Top 120 Songs For Parents To Dance To At Weddings

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First and foremost, a massive congratulations to you on deciding to tie the knot! 🥂🎊

Your big day is approaching faster than you think, and we understand how difficult it is to plan your wedding. So many decisions to make!

To take away some of that trouble from you, we’ve curated this list of top songs for parents to dance to at weddings. From timeless classics to chart-topping hits, these tunes are guaranteed to have your parents busting out moves that’ll make even John Travolta jealous.

Here you’ll find songs of the following categories:  Upbeat and Fun, Country Classics, Sentimental and Emotional, Dance Favourites, Modern Hits, Parent-Child Relationship Songs, Oldies but Goodies, and Jazz and Swing.

Come on, let’s dive in!

Table of Contents

Upbeat And Fun

This category is for the folks who want to kick off their dancing shoes and let loose! Picture this: your parents grooving to the beat like they’re back in their college days – only with fewer questionable fashion choices 😂 (sorry, mom!). From “Twist and Shout” to “Happy” – these songs for parents to dance to at weddings will have your mom and dad twisting, shouting, and probably doing the sprinkler.

  1. “Celebration” – Kool & The Gang (1980)
  2. “Happy” – Pharrell Williams (2013)
  3. “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas (2009)
  4. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars (2014)
  5. “Dancing Queen” – ABBA (1976)
  6. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” – Justin Timberlake (2016)
  7. “Footloose” – Kenny Loggins (1984)
  8. “Twist and Shout” – The Beatles (1963)
  9. “Shut Up and Dance” – WALK THE MOON (2014)
  10. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” – Whitney Houston (1987)
  11. “Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey (1981)
  12. “Happy Together” – The Turtles (1967)
  13. “You Make My Dreams” – Hall & Oates (1980)
  14. “Dance to the Music” – Sly & The Family Stone (1968)
  15. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967)

Country Classics

Saddle up for a twang-tastic journey through country classics that’ll have your parents two-stepping under the stars. From the sweet serenades of “I Will Always Love You” to the timeless storytelling of “I Cross My Heart,” these parent wedding dance songs will make your folks feel like they’re in their very own Hallmark movie. 

  1. “I Will Always Love You” – Dolly Parton (1973)
  2. “Could I Have This Dance” – Anne Murray (1980)
  3. “Forever and Ever, Amen” – Randy Travis (1987)
  4. “The Dance” – Garth Brooks (1989)
  5. “I Cross My Heart” – George Strait (1992)
  6. “Bless the Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts (2004)
  7. “Amazed” – Lonestar (1999)
  8. “It’s Your Love” – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (1997)
  9. “You’re Still the One” – Shania Twain (1997)
  10. “When You Say Nothing at All” – Alison Krauss (1988)
  11. “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts (2006)
  12. “Remember When” – Alan Jackson (2003)
  13. “Don’t Close Your Eyes” – Keith Whitley (1988)
  14. “To Make You Feel My Love” – Garth Brooks (1998)
  15. “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack (2000)
Groom and his mother dancing to parents weddings dance songs

Sentimental and Emotional

Our sentimental and emotional playlist will tug at those heartstrings and leave your parents in a puddle of happy tears. “Unchained Melody,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “The Way You Look Tonight” are not just songs for parents to dance to at weddings – they’re emotional songs that’ll have everyone reaching for the nearest tissue box 🤧.

  1. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong (1967)
  2. “Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole (1951)
  3. “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Bette Midler (1988)
  4. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” – Stevie Wonder (1972)
  5. “In My Life” – The Beatles (1965)
  6. “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra (1964)
  7. “My Girl” – The Temptations (1964)
  8. “You’ve Got a Friend” – James Taylor (1971)
  9. “In the Arms of an Angel” – Sarah McLachlan (1997)
  10. “What a Difference a Day Makes” – Dinah Washington (1959)
  11. “I’ll Be There” – Jackson 5 (1970)
  12. “You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban (2002)
  13. “A Song for Mama” – Boyz II Men (1997)
  14. “Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)
  15. “Through the Years” – Kenny Rogers (1981)

Dance Favourites

If your parents are secret disco enthusiasts or closeted hip-hop heroes, this playlist is for them. From “Dancing Queen” to “Uptown Funk,” these dance favourites will turn your parents into the life of the party. Who knew Mom had such killer dance moves? It’s time to find out as they break it down on the dance floor to these songs for parents to dance at weddings 💃.

  1. “Dancing in the Moonlight” – King Harvest (1972)
  2. “Superstition” – Stevie Wonder (1972)
  3. “I Want to Dance With You” – Eddie Rabbitt (1988)
  4. “Let’s Dance” – David Bowie (1983)
  5. “Boogie Wonderland” – Earth, Wind & Fire (1979)
  6. “Dance With My Father” – Luther Vandross (2003)
  7. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” – Stevie Wonder (1984)
  8. “September” – Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)
  9. “Dance Me to the End of Love” – Leonard Cohen (1984)
  10. “The Twist” – Chubby Checker (1960)
  11. “Dancing With Myself” – Billy Idol (1980)
  12. “Let’s Groove” – Earth, Wind & Fire (1981)
  13. “Dance Hall Days” – Wang Chung (1984)
  14. “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” – The Jacksons (1978)
  15. “Footloose” – Kenny Loggins (1984)

Modern Hits

Let’s get contemporary, shall we? Elevate the dance vibes with modern hits that your parents secretly (or not-so-secretly) love. From Ed Sheeran’s soulful melodies to Bruno Mars’ infectious beats, this list is all about blending the old with the new. These combined parent wedding dance songs are the perfect tunes for a joyous celebration.

