The Two Step is a classic dance that can be paired with a variety of music. It’s a great way to kick off your wedding reception. If you’re having trouble finding the right music, here are just a few ideas for two-step wedding songs.
When considering the Two Step, you can dance to the nightclub two step which typically ranging from 64-88 BPM. However, the country western two step ranges from 180-210 BPM. The country western two step is more for party time and the nightclub two step is perfect for a first dance song.
Two-Step Wedding Songs
Jason Aldean – Tonight Looks Good On You
Somethin’ ’bout the way you’re smiling
Makin’ them stars fall right on cue
I just gotta tell you baby
Tonight looks good on you
A relatively slow song, Tonight Looks Good On You is the perfect blend of dreamy and down-home. You’ll be able to sway in your partner’s arms without worrying about steps and beats, but you’ll also be able to throw in some spins if you’re a more advanced dancer.
Laura Bell Bundy – Two Step feat. Colt Ford
I’m gonna rock my cowboy hat and pink stilettos
We’re gonna stomp and kick until they make us all go home
What better way to dance the two-step than with an actual song called Two Step? Though not a typical wedding song, it’s a rallying cry for kicking off your shoes, shucking up your dress and taking over the dance floor with your bridesmaids. Girl power!
Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
Girl you know I want your love
Your love was handmade for somebody like me
Come on now, follow my lead
Bringing to mind sunny beaches and white curtains fluttering in the breeze, Shape of You is perfect for a marimba-inspired two-step. It’s almost Jamaican with its steady yet lazy beat, so you can infuse your dance with all kinds of sultry moves and dips. Just make sure to keep it tame while grandma is watching!
Michael Peterson – Drink, Swear, Steal and Lie
I wanna drink from your loving cup
Swear I’ll never give you up
Steal all your kisses underneath the moon
With clever lyrics and twang coming through every line, this rollicking, feel-good anthem became an instant country music classic when it was released in 1997. It’s also very easy to choreograph with a variety of dances, including the two-step, so it’s a favorite for parties and events. It has a confident kind of beat that will never trip you up.
Cupid – Cupid Shuffle
Brand new dance, it’s called the Cupid shuffle
It don’t matter if you’re young or you’re old
We gonna show you how it go
Cupid Shuffle is a lot like Cha Cha Slide or even Crank That (Soulja Boy) in that it will direct you when to move left, when to move right and when to kick. The result is a song that will get everyone on their feet and shaking their groove thang regardless of dancing ability!
Kenny Chesney – Setting the World On Fire feat. P!nk
And you wrote “I love you” in lipstick on the mirror
We were laughin’ until we were breathless
Never felt anything so reckless
We were all lit up and restless
Tinged with a particular kind of youthful nostalgia, Setting the World on Fire is perfect song for long-term couples who have shared a lot of memories before coming together in front of the altar. It’s a romantic duet that will leave you laughing, dancing, reminiscing and just plain enjoying the company of your spouse. Perfect for a slow two-step romantic dance.
Nicki Minaj – Your Love
Find me in your heart
I’m in need of your love
Your love, your love, your love, your love
Nicki Minaj might not be the first person that you think of when you’re looking for wedding songs, but Your Love offers such a toe-tapping chorus that it’s easy to turn this hip-hop track into a two step song. Just time your movements with her repetition and you’re halfway to creating your own choreography.
Jon Pardi – Head Over Boots
You’re the one I want, you’re the one I need
Baby, if I was a king, you would be my queen
Said by critics to have a “swinging feel,” Head Over Boots was written by Jon Pardi as he watched young couples strutting their stuff in a Texas dance hall. The result is a peppy, upbeat song that can be paired with everything from the two-step to the square dance. Who says that country music can’t be flexible?
Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man
172 BPM for Remix
And I know that I can’t ever tell you enough
That all I need in this life is your crazy love
This achingly sweet song is perfect for the first dance between you and your spouse. Put your hand on his shoulder; tuck your head against his chest; let him lead you around the dance floor in a gentle two-step as Thomas Rhett sings about eternal love and devotion. Get the remix version kicked up to 172 BPM.
Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me
Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight
Lead me out on the moonlit floor
Lift your open hand
You remember this song, right? It was a big hit back in the ’90s, and it’s still a popular wedding song to this day. Cute, romantic and just as charming as the fireflies that dance throughout the chorus, Kiss Me will let you two step your way right into your spouse’s heart.
