20 songs guaranteed to fill the dancefloor at your wedding reception
11 Sep 2017
Struggling with what to suggest for your wedding party playlist? Here are 20 dancefloor fillers - from Entertainment Nation
Just imagining it makes the colour leave your face - an empty dancefloor at your wedding reception; the DJ or band looking lonely and bereft in the distance, stragglers awkwardly swaying at the sides. Luckily, Entertainment Nation is here to save you from this horror - on the expert advice of its most experienced and incredible wedding bands, the team have compiled a list of 20 hit songs that won't fail to get your dancefloor jumping.
1. Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Remember this massive song from 2014? There's no way you don't, and it'll be a familiar song to your wedding guests too. With a chorus of cheers to accompany THAT opening guitar riff, it's a sure-fire winner to drag even the most reluctant dancers to the floor.
2. Dancing Queen - Abba
Every generation will send up a cheer of excitement at this '70s hit from Europop sensations, Abba. Reminding guests that they're 'having the time of their lives', it's all you need to get the party atmosphere you dream of for your wedding reception.
3. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
This huge '80s hit will act as another guaranteed pull to the dancefloor for wedding guests young and old. With a high-energy and extremely sing-along-able chorus, there aren't many songs better to amp up an atmosphere of excitement like this one.
4. Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
This Grammy-nominated rock song has sold over a million copies, and is another popular choice to get the party going. Family and friends won't be able to resist crowding the dancefloor to shout along to its killer chorus.
5. Never Forget - Take That
Another throwback to get guests reminiscing (and dancing) is this classic Take That song from the mid-'90s. The perfect feel-good song, everyone will know the words to its infectiously upbeat chorus.
6. Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
There's no song punchier than classic rock band Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now'. Heads will turn at the singer's first reference to 'having myself a good time', and there won't be an empty chair by the last.
7. Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne
There weren't many places you could go in 2015 without hearing this massive pop song, so there's no chance your guests will be looking at each other blankly when this tune gets played. High-energy and with an undeniably buoyant chorus, the song's a safe bet if you want to get everyone on the dancefloor.
8. Twist & Shout - The Beatles
Who doesn't like The Beatles? This throwback is another massive song to thrill in-laws and teenagers alike. If performed in the style of Lennon's raucously gritty vocals (did you know he had a cold at the time of recording?), you'll having everyone letting loose on a jam-packed dancefloor.
9. Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
'IIII wanna dance with somebody'... drawing a blank? Of course you're not. Everyone knows this song, and they'll all thank you for playing the essential '80s hit. With a soaring chorus and a rhythm that only gets faster, it's both a guaranteed sing-along and a sure-fire dance-along too.
10. Rockabye - Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
A recent release which received enough radio play to become 2016's Christmas number one, this tropical house hit has all the infectiously upbeat qualities you could want from a huge dance track. That’s in spite of its slightly dark lyrics - but don't worry about those; with the chorus' insistence on dedication and protection it fits neatly into a wedding mood.
11. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
For a room full of people who suddenly think they can dance like the king of pop, look no further than Michael Jackson's '80s smash hit. Nobody will be safe from dodgy dad dancing when this party standard plays.
12. Mr Brightside - The Killers
You might heave a sigh when you hear The Killers' debut for the umpteenth time in broad daylight, but a few drinks later and there's nothing to get you and your friends jumping for joy like 'Mr Brightside'. You'll be shouting every word no matter how much you've complained about how it closes every single club night.
13. Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Another absolute classic, there's nothing like the familiar guitar riff from Superstition to get guests of every age rushing to the dancefloor. With a smoother vibe than the other songs we've looked at, it's a funk essential which won't necessarily drain everyone of their much needed energy for the rest of the night.
14. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Whether you love or hate this song by the self-proclaimed queen of the snakes, Shake It Off is a track which never fails to deliver some wild dance moves to the dancefloor. With a music video that celebrates letting loose no matter what your capability for dancing, it's a foolproof way of getting those of all abilities throwing shapes.
15. Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams
With lyrics which speak of eternal summer and 'the best days of my life', it's unsurprising that this up-tempo rock song is such a hit at wedding receptions. Again, being a song which is nearly as unavoidable now as it was in the '80s, it's also a tune which you can safely bet everyone will know the words to.
16. Get Lucky - Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
Within moments, this song's sensational (and easily identifiable) opening guitar riff will get heads turning and guests jiving. Acclaimed by music critics and selling over 9.3 million copies (it's one of the best-selling songs of all time), it's no surprise that this popular song is considered such a gold standard in crowd-pleasing.
17. Hey Jude - The Beatles
It's another Beatles song, but it couldn't be avoided with Hey Jude. One of the band's most iconic songs, it's piano-driven pop-rock with some infectious melodies to boot. If your guests can somehow resist dancing and singing along to the chorus, they won't be able to stop themselves from chanting 'na-na-na na' and swaying along by the song's close.
18. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyoncé
Whether your guests are single ladies or not, this is a guaranteed dance-pop classic to get families and friends dancing like they are. Prepare for the screams when the iconic first appeal to 'all the single ladies' is called.
19. You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
The in-laws won't be informing nieces and nephews that this song is 'before your time' - even decades later everyone will have heard this '80s classic. A guaranteed hit with the dads in the crowd, the catchy throwback will nonetheless make for an energetic dancefloor featuring every generation.
20. Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
Finally, this power-pop song from 2014 is a high-energy track to get the dance-floor jumping. With an in-built instruction to guests to 'shut up and dance' you couldn't find a more direct way to force family and friends out of their seats and onto the dancefloor.
So there you have it - straight from the horse's mouth; the most successful songs to drive your wedding reception guests to the dancefloor. Have your live wedding band play just one of these tracks and secure a brimming dance-floor all night long.