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 wedding 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 for 2023 weddings.

ABDJs’ Top 30 Popular Wedding Reception Songs

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

More Awesome Reception Songs

  1. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  2. Ain’t No Mountain – Marvin Gaye
  3. Shout – Isley Brothers
  4. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard (a good cake-cutting song) 🙂
  5. We Found Love – Rhianna
  6. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
  7. This is How We Do It – Montell Jordan (still a popular 90s throwback song)
  8. All the Small Things – Blink 182
  9. Fireball – Pitbull
  10. Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  11. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
  12. Every time We Touch – Cascada
  13. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix a Lot
  14. I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys
  15. We Are Family – Sister Sledge
  16. Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega
  17. Timber – Ke$ha, Pitbull
  18. Beautiful Crazy – Luke Coombs
  19. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis (we love the Kina Grannis version, too. Listen, here)
  20. In da Club – 50 cent
  21. Despacito – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Beiber
  22. Perfect – Ed Sheeran (still a good first dance song)
  23. My Girl – Temptations (still a great father/daughter or mother/daughter song)
  24. Crazy in Love – Beyonce
  25. Bye, Bye, Bye – N’Sync
  26. Time of Our Lives – Pitbull
  27. Forever – Chris Brown
  28. Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
  29. Higher Love – Kygo & Whitney Houston
  30. Twist and Shout – The Beatles

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 2023 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.Jason also published his book "Succeeding in the Wedding Business," in January of 2023. He currently writes all of the wedding/event planning tips and blogs to help everyone plan their event, successfully!

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