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

More Awesome Reception Songs

  1. Love Shack – B-52s
  2. Mr. Brightside – The Killers
  3. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard (a good cake cutting song) 🙂
  4. Speechless – Dan + Shay
  5. Low – Flo Rida
  6. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix a Lot
  7. This is How We Do It – Montell Jordan (still a popular throwback song)
  8. Shout – Isley Brothers
  9. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  10. Beautiful Crazy – Luke Coombs
  11. Perfect – Ed Sheeran (a good first dance song)
  12. Hot in Herre – Nelly
  13. Ain’t No Mountain – Marvin Gaye
  14. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
  15. Bye, Bye, Bye – N’Sync
  16. Old Town Road – Lil Nas X
  17. Despacito – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Beiber
  18. All of Me – John Legend
  19. Twist and Shout – The Beatles
  20. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynard Skynard
  21. Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  22. Man, I Feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain
  23. My Girl – Temptations
  24. Sugar – Maroon 5 (also a great cake cutting song) 🙂
  25. Happy – Pharrel
  26. Get Low – Lil Jon
  27. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra (a good first or last dance song)
  28. We Are Family – Sister Sledge
  29. Africa – Toto
  30. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  31. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis (we love the Kina Grannis version, too. Listen, here)
  32. I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys
  33. Timber – Ke$ha, Pitbull
  34. The Git Up – Blanco Brown
  35. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO

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 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, and Radio DJ Drops. Jason is also a certified wedding/event planner and has written articles/been featured in 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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