniewski
- Eddie Blazonczyk
- Walter Ostanek
- “Weird Al” Yankovic
- Eddie Korosa
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Last Updated: Jannuary 4, 2021
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If you are looking for a modern Polka song to close out the evening…
“Closing Time” by The Chardon Polka Band
Check Out These Top Polka Albums
If you are interested in purchasing a good 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.
Polka dances as danced in 2/4 time. The pattern is a hop-step-close-step. One of the most popular versions of the polka is the “heel and toe and away we go” due to its ease to execution. Nowadays polka dances can be considered in the categories of ballroom and country and western.
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.
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