The 19 Best Wedding After-Party Songs

Keep the celebration going with these hot hits.
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Lauren Dana Ellman - The Knot Contributor.
by Lauren Dana
Lauren Dana Ellman - The Knot Contributor.
Lauren Dana
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 Oct 21, 2021

Keep the good times flowing by hosting your nearest and dearest post-reception celebration and be sure to play some top after-party songs. The post-reception hang typically takes place once a majority of your wedding guests have left for the evening (think: after the band or DJ has played their last song).

You and your new spouse may be considering hosting an after-party for your closest friends following your reception. What's more, the after-party affords you the opportunity to truly unwind and let loose with your loved ones. However, a solid after-party playlist is key when it comes to keeping everyone out on the dance floor.

Be sure to fill your after-party playlist with popular dance tracks. These can include everything from '80s classics to more modern bops. Next, after you've finalized your after-party playlist, be sure to forward the request(s) to your wedding band or DJ—or whichever one of your friends is in charge of the tunes that night—so that they can add your song preferences into their playlist or lineup.

So, whether you prefer nostalgia-inducing hits from Outkast or Usher, or more contemporary favorites like The Weeknd or Ariana Grande, we've got you covered: Keep reading for 19 must-have songs for your after-party playlist.

"After Party," Don Toliver

Lyrics you'll love: "Came in with a bottle, I was trippin'/And I took a couple shots and now I'm dizzy/It got me burning up, burning up"

Don Toliver's "After Party" stems from the 2020 hip-hop and R&B album Heaven or Hell. The song, which was produced by Sonny Digital, features horn instrumentals that pair surprisingly well with the dance-worthy beat. Plus, the lyrics are sure to entice you enough to get back out on the dance floor.

"Don't Stop The Music," Rihanna

Lyrics you'll love: "I wanna take you away/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"

You heard Rihanna, folks: Don't stop the music. Instead, enjoy it and dance the night away to this iconic song, which is especially famous for its upbeat rhythm and hip-hop elements.

"Hey Ya!" Outkast

Lyrics you'll love: "Shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it/Shake it like a Polaroid picture! Hey ya!"

Rewind back to '03 by playing Outkast's "Hey Ya!" at your after-party, which will have you out there on the dance floor, shaking it like a Polaroid picture. And remember, the only thing cooler than being cool? Ice cold. (And you, of course.)

"Just Dance," Lady Gaga

Lyrics you'll love: "I love this record, baby, but I can't see straight anymore (woo!)/Keep it cool, what's the name of this club?/I can't remember but it's alright, a-alright/Just dance, gonna be okay"

"Just Dance" first put Lady Gaga on the map in 2008. Now, nearly 15 years later, the dance-pop hit—best known for its catchy chorus—is still a popular choice for clubs, after-parties and wedding receptions alike.

"Give Me Everything," Pitbull (Feat. Ne-Yo)

Lyrics you'll love: "Took my life from negative to positive/And I just want y'all know that/And tonight, let's enjoy life"

Featuring Pitbull, Ne-Yo and Afrojack, "Give Me Everything" (2011) continues to withstand the test of time as an after-party staple. The lyrics will encourage you to live—and move—in the moment.

"7 Rings," Ariana Grande

Lyrics you'll love: "My smile is beamin', my skin is gleamin'/The way it shine, I know you've seen it (you've seen it)"

"7 Rings" by Ariana Grande is the ultimate bop when it comes to letting loose with your loved ones. The pop star sings about the importance of friendship and loyalty throughout the track: making it the perfect choice for singing and dancing alongside your squad.

"TiK ToK," Kesha

Lyrics you'll love: "Don't stop, make it pop/DJ, blow my speakers up/Tonight, I'm a fight/'Til we/see the sunlight/Tick-tock on the clock/But the party don't stop, no"

Before there was the popular app, there was the hit song. The track, TiK ToK, debuted back in 2009. Its clubby beat and carefree lyrics—coupled with Kesha's striking vocals—make this song a classic.

"Uptown Funk," Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars)

Lyrics you'll love: "Gotta kiss myself, I'm so pretty/I'm too hot (hot damn)/Called a police and a fireman/I'm too hot (hot damn)/Make a dragon wanna retire, man/I'm too hot (hot damn)/Say my name, you know who I am/I'm too hot (hot damn)"

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars teamed up for the release of their 2014 single, "Uptown Funk." The upbeat, '80s-inspired number fuses elements of funk, pop and disco.

