Ten Songs Guaranteed to Get Your Guests on the Dance Floor

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.

Mark & Alesa - Nick Goodin Photography

Mark & Alesa - Nick Goodin Photography

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.

[VIDEO] Top 5 Wedding Dance Crazes to Know Before the Reception

Wedding dance crazes come and go. Remember Soulja Boy? You couldn't attend a party in 2007 without hearing 'Crank That'. But, you couldn't just hear 'Crank That.' You had to know how to do it.

That's the risk when a song catches fire and comes along with a specific (and sometimes) complicated dance. Never fear! We know the feeling of exclusion when 'Cotton-Eyed Joe' hits and you're the only one not doing...... whatever it is people do to that song. 

Make sure that you know the moves to these 5 songs that could show up at your wedding reception:


5. Dougie

You can thank Cali Swag District (2009's 'Teach Me How to Dougie') for re-igniting an older dance move and introducing it to a new generation. It takes rhythm and style to pull off the Dougie. While none of us will live up to the standard set by Kate Upton, the above video is a start and will make sure that you're not sitting on the sidelines.

4. Jump On It

This Sir-Mix-a-Lot wedding reception staple is deceptively hard - it takes some serious hips! Once you jump in, though, you'll find out why this song and dance are crowd pleasers. It's easy to master and fun to do. Just let Will and Carlton show you the ropes in the above video.


3. Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)

As you can see, this is a two-part tutorial. It's not a simple dance. You also might be thinking, 'this is a weird song to play at a reception: he already put a ring on it.' Good point. But what about the single ladies attending the reception? This is the kind of battle cry song (and dance moves) that fit perfectly alongside a bouquet toss, for example.

2. The Twist

When Chubby Checker released 'The Twist' he likely couldn't have anticipated that people well into the mid 2010s would be including it in party playlists. But, it makes sense. It's appropriate for all ages, it's easy for everybody to do, and it's infectious. If you're unsure of your 'Twist,' check out the video above and get out on the dance floor next time!


1. Gangnam Style

Please don't ask us what the lyrics mean. We have no idea. What we do know, is that Psy's 'Gangnam Style' is one of the most recent and viral dance crazes that many receptions blare to the crowd's approval. The dance isn't quite as daunting as 'Single Ladies,' but trickier than 'The Twist.' The above video is a great tutorial to catch you up to speed and 'Oppa Gangnam Style' (???)


Need help learning any of these moves? DJ4U DJs are trained in crowd interaction and can help you and your guests learn these at your wedding reception. Just ask us for details!