The 66 Best Money Dance Songs From Various Cultures and Genres

Make it rain with these money dance songs.
Valerie Nikolas - The Knot Contributor.
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Valerie Nikolas
Valerie Nikolas - The Knot Contributor.
Valerie Nikolas
The Knot Contributor
  • Valerie is a freelance contributor for The Knot Worldwide.
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  • Valerie has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Updated Mar 02, 2023

A money dance, also known as a dollar dance, is one of those rare wedding traditions that's widespread across many cultures worldwide. Though there's some variation between traditions, most cultures agree the money dance is a way for guests to show their support and to give the newlyweds a little financial boost as they kick off their new lives together. Just as money dance etiquette varies from culture to culture, so do the traditional money dance songs. For specific song recommendations from all around the world, read on.

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What Is a Money Dance Song at a Wedding?

A money or dollar dance song should be fun and upbeat—this is, after all, a fun and interactive part of the night. Love songs and songs about friendship are all fair choices. And some couples may joke by choosing a cheekier song choice, like one about money. You can choose one or two songs to play for the money dance—DJs and bandleaders often recommend playing two songs, one fast and one slow, for some variety.

How Many Songs Are in the Money Dance?

The number of songs will vary according to culture. In some cultures, like Filipino and Mexican, where guests giving money earns them time to dance with the bride or groom, the money dance will likely last a few songs.

For other cultures, like Greek and Nigerian, guests simply throw money at the couple without the interactive element of dancing with them. These cultures may have just one song for their wedding dance. There are also varying degrees of formality—some couples may have their MC or DJ announce the money dance, while in other cultures, it may happen more informally.

When to do the Money Dance

Again, this depends on culture, with some incorporating the money dance early during the reception, and some at the end of the night. Nigerian weddings, for example, will typically include the money spray when the newlyweds first enter the reception, whereas Polish weddings will include the apron dance at the end of the evening.

Contemporary Pop Money Dance Songs

It's hard to go wrong with a modern pop song, which are generally well-known and high-energy.

"Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran

Lyrics you'll love: "Take me into your loving arms/Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars/Place your head on my beating heart"

"Sure Thing," Miguel

Lyrics you'll love: "Even when the sky comes falling/Even when the sun don't shine/I got faith in you and I/So put your pretty little hand in mine"

"Marry You," Bruno Mars

Lyrics you'll love: "'Cause it's a beautiful night, we're looking for something dumb to do/Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you/Is it the look in your eyes or is it this dancing juice?"

"All Of Me," John Legend

Lyrics you'll love: "Give your all to me/I'll give my all to you/You're my end and my beginning/Even when I lose, I'm winning"

"Kiss Me More," Doja Cat, SZA

Lyrics you'll love: "Can you kiss me more?/We're so young, boy/We ain't got nothin' to lose, oh, oh/It's just principle/Baby, hold me/'Cause I like the way you groove, oh, oh"

"I Hope You Dance," Lee Ann Womack

Lyrics you'll love: "I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance/Never settle for the path of least resistance/Livin' might mean takin' chances, but they're worth takin'/Lovin' might be a mistake, but it's worth makin'"

"One Kiss," Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa

Lyrics you'll love: "One kiss is all it takes/Fallin' in love with me/Possibilities/I look like all you need"

EDM Money Dance Songs

If you're looking to bring even more energy to the money dance, consider a popular EDM song.

"No Place," Rufus Du Sol

Lyrics you'll love: "World around/It's on fire/I'm hearing sirens/Calling me closer to you/There's no place I'd rather be"

"Someone That You Love," Jarreau Vandal, Olivia Nelson, Franc Moody

Lyrics you'll love: "I'll be waiting, won't give up on you, you/I am waiting, always waiting for you, you"

"Music Sounds Better with You," Neil Frances

Lyrics you'll love: "I feel so good/I feel like music sounds better with you/And love might bring us back together"

"All My Friends," LCD Soundsystem

Lyrics you'll love: "You spent the first five years trying to get with the plan/And the next five years trying to be with your friends again"

