The 23 Best Wedding Karaoke Songs of All Time

Grab your microphone and start singing along to these crowd-pleasers.
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Jenn Sinrich
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Jenn Sinrich
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Updated Oct 19, 2022

There are so many fun events to look forward to on your wedding day, from walking down the aisle to the first dance to getting the chance to celebrate with all of your friends and family. Following your wedding ceremony, and as part of your wedding reception, you're probably having some form of music, be it a live band or a wedding DJ, and that's where the fun really begins.

While it's nice to hear the songs as you remember them through the speakers or sung by the professionals you've hired from the band, it can also be quite fun to incorporate a little karaoke into your reception. Participation from your wedding guests not only encourages everyone to get on the dance floor, but it also gives your friends and family an opportunity to shine and stand out in a way they may not get to do very often. It also gives close friends and family a chance to dedicate a live song to the newlyweds.

The only tricky part to incorporating karaoke into your wedding reception is choosing the right songs that guests will want to sing along to. Most of the time, your band or DJ can help you out with this part, but in case you need a little extra inspiration, we're sharing some of our favorite wedding karaoke songs.

"Sweet Caroline," Neil Diamond

Lyrics you'll love: "Sweet Caroline/Good times never seemed so good"

This is without-a-doubt one of Neil Diamond's favorite songs, which he released back in 1969, and it has since become more than just an anthem for the Boston Red Sox. The lyrics bring a sense of community and camaraderie that can go over well with wedding guests. It's also relatively easy to croon along to!

"Can't Stop the Feeling," 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"

The amount of times this song uses the word dance speaks for itself—it's a true dance anthem. Your guests will love that someone took the liberty to sing this karaoke song at your wedding because it truly gets the party going and encourages everyone to gather on the dance floor and let loose.

"Marry You," 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/Is it the look in your eyes or is it this dancing juice?/Who cares, baby, I think I wanna marry you"

The lyrics truly say it all—this is certainly one of the best wedding songs of the century. Unlike so many songs that talk about marriage and wanting to marry someone, this one is upbeat and easy to dance—and sing—to. There are also a lot of fun remixes available that are even more dance-oriented. And if you're a full-on Bruno Mars fan, "Just the Way You Are" is another wedding karaoke song that's a sure crowd-pleaser.

"I Wanna Dance with Somebody," 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"

A great karaoke song gets everyone onto the dance floor, and that's just what this classic Whitney Houston song can do. Not only is "wanting to dance" the main concept that's repeated over and over, but it also has a fun and upbeat tune that simply gets the crowd going. We also love how it acknowledges not only wanting to dance, but wanting to dance with someone who loves you. How sweet!

"Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen

Lyrics you'll love: "Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy/But here's my number, so call me, maybe"

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There's just something about this 2012 hit that continues to provide us with the right kind of nostalgia that puts us in the mood to dance. While it might not be the most romantic song, or one that's fit for a bride and a groom, the lyrics celebrate meeting someone special and feeling an instant connection—oh, and wanting them to call you, maybe.

"Shake It Off," Taylor Swift

Lyrics you'll love: "But I keep cruisin'/Can't stop, won't stop movin'/It's like I got this music in my mind/Sayin', 'It's gonna be alright'"

There's just something so feel-good about this song that gets everyone—Taylor Swift fans and those who hardly know who she is—into the mood to celebrate and party. It also encourages guests to get up on their feet and hit the dance floor, which is the ultimate reception goal.

"Love Shack," B-52's

Lyrics you'll love: "The love shack is a little old place where/We can get together/Love shack baby"

Released back in 1989, this hit song was named one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), so it's no surprise that it makes an unforgettable wedding karaoke song. It celebrates love in a youthful and whimsical manner that all your wedding guests can likely get behind.

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough," Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Lyrics you'll love: "'Cause baby, there ain't no mountain high enough/Ain't no valley low enough, ain't no river wide enough/To keep me from getting to you, baby"

There's a reason why this is one of the most popular wedding songs. Released by Motown records back in 1966, this song is still played on the radio and beloved by generations young and old. The lyrics are a total declaration of love from one partner to the other and are easy to sing along with, making it an ideal wedding karaoke song for all ages.

"Juice," Lizzo

Lyrics you'll love: "If I'm shining, everybody gonna shine/(Yeah, I'm goals)/I was born like this, don't even gotta try/(Now you know)"

Who doesn't love and appreciate Lizzo, especially when it comes to her body-positive lyrics? Juice is arguably one of her best hits and has been on the radio long enough for most of your wedding guests to know the words and be able to sing along.

