Wedding Party Dance Songs: Energetic Hits & Heartfelt Tracks (2024)

Updated November 14, 2023 | Author: Matthew Campbell

So what song will the wedding party dance to? And how will the song’s theme set the tone for the dancing portion of the evening?

The groomsmen and bridesmaids join the newlyweds who are already on the dance floor. You can include parents and special guests, too.

You will enjoy a list of the most popular and unique wedding party dance songs for your wedding day.

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When picking out the song to dance with your wedding party, you must consider the following 3 factors:

  1. Does the song have a special meaning to you?
  2. Does the song’s meaning describe your relationships?
  3. What is the tempo of the song (fast or slow) to determine the style of dance that fits best?

As an experienced wedding DJ, I’ve assembled a list of songs for the wedding party dance. Songs are selected by the meaning of the song and popular hits by today’s couples. Besides new and trending, additional lists are grouped by genre to match your taste in music.

New Wedding Party Dance Songs

  1. “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)” by Lizzo (Pop – 2022)
  2. “Beer With My Friends” by Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion (Country – 2022)
  3. “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” by Elle King, Miranda Lambert (Alternative – 2021)
  4. “Friends” by Jesse McCartney (Pop – 2020)
  5. “The Git Up” by Blanco Brown (Country – 2019)
  6. “I Love You Always Forever” by Betty Who (Pop – 2016)

Trending Wedding Party Dance Songs

  1. “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk The Moon (Alternative – 2014)
  2. “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas (Pop – 2009)
  3. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston (R&B – 1987)
  4. “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake (Pop – 2016)
  5. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (Pop – 2015)
  6. “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid (R&B – 2007)
  7. “Let’s Get It Started” by Black Eyed Peas (Hip Hop – 2004)
  8. “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire (R&B – 1978)
  9. “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC (Rock – 1990)
  10. “Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper (Latin – 2000)

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Fun Hip Hop Tracks

  1. I Like It – Cardi B
  2. May I Have This Dance – Francis and the Lights feat. Chance the Rapper
  3. Turn Down for What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon
  4. Harlem Shake – Baauer
  5. Teach Me How to Dougie – Cali Swag District
  6. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  7. Wobble – V.I.C.
  8. Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
  9. Ms. New Booty – Bubba Sparxxx & Mr. Collipark & Ying Yang Twins
  10. Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas
  11. Bring Em Out – T.I.
  12. Tootsee Roll – 69 Boyz
  13. Jump Around – House Of Pain
  14. Now That We Found Love – Heavy D. & The Boyz
  15. Bust A Move – Young MC


Hip Hop songs on the list are not only for the cool and hip people but also could start a line dance. (See more songs to play for a line dance)

Upbeat Rock Hits

  1. these are my friends – lovelytheband
  2. Let’s Get Married – Bleachers
  3. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  4. Best Day Of My Life – American Authors
  5. On Top Of The World – Imagine Dragons
  6. Say Hey (I Love You) – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  7. Smile – Uncle Kracker
  8. Mr. Brightside – The Killers
  9. Love You Madly – Cake
  10. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
  11. Secret Garden – Bruce Springsteen
  12. Thunderstruck – AC/DC
  13. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
  14. Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  15. Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
  16. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
  17. Hooked On A Feeling – Blue Swede
  18. With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe co*cker
  19. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  20. Twist and Shout – The Beatles
  21. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
  22. The Twist – Chubby Checker


The formal dances start with the fest dance of the newlyweds. See a list of first dance wedding songs.

Popular Pop Tunes

  1. Friends – Jesse McCartney
  2. Perfect – Ed Sheeran with Beyoncé
  3. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
  4. Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake
  5. Something Better – Audien feat. Lady Antebellum
  6. Sugar – Maroon 5
  7. Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon
  8. XO – Beyonce
  9. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
  10. Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO
  11. Dance With Me Tonight – Olly Murs
  12. Marry You – Bruno Mars
  13. Raise Your Glass – P!nk
  14. Gravity – John Mayer
  15. Crazy In Love – Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
  16. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys
  17. Wannabe – Spice Girls
  18. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts
  19. Love Shack – The B-52’s
  20. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston


Other popular formal dance songs include dances with your parents. See our lists of perfect dad and daughter dance songs and perfect mom and son dance songs.

Danceable R&B Favorites

  1. A Good Night – John Legend x BloodPop®
  2. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  3. Yeah – Usher
  4. Back At One – Brian McKnight
  5. This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
  6. Strokin’ – Clarence Carter
  7. September – Earth, Wind & Fire
  8. Lean On Me – Bill Withers
  9. Stand By Me – Ben E. King


After the wedding party dance, the dancing begins. See a list of party songs to get everyone dancing.

