The Buzz: Songs for Your Wedding that Guarantee a Good Time

The Buzz is a Weddingbee series created by the hive, for the hive! Each week or so, we’ll head to the boards and ask a series of three questions””one geared toward pre-engaged, one toward engaged, and one for newlyweds. We’ll look to you to quickly provide your expert advice, and compile a selection of great answers into blog posts. Learn more here, and contribute your ideas for future “Buzz” questions you’d like to see answered!


We wanted to know:
  • What are your top 3 out-of-the-box wedding songs for getting people on the dance floor?
  • If you’re married, what was the song that got the biggest response from your guests at your wedding?
  • What song do you love hearing most played at OTHER people’s weddings?
Find the best answers below, and get some inspiration for your wedding reception playlist!

Member Icon BeeRod527 (wedding date: August 16, 2014)

FI and I picked a couple of songs (four in particular) that might get the party going.  Hopefully, these songs will work:

  • “Magic Dance” – David Bowie
    This is for us ’80s kids who love the movie Labyrinth.  It’s FI’s go-to song!
  • The Fandango song
    For the WWE fans, but this is after everyone had too much to drink.
  • “Come Sail Away” – Styx
    I think it would be for dancing or to sing along to it. Prefer the Cartman version like in this video.
  • “A Pedir Su Mano” – Juan Luis Guerra
    I was thinking about using this as the second half of the father-daughter dance and have FI cut in during the song. After all, the song is about a guy asking his love’s dad for her hand. Plus, who doesn’t love a merengue song?

Mrs. Mouse (wedding date: September 11, 2009)

  • “Transformer” (Gnarls Barkley)
  • “Move Your Feet” (Junior Senior)
  • “Just a Friend” (Biz Markie)
Glasgowbound (wedding date: August 12, 2013)
Shockingly, for us, the two most engaging songs were “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Call Me Maybe” [by Carly Rae Jepsen].

AB Bride (message)    June 25, 2011   Canada

The songs with the set dances:  “Macarena,” “YMCA,” “Cadalliac Ranch,” “I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock ‘n’ Roll),” “The Chicken Dance.” Polka music gets some of my older relatives out on the floor.

They aren’t really out of the box, and I know some people find them cheesy or tacky, but at all of the weddings I’ve been do these are the songs that get people out on the floor.  Who cares if it’s cheesy when you’re having fun?

Member Icon tmsing (wedding date: September 14, 2012)
  • “Love Shack” – B-52’s
  • “Gangnam Style” – Psy

I’m blanking on a third song.

mu_t (wedding date: February 12, 2014)

“Ignition Remix” [by R. Kelly]!!! we were just at a wedding and this killed.

Also “Shoop” [by Salt N Pepa] and “Party in the USA” [by Miley Cyrus].

Mrs. Hermit Crab (wedding date: June 2010)

I think the following three songs, in order, are no-fail ways to clear the seats and pack the dance floor. They are classics and arguably overplayed but no-fail nonetheless: “The Twist” [by Chubby Checker] -> “Shout” -> “Livin’ on a Prayer” [by Bon Jovi]. Guaranteed dance party!

Bee Icon Mrs. Wallaby (wedding date: November 2012)

“Video Killed the Radio Star” [by The Buggles], “Bohemian Rhapsody” [by Queen], and “Call Me Maybe.” Come on, everyone will dance (and/or sing along!) to those songs!

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Mrs. Candy Apple (wedding date: August 26, 2011)

Not really out-of-the-box, but we started dancing off with Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” and it definitely got people up out of their seats to “dance, dance, dance…” 😉 People also loved LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthemand Gaga’s “Just Dance.” Nothing too out-of-the-box, though.

