wedding cocktail hour songs

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.) However, we will focus on only 3 music styles – Country, R&B, and Folk (or Folk-Rock) upbeat wedding cocktail hour songs.

wedding cocktail hour songs

As stated above, your wedding guests are feeling good and looking forward to tonight, or day, of 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.

We are going to focus on music that will set the mood with popular cocktail songs in the style of Country, R&B, and Folk.

Folk is a very broad style and we will include some Rock songs that are categorized as Folk Rock. We added a few indie songs in there too.

Upbeat Wedding Cocktail Hour Songs

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Dancing In The Moonlight – Aexcit & HILLA
2020, Dancing In The Moonlight

Happy Anywhere – Blake Shelton feat. Gwen Stefani
2020, Happy Anywhere

Smile – WizKid feat. H.E.R.
2020, Smile
R&B Reggae

One I Got – Charlie Wilson
2020, One I Got

Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat) – Jawsh 685 x Jason Derulo
2020, Savage Love

Dance with Me – Diplo, Thomas Rhett & Young Thug
2020, Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil

There Is Only One You – Us The Duo
2020, Up Until Now
Folk Pop

Doing to Me – Lou Sedo
2020, Doing to Me

I Got You – Michael Franti & Spearhead
2020, Work Hard and Be Nice

Down at the Lah De Dah – Jimmy Buffett
2020, Life On the Flip Side

In Your Eyes – The Weeknd
2020, After Hours

Best of You – Andy Grammer with Elle King
2020, Best of You

What a Man Gotta Do – Jonas Brothers
2020, What a Man Gotta Do

Just the Way – Parmalee & Blanco Brown
2019, Just the Way
Country Hip Hop

Adore You – Harry Styles
2019, Fine Line

Love You For A Long Time – Maggie Rogers
2019, Love You For A Long Time

Slow Down – Skip Marley & H.E.R.
2019, Slow Down
Reggae R&B

Ain’t Nothin Like The One I’ve Got – Calvin Richardson
2019, Gold Dust

10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
2019, 10,000 Hours
Country Pop

When You Love Somebody – Robin Thicke
2019, When You Love Somebody

Fooled Around and Fell in Love – Miranda Lambert feat. Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes & Caylee
2019, Fooled Around and Fell in Love

You Changed Everything – This Wild Life
2019, You Changed Everything

Slow Dance – AJ Mitchell feat. Ava Max
2019, Slow Dance

These Are The Times – Martin Garrix feat. JRM
2019, These Are The Times

Put It All On Me – Ed Sheeran feat. Ella Mai
2019, No.6 Collaborations Project

Here With Me – Jada Facer
2019, Here With Me

Big, Big Plans – Chris Lane
2019, Big, Big Plans

Higher Love – Kygo & Whitney Houston
2019, Higher Love

L O V E L O V E – Jeremy Lister
2019, Sign Language

Family – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
2019, Dragons

September – Spencer Kane
2019, Acoustic Sessions

U R the One – Howard Hewett
2019, U R the One

Ring on Every Finger – LOCASH
2016, The Fighters

Love Me Now – John Legend
2016, Darkness and Light

Yeah Boy – Kelsea Ballerini
2016, The First Time

Baby Be My Love Song – Easton Corbin
2015, About to Get Real

Marry Me – Jason Derulo
2013, Tattoos

Hey Ho – The Lumineers
2012, The Lumineers

Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
2010, Doo-Wops & Hooligans

Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland
2010, The Incredible Machine

Because Of You – Ne-Yo
2007, Because of You

Let’s Get Married – Jagged Edge feat. Reverend Run
2000, J.E. Heartbreak

Lovely Day – Bill Withers
1977, Menagerie

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye
1965, How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You

L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
1964, L-O-V-E

Listen to our cocktail hour songs playlist on Spotify.

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

If you like Country, R&B, and Indie, you may like these playlists too!

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2 replies
  1. Dan Maguire
    Dan Maguire says:

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


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