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Among the hundreds of small things that you have to do to make arrangements for your big day, choosing wedding reception songs definitely shouldn’t be left for the last minute. Wedding songs set the entire mood for your celebration!

More than that, though, they are also an essential part of the memories you make on one of the most important days of your life. If you need some help narrowing down millions of options to just enough to fill your reception playlist, we’ve got you covered.

Below, we curated a list of the most romantic wedding songs in just about every music genre imaginable. Let’s jump in!

Top 50 Wedding Reception Songs That MUST Be On Your Playlist

You may want pre-wedding songs or processional songs, an upbeat song playlist for the bridal party, or some slow songs to make a beautiful wedding entrance with your parents. From the entrance into the banquet wedding to the wedding reception exit – we have songs for every moment. Check out our top songs that must be added to your list:

  1. All of the AboveAnthony W. Carter
  2. Take My HandEmily Hackett
  3. We Found LoveRihanna ft. Calvin Harris
  4. I Choose YouRyann Darling
  5. Better TodayCoffey Anderson
  6. To Have and to HoldTrina Belamide
  7. This is how we do itMontell Jordan
  8. SugarMaroon 5
  9. ShoutThe Isley Brothers
  10. Higher LoveKygo and Whitney Houston
  11. Blinding NightsThe Weeknd
  12. Nice for WhatDrake
  13. DreamsFleetwood Mac
  14. BodyLoud Luxury
  15. Rain on MeLady Gaga, Ariana Grande
  16. 24k MagicBruno Mars
  17. Safe and SoundCapital Cities
  18. Brand NewBen Rector
  19. Crazy Little Things Called LoveQueen
  20. I want you backJackson 5
  21. Uptown FunkMark Ronson
  22. JuiceLizzo
  23. Watermelon SugarHarry Styles
  24. If I Ain’t Got YouAlicia Keys
  25. Sexual HealingMarvin Gaye
  26. Dancing in the DarkBruce Springsteen
  27. Groove is in the HeartDeee-Lite
  28. LoveKendrick Lamar
  29. Burning Down the HouseTalking Heads
  30. Modern LoveDavid Bowie
  31. Love on topBeyonce
  32. I wanna be your LoverPrince
  33. We Found loveRihanna ft. Calvin Harris
  34. I wanna Dance with SomebodyWhitney Houston
  35. Don’t Stop Believin’Journey
  36. I Got You (I feel good) James Brown
  37. Sing Sing SingBenny Goodman
  38. Outkast MS. Jackson
  39. Last NightThe Strokes
  40. Love You Like a SongSelena Gomez
  41. Sweet CarolineNeil Diamond
  42. Rock this townStray Cats
  43. I Will SurviveGloria Gaynor
  44. Gold DiggerKanye West
  45. Drunk in Love – Beyoncé
  46. U can’t touch thisMC Hammer
  47. Candy RainSoul for Real
  48. Hungry Like the Wolf Duran Duran
  49. It Must Have Been LoveRoxette
  50. Thinking Out LoudEd Sheeran

Also check: 80 Mother and Son Wedding Dance Song

10 Country Wedding Reception Songs

If it’s classic country music is more in line with your style, we’ve got you covered there, too! Take a look at our list of country wedding songs that can make an amazing moment of your day even more memorable.

  1. Nobody but meBlake Shelton
  2. House PartySam Hunt
  3. DibsKelsea Ballerini
  4. Love Me Like You Mean ItKelsea Bellerini
  5. Body like a Back RoadSam Hunt
  6. MineTaylor Swift
  7. Your EverythingKeith Urban
  8. Gonna Wanna TonightChase Rice
  9. Die a Happy ManThomas Rhett
  10. It’s your loveTim McGraw

10 Classic Rock Reception Songs

Do you enjoy classic rock songs – or have some romantic memories of touching moments associated with such songs? Don’t be afraid to put them on your wedding reception playlist!

You have every right to own your wedding ceremony by choosing classic rock tracks as your reception dance songs! Take a look at our list of songs of the classic rock genre – just for your wedding!  

  1. Pour Some Sugar on MeDef Leppard
  2. You Really Got MeThe kinks
  3. Wonderful TonightEric Clapton
  4. Twist and Shout The Beatles
  5. White WeddingBilly Idol
  6. Shut up and DanceWalk the Moon
  7. All the Small ThingsBlink
  8. We will Rock YouQueen
  9. Sweet Home AlabamaLynyrd Skynyrd
  10. You shook meAC/DC

CHECK MORE: Bride Procession Wedding Songs

10 Unique Wedding Reception Songs

Are you and your partner the kind of couple that likes to do everything differently and stand out in the crowd? Then, why should you not do the same when it comes to songs for weddings?

Instead of going with the popular wedding reception songs that everyone has heard a hundred times, you can go for some surprising tunes.

