100 Best Wedding Party Dance Songs at Receptions
After the wedding couple dances with their parents, they may have the garter ceremony (wedding reception timeline). So what song will the wedding party dance to? And how will the song’s theme set the tone for the dancing portion of the evening?
Who is Part of the Wedding Party Dance?
Being selected into a bride and/or groom’s wedding party is more than just celebrating at the wedding. The wedding couple entrusts in you to do certain things. Check out our article: Wedding Party Roles – Each Member and Their Roles. And don’t worry about what to call them if your wedding is genderless. Having people stand up for you is all that matters, regardless of those roles.
Remember, this is your day to celebrate your love. Feel free to break from western tradition or adopt one that suits you best.
The wedding party dance composition is up to you as the engaged couple. Of course, talk to your wedding planner and DJ. You can skip it or keep it small.
The groomsmen and bridesmaids join the newlyweds who are already on the dance floor. You can include parents and special guests, too. It all depends on how embarrassed you want to be watching the Snapchat videos later.
What Kind of Song Is Best for the Wedding Party Dance?
Many couples allow the Best Person to choose this song. This is especially true if they dance to a coordinated routine to surprise the wedding couple. If this is the plan, be sure that the person conspires with the DJ and the wedding planner. It’s okay to surprise the couple, but not the DJ.
A more traditional wedding party dance song could be a slower one. We suggest “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick. But do you want people crying and ruining their makeup? Besides, there are better songs from the ’80s for your wedding party dance song.
If you are looking for a more upbeat wedding party dance songs, we would suggest “Celebration” by Kool and The Gang.
2020’s Top Wedding Party Dance Songs
Does it surprise you to see 69 Boyz, AC/DC, and Aerosmith in the top 10 of the bridal party dance songs? It doesn’t surprise us. Good songs that make you want to move are timeless.
Wedding party dance songs usually have a friend’s theme to celebrate everyone’s shared love for the bride and/or groom. Other great friend themed songs include “These Are My People” by Rodney Atkins and the TV show theme song from Friends – Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There For You.”
Keep in mind, this is usually the last of the formal dance songs; meaning open dancing begins after this song. So the tempo contributes to the reception’s energy.
Is the Wedding Party Dance Required?
No. The wedding party dance is not required. It’s your wedding and your reception. If you don’t have a large bridal party or things got weird when the groomsman and bridesmaid just broke up, you can skip it. They can always join in after the last of the formal dance songs.
A wedding party dance is not a required dance in the list of formal dance songs. However, it is a great way to get people in a partying mood and watching people dancing. The wedding party song can also be the start of asking all wedding guests to join in on the dance floor.
Depending on your desired wedding theme, you can choose songs with a “friend” theme, a “love” theme, or just plain – Let’s Get This Party Started! We have included many different music styles, tempos, and eras below. A great mixture to find the perfect wedding party dance song. If you are just looking to get the party started, also check out our list of Best Party Songs for Weddings.
Wedding Party & Bridal Party Dance Songs
Wedding party dance song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: July 9, 2020
|69 Boyz||Tootsie Roll||1994, Hip Hop|
|Aerosmith||I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing||1998, Rock|
|American Authors||Best Day Of My Life||2013, Rock|
|Audien feat. Lady A||Something Better||2015, Pop|
|B-52’s||Love Shack||1989, Pop|
|Baauer||Harlem Shake||2012, Hip Hop|
|Backstreet Boys||Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)||1997, Pop|
|Beatles||Twist and Shout||1961, Rock|
|Bee Gees||You Should Be Dancing||1976, Disco|
|Ben E. King||Stand By Me||1961, Soul|
|Beyonce feat. Jay-Z||Crazy In Love||2003, Pop|
|Bill Withers||Lean On Me||1972, Soul|
|Black Eyed Peas||I Gotta Feeling||2009, Hip Hop|