I am absolutely obsessed with Metro Station’s “Shake It” and forced our DJ to play it. I’m not sure if anyone actually knew the song, but people kept dancing to it, so whatever. 🙂

Member Icon staceykate (wedding date: September 28, 2013)

Some of the ones that were big hits at our wedding:

  • “Friends in Low Places” [by Garth Brooks]
  • Texas Style “Cotton-Eyed Joe” (AKA “The Bullshit Song”). So much fun, but exhausting! Luckily we had a young crowd and no one minded the language!
  • “Stacy’s Mom” [by Fountains of Wayne]. (Obviously this one works best when there is a mom of a Stacy in attendance!)
  • “Blurred Lines” [by Robin Thicke]

We did rotate in some slow songs too, but the above ones got the most people out on the dance floor. I’m not usually a big dancer, but I had an awesome time at our wedding and was on the dance floor most of the night and everyone seemed to be having a great time. My mom (who does NOT dance) had had a few glasses of wine and was dancing in the middle of the dance floor with a huge circle of guests around her. It was AWESOME. 🙂 “Friends in Low Places” is a staple at weddings on DH’s side. We played this near the end of the night, and all of our guests had their arms around each other’s necks and were singing and swaying together. I loved it. Music is definitely important, and for us it was one of the best parts of our wedding. 🙂

Bee Icon Miss Bighorn Sheep (wedding date: January 19, 2014)

Let’s see, it’s hard for me to pick the top three, but here are my choices:

  1. “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet. An Aussie band—why the heck not.
  2. “Song 2” by Blur. Short, sweet, and a good head-bangin’ song with a good opening rhythm.
  3. “Beat It” by Michael Jackson (or Fall Out Boy/John Mayer). Just because.

And bonus fourth:

“Dance, Dance” by Fall Out Boy. The name says it all.

Mrs. Cinnamon Bun (wedding date: June 25, 2011)

This seems to be a bit more of a Canadian thing, but Spirit of the West’s “Home for a Rest” is one of those great ones where everyone always ends up on the dance floor, belting out the lyrics and dancing like crazy people.

As for “out of the box,” I really wanted to use “Hello, I Love You” by The Doors because I thought it’d be hilarious, but I kept getting overruled.

Mrs. Mouse (wedding date: September 11, 2009)

The song that got the biggest response, by far, was Outkast’s “Hey Ya.” Seriously, everyone just instantly started grooving.

Saramina329 (wedding date: June 23, 2012)

On our invites we did a song request for our guests, and someone requested “Shout” by the Isley Brothers. It’s the best memory I have from our wedding. Everyone young and old was on the dance floor, and we were all just going for it. The DJ was smart to save it to the end, and it was a great end and memory for the wedding. We have a great picture of that, too.

We just went to a wedding this weekend and we requested that song to be played, and again everyone went crazy! Good times!

Bee Icon Mrs. Dragon (wedding date: September 22, 2012)

We had a surprising amount of dancers at the wedding, for it being a small backyard party. “Mony Mony” [by Billy Idol] was a hit (and I had to clear it with my mom if it was OK for my friends to be yelling the profane part in her backyard, ha), and some of the top 40 stuff, but I really wish I had put in more oldies! We used strictly oldies for the cocktail hour, but we played a bit during the reception itself and it got more of the older crowd on the floor.

NowDontLetsBeSilly (wedding date: August 17, 2013)

“Shout” was a huge hit, as was “Gangnam Style.” The floor was packed for those two! Also, “Low” by Flo Rida. Everyone, EVERYONE, was getting low low low low low low low low. It was kind of amazing. And then when our last dance was announced, a “cleaner” version of Macklemore’s “And We Danced,” people got super into it. So much fun, and people danced way more than I expected!

Ms. Sloth (wedding date: May 14, 2011)

The two most popular dance songs at our wedding were kind of unexpected: “Freedom 90” by George Michael and “You Make My Dreams” by Hall and Oates.

Bee Icon Mrs. Wallaby (wedding date: November 2012)

Probably “Gangnam Style.” That song had just come out and was all the rage—our DJ played it three times, no joke.

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Mrs. Candy Apple (wedding date: August 26, 2011)

It’s always been a favorite of our friends, but definitely “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Mrs. Mouse (wedding date: September 11, 2009)

At other people’s weddings, I’m not gonna lie, I get excited to hear “Gangnam Style.”

