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The 120 Best Reception Entrance Songs to Get the Crowd Cheering

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Bride and groom preparing to dance to their Reception Entrance Songs

Introduction

Let’s face it, a marriage without a killer entrance song is like a sandwich without the cheese – still good, but missing that extra kick.

At this point, picking the perfect reception entrance song is just as tough as choosing a life partner. To take your stress away, we present these genres to ease your search: Pop, Jazz, Indie/Folk, R&B, Country, Rock, Latin, and Electronic/Dance.

Spoiler alert: we’ve got beats that even Cupid would approve of!

Table of Contents

  1. Pop
  2. Jazz
  3. Indie/Folk
  4. R&B
  5. Country
  6. Rock
  7. Latin
  8. Electronic/Dance
  9. How to Choose the Right Reception Entrance Songs
  10. What to Avoid When Choosing Reception Entrance Song
  11. Final Thoughts

Pop

Pop is the music you can’t escape, and, let’s face it, you wouldn’t want to. We approached this list with the seriousness of choosing a life partner – well, almost. Moreover, we analyzed popularity, chart performance, and overall impact to curate a list that’s both relevant and irresistible!

  1. “Happy” – Pharrell Williams (2013)
  2. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” – Justin Timberlake (2016)
  3. “Sugar” – Maroon 5 (2014)
  4. “Shut Up and Dance” – WALK THE MOON (2014)
  5. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars (2014)
  6. “Dance Monkey” – Tones and I (2019)
  7. “Hey Ya!” – OutKast (2003)
  8. “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran (2017)
  9. “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas (2009)
  10. “Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO (2011)
  11. “Love On Top” – Beyoncé (2011)
  12. “Walking on Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves (1983)
  13. “Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey (1981)
  14. “Firework” – Katy Perry (2010)
  15. “Raise Your Glass” – P!nk (2010

Jazz

For this list, we considered the artists’ legacy, the impact of their work, and the timeless appeal of their tunes. If you want to keep your reception introduction song laid-back but also super cool (like us 😎), you may find the perfect track here. 

  1. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong (1967)
  2. “Fly Me to the Moon” – Frank Sinatra (1964)
  3. “L-O-V-E” – Nat King Cole (1965)
  4. “Take Five” – Dave Brubeck Quartet (1959)
  5. “At Last” – Etta James (1960)
  6. “Feeling Good” – Michael Bublé (2005)
  7. “My Funny Valentine” – Chet Baker (1952)
  8. “Don’t Know Why” – Norah Jones (2002)
  9. “The Girl from Ipanema” – Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto (1964)
  10. “It Don’t Mean a Thing” – Duke Ellington (1931)
  11. “All That Jazz” – Chicago Soundtrack (1975)
  12. “La Vie En Rose” – Edith Piaf (1946)
  13. “Satin Doll” – Duke Ellington (1953)
  14. “Cheek to Cheek” – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (1956)
  15. “Blue Monk” – Thelonious Monk (1954)

Indie/Folk

Curious about our song selection? Our team sifted through hundreds of songs, considering authenticity and relatability to bring you a curated playlist that’s both professional and heartfelt. No frills, just good music!

  1. “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers (2012)
  2. “First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes (2005)
  3. “Home” – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (2010)
  4. “Marry Me” – Train (2010)
  5. “L-O-V-E” – Joss Stone (2003)
  6. “You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne (2008)
  7. “Something in the Way She Moves” – James Taylor (1968)
  8. “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” – Iron & Wine (2007)
  9. “Holocene” – Bon Iver (2011)
  10. “Banana Pancakes” – Jack Johnson (2005)
  11. “Stubborn Love” – The Lumineers (2012)
  12. “Into the Mystic” – Van Morrison (1970)
  13. “I Will Follow You into the Dark” – Death Cab for Cutie (2005)
  14. “Your Hand in Mine” – Explosions in the Sky (2003)
  15. “Skinny Love” – Bon Iver (2007)
Venue where we played Indie Reception Entrance Songs

R&B

It was hard picking R&B gems without singing along as we listened to them! After considering factors like vocal delivery, musical arrangement, and overall vibe, we finally have our top picks.

