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Wedding Reception Songs

Find the most requested wedding reception songs for a DJ to play at your wedding

See also wedding rececessional music and popular first dance wedding songs

As your wedding date approaches, you’ll need to select a list of wedding reception songs for your DJ to play.  You'll need general reception songs, songs for parent dances, the cake cutting and your first dance. 

It may sound easy, but many couples either don’t have time to do this or struggle to think of enough songs to add to the list.  So they end up listening to songs that the DJ chose at their wedding reception instead of their personal top wedding reception songs

If you’re looking for popular wedding reception songs and you’re in a time crunch, look no further.  We’ve compiled an eclectic list of music including some of the most requested wedding reception songs and new contemporary favorites to help you compile your own list of wedding reception songs.  We’ll also give you tips for getting your DJ to play the wedding reception songs that you’ve chosen. 

Choosing Wedding Reception Songs

Most wedding receptions last about four hours or so.  To fill four hours with music, you’ll need around fifty reception songs.  If you have a DJ, just pick your top fifty wedding reception songs for a “must play” list and let the DJ fill in the space if there’s any more music needed at the end of the night.  If you’re doing your own music, aim for sixty songs so you can be sure that you won’t run out of music.  While there aren’t any real “rules” concerning your wedding reception song choices, but you should try to have a mix of fast and slow songs in different genres.  Keep in mind that you want your guests to dance, so choose songs that they can move to.

Popular Wedding Reception Songs

Below is our list of the most requested wedding reception songs.  It contains fast and slow songs from many different eras and genres.  Copy the entire list of songs for your DJ or pick and choose to create a list of your own top wedding reception songs. 

most requested wedding reception songs, top wedding reception songs, wedding reception songsTop Pop Reception Songs:

Top Pop Reception Songs:

Piece of me - Britney Spears

Tattoo - Jordin Sparks

Umbrella - Rihanna

Just Fine - Mary J Blige

Beautiful Liar - Beyonce & Shakira

4Minutes - Madonna Feat Justin Timberlake & Timbaland

Give it 2 me - Madonna

Rock your body - Justin Timberlake

Put your records on - Corinne Bailey Rae

Ain't no other man - Christina Aguilera

You're beautiful - James Blunt

Do it well - Jennifer Lopez

Outta my head - Ashlee Simpson

Like this - Kelly Rowland

Crazy in love - Beyonce

Get right - Jennifer Lopez

Everything - Micheal Bouble

Get the party started - Pink

Canned Heat - Jamiroquai

Take me out - Franz Ferdinand

Let’s get loud – Jennifer Lopez

Country Reception Songs:

Our Song - Taylor Swift

When the stars go blue - Tim McGraw

You'll always be my baby - Sara Evans (good for a father/daughter dance)

This Kiss - Faith Hill

Love you out loud - Rascal Flatts


Other Wedding Reception Song Selections:

Cha Cha Slide - Casper

Someone like you - Van Morrison

You were meant for me - Jewel

Just the way you are - Billy Joel

(You're the first, the last,) My everything - Barry White

Let's stay together - Al Green

God only knows - The Beach Boys

Love will keep us together - the Captain and Tenille

Ice cream - Sarah Mclaughlin

Only have eyes for you - the Flamingos

Love is here to stay - Frank Sinatra

Volare - Gipsy Kings

This guy's in love with you - Herb Alpert

My love – Wings

Get down tonight – KC and the Sunshine Band

Le freak – Chic

When I see you smile – Bad English

Lady in red – Chris de Burgh

We are family – Sister Sledge

Every little thing she does is magic – The Police

Crazy love – Van Morrison

LOVE – Nat King Cole

Come fly with me – Frank Sinatra

Ain’t that a kick in the head – Dean Martin

In my life – The Beatles

Girls just wanna have fun – Cyndi Lauper

All night long – Lionel Richie

Twist and shout – The Beatles

Slower Reception Songs:

The way I am - Ingrid Michaelson

By your side - Sade

True Companion - Marc Cohn

For you - Duncan Sheik

She's my kind of rain - Tim McGraw

I could not ask for more - Sara Evans

Bless the broken road - Rascal Flatts

The luckiest - Ben Folds

Better together – Jack Johnson

Your body is a wonderland – John Mayer

"Do Not Play" Wedding Reception Songs

Just as you’ll want to have a list of “must play” wedding reception songs, you should also have a list of “do not play” reception songs.  Make sure you discuss your wedding reception songs with your DJ a few times before the big day.  If you hate the “Macarena” make sure your DJ knows it.  It is also a good idea to have your “must” list of songs and your “do not play” list in writing.  Going over the lists with your DJ and bringing extra copies to the wedding reception will help your DJ perform his duties to your satisfaction.