"Can't Stop The Feeling!" Justin Timberlake

Lyrics you'll love: "I got this feeling inside my bones/It goes electric, wavey when I turn it on/All through my city, all through my home/We're flying up, no ceiling, when we in our zone/I got that sunshine in my pocket/Got that good song in my feet"

Justin Timberlake may have originally written "Can't Stop The Feeling!" for a children's movie (fun fact: it's originally from the Trolls soundtrack). However, it's since become a beloved dance anthem thanks to its catchy chorus, cheery lyrics and melodic rhythm.

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

Lyrics you'll love: "Oh, I wanna dance with somebody/I wanna feel the heat with somebody"

If you prefer more old-school vibes, ask your band or DJ to play "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" at your after-party. The now-iconic pop song, which dates back to 1987, shows off Whitney Houston's wide vocal range. Singing along to the lyrics is most definitely encouraged.

"Get Lucky," Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell)

Lyrics you'll love: "We've come too far/To give up who we are/So let's raise the bar/And our cups to the stars"

Considering some electronic music for your after-party playlist? Look no further than Daft Punk and Pharrell's "Get Lucky." The 2013 single incorporates house, pop, disco and funk genres. The sexually-explicit lyrics may not be the most appropriate for your wedding reception, but the song makes an excellent after-party dance number.

"Good Feeling," Flo Rida

Lyrics you'll love: "Stronger than ever can't hold me down/A hundred miles feelin' from the picture smile"

Let the good vibes flow freely by streaming "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida at your after-party. The clubby number—with its energetic lyrics, fast-paced beat and all-around feel-good vibe—is especially ideal for dancing.

"Drunk In Love," Beyonce (feat. Jay-Z)

Lyrics you'll love: "We be all night/Last thing I remember is our beautiful bodies grindin' up in that club/Drunk in love"

Featuring real husband-and-wife duo Beyonce and Jay-Z (talk about couple goals!), "Drunk In Love" was released in 2003. Many fans and critics consider it a follow-up to the couple's 2003 "Crazy in Love." The chart-topping tune features elements of hip-hop and rap. The sultry lyrics—riddled with double entendres—make the song best suited for an after-party as opposed to a wedding reception.

"Don't Stop The Party," Black Eyed Peas"

Lyrics you'll love: "Now baby don't you stop it, stop it/You can't stop us now/I ain't gonna stop until I'm done"

Keep the party going by playing the Black Eyed Peas' "Don't Stop The Party." This aptly named song speaks for itself. What's more, the hip-hop hit was practically created for the dance floor with its house-inspired elements and fast-paced rhythm—so go ahead and show off your moves.

"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," Backstreet Boys

Lyrics you'll love: "Now throw your hands up in the air/And wave 'em around like you just don't care/If you wanna party let me hear you yell"

Throw it back to the '90s with some Backstreet Boys staples, including the fan-favorite Everybody (Backstreet's Back). The minute this infectious bop comes on, all your guests are sure to start signing along with the talented group's voices.

"Love In This Club," Usher

Lyrics you'll love: "You know all you gotta do is tell me what'cha sippin' on/And I promise that/I'm gonna keep it comin' all night long/Lookin' in ya eyes/While you on the other side"

You may not be clubbing the night away, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some fun out on the dance floor. You can always count on "Love In This Club" by Usher to put you in a feel-good mood. Show off your moves and (after) party away.

"Can't Feel My Face," The Weeknd

Lyrics you'll love: "I can't feel my face when I'm with you/But I love it"

Jam out to The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" at your after-party. The single, which fuses disco, pop and funk elements, has received quite a handful of awards and accolades following its 2015 release. Millions of fans especially love the catchy chorus and fast beat.

"How Deep Is Your Love," Calvin Harris & Disciples

Lyrics you'll love: "I want you to breathe me in/Let me be your air/Let me roam your body freely/No inhibition, no fear/How deep is your love?/Is it like the ocean?/What devotion are you?/How deep is your love?"

This house hit from Calvin Harris & Disciples is amongst the catchiest EDM songs of the decade, and will certainly draw guests to the dance floor.

"Shut Up and Dance," Walk The Moon

Lyrics you'll love: "We were victims of the night/The chemical, physical, kryptonite/Helpless to the bass and the fading light/Oh we were bound to get together/Bound to get together"

When your wedding band or DJ blasts "Shut Up And Dance" at your after-party, you have just one job: to shut up and dance, of course. The pop-rock tune is all about letting loose, having fun, enjoying life and, of course, dancing.

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