Characterized by its fluid grace and measured steps, rumba is a classic Afro-Cuban dance that’s sure to make an impression during your wedding reception. You don’t have to stick with traditional rumba music, however. Any of these rumba wedding songs will do!
Rumba Wedding Songs
Celine Dion – Falling Into You
I’m falling into you
This dream could come true
And it feels so good falling into you
Originally written by Argentine singer Marie-Claire D’Ubaldo, Falling Into You retains its exotic roots with a melody straight off the dusty streets of South America. It’s perfect for rumba, and its romantic chorus is well-suited for your wedding day.
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
‘Cause girl, you’re amazing
Just the way you are
The king of sweet, positive love songs, Bruno Mars outdoes himself with Just The Way You Are. Between its upbeat lyrics and happy, mid-range piano, there’s a reason why it’s one of the most popular picks for modern weddings! As a bonus, it will also serve as a nice foundation for your rumba dancing.
Adele – Lovesong
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am home again
Adele’s version of Love Song is a sexy, sinuous take on the 1989 classic by The Cure. With thrumming guitar chords and a mellow beat that never gets too fast, it’s the perfect rumba song for both beginner and intermediate dancers. Dance to this tune with no fear of losing your rhythm.
Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
If you’re lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
According to the National Dance Council of America, the best range for rumba songs is between 128 – 144 beats per minute (BPM). This song fits nicely in the middle with 130 BPM. So not only will it bring a little ’80s splash to your wedding, but it will also be perfect for your rumba moves.
Michelle Williams – Let’s Stay Together
You make me feel so brand new
I wanna spend my life with only you
You might remember Michelle Williams as one of the founding members of Destiny’s Child, but she also had a solo career that included a cover of Al Green’s 1972 classic Let’s Stay Together. Sweet, sultry and with a modern hip-hop edge, this song is perfect to open a wedding.
Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
What a wicked game you play to make me feel this way
What a wicked thing to do, to let me dream of you
Wicked Game is a favorite of rumba dancers everywhere because of its slow, sizzling lyrics and twangy “playing the guitar in the living room” charm. If you’re looking to show off your moves during your wedding reception, it doesn’t get much better than a classic dance and a memorable song.
Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved
Tap on my window, knock on my door
I want to make you feel beautiful
You may recognize this song as one of the biggest hits on the radio during Maroon 5’s heyday. Unless you’ve been in a ballroom recently, you might not have known that it’s also a popular rumba song. Its steady beat will be like clockwork for all of your steps. Its passion will make you smile as you dance in the arms of your lover.
Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed
Next thing we’re touching
You look at me, it’s like you hit me with lightning
Though it may seem a bit too fast-paced for a rumba, Starry Eyed actually registers at 128 BPM making it perfect for all of your twists, steps and dips. The boppy techno effects make it seem quicker than it is. However, the song will provide you with a steady beat throughout the song.
Howie Day – Collide
Out of the doubt that fills your mind
You finally find
You and I collide
With chords that melt like butter and lyrics that go straight to the heart, Collide will be a great opener for your wedding reception. You and your partner can share a slow, tender dance with a song that makes it easy to stay in time.
Ne-Yo – Never Knew I Needed
I must admit you were not a part of my book
But now if you open it up and take a look
You’re the beginning and the end of every chapter
At 142 BPM, this is a relatively fast-paced rumba song. Never Knew I Needed is perfect for contemporary dancers who want to inject some spontaneity and fun into your wedding reception. If you’re tired of taking it slow, use Never Knew I Needed to cut a rug and have a great time.
Enrique Iglesias – Hero
Would you dance if I asked you to dance?
Would you run and never look back?
Get back to the true origins of rumba with this soulful melody from sexy Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias. You’ll have no problem putting together a rumba arrangement for this song. Your family will be duly impressed by your rhythm.
Taylor Swift – Love Story
You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess
It’s a love story, baby, just say “yes”
Taylor Swift might not be the first artist to come to mind when you think of rumba songs. Although, Love Story is both sweet and steady. It will serve you well as a romantic dance number. The beat won’t let you down. As a bonus, if you and your spouse have been together for awhile, T-Swift’s dreamy nostalgia will take you right back to young love and simpler times.
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Count down the minutes until your honeymoon with these great numerical wedding songs. Some are fun and some are sweet, but all will make your big day a memorable one! Enjoy our list of songs with numbers in the title.
