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30 Perfect Songs for Any Wedding Reception

By Staff Writer
Share to Pinterest30 Perfect Songs for Any Wedding Reception

Step into the world of wedding wonder, where every playlist tells a story as unique as the couple tying the knot! Crafting the ultimate reception soundtrack is an exciting adventure, blending the essence of personalities, spanning generations, and igniting the dance floor with unstoppable energy.

In this era, the perfect beat for every moment is just a search away, inviting you to curate a blend that's as timeless or trendy as you desire. With a universe of tunes at your fingertips, the challenge isn't finding the songs—it's choosing the ones that will make your day unforgettable.

Dive in with us as we explore 30 impeccable wedding songs designed to capture the heart of your celebration and keep the party alive all night long!


"Crazy In Love" by Beyonce feat. Jay-Z

Co-written by the legendary musical couple, this song fills the room with its theme of irresistible love and attraction. The pair even played it at their wedding.

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"Celebration" by Kool and the Gang

Weddings are always a cause for celebration. This timeless disco track had religious inspiration, but it works perfectly for any party.

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"Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran

Are you looking for a captivating first-dance song? This ode to long-term love has the British singer-songwriter pouring his heart out.

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"Rather Be" by Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne

This uplifting dance number describes the euphoria of realizing there’s nowhere better to be and no one you’d rather be with.

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"You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate

Sometimes you need a ‘70s classic to get everyone moving. This one has the bonus of being about finding a soul mate.

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"Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet

For a rock edge to your wedding theme, this is a suitably raucous song that will get your guests dancing like there’s no tomorrow.

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"Dear Future Husband" by Meghan Trainor

This light-hearted, upbeat track about marital expectations was written "just for fun”. Its doo-wop rhythm is impossible to resist jumping around to.

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"Your Song" by Elton John

Such is this ballad’s enduring appeal that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge asked Ellie Goulding to sing her version when they got married.

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"Happy" by Pharell Williams

If ever there was a dance song suitable for all ages of wedding guests, it's this one. "Happy" conveys the universal joy of living in the moment.

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"Valerie" by Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse

No party is complete without what is arguably the greatest track Amy Winehouse ever recorded. Originally by indie band The Zutons, her version is bold, wistful, and a great sing-along.

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"Now That We’ve Found Love" by Heavy D and the Boys

“What next?” is something this ‘90s hip-house song dares to ask. No doubt it’s a pressing question for many newlyweds too, but when the music’s this good you can just dance those cares away.

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"Marry You" by Bruno Mars

This evocative tribute to spontaneity, romance, and "dancing juice" will work well at any wedding reception.

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"You’ve Got the Love" by Florence and the Machine

The band's show-stopping version of the ‘80s Candi Staton classic showcases the awesome healing power of love.

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"You Really Got Me" by The Kinks

This is a tough but sweet, blues-inspired '60s track that will likely lead to enthusiastic dancing from all generations.

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“It Had To Be You” by the Starlight Orchestra

David and Victoria Beckham loved this stylish version of the jazz standard so much they had it played at their wedding.

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"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston

The writers behind this fabulous '80s hit said it was about the search for a partner for “the dance of life.”

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"What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction

This high-energy pop song was inspired by the wife of one of its co-writers not being able to recognize her own beauty. It's catchy enough to get your guests bouncing and singing along.

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"Levitating" by Dua Lipa

This contemporary disco track flawlessly captures the moment where you’re so into someone you feel like your feet have left the ground.

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"Love Shack" by The B52s

Inspired by the band’s time spent playing in a cabin, the carefree, party feel of this song will soon get people grooving.

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"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" by Arctic Monkeys

Getting married doesn’t mean you have to hand in your indie fan credentials. This track is enjoyably chaotic and evokes a time when people’s eyes often met across crowded rooms.

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"Diamonds" by Rihanna

Written by Sia and popularised by Rihanna, who described it as “hopeful,” this anthem is a tribute to perfect love, as well as being fantastic fun to dance to.

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"Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac

Although it was recorded back in 1987, the dreamy theme of being so drawn to someone you want to spend every moment with them is as relevant as ever.

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"Shut up and Dance" by Walk The Moon

Full of promise, this pop-rock hit was inspired by the lead singer's girlfriend’s attempt to get him out of his head and living in the moment.

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"Fell in Love With a Girl" by The White Stripes

The anarchic feel of this track and its theme of love at first sight make it perfect for the wedding of two rock lovers.

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" My Baby Just Cares for Me" by Nina Simone

Shannen Doherty and Kurt Iswarienko chose this timeless and sophisticated love song for their 2011 wedding.

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"Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepson

Do you remember that exciting feeling of waiting for someone to call? This energetic pop track might take you both back to the early days of your relationship.

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"I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'" by Scissor Sisters

A rare example of a song that inspires the exact opposite of its lyrics, this up-tempo number has a retro disco vibe that guests of all ages will adore.

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"She Moves In Her Own Way" by The Kooks

This quirky indie track celebrates how our uniqueness makes us lovable. It’s great for a slightly offbeat wedding atmosphere.

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"Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel

When writing this song about love between people from different backgrounds, Joel was inspired by not just one, but two of his girlfriends.

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"Make You Feel My Love" by Adele

If you don’t mind wiping away happy tears during your first dance, try Adele’s majestic Bob Dylan cover version. Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth chose the original for their wedding.

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