The Best Upbeat Wedding Songs for Every Moment of Your Big Day

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57 Upbeat Wedding Songs for a Feel-Good, Lively Celebration
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Lauren Dana Ellman
by Lauren Dana Ellman
Updated Apr 10, 2023

Wedding planning can be full of ups and downs, but picking your favorite songs for your special day is amongst the most fun parts of the entire process. While narrowing down your options can be tricky, there are dozens—if not hundreds—of options to choose from. We recommend selecting a slew of upbeat wedding songs to ensure your guests have a fun-filled night complete with plenty of singing and dancing.

With all this in mind, we've rounded up the best upbeat wedding songs—conveniently broken down by category to make things easier than ever. Keep reading for our top picks to share with your wedding DJ or live band.

Upbeat Wedding Recessional Songs

The recessional song is the first tune you'll hear as a married couple (hooray!), so it's worth choosing one that's fun and memorable. From Stevie Wonder to Taylor Swift, these upbeat wedding recessional songs are sure to get the party started.

1. "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" by Natalie Cole

Lyrics you'll love: "Loving you is some kind of wonderful.Because you showed me just how much you care/You've given me the thrill of a lifetime/And made me believe you've got more thrills to spare, oh/This will be an everlasting love"

    2. "You Make My Dreams Come True" by Hall & Oates

    Lyrics you'll love: "Twist and shout my way out and wrap yourself around me/'Cause I ain't the way you found me and I'll never be the same"

    3. "On Top of the World" by Imagine Dragons

    Lyrics you'll love: "Been dreaming of this since a child/I'm on top of the world"

    4. "Paper Rings" by Taylor Swift

      Lyrics you'll love: "I like shiny things, but I'd marry you with paper rings/Uh huh, that's right/Darling, you're the one I want"

      5. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours," by Stevie Wonder

        Lyrics you'll love: "Ooh baby, here I am/Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours, I'm yours"

        6. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," by The Proclaimers

          Lyrics you'll love: "And I would roll 500 miles/And I would roll 500 more/Just to be the man who rolls a thousand miles/To fall down at your door"

          7. "Happy," by Pharrell Williams

            Lyrics you'll love: "Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof/(Because I'm happy)/Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth/(Because I'm happy)"

            Upbeat Wedding Entrance Songs for the Reception

            Congrats, you're officially married! Now, it's time to kick off the main event—AKA the wedding reception—but first, you'll need to select some epic upbeat wedding entrance songs. Fortunately, these picks will wow your new spouse, your wedding party and, well, everyone else in the crowd!

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            8. "Party Rock Anthem," by LMFAO

              Lyrics you'll love: "Party rock is in the house tonight/Everybody just have a good time"

              9. "I Got a Feeling," by the Black Eyed Peas

                Lyrics you'll love: "I got a feeling/That tonight's gonna be a good night"

                10. "Let's Get Loud," by Jennifer Lopez

                  Lyrics you'll love: "Let's get loud, let's get loud/Turn the music up, let's do it/C'mon, people, let's get loud, let's get loud"

                  11. "Celebration," by Kool & the Gang

                    Lyrics you'll love: "There's a party goin' on right here/A celebration to last throughout the years/So bring your good times and your laughter too/We gonna celebrate your party with you"

                    12. "We Are Family," by Sister Sledge

                      Lyrics you'll love: "We are family/Get up everybody and sing"

                      Upbeat Wedding Party Entrance Songs

                      13. "Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake

                        Lyrics you'll love: "Nothin' I can see but you when you dance, dance, dance/Feel a good, good creepin' up on you/So just dance, dance, dance, come on"

                        14. "Don't Stop The Music," by Rihanna

                          Lyrics you'll love: "Let's escape into the music/DJ, let it play/I just can't refuse it/Like the way you do this/Keep on rockin' to it/Please don't stop the, please don't stop the music"

                          15. "Just Dance," by Lady Gaga

                            Lyrics you'll love: "Just dance/Gonna be okay, da-da-doo-doot-n/Just dance/Spin that record, babe"

                            16. "I'm Coming Out," by Diana Ross

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                              Lyrics you'll love: "I'm coming out/I want the world to know/Got to let it show"

                              17. "Don't Stop Me Now," by Queen

                                Lyrics you'll love: "Tonight I'm gonna have myself a real good time/I feel alive"

                                Upbeat Reception Entrance Songs for the Couple

                                18. "Best Day of My Life," by American Authors

                                  Lyrics you'll love: "This is gonna be, this is gonna be, this is gonna be/The best day of my life/Everything is looking up, everybody up now/This is gonna be the best day of my life"