Songs with Numbers
1. Jordin Sparks – 100 Years
A hundred years is not enough time with you
I fantasize about all that we could do
I wish you knew how much I really love you
This gentle and romantic ballad is perfect for the first dance between you and your spouse. Not only will it affirm your love for everyone to see, but it will also allow the two of you to share a special moment before being whisked away by friends, relatives, and guests.
2. Coolio – 1 2 3 4 (Sumpin New)
Get your woman on the floor
Gotta gotta get up to get down
Fun and energetic, this blast from the past will inject some good old-fashioned ’90s nostalgic into your wedding reception. You may recognize Coolio as the artist behind Gangsta’s Paradise, but 1 2 3 4 proves that he can do upbeat hip-hop just as well as operatic ballad.
3. Mary J. Blige – The One (feat. Drake)
Stop looking for it, looking for it, I’m the one
Boy don’t you know I’m the one
Take over the dance floor with your bridesmaids when The One comes blaring over the speakers. Full of spirit and girl power, it’s perfect for tossing away your shoes and showing off your groove.
4. Miranda Lambert – Two of a Crime
We’re a deadly combination, you and me
The way I play it cool and you bring the heat
Bring a little country swagger to your wedding reception with Two of a Crime, a fun, folksy song that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser anywhere below the Mason-Dixon line. As a bonus, it’s clean and appropriate for all ages. So, even the little ones will be able to enjoy it.
5. Robin Thicke – 4 The Rest Of My Life
I knew when I laid my eyes on you
The lights from above seemed to shine on only you
4 The Rest of My Life is a sexy slow jam that’s sure to fog up the windows of your reception hall. The perfect “breather” song between fast tracks, it combines a measured R&B rhythm with the gentle crooning of Robin Thicke as he sings about his unwavering love for his woman.
6. Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston – It Takes Two
One can have a dream, baby
Two can make a dream so real
One can talk about being in love
Two can see how it really feels
Get your grandparents to bust a move when you play the 1966 version of It Takes Two. There’s also a 1990 cover version by Rod Stewart and Tina Turner if you’d prefer something a little more modern, But honestly, who’s more romantic than Marvin Gaye?
7. The Searchers – Love Potion No. 9
I didn’t know if it was day or night
I started kissing everything in sight
But when I kissed a cop down on 34th and Vine
He broke my little bottle of Love Potion Number Nine
This throwback oldies song has been covered by dozens of artists since its original release in 1959. But the peppy two-step version by The Searchers is probably the one that’s most embedded in your brain. Grab your spouse and start twirling!
8. One Direction – 18
All I could do is say that these arms were made for holding you
I wanna love like you made me feel when we were 18
If you and your partner have been together since you were reckless youngsters with your entire future stretching out in front of you, 18 will be the perfect celebration song – and culmination – of your relationship. Sweet and upbeat, it’s the kind of song that will make you realize just how far you’ve come as a couple.
9. Madonna – 4 Minutes (feat. Timbaland & Justin Timberlake)
Well, I can handle that
You just gotta show me where this at
Are you ready to go?
Smooth and sexy, 4 Minutes combines the famous beats and drops of Timbaland with the fluid vocals of Madonna and Justin Timberlake. The result is a polished dance number that will definitely getv some danding shoes going. Just make sure that Great-Aunt Sally has already left!
10. Barenaked Ladies – One Week
It’s been one week since you looked at me
Threw your arms in the air and said, “You’re crazy.”
Do you remember this boppy beat from the ’90s? If you’re on the older end of the millennial spectrum, you probably heard it all the time on the radio, and you can bring back memories of sunny days and top-down car rides with this zesty tune that’s sure to get everyone on their feet.
11. Noah and the Whale – 5 Years Time
And it’ll be love, love, love all through our bodies
And love, love, love all through our minds
It’s impossible not to smile at this song. It is a cheerful and whimsical expression of love, joy and sunshine. There’s literal whistling in the chorus, and the beat is a reliable toe-tapper that will make people bob their heads and feel like singing along.
12. Chris Brown – Yeah 3x
Girl, don’t feel outta place
‘Cause I’m in love with this feelin’ now
You’ve probably heard Yeah 3x in a thousand dancing montages on YouTube, but that’s what makes it a great wedding song. With a happy, fun, jazzy and uptempo beat, it was made for throwing your hands in the air and dancing like nobody’s watching.