"I'll Be There For You," The Rembrandts

Lyrics you'll love: "I'll be there for you/(When the rain starts to pour)/I'll be there for you/(Like I've been there before)/I'll be there for you/('Cause you're there for me too)"

Not all wedding songs have to be about two lovers. This one celebrates friendship, which is likely a very important element of your big day. This is a great wedding karaoke song for your friends to sing together to remind you that they'll always be there (for you).

"Walking On Sunshine," Katrina And The Waves

Lyrics you'll love: "I'm walking on sunshine, woooah/And don't it feel good!"

This song puts the feeling of just getting married into the perfect words: walking on sunshine. It's certainly how so many brides and grooms feel shortly after saying "I do" and getting the chance to celebrate their nuptials surrounded by their close friends and family. It's also easy to sing along to and gets the crowd going.

"Livin' on a Prayer," Bon Jovi

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

Even the younger folks at your wedding likely know every lyric to this 1980s hit that's still one of the most commonly played wedding sing-along songs to date. It's easy to remember the lyrics and has a fun and upbeat melody that encourages guests young and old to head on out to the dance floor.

"Somebody to Love," Queen

Lyrics you'll love: "Can anybody find me somebody to love?/ (Find me somebody to love)"

This song gained resurgence a few years ago when the hit movie Bohemian Rhapsody was released, so even more of your wedding guests will likely know the words, making it a song that every generation can get into.

"Happy," 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)"

One thing the guests at your wedding are sure to be is happy. After all, they're getting the chance to celebrate your nuptials and dance their bottoms off to boot. The lyrics are only half the joy that this song can provide—the upbeat tune is a hit with all ages.

"Dance Monkey," Tones and I

Lyrics you'll love: "Dance for me, dance for me, dance for me, oh, oh, oh/I've never seen anybody do the things you do before/They say move for me, move for me, move for me, ay, ay, ay/And when you're done I'll make you do it all again"

The amount of times this song uses the word dance speaks for itself—it's a true dance anthem, and one that's fairly new, being released just a handful of years ago. It's easy to sing, with a minimal amount of lyrics, and gets everyone in the mood to party, which is the ultimate karaoke goal.

"Dancing Queen," Abba

Lyrics you'll love: "You are the dancing queen/Young and sweet/Only seventeen/Dancing queen/Feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah"

This song was a hit when it was released in the 80s and became even more of a hit when the hit musical opened up on Broadway back in 2001. And in 2008, the Mamma Mia! film starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried breathed even more life into the song. It's a classic and is sure to be a hit with your wedding guests.

"I've Had The Time of My Life," 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"

This 1987 love song became a hit when it was featured in the romantic drama Dirty Dancing. It celebrates love in its most raw element and talks about having waited so long to find the right person, making it the ideal song for your guests to sing along to at your wedding. It also can be a fun duet to sing with your brand-new spouse.

"Crazy in Love," Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Lyrics you'll love: "Got me looking so crazy right now, your love's/Got me looking so crazy right now (so crazy)"

This club banger is sure to get all the guests at your wedding reception on the dance floor to dance in celebration of the love you and your partner share for each other. Most people know the lyrics, but it's safe to assume that so many guests will be singing along that it will take the pressure off.

"Hold Me Closer," Elton John and Britney Spears

Lyrics you'll love: "Hold me closer, tiny dancer/Count the headlights on the highway (baby)/Lay me down in sheets of linen/You had a busy day today"

Based off the 1972 hit song by Elton John, this remix is dance-infused and features none other than Britney Spears, back with her first single in a very long time. The best part about this song is that so many of your wedding guests will know the words—young and old.

"You're the One That I Want," John Travolta and Olivia Newton John

Lyrics you'll love: "You're the one that I want (you are the one I want)/Ooh, ooh, ooh, honey"

In honor of the recent passing of Olivia Newton John, throw this into your playlist of wedding karaoke songs. It's from the 1978 hit musical movie Grease and features fun lyrics that celebrate true love and finding the person you want to spend your life with.

"Don't Stop Believin'," Journey

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

Grab your wedding party and sing along to this classic tune that pretty much everyone knows the words to. It's a great way to end your reception or after-party.

"Castle on the Hill," Ed Sheeran

Lyrics you'll love: "I'm on my way/Driving at 90 down those country lanes/Singing to Tiny Dancer/And I miss the way you make me feel, and it's real/When we watched the sunset over the castle on the hill"

While this song doesn't usually make it into our wedding music lists, we think it's a perfect pick for karaoke. The nostalgic vibes and catchy lyrics will have your guests scream-singing along.

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered," Stevie Wonder

Lyrics you'll love: "Like the fool, I went and stayed too long/Now I'm wondering if your love's still strong/Ooh baby, here I am/Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours"

Looking for a wedding karaoke song that all of your guests will enjoy? This joyful tune is one that everyone from grandparents to younger folk can sing together. It also makes a fun first dance, grand entrance or recessional song.

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