The Best Songs to Play for Your Reception's Anniversary Dance

Updated 07/27/15

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You know that moment during a wedding reception when the band leader or DJ asks all couples married for a certain amount of years to hit the dance floor? That's called the anniversary dance, and it's one of the sweetest traditions around. As the bride and groom embark on the first day of their marriage, many guests have been together for 20, 30, and even 40 years or more, and that's definitely something worth celebrating. If you want to include this custom during your reception, now's a good time to pick the song you want to play for that moment. We curated a Spotify playlist of some of the best ones to help you make that decision!

Any tune with a message of everlasting love is a good selection. We're big fans of Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years," Billie Holliday's "As Time Goes By," and Diana Ross and Lionel Richie's "Endless Love." Even better? Songs that look forward to even more years of happiness! Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," Michael Buble's rendition of "The Best Is Yet to Come," and Natalie Cole's "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" are all perfect.

Sentimental, romantic songs of any kind will do, too. Who doesn't love Sade's "By Your Side," Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are," or Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine Of My Life"?! Exactly.

Chances are, you've already considered one of these for your first-dance song, so why not get a chance to play two songs that speak to you? Give our playlist a listen and get ready for the emotional moment when all those longtime couples hit the dance floor.

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