Here are a few more Number Songs for Weddings
Five for Fighting – 100 Years
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
Will Smith – Just The Two Of Us
Dave Matthews Band – #41
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
The Beatles – When I’m Sixty Four
Bryan Adams – Summer of ’69
Spice Girls – 2 Become 1
Beyoncé – 1+1
Brian McKnight – Back At One
Plain White T’s – 1, 2, 3, 4
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five
Do you have a favoite number song for weddings not included on our list? Be sure to let us know below.
Drake is one of the hottest acts in music right now, and his songs will help you put together a great wedding reception. But which should you choose? Here are just a few ideas from a list of the best Drake songs for your wedding.
Best Drake Songs For Weddings
Hold On, We’re Going Home (feat. Majid Jordan)
I can’t get over you
You left your mark on me
I want your high love and emotion endlessly
One of Drake’s most popular songs for weddings Hold On, We’re Going Home was specifically designed to be a sweet, soulful tune played for people in love. Drake said that he wanted to create something with a “timeless melody,” so he recruited smooth R&B group Majid Jordan and poured out some lyrics from the heart.
That’s why I need a one dance
Got a Hennessy in my hand
One more time ‘fore I go
Higher powers taking a hold on me
This fun, peppy song will suit everything from the bouquet-toss to the “first dance” portion of the evening. With an upbeat chorus and lyrics that will encompass you with energy and love, One Dance will bring you to your feet and help your marriage get off on the right foot.
Nicki Minaj – Moment 4 Life (feat. Drake)
I wish that I could have this moment
For life, for life, for life
Cause in this moment I just feel so
Alive, alive, alive
Nicki Minaj is always good for a party, and Moment 4 Life features Drake dropping a smooth, sexy verse like a thief in the night. While it might not be the kind of song that you want all of your relatives to hear, it’s great for the after-hours celebration where the drinks are flowing and your bridesmaids are tossing off their heels.
Take Care (feat. Rihanna)
‘Cause if you let me, here’s what I’ll do
I’ll take care of you
This sweet duet is about learning to love again after you’ve been hurt. It features both Rihanna and Drake pledging that “you won’t ever have to worry, you won’t ever have to hide,” and their sincerity is clear in their voices even without the knowledge that they’re a real-life couple.
Best I Ever Had
Baby, you’re my everything, you’re all I ever wanted
We could do it real big, bigger than you ever done it
This flirtatious song is great for getting a little saucy on the dance floor. You could even use it to choreograph a group dance if you want your reception to go viral. It might raise a few eyebrows among the hat-wearing grandmas of the crowd, but even they will have to admit that it’s a dope track.
Find Your Love
I took a chance with my heart
And I feel it taking over
With a slow, steady beat and a bass that you could set your watch to, Find Your Love is a low-key wedding song that everyone at your reception can enjoy. Whether it’s your little cousin learning how to dance or your great-uncle reminding everyone that he can still two-step, this is a tune that will get everyone on their feet.
We’ll Be Fine
Seems like yesterday that I was up and coming
Still so young that I ain’t had enough of nothing
One of Drake’s earlier and more forgotten numbers, We’ll Be Fine is a message of strength and unity for you and your spouse. It’s also extremely catchy; slick rhymes and dramatic drops will make the entire audience anticipate its next hook. If you want the beat to move through the whole floor, this is the song that will make everyone dab.
Rihanna – Work (feat. Drake)
So me put in
Work, work, work, work, work, work
When you all gon’
Learn, learn, learn, learn, learn
This breakout hit from 2016 is a nice way to kick off your wedding reception. Its chorus is so simple and addictive that it’s sure to get everyone singing along, and its upbeat rhythm will set the tone for the hours to come. It’s also another duet between Rihanna and Drake, so you know that it’s going to be good.
Beyoncé – Mine (feat. Drake)
We should get married, we should get married
Let’s stop holding back on this and let’s get carried away
With a combination of Beyonce’s powerful vocals and Drake’s impeccable sense of rhythm, this dynamite track is sure to be a showstopper at your wedding. Not only does it bring together two of the biggest names in R&B, but it’s exactly the kind of song that you want carrying you away.
They know, they know, they know
Yeah, they know, yeah
That the real is on the rise
Drake spits some powerful truths in Headlines, and while it isn’t something that you would consider a “traditional” wedding song, it’s definitely one that will get heads bobbing. There’s even a radio-friendly version that will be appropriate for an all-ages reception.
Make Me Proud (feat. Nicki Minaj)
I know things get hard
But girl you got it
Girl you got it
There you go
If you and your spouse have had a long road to the altar, this might be the perfect song to finally revel in your triumph. It’s a fast, hard and unapologetic celebration of both where you’ve been and where you’re going. Drake even sings “I’m so proud of you” as the chorus.
