Traditional Wedding Reception Songs Commonly Played

Traditional wedding reception songs are played at most weddings. These are the tried and true songs that will stand the test of time. Below is a list of traditional wedding reception songs as compiled by Robert Bonham of Music De-Lite DJ Service.

When most people think of a city in Washington State, Seattle most often comes to mind. However, today we will share popular wedding songs from a DJ from just south of Seatle to Olympia.

traditional wedding reception songs

We have a code for playing wedding music that the worst song you can play is the one that one knows. The list below is all the well-known wedding songs that would be great for any wedding reception. However, one song, in particular, we really like that is not on every wedding playlist is Under Pressure by Queen.

Under Pressure is a collaboration with David Bowie and is definitely one of the greatest songs of the 80s. The song was sampled in 1990 on the mega-hit Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice. The single men in attendance at a wedding are under pressure to catch, or not catch the bride’s garter to signify the next one to be married.

Traditional Wedding Reception Songs

1st Dance

  • At Last – Etta James
  • Céline Dion
  • Beyoncé
  • Making Memories of Us – Keith Urban
  • From This Moment On (Pop On Tour Version) – Shania Twain
  • I Cross My Heart – George Strait
  • It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
  • Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
  • Amazed – Lonestar
  • I Could Not Ask for More – Edwin McCain or Sara Evans
  • By Your Side – Sade
  • Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go – Alabama
  • (Everything I Do) I Do It for You – Bryan Adams
  • My Best Friend – Tim McGraw
  • She’s Everything – Brad Paisley
  • Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
  • When You Say Nothing At All – Alison Krauss
  • Someone Like You – Van Morrison
  • Everything – Michael Bublé
  • Crazy Love – Van Morrison
  • Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
  • Then – Brad Paisley
  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Groom/Mother Dance

  • A Song for Mama – Boyz II Men
  • Don’t Know Much – Linda Ronstadt feat. Aaron Neville
  • It’s Your Song – Garth Brooks
  • Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
  • The Perfect Fan – Backstreet Boys
  • I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
  • In My Life – Roberta Flack
  • Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
  • Loves Me Like a Rock – Paul Simon
  • You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
  • Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra
  • Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  • Then They Do – Trace Adkins
  • I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  • Unforgettable – Nat “King” Cole & Natalie Cole
  • Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  • Through the Years (2006 Remaster) – Kenny Rogers
  • You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor

Wedding Party Dance

  • I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
  • We Are Family (Single Version) – Sister Sledge
  • I’ll Be There for You (Long Version) – The Rembrandts
  • Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
  • Get the Party Started – P!NK
  • Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
  • What I Like About You – The Romantics
  • Celebration (Single Version) – Kool & The Gang
  • Let’s Get It Started (Spike Mix) – The Black Eyed Peas

Bride/Father Dance

  • Because You Loved Me (Theme from “Up Close and Personal”) – Céline Dion
  • I Loved Her First – Heartland
  • Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
  • Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn
  • Daddy’s Little Girl (Remastered 91) – Al Martino
  • My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  • My Little Girl (From “My Friend Flicka”) – Tim McGraw
  • A Kiss to Build a Dream On – Louis Armstrong
  • Father and Daughter – Paul Simon
  • Daughters – John Mayer
  • Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
  • My Girl – The Temptations
  • The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  • It Won’t Be Like This for Long – Darius Rucker
  • Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  • Turn Around – Harry Belafonte
  • Daughter – Loudon Wainwright III
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder

Bouquet Toss

  • Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
  • Dancing Queen – ABBA
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  • I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  • Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) – Beyoncé
  • Man! I Feel Like a Woman! – Shania Twain
  • Wishin’ and Hopin’ – Ani DiFranco

Garter Throw

  • The Stripper – David Rose
  • You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
  • I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
  • Legs (Edit Version) – ZZ Top
  • Bad To The Bone – George Thorogood & The Destroyers
  • Oh Yeah – Yello
  • Theme from Mission Impossible – Cincinnati Pops Orchestra & Erich Kunzel
  • U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
  • Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie

Cake Cutting

  • I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  • That’s Amore – Dean Martin
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
  • How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 – Plain White T’s
  • Better Together – Jack Johnson
  • Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
  • When I’m Sixty-Four – The Beatles

Thank you to Music De-Lite DJ Service for submitting their top wedding songs. If you would like to see other DJ playlists, please see all of our DJ Playlists.

Other DJ playlists to check out:

Have a correction or feedback?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *