122 Wedding Reception Songs To Grace Your Post-Ceremony Playlist

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chapelle johnson the knot associate editor
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Chapelle Johnson
chapelle johnson the knot associate editor
Chapelle Johnson
Associate Editor
  • Chapelle writes articles for The Knot Worldwide. She covers all things wedding-related and has a personal interest in covering celebrity engagements and fashion.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Chapelle was an editorial intern for Subvrt Magazine.
  • Chapelle has a degree in English writing from Loyola University New Orleans.
Updated Jun 12, 2023

Don't leave your wedding reception song playlist on the back burner. Having tunes you love and ones that please the crowd will get everyone on the dancefloor, plus inspire laughter and conversation. So if you're looking for standout songs for the wedding reception for your special day, you've come to the right place. I've rounded up the best wedding music, from classic hits to new unique tunes that'll inspire your reception setlist. And whether you've hired a live band or a DJ, which you can find on The Knot Vendor Marketplace *hint, hint*, your chosen expert wedding pro ill have your guests on the dance floor all night long with these editor-approved selections.

Keep reading to see our top picks, as well as standout options in each genre. Your guests will never want your wedding reception to end with these songs.

In this article:

Wedding Reception Entrance Songs

Your wedding entrance song sets the tone for the rest of the evening. And these are some of the best wedding reception song ideas because they're romantic, energetic and downright fun. Whether it's your wedding party in the spotlight or you making your grand entrance as newlyweds, choose any of these hits to start the party off right.

Editor's Pick: "CUFF IT," by Beyoncé. The song is about falling in love and having wild (and slightly raunchy) fun in the process. I love the groove this song has and recognize that it's had a chokehold on me since its release in 2022––and I'm okay with that.

  • "Lovebug," by The Jonas Brothers
  • "You Belong With Me," by Taylor Swift
  • "Love Me Harder," by Ariana Grande (feat. The Weeknd)
  • "Someone to You," by Banners
  • "Can't Feel My Face," by The Weeknd
  • "One Kiss," by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa
  • "All I Do is Win," by DJ Khaled (feat. Ludacris, Rick Ross, Snoop Dog and T-Pain)
  • "On Top of The World," by Imagine Dragons
  • "Get Lucky," by Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
  • "Love Me Like You Do," by Ellie Goulding
  • "...Ready For It?" Taylor Swift
  • "What Lovers Do," by Maroon 5 (feat. SZA)
  • "Like I'm Gonna Lose You," by Meghan Trainor (feat. John Legend)
  • "Crazy in Love," by Beyoncé (feat. Jay-Z)
  • "Skate," by Silk Sonic
  • "Happy Now," by Kali Uchis

Wedding Reception Dance Songs

If you're looking for upbeat wedding songs for the reception, you can't go wrong with any of our selections below. Remember, the goal is to keep guests on their feet so they have no choice but to break out their best moves.

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Editor's Pick: "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," by Whitney Houston. Not only was this song played at least twice at each of my high school dances, but it's a classic that every guest will know. Fun fact: According to actor and now celebrity DJ Idris Elba, Meghan Markle had this hit on her royal wedding reception playlist.

  • "Dancing Queen," by ABBA
  • "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," by Backstreet Boys
  • "Don't Stop Me Now," by Queen
  • "Yeah!," by Usher (feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris)
  • "Low," by Flo Rida (feat. T-Pain)
  • "WOP," by J. Dash (feat. Flo Rida)
  • "Wobble," by V.I.C.
  • "DJ Got Us Falling In Love," by Usher
  • "Pour Some Sugar On Me," by Def Leppard
  • "Raise Your Glass," by P!nk
  • "We Speak No Americano," by Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP
  • "Sweet Home Alabama," by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • "U Can't Touch This," by MC Hammer
  • "Gasolina," by Daddy Yankee
  • "Everytime We Touch," by Cascada
  • "About Damn Time," by Lizzo
  • "I Like You (A Happier Song)," by Post Malone (feat. Doja Cat)

Country Wedding Reception Songs

These tunes are the epitome of what makes country music a go-to wedding song genre. From soulful ballads to high-tempo hits, these top country wedding reception songs are sure to give you something to tap your feet to.

Editor's Pick: "Something To Dance To," by Willie Jones. One of my favorite parts about weddings (besides the tasty desserts) is the uninhibited dancing that good music inspires. This song, filled with banjo strumming and lyrics about dancing and letting loose, is the perfect influence.

  • "Butterflies," by Kacey Musgraves
  • "One Thing Right," by Marshmello and Kane Brown
  • "Bless the Broken Road," by Rascal Flatts
  • "God Gave Me You," by Blake Shelton
  • "Make Me Wanna," by Thomas Rhett
  • "Alright," by Darius Rucker
  • "Make It Sweet," by Old Dominion
  • "The Fighter," by Keith Urban (feat. Carrie Underwood)
  • "Born to Love You," by LANCO
  • "I Don't Care Who Sees," by Devin Dawson
  • "Round the Clock," by Dan + Shay
  • "I Like the Sound of That," by Rascal Flatts
  • "Every Little Thing," by Russell Dickerson
  • "Here Tonight," by Brett Young
  • "Love Someone," by Brett Eldredge
  • "H.O.L.Y.," by Florida Georgia Line.
  • "Brain on Love," by Karley Scott Collins
  • "Boys In Boots," by Erin Kinsey

Fun Wedding Reception Songs

Tell the DJ or live band to play any of these fun wedding dance songs for a guaranteed good time. The addition of a few popular hits will keep guests entertained for the entire night.