These are just a few of the best Drake songs that are sure to be well-received at your wedding reception. Whether you’re looking to kick off a crazy party or facilitate a sweet dance between you and your partner, let these songs be your musical cues during the biggest day of your life.
Do you have a favorite Drake song you think we should add to the list or think we are amiss in our list? Be sure to comment below.
If you and your lover are stuck on what to dance to at your wedding, then consider looking to Ed Sheeran’s discography as a starting point. Sheeran’s albums contain numerous love songs to choose from, whether you’re looking for something mellow to set the mood or something more fun to dance to. Here are a few suggestions to get you started. Inncluding fast and slow tempo, enjoy our list of Ed Sheeran love songs.
Ed Sheeran Love Songs
Thinking Out Loud
This track is the perfect choice for the couple’s first dance as newlyweds. It keeps a rhythmic pace, which is ideal for the couple’s first waltz. The song was influenced heavily by soul music, which makes it soothing and easy to listen to. The acoustic guitar, drums, and piano chords are gentle enough that they don’t overshadow Sheeran’s genuine vocals. The lyrics serve as a promise from Sheeran to love his partner even when they’re old and gray. “Thinking Out Loud” actually sounds like a person’s wedding vows, which makes it an appropriate choice for your reception playlist.
Lay It All On Me
Sheeran lends his vocals to this song by Rudimental, and the message of the song is very appropriate for a wedding. One of the responsibilities of marriage is to listen to your partner when they’re upset. “Lay It All On Me” sends the message that you’re willing to share their burdens so they don’t get too heavy. The song has an electronic background, but it doesn’t overshadow the sincerity of the vocals or the lyrics.
Give Me Love
This song is very subdued and mellow, which makes it a great choice to have as the background to the couple’s waltz during the reception. The lyrics suggest a complicated relationship between Sheeran and his lover, but that doesn’t have to disqualify it as a wedding song. On the contrary, “Give Me Love”‘s haunting lyrics could serve to make you and your partner appreciate all the struggles that you two went through to get where you are today. The song’s increase in intensity towards the end will surely get you, your partner, and your guests emotional.
This song would make a great addition to your reception, especially for the bride and groom’s first dance song. The lyrics are a simple declaration of Sheeran’s desire to be near the woman he loves. He’s falling in love with her, and he craves intimacy that he can only get from her. Many couples can easily relate to this song and its simple, romantic sentiments. “Kiss Me” could easily symbolize your closeness to your partner while also serving as a nostalgic reminder of how you first fell in love.
Shape of You
This song refers to the physical love in a relationship and how it can bloom into emotional love later. Sheeran sings about how much he loves the physical intimacy that he shares with his partner. He also makes it clear that their intimacy is a part of the reason why he’s falling in love with her. “Shape of You” is upbeat and fun, which makes it a great song for the bride and groom to share with your wedding party and guests. There are many styles of dancing you could do to the melody of this particular song; choreographing a dance to it would be a fun way for you, your partner, and your wedding party to entertain your guests.
Acoustic tracks are great songs to put on your wedding playlist because of their simplicity and gentle sound. They don’t demand center stage to the couple’s dance. Instead, they provide subtle background music that enhances the bride and groom’s first dance together as a married couple. In “Photograph”, Sheeran professes a desire for his loved one to preserve their special memories together in a photograph. You will no doubt reminisce about you and your partner’s journey while dancing to this song.
Old School Love
Not all couples prefer acoustic music or pop songs; some people prefer to have a little more variety in your wedding playlists. If you’re one of these couples, this song is perfect for you. The hip hop collaboration between Ed Sheeran and Lupe Fiasco is almost a retrospective of the genre. But, Sheeran’s lyrics in the chorus make it clear that it is a love song. “Old School Love” clearly has a double meaning. Fiasco expresses an inclination towards old school music while Sheeran expresses a desire for a traditional relationship with the person he loves. If you and your partner relate to this sentiment, then this song may be the perfect choice for you.
Do you have a favorite Ed Sheeran love song not on our list? Be sure to comment below!
You may notice Z Day is not celebrated on December 31. Rather it is celebrated on January 1. Why? Because people with their names starting with “Z” typically go last. They can celebrate the first day of the new year by doing everything first! Our way of celebrating the day is to provide you with a list of popular music artist names starting with “Z”.