|Black Eyed Peas||Let’s Get It Started||2004, Hip Hop|
|Blue Swede||Hooked On A Feeling||1974, Pop Rock|
|Brian McKnight||Back At One||1999, R&B|
|Brooks & Dunn||Boot Scootin' Boogie||1992, Country|
|Brothers Osborne||It Ain’t My Fault||2016, Country|
|Bruce Springsteen||Secret Garden||1996, Rock|
|Bruno Mars||24K Magic||2016, Disco|
|Bruno Mars||Marry You||2011, Pop|
|Bubba Sparxxx & Mr. Collipark & Ying Yang Twins||Ms. New Booty||2005, Hip Hop|
|Cake||Love You Madly||2001, Rock|
|Cali Swag District||Teach Me How to Dougie||2010, Hip Hop|
|Cardi B||I Like It||2018, Hip Hop|
|Chris Brown||Forever||2008, Dance|
|Chris Brown||Yeah 3x||2010, Dance|
|Chris Stapleton||Tennesee Whiskey||2015, Country|
|Chubby Checker||The Twist||1960, Rock|
|Clarence Carter||Strokin'||1986, R&B|
|Cole Swindell||Flatliner feat. Dierks Bentley||2016, Country|
|Cupid||Cupid Shuffle||2007, Hip Hop|
|Daddy Yankee||Limbo||2012, Latin|
|Dan + Shay||From The Ground Up||2016, Country|
|Dan + Shay||Speechless||2018, Country|
|DJ Casper||Cha Cha Slide||2000, Dance|
|DJ Snake & Lil Jon||Turn Down for What||2013, Hip Hop|
|Don Omar feat. Lucenzo||Danza Kuduro||2010, Latin|
|Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors||Family||2019, Folk|
|Earth, Wind & Fire||September||1978, R&B|
|Ed Sheeran||Thinking Out Loud||2014, Rock|
|Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé||Perfect||2017, Pop|
|Electric Light Orchestra||Mr. Blue Sky||1977, Rock|
|Elvis Presley||Can’t Help Falling In Love||1961, Pop|
|Eric Church||Drink In My Hand||2011, Country|
|Francis and the Lights feat. Chance the Rapper||May I Have This Dance||2017, Pop Hip Hop|
|Frank Sinatra||You Make Me Feel So Young||1956, Jazz|
|Frankie Ballard||It All Started With A Beer||2016, Country|
|Garth Brooks||Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)||1993, Country|
|Garth Brooks||Friends In Low Places||1996, Country|
|Hank Williams Jr.||All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight||1984, Country||>|
|Heavy D. & The Boyz||Now That We Found Love||1991, Dance|
|House Of Pain||Jump Around||1992, Hip Hop|
|Imagine Dragons||On Top Of The World||2012, Rock|
|Isley Brothers||Shout||1959, R&B|
|Jesse McCartney||Friends||2020, Pop|
|Joe Cocker||With A Little Help From My Friends||1969, Rock|
|John Legend x BloodPop®||A Good Night||2018, R&B|
|John Mayer||Gravity||2006, Pop|
|Justin Timberlake||Can’t Stop The Feeling!||2016, Pop|
|KC And The Sunshine Band||Get Down Tonight||1975, Disco|
|Keith Urban||Your Everything||1999, Country|
|Kenny Loggins||Footloose||1984, Rock|
|Killers||Mr. Brightside||2003, Rock|
|Kool & The Gang||Celebration||1980, Disco|
|Lady Gaga||Just Dance||2008, Dance|
|LMFAO||Party Rock Anthem||2011, Pop|
|LMFAO||Sexy And I Know It||2011, Pop|
|lovelytheband||these are my friend||2018, Rock|
|Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars||Uptown Funk||2014, Funk|
|Maroon 5||Sugar||2014, Pop|
|Michael Buble||Everything||2007, Jazz|
|Michael Franti & Spearhead||Say Hey (I Love You)||2009, Rock|
|Michael Jackson||Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’||1983, Dance|
|Montell Jordan||This Is How We Do It||1994, R&B|
|Neil Diamond||Sweet Caroline||1969, Rock|
|Olly Murs||Dance With Me Tonight||2011, Pop|
|P!NK||Raise Your Glass||2010, Pop|
|Pharrell Williams||Happy||2013, Soul|
|Pitbull feat. Ke$Ha||Timber||2013, Dance|
|Proclaimers||I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)||1988, Rock|
|Queen||You’re My Best Friend||1976, Pop|
|Randy Newman & Lyle Lovett||You’ve Got A Friend In Me||1996, Country|
|Rascal Flatts||Me And My Gang||2005, Country|
|Rembrandts||I’ll Be There For You||1995, Pop|
|Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris||We Found Love||2011, Dance|
|Rodney Atkins||These Are My People||2007, Country|
|Sam Hunt||Kinfolks||2019, Country|
|Sister Sledge||We Are Family||1979, Disco|
|Spice Girls||Wannabe||1996, Pop|
|T.I.||Bring Em Out||2004, Hip Hop|
|Taio Cruz||Dynamite||2010, Dance|
|Tracy Lawrence||Find Out Who Your Friends Are||2006, Country|
|Uncle Kracker||Smile||2009, Country Rock|
|V.I.C.||Wobble||2008, Hip Hop|
|Walk The Moon||Shut Up And Dance||2014, Pop|
|Whitney Houston||I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)||1987, Pop|
|Young MC||Bust A Move||1989, Hip Hop|
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