45 Upbeat Wedding Cocktail Hour Songs – Don’t Bore Guests!

Cocktail hour is a time when your wedding guests first arrive at your wedding reception. The “I Do’s” are done and now they are ready to get the party started. A music entertainer’s job is to know what style of music the bride and groom want for their cocktail hour songs (or happy hour songs.)

Wedding Cocktail Hour Songs

As stated above, your wedding guests are feeling good and looking forward to tonight, or the day, socializing and having a great time with friends and family during your reception. The cocktail hour sets the mood for the rest of your event.

How do you wish to set the mood? If you are having an uptown black-tie wedding, then jazz and big-band music may be your choice. I am going to focus on music that will set the mood with popular cocktail songs in many different music styles.

Tip

Immediately following the cocktail hour is the grand entrance of the wedding party. See a list of good wedding entrance and introduction songs for the wedding party and wedding couple.

New Cocktail Hour Songs

  1. Baby Will You Love Me – MAJOR.
  2. Tension – Jeb Carty, Swae Lee
  3. whatever – Walk Off the Earth
  4. Stars – Pnau, Bebe Rexha & Ozuna
  5. The Sweetest Thing – PJ Morton
  6. More Than Yesterday – Two Friends & Russell Dickerson
  7. Mine (Remix) – WANMOR
  8. Be The One – Bree Runway & Khalid
  9. Chemical – Post Malone
  10. Dreaming – Marshmello, P!NK, Sting
  11. I Feel Like Dancing – Jason Mraz
  12. 4 Me – Don Toliver, Kali Uchis
  13. Still Believe In Love – Mary J. Blige, Vado
  14. Pineapple Sunrise – Beach Weather
  15. your love is life – Musiq Soulchild, Hit-Boy
  16. We Should Get Married – Dan + Shay
  17. Keep Going Up – Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake

Tip

When the meal is done, it’s time for dessert. Play a song while cutting your wedding cake.

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As an experienced wedding DJ, I’ve assembled a list of songs to play as guests arrive at the reception. Songs are selected by the meaning of the song and popular hits by today’s couples. You will find some awesome unique tracks too!

Tip

Not sure what songs you need for your reception? See our complete list of wedding reception songs needed.

Upbeat Wedding Cocktail Hour Songs

  1. Lifetime – SG Lewis
  2. Little Bit More – Suriel Hess
  3. Turning Onto You – First Aid Kit
  4. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square – Michael Bublé
  5. What A Wonderful World – SOFI TUKKER
  6. Where I Go – NxWorries, Anderson .Paak, Knxwledge, H.E.R.
  7. All 4 Nothing (I’m So In Love) – Lauv
  8. Keeps On Fallin’ – Babyface, Ella Mai
  9. Hold Me Closer – Elton John & Britney Spears
  10. No Stoppin’ Us – Charlie Wilson, Babyface & Johnny Gill feat. K-Ci Hailey
  11. Missing Piece – Vance Joy
  12. I’m In Love With You – The 1975
  13. Dancin’ In The Moonlight – Chris Lane, Lauren Alaina
  14. Sway My Way – R3HAB, Amy Shark
  15. I Like You (A Happier Song) – Post Malone, Doja Cat
  16. Left and Right – Charlie Puth, Jung Kook, BTS
  17. Bad Decisions – benny blanco & BTS & Snoop Dogg
  18. Music For A Sushi Restaurant – Harry Styles
  19. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Jennifer Hudson
  20. Sunroof – Nicky Youre & dazy
  21. Blessed – Hil St. Soul, Noel Gourdin
  22. Steal My Love – Dan + Shay
  23. I Get A Kick Out Of You – Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga
  24. You’re The One I Love – Shenseea & Rvssian
  25. My Universe – Coldplay x BTS
  26. Steal My Sunshine – Portugal. The Man, Cherry Glazerr
  27. Love Story (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift
  28. Cold Heart (PNAU Remix) – Elton John & Dua Lipa
  29. You – benny blanco & Marshmello & Vance Joy
  30. Antidote – Nao feat. Adekunle Gold
  31. Hypotheticals – Lake Street Dive
  32. Butterflies – MAX, Ali Gatie
  33. Silly Love Songs – Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr.
  34. Saturday – twenty one pilots
  35. Love’s Train – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic
  36. Happy Anywhere – Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani
  37. I Got You – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  38. Whatever Forever Is – Devin Dawson
  39. Just the Way – Parmalee & Blanco Brown
  40. Love You For A Long Time – Maggie Rogers
  41. Fooled Around and Fell in Love – Miranda Lambert feat. Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes & Caylee
  42. Put It All On Me – Ed Sheeran feat. Ella Mai
  43. Valerie (Live At BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, London / 2007) – Amy Winehouse
  44. Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
  45. Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra

Tip

After the wedding couple enters the reception hall, the food line begins. See a list of wedding dinner songs while everyone is eating.

Tip

Formal dances are very common during a wedding reception. Get song ideas for traditional and non-traditional first dances, the bride’s dance with her dad, and the groom’s dance with his mom.

Tip

When the dancing begins, know what songs will pack the dance floor! Know the wedding party songs to dance to.

There you have it. Do you think a song should be added to the list? Be sure to comment down below so I can do so!

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Dan Maguire
Dan Maguire
4 years ago

Great list Matthew! Although I am more than half a country away, here in Boston, many of these songs work for me too!

My Wedding Songs
My Wedding Songs
4 years ago
Reply to  Dan Maguire

Awesome Dan. Glad you found us and like the songs.