Z Music Artist Names
Zac Brown (Band)
Zac Brown was born Zachry Alexander Brown on July 31, 1978, in Dahlonega, Georgia. He is the frontman, lead guitarist and lead vocalist for the country rock group known as the Zac Brown Band. 16 of their singles have appeared on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. 11 of them climbed to the top of the chart including “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” “Highway 20 Ride,” “Free,” “As She’s Walking Away,” “Colder Weather,” “Knee Deep,” “Keep Me in Mind,” “Homegrown,” “Loving You Easy,” and “Beautiful Drug.”
Musician, singer, and songwriter Zakk Wylde was born Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt on January 14, 1967, in Bayonne, New Jersey. He is also a multi-instrumentalist and actor. Zakk is perhaps best known as the ex-guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and his trademark bulls-eye design as seen on many of his guitars. He founded the heavy metal band Black Label Society. Zakk was also the lead guitarist and vocalist in the band Pride & Glory. His most recent works include “Between Heaven and Hell”, “Porn Star Dancing” and “The Fearless Must Endure”.
Zara (Maria) Larsson, is a singer-songwriter born on December 16, 1997, in Solna, Stockholm County, Sweden. First thrust into the spotlight in 2008 when she won the Swedish version of “Got Talent” known as “Talang”. She continued performing independently until 2012 when she scored a contract with the record label TEN Music Group. Zara released her debut album, an EP titled “Introducing” in 2013.
Her song “Uncover” hit number one in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Both the EP and single went platinum within a month. She signed with Epic Records in April that year.
Zayn was born Zain Javadd Malik on January 12, 1993, in Bradford, England. He is a singer, songwriter and occasional actor. He is best known as a (former) member of the boy band One Direction.
While with the group, Malik, and his mates released four albums including 2011’s ‘Up All Night’ and 2014’s ‘Four’. His premiere album as a solo artist, “Mind of Mine” released earlier this year. The lead single, “Pillowtalk”, topped the charts in several countries. Malik became the first Brit male artist to enter both the U.S. and U.K. charts with his debut single and LP.
Singer, songwriter, and musician Zenda Jacks was born Suzie McCloskey on May 7, 1955, in Wednesbury, West Midlands, England. Sometimes known as the “Goddess of Rock”, she began her career in 1974 with her first single “Rub My Tummy”. 1975 follow-up single was titled “Earthquake”. She went disco with her final solo single the 1976 “Do You Love Me”. Zenda joined the German disco trio Silver Convention in 1977. She sang lead vocals and did a duet with Jerry Rix on the single “Spend The Night With Me”.
Zendaya was born Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman on September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California. She is a singer, dancer, and actress. On August 8, 2012, she signed with Hollywood Records. Zendaya released two singles on an Indie label titled “Swag It Out” and “Watch Me.”
The latter was recorded with Bella Thorne and was included on Disney’s Break It Down soundtrack album. In 2012 she released the promo single “Something to Dance For” which is on the Disney soundtrack Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance. She released her self-titled premiere album in 2013.
Singer, songwriter, and musician Ziggy Marley was born David Nesta Marley on October 17, 1968, in Kingston, Jamaica. He first came to fame as the frontman for his band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers which was founded in 1979. Their first recording was the song “Children Playing in the Streets” which was written by Marley’s father four years earlier. Ziggy’s first solo CD, ‘Dragonfly’, hit stores in 2003. ‘Love Is My Religion’ followed in 2006. It scored a Grammy for “Best Reggae Album.” His 2009 album, ‘Family Time’, garnered a Grammy for “Best Musical Album for Children.”
Zola Jesus is a singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. She was born Nika Roza Danilova on April 11, 1989, in Phoenix, Arizona. Her first singles were released in 2008. Zola’s hit singles were titled “Poor Sons” and “Soeur Sewer”. Her signature sound is a musical mix of multiple genres including classical, electronic, goth, industrial, and synthpop. Zola’s resume includes a trio of EPs and five full-length studio albums with her most recent release, ‘Taiga’ having been released in 2014.
The late rock singer, songwriter and musician Warren (William) Zevon was born on January 24, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. Some of his best songs include “Werewolves of London”, “Lawyers, Guns and Money”, and “Johnny Strikes Up the Band” – all of which are off his 1978 album, ‘Excitable Boy’. He also has hits with other artists including “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” and “Carmelita”.
