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100 Of The Best Wedding Reception Songs For The Perfect Party Playlist

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The best wedding reception songs make all the difference in a wedding party.


Getting hitched soon? We can already hear the wedding bells ringing, so congratulations! 

Now, if you’re currently in the thick of wedding planning, you most likely already have your ceremony songs picked out. Those are the essentials after all, and are prolly one of the first things you think of at the start of your planning.

However, that doesn’t mean that you should leave your wedding reception playlist on the backburner! Aside from watching you get hitched at the altar, a lot of your guests are also there for the reception, so it’s just as important that you also play the best wedding reception songs! 

So, if you’re looking for some inspiration, then you’ve come to the right place, because we rounded up the cream of the crop in terms of best wedding reception songs, with absolute bangers in every category. 

So, without further ado, contact your wedding DJ and let’s get this show (erm, ceremony) on the road!

Table of Contents

Classic Love Ballads

Let’s start with the classics! If you’re the type to stick to the absolute crowd pleasers, then this list is filled with the best wedding reception songs you can find. From Elvis’ slow ballads to Legend’s soulful voice waxing poetry, this will surely set a loving mood for everybody.

  1. “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers
  2. “At Last” by Etta James
  3. “Something” by The Beatles
  4. “Amazed” by Lonestar
  5. “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole ft. Natalie Cole
  6. “Endless Love” by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  7. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
  8. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
  9. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
  10. “All of Me” by John Legend

Upbeat Pop Hits

The serious ceremony is over, now it’s time to party! If you want to start the wedding reception on a high note, then look no further than these upbeat bangers! What’s great with these songs is they add just the right amount of groove, so everyone (yes, including grandma) can join in. Let’s go! 

  1. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
  2. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake
  3. “Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON
  4. “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
  5. “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I
  6. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
  7. “Sugar” by Maroon 5
  8. “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
  9. “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves
  10. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
A newlywed couple dancing at the reception.

Timeless Rock Anthems

Your husband may have left his leather jacket and skinny jeans at home, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t bring some good ol’ rock n’ roll to the reception! Everybody knows these songs too, so your husband deffo won’t be alone playing air guitar in the middle of the dance floor (or why not join him there??) 

  1. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
  2. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  3. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
  4. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
  5. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
  6. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
  7. “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles
  8. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles
  9. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
  10. “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

R&B And Soul Grooves

If you want a more classy but sensual start to the wedding party, look no further than these groovy best wedding reception songs. Mixing just the right amount of dancing with sexinss, these songs will surely get everyone vibing on the dance floor.

  1. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  2. “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
  3. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder
  4. “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
  5. “I Can’t Help It” by Michael Jackson
  6. “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
  7. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” by James Taylor
  8. “Ain’t Nobody” by Chaka Khan
  9. “Rock with You” by Michael Jackson
  10. “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King

Country Romance

Country-themed wedding in the garden? Well then, it’s time to polish up on your two-step dance moves as we play some of these classic country hits at the reception! Cowboy hats not needed (but definitely encouraged!) 

  1. “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
  2. “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett
  3. “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait
  4. “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis
  5. “From This Moment On” by Shania Twain
  6. “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
  7. “Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban
  8. “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw
  9. “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks
  10. “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show
A couple enjoying the best wedding reception songs in their wedding party.

Dance Floor Classics

If you’re looking for glitz and glamour on the dance floor, then let these dance floor classics sweep you off of your feet (in case your husband is also busy getting his feet swept with these songs). Remember, this is your night, and you are the dancing queen~~ (along with everybody else on the dance floor, that is) 

  1. “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
  2. “Stayin’ Alive” by Bee Gees
  3. “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer
  4. “Le Freak” by Chic
  5. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
  6. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
  7. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  8. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  9. “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas
  10. “Dynamite” by BTS

Indie And Alternative Vibes

If you want a more alternative vibe on your wedding reception, then sprinkling some of these indie hits will do the trick. Nothing too crazy either, just enough to make some of the guests go “hmmm” before actually vibing and enjoying themselves. Sounds nice, right? 

