You've had your first dance, cut the wedding cake, tossed the bouquet, and enjoyed all the other wedding reception festivities. Now it's time for the last dance. As much as you don't want your wedding to end, you do want to give your guests a happy, lasting memory of that final spin around the dance floor.
When it comes to choosing the last songs for your affair, you have options. The last-dance wedding song is usually either a romantic ballad or a well-recognized, upbeat jam. The genre should depend on your personal taste as a couple. For those who want to rock, we included AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long," as well as two Queen hits. As for the classics, there's nothing like Donna Summer's "Last Dance," (understandably one of the most popular choices), and The Isley Brothers' "Shout." More modern dance hits are also a fantastic choice; we love "Feel So Close" by Calvin Harris and "The Time (Dirty Bit)," by The Black Eyed Peas.
If you want a private last dance with just your partner, choose a slow song to create an intimate moment and re-focus the attention on you, the couple. If you'd rather go out with a bang, especially if you're having an after-party, pick a high-energy tune for all your guests to enjoy.
Here are 85 of our favorite last-dance songs that will guarantee a perfect musical end to your wedding.
"Last Dance," by Donna Summer
Lyrics of Love: "I need you, by me/Beside me, to guide me"
"(I've Had) the Time of My Life," by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Lyrics of Love: "No, I never felt like this before/Yes I swear it's the truth/And I owe it all to you"
"Sweet Caroline," by Neil Diamond
Lyrics of Love: "Sweet Caroline/Good times never seemed so good/I'd be inclined/To believe they never would"
"Don't Stop Believin'," by Journey
Lyrics of Love: "A singer in a smoky room/A smell of wine and cheap perfume/For a smile they can share the night/It goes on and on, and on, and on"
"Closing Time," by Semisonic
Lyrics of Love: "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end/Yeah, I know who I want to take me home"
"Save the Last Dance for Me," by Michael Bublé
Lyrics of Love: "But don't forget who's takin' you home/And in whose arms you're gonna be/So darlin' save the last dance for me"
"The Time (Dirty Bit)," by The Black Eyed Peas
Lyrics of Love: "Let's lose control/Let's do it all night/'Til we can't do it no more"
"We Are Young," by Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
Lyrics of Love: "We are young/So let's set the world on fire/We can burn brighter/Than the sun"
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)," by Green Day
Lyrics of Love: "It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right/I hope you had the time of your life"
"I Don't Want This Night to End," by Luke Bryan
Lyrics of Love: "And I don't know what road we're on/Or where we've been from starin' at you/Girl, all I know is I don't want this night to end"
"Today Was a Fairytale," by Taylor Swift
Lyrics of Love: "But can you feel this magic in the air?/It must have been the way you kissed me/Fell in love when I saw you standing there"
"Don't Stop Me Now," by Queen
Lyrics of Love: "I'm traveling at the speed of light/I wanna make a supersonic man out of you"
"American Pie," by Don McLean
Lyrics of Love: "Did you write the book of love/And do you have faith in God above"
"Forever," by Chris Brown
Lyrics of Love: "So don't be scared, I'm right here, baby/We can go anywhere, go anywhere/But first, it's your chance, take my hand, come with me"
"This Will Be (an Everlasting Love)," by Natalie Cole
Lyrics of Love: "This will be/An everlasting love/This will be/The one I've waited for"
"Shout," by The Isley Brothers
Lyrics of Love: "(Say) say that you need me/(Say) say that you want me/(Say) you wanna please me"
"You Shook Me All Night," by AC/DC
Lyrics of Love: "She was a fast machine/She kept her motor clean/She was the best damn woman I had ever seen"
"Livin' on a Prayer," by Bon Jovi
Lyrics of Love: "She says, we've got to hold on to what we've got/It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not/We've got each other and that's a lot for love"
"Bohemian Rhapsody," by Queen
Lyrics of Love: "Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?"
