Part of planning your Southeastern Massachusetts wedding reception is choosing the music that you, your groom and all of your guests will be dancing to on the night of your wedding. There are some traditional wedding songs that should always be incorporated into your wedding reception music, as well as some modern tunes that you just won’t want to leave out.
The best wedding music, of course, is something that means something to you and your groom. Don’t forget to include your song or a song that you listened to or danced to on a memorable date. It’s those little touches and inspirations that can really make your wedding reception special.
Music Makes the Moment
Music can help set the mood and the tone of your wedding reception. So whether you want to inspire your guests to get up and shake their booty, or if you want to create a memorable opportunity for special wedding dances with the father of the bride or the mother of the groom, there should be a little something planned for everybody.
Below is our lists of the Top 20 Romantic Wedding Songs and the Top 20 Party Wedding Songs that you should consider for your wedding reception. Of course the best way to decide is to look at the list together as a couple, throw out songs that annoy you (or remind you of an old boyfriend or girlfriend), add in songs that mean something to you both, and create your own unique mix of tunes. Our lists are just a suggestion. Think of it as a starting point, a way to get the ideas flowing for your own wedding reception music.
Top 20 Romantic Wedding Songs
You’ve got to have a solid collection of romantic wedding reception music for your party. Special wedding dances, such as the first dance between the bride and the groom, should be coordinated within your playlist between you and the DJ or the live band, whichever you decide to hire. Make sure that your Southeastern Massachusetts wedding reception entertainment will have access to the songs that mean the most to you before you sign a contract for service.
#1 – Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers
#2 – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith
#3 – Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
#4 – Breathe by Faith Hill
#5 – I Honestly Love You by Olivia Newton-John
#6 – Amazed by Lonestar
#7 – Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
#8 – When You Say Nothing At All by Alison Krauss
#9 – I Hope You Dance by Lee Anne Womack
#10 – Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion
#11 – You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
#12 – Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel
#13 – Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill
#14 – These Arms of Mine by Otis Redding
#15 – Heaven by Bryan Adams
#16 – I Cross My Heart by George Strait
#17 – At Last by Etta James
#18 – I Swear by John Michael Montgomery
#19 – Your Love Amazes Me by John Berry
#20 – Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden
Top 20 Party Wedding Songs
It is also important to choose the best wedding music that will get people out on the dance floor and having a good time. A mix of classic wedding tunes, like The Chicken Dance, and modern dance craze hits, like The Macarena, will help reach out to guests of different ages and musical interests. While you won’t be able to please everybody, it does help to have a mixture of different types of music that will get people moving. Ask your DJ or live band for input regarding the top songs they get requested at weddings in your local area for other popular songs that might not have made our general list.
#1 – I Feel Good by James Brown
#2 – Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones
#3 – Love Shack by the B-52s
#4 – I Got a Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
#5 – Thriller by Michael Jackson
#6 – Marry You by Bruno Mars
#7 – Celebration by Kool and the Gang
#8 – Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
#9 – Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder
#10 – Bad Case of Loving You by Robert Palmer
#11 – The Chicken Dance by Werner Thomas
#12 – Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega
#13 – YMCA by The Village People
#14 – Cha Cha Slide by DJ Casper
#15 – The Macarena by Los Del Rio
#16 – You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC
#17 – I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) by Pitbull
#18 – Addicted to You by Shakira
#19 – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) by Beyonce
#20 – Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
Create a Play and a Do-Not-Play List
Once you choose the wedding songs that you want included with your preferred wedding reception music, make sure to also create a do-not-play list for the band or DJ. Songs that should be on this list include anything that you do not like, songs that make you uncomfortable, songs that have negative meanings tied to them, songs that might offend your guests and songs that remind you or your groom of an ex.
Bands and DJs are used to getting a do-not-play list in with the requested playlist for wedding reception music, so don’t feel as if you are asking for anything out of the ordinary. The point is to have a good time celebrating your new marriage and to enjoy wedding songs and wedding dances that you’ll remember sharing with your guests for the rest of your life.