Bee Icon Mrs. Hyena (wedding date: May 2011)
I really love it when line dances come on at weddings! They’re easy for people to catch onto, even if some guests are not really into dancing. “The Electric Slide,” “Cupid Shuffle,” “Wobble,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “Cha Cha Slide”…love ’em all!

Bee Icon Mrs. Wallaby (wedding date: November 2012)

ANYTHING ’90s. I will die of happiness. Or “Benny and the Jets” [by Elton John]—that song has always been my jam. It’s an awesome ballad toward the end of the night.

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Mrs. Candy Apple (wedding date: August 26, 2011)
“Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Just Dance,” “Hey Ya,” “Single Ladies” [by Beyonce], and, always, P!nk’s “Raise Your Glass.”Dang, this thread makes me want to go to a wedding just so I can dance. 😉
Bee Icon Miss Bighorn Sheep (wedding date: January 19, 2014)

My choices (I can’t pick one!) are:

  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, especially the head-banging bit. I kid you not, we played this on a road trip and the WHOLE CAR was head banging. EPIC.
  • “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers. A HUGE hit when I was in primary school and (re)made famous by HIMYM.
  • “Greased Lightning” by C.C.Production (from the musical hit Grease). This is a staple at Aussie formals (proms), weddings, and special occasions.
  • “Highway to Hell” by ACDC. Another Aussie band and another Aussie staple.


Lily_of_the_valley (wedding date: April 5, 2014)

In my opinion, a wedding isn’t a wedding without Usher’s “Yeah.”

I’d also go with “Don’t Stop Believin'” and Garth Brooks’s “Friends in Low Places”!

Your turn! What is your go-to “get ’em on the dance floor” song, bees?

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    mrscam24 114 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:19 pm

    Love this post. Tagging for later

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    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:39 pm

    I can’t believe the Fandango song made this list

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    FleeSircus 900 posts, Busy bee @ 5:00 pm

    My FI says “You remind me of the babe…” at least 3 times a week and then I say “What babe?” and we recite the entire exchange and song. We don’t have many friends :p

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    Missbliss 877 posts, Busy bee @ 7:45 pm

    The classic SHOUT…
    The Twist is a must do!
    Pink Cadillac

    These are on the list of musts in a family who loves dancing enough for the local DJs to respond to my family’s appearance as a good sign. (Seriously, they do!)

    The Train, The Electric slide, and something that you can stroll a line to is good. And I would dance to a reel as in a Virginia reel any chance I could! Regionally, the polka is also a must.

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    MrsSnowMountain, Guest @ 8:06 am

    “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners got a huge response. it’s always been one of my all-time favourite songs, but I think other people only recognized it from the “Perks of Being a Wallflower” movie. I actually did the dance from the movie, lol.

    “Proud” by Heather Small

    “You are My Sunshine” by Stine J. – This was a bit of a theme. We had sunflowers. My wedding dress(es) were yellow. We got married on a rainy fall day and the sun came out during our ceremony while we walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun”… Oh and did I mention my middle name is literally Sunshine? Not kidding. People liked this 🙂

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    futuremrscpt 957 posts, Busy bee @ 9:40 am

    “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake – everybody came out to dance when that one came on! lol

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 9:43 pm

    The big crowd favorite at my daughter’s recent wedding was “Shout” and my best reception memory is dancing to it with her fifth grade teacher, who is a close friend of mine. We let the flower girls choose one song and they went with “What the Fox Say” which I thought would clear the dance floor, but everybody was doing their best animal imitations and stayed on the dance floor for the entire song.

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    saragorgon 44 posts, Newbee @ 9:53 am

    No P.Y.T. Pretty Young Thing? That is always a fave with me. We also had great response with Suit & Tie (it had just come out), Mr. Brightside (another one of my faves that I requested our band learn) and Montell Jordan’s This is How We Do It. I wanted the cliched Don’t Stop Believin’, but we ran over time with our band. I love that song and really wanted a dance-off like at the end of the stage show Rock of Ages.

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