You'll Actually Want to Play These Line Dance Songs at Your Wedding

Show off your dance moves and get grooving.
Lauren Dana Ellman - The Knot Contributor.
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Lauren Dana Ellman
Lauren Dana Ellman - The Knot Contributor.
Lauren Dana Ellman
The Knot Contributor
  • Lauren is a contributor for The Knot covering topics such as music, cakes, venues and speeches.
  • She has been published in a wide array of lifetsyle-oriented publications including SELF and Allure.
  • Lauren is a proud graduate of Syracuse University's SI Newhouse School of Public Communication.
Updated Sep 23, 2021

When it comes to ensuring your wedding reception is fun for all, music selection is key. To keep your guests grooving all day—or night—long, consider adding a few line dance songs to your wedding playlist. These catchy tunes, which often feature punchy lyrics and upbeat rhythms, are great for getting guests re-energized after cocktail hour or dinner. Alternatively, play one of these group dance songs right after your first dance for a fun twist. This will also help keep the wedding party—and the rest of your guests—feel included and engaged throughout the festivities.

It can be overwhelming to narrow down your options with so many wedding line dance songs to choose from. Fortunately, we're here to help: From oldies-but-goodies like "The Electric Slide" and "Macarena," to country classics like "Achy Breaky Heart" and "Boot Scootin' Boogie, to modern hip-hop hits like "Cupid Shuffle," we've rounded up the most popular line dance songs to play during your wedding reception.

Oh, and one more thing: Once you've selected a few of your favorite line dance songs, be sure to contact your wedding DJ or band to inform them of your requests. This will give them ample time to work your wedding song choices into their lineup. That way, on the big day, all you'll have to worry about is mastering the choreography!

"Cha Cha Slide," DJ Casper

Lyrics you'll love: "How low can you go?/Can you go down low?/All the way to the floor?/How low can you go?/Can you bring it to the top?/Like it never never stop?/Can you bring it to the top?"

Have you mastered the Cha Cha Slide by now? DJ Casper (also known as Mr. C the Slide Man) emcees the popular dance, which has been around since 2000. Fast-forward 21 years and it's still a wedding reception favorite.

"Cupid Shuffle," Cupid

Lyrics you'll love: "They got a brand new dance, you gotta move your muscle/Brand new dance, it's called the Cupid Shuffle/It don't matter if you're young or you're old, here we go"

Hip-hop lovers will love the "Cupid Shuffle," the brainchild of Louisiana-born R&B performer Cupid. Think of it as a modern-day version of the "Electric Slide" or "Cha Cha Slide".

"The Twist," Chubby Checker

Lyrics you'll love: "We're gonna a-twist, a-twist, a-twistin'/'Til we tear the house down"

Chubby Checker first performed this nostalgia-inducing track on The Dick Clark Show back in 1960. His version, which is actually a cover, ending up topping the charts. The dance became popular across the nation since it was so easy to follow (kids, teens and adults all performed it effortlessly)—which is why it remains a wedding reception staple to this day.

"Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)," Silentó

Lyrics you'll love: "Now watch me whip (ayy) (kill it)/Now watch me nae nae (okay)/Now watch me whip, whip/Watch me nae nae (watch me do it)"

This catchy hip-hop dance by Silentó was released back in 2015 when thousands of fans first showed off their moves across social media. According to Billboard, Silento said he felt like his song "inspired people to have fun"—and, besides, isn't that what wedding receptions are all about?

"Macarena," Los Del Rio

Lyrics you'll love: "Move with me/Chant with me/And if you're good, I'll take you home with me"

You've likely danced to the "Macarena" at least once in your life before, whether it was at a wedding reception, birthday party or another special occasion. It's hard to resist singing and grooving along to the beat of this Latin favorite.

"Electric Boogie," Marcia Griffiths

Lyrics you'll love: "She's a pumpin' like a matic/She's a-movin' like electric/She sure got the boogie"

Marcia Griffiths' "Electric Boogie" (also known as the "Electric Slide") is arguably one of the most popular wedding line dance songs of all time. There are two notable versions of the iconic dance: one with 22 steps (the original) and one with 18 steps.

"Cotton Eye Joe," Rednex

Lyrics you'll love: "If it hadn't been for Cotton-Eye Joe/I'd been married a long time ago/Where did you come from, where did you go?/Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?"

After its initial debut in '95, "Cotton Eye Joe" topped the charts with its silly lyrics and catchy, country-inspired instrumentals. Since then, people of all ages have been rushing to the dance floor to show off their choreographed moves to this wedding line dance song.

"YMCA," The Village People

Lyrics you'll love: "It's fun to stay at the YMCA/It's fun to stay at the YMCA/You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal/You can do whatever you feel"

You may not think of "YMCA" as a line dancing song, but there's actually an entire choreographed routine that goes along with the tune. (Here's a helpful video tutorial to get you started.)

"The Loco-Motion," Little Eva

Lyrics you'll love: "Everybody's doin' a brand new dance now/(Come on baby, do the loco-motion)/I know you'll get to like it if you give it a chance now"

"The Loco-Motion" was written by husband-and-wife songwriting duo Carole King (who later sang the tune herself in 1980) and Gerry Goff. While the song lyrics go on to describe specific dance moves, King wrote in her 2012 book, A Natural Woman, that "Neither Gerry nor I had envisioned an actual dance." Fast-forward to today, and the loco-motion is one of the most popular line dances played at wedding receptions.

