70 Best Wedding Reception Songs for a Summertime Celebration

From breezy ballads to beach party music.

Bride and groom dancing at an outdoor wedding reception amid colorful flower petals

Photo by Jenn Emerling Weddings

Music plays a crucial role in every wedding. It helps set the mood and provides a transition from one portion of the evening to the next. Music choice is important for weddings in all seasons, but you can go the extra mile to give your summer wedding that breezy, warm-weather vibe you’ve been envisioning while taking guests back to beach days and sultry nights.

When choosing songs for your summer wedding, keep in mind the typical tunes you'd play at the beach or pool or while out enjoying the sunshine. Think music that's upbeat and seasonally themed. There are tons of songs about summer out there as well as light, feel-good beats that are reminiscent of those carefree, sunny days. Whether you’ve got a killer DJ or a live band that does the very best covers, putting together a crowd-pleasing playlist can turn your wedding from just an event into an immersive and unforgettable experience.

Let your venue inspire your music choices. For a seaside wedding, reggae music and songs about the beach are a great choice. For a ceremony in a park or garden, consider upbeat indie songs.

Below, we've rounded up 70 perfect songs to play at your summertime or beach wedding.

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"Kokomo," by The Beach Boys

Lyrics of Love: "Bodies in the sand, tropical drink melting in your hand/We'll be falling in love to the rhythm of a steel drum band"

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“(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay,” by Otis Redding

Lyrics of Love: "Watchin' the tide roll away/Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

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“Summertime,” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince

Lyrics of Love: "Honking at the honey in front of you with the light eyes/She turn around to see what you beeping at/It's like the summer's a natural aphrodisiac"

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“Feel It Still,” by Portugal. The Man

Lyrics of Love: "Ooh woo, I'm a rebel just for kicks, yeah/Your love is an abyss for my heart to eclipse, now"

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“Dancing in the Moonlight,” by Toploader

Lyrics of Love: "We get it almost every night/When that moon is big and bright/It's a supernatural delight/Everybody's dancin' in the moonlight"

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“California Girls,” by The Beach Boys

Lyrics of Love: "I been all around this great big world/And I seen all kinds of girls/Yeah, but I couldn't wait to get back in the States/Back to the cutest girls in the world"

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“Treat You Better,” by Rüfüs Du Sol

Lyrics of Love: "I spent the best days of my life with you/Watching clouds form in the distance/I watched the sunset on the beach with you"

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“I Don’t Care,” by Ed Sheeran featuring Justin Bieber

Lyrics of Love: "'Cause I don't care when I'm with my baby, yeah/All the bad things disappear/And you're making me feel like maybe I am somebody"

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“Island in the Sun,” by Weezer

Lyrics of Love: "We'll run away together/We'll spend some time forever/We'll never feel bad anymore"

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"I'm Yours," by Jason Mraz

Lyrics of Love: "Well open up your mind and see like me/Open up your plans and damn you're free/Look into your heart and you'll find love love love love"

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"Havana," by Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug

Lyrics of Love: "He said there's a lot of girls I can do with/But I can't without you/I knew him forever in a minute/That summer night in June"

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"One Kiss," by Calvin Harris featuring Dua Lipa

Lyrics of Love: "One kiss is all it takes/Fallin' in love with me/Possibilities/I look like all you need"

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"Señorita," by Justin Timberlake

Lyrics of Love: "On that sunny day/Didn't know I'd meet/Such a beautiful girl/Walking down the street"

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"Love on Top," by Beyoncé

Lyrics of Love: "Baby it's you/You're the one I love/You're the one I need/You're the only one I see"

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“Dancing in the Street,” by Mick Jagger and David Bowie

Lyrics of Love: "It doesn't matter what you wear/Just as long as you are there/So come on, every guy, grab a girl/Everywhere, around the world"

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“Walking on Sunshine,” by Katrina & The Waves

Lyrics of Love: "I used to think maybe you loved me, now I know that it's true/
And I don't want to spend my whole life, just waiting for you.

