A lot of things happen at a wedding reception — the first dance, the cake cutting, a meal, the bouquet toss, the list goes on. But what most guests want (and expect) is a good, old-fashioned dance party. It doesn't matter if you're hosting a casual daytime barbecue in your backyard or a formal banquet; there's always reason to turn on some fun music and hit the dance floor for a good portion of the reception. There are about a million types of songs you can play, but there's definitely a category of "wedding dance" music that's consistent across the country and wedding types. With that in mind, we made a playlist of those classics that guests of all ages will want to groove to.
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If you want to warm up the party with some oldies, then definitely cue up The Beatles' "Twist and Shout," Aretha Franklin's "Respect," Earth, Wind, and Fire's "September," and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons' "December 1963 (Oh What A Night)." Throw in some '80s hits like Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," and you know that the dance floor will be packed.
More recent years have produced even more staples. The past ten years have given us OutKast's "Hey Ya!," The Black Eyed Peas's "I Gotta Feelin'," and V.I.C.'s "Wobble," to name a few. Play Silento's "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" and witness every guest under 25 rush out and start busting out some moves.
While we encourage every bride and groom to curate a wedding playlist that feels totally them, there's nothing wrong with including some of these timeless tunes that everyone will know how to dance to. Sit back, hit play, and try not to move to the beat.