31 Rehearsal Dinner Songs to Get the Party Started

The perfect playlist for the pre-wedding dinner party

Updated 07/23/18

 Photo by Marcus Meisler

Unlike the flow of a reception, a rehearsal dinner (depending on the vibe of the rehearsal dinner you're going for) goes a little different. And unlike your reception, which will have a certain musical vibe for cocktail hour, then dinner, then followed by early evening dancing and then into the late night and after-party music, your rehearsal dinner playlist will most likely have a chiller feel.

If you're choosing to have speeches or dancing at your rehearsal dinner there may be a bit of a musical up and down, but since most couples will choose to have it be essentially an extended dinner party with their nearest and dearest, you'll naturally want music playing that you'd want at the dinner party of your dreams. Think some good jazz (Dave Brubeck, Sonny Clark), a little throwback (Nancy Sinatra), some classics (Rolling Stones), a couple of "Oh! Interesting choice, didn't see that coming but it somehow works..." (Pavement, Beck).

So, yes, we created this wonderful rehearsal dinner playlist just for you. Enjoy it at your rehearsal dinner, your next dinner party, a Tuesday night cooking dinner—you do you.

31 Rehearsal Dinner Songs

1. "Tú Sí Sabes Quererme" – Natalia Lafourcade, Los Macorinos

2. "Talkin' Bout A Revolution" – Tracy Chapman

3. "Friday I'm In Love" – Yo La Tengo

4. "Champale" – Macbeth the Great

5. "Love of No Return" – Peter Sivo Band

6. "Can't Nobody Love You" – The Zombies

7. "Ojos Del Sol" – Y La Bamba

8. "One Down" – Barry Harris

9. "Sugar Town" – Nancy Sinatra

10. "Oogum Boogum Song" – Brenton Wood

11. "Tropicalia" – Beck

12. "Gloria's Step" - Take 1, interrupted – Bill Evans Trio

13. "A Ballad" – Randy Weston

14. "Point of Being Right" – Shannon and The Clams

15. "Woojamacooja" – Helen Humes and Her Orchestra

16. "Bam Bam" – Sister Nancy

17. "Fruit Salad" – Don Byas

18. "She Smiled Sweetly" – The Rolling Stones

19. "Saudade Songbook" – BROOKZILL!, Count Bass D

20. "Unsquare Dance" – Dave Brubeck

21. "'S Nice" – Al Caiola

22. "Junka (Alternative Version)" – Sonny Clark

23. "Sleep Easy" – Sam Evian

24. "Come On Home" – Lijadu Sisters

25. "Take Five" – The Dave Brubeck Quartet

26. "Good Lovin'" – Grateful Dead, Lowell George

27. "Meet Me in the City" – Junior Kimbrough

28. "Cosoco" – Juana Molina

29. "Water No Get Enemy" - Edit – Fela Kuti

30. "Bossa Nova U.S.A." – Dave Brubeck

31. "5-4=Unity" – Pavement

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