  1. Sea of Love Phil Philips
  2. Harvest moonNeil Young
  3. WonderwallRyan Adams
  4. Sweet ThingVan Morrison
  5. The Wedding SongAngus and Julia Stone
  6. Crazy Love Van Morrison
  7. You Belong to MePatsy Cline
  8. Your Song Ellie Goulding
  9. Crazy in LoveOh Wonder
  10. Into the MusicVan Morrison

10 Funny Wedding Reception Songs

It’s understandable why many couples choose a classic wedding playlist. But if you and your partner love joking around, you can add a sense of humor to your wedding reception by choosing some funny wedding songs.

You can start on a traditional note and then move to some funny wedding songs. Check out our favorites!

  1. Who Lets the Dog OutBaha Men
  2. Run to the Hills Iron Maiden
  3. Closing TimeSemi Sonic
  4. Hit the Road JackRay Charles
  5. Tainted LoveSoft Cell
  6. Steal My GirlOne Direction
  7. Hokey PokeyRay Anthony
  8. Making WhoopeeEddie Cantor
  9. The End The Doors
  10. Marry YouBruno Mars

10 Best Wedding Reception Entrance Songs for Parents

Don’t forget that a wedding playlist isn’t just about the best wedding songs to dance to at your reception as a newlywed couple! You should have a song for your parents’ entrance at the wedding reception. We have a list of music that you can play for this purpose. These include classic wedding songs as well as recent popular tunes!

  1. All you need is LoveThe Beatles
  2. Sunshine of my LifeStevie Wonder
  3. We are FamilySister Sledge
  4. WalkingKatrina and the Waves
  5. Love TrainThe O’Jays
  6. AnglesRobbie Williams
  7. I hope you DanceLee Ann Womack
  8. It Takes TwoRob Base
  9. Beautiful dayU2
  10. Can’t Stop the FeelingJustin Timberlake

Frequently Asked Questions

So your wedding day is drawing near, and you are not yet sure about your wedding music. What wedding dance songs could the wedding band play during the special moment on the dance floor, as you and your spouse look into each others’ eyes?

What wedding entrance songs should you choose? Well, now you don’t need to worry anymore – because we have the answers to all your questions!

How Many Songs Do You Need for a Wedding Reception?

The duration of the wedding reception should not be too long. You should have a playlist of around three songs prepared. You can make a longer playlist if you’re considering the rest of the moments, from the entrance to the wedding dance.

What are the most popular songs played at weddings?

If you want modern wedding songs or a modern dance floor favorite, you can choose popular songs like A Thousand Years (Christina Perri), At Last (Etta James), Thinking out Loud (Ed Sheeran), Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol), Make You Feel My Love (Adele), etc.

What songs do you need for a wedding reception?

Your wedding ceremony playlist needs different songs for various touching moments besides the couple’s dance. These moments include a prelude to set the tone of the ceremony, the bridal processional entrance, father-daughter and mother-son dances, the party, and the final exit.

What song should not be played at a wedding?

While you have the right to choose alternative wedding songs that you and your partner love, avoid songs that are about broken hearts and short flings. Avoid songs like Grenade (Bruno Mars), You’re So Vain (Carly Simon), You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi), etc.

What is a good song to walk out to after we are married?

Your wedding reception exit is a moment that needs a special song to close the wedding day. Some lovely wedding exit songs to leave everyone teary-eyed are: All You Need Is Love (The Beatles), I Am Yours (Andy Grammer), No One (Alicia Keys), etc.

What are good wedding entrance songs?

The right song can help you make an amazing wedding entrance. For that, you can try songs like Can’t Stop The Feeling (Justin Timberlake), Crazy In Love (Beyonce), Take Me Out (Franz Ferdinand), Happy (Pharrell Williams), Dancing In The Moonlight (Toploader), etc.

What is the most popular wedding song to walk down the aisle to?

Walking down the aisle is an essential moment of the wedding. You need a special song that can make this touching moment of your D-day beautiful. Try songs like Canon in D (Pachelbel), Bridal Chorus (Wagner), Marry Me (Train), Wedding March (Mendelssohn), etc.

Final Words

An essential part of your wedding planning should be to choose the right wedding songs – which is as important as following wedding dress trends or selecting a wedding cake.

You can’t do without a bride’s wedding processional song or wedding reception music. Don’t forget the touching mother-son dance songs and the father-daughter dance songs. So we hope that our wedding song lists will help you!

gold wedding rings on top of a piano

Which is your favorite wedding reception songs? Please share with us below!

Andreea Juganaru
Andreea Juganaru

Andreea is a very passionate content creator and her purpose is to provide you with the most interesting articles, while constantly discovering new facts. She’s been freelance writing for the past five years and has created numerous articles and educational materials while managing her own blog.

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