"What a Wonderful World," by Louis Armstrong
Lyrics of Love: "I see skies of blue and clouds of white/The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night/And I think to myself what a wonderful world"
"Piano Man," by Billy Joel
Lyrics of Love: "Sing us a song tonight/Well we're all in the mood for a melody/And you got us feeling alright"
"One More Time," by Daft Punk
Lyrics of Love: "One more time we're gonna celebrate/Oh yeah all right don't stop the dancing"
"All Night Long," by Lionel Richie and Jimmy Buffett
Lyrics of Love: "Everybody sing, everybody dance/Lose yourself in wild romance, we going to/Parti', karamu', fiesta, forever"
"Feel So Close," by Calvin Harris
Lyrics of Love: "I wear my heart upon my sleeve, like a big deal/Your love bows down, I mean surround me like a waterfall"
"Glad You Came," by The Wanted
Lyrics of Love: "My universe will never be the same/I'm glad you came"
"Don't Stop," by Fleetwood Mac
Lyrics of Love: "All I want is to see you smile/If it takes just a little while"
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," by The Proclaimers
Lyrics of Love: "And I would walk 500 more/Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles/To fall down at your door"
"Late in the Evening," by Paul Simon
Lyrics of Love: "The first thing I remember/When you came into my life/I said I'm gonna get that girl/No matter what I do"
"I Will Always Love You," by Whitney Houston
Lyrics of Love: "And I will always love you/I will always love you/You my darling, you"
"Angels," by Robbie Williams
Lyrics of Love: "And through it all she offers me protection/A lot of love and affection/Whether I'm right or wrong"
"One Love," by Bob Marley
Lyrics of Love: "One love/One heart/Let's get together and feel alright"
"Never Forget," by Take That
Lyrics of Love: "Sometimes strolled hand in hand with love/Everybody's been there"
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," by Marvin Gaye
Lyrics of Love: "With sweet love and devotion/Deeply touching my emotion"
"Shut Up and Dance," by Walk the Moon
Lyrics of Love: "This woman is my destiny/She said oh oh oh/Shut up and dance with me"
"All You Need Is Love," by The Beatles
Lyrics of Love: "All you need is love, love/Love is all you need"
"September," by Earth, Wind & Fire
Lyrics of Love: "Our hearts were ringing/In the key that our souls were singing/As we danced in the night/Remember how the stars stole the night away"
"Never Gonna Give You Up," by Rick Astley
Lyrics of Love: "Never gonna give you up/Never gonna let you down"
"Love On Top," by Beyoncé
Lyrics of Love: "You're the one I love/You're the one I need/You're the only one I see/Come on baby it's you"
"Crazy in Love," by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
Lyrics of Love: "'Cause I know I don't understand/Just how your love can do what no one else can"
"Walking on Sunshine," by Katrina & The Waves
Lyrics of Love: "I used to think maybe you loved me now baby I'm sure/And I just can't wait till the day when you knock on my door"
"At Last," by Etta James
Lyrics of Love: "At last my love has come along/My lonely days are over and life is like a song, oh yeah"
"Forever Young," by Jay-Z featuring Mr. Hudson
Lyrics of Love: "Forever young/I wanna be forever young"
"Uptown Funk," by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson
Lyrics of Love: "Girls hit your hallelujah (whoo)/'Cause uptown funk gon' give it to you"
"History," by One Direction
Lyrics of Love: "This is not the end/We can make it you know it, you know"
"Marry You," by Bruno Mars
Lyrics of Love: "Is it the look in your eyes, or is it this dancing juice/Who cares baby, I think I wanna marry you"
"God Only Knows," by The Beach Boys
Lyrics of Love: "God only knows what I'd be without you/If you should ever leave me"
"Mr. Brightside," by The Killers
Lyrics of Love: "It started out with a kiss/How did it end up like this?"