  1. “Adore You” – Harry Styles (2019)
  2. “Lovely Day” – Bill Withers (1977)
  3. “Crazy in Love” – Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z (2003)
  4. “Sexual Healing” – Marvin Gaye (1982)
  5. “Best Part” – Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R. (2017)
  6. “I Want You Back” – The Jackson 5 (1969)
  7. “Never Too Much” – Luther Vandross (1981)
  8. “All of Me” – John Legend (2013)
  9. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967)
  10. “PYT (Pretty Young Thing)” – Michael Jackson (1983)
  11. “No Scrubs” – TLC (1999)
  12. “Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green (1971)
  13. “If I Ain’t Got You” – Alicia Keys (2003)
  14. “I Can’t Help It” – Michael Jackson (1979)
  15. “I’ll Make Love to You” – Boyz II Men (1994)

Country

Choosing songs for our Country playlist is a no-nonsense task, considering factors like authentic storytelling, musical craftsmanship, and that unmistakable country feel. Explore our picked and enjoy the genuine country vibes we’ve lined up for you.

  1. “Bless the Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts (2004)
  2. “Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett (2015)
  3. “Making Memories of Us” – Keith Urban (2004)
  4. “Wanted” – Hunter Hayes (2012)
  5. “From the Ground Up” – Dan + Shay (2016)
  6. “Amazed” – Lonestar (1999)
  7. “I Cross My Heart” – George Strait (1992)
  8. “To Make You Feel My Love” – Garth Brooks (1998)
  9. “My Best Friend” – Tim McGraw (1999)
  10. “When You Say Nothing at All” – Alison Krauss & Union Station (1988)
  11. “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack (2000)
  12. “God Gave Me You” – Blake Shelton (2011)
  13. “Forever and Ever, Amen” – Randy Travis (1987)
  14. “It’s Your Love” – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (1997)
  15. “Then” – Brad Paisley (2009)

Rock

Rock is a genre that packs a punch, known for its electric sound and rebellious spirit. That’s why we looked for tracks with strong guitar riffs, dynamic vocals, and a strong rock attitude!

  1. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses (1987)
  2. “Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey (1981)
  3. “Livin’ on a Prayer” – Bon Jovi (1986)
  4. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Queen (1979)
  5. “You Shook Me All Night Long” – AC/DC (1980)
  6. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith (1998)
  7. “Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles (1969)
  8. “Wonderwall” – Oasis (1995)
  9. “Every Breath You Take” – The Police (1983)
  10. “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond (1969)
  11. “All You Need Is Love” – The Beatles (1967)
  12. “Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen (1975)
  13. “Twist and Shout” – The Beatles (1963)
  14. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” – Def Leppard (1987)
  15. “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)

Latin

Selecting songs for our Latin list included considering elements like rhythmic authenticity, cultural flair, and overall dance ability. Get ready to move and groove with the dynamic beats we’ve carefully curated for you!

  1. “Bailando” – Enrique Iglesias ft. Gente de Zona, Descemer Bueno (2014)
  2. “Vivir Mi Vida” – Marc Anthony (2013)
  3. “Dákiti” – Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez (2020)
  4. “Clandestino” – Shakira ft. Maluma (2018)
  5. “Corazón Espinado” – Santana ft. Mana (1999)
  6. “Bésame Mucho” – Consuelo Velázquez (1940)
  7. “La Tortura” – Shakira ft. Alejandro Sanz (2005)
  8. “Diles” – Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Farruko, Arcángel (2016)
  9. “Cumbia sobre el Río” – Celso Piña (2001)
  10. “Dancar Kuduro” – Don Omar ft. Lucenzo (2010)
  11. “Baila Esta Cumbia” – Selena y Los Dinos (1990)
  12. “Oye Como Va” – Santana (1970)
  13. “Quimbara” – Celia Cruz ft. Johnny Pacheco (1974)
  14. “Soy Yo” – Bomba Estéreo (2015)
  15. “La Gozadera” – Gente de Zona ft. Marc Anthony (2015)
Bridge and groom partying with their Reception Entrance Songs

Electronic/Dance

To select our top reception entrance songs for the Electronic/Dance genre, we looked into infectious beats, production quality, and dancefloor appeal. It’s a straightforward method to ensure you get the ultimate electronic vibes in every track!