Zevon also recorded a few cover cuts as well. They include his version of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, Allen Toussaint’s “A Certain Girl”, and Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan”. He died on September 7, 2003.
Rob Zombie is a singer, musician, screenwriter, film director, and producer. He was born Robert Bartleh Cummings on January 12, 1965, in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He first caught the public eye as the founder of the heavy metal band White Zombie. His first solo work was a track titled “Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)” with Alice Cooper. It was released in 1996 and was nominated for “Best Metal Performance” at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards. Zombie’s first solo album, ‘Hellbilly Deluxe’, came out in 1998. His most recent release, ‘Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor’ hit airwaves in 2013.
So there you have music fans. Are there were more “Z-named” artists on this list than you expected? Did we miss anyone? Let us know.
The art of DJing has exploded over the years. Now, it’s rare to turn on a radio without hearing the latest hit single or trending remix. These musicians expand their reach across the globe. Their prowess extends past underground channels into becoming mainstream DJs while continuing to rise. Be sure to check out the DJ hit songs too!
Celebrate Disc Jockey Day each year on January 20. Our list below brings recognition to disc jockeys that master their craft.
The following list is just a glimpse at some of the more popular DJs on the music scene right now.cow
DJs & DJ Hit Songs
Born Pierre David Guetta, the French-native is a house music DJ, songwriter, record producer, and remixer. In the 1980s, he first kicked off his DJ career at the Broad Club in Paris, and by 1988, he hosted his own club nights. Since then, Guetta has had a hand in several hit songs with numerous of artists. Some popular works are “Titanium” featuring Sia, “Hey Mama” featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha, and Afrojack, and “Club Can’t Handle Me” with Flo Rida and Nicole Scherzinger.
Guetta has been nominated for six Grammy Awards and has won two, and nominated for three NRJ Music Awards and took home one. He has also been up for 17 DJ Awards and won three.
Tijs Michiel Verwest, better known as his stage name Tiësto, is a Dutch DJ and record producer. He has been lauded as the “Godfather of EDM”. His interest in music began at the age of 12. By the time he was 14, he started DJing professionally. Tiësto continues to be more than a DJ; rather, he’s a brand. His name is spoken widely in EDM genre circles. His discography is massive with some of his popular hits being “Adagio for Strings” and “Red Lights“.
Tiësto has been nominated for two Grammys and won one. Additionally, he’s been up for 59 various awards and is the first DJ to hold DJ Magazine’s title of “No. 1 DJ in the World” for three consecutive years.
Calvin Harris (born Adam Richard Wiles) is a Scottish DJ, record producer, singer, and songwriter. He first gravitated toward electronic music in his teenage years. By 1999, he recorded bedroom demos. At age 18, he released two singles and eventually moved to London to further pursue his music career. Harris’ hits include “We Found Love” and “This Is What You Came For” with Rihanna, and his solo work “Feel So Close” and “Summer“.
Harris has been nominated for four Grammy Awards and took home one, and nominated for 10 Brit Awards. Harris has also won and was nominated for dozens of other music awards around the world.
Nick van de Wall, aka Afrojack, is a Dutch DJ, remixer, and record producer. He started off playing piano at the age of 5, and once he was 14, began DJing at clubs and local pubs. Afrojack has several producing, remixing, and songwriting credits. He’s worked alongside fellow DJs such as David Guetta for the hit “Hey Mama” featuring Nicki Minaj and Bebe Rexha. His discography also includes “Give Me Everything” with Pitbull, Ne-Yo, and Nayer, and also a songwriting credit on Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)“.
He’s regularly featured in the top 10 of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs. He made the No. 7 spot in 2011, and he ranked No. 9 in 2012 and 2013.
Steven Hiroyuki Aoki is an American electro house DJ, record producer, and music executive. During his college years at the University of California, he ran underground concerts and produced do-it-yourself records from his Biko room in the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative. His apartment was known as The Pickle Patch, and by the time he was in his early 20s, he built his own record label, Dim Mak. Popular songs include “No Beef” with Afrojack and Miss Palmer, and “Turbulence” with Laidback Luke and Lil Jon.
Aoki has received a number of awards, nominations, and recognition throughout his career. He was nominated for his first Grammy in 2012. In 2014, he received two Guinness World Records.
Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) is a Swedish musician, DJ, record producer, and remixer. He signed a record deal in 2007, but it was not until 2011 that his work became a part of mainstream culture. In the summer of 2016, he announced his retirement from touring, yet assured fans he would continue to create music. His hits include “Wake Me Up” with Aloe Blacc and “Hey Brother” with Dan Tyminski.
