Planning your wedding day is something that many men and women start doing when they are young – from what the attire will look like, who your bridal party and groomsmen will include, and which flowers are going to adorn the tables.
What sometimes gets overlooked is what music will play at your wedding reception since much of the planning goes into the ceremony itself. Don't forget your wedding playlist.
Music is such a powerful tool that brings people together and allows them to loosen up, have some fun, and dance away their stress.
When it comes time to start selecting songs, try not to stress. The hard work is done, you are married, and now you get to dance the night away with your friends and loved ones.
We want to help you select some of the best tunes that you and your guests will enjoy.
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Top 10 Best Wedding Playlist Songs in the United States
When you think about any weddings you have ever attended, one common theme was likely the music that was played at the reception.
There are oftentimes many cro wd-pleasers that are played to get people dancing and to ensure they know the songs, which happen to be played frequently on the radio.
These songs are some great options for getting started in building up your wedding playlist.
According to Spotify, the follow are the top 10 most popular general wedding playlist songs in the country:
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Marry You – Bruno Mars
All of Me – John Legend
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Crazy in Love – Beyoncé, featuring Jay Z.
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Hey Ya! – OutKast
These songs are frequently used because they have fun, upbeat tempos and most of the wedding guests are likely to know them, which will increase the likelihood that they will get up and dance.
Of course, it is always acceptable to include music that is more independent or that caters to specific tastes, but you will likely want a lot of your playlist to include songs that the general crowd will know.
Top 20 Best Fun Songs for Introductions
After the ceremony is over and the reception fun is beginning, this is where you can start to think about some fun songs to walk out to and head to the reception tables.
These songs can be customized for each person individually, based on which songs they like, or they could even be based on their specific personalities.
Another important thing to remember is that introduction songs are typically a snippet of the full song to allow enough time to get through each of the introductions.
You will want to find a song that can easily be cut short or that has a catchy enough chorus that playing only the one part of it will not matter.
Some fun options to include on your wedding introduction playlist include:
Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Feel This Moment – Pitbull Ft. Christina Aguilera
Crazy in Love – Beyonce Ft. JAY Z
Down – Jay Sean Ft. Lil Wayne
Thrift Shop – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
My House – Flo Rida
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding
Run The World (Girls) – Beyonce
It’s Tricky – Run DMC
Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
Pour Some Sugar on Me – Deff Leppard
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
Timber – Pitbull Ft. Kesha
Levels – Avicii
On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez Ft. Pitbul
These songs all have the same aspect in common that they are upbeat, fun, and will allow each member of your wedding party to walk out and feel confident.
One piece of advice we would advise is that you work with each of member of your wedding party to help them select a song that they would enjoy walking out to and that they can have fun with during their entrance.
Since wedding parties typically walk out as a duo, you can also work with both people involved to help find a song that they will both enjoy, as well as working with your wedding DJ.
Choosing a Great DJ
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when finding a wedding DJ is going with a random DJ without speaking with them in advance.
In a way, your wedding DJ is the glue that will hold the reception together, as they will control all the music – from the entrances to the exit songs.
Prior to settling for a DJ recommended by your venue or choosing one that was a cheaper price, always schedule a meeting with them to talk about what you want.
Here are some topics you can bring up with your prospective DJ:
Experience in the Industry – How much experience do they have working weddings? You want to make sure that you have a DJ who has been in the industry long enough to understand how it works and how to work with a wedding crowd.
Customizable Options – You would not want to go with a DJ that plays the same songs at every wedding – regardless of which wedding it is. You want to go with a DJ who will work with you to find a playlist that works well for your guests.
Song Requests – Find out if they will allow guests to request songs or if you can request specific songs during the reception. Some DJ’s do not allow for this and it is important to clarify beforehand.
You may also want to ask them how much thought they put into creating a wedding playlist and see how they ensure it will flow nicely throughout the night.
Venue Visit – Ask them if they can visit your chosen venue beforehand to see if the equipment they use is compatible with what the venue offers. This will ensure the sound quality is the best it can be and that the songs will sound their best.
Extras/Games – Since the DJ will not only be playing songs, but also acting as the host for the night, they will usually come prepared with extra games and things to say in between the music.