"Take Me Home Tonight," by Eddie Money
Lyrics of Love: "Take me home tonight/I don't wanna let you go 'til you see the light"
"Dog Days Are Over," by Florence and the Machine
Lyrics of Love: "Happiness, hit her like a train on a track/Coming towards her, stuck still no turning back"
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," by Aerosmith
Lyrics of Love: "Don't want to close my eyes/I don't want to fall asleep/'Cause I'd miss you baby/And I don't want to miss a thing"
"All The Small Things," by Blink-182
Lyrics of Love: "She left me roses by the stairs/Surprises let me know she cares"
"Could I Have This Dance," by Anne Murray
Lyrics of Love: "I'll always remember the song they were playin'/The first time we danced and I knew/As we swayed to the music and held to each other/I fell in love with you"
"Stand By Me," by Ben E. King
Lyrics of Love: "No I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid/Just as long as you stand, stand by me"
"The Best Is Yet to Come," by Drake White
Lyrics of Love: "Our future looks as bright as/That summer-setting sun/Oh, the best is yet to come"
"The Way You Look Tonight," by Frank Sinatra
Lyrics of Love: "Someday, when I'm awfully low/When the world is cold/I will feel a glow just thinking of you/And the way you look tonight"
"December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)," by The Four Seasons
Lyrics of Love: "Oh what a night, hypnotizin' mesmerizing me/She was everything I dreamed she'd be"
"Last Dance," by Dua Lipa
Lyrics of Love: "We were built to last/We were built like that/Baby take my hand/Tighten this romance"
"Just Can't Get Enough," by Depeche Mode
Lyrics of Love: "When I'm with you baby/I go out of my head/And I just can't get enough"
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," by Whitney Houston
Lyrics of Love: "Oh, I wanna dance with somebody/I wanna feel the heat with somebody/Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody/With somebody who loves me"
"You Da One," by Rihanna
Lyrics of Love: "You da one that I dream about all day/You da one that I think about always"
"Like a Prayer," by Madonna
Lyrics of Love: "I hear you call my name/And it feels like home"
"How Long Will I Love You," by Ellie Goulding
Lyrics of Love: "How long will I love you?/As long as stars are above you"
"Just the Way You Are," by Bruno Mars
Lyrics of Love: "When I see your face/There's not a thing that I would change/'Cause you're amazing/Just the way you are"
"Collide," by Howie Day
Lyrics of Love: "You finally find/You and I collide"
"The Edge of Glory," by Lady Gaga
Lyrics of Love: "I'm gonna run right to, to the edge with you/Where we can both fall far in love"
"Get Lucky," by Daft Punk
Lyrics of Love: "We've come too far to give up who we are/So let's raise the bar and our cups to the stars"
"Dancing Queen," by ABBA
Lyrics of Love: "You're in the mood for a dance/And when you get the chance/You are the dancing queen"
"Thinking Out Loud," by Ed Sheeran
Lyrics of Love: "Take me into your loving arms/Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars/Place your head on my beating heart"
"Love Story," by Taylor Swift
Lyrics of Love: "You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess/It's a love story, baby, just say, 'Yes'"
"Wannabe," by Spice Girls
Lyrics of Love: "If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends/Make it last forever, friendship never ends"
"All of Me," by John Legend
Lyrics of Love: "Give your all to me/I'll give my all to you/You're my end and my beginning/Even when I lose I'm winning"
"Pour Some Sugar on Me," by Def Leppard
Lyrics of Love: "Pour some sugar on me/Ooh, in the name of love"
"Sweet Child O' Mine," by Guns 'N Roses
Lyrics of Love: "She's got a smile that it seems to me/Reminds me of childhood memories/Where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky"
"Amazed," by Lonestar
Lyrics of Love: "I don't know how you do what you do/I'm so in love with you/It just keeps gettin' better"
"Hey Ya!" by Outkast
Lyrics of Love: "My baby don't mess around/Because she loves me so/This I know fo sho"
"Angel," by Shaggy featuring Rayvon
Lyrics of Love: "Shorty, you're my angel, you're my darling angel/Girl, you're my friend when I'm in need"
"Send Me on My Way," by Rusted Root
Lyrics of Love: "Well, I would like to hold my little hand/And we will run, we will, we will crawl, we will"
"Wonderful Tonight," by Eric Clapton
Lyrics of Love: "And the wonder of it all/Is that you just don't realize how much I love you"
"My Girl," by The Temptations
Lyrics of Love: "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day/When it's cold outside I've got the month of May"
"Tiny Dancer," by Elton John
Lyrics of Love: "Ballerina, you must've seen her dancing in the sand/And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand"
"Time After Time," by Cyndi Lauper
Lyrics of Love: "If you're lost you can look and you will find me/Time after time"
"Chasing Cars," by Snow Patrol
Lyrics of Love: "If I lay here/If I just lay here/Would you lie with me and just forget the world?"
"Dancing in the Moonlight," by Toploader
Lyrics of Love: "Dancin' in the moonlight/Everybody's feeling warm and bright/It is such a fine and natural sight"
"Make You Feel My Love," by Adele
Lyrics of Love: "I could hold you/For a million years/To make you feel my love"
"If I Ain't Got You," by Alicia Keys
Lyrics of Love: "Some people want it all/But I don't want nothing at all/If it ain't you, baby"