Best Wedding Reception Songs

Sometime in the future, you’ll be flicking through your memory bank and thinking about your wedding day. While the formalities of the ceremony will hold plenty of significant moments, it’s the wedding reception that will likely make you smile the most and have the fondest mementos.

From that all important, romantic first dance; to that time when you looked around at a dance floor full of your closest friends and family, your wedding party is dependent on a great DJ. And, a selection of the best wedding reception songs!

What An Expert Wedding DJ Says

We asked Michael, one of Perth's most highly recommended Wedding DJs to come up with a list of recommendations for your inspiration.

Each Wedding Song has a small description of why he think’s the track is worthy of inclusion.

Ok, so – not ALL song the songs here will be your taste. This article is designed to be a guide for when you are planning your wedding playlist.

Some people like things more pop, others like their wedding music to be more rock – and others something in between. Either way, scroll down to check out our list of classic wedding reception songs – we are sure you’ll get some inspiration!

The Best Wedding Reception Songs Are The Most Memorable!

The Jacksons -
Blame It On The Boogie

“Everyone seems to agree, you can’t blame it on the sunshine or the moonlight, let alone the good times!!

One of my favourite ones to play for wedding crowds of all ages, as the whole family will dance together and throw their hands in the air”.

Vanilla Ice -
Ice Ice Baby

“A great wedding reception song for the guys in the crowd.

Even at the most laid back weddings, this will get the b-boys out breakdancing in the middle of the dance floor to the cheers of everyone watching.

A great 90’s classic and perfect wedding reception floor filler!”

The Proclaimers -
500 Miles

“You might not be Scottish, but you don’t need to be in order to sing this one with pride!

Make sure the dance floor is sturdy, because once the chorus hits, there will be some severe boot stomping going on.”

Gloria Gaynor -
I Will Survive

“This absolute classic wedding reception song still goes down a treat with crowds young and old.

The opening lyrics will have the entire room singing, and by the end of the song, there won’t be many people sitting or standing still.”

Los Del Rio -
The Macarena

“Some people hate it, some people love it.

Either way, there will be a full dance floor trying to remember the dance moves every time this gets played at a wedding”.

Grease -
The Megamix

“Probably my all time favourite song to drop at a wedding.

If you choose the right moment of the night, and with the right crowd, you can get the entire room up with this retro classic, singing the words with total abandon.

Just make sure you are either singing loudly or blocking your ears when the last “Those suuuuummer…… NIIIIIIIIIIGHTS!” comes on”

Beyoncé -
Crazy In Love

“When the night is getting late and the parents are starting to grab their coffee’s, it’s time to start busting out the bangers!

This song is almost guaranteed to get any younger crowd shaking their stuff and have all the girls singing at the top of their lungs”.

Bill Medley -
Time Of My Life

“One of the best wedding reception songs to play at the end of the night.

I have lost count of how many couples have attempted to recreate the moves from Dirty Dancing when this comes on!

Please make sure you have adequate room before attempting to lift your dance partner into the air!”

Outcast -
Hey Ya

“What is there to be said?

‘Hey Ya’ will probably be getting dropped by a Perth Wedding DJ on dance floors for the next hundred years, and rightfully so!

An absolute banger from start to finish. And, one that will always get the girls shaking it like a polaroid picture!

Black Eyed Peas -
I Gotta Feeling

“Want to get the whole crowd at a wedding up and dancing to some modern tunes?  Start it off with this classic track!

Every time I play this track at weddings, you will see people from the dance floor go and get the wallflowers and anyone else they can grab to join them for a big sing along.”

Usher -
Yeah X 3

“This one will even get granny on the dance floor trying to drop it like it’s hot 🙂

This track has massive appeal. And, an infectious groove that will make the girls scream every time when they hear those first few beats.”

Bruno Mars-
Uptown Funk

“One of the funkiest songs to come out in a lifetime, this track will get almost the entire room grooving to the beat.

Young and old love singing along to this banger.”

In Closing,

a couple dancing romantically at a wedding

The primary task of a Wedding DJ is to play Wedding Reception Songs that fit the style and personality of those attending a wedding celebration.

While that description is simple, the reality of achieving such a feat is considerably more difficult. Primarily, this is because musical taste is a very personal thing. Lets face it, what I think is a ‘good’ Wedding Reception or Wedding Ceremony song, you may see it as in poor taste! Additionally, as there is such a huge variety of great music, it’s really hard to select a playlist with 80 songs.

What? A Playlist Of Only 80 Wedding Songs?

Well, consider the following. A typical wedding reception takes around 6hrs from the time the guests arrive, till the bride and groom run away together in wedded bliss. Assuming your speeches, cake cutting and other formalities will take up to an hour, this will leave you a balance of 5hrs. Of which, one can only cram 75 songs into (assuming your ‘average’ song runs for 4 minutes)

Ok, so now you may be stuck in a bit of a bind…

While you may have a clear idea of the Wedding Music YOU love, will your guests? While it is your big day and you’ll want things to go how you envisage, surely you’d have to agree that when it comes to a wedding dancing the more people on the floor, the merrier!

Worry not, this is one of the key reasons why you hire a Wedding DJ in the first place –  to help with selecting the perfect track list for the perfect day 🙂