He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, and he took home two World Music Awards after being nominated for eight.
Anton Zaslavski, stage name Zedd, is a Russian-born German DJ, record producer, and musician. Born to two musicians, he is classically trained, and began playing piano at 4 and drums at 12. He started producing electronic music in 2009, and has made hits like “Stay the Night” featuring Hayley Williams, “Break Free” with Ariana Grande, and “Starving” with Hailee Steinfeld and Grey.
He has been nominated and has won several awards such as his first Grammy in 2014 and an MTV Video Music Award for his hit “Stay the Night“.
These seven DJs are only a few of the lauded musicians that are making waves in the music world today. Artists such as these defy all genre boundaries and create lively, emotional, and energetic sounds to entertain the masses.
One of the best artists who started in the 90s and has continued on is Usher. He has provided party music and love songs for over 20 years. Most of Usher’s music would be great for a wedding, while some, not so much. Here are 6 Usher love songs that are great for a wedding, and 3 you should skip.
The right music mix od Usher songs can make for a festive celebration, while the wrong one could clear off the dance floor. As many children of the 90’s are getting married, their taste in music ends up influencing the playlist, with mixes of boy bands, grunge rock and R&B selections. Here is a guide to Usher songs.
Usher Love Songs
1. My Boo
(featuring Alicia Keys)
When this song came out in 2004 at the peak of Usher’s fame, it became an instant classic. The duo has a fun, romantic exchange throughout the song and is fun for couples or a couple of friends to sing to one another. My Boo will keep you swaying with your own boo all night.
2. Love In This Club
(featuring Young Jeezy)
For a more uptempo vibe, without going over the top, Love In This Club fits the bill. It is a more modern classic in Usher’s compilation that would work well as a transition song to get people moving or as a minor break between the big beats that tire out the crowds.
One to skip: Confessions, Part II
Yes, this is a classic that will remind everyone of the past. However, the message behind the song would be totally wrong for a wedding. The whole story line of the lyrics, as Usher tells us, is that he is talking to his girlfriend, confessing that he cheated on her. On top of that, he is also admitting that he is going to be a father as a result of the cheating. Not really romantic.
(featuring Lil Jon, Ludacris)
The classic of all classic Usher songs. It isn’t a romantic song per se, but if you are including Usher on your playlist, this better be on the top of that list. The nostalgia for the generation getting married, as they remember awkward school dances with this song playing, or in college dorms, will rev all of the guests up and the dance floor will be crowded.
4. DJ Got Us Falling in Love
Another song from the Usher comeback era that also overlapped with Pitbull’s takeover. Instead of an overload of Mr. 305, a dash of him in this Usher favorite is a good way to keep the guests moving. This song is especially fun and a little tongue in cheek when you play it on a dance floor with a DJ spinning.
One to skip: Burn
Another classic slow Usher jam that is a completely inappropriate song for a wedding. Why? Aside from Confessions, Part II, this is probably Usher’s most popular breakup song and infamous at that. This is because of his (then) recent breakup that everyone assumed inspired the song (it didn’t). With these thoughts in mind, skip this one.
5. Nice and Slow
This one is a throwback to Usher’s early career and one of his first big hits. This is the best way to get people in love to enjoy a moment together in the middle of the larger celebration. As its title implies, Nice and Slow is a slow jam that will get all of the couples to the dance floor, led by the bride and groom, of course.
6. Without You
(David Guetta, featuring Usher)
Without You is another mid-tempo electronic dance song that is a great mini-break between the higher tempo crowd-pleasers. Technically, it isn’t a song by Usher. He is featured with his beautiful vocals and lyrics expressing his love paired with a dance beat make it perfect for a wedding.
One more to skip: You Make me Wanna…
Usher’s first big hit, yes, but with lyrics like: “You make me wanna leave the one I’m with / Start a new relationship with you / This is what you do”, it is not hard to see why this would be a bad choice.
Wedding music should be many things. It should be fun, exciting and also should allow the happy couple to share their love with all of their friends and family. When choosing music artists and specific songs, it is important to have a great mix of those elements. There are so many classic songs out there with new favorites by endless artists. Some, with lengthy careers, like Usher, have so much to choose from. So, the best course of action is to look at the classic songs and find which ones make sense in a wedding reception. With those thoughts in mind, the wedding reception will be a hit and unforgettable when you include selective Usher love songs.