Do you ever feel like wedding receptions have too many chairs? We guess they're good for dinner and good for speeches. But they're mostly good for sitting. Sitting can be a wonderful thing (we know), but it's not too wonderful when you're the only one on the dance floor.
For some people (maybe those at your wedding) dancing in front of others is up there with public speaking as a primal fear. Knocking a few drinks back can help, but we decided to compile a secret-weapon list of songs that are guaranteed to override fear and replace it with happy feet.
If your reception looks like a giant bus stop, tell the DJ to play one of these tracks and watch the party start:
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
If you've ever been to a karaoke bar, you know it can be grisly in there. That is, until somebody decides to sing Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin.'' Whether you're a small town girl or a city boy, this is one of those songs where you're singing aloud before your brain even has the chance to object.
Wobble - V.I.C.
We're not sure anyone actually knows how to 'wobble' correctly. But we don't care. Pump this song and everybody is going to try. Just don't be harsh on grandma. Be glad she doesn't know how to wobble.
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Peas are a staple of the dance floor scene. 'I Gotta Feeling' is the kind of song you tried to resist. It was overplayed on the radio and you thought "this isn't for me." After a while, the positivity got to you. It's infectious. The lyrics reassured you again and again: tonight's gonna be a good night. Why fight the feeling?
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
When they crowned 'The King of Pop,' they made sure they had the right guy. Michael Jackson, in his prime, could get the principal from Footloose up and moving. If 'The Way You Make Me Feel' plays and guests remain seated, you might want to check the bottom of their shoes for super glue.
Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Newcomers to a list like this, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took the music world by storm, releasing several dance-worthy singles. 'Thrift Shop' was the song that started it all. The beat is unmistakable and has been known to cause people in cars to break out in dance (so we've heard).
Cupid Shuffle - Cupid
For your guests who want explicit dance instructions, 'Cupid Shuffle' is this century's 'Electric Slide.' Easy to follow, easier to dance along to, 'Cupid Shuffle' should grab even the most dance-resistant guests' attention.
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
SWEEEEEEEET CAROLINE ... Similar to 'Don't Stop Believin'', 'Sweet Caroline' is an ultimate sing along song. For reference, check out Boston Red Sox fans belting it out at Fenway Park. If inebriated baseball fans can get the lyrics right, your guests won't have a problem.
Yeah - Usher & Lil' Jon
The day Usher, Lil' Jon, and Ludacris laid down vocal tracks for 'Yeah,' an unstoppable party song was born. It was a big day for music. It was a HUGE day for wedding receptions. Older guests may pretend they're not familiar with 'today's' music, but 'Yeah' will play and the jig will be up.
Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO
The name almost says it all. Party. Rock. ANTHEM. But sometimes names can fall short. Not this time. LMFAO's 'Party Rock Anthem' was made to persuade. You might not be in a dancing mood before it starts to play, but you will be once it does.
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
You thought we were going to end this list without a go-to slow dance song, huh? We wouldn't leave you hanging. Clapton's 'Wonderful Tonight' is the quintessential song to grab your date, pull them in close, and tell them how cute they are. That translates whether you're nine or ninety-nine.