                                  19. "Feel This Moment," by Pitbull (ft. Christina Aguilera)

                                    Lyrics you'll love: "I just wanna feel this moment"

                                    20. "Marry You," by Bruno Mars

                                      Lyrics you'll love: "It's a beautiful night, we're looking for something dumb to do/Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you"

                                      21. "Shut Up and Dance," by Walk the Moon

                                        Lyrics you'll love: "Oh don't you dare look back/Just keep your eyes on me/I said you're holding back/She said shut up and dance with me"

                                        22. "Stuck in the Middle With You," by Stealers Wheel

                                          Lyrics you'll love: "Yes I'm stuck in the middle with you/And I'm wondering what it is I should do/It's so hard to keep this smile from my face/Losing control, yeah I'm all over the place"

                                          Upbeat First Dance Wedding Songs

                                          For your first dance as a married couple, consider picking a song that's as fun and vibrant as you are. Searching for some inspiration? We've got you covered with a handful of upbeat selections, from popular picks from Beyoncé to nostalgia-inducing '80s hits.

                                          23. "We Found Love," by Rihanna (ft. Calvin Harris)

                                            Lyrics you'll love: "Shine a light through an open door/Love and life I will divide/Turn away 'cause I need you more/Feel the heartbeat in my mind"

                                            24. "Never Gonna Give You Up," by Rick Astley

                                              Lyrics you'll love: "Never gonna give you up/Never gonna let you down/Never gonna run around and desert you/Never gonna make you cry/Never gonna say goodbye"

                                              25. "Still Into You," by Paramore

                                                Lyrics you'll love: "Let 'em wonder how we got this far/'Cause I don't really need to wonder at all/Yeah, after all this time, I'm still into you"

                                                26. "Fine By Me" by Andy Grammer

                                                  Lyrics you'll love: "But I'm staring at you now, there's no one else around/I'm thinking you're the girl for me/I'm just saying it's fine by me if you never leave/And we can live like this forever, it's fine by me"

                                                  27. "Come and Get Your Love," by Redbone

                                                    Lyrics you'll love: "And you're mine, and you look so divine/Come and get your love"

                                                    28. "Crazy in Love," by Beyoncé

                                                      Lyrics you'll love: "Looking so crazy, your love's/Got me looking, got me looking so crazy in love"

                                                      29. "Hooked on a Feeling," by Blue Suede

                                                        Lyrics you'll love: "I'm hooked on a feeling/I'm high on believing/That you're in love with me/Lips as sweet as candy/It's taste is on my mind"

                                                        30. "Let My Love Open the Door," Pete Townshend

                                                          Lyrics you'll love: "Let my love open the door/To your heart"

                                                          Upbeat Parent Dance Wedding Songs

                                                          Dancing with your parent during your wedding reception is one of the most special moments of the big day, so you want to make sure you pick a wonderful song to accompany the beautiful memory. Ahead, our favorite songs for your mother-daughter, father-daughter or mother-son dance.

                                                          31. "Wind Beneath My Wings," by Bette Midler

                                                            Lyrics you'll love: "Did you ever know that you're my hero/And everything I would like to be?/I can fly higher than an eagle/For you are the wind beneath my wings"

                                                            32. "You're My Best Friend," by Queen

                                                              Lyrics you'll love: "You're my sunshine and I want you to know/That my feelings are true/I really love you/Oh, you're my best friend"

                                                              33. "Always Be My Baby," by Mariah Carey

                                                                Lyrics you'll love: "No you'll always be a part of me/I'm part of you indefinitely"

                                                                34. "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)," by James Taylor

                                                                  Lyrics you'll love: "But you brighten up for me all of my days/With a love so sweet in so many ways"

                                                                  35. "You've Got a Friend," by Carole King

                                                                    Lyrics you'll love: "You just call out my name/And you know, wherever I am/I'll come runnin'/To see you again/Winter, spring, summer or fall/All you have to do is call/And I'll be there"

                                                                    36. "Sweet Child O' Mine," by Guns N' Roses

                                                                      Lyrics you'll love: "Whoa, oh, oh/Sweet child o' mine"

                                                                      Upbeat Wedding Reception Songs

                                                                      Picking the perfect playlist for your wedding reception can be tricky, especially if your guests have different tastes in music. However, we're here to help: These upbeat wedding reception songs—including some timeless classics!—will keep the party going all night long.