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“Party in the U.S.A.,” by Miley Cyrus

Lyrics of Love: "So I put my hands up/They're playing my song/And the butterflies fly away"

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“Beyond,” by Leon Bridges

Lyrics of Love: "She shines me up like gold on my arm/I wanna take it slow but it's so hard/I love to see her face in daylight/It's more than just our bodies at night"

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“This Is How We Do It,” by Montell Jordan

Lyrics of Love: "Honeys in the street say, 'Monty, yo we made it!'/It feels so good in my hood tonight/The summertime skirts and the guys in Kani"

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“The Boys of Summer,” by Don Henley

Lyrics of Love: "I can tell you my love for you will still be strong/After the boys of summer have gone"

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“What I Like About You,” by The Romantics

Lyrics of Love: "What I like about you, you hold me tight/Tell me I'm the only one, wanna' come over tonight, yea"

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"Girls Like You," by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B

Lyrics of Love: "'Cause girls like you/Run around with guys like me/'Til sundown, when I come through/I need a girl like you, yeah yeah"

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"Happy Together," by The Turtles

Lyrics of Love: "Imagine me and you, I do/I think about you day and night, it's only right/To think about the girl you love and hold her tight/So happy together"

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“The Middle,” by Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey

Lyrics of Love: "So pull me closer/Why don't you pull me close?/Why don't you come on over?/I can't just let you go"

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“We Found Love,” by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris

Lyrics of Love: "Feel the heartbeat in my mind/It's the way I'm feeling I just can't deny"

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“Uptown Funk,” by Bruno Mars

Lyrics of Love: "Come on, dance, jump on it/If you sexy then flaunt it/If you freaky then own it/Don't brag about it, come show me"

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"You Make My Dreams," by Hall and Oates

Lyrics of Love: "What I want, you've got/And it might be hard to handle/But like the flame that burns the candle/The candle feeds the flame, yeah yeah"

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“Love Shack,” by The B-52s

Lyrics of Love: "Sign says, woo, stay away fools/'Cause love rules at the love shack/Well it's set way back in the middle of a field/Just a funky old shack and I gotta get back"

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"God Only Knows," by The Beach Boys

Lyrics of Love: "You never need to doubt it/I'll make you so sure about it/God only knows what I'd be without you"

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“Stuck in the Middle With You,” by Stealers Wheel

Lyrics of Love: "Yes I'm stuck in the middle with you/And I'm wondering what it is I should do/It's so hard to keep this smile from my face"

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"Despacito (Remix)," by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

Lyrics of Love: "My sunrise on the darkest day/Got me feelin' some kind of way/Make me wanna savor every moment slowly, slowly"

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"Crazy in Love," by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z

Lyrics of Love: "Such a funny thing for me to try to explain/How I'm feeling, and my pride is the one to blame (Yeah)/'Cause I know I don't understand/Just how your love can do what no one else can"

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"Why Don't We Fall in Love," by Amerie

Lyrics of Love: "So many days I've thought of you/It's about time you knew the truth/Got to act quickly, you and I/We fall in love, so many reasons why"

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"Summer," by Calvin Harris

Lyrics of Love: "When I met you in the summer/To my heartbeat sound/We fell in love/As the leaves turned brown"

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"Buy U a Drank," by T-Pain featuring Yung Joc

Lyrics of Love: "Woo, baby girl, what's your name?/Let me talk to you, let me buy you a drink"

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"Summer Love," by Justin Timberlake

Lyrics of Love: "I can't wait to fall in love with you/You can't wait to fall in love with me/This just can't be summer love, you'll see"

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"September," by Earth, Wind & Fire

Lyrics of Love: "Now December/Found the love that we shared in September/Only blue talk and love, remember/The true love we share today"

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“You’re the One That I Want” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

Lyrics of Love: "I got chills/They're multiplying/And I'm losing control/Cause the power you're supplying/It's electrifying!"

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“I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” by Whitney Houston

Lyrics of Love: "I need a man who'll take a chance/On a love that burns hot enough to last/So when the night falls/My lonely heart calls"

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"Summertime," by Beyoncé featuring Diddy

Lyrics of Love: "Now it's been a year and we're closer/Fall in love again when I hold ya/I know that God set you aside for me/And now you are my prize"

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"Ain't Nobody," by Chaka Khan

Lyrics of Love: "When I heard your song/Filled my heart with your bliss/Gave me freedom/You knew I could not resist"

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"10,000 Hours," Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber

Lyrics of Love: "I'd spend 10,000 hours and 10,000 more/Oh, if that's what it takes to learn that sweet heart of yours/And I might never get there, but I'm gonna try/If it's 10,000 hours or the rest of my life/I'm gonna love you (Ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh)"

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“All Summer Long,” by Kid Rock

Lyrics of Love: "We didn't have no internet/But man, I never will forget/The way the moonlight shined upon her hair"

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“ME!” by Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco

Lyrics of Love: "And when we had that fight out in the rain/You ran after me and called my name/I never wanna see you walk away"

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"We Belong Together," by Mariah Carey

