The Best End-of-Night Songs

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As the night begins to wind down, what’s better than winding down with some great music? Here are some of our favorite end-of-night songs, perfect for that last dance. From classic rock to modern pop, there’s something for everyone here. So put your feet up, close your eyes and enjoy!

How to choose the last song

Depending on the theme of the night, you may want something upbeat and dancy, or more chilled and mellow. If it’s a club night, you’ll want something that gets everyone moving; if it’s a house party, something that gets people singing along is always good. And of course, if it’s a romantic occasion, you’ll want something with a bit of sentimentality.

The end-of-night song is the perfect opportunity to sum up the night’s atmosphere and leave everyone with a lasting impression. So make sure you choose wisely!

Indie/Rock Songs

The Killers: “Mr Brightside

Release Date: 2004

Lyrics: I’m coming out of my cage / And I’ve been doing just fine / Gotta gotta be down because I want it all / It started out with a kiss / How did it end up like this?

This is one of the most requested songs at weddings, birthday parties, corporate events and, well pretty much any party. It’s a modern classic that everyone knows and loves, even if you’re not particularly into Indie/Rock music. The perfect end-of-night song for any occasion.

Kings Of Leon: “Sex On Fire

Release Date: 2008

Lyrics: Lay where you’re laying / Don’t make a sound / I know they’re watching / They’re watching

Very similar in popularity to Mr Brightside, Sex On Fire is loved by a wide range of party-goers. The two tracks work well played one after the other.

Oasis: “Wonderwall

Release Date: 1995

Lyrics: Today is gonna be the day / That they’re gonna throw it back to you / By now you should’ve somehow / Realized what you gotta do

Wonderwall has been played at pretty much every end-of-night party since it was released. It’s a timeless classic that always gets people singing along.

Queen: “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Release Date: 1975

Lyrics: Is this the real life? / Is this just fantasy? / Caught in a landslide, / No escape from reality.

An all-time classic rock anthem, this song has it all – drama, emotion, a killer guitar solo and those unforgettable lyrics. It’s the perfect end-of-night song for any occasion where you want to let your hair down and have some fun.

Pop Songs

Ed Sheeran: “Thinking Out Loud

Release Date: 2014

Lyrics: When your legs don’t work like they used to before / And I can’t sweep you off of your feet / Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love? / Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks?

This end-of-night song is perfect for those who want something a little more mellow and sentimental. It’s a modern classic that is sure to get everyone singing along.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: “Can’t Hold Us

Release Date: 2013

Lyrics: Can we go back? This is the moment / Tonight is the night, we’ll fight ’til it’s over / So we put our hands up / Like the ceiling can’t hold us / Like the ceiling can’t hold us

Something a little different for the end of the night is Can’t Hold Us. It’s one of those tracks that gets people running from their seats just when they thought they’d had enough. As soon as they hear the first few bars, everyone is up and dancing. The perfect end to a fun night out!

Take That: “Never Forget

Release Date: 1995

Lyrics: Never forget where you’ve come here from / Never pretend that it’s all real / Someday soon this will all be someone else’s dream / This will be someone else’s dream

Don’t be fooled into thinking this song is for the ladies only! This end-of-night ballad is a firm favorite with both men and women. Guests young and old will have their hands in the air as they belt out the chorus.

Queen: “Don’t Stop Me Now

Release Date: 1978

Lyrics: ‘Cause I’m having a good time / (Don’t stop me now) / Yes, I’m havin’ a good time / I don’t want to stop at all

The start of this song always seems to catch people off guard, with its slow introduction. But as soon as that iconic drum fill kicks in, everyone knows what’s coming and they go wild. This is the perfect end-of-night track for those who want to go out with a bang!

The Source and Candi Staton: “You Got the Love”

Release Date: 1991

Lyrics: Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air / I know I can count on you / Sometimes I feel like saying, “Lord, I just don’t care” / But you’ve got the love I need to see me through

Those lyrics, the build-up, the chorus – it’s every ingredient of a last song of the night that you could possibly want. It’s guaranteed to get everyone singing along and dancing till the end. An all-time classic end-of-night track.

For some alternative versions, try the cover by Florence + The Machine or the recent one by Becky Hill and Pete Tong. They’re both brilliant!

Upbeat/Dance Songs

Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z: “Crazy In Love

Release Date: 2003

Lyrics: I look and stare so deep in your eyes / I touch on you more and more every time / When you leave I’m begging you not to go

This is one of Beyoncé’s most iconic tracks, and perfectly sums up the end-of-night feeling. It’s perfect for getting everyone up and dancing, and always goes down a treat.

Walk The Moon: “Shut Up and Dance

Release Date: 2014

Lyrics: Oh, don’t you dare look back / Just keep your eyes on me / I said you’re holding back / She said shut up and dance with me

This end-of-night song is perfect for those who want to let loose and have some fun. It’s guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing, and is the perfect way to end a night out.

Whitney Houston: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”

Release Date: 1987

Lyrics: Clock strikes upon the hour / And the sun begins to fade / Still enough time to figure out / How to chase my blues away

Some classic Whitney Houston – probably her most famous release. This end-of-night song is perfect for those who want to get up and dance, and is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Classic Last Songs

Neil Diamond: “Sweet Caroline”

Release Date: 1969

Lyrics: Sweet Caroline / Good times never seemed so good / So good, so good / I’d be inclined to believe they never would

A firm favorite with guests of all ages, Sweet Caroline is the perfect end-of-night song. It’s a feel-good track that is sure to get everyone singing and dancing along.

Beatles: “Hey Jude”

Release Date: 1968

Lyrics: Hey Jude, don’t make it bad / Take a sad song and make it better / Remember to let her into your heart / Then you can start to make it better

The perfect end-of-night ballad, Hey Jude is guaranteed to get everyone singing along. Even if not everyone knows the lyrics, they’ll still be able to join in with the iconic “Na na na banana” chorus. A timeless classic that is sure to leave guests feeling happy and nostalgic.

Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes: “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”

Release Date: 1987

Lyrics: ‘Cause I’ve had the time of my life / No, I never felt this way before / Yes, I swear it’s the truth / And I owe it all to you

This end-of-night song is the perfect way to end a night of dancing. It’s upbeat, feel-good and always gets everyone singing along. An all-time classic that is sure to leave guests feeling happy and nostalgic. Just be careful if people try the infamous lift from Dirty Dancing!

Dexy’s Midnight Runners: “Come On Eileen”

Release Date: 1982

Lyrics: Come on Eileen, oh I swear what he means / At this moment, you mean everything

This is one of those songs that almost signify the end of a party. It’s a classic end-of-night track that is sure to get everyone singing along. Just be careful not to play it too early in the night or people might start leaving!

Bonus Tip: The Fake Last Song

One tip for ending a night on a high is to play a fake last song. Announce the last one and let it play. Hopefully, if it’s been a good night, the crowd will be calling “One more song, one more song!” This is when you surprise them with an encore. It’s a great way to end the night on a high.

Conclusion

So there you have it, the best end-of-night songs to guarantee a good time. Whether you want to get everyone up and dancing or just end the night on a high, these tracks are sure to do the trick. So put on your favorite last song and enjoy the last few moments of the night. Until next time!

Do you have a favorite end-of-night song? Let us know in the comments below.

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

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