What are the best wedding reception songs for dancing? If you’re planning a big party for a wedding reception or other event, the choice of music is one of the most important things to consider if you want your guests to have a good time.
You’ve thought about sound equipment hire and arranged a DJ or started making a playlist, but what if the dance floor is empty all night?
Fear not! Get the party started with one of these classics, each of which has its own dance moves to encourage people to get on their feet.
Cha Cha Slide – DJ Casper
A huge hit around the world in the early 2000s, the Cha Cha Slide is a reliable way to get your guests dancing, especially after a few glasses of bubbly. Not sure of the moves? No problem – the instructions are right there in the lyrics.
The Twist – Chubby Checker
This 1960 hit is pretty much guaranteed to be recognized by everyone present, no matter what their age. The dance is easy to do and parents, grandparents and kids will rush to get twisting.
Crank That (Soulja Boy) – Soulja Boy Tell’em
Would this have been such a success without the dance? It’s difficult to say. One thing is certain, though: those who know it won’t be able to resist once they hear those opening bars. Even if it’s been a while since you last did the dance, it’ll come right back to you.
Gangnam Style – PSY
One of the biggest things ever to come out of Korea, PSY’s K-pop smash had it’s own distinctive dance, as demonstrated by the man himself in the video. Love it or hate it, it’s hard to deny it’s a great party tune. The trick is getting people to admit that they know how to do the dance.
YMCA – Village People
This is an easy one – just make the shapes of the letters with your arms! Heard at weddings worldwide since it first appeared in the late 70s, the minimal movement needed for this one can be a good way to encourage even the most reluctant dancer to join in.
Locomotion – Kylie Minogue
Originally performed by Little Eva in 1962, the 80’s charm of Kylie’s version has made it the definitive version for many people. This is a great one to do in a line or circle, which means the shy ones among your guests are less likely to feel self-conscious.
Time Warp – The Rocky Horror Picture Show
If you don’t know how to do the dance, you could always watch the movie. Listen along and you should get the hang of it, though. This is a fun, quirky addition to any party that has the potential to create some truly memorable moments.
Tragedy – Steps
The Steps version of this Bee Gees classic came with its very own dance. The distinctive hand movements are easy for anyone to do, so there’s no excuse for refusing to join in. It couldn’t be simpler to pick up.
Space these songs out throughout the night and you’ll have an effective way to keep the dancing going, ensuring everyone has a fun time.
Are these the best wedding reception songs for dancing? Admittedly, that is a subjective judgement!
But there’s no doubt that from within this list you’ll find a song or more that could be a great starting point for building up your perfect selection of songs.
A selection that gives everyone present an unforgettable time, no matter how old they are or what type of music they like best. So enjoy this fun part of planning your wedding reception, and your guests are sure to do their part!