Lyrics of Love: "When you left I lost a part of me/It's still so hard to believe/Come back baby, please/'Cause we belong together"

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“Love Someone,” by Lukas Graham

Lyrics of Love: "'Cause you still look perfect as days go by/Even the worst ones, you make me smile/I'd stop the world if it gave us time"

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“Here Comes the Sun,” by The Beatles

Lyrics of Love: "Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces/Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here/Here comes the sun"

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“Start Me Up,” by The Rolling Stones

Lyrics of Love: "Ride like the wind at double speed/I'll take you places that you've never, never seen/If you start it up/Love the day when we will never stop, never stop"

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“Riptide,” by Vance Joy

Lyrics of Love: "I wanna be your left-hand man/I love you when you're singing that song and/I got a lump in my throat 'cause/You're gonna sing the words wrong"

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"Ocean Avenue," by Yellowcard

Lyrics of Love: "There's a piece of you that's here with me/It's everywhere I go, it's everything I see/When I sleep I dream and it gets me by"

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"Lovely Day," by Bill Withers

Lyrics of Love: "Just one look at you/And I know it's gonna be/A lovely day"

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“Con Calma (Remix),” by Daddy Yankee and Katy Perry featuring Snow

Lyrics of Love: "And I know that I'm not typically your type/But you never had this kind of stimulation/All eyes on me when I light up the room/You play the right vibe and my body will move"

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“Summer of ‘69,” by Bryan Adams

Lyrics of Love: "You told me that it'd last forever/Oh, and when you held my hand/I knew that it was now or never/Those were the best days of my life"

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“Night Moves,” by Bob Seger

Lyrics of Love: "She was a black-haired beauty with big dark eyes/And points all her own sitting way up high/Way up firm and high"

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“Summer Days,” by Martin Garrix featuring Macklemore and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy

Lyrics of Love: "She looks good in the morning/And she don't even know it/I don't want you to go yet/Can we stay in the moment?"

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"Cool for the Summer," by Demi Lovato

Lyrics of Love: "Don't tell your mother/Kiss one another/Die for each other/We're cool for the summer"

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"A Thousand Miles," by Vanessa Carlton

Lyrics of Love: "If I could fall into the sky/Do you think time would pass me by?/'Cause you know I'd walk a thousand miles/If I could just see you tonight"

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"About Damn Time," by Lizzo

Lyrics of Love: "Turn up the music, turn down the lights/I got a feelin' I'm gon' be alright/Okay (okay), alright/It's about damn time (time)"

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"I Like It," by Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin

Lyrics of Love: "Yeah, baby, I like it like that/You gotta believe me when I tell you/I said I like it like that"

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"Summer of Love," by Shawn Mendes and Tainy

Lyrics of Love: "It was the summer of love/A delicate daydream/And for a couple of months/It felt like we were 18, yeah/It was the summer of love"

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"Peaches," by Justin Bieber

Lyrics of Love: "I wanna wrap my arms around you, baby, never let you go, oh/And I say, oh, there's nothing like your touch/It's the way you lift me up, yeah"

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"Señorita," by Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello

Lyrics of Love: "Sapphire moonlight/We danced for hours in the sand/Tequila sunrise/Her body fit right in my hands, la-la-la"

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"Malibu," by Miley Cyrus

Lyrics of Love: "We watched the sun go down as we were walking/I'd spend the rest of my life just standing here talking/You would explain the current, as I just smile/Hoping I just stay the same and nothing will change/And it'll be us, just for a while"

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"Lover," by Taylor Swift

Lyrics of Love: "Can I go where you go?/Can we always be this close forever and ever?"

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"Late Night Talking, by Harry Styles

Lyrics of Love: "We've been doin' all this late night talkin'/'Bout anythin' you want until the mornin'/Now you're in my life/I can't get you off my mind"

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"Better Together," by Jack Johnson

Lyrics of Love: "And there is no, no song I could sing/And there is no combination of words I could say/But I will still tell you one thing/We're better together"

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"Sunroof," by Nicky Youre and dazy

Lyrics of Love: "You got me stuck on the thought of you/You're making me feel brand new/You're more than the sunshine in my eyes"

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"Loving You Easy," Zac Brown Band

Lyrics of Love: "You make loving you easy/You make loving you all I wanna do/Every little smile and every little touch/Reminds me how just how much it all makes/Loving you easy"

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"Sucker," by Jonas Brothers

Lyrics of Love: "We go together/Better than birds of a feather, you and me"

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"Ho Hey," The Lumineers

Lyrics of Love: "I belong with you, you belong with me/You're my sweetheart"

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