Best Wedding Reception Songs


Weddings can be stressful for a DJ. You want to make sure that you have the perfect wedding playlist to set the tone for the day. In this article, we will discuss the best wedding reception songs to help you deliver a great night’s entertainment.

Wedding Ceremony Music

You may be asked to play music during the wedding ceremony, or for the bride walking down the aisle. Some of the top wedding ceremony songs include traditional wedding hymns, classical wedding music, and romantic wedding ballads. Some popular wedding ceremony songs include:

  1. “Bridal Chorus” – Wagner
  2. “Ave Maria” – Franz Schubert
  3. “Canon in D” – Johann Pachelbel
  4. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
  5. “The Wedding March” – Felix Mendelssohn
  6. “Trumpet Voluntary” – Jeremiah Clarke
  7. “Ave Verum Corpus” – Mozart
  8. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op. 61: IX. Wedding March” – Felix Mendelssohn
  9. “Cello suite No. 1” – Bach
  10. “The Swan (Le Cygne)” – Saint Saens

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Wedding Breakfast – Background Music

While the wedding party are enjoying their meal, or as the evening guests arrive, you will want some gentle music playing in the background. This will help to set the mood and make people feel relaxed. Popular wedding breakfast songs include:

  1. Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
  2. Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
  3. I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
  4. Everglow – Coldplay
  5. I Miss You – Beyoncé
  6. Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae
  7. Warwick Avenue – Duffy
  8. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
  9. Stay With You – John Legend
  10. I’m Not the Only One – Sam Smith
  11. Beyoncé – Halo
  12. Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love
  13. Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie – You Are So Beautiful
  14. Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey
  15. Hold You in My Arms – Ray Lamontagne
  16. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  17. I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Jasmine Thompson
  18. Photograph – Ed Sheeran
  19. Skinny Love – Bon Iver
  20. The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennett

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First Dance Song

The first dance is always a memorable moment for a bride and groom. If they don’t choose any music for the rest of the night, this is the one moment where they will want to ensure that the music is perfect.

Here are some of our top picks for first dance songs:

  1. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  2. You Are The Best Thing – Ray Montagne
  3. At Last – Etta James
  4. All of Me – John Legend
  5. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  6. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  7. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
  8. Everything – Michael Buble
  9. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  10. Amazed – Lonestar
  11. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
  12. First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
  13. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  14. Lucky – Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat
  15. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
  16. Marry Me – Train
  17. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  18. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  19. Crazy Love – Van Morrison
  20. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

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Father – Daughter Dance

Often, the Bride will like to have a dance with her father after the first dance. It’s a tradition. The bride honoring her love and gratitude for her father, who has given her away. The father-daughter dance is a touching moment that can be made even more memorable with the perfect song choice.

Here are some of our favorite father-daughter dance songs:

  1. Heartland – I Loved Her First
  2. Tim McGraw – My Little Girl
  3. Bob Carlisle – Butterfly Kisses
  4. Rascal Flatts – My Wish
  5. Temptations – My Girl
  6. Chuck Wicks – Stealing Cinderella
  7. Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
  8. Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
  9. Dixie Chicks – Landslide
  10. Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight
  11. Zac Brown Band – The Man Who Loves You The Most
  12. Scott Thomas Laughridge – This Dance
  13. Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me
  14. Jason Blaine – Dance With My Daughter
  15. John Mayer – Daughters
  16. Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance
  17. Phil Collins – You’ll Be In My Heart
  18. Paul Simon – Father And Daughter
  19. Camilia Cabella – First Man
  20. Jennifer Smestad – Half The Man
  21. Darius Rucker – It Won’t Be Like This For Long
  22. Krystal Keith – Daddy Dance With Me
  23. Al Martino – Daddy’s Little Girl
  24. Michael Buble – Forever Now
  25. Alan Jackson – You’ll Always Be My Baby
  26. Tom Petty – Wildflowers
  27. Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
  28. Rod Stewart – Forever Young
  29. Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra – Daddy
  30. Nat King Cole – Unforgettable

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Wedding Reception Songs

Now onto the main event: the evening reception. Not all couples will choose their music – they might just leave it up to you. It’s a good idea to have a playlist of go-to songs to pick from that will work at most general weddings, and get those guests on the dancefloor.

