Up-tempo songs to play for a social distancing wedding reception

Weddings starting in March 2020 mean different things to different people based upon your location’s social distancing laws.  Some states do not allow weddings at all.  Some allow guests of 50 people or less.  Some states require receptions without dancing and seating only.  No matter your scenario, we assembled a list of songs that are in the mid to up-tempo range to keep the mood up but not to the point that they would encourage dancing.

Our list of up-tempo wedding reception songs for social distancing is to incorporate current hits while including classic wedding hits.  You should not have guests falling asleep during your reception!  You want to keep the mood up and happy.  However, we did not include dance hits as some states do not allow dancing.  Plus, we included many different genres and eras!

Up-tempo songs to play for a social distancing wedding reception

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Up-tempo Wedding Reception Songs for Social Distancing

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Current Christian Songs

Thank You Lord – Chris Tomlin feat. Thomas Rhett & Florida Georgia Line
2020

TOGETHER – for KING & COUNTRY, Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin
2020

Still Rolling Stones – Lauren Daigle
2019

Nobody – Casting Crowns feat. Matthew West
2018

Grace Got You – MercyMe
2017

Current Country Songs

Whatever Forever Is – Devin Dawson
2021

We Are Family – Charlotte Ave
2020

Happy Anywhere – Blake Shelton feat. Gwen Stefani
2020

Done – Chris Janson
2019

Big, Big Plans – Chris Lane
2019

Classic Country Songs

Somebody Like You – Keith Urban
2002

Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You – Brooks & Dunn
2001

She’s in Love with the Boy – Trisha Yearwood
1991

Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
1987

I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
1956

Current Dance Songs

Magic – Kylie Minogue
2020

Head & Heart – Joel Corry feat. MNEK
2020

Higher Love – Kygo & Whitney Houston
2019

ily (i love you baby) – Surf Mesa feat. Emilee
2019

Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
2017

Current Hip Hop Songs

Go Crazy – Chris Brown & Young Thug
2020

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

Circles – Post Malone
2019

Sunflower – Post Malone & Swae Lee
2018

I Like It – Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
2018

Classic Hip Hop Songs

The Next Episode – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg
2000

Hypnotize – The Notorious B.I.G.
1997

California Love – 2Pac feat. Roger Troutman & Dr. Dre
1996

It Was A Good Day – Ice Cube
1992

Rapper’s Delight – Sugarhill Gang
1980

Current Pop Songs

Falling (So In Love) – We The Kings
2021

Smile – Katy Perry
2020

‘Til I Found You – Jeremy Loops
2020

Intentions – Justin Bieber feat. Quavo
2020

Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
2019

Classic Pop Songs

Smooth – Santana Feat. Rob Thomas
1999

Wannabe – Spice Girls
1996

Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
1987

Africa – Toto
1982

You Make My Dreams (Come True) – Daryl Hall & John Oates
1980

Current R&B Songs

Silly Love Songs – Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr.
2021

This Love – Khalea Lynee’
2021

I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste
2021

Antidote – Nao, Adekunle Gold
2021

One I Got – Charlie Wilson
2020

Classic R&B Songs

Because Of You – Ne-Yo
2007

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You ((I Love You Baby)) – Lauryn Hill
1998

Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson
1979

Lovely Day – Bill Withers
1977

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
1967

Current Rock Songs

Our Love – Incubus
2020

Me & You Together Song – The 1975
2020

broken – lovelytheband
2017

Just You and I – Tom Walker
2016

Viva La Vida – Coldplay
2008

Classic Rock Songs

You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
1986

Come and Get Your Love – Redbone
1974

Dancing in the Moonlight – King Harvest
1973

Stuck in the Middle With You – Stealers Wheel
1972

Moondance – Van Morrison
1970

Do you have a favorite up-tempo song, not on our list that would fit perfectly into a social distancing wedding reception? Please share your song below so that we can add it!


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