Editor's Pick: "Sucker," by The Jonas Brothers. Take advantage of the Jonas Brothers' comeback by adding this fun song, inspired by their wives, to your wedding reception playlist. Fun Fact: I had an unhealthy obsession with The Jonas Brothers as a kid and took every opportunity to tell people that Nick was my favorite.

  • "Cuz I Love You," by Lizzo
  • "Paper Rings," by Taylor Swift
  • "Meant to Be," by Bebe Rexha (feat. Florida Georgia Line)
  • "God's Plan," by Drake
  • "Can't Stop the Feeling," by Justin Timberlake
  • "We Found Love," by Rihanna
  • "Party in the USA," by Miley Cyrus
  • "Best Day of My Life," by American Authors
  • "Lottery (Renegade)," by K CAMP
  • "This Is What You Came For," by Calvin Harris (feat. Rihanna)
  • "Rollin," by Calvin Harris (feat. Future and Khalid)
  • "I Found You," by Andy Grammer
  • "Hold On, We're Going Home," by Drake (feat. Majid Jordan)
  • "Fancy Like," by Walker Hayes (feat. Kesha)
  • "Begin Again," by Jessie Ware

Classic Wedding Reception Songs

There's a reason you hear these tunes at just about every wedding reception. These beloved tunes are no-fail options to get your guests to shake their tail feathers (yes, that's a Nelly reference).

Editor's Pick: "Shout," by The Isley Brothers. While writing this song list, I listened to this hit on YouTube and saw a hilarious comment that said, "At my wedding last weekend, my uncle was shirtless within seconds of this song being played." So if that doesn't tell you how iconic this tune is, I don't know what will.

  • "Shut Up and Dance," by WALK THE MOON
  • "Don't Stop Believin'," by Journey
  • "Sweet Caroline," by Neil Diamond
  • "September," by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • "Love Shack," by The B-52's
  • "Take Me Home, Country Roads," by John Denver
  • "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)," by Stevie Wonder
  • "You're My Best Friend," by Queen
  • "Marry You," by Bruno Mars
  • "Now That We've Found Love," by Heavy D & The Boyz
  • "The Way You Make Me Feel," by Michael Jackson
  • "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," by James Taylor
  • "You Make My Dreams," by Hall & Oates
  • "Walking on Sunshine," by Katrina and the Waves
  • "I'm a Believer," by The Monkees
  • "I Gotta Feeling," by The Black Eyed Peas
  • "Lovely Day," by Bill Withers
  • "Proud Mary," by Tina Turner

Unique Wedding Reception Songs

One of the most important things to some to-be-weds, besides the food, is making their big day feel unique. So here is a list of cool songs you typically don't hear at every wedding reception.

Editor's Pick: "Crave," by Paramore. I've always been a Paramore fan, so I'm happy I found a song from their 2023 album, This Is Why, that could fit on this list. It's a tune about trying to live in the present but being too excited about reliving it to appreciate it. This is a good reminder to savor the beautiful moments on your wedding day while they're happening.

  • "Adore You," by Harry Styles
  • "Taking Me Higher," by Illenium
  • "goodnight n go," by Ariana Grande
  • "You & Me," by That band Honey.
  • "Best Part of Me," by Ed Sheeran (feat. YEBBA)
  • "They Don't Know About Us," by One Direction
  • "Kiss Me," by Ed Sheeran
  • "XO," by Beyoncé
  • "Love on the Brain," by Rihanna
  • "Fallin' All in You," by Shawn Mendes
  • "Like Real People Do," by Hozier
  • "Unapologetically," by Kelsea Ballerini
  • "All the Stars," by Kendrick Lamar and SZA
  • "Can We Kiss Forever?," by Kina (feat. Adriana Proenza)
  • "Together Again," by Janet Jackson
  • "Ring My Bell," by Anita Ward
  • "Let The Light In," by Lana Del Rey
  • "Diamond Life," by Leo Kalyan (feat. MNEK)

Wedding Reception Exit Songs

This selection of wedding reception exit songs would make the perfect addition to your newlywed departure at the end of the night. Make it a grand exit that everyone will remember.

Editor's Pick: "Bye Bye Bye," by *NSYNC. Listen, the lyrics speak for themselves. And if you and your partner don't do some of the signature dance moves from the music video, you might regret the missed opportunity later.

  • "Countdown," by Beyoncé
  • "Closing Time," by Semisonic
  • "All You Need Is Love," by The Beatles
  • "Save the Last Dance for Me," by Michael Bublé
  • "You've Got the Love," by Florence + the Machine
  • "Love on Top," by Beyoncé
  • "Happy," by Pharrell Williams
  • "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)," by Natalie Cole
  • "Evacuate the Dancefloor," by Cascada
  • "Unconditionally," by Katy Perry
  • "Somewhere Only We Know," by Keane
  • "Forever," by Lee Fields
  • "Happy Face," by Destiny's Child
  • "HONEYMOON," by Jo Hill
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