60 Most-Popular Wedding Reception Songs

60 most popular wedding reception songs

Popular Wedding Reception Songs: If you’re planning your wedding day, congratulations! Now that you’re working on your wedding reception music, that means that you’ve planned for a little while, already. Clients usually plan their wedding ceremony and reception music in the final month or two before the wedding day! So congrats, you made it this far! 🙂 So now, you may be thinking, I’m not a DJ, so I have no idea what to play! Well, luckily, we are, and we’re here to help! Here are a few tips to plan a fun wedding reception.

Tips for Choosing Great Wedding Songs

  1. Remember that your friends and family have a variety of musical tastes. So try to play songs from different genres, if possible.
  2. Keep your vision in mind. What do you envision for your wedding reception? Do you want a packed dance floor, all night? Perhaps you just want a laid-back vibe, where dancing isn’t the focus. Either way, your music will help you achieve this!
  3. Hire a great DJ! Even with careful planning, a great DJ is an absolute must. You may have created a great playlist, but for some reason, no one is dancing. This is where a great DJ can easily take over and change the mood, quickly. Inexperienced DJs will simply stick to your list and not know what else to play.
    • A great DJ will check in with you and find out what you want to do. If you decide to let the DJ play other songs off your list to get the dancing started, he/she should be able to do this, easily! So invest in your entertainment!

These are the top 3 tips to remember when planning your wedding reception/dance. There are numerous other tips, but we’re discussing the dance part, in particular. Now that you’ve got the above info, you may be wondering where to start. What songs are best for everyone? Here is a great list to start with.

Keep in mind that this is based on weddings and events that we do in Austin, San Antonio, and the central Texas area. Some songs may be different, depending on what part of the country (or world) you’re in. For the most part, though, these hits are played at many weddings in the US. Here’s the list of the 60 most popular wedding reception songs.

ABDJs’ Top 25 Popular Wedding Reception Songs

  1. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
  2. Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
  3. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
  4. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  5. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  6. Yeah – Usher
  7. September – Earth, Wind & Fire
  8. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
  9. Dancing Queen – Abba (everyone loves to sing along to this one)
  10. Wobble – VIC
  11. Cha-Cha Slide – Mr. C The Slide Man
  12. Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
  13. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  14. Mr. Brightside – The Killers
  15. Hey Ya! – Outkast
  16. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  17. Livin on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  18. Wannabe – Spice Girls (this has become a popular bouquet toss song)
  19. Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus (this is a fun song to take you back to your school days)
  20. Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
  21. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
  22. Everybody – Backstreet Boys
  23. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
  24. Footloose – Kenny Logins (or Blake Shelton)
  25. Marry You – Bruno Mars
  26. Low – Flo Rida
  27. Love Shack – B-52s
  28. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  29. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard (a good cake cutting song) 🙂
  30. Hot in Herre – Nelly

More Awesome Reception Songs

  1. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix a Lot
  2. Man, I Feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain
  3. Shout – Isley Brothers
  4. Ain’t No Mountain – Marvin Gaye
  5. This is How We Do It – Montell Jordan (still a popular throwback song)
  6. Speechless – Dan + Shay
  7. Beautiful Crazy – Luke Coombs
  8. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
  9. Get Low – Lil Jon
  10. Bye, Bye, Bye – N’Sync
  11. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  12. Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  13. Perfect – Ed Sheeran (a good first dance song)
  14. Timber – Ke$ha, Pitbull
  15. Truth Hurts – Lizzo
  16. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynard Skynard
  17. Despacito – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Beiber
  18. We Found Love – Rhianna
  19. Sugar – Maroon 5 (also a great cake cutting song) 🙂
  20. My Girl – Temptations
  21. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis (we love the Kina Grannis version, too. Listen, here)
  22. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
  23. Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
  24. Twist and Shout – The Beatles
  25. We Are Family – Sister Sledge
  26. I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys
  27. Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega
  28. All of Me – John Legend
  29. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra (a good first or last dance song)
  30. Africa – Toto

More Song Ideas

There you have it. These are the top 60 most popular wedding reception songs that are most often played at weddings in the central Texas area. These are all great songs that keep your guests dancing! There are so many other songs we play, too; however, these are the most popular ones that are requested. For more great wedding song ideas, read our  Top 2021/2022 Wedding Songs article! If you’re looking for country wedding songs & song ideas, visit our 50 Awesome Country Wedding Songs article!


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Jason Alexander Rubio

Jason has a Master's of Education (MEd), and a Master's of Public Affairs (MPAff). and has been in the DJ field for over 2 decades as a DJ, nightclub owner, radio show DJ/host, bar/club DJ, concert & festival organizer/promoter, and is the co-founder and owner of Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, Radio DJ Drops, Rent Letters Now, and Quince Expos. Jason is also a certified wedding/event planner and has written articles/been featured in The NY Times, Brides, Style Me Pretty, Bustle, Disc Jockey News, DJ Times, DJNTV, The DJ Insider, Mobile Beat, My Wedding Songs, Fox Business News, NBC, ABC, Telemundo, and Wedding Planner Magazine. He currently writes all of the wedding/event planning tips and blogs to help everyone plan their event, successfully!

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