"Higher Ground," Odesza ft. Naomi Wild

Lyrics you'll love: "So won't you love me better/I'm waiting here/I need you now/Gravity can't hold us down/So just take me there'To higher ground"

"Feel So Close," Calvin Harris

Lyrics you'll love: "Your love pours down on me/Surround me like a waterfall/And there's no stopping us right now/I feel so close to you right now"

"Happiness Amplified," Above & Beyond ft. Richard Bedford

Lyrics you'll love: "This is the love of my life right here/This is the end of my night of fear/This is the meaning of ever and ever/This is happiness amplified"|

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"Never Felt a Love Like This," Galantis ft. Hook N Sling, Dotan

Lyrics you'll love: "And it's keeping me awake/I haven't slept for days (yeah)/All I, all I know/I never felt a love like this/A love like, love like this"

"Cinema," Benny Banassi ft. Gary Go

Lyrics you'll love: "You are a cinema/I could watch you forever/you are a cinema/A Hollywood treasure/Love you just the way you are/My cinema my cinema"

Classic Money Dance Songs

A money dance can also be the perfect opportunity to incorporate another sweet, sentimental, old-school song that didn't fit elsewhere in your reception.

"What a Wonderful World," Louis Armstrong

Lyrics you'll love: "The colors of the rainbow/So pretty in the sky/Are also on the faces/Of people going by"

"The Way You Look Tonight," Frank Sinatra

Lyrics you'll love: "Lovely, don't you ever change/Keep that breathless charm/Won't you please arrange it?/'Cause I love you/A-just the way you look tonight"

"Cheek to Cheek," Fred Astaire

Lyrics you'll love: "Oh I love to climb a mountain/And reach the highest peak/But it doesn't thrill me half as much/As dancing cheek to cheek"

"Over The Rainbow," Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Lyrics you'll love: "Somewhere over the rainbow/Bluebirds fly/And the dream that you dare to/Oh why, oh why can't I?"

"Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," Frankie Valli

Lyrics you'll love: "You're just too good to be true/Can't take my eyes off you/You'd be like Heaven to touch/I wanna hold you so much/At long last love has arrived"

"At Last," Etta James

Lyrics you'll love: "At last, my love has come along/My lonely days are over/And life is like a song"

"Isn't She Lovely," Stevie Wonder

Lyrics you'll love: "I never thought through love we'd be/Making one as lovely as she/But isn't she lovely, made from love"

Hip Hop & R&B Money Dance Songs

Hip hop gives the perfect rhythm for this dance-centric portion of the evening, while R&B makes for smooth moves.

"All My Life," KC and Jojo

Lyrics you'll love: "All my life/I prayed for someone like you/And I hope that you feel the same way too/Yes, I pray that you do love me too"

"You're All I Need To Get By," by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Lyrics you'll love: "I threw away my pride/I'll sacrifice for you/Dedicate my life for you, oh, oh"

"Get Jiggy Wit It," Will Smith

Lyrics you'll love: "On your mark, ready, set, let's go/Dancefloor pro, I know you know/I go psycho when my new joint hit/Just can't sit/Gotta get jiggy wit it"

"Bust A Move," Young MC

Lyrics you'll love: "If you want it, you got it/If you want it, baby, you got it, (just bust a move!)"

"Love," Kendrick Lamar ft. Zacari

Lyrics you'll love: "If I didn't ride blade on curb, would you still (love me)?/If I made up my mind at work, would you still (love me)?/Keep it a hundred, I'd rather you trust me than to (love me)/Keep it a whole one hund', don't got you I got nothin', ayy"

"One Dance," Drake ft. Wizkid, Kyla

Lyrics you'll love: "I need a one dance/Got a Hennessy in my hand/One more time 'fore I go/Higher powers taking a hold on me

"Beyond," Leon Bridges

Lyrics you'll love: "I'm scared to death that she might be it/That the love is real, that the shoe might fit/She might just be my everything and beyond (beyond)

Country Money Dance Songs

Get your guests dancing to the money dance with some feel-good country favorites.