Country Tunes for Your Entourage

  1. Beer With My Friends – Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion
  2. Kinfolks – Sam Hunt
  3. Speechless – Dan + Shay
  4. From The Ground Up – Dan + Shay
  5. It Ain’t My Fault – Brothers Osborne
  6. It All Started With A Beer – Frankie Ballard
  7. Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
  8. Drink In My Hand – Eric Church
  9. These Are My People – Rodney Atkins
  10. Find Out Who Your Friends Are – Tracy Lawrence
  11. Me And My Gang – Rascal Flatts
  12. Your Everything – Keith Urban
  13. Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
  14. You’ve Got A Friend In Me – Randy Newman & Lyle Lovett
  15. Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up) – Garth Brooks
  16. Boot Scootin’ Boogie – Brooks & Dunn
  17. All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight – Hank Williams Jr.


When guests get tired from dancing, play a slow song. See a list of popular wedding slow dance songs.\

Disco Bangers

  1. Celebration – Kool & The Gang
  2. We Are Family – Sister Sledge
  3. You Should Be Dancing – Bee Gees
  4. Get Down Tonight – KC And The Sunshine Band

Energetic Dance Music

  1. Timber – Pitbull feat. Ke$Ha
  2. We Found Love – Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
  3. Yeah 3x – Chris Brown
  4. Dynamite – Taio Cruz
  5. Forever – Chris Brown
  6. Just Dance – Lady Gaga
  7. Cha Cha Slide – DJ Casper
  8. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson

Latin Flavor

  1. Limbo – Daddy Yankee
  2. Danza Kuduro – Don Omar feat. Lucenzo

Misc Genre Tracks

  1. Family – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
  2. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
  3. Everything – Michael Buble

Do you have a favorite wedding party dance song, not on my list? Please share your song below so that we can add it!


Being selected for a wedding couple’s wedding party is more than just celebrating at the wedding. The wedding couple entrusts you to do certain things. Check out our article: Wedding Party Roles – Each Member and Their Roles. And don’t worry about what to call them if your wedding is genderless. Having people stand up for you is all that matters, regardless of those roles.

Remember, this is your day to celebrate your love. Feel free to break from Western tradition or adopt one that suits you best.

Many couples allow the Best Person to choose this song. This is especially true if they dance to a coordinated routine to surprise the wedding couple. If this is the plan, be sure that the person conspires with the DJ and the wedding planner. It’s okay to surprise the couple, but not the DJ.

A more traditional wedding party dance song could be a slower one. We suggest “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick. But do you want people crying and ruining their makeup? Besides, there are better songs from the ’80s for your wedding party dance song.

If you are looking for more upbeat wedding party dance songs, we would suggest “Celebration” by Kool and The Gang.

Does it surprise you to see 69 Boyz, AC/DC, and Aerosmith in the top 10 of the bridal party dance songs? It doesn’t surprise us. Good songs that make you want to move are timeless.

Wedding party dance songs usually have a friend’s theme to celebrate everyone’s shared love for the bride and/or groom. Other great friend-themed songs include “These Are My People” by Rodney Atkins and the TV show theme song from Friends – Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There For You.”

Keep in mind, this is usually the last of the formal dance songs; meaning open dancing begins after this song. So the tempo contributes to the reception’s energy.

No. The wedding party dance is not required. It’s your wedding and your reception. If you don’t have a large bridal party or things got weird when the groomsman and bridesmaid just broke up, you can skip it. They can always join in after the last of the formal dance songs.

A wedding party dance is not a required dance in the list of formal dance songs. However, it is a great way to get people in a partying mood and watch people dancing. The wedding party song can also be the start of asking all wedding guests to join in on the dance floor.

Depending on your desired wedding theme, you can choose songs with a “friend” theme, a “love” theme, or just plain – Let’s Get This Party Started! We have included many different music styles, tempos, and eras below. A great mixture to find the perfect wedding party dance song. If you are just looking to get the party started, also check out our list of Best Party Songs for weddings.

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Matthew (Matt) Campbell is the founder/editor of My Wedding Songs from his experience as a wedding DJ. He is the author of two wedding planners: ‘Wedding Songs Planner’ and ‘The Wedding Music Toolkit’. Matt is the host of the ‘Wedding Songs Podcast’. He shares music inspiration in his weekly newsletter the ‘Wedding MusicLetter’. His articles have been published on Rolling Stone, DJ Life Magazine, and DJ Times. Matt resides in the wedding capital of the world – Las Vegas.

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