These 53 Songs Will Make Your Wedding An Instant Dance Party

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Let's be frank. You want your wedding to be a party. Your partner wants your wedding to be a party. And your guests certainly want your wedding to be a party.
Sure, you could invest in photo booths and Viennese tables for entertainment. But there's an even faster track to creating an instant party: music, baby. Music (and love) is all you need for a good wedding reception. This, right here, is your starter kit to a party in a playlist. We've mixed all kinds of dance songs, from everlasting oldies to the latest hits, to ensure the whole party will be dancing.
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When it comes to wedding music, good tunes supersede cool music. Go for the songs that are already people's favorites. Here are 51 classics.
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"Shallow" by Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga

Make the people happy. Play a song that makes their souls sing.
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"Build Me Up Buttercup" by the Foundations

Hey hey hey, this is a good song.
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"Hey Ya" by Outkast

Sure, you could have some variety in your playlist. Or, you could put "Hey Ya" on repeat and call it a day.
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"Second That Emotion" by Smokey Robinson

The song's lyrics fit the occasion: "If you feel like giving me a lifetime of devotion, I second that emotion."
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"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Hopefully some good dance floor duet pantomimes will emerge from this song.
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"We Found Love" by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris

Finding love really is a miraculous thing.
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"Good Feeling" by Flo Rida

Spread all the good feelings.
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"Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5

Alternatively, you could just play the entirety of Maroon 5's debut album Songs About Jane and remind everyone what a damn good album it is.
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"Love Shack" by the B-52s

Nothing gets a flock of Boomers on their feet faster than "Love Shack."
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"No Scrubs" by TLC

Hopefully this wedding has a No Scrubs policy.
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"Night Fever" by the Bee Gees

An empirically perfect song.
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"Superstition" by Stevie Wonder

Superstition ain't the way, but this song is.
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"Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

You want people to dance? Then play a song that commands them to!
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"Kiss" by Prince

Moral of the story: Kisses are the best!
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"Timber" by Kesha ft. Pitbull

Actually, let's make a night we will remember.
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"Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga

This song is ironic, because it'll be playing at the celebration of a good romance.
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"Raise Your Glass" by Pink

Now's the time for inspirational anthems.
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"Dancing in the Moonlight" by Toploader

Even better for an outdoor wedding reception.
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"Despacito" by Luis Fonsi

The song of the summer, or the song of all time? You choose.
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"Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners

Play this once guests are drunk enough to demonstrate their Irish step dancing skills.
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"Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen

The perfect pop song?
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"I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys

This will have all the children of the '90s jamming.
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"Crazy In Love" by Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z

The platonic ideal of a song!
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"Dancing Queen" by ABBA

In the "Dancing Queen" scene in Mamma Mia, Donna (Meryl Streep) gathers the women of the island together for a dance break. May the same joy happen at your wedding.
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"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston

2018 has been a big year for "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." It was Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first dance song at their wedding, and it provided the soundtrack for one of Pose's most triumphant scenes.
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"Africa" by Toto

The internet loves "Africa" by Toto, and your guests will, too.
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"Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond

So good! So good! So good!
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"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

This is a good sing-along.
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"September" by Earth Wind and Fire

No, not the Taylor Swift cover. Stick with the exuberant original.
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"All of Me" by John Legend

Slow dances count as dances. Let "All of Me," one of the most romantic songs ever, provide a good excuse for the couples to get together on the dance floor.
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"We Are Family" by Sister Sledge

For better or for worse, weddings are about families, too. Celebrate 'em.
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"Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison

The chillest.
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"Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran

It seems like Ed Sheeran is mandatory at weddings at this point. Guests will be expecting either "Shape of You" or "Thinking Out Loud." Your move.
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"California Gurls" by Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg

Fine, fresh, and fierce — what more could you ask for?
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"Come and Get It" by Selena Gomez

Na na na na.
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"Domino" by Jessie J

Jessie J is probably bigger in China than she is in the United States — she just won a massive televised singing competition there. "Domino" is an undeniable jammer.
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"Yeah" by Usher

At the utterance of "Peace up, A-town down," you are contractually obliged to get to your feet.
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"I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas

This song still works like magic.
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"Reply" by lyaz

"Reply" is a real 2000s throwback — the reference to "iPod stuck on repeat" is quaint.
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"One, Two Step" by Ciara feat. Missy Elliot

Bonus points to anyone who knows Missy Elliot's rap by heart.
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"Temperature" by Sean Paul

This song encourages baby making: "And girl I wanna be the papa, you can be the mom."
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"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!

Be with someone who puts the "boom boom" into your heart.
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"What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction

IMO Harry Styles should make an appearance at every wedding.
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"Wannabe" by the Spice Girls

Celebrate the girls, and the Spice Girls, in your life.
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"Respect" by Aretha Franklin

The backstory to this iconic anthem is fascinating. When Otis Redding originally sang "Respect" from the perspective of a man, it was a essentially song about adhering to the patriarchy — he wanted his woman to respect him and have dinner ready for him when he came home. Then, Aretha Franklin covered it. From the perspective of a woman, "Respect" became an ode to empowerment.
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"Mr. Brightside" by the Killers

If a tree falls in the forest without anyone to hear it, does it make a sound? If "Mr. Brightside" doesn't play at a party, is it a party?
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"Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake

You can't stop the feeling, so don't try.
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"Toxic" by Britney Spears

"Toxic" is Britney Spears' favorite song.
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"I Want You Back" by the Jackson Five

If someone wrote this song for me, I'd go running back.
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"Celebration" by Kool & the Gang

Kool & the Gang is diametrically opposed to Elliot Smith.
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"Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen

In honor of the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, play some Queen at your wedding.
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"Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira and Wyclef Jean

Author R.L. Stine loves "Hips Don't Lie" and so will everyone else at your wedding.
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"Heroes" by David Bowie

For one night, everyone's a hero.
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