  1. “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  2. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
  3. “Latch” by Disclosure ft. Sam Smith
  4. “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole
  5. “XO” by John Mayer
  6. “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
  7. “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes
  8. “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson
  9. “123456” by Fitz and The Tantrums
  10. “Hoops” by The Rubens

Latin Flair

If you know your guests have plenty of dance moves to show off on the dance floor, then why not add some latin flair to your wedding reception playlist? Great dancer or not, these hits will surely get everybody’s foot tapping long before they stand from their seats. Excellente!

  1. “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias ft. Gente de Zona, Descemer Bueno
  2. “Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony
  3. “Dákiti” by Bad Bunny, Jhay Cortez
  4. “La Bicicleta” by Carlos Vives, Shakira
  5. “Te Amo” by Franco de Vita
  6. “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena
  7. “Corazón Espinado” by Santana ft. Mana
  8. “Darte un Beso” by Prince Royce
  9. “Vivir lo Nuestro” by La India, Marc Anthony
  10. “Propuesta Indecente” by Romeo Santos

Jazz And Swing Classics

Hey, you can never go wrong with some ballroom and swinging jazz mainstays in the wedding reception playlist. They’re easy songs to dance to as well, which is perfect for couples who want a more subdued and chill wedding party (at least, before everybody decides to start really partying!) 

  1. “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
  2. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Tony Bennett
  3. “Cheek to Cheek” by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
  4. “Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin
  5. “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé
  6. “It Had to Be You” by Harry Connick Jr.
  7. “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole
  8. “Moon River” by Andy Williams
  9. “Sway” by Dean Martin
  10. “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin

Instrumental Elegance

Finally, we’ve included some instrumental tunes to round off our list of the best wedding reception songs. Perfect for warming up the people before the actual party gets started! 

  1. “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy
  2. “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
  3. “Marry Me” by Train (Instrumental Version)
  4. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri (Instrumental Version)
  5. “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers (Instrumental Version)
  6. “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles (Instrumental Version)
  7. “Moonlight Serenade” by Glenn Miller
  8. “Wedding March” by Felix Mendelssohn
  9. “Your Song” by Elton John (Instrumental Version)
  10. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran (Instrumental Version)

Tips For Choosing The Best Wedding Reception Songs

  1. Consider Your Personal Tastes: Start your playlist with songs that cater to you and your partner’s personal tastes. There’s bound to be plenty of common room between you two, so why not play songs that you can really vibe to? It’s your wedding party anyway!


  2. Diverse Playlist for Diverse Tastes: Once you’re done adding your personal picks, start considering the diverse taste of the guests that will be attending. Are they more your style? Or do they have specific picks? Either way, opt for a diverse playlist that will touch upon those genres at least a few times, just so everyone can find a song that they can enjoy on the dance floor!


  3. Sync with the Theme and Venue: Consider the overall theme and setting of your wedding. If you have a vintage-themed wedding, classic love songs may be more fitting. For a modern and energetic vibe, contemporary hits could keep the party alive all through the night!


  4. Consult with Your DJ: Finally, make sure you collaborate with your DJ to make the perfect wedding reception playlist. They are, after all, the experts at this craft, and they may surprise you with their own song suggestions and ideas! You can even ask for a remix or two, if that’s what you’re into.

Final Thoughts

There you go lovebirds, our top 100 picks for the best wedding reception songs! 

With plenty of bangers spanning across different genres of music, we hope you’re able to use our list to curate your own perfect wedding reception playlist! 

Now, if you’ve already filled up that wedding reception checklist but still don’t have a wedding DJ that can play it (you can always play Spotify, but where’s the fun in that??), why not work with us here at DJing.ca

As Canada’s largest DJ company, we’ve orchestrated more than 1,000 events and played the tunes to countless weddings, maintaining a 5-star rating on all of them. 

And of course, we can’t wait to work with you as well (see our DJs already brainstorming ideas? Oh you can’t… trust us, they are!), so simply fill out the form below and we’ll immediately get back to you with a quote and excellent customer service ready to answer your questions. 

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