  1. “Wake Me Up” – Avicii (2013)
  2. “On the Floor” – Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull (2011)
  3. “Titanium” – David Guetta ft. Sia (2011)
  4. “Rather Be” – Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne (2014)
  5. “Strobe” – Deadmau5 (2009)
  6. “Closer” – The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey (2016)
  7. “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)” – Lana Del Rey (2012)
  8. “Happier” – Marshmello ft. Bastille (2018)
  9. “Adrenaline” – Zeds Dead (2012)
  10. “Ghost ‘n’ Stuff” – Deadmau5 ft. Rob Swire (2008)
  11. “Take Over Control” – Afrojack ft. Eva Simons (2010)
  12. “Silent Shout” – The Knife (2006)
  13. “Midnight City” – M83 (2011)
  14. “Don’t You Worry Child” – Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin (2012)
  15. “Firestone” – Kygo ft. Conrad Sewell (2014)

How to Choose the Best Reception Entrance Songs

We’re here to be your musical guides, ensuring your entrance is not just big but also authentically “you.” Follow these tips so you can start your wedding with something just a bit sweeter than that “I do” kiss:

  • Invoke emotions and cheers: Picture this: you make your entrance, and the crowd erupts in cheers. It’s the dream, right? Choose songs that resonate emotionally, songs that make your guests feel the love in the air. And then, surprise your guests with a mashup that transitions seamlessly from a classic waltz to a hip-hop beat!
  • Test song choice: Ever tried slow-dancing to a thrash metal beat? Neither have we, and we don’t recommend it! Test the waters (or dance floor) with your chosen songs. Conduct a mock dance entrance rehearsal, before the big day. It’s the best kind of pre-wedding workout!
  • Craft a personal playlist: Start by jotting down the tunes that have played a significant role in your journey together. Did you meet at a concert rocking out to your favourite band? Did your first date involve a serenade under the stars? Mix those memories into your reception entrance song.

What to Avoid When Choosing Reception Entrance Songs

So, you’ve got the rhythm in your heart and a playlist in mind, but before you press play on your grand entrance soundtrack, let’s have a chat about what to steer clear of: 

  • Disregarding the theme: Having a theme and choosing the wrong entrance song is like wearing flip-flops to a black-tie affair – someone’s bound to raise an eyebrow. If your theme is rustic chic, don’t choose a futuristic electronic beat. Match your song choices with your overall theme, creating a seamless experience. 
  • Opting for a slow song: A slow dance for the first dance? Adorable. A slow shuffle for your entrance? Not so much. Avoid songs that sound like they belong in a cozy corner booth at a jazz club. Our recommendation? Opt for songs that keep the tempo up – you want to sashay, not snooze, down that aisle.
  • Avoid getting “too intimate”: Lastly, while honesty is crucial in relationships, there’s such a thing as too much information. Songs detailing the “intimacies” of your love life might leave your guests squirming uncomfortably in their seats. Pro Tip: If your song has more explicit content than a daytime soap opera, it might be best left for the after-party.

Final Thoughts

Congratulations! You’ve now mastered the art of choosing the perfect reception entrance songs!

As you choose the song to enter wedding reception, remember to keep it personal, diverse, and, above all, fun! Now, consider one last piece of advice: if the task feels overwhelming, leave it to the pros! A talented DJ can turn your entrance into a seamless performance.

With that said, look no further than DJing.ca – Canada’s largest DJ company. We’ve handpicked the top 1% of DJs from a pool of over 5,000+, ensuring a musical experience that surpasses expectations. Having done over 1,000 events, we’re not just here to play music; we’re here to create memories.

Reach out to us at DJing.ca, and let’s turn your wedding entrance into your first step into happily ever after!

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