Best Last Dance Songs

85 Best Last Dance Songs

 

 
Last dance songs close out the evening and signal that it’s time for your guests to leave. They are a great way to bookend your wedding reception from the first dance to the last. This will help everyone remember the night — especially the two of you.

Best Last Dance Songs

 

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What is a Good Last Song for a Wedding?

There are two ways to end the night. One is with a bang with an upbeat party song like “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” or with the dance floor full of all the couples by playing a romantic song like “At Last,” a classic by Etta James. Remember, it’s your wedding so the choice is yours.

Just be sure to pay attention to the lyrics. Avoid breakup songs — even if they’re upbeat. “It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy or “Mambo No 5” by Lou Bega maybe aren’t the best choices for the last dance.

We’ve included the 85 best songs to remind you of songs you love and give you some great ideas to take to your DJ. If you have a special last dance song that works or worked for you, please add your song suggestion through the comment section below.

 

Last Dance song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: April 28, 2021

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SongAmazon Link
AC/DC
You Shook Me All Night Long
1980, Rock
Aerosmith
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
1998, Rock
AJR
Bang!
2020, Pop
American Authors
Best Day Of My Life
2013, Rock
Anne Murray
Could I Have This Dance
1980, Country
Anson Seabra
Emerald Eyes
2020, Emerald Eyes
Backstreet Boys
No Place
2019, Pop
Beatles
All You Need Is Love
1967, Rock
Ben E. King
Stand By Me
1961, R&B
Beyonce
XO
2013, Pop
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
1987, Pop
Bill Withers
Just The Two Of Us
1981, R&B
Billy Joel
Piano Man
1973, Rock
Black Eyed Peas
I Gotta Feeling
2009, Dance
Bon Jovi
Livin’ On A Prayer
1986, Rock
Brad Paisley
Then
2009, Country
Brad Paisley
Today
2016, Country
Brett Young
In Case You Didn't Know
2017, Country
Bruno Mars
Marry You
2010, Pop
Chris Brown
Forever
2008, Dance
Christina Perri
A Thousand Years
2011, Pop
Coldplay
A Sky Full of Stars
2014, Pop
Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams
Get Lucky
2013, Dance
Daft Punk
One More Time
2000, Dance
Dan + Shay
From The Ground Up
2016, Country
Don McLean
American Pie
1971, Rock
Donna Summer
Last Dance
1978, Disco
Drake White
The Best Is Yet To Come
2018, Country
Earth, Wind & Fire
September
1978, R&B
Ed Sheeran
Perfect
2017, Pop
Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud
2014, Pop Rock
Eddie Money
Take Me Home Tonight
1986, Rock
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Home
2010, Folk
Elvis Presley
Can’t Help Falling In Love
1961, Rock
Eric Clapton
Wonderful Tonight
1977, Rock
Etta James
At Last
1960, Blues
Firehouse
Love Of A Lifetime
1991, Rock
Fleetwood Mac
Don’t Stop
1977, Rock
Frank Sinatra
New York, New York
1977, Pop
Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight
1964, Pop
Garth Brooks
Friends In Low Places
1990, Country
Garth Brooks
The Dance
1990, Country
Green Day
Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
1997, Rock
Isley Brothers
Shout
1959, R&B Rock
James Arthur
Say You Won’t Let Go
2016, Pop
James TW
Incredible
2019, Pop
Jay-Z feat. Mr. Hudson
Young Forever
2010, Hip Hop
Jessie Payo
Dance Real Close
2019, Rock
John Denver
Take Me Home, Country Roads
1971, Country
John Legend
All Of Me
2013, R&B
Journey
Don’t Stop Believin’
1981, Rock
Justin Timberlake
Can’t Stop The Feeling!
2016, Dance
K-Ci & Jojo
All My Life
1997, R&B
Killers
Mr. Brightside
2003, Rock
Kool & the Gang
Celebration
1980, R&B
Lee Brice
I Don’t Dance
2014, Country
Louis Armstrong
What A Wonderful World
1967, Pop
Luke Bryan
I Don’t Want This Night To End
2011, Country
Lumineers
Ho Hey
2013, Folk
Maroon 5
Memories
2019, Pop
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
1967, R&B
Michael Buble
Save The Last Dance For Me
2006, Pop
Miranda Lambert
Makin’ Plans
2009, Country
N Sync
Bye Bye Bye
2000, Pop
Nat “King” Cole
The Party’s Over
1956, R&B
Natalie Cole
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
1975, R&B
Neil Diamond
Sweet Caroline
1969, Rock
Norah Jones
Come Away With Me
2002, Pop
Old Crow Medicine Show
Wagon Wheel
2004, Country
Pharrell Williams
Happy
2013, Soul
Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
1975, Rock
R.E.M.
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
1987, Rock
Ray Charles
Hit The Road Jack
1967, R&B
Ray Lamontagne
You Are The Best Thing
2008, Folk Rock
Rusted Root
Send Me On My Way
1992, Rock
Semisonic
Closing Time
1998, Rock
Shania Twain
You’re Still The One
1998, Country
Sister Sledge
We Are Family
1979, Disco
Spaniels
Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight
1954, R&B
Steam
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
1969, Pop
Taylor Swift
Today Was A Fairytale (Taylor’s Version)
2021, Fearless (Taylor's Version)
The Chardon Polka Band
Closing Time
2020, Polka
Thomas Rhett
Die A Happy Man
2015, Country
Toto
Africa
1982, Rock
Train
Marry Me
2010, Rock
Vanessa Williams
Save The Best For Last
1992, R&B
Walk The Moon
Shut Up And Dance
2014, Pop
Wanted
Glad You Came
2011, Dance
Whitney Houston
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
1987, R&B

How Do You End a Wedding Reception?

Wedding receptions, like all good parties, need to come to an end. In many cases, the first songs after the formal dances are meant to include everyone — regardless of their age. Toward the end of the wedding reception, you and your friends feel freer to let loose on the dance floor. It can be a little bit awkward to “Bring Sexy Back” with your Grandpa there — just sayin’.

So, how do you end a perfect wedding reception? With the last dance, of course.

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What is a Last Dance at a Wedding?

The last dance song is a closing element to the perfect night. You basically have two choices for the tone of the last dance: slow or upbeat.

A slow song will help the guests key down from their sugar highs (cake, right?). It also signals that the party is over. (Please, leave, thanks for the presents.)

On the other hand, finishing the night with the last dance surrounded by your friends can be fun, too. End the wedding reception on a high note with an upbeat song that everyone will remember (and feel good about that gift they bought).

 

Can Our Last Dance Be Private?

Yes. Absolutely. Your last dance can be private. It’s also an efficient way for the DJ to gently nudge people out of the door — lining up outside to cheer for you when the dance is over.

“The private last dance acknowledges that you and your wife (mostly your wife) have actually pulled it off: a year’s worth of planning has come to fruition.” The Plunge 

A private last dance is a good way to refocus on yourselves — the wedding couple. Talk to your professional wedding coordinator and DJ to choose a song that will set the tone for the night, the honeymoon, and the rest of your lives.

The last thing you want is for your new groom to be partying with his cousins while you’re in the hotel room alone. (Yeah, it happens.)

 

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7 responses to “Last Dance Songs”

  1. Ozmen Ozdemir says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading through all of your suggestions and it is very helpful. Keep it up!!

  2. Studio Jay says:

    Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

  3. David says:

    Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars

  4. Kevin says:

    Color my world by Chicago

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