"Achy Breaky Heart," Billy Ray Cyrus

Lyrics you'll love: "You can tell my arms go back to the farm/You can tell my feet to hit the floor/Or you can tell my lips to tell my fingertips/They won't be reaching out for you no more"

"Achy Breaky Heart" is more than just a song about heartbreak. Billy Ray Cyrus' 1992 hit—which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song—made line dancing feel cool. You can learn the corresponding line dance, aptly named "The Achy Breaky," here.

"Conga," Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine

Lyrics you'll love: "Come on, shake your body baby, do the conga/I know you can't control yourself any longer/Feel the rhythm of the music getting stronger/Don't you fight it 'til you tried it, do that conga beat"

Since Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine's "Conga" was released in the '80s, the line dance has become exponentially more popular at weddings. The word "conga" refers to a type of Cuban dance in which people form a single-file line as they shuffle and kick along to the beat while moving in a circle.

"Gangnam Style," Psy

Lyrics you'll love: "Eh Sexy Lady/Oppan Gangnam style"

This K-pop hit surpassed 2.1 billion views on YouTube following its 2013 release. Today, it's still making waves in the wedding world, when wedding DJs and bands play it to get groups out onto the dance floor. "The mindset of this dance is to dress classy and dance cheesy," Psy revealed to Ellen DeGeneres.

"Boot Scootin' Boogie," Brooks & Dunn

Lyrics you'll love: "We're gonna boogie/Oh, get down, turn around, go to town/Boot scootin' boogie, get down"

Boot Scootin' Boogie isn't the easiest line dance, so you may want to practice it ahead of time. It has 32 counts of choreography, and it requires a lot of footwork. Consider watching a video tutorial, such as this one, to help you feel more confident on the dance floor.

"Teach Me How to Dougie," Cali Swag District

Lyrics you'll love: "All I need is a beat that's super bumpin'/And for you, you, you to back it up and Dougie!"

If you love hip-hop, you'll definitely appreciate this rhythmic dance, which, according to Wikipedia, was inspired by rapper Doug. E Fresh. If you take a few minutes to listen to the lyrics ahead of time, the choreography is—quite literally—spelled out for you.

"Sweet Caroline," Neil Diamond

Lyrics you'll love: "Where it began, I can't begin to knowing/But then I know it's growing strong/Was in the spring/And spring became the summer/Who'd have believed you'd come along/Hands, touching hands/Reaching out, touching me, touching you"

This Neil Diamond classic, named for none other than Caroline Kennedy, is a timeless staple: Wedding guests have happily sung along to the song's cheery lyrics since its 1969 release. Plus, "Sweet Caroline" also makes a great under-the-radar wedding line dance song. Learn the full choreography here.

"Wagon Wheel," Darius Rucker

Lyrics you'll love: "Rock me, mama, like the wind and the rain/Rock me, mama, like a southbound train/Hey, mama rock me"

Country music aficionados can jam along to Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel" as they rock to the beat of the music. Learn the full line country line dance here.

"Crank That (Soulja Boy)," Soulja Boy

Lyrics you'll love: "Ayy, I got a new dance for y'all called the Soulja Boy/You just gotta punch then crank back three times from left to right"

Have you mastered the "Soulja Boy" line dance by now? It's a fairly easy one to master for your wedding reception, as the lyrics actually guide you through the choreography. The song starts by instructing you to "punch then crank back three times from left to right." While this move sounds tricky on paper, you'll get the hang of it after watching the music video.

"Wobble," V.I.C.

Lyrics you'll love: "All the shawtys in the club (let me see you just)/Back it up, drop it down (let me see you just)"

"Wobble" isn't necessarily a G-rated line dancing song (it's best suited for kid-free weddings due to its explicit lyrics), it's definitely a fun one. The clubby hit, which was released in 2008, only became popular in 2012. Expect lots of jumping, twisting, turning and shimmying.

"Any Man of Mine," Shania Twain

Lyrics you'll love: "Any man of mine better walk the line/Better show me a teasin' squeezin' pleasin' kinda time"

You can't help but groove to Shania Twain's '"Any Man of Mine." The corresponding line dance (seen here) is especially fun to do with a group of your nearest and dearest.

"The Chicken Dance," The Emeralds

Lyrics you'll love: Instrumental

This wedding line dance song round-up would be incomplete without mentioning the crowd-pleasing Chicken Dance (a.k.a. "The Bird Dance"). The song has no lyrics, yet it seems like everyone knows the made-up words to the infamous chorus.

"Fancy Like," by Walker Haynes

Lyrics you'll love: "Yeah, we fancy like Applebee's on a date night/Got that Bourbon Street steak with the Oreo shake/Get some whipped cream on the top too/Two straws, one check, girl, I got you"

If you're going for a TikTok moment on the dance floor, this country tune is the wedding line dance song that's taken over social media. Learn the moves here.

"The Hokey Pokey," Ray Anthony

Lyrics you'll love: "You put your whole self in/You put your whole self out/You put your whole self in/And you shake it all about/You do the Hokey Pokey, and you turn around/That's what it's all about!"

"The Hokey Pokey" is, perhaps, the easiest wedding line dance on this list: That's because it doesn't require any real choreography. (You can essentially have two left feet and no rhythmic ability and still be able to ace this one.) It's fun for guests of all ages.

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