It is important to speak to them about what they have planned for their filler content and what types of games are important to you.
This is simply so you will have a better idea of what they will be planning to do and you are not surprised by what they do.
For instance, some DJ’s will play a game where the bride and groom remove one of their shoes and are asked questions about each other.
If the answer involves the bride, the bride or groom will raise the bride’s shoe and vice versa.
These games can also become interactive with the guests, depending on the time allotted.
Top 10 Best Father/Daughter Dance Songs
Once you have completed the entrance portion of the reception, the next portion of the reception typically involves Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances.
This is a very special moment between father and daughter and allows them to connect during the reception – amidst all the chaos and enjoy a calm moment.
Here are some of the songs we recommend:
My Girl – The Temptations
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Dance with My Father – Luther Vandross
My Little Girl – Tim McGraw
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Daughters – John Mayer
I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
You Raise Me Up – John Groban
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
Top 10 Best Mother/Son Dance Songs
The Mother/Son dance is a special moment to witness because it allows the mother of the groom to dance with her son and enjoy a moment during the reception.
Here are some of the songs we recommend:
A Song for Mama – Boyz II Men
Child of Mine – Carole King
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
Forever Young – Rod Stewart
The Perfect Fan – The Backstreet Boys
Mother Like Mine – The Band Perry
Mother and Child Reunion – Paul Simon
In My Life – The Beatles
There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
All You Need is Love – The Beatles
Remember to treasure this moment and dance because it is a sweet sight!
Top 10 Best Garter Toss Wedding Playlist Songs
A fun moment during the reception and after all the emotional moments have passed is the garter toss. This involves the groom removing the bride’s garter from her leg and tossing it to the groomsmen and best man.
It can be quite a hilarious moment and is often one of the funniest parts of the reception – leaving room for lots of stories.
According to Brides.com, the garter toss ritual began long ago as a way of proving the bride’s chastity.
Today, it is not quite as serious and simply signifies the groom tossing his single life to his single friends in the party, but it is all in good fun and has become a wedding tradition that makes for some laughs.
The songs you choose for this moment should be lighthearted, funny, and encourage people to dance following the toss.
Some songs we recommend are as follows:
Let’s Get it on – Marvin Gaye
Suit and Tie – Justin Timberlake and JAY Z
SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
Pony – Ginuwine
Wild Thing – Tone Loc
Hot in Herre – Nell
Bump N’ Grind – R Kelly
Drunk in Love – Beyonce
Pop That – French Montana
Turn Down for What – DJ Snake and Lil Jon
Top 10 Best Bouquet Toss Wedding Playlist Songs
In the same vein as the garter toss is the bouquet toss, where the bride tosses her bouquet to the crowd, filled with her bridesmaids and maid of honor.
Its origin is odd, as legend has it that women used to try to tear apart a bride’s dress to obtain good luck.
To escape from the ruination of their dress, the bride would throw her bouquet and run away.
From there, the tradition turned into signifying that the single women who caught the bouquet would be next in line to get married.
The tradition can be quite rowdy and is not for the faint of heart, as it can be quite competitive and encourages members of your bridal party to get involved and catch the bouquet.
Here are some songs we recommend:
Hit Me with Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Beyonce
Milkshake – Kelis
Love is a Battlefield – Pat Benatar
Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
Lady Marmalade – Christina Aguilera
It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
Bang Bang – Jessie J., Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj
Gold Digger – Kanye West and Jamie Foxx
Buyers Guide – Pick What YOU Enjoy
It’s your wedding – pick the songs that you and your partner enjoy. Songs that bring back wonderful memories, romantic songs, fun songs, and songs that match your vibe. The music should set the mood to one of the best days of your life.
Once you have built out your wedding playlist and are comfortable with what you have chosen, the most important thing to remember is that this is your big day.
What matters most is that you are celebrating love with your family, friends, and loved ones, and you are celebrating the union of marriage.
The planning is done and even if everything did not go according to plan or might have gone differently than you thought, remember to enjoy it.
The number one thing brides and grooms say after their wedding day is that it flies by and that you have to remember to try to slow down and enjoy it because it will be over before you know it.
Remember to make your rounds and talk to as many people as you can, dance, eat, drink, and have a blast knowing that everything came together, and the rest of your life begins