"Friends In Low Places," Garth Brooks

Lyrics you'll love: "Oh, I've got friends in low places/Where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases my blues away/And I'll be OK/Yeah, I'm not big on social graces/Think I'll slip on down to the oasis/Oh, I've got friends in low places"

"She's Everything," Brad Paisley

Lyrics you'll love: "And she's everything I ever wanted/And everything I need/I talk about her/I go on and on, and on/'Cause she's everything to me

"Dance for Me," Florida Georgia Line

Lyrics you'll love: "Dance for me, dance for me/Throw it on the floor for me/Dance for me, dance for me/Yeah, come on, girl/Get your hands in the air/Shake it down like you just don't care"

"Why Don't We Just Dance," Josh Turner

Lyrics you'll love: "So baby, why don't we just dance/Down the hall/Maybe straight up the stairs?/Bouncing off the wall/Floating on air/Baby, why don't we just dance?"

"Could I Have This Dance," Anne Murray

Lyrics you'll love: "Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?/Could you be my partner every night?/When we're together, it feels so right/Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?

The money dance is not meant to be super serious, so poke some fun by choosing a song that's about money.

"Material Girl," Madonna

Lyrics you'll love: "'Cause everybody's living in a material world/And I am a material girl/You know that we are living in a material world/And I am a material girl"

"Got Your Money," Ol' Dirty Bastard ft. Kelis

Lyrics you'll love: "Hey, Dirty/Baby, I got your money/Don't you worry, I said hey/Baby, I got your money"

"Money to Blow," Birdman ft. Lil Wayne & Drake

Lyrics you'll love: "I got money to blow/I'm gettin' it in, letting these bills fall/All over your skin"

"Billionaire," Travie McCoy

Lyrics you'll love: "I wanna be a billionaire so freaking bad/Buy all of the things I never had/I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine/Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen"

"Money Makin'," A-Trak and Dillon Francis

Lyrics you'll love: "Money wakin'/Money, money makin'/Money takin'/Money, money money/I love that"

"Rich Girl," Gwen Stefani

Lyrics you'll love: "If I was a rich girl (na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na)/See, I'd have all the money in the world, if I was a wealthy girl/No man could test me, impress me, my cash flow would never ever end"

"Money Maker," Ludacris

Lyrics you'll love: "You know I got it, if you wanna come get it/Stand next to this money like ay, ay, ay"

"Millionaire," Chris Stapleton

Lyrics you'll love: "Because love is more precious than gold/It can't be bought, no, never could be sold/I got love enough to share/That makes me a millionaire"

"24K Magic," Bruno Mars

Lyrics you'll love: "Just put your pinky rings up to the moon/Girls, what y'all trying to do? (Tell me what y'all trying to do)/Twenty four karat magic in the air/Head to toe so player (hands up!)

"Can't Buy Me Love," The Beatles

Lyrics you'll love: "Say you don't need no diamond rings/And I'll be satisfied/Tell me that you want the kind of things/That money just can't buy/I don't care too much for money/Money can't buy me love"

"Money, Money, Money" ABBA

Lyrics you'll love: "Money, money, money/Must be funny/In the rich man's world/Money, money, money/Always sunny/In the rich man's world"

Filipino Money Dance Songs

The money dance is a near-essential part of a Filipino wedding, where guests will pin dollar bills (or even fives, tens, and twenties) on the couple, earning them a window of time to dance. Filipino money dances can include a money shower or elaborate garlands, crowns, or bracelets. Learn more about the Filipino money dance in this article.

"Kumusta Ka," REY VALERA (How Are You)

Lyrics you'll love: "Just remember what I'm gonna tell you/This love of mine/Won't change, even if you're far from me/Rain and storm, it's fine/Don't you worry, it's fine"

"Sumayaw Sumunod," The Boyfriends (Dance With Me)

Lyrics you'll love: "What are you waiting for/Time is wasting/Why aren't you standing/And dancing"

"Kasama Kang Tumanda," Ogie Alcasid (Grow Old With You)

Lyrics you'll love: "Oh, how nice to think of growing old with you/Will be with you forever/Almost uncountable"

"Panalangin," APO Hiking Society (Prayer)

Lyrics you'll love: "When I say I love you/My prayer for eternity/Be with you, be with you/That's my prayer"

"Pangako Sa'yo," Daniel Padilla

Lyrics you'll love: "My love is yours/My life has always been happy/Because we are united/My love, I will only give it to you/'Cause you're the only one I love"

Nigerian Money Spray Songs

The Nigerian money spray happens as the newlyweds enter the reception, and sometimes parents and other family members are included in the spray. These songs are lively and upbeat, just like most other Nigerian wedding songs.