                                                                      37. "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey

                                                                        Lyrics you'll love: "Don't stop believin'/Hold on to that feelin'"

                                                                        38. "Love On Top," by Beyoncé

                                                                          Lyrics you'll love: "Baby, it's you/You're the one I love/You're the one I need/You're the only one I see"

                                                                          39. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," by Whitney Houston

                                                                            Lyrics you'll love: "Oh, I wanna dance with somebody/I wanna feel the heat with somebody/Yeah, I wanna dance with somebody/With somebody who loves me"

                                                                            40. "Feel So Close," by Calvin Harris

                                                                              Lyrics you'll love: "I feel so close to you right now/It's a force field/I wear my heart upon my sleeve, like a big deal/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"

                                                                              41. "24K Magic," by Bruno Mars

                                                                                Lyrics you'll love: "Twenty four karat magic in the air/Head to toe so player"

                                                                                42. "Good Time" by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen

                                                                                  Lyrics you'll love: "We don't even have to try/It's always a good time"

                                                                                  43. "Late Night Talking," by Harry Styles

                                                                                    Lyrics you'll love: "If you're feelin' down/I just wanna make you happier, baby/Wish I was around/I just wanna make you happier, baby"

                                                                                    44. "Dancing in the Moonlight," by Toploader

                                                                                      Lyrics you'll love: "Dancin' in the moonlight/Everybody's feelin' warm and bright/It's such a fine and natural sight/Everybody's dancin' in the moonlight"

                                                                                      45. "September," by Earth, Wind & Fire

                                                                                        Lyrics you'll love: "Our hearts were ringin'/In the key that our souls were singin'/As we danced in the night, remember"

                                                                                        Upbeat Last Dance Wedding Songs

                                                                                        Just because the big day is winding down doesn't mean the fun stops (yet). Instead, go out with a bang by playing one of these terrific tunes, which make the perfect upbeat last dance wedding song.

                                                                                        46. "Last Dance," Donna Summer

                                                                                          Lyrics you'll love: "Let's dance this last dance tonight"

                                                                                          47. "You Shook Me All Night Long," by ACDC

                                                                                            Lyrics you'll love: "'Cause the walls start shaking, the Earth was quaking/My mind was aching and we were making it/And you shook me all night long"

                                                                                            48. "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing," by Aerosmith

                                                                                              Lyrics you'll love: "Don't want to close my eyes/I don't want to fall asleep/'Cause I'd miss you baby/And I don't want to miss a thing/'Cause even when I dream of you/The sweetest dream will never do"

                                                                                              49. "Uptown Funk," by Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars)

                                                                                                Lyrics you'll love: "Saturday night and we in the spot/Don't believe me, just watch, come on"

                                                                                                50. "Shout," by The Isley Brothers

                                                                                                  Lyrics you'll love: "You know you make me wanna (Shout!)/Kick my heels up and (Shout!)/Throw my hands up and (Shout!)/Throw my head back and (Shout!)/Come on now (Shout!)"

                                                                                                  51. "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

                                                                                                    Lyrics you'll love: "Now I've had the time of my life/No, I never felt like this before/Yes I swear, it's the truth/And I owe it all to you"

                                                                                                    Upbeat Wedding Reception Exit Songs

                                                                                                    While your wedding day may be coming to an end, you can expect a whole lot of love, laughter and happy memories ahead as a married couple! For this reason, we recommend picking an upbeat wedding reception exit song that conveys all things exciting and high-energy.

                                                                                                    52. "My Universe," by Coldplay

                                                                                                      Lyrics you'll love: "You (you), you are (you are) my universe/And I (I) just want (just want) to put you first"

                                                                                                      53. "Closing Time," by Semisonic

                                                                                                        Lyrics you'll love: "So, gather up your jackets, move it to the exits/I hope you have found a friend/Closing time, every new beginning/Comes from some other beginning's end, yeah"

                                                                                                        54. "Livin' on a Prayer," by Bon Jovi

                                                                                                          Lyrics you'll love: "We'll give it a shot/Woah, we're half way there/Woah, livin' on a prayer/Take my hand, we'll make it I swear"

                                                                                                          55. "Good Life" by OneRepublic

                                                                                                            Lyrics you'll love: "This has gotta be the good life/This could really be a good life, good life/I say oh, got this feeling that you can't fight/Like this city is on fire tonight/This could really be a good life"

                                                                                                            56. "Levitating," by Dua Lipa

                                                                                                              Lyrics you'll love: "I got you, moonlight, you're my starlight/I need you all night, come on, dance with me/I'm levitating"

                                                                                                              57. "All You Need Is Love," by The Beatles

                                                                                                                Lyrics you'll love: "Nothing you can make that can't be made/No one you can save that can't be saved/Nothing you can do, but you can learn how to be you in time/It's easy/All you need is love"

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