Party Starter Songs For Your Reception

April 19th, 20242 min

Wedding receptions are celebrations of love and joy, and what better way to celebrate this new chapter in your life than dancing the night away?! If your goal is to get everyone on the dance floor at your reception, this article is for you. We made a Spotify playlist of 20 party starting songs for your wedding reception, plus included our tips for creating your own wedding reception playlist!

Our playlist of party starter songs is sure to get your guests on the dance floor!

How to Choose Songs for Your Wedding Reception

  1. Think about your favorites. Your wedding should reflect your personality as a couple, so make sure to add in songs you both love.
  2. Consider your guests. If your goal is to get everyone dancing, choose songs that all of your guests will enjoy. Some couples even ask guests for song suggestions on their RSVP’s!
  3. Include a mix of contemporary and classic hits. Picking popular songs from a variety of genres and time periods is a great way to include all of your guests.
  4. Add in some crowd pleasers. This is where party starter songs come in! Sprinkle in songs that people commonly love to sing and dance to to keep the party going all night long!
  5. Think about the atmosphere. Have a mixture of upbeat and somewhat slower songs for a variety of dancing and to give folks a chance to take a breather or top up on their cocktails.
  6. Make a “do not play” list. If you have a DJ or band, make them a list of songs you don’t want played. If you don’t want to create your whole reception playlist yourself, your DJ can use your lists as guidelines and fill in the gaps.
  7. Don’t forget special dances. If you’re planning on having a mother-son dance or father-daughter dance, make sure you choose those songs and decide with your DJ when they should be played.

The Best Wedding Reception Party Starter Songs

01. Dancing Queen By ABBA

02. Come On Eileen By Dexys Midnight Runners

03. Dance The Night by Dua Lipa

04. Country Girl (Shake It For Me) by Luke Bryan

05. Walking On Sunshine By Katrina & The Waves

06. Don’t Stop The Music By Rihanna

07. I Want You Back By The Jackson 5

08. Mr. Brightside By The Killers

09. Wannabe by Spice Girls

10. I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston

11. Paint The Town Red by Doja Cat

12. Want to Want Me By Jason Derulo

13. Just Dance by Lady Gaga

14. JOLENE by Beyoncé

15. Closer by The Chainsmokers, Halsey

16. About Damn Time by Lizzo

17. You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift

18. Twist And Shout By The Beatles

19. What I Like About You by The Romantics

20. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper

Party Starter Playlist

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