"Ada Ada," Flavour

Lyrics you'll love: "Ada Ada hey Ada/Fall in love/Everybody wait/Get out on stage/Love is good for me"

"Buga," Kizz Daniel & Tekno

Lyrics you'll love: "Lemme see you dey buga (go low low low)/Lemme see you (go low low low)"

"1 Milli," Davido

Lyrics you'll love: "I go pray for you and/I go fight for you/My desire for you/It's more than I can explain"

"Beginning," Joeboy

Lyrics you'll love: "I want your heart and soul and your own body too/I can't let you go/I'm beginning to begin to fall in love"

"Mad Over You," Runtown

Lyrics you'll love: "Baby girl you bad o/Girl the way you whine/I dey mad over you girl, I dey mad over you girl/Say you are my woman ee, my super woman"

Greek Money Dance Songs

In many Greek-American weddings guests will typically throw, or shower, money as the bride and groom lead their first line dance of the night. Choose from these options or browse our complete list of Greek wedding songs.

"Orea Pou Einai I Nifi Mas," Kiki Fragouli (Our Bride Is Beautiful)

Lyrics you'll love: "How beautiful our bride is, how beautiful her dowry is/How beautiful her friends are, who inspire her happiness"

"O Gamos Kalorizikos," Yannis Konstadinou (The Fortunate Wedding)

Lyrics you'll love: "May they live, the bride and groom/May the best man also live"

"Simera Gamos Ginete," Dimitris Sakalis (Today A Wedding Is Happening)

Lyrics you'll love: "There is a wedding today/In a beautiful garden/In a beautiful garden/In a beautiful garden"

"Siko Horepse Koukli Mou," (Get Up And Dance, My Doll)

Lyrics you'll love: "Get up, dance, my doll, so I can see you and be happy"

"Se Osous Gamous Ki An Piga," Kostas Metzelopoulos (In All The Weddings I've Been To)

Lyrics you'll love: "In all the weddings I've been to/In all the weddings I've been to, I've never seen such a bride and groom"

Mexican & Latin American Dollar Dance Songs

The dollar dance, or baile del billete, is popular in Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and other Latin American countries. Check out these dollar dance songs and other Spanish-language wedding songs.

"Suavemente," Elvis Crespo (Smoothly)

Lyrics you'll love: "Kiss me, kiss me/Kiss me one more time/I want to feel your lips/Kissing me softly"

"Mi Gente," J. Balvin & Willy William (My People)

Lyrics you'll love: "I make music that entertains/The world loves us, loves us, loves me/All my people move/Look at the rhythm how it has them"

"Yo x Ti," ROSALÍA ft. Ozuna (You x Me)

Lyrics you'll love: "My heart stops just looking at you/Because I sing to you so that you sing to me/Me for you, you for me, me for you, you for me"

"Baila Esta Cumbia," Selena (Dance This Cumbia)

Lyrics you'll love: "Dance, dance this cumbia/Move, move your waist/Everbody, hands up/And scream, scream madly"

"Vivir Mi Vida," Marc Anthony (Live My Life)

Lyrics you'll love: "I'm gonna laugh, I'm gonna dance/Live my life, la, la, la, la/I'm gonna laugh, I'm gonna enjoy/Live my life, la, la, la, la"

Polish Apron Dance Songs

In the Polish spin on the money dance, the bride puts on an apron that guests pin money to in exchange for a dance with her. Check out the traditional bridal dance song and more Polish wedding dance songs.

"The Bridal Dance," LNM Productions (Instrumental)

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