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  1. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
  2. Earth, Wind and Fire – September
  3. Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
  4. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  5. Usher – Yeah!
  6. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
  7. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
  8. Killers – Mr. Brightside
  9. ABBA – Dancing Queen
  10. Cupid – Cupid Shuffle
  11. Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
  12. DJ Casper – Cha Cha Slide
  13. Flo Rida – Low
  14. Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
  15. Spice Girl – Wannabe
  16. OutKast – Hey Ya!
  17. V.I.C. – Wobble
  18. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling!
  19. Garth Brooks – Friends In Low Places
  20. Beyonce feat. Jay-Z – Crazy In Love
  21. Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A.
  22. Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz – Get Low
  23. Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
  24. Bruno Mars – 24k Magic
  25. Bruno Mars – Marry You
  26. Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
  27. Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
  28. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
  29. Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey
  30. Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee – Despacito
  31. B-52’s – Love Shack
  32. Kenny Loggins – Footloose
  33. AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
  34. Toploader – Dancing In The Moonlight
  35. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris – We Found Love
  36. Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
  37. Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
  38. Dua Lipa feat. DaBaby – Levitating
  39. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
  40. Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
  41. Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight
  42. Beatles – Twist And Shout
  43. Nelly – Hot In Herre
  44. Chris Brown – Forever
  45. LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
  46. Temptations – My Girl
  47. Sister Sledge – We Are Family
  48. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  49. Maroon 5 – Sugar
  50. Pitbull feat. Kesha – Timber
  51. Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin – I Like It
  52. Sir Mix-A-Lot – Baby Got Back
  53. N’Sync – Bye Bye Bye
  54. Toto – Africa
  55. Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel
  56. John Legend – All Of Me
  57. Daryl Hall & John Oates – You Make My Dreams (Come True)
  58. Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
  59. Don Omar feat. Lucenzo – Danza Kuduro
  60. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
  61. Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)
  62. House Of Pain – Jump Around
  63. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
  64. Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
  65. Lizzo – Truth Hurts
  66. Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of..)
  67. Animal House – Shout
  68. Jack Johnson – Better Together
  69. Luke Combs – Beautiful Crazy
  70. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
  71. Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
  72. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
  73. Diana Ross / Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
  74. Pharrell Williams – Happy
  75. Village People – Y.M.C.A.
  76. Beyonce – Love On Top
  77. Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
  78. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
  79. Taio Cruz – Dynamite
  80. Pink – Raise Your Glass
  81. Pitbull – Fireball
  82. Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
  83. Ben E. King – Stand By Me
  84. Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie
  85. Kool & The Gang – Celebration
  86. Kygo and Whitney Houston / Steve Winwood – Higher Love
  87. Cobra Starship – You Make Me Feel
  88. Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe
  89. Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
  90. DJ Snake feat. Lil’ Jon – Turn Down For What
  91. Zac Brown Band – Chicken Fried
  92. Etta James – At Last
  93. Natalie Cole – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
  94. Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Remix)
  95. Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man
  96. Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup
  97. Kanye West- Gold Digger
  98. Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
  99. Justin Timberlake – Sexyback
  100. Lady Gaga – Just Dance

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These are some of the best, most requested songs at weddings that should be a great source for any DJ. Whether you’re looking for wedding first dance songs, background music, or simply wedding party songs to get the crowd dancing, there’s something here for everyone!

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Do I need to play background music at a wedding?

There is no requirement to play background music at a wedding, but many couples choose to include it as part of their wedding day activities. Playing music during the wedding ceremony or reception can help set the tone and mood for the event.

How do I choose the right wedding songs?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best wedding songs will vary depending on the couple’s personal taste and wedding style. Some key factors to consider when choosing wedding songs include the first dance, whether you want upbeat or slower-tempo music, and songs that hold special meaning to the couple.

What are some popular wedding songs?

Popular wedding songs vary depending on the couple’s taste and style, but some timeless classics include “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley, “At Last” by Etta James, and “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. Other popular wedding songs include modern hits like Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” and Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback.”

What song gets everyone to the dance floor?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as the song that gets everyone to the dance floor will vary depending on the wedding crowd’s taste and preference. However, some popular wedding songs that are known to get people dancing include “Shout” by the Isley Brothers, “Y.M.C.A.” by the Village People, and “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin.

What is the most played song at a wedding?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as wedding songs will vary depending on a number of factors, including wedding theme and crowd taste. However, some popular wedding songs that are commonly played at weddings include “At Last” by Etta James and “All Of Me” by John Legend. Other popular wedding songs include current hits like “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.

How many songs should I play at a wedding?

There is no magic number of songs to play at a wedding, as the number of songs will vary depending on the wedding timeline and the couple’s personal preference. However, a good rule of thumb is to play a few songs during the wedding ceremony and wedding reception, as well as several songs for the first dance and other wedding dances. Additionally, it is important to consider any special requests or must-play songs from the couple or wedding guests.

How do I make a DJ wedding playlist?

The most important thing is to speak to the couple well in advance, find out what they like and don’t like, what wedding songs are special to them and make sure you have a good selection of music to suit all tastes. You can use wedding song playlist tools like iWedPlanner and Spotify to help you create the perfect DJ wedding playlist.

How many songs do you need for a wedding reception?

The number of songs you need for a wedding reception will depend on the wedding timeline and the couple’s preference. However, a good rule of thumb is to play 15-20 songs per hour of reception time. This will ensure there is enough music to keep the wedding guests entertained throughout the event.

What are some do’s and don’ts for wedding DJs?

Some do’s for wedding DJs include being well-prepared with a variety of music to suit all tastes, making sure all equipment is in good working order, and being professional and courteous at all times. Some don’ts for wedding DJs include playing songs with explicit lyrics, drinking alcohol during the event, and becoming too involved in wedding activities.

Mike is a Mobile DJ company owner, providing entertainment services for Weddings, Birthdays and other events for over a decade.

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