  1. “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran (2017)
  2. “All of Me” – John Legend (2013)
  3. “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran (2014)
  4. “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz (2008)
  5. “A Thousand Years” – Christina Perri (2011)
  6. “Say You Won’t Let Go” – James Arthur (2016)
  7. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley (1961) [Cover versions included]
  8. “Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars (2010)
  9. “You and Me” – Lifehouse (2005)
  10. “From the Ground Up” – Dan + Shay (2016)
  11. “Make You Feel My Love” – Adele (2008) [Cover version]
  12. “Marry Me” – Train (2010)
  13. “Latch” – Disclosure ft. Sam Smith (2012)
  14. “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers (2012)
  15. “I Choose You” – Sara Bareilles (2013)
Groom and his father smiling

Parent-Child Relationship Songs

Alright, buckle up for the emotional rollercoaster of parent-child relationships. “My Wish,” “You’ll Be in My Heart,” and “Simple Man” are more than just songs for parents to dance at weddings. They’re like love letters, but without the awkward family gatherings and forced small talk 🤫(sorry again, Mom!)

  1. “You’ll Be in My Heart” – Phil Collins (1999)
  2. “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Bette Midler (1988)
  3. “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts (2006)
  4. “The Perfect Fan” – Backstreet Boys (1999)
  5. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses (1987)
  6. “Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder (1976)
  7. “Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole (1951)
  8. “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” – John Lennon (1980)
  9. “Kind and Generous” – Natalie Merchant (1998)
  10. “Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)
  11. “Turn Around” – Harry Belafonte (1961)
  12. “Forever Young” – Rod Stewart (1988)
  13. “In My Daughter’s Eyes” – Martina McBride (2003)
  14. “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack (2000)
  15. “Because You Loved Me” – Celine Dion (1996)

Oldies but Goodies

From “Stand by Me” to “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” this list will have your parents reminiscing so hard they might forget they’re at your wedding and not back in the good old days. Get ready for a trip down memory lane, and you might find yourself wondering if you accidentally landed in a retro dream.

  1. “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers (1965)
  2. “Twist and Shout” – The Beatles (1963)
  3. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley (1961)
  4. “Stand By Me” – Ben E. King (1960)
  5. “At Last” – Etta James (1960)
  6. “Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton (1977)
  7. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong (1967)
  8. “My Girl” – The Temptations (1964)
  9. “Stand By Your Man” – Tammy Wynette (1968)
  10. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” – The Beatles (1963)
  11. “Something” – The Beatles (1969)
  12. “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison (1967)
  13. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967)
  14. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” – Four Tops (1965)
  15. “What’s Going On” – Marvin Gaye (1971)

Jazz and Swing

Picture your parents effortlessly gliding across the dance floor, channeling their inner Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, but cooler. These carefully selected songs for parents to dance to at wedding will have your parents dancing to Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald with way more pizzazz 🕺.

  1. “Fly Me to the Moon” – Frank Sinatra (1964)
  2. “It Had to Be You” – Harry Connick Jr. (1989)
  3. “Cheek to Cheek” – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (1935)
  4. “L-O-V-E” – Nat King Cole (1965)
  5. “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra (1964)
  6. “Moonlight Serenade” – Glenn Miller (1939)
  7. “Beyond the Sea” – Bobby Darin (1959)
  8. “In the Mood” – Glenn Miller (1939)
  9. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong (1967)
  10. “Blue Skies” – Irving Berlin (1926) [Various versions available]
  11. “Take the ‘A’ Train” – Duke Ellington (1939)
  12. “Ain’t Misbehavin'” – Fats Waller (1929)
  13. “All of Me” – Billie Holiday (1931)
  14. “As Time Goes By” – Dooley Wilson (1931)
  15. “Mack the Knife” – Bobby Darin (1959)

How to Pick the Ultimate Parent Wedding Dance Songs

So, you’ve conquered the chaos of seating arrangements and outsmarted the RSVP drama – now, let’s tackle the next mission: choosing the perfect parent wedding dance songs. Let’s run through some tips!

Tip 1: Reflect on the Memories

Before you start scouring the interwebs for the perfect parents wedding dance songs, take a stroll down memory lane. Did your mom always play ’80s power ballads while driving you to soccer practice? Did your dad have a secret love for disco that only came out during family road trips? 

Pro Tip: Ask your folks about their favourite songs from back in the day – you might just uncover some hidden musical gems.

Tip 2: Consider Your Parents' Style

Let’s face it; not every parent has the same dance moves. Some might be ready to bust out the cha-cha, while others are more comfortable with a slow sway. When choosing parent wedding dance songs, consider your parents’ dance styles and choose a song that suits their groove. You want them to feel comfortable and confident, not like they’re auditioning for a talent show they didn’t sign up for.

Funny story: My dad once tried to breakdance at a family reunion. It didn’t end well. Let’s avoid a repeat performance at your wedding!

Tip 3: Test the Waters

Have a mini dance party at home. Play a few options and see how your parents react. Do they immediately start tapping their toes, or do they exchange confused glances like they just stumbled into a surprise flash mob? Testing the waters beforehand ensures that the parent wedding dance songs are not only meaningful but also enjoyable for your parents.

Final Thoughts

I hope I was able to help you go through this list of songs for parents to dance to at weddings. Our team worked hard on selecting each one for you and we’re happy to be a part of your wedding plans!

If you’re ready to take things to the next level, meet DJing.ca! We’re Canada’s premier DJ company, featuring the top 1% of DJs selected from a pool of over 5,000+. With a proven track record of over 1,000 events and a stellar 5-star rating, we specialize in upgrading events with our all-around care and support.

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