Play These Songs at Your Wedding to Get Everyone Out on the Dance Floor

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You know when you watch a movie and the music pairs with the scene so well, you don’t even notice it’s playing? That’s what your wedding should feel like. Every special moment from walking down the aisle to busting a move on the dance floor at the reception should be soundtracked to songs that enhance each moment of your special day. To help you make your wedding playlist, we compiled a list of the best wedding songs for you to play on your big day.

There are classic love songs, such as “At Last” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” as well as modern romantic songs, like “Perfect” and “I’m In Love With You” — all of which are great for your walking down the aisle and emotional entrance moments. When you’re ready to boogie, we have upbeat reception songs to get everyone (even the older crowd!) out on the dance floor, such as “Dancing Queen” and “Cupid Shuffle.” As far as artists go, we made sure to span multiple genres, eras, and styles, from Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and Elvis Presley, to John Legend and Taylor Swift.

To make things even easier for you, we compiled our top picks into a Spotify playlist that you can shuffle through, send to your DJ, or queue up on the big day. That way, you can spend the weeks leading up to your wedding picking out items for your gift registry or Bible verses for your ceremony instead.

Best Wedding Songs for Ceremony:

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Soundtrack your wedding party's walk down the aisle to a mix of these sweet love songs, many of which have a beautiful instrumental that's perfect for a long promenade.

  • “Forever” by The Beach Boys

  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley

  • “At Last” by Etta James

  • “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

  • “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran

  • “All Of Me” by John Legend

  • “Lover” by Taylor Swift

  • “Marry Me” by Train

  • “Turning Page” by Sleeping At Last

  • “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

  • "All I Ask of You" by Andrew Lloyd Webber from The Phantom of the Opera

Best First Dance Wedding Songs:

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If you and your significant other don't already have a special song, consider using one of these romantic tunes to mark your first dance as a married couple.

  • “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer

  • “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

  • “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain

  • "Im Yours" by Jason Mraz

  • “A Moment Like This” by Kelly Clarkson

  • “Baby I Need Your Loving” by Marvin Gaye

  • "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge

  • "Moon River" by Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • “Dance With Me” by Orleans

  • "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You," by *NSYNC

  • “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls

  • "Unchained Melody," by The Righteous Brothers

  • “The Only Exception” by Paramore

  • "Only You" by The Platters

  • “I’m In Love With You” by The 1975

  • “Leather and Lace” by Stevie Nicks, Don Henley

  • "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra

Best Father Daughter Dance Songs:

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When you carve out a moment of your big day to spend with Dad, queue one of these touching songs for a heartfelt moment with your #1 guy.

  • “Daughters” by John Mayer

  • "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion

  • “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder

  • “My Girl” by The Temptations

  • “Butterfly Fly Away” by Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus

  • “Little Willow” by Paul McCartney, Jeff Lynne

  • “Your Song” by Elton John

  • “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

  • “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King

  • “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by James Taylor

Best Mother Son Dance Songs:

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Don't forget the Mother and Son dance! These endearing songs reflect on the beautiful years she spent raising you into the person you are today.

  • “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts

  • “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac

  • “God Only Knows” by The Beatles

  • “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins

  • “Beautiful Boy” by John Lennon

  • “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack

  • “I Could Not Ask for More” by Edwin McCain

  • “Humble And Kind” by Tim McGraw

  • “Baby Love” by The Supremes

  • “I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders

  • “He Gets That From Me” by Reba McEntire

Best Wedding Songs for the Dance Floor:

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After dinner and dessert, bust a move on the dance floor to these popular reception songs. You may even want to brush up on your "Cha Cha Slide"or "Cupid Shuffle"beforehand.

  • “Dancing Queen” by ABBA

  • “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang

  • “Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper

  • "September" by Earth, Wind, & Fire

  • "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers

  • "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins

  • “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston

  • “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift

  • “Marry You” by Bruno Mars

  • "Twistin' The Night Away" by Sam Cooke

  • "Can't Take My Eyes off You" by Frankie Valli

  • “Best of My Love” by The Emotions

  • "Cupid Shuffle" by Cupid

  • “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker

  • "We Found Love" by Rihanna

  • "Yeah" by Usher

  • "Single Ladies" by Beyoncé

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