The last dance of the wedding is one of the most important because it perfectly captures the spirit of the wedding and the personalities of the bride and groom. The last dance song can be fast and upbeat or slow and heartfelt. All that matters is that it honors and accurately represents the bride and groom’s commitment to one another.
With millions of songs out there, trying to find the perfect song for your last dance can feel like a daunting task. And since very few of us are songwriters, we have to do our research to find the perfect last dance wedding songs to end the night.
Whether you’re looking for a slow, longing ballad or a classic that will get everyone back on the dance floor, we’ve got a list of the absolute best songs to play as the last dance at your wedding.
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Last Dance Wedding Songs to Get Everyone Dancing
We get it. Some people want the last dance at their wedding to be a fun, upbeat one that gets everyone back out on the dance floor for one last romp. If that’s the kind of last dance you’ve always dreamed of, here are some of the best options for you.
- “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond — This certified classic is sure to get everyone back on the dance floor and belting it out with all their might.
- “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey — Another classic everyone knows, this song is the perfect choice to get everyone back on the dance floor one last time.
- “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker — This twangy tune is a modern country classic and a great choice for ending things on a high note.
- “Happy” by Pharrell Williams — This euphoric, upbeat song is perfect for expressing the elation of the bride and groom.
- “Love On Top” by Beyoncé — This upbeat pop classic is sure to get everyone back out on the dance floor for the last dance.
- “Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON — A song about fate bringing two people together for a perfect dance. No song could be more perfect for the last dance.
- “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole — A song about everlasting love, this one is perfect to blast during the last dance.
- “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston — A classic for a reason, this mega-watt pop song is a great choice to get everyone jumping for the last dance.
- “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake — One of the newer songs on this list, this modern pop classic has just enough neo-disco to work as a great last dance song.
- “We are Young” by fun. feat. Janelle Monáe — This anthemic tune is on the slower side but is still sure to bring out everyone’s inner adolescent for at least a few moments.
- “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi — This universally-recognizable rock tune will have everyone clamoring to get back on the dance floor.
- “XO” by Beyoncé — This soft, euphoric song is a slow-burner, but it has an undeniable allure and will work great as a last dance song.
- “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King — The song is the absolute definition of a classic and what works better as a last dance song than a song about standing by one another?
- “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners — Everyone will go crazy for this quintessential 80s tune during your last dance.
- “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes — This iconic duet is sure to have its fair share of “Dirty Dancing” lifts, and that alone is worth featuring it as your last dance song.
- “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol — This iconic song was a part of everyone’s indie emo phase and is a perfectly dramatic and moody choice for the last dance song.
- “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder — This sweet, happy song is a wedding favorite and is sure to be the perfect choice for your last dance.
- “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac — This euphoric classic from the late 70s has the perfect amount of groove and would make a great last dance song.
- “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction — This song is perfect for younger brides and grooms who grew up listening to this song on repeat. And don’t let them fool you, most of them did.
- “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire — A perfect last dance song during any season, this song is especially perfect for featuring at a September wedding.
- “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley — Rickroll everyone at your wedding by making this iconic 80s classic your last dance song.
- “Rude” by MAGIC! — This beachy pop song was a smash hit when it came out, and it’s perfect for your last dance, especially the line that says, “I’m gonna marry her anyway.”
- “Summer” by Calvin Harris — This upbeat pop song would make the perfect last dance song for any summer wedding.
- “Shut Up and Drive” by Rihanna — This song is a pure banger and is sure to get everyone back out on the dance floor with its infectious energy.
- “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by James Taylor — This song is a classic for a reason and this version could not be more perfect for a wedding.
- “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder — A song about committing yourself entirely to another person. This one is last dance perfection.
- “Kiss on My List” by Daryl Hall & John Oates — Another groovy and mega-popular 80s song, this classic is perfect for ending the wedding reception on a high note.
- “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon — If you want a last dance song that’s going to have everyone belting it out on the dance floor, this one is a perfect choice.
- “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z — People will leap back onto the dance floor when they hear the opening of this iconic tune.
- “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen — Slow, fast, pensive and break-neck, this iconic Queen song is a great way to say farewell to your wedding guests.
- “One More Time” by Daft Punk — This song by the iconic techno duo is sure to get everyone back on the dance floor for one last song.
- “American Pie” by Don McLean — Clocking in at almost 9 minutes, this song is simply the definition of iconic and a great way to end the wedding reception.
