33 Popular Wedding Dance Songs for All Ages

These Tunes Are Constant Dance Floor Hits

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Every bride and groom have their own ideas on what will make their guests dance at a wedding, and many will provide their own preferred playlist to the , D.J. or band responsible for the music at their wedding.

There are, however, a couple of common factors you should keep in mind about what makes a popular wedding dance song. Planning around these factors can make the difference between a packed dance floor at your wedding and a more sedate affair.

What Makes a Good Wedding Dance Song?

A top will be familiar to a variety of ages. Ideally, it should have received a lot of in its time and should continue to be played today.

If a song on your list gets airplay on one of those "mix" stations, all the better — it virtually guarantees that your parents will be out there shaking it with the bridesmaids. A top wedding dance song should also have an upbeat, danceable tempo.

Yes, there are some songs that might feel like cliches if they're played at your wedding. "Shout," by Otis Day and the Knights, for example, is played at many weddings, as is "Celebrate," by Kool & the Gang. But don't be reluctant to use these songs anyway, since there's a reason they're popular for weddings — people like them and like to dance to them.

Songs to Play at Your Wedding

Here's a short list of must-play wedding dance songs to get everyone's feet moving. Be aware that some of the songs may not be appropriate lyrically for conservative crowds, or should be saved for later in the evening, perhaps after the grandparents have departed.

Oldies but Goodies

  • Beatles: "Twist and Shout"
  • Four Tops: "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
  • Foundations: "Build Me Up Buttercup"
  • Otis Day and the Knights: "Shout"

Sing-Along Party Favorites

  • AC/DC: "You Shook Me All Night Long"
  • Beatles: "Hey Jude"
  • Bon Jovi: "Livin' on a Prayer"
  • Def Leppard: "Pour Some Sugar On Me"
  • Neil Diamond: "Sweet Caroline"
  • Journey: "Don't Stop Believin'"
  • Van Morrison: "Brown Eyed Girl"
  • Frank Sinatra: "New York, New York"

Dance Fever

  • Bee Gees: "Stayin' Alive"
  • Commodores: "Brick House"
  • Earth Wind & Fire: "September"
  • Michael Jackson: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"

Classic Pop and Hip Hop

  • Bell Biv DeVoe: "Poison"
  • B52's: "Love Shack"
  • Dexy's Midnight Runners: "Come On Eileen"
  • Michael Jackson: "Billie Jean"
  • Kenny Loggins: "Footloose"
  • Prince: "Kiss"
  • Rob Base & DJ EZ-Rock: "It Takes Two"
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot: "Baby Got Back"

More Recent Hits

  • Black Eyed Peas: "I Gotta Feeling"
  • Chris Brown: "Forever"
  • Taio Cruz: "Dynamite"
  • Miley Cyrus: "Party in the USA"
  • Lady Gaga: "Poker Face"
  • Nelly: "Hot in Herre"
  • Notorious B.I.G.: "Mo' Money Mo' Problems"
  • Santana feat. Rob Thomas: "Smooth"
  • Justin Timberlake: "Sexyback"

Tips to Make Your Wedding Playlist a Success

When choosing songs (or talking to your band or D.J. about what music to play), remember that weddings almost always feature multiple generations in the same room. Make sure to choose a mix of songs that will appeal to people in your grandparents' age bracket, your parents' age bracket, and your age bracket.