- “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac — Yet another groovy song from an iconic group, this galloping track makes for a perfectly upbeat last dance song.
- “Shivers” by Ed Sheeran — With typically explosive production and catchy hooks, this song is a perfect choice.
- “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars — This song is one of the funkiest, grooviest tunes of all time, making it the perfect note to end the night on.
Slow and Heartfelt Last Dance Songs
While some people opt for more upbeat songs to end the night, it’s not uncommon for some brides and grooms to choose a slower, more subtle song for the last dance. If you want to end the night with a more intimate love song, here’s a list of suggestions to get you started.
- “Marry Me” by Train — This sweet, delightful ballad is a great way to end the night on a high note and celebrate your newfound love.
- “The Way You Look Tonight” by Tony Bennett — An irresistible rendition of a classic jazz standard, this song will bring some tears to a few eyes during the last dance of the night.
- “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur — A modern pop song about committing yourself entirely to another person, this song is a great last dance option.
- “She’s Everything” by Brad Paisley — This sweet tune is a heartfelt country song about someone being your everything, perfectly matching the sentiments of your wedding.
- “All of Me” by John Legend — This song has been a wedding favorite ever since it came out, for a good reason. Consider having your last dance to this beautiful ballad.
- “Speechless” by Dan + Shay — A song about true love taking your breath away, this country tune is yet another great choice.
- “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri — This song about love lasting for over 1,000 years is such a sweet tribute to endless love. Plus, it’s perfect for that last slow dance.
- “You Make Me Feel So Young” by Michael Bublé — One of the more upbeat songs, this jazz standard has just the right amount of sincerity and pep to make a great last dance.
- “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer — One of the most popular folk-pop songs of its time, this one is sure to bring back some fond memories.
- “At Last” by Etta James — This song about finally finding someone to spend the rest of your days with is a certified classic for a reason.
- “From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay — This song about building your life together is perfect for ending the night on a high note.
- “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele — This heartfelt ballad about having a strong, effusive love for one another makes for the perfect last dance.
- “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes — Another fan-favorite country song, this sincere tune about giving yourself to another person is sure to create some last dance magic.
- “Put You Head On My Shoulder” by Paul Anka — This song about intimacy and love is a classic for a reason, making it a perfect choice for the last dance.
- “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong — It may be a cliche, but love really does make you see the good in the world. Honor that by having your last dance to this iconic tune.
- “I Get to Love You” by Ruelle — This sweet song about the privilege of having true love in your life could not be more perfect for your last dance.
- “Butterflies” by Kacey Musgraves — A song about having a love that still gives you butterflies, this song is a perfect choice for your last dance.
- “Lover” by Taylor Swift — A modern wedding classic in its own right, this song about being one another’s lover is sure to make for some last dance magic.
- “It Had to Be You” by Frank Sinatra — Yet another jazz standard about love and fate, this one is sure to tell your husband or wife that no one else is more perfect for you than them.
- “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton — This song about the perfection of one night is a great way to end your wedding reception.
What is the order of dances at a wedding?
Weddings typically have specific times for the bride and groom to have special dances with their loved ones and each other. If you’re wondering what the traditional dance order is, it’s as follows:
- The bride and groom have their first dance.
- The father and the bride have their special dance.
- The groom (sometimes) dances with the mother of the bride.
- The bride’s parents share a dance.
- The groom shares a dance with his mother.
- The groom’s parents share a dance.
- The dance floor opens to the wedding party.
- The dance floor is open to everyone.
- The last dance closes out the night!
The last dance is an important part of the wedding reception because it’s one of the main things people will remember when they leave. Plus, since it’s the last song, it sets the final tone for the sendoff.
Whether you choose a fast, upbeat song that gets everyone back on the dance floor or a slower, more subtle song, it’s important to make sure that the song encapsulates your relationship with your new husband or wife.
Picking the song for your last dance can be a daunting task. We hope that we gave you everything you need to make the right choice. Congratulations and good luck!
As a multi-passionate creative and a self-proclaimed frequent flyer of weddings, Kiara combines her love for the wedding industry and experience as a professional wedding photographer with her writing abilities to share tips, tricks, and helpful information with couples. She is the owner of Switech Studios a popular wedding photography business. With tons of insider information from behind her camera lens on how to have the best wedding possible, Kiara’s in-depth knowledge is sure to put you on the road to wedding planning success.