Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
This question is part of our blog and boards series, The Buzz, where we poll the hive for great advice and ideas and run a selection of helpful answers on the blog. Read more about the series here, and a couple of our first The Buzz posts: Saving for your first home and Length of dating before getting engaged.
We want to know:
What are your top 3 out-of-the-box wedding songs for getting people on the dance floor?
If you’re married, what was the song that got the biggest response from your guests at your wedding?
What song do you love hearing most played at OTHER people’s weddings?
Lend your helpful tips and advice to the community, and we’ll feature answers on the blog throughout this month!
Post # 3
FI and I picked a couple of songs (4 in particular) that might get the party going. Hopefully, these songs will work:
- Magic Dance – David Bowie
This is for us 80s kids who love the movie “Labyrinth”. It’s FI’s go-to song!
- The Fandango song
For the WWE fans, but this is after everyone had too much to drink
- Come Sail Away – Styx
I think it would be for dancing for to sing along to it. Prefer the Cartman version like in this video.
- A Pedir Su Mano – Juan Luis Guerra
I was thinking using this as the second half of the father-daughter dance and have FI cut in during the song. After all, the song is about a guy asking his love’s dad for her hand. Plus, who doesn’t love a merengue song?
Post # 4
BeeRod527: Magic Dance will be my Father Daughter song as we loved to watch that movie when I was little! Great pick!!!!
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
Top-three out-of-the-box dance songs:
- “Transformer” (Gnarls Barkely)
- “Move Your Feet” (Junior Senior)
- “Just a Friend” (Biz Markie)
The song that got the biggest response, by far, was Outkast’s “Hey Ya.” Seriously, everyone just instantly started grooving.
At other people’s weddings, I’m not gonna lie, I get excited to hear “Gagnam Style.”
Post # 6
@stephee: FI loves this song so much, he wants to dress like Bowie (as Jareth) and get whatever baby he can find and throw him/her around like he/she is Toby!
Seriously, I don’t know if I’ll find this sexy or weird?
Post # 7
@Mrs. Mouse: If FI and I got married last year, I wouldn’t mind Gangnam Style. But I don’t think we’ll play it at our wedding (or Psy’s other song “Gentleman”)
FI’s men are planning to rap “Humpty Dance” in his honor at the reception. FI had done it at other people’s weddings so they’re returning the favor.
Post # 8
I think music taste is something so personal that nothing can GUARANTEE a good time.
If I’m completely honest, having music/dancing etc. would put me off and ruin my wedding day, but I’m definitely in the minority! Luckily for me, FI is the same.
In general though if there is music at an event, I think its awesome to search for more unique, less popular music that people might not have heard of. As long as its upbeat and happy it would suit a wedding day perfectly. I would much prefer to listen to something interesting and enjoyable, rather than the stereotypical wedding dance songs or chart music.
Post # 9
@BeeRod527: I love love love that movie.
Shockingly, for us, the two most engaging songs were “Don’t Stop Beliving” and “call Me Maybe”.
Post # 10
The songs with the set dances – the Macarena, The YMCA, Cadalliac Ranch, I knew the bride when she used to rock n roll , The Chicken Dance. Polka music gets some of my older relatives out on the floor.
They aren’t really out of the box, and I know some people find them cheesy or tacky, but at all of the weddings I’ve been do these are the songs that get people out on the floor. Who cares if it’s cheesy when you’re having fun?
Post # 11
On our invites we did a song request for our guests, someone requested “Shout” by the Isley Brothers and it’s the best memory I have from our wedding. Everyone young and old was on the dance floor and we were all just going for it. The DJ was smart to save it to the end and it was a great end and memory for the wedding. We have a great picture of that too.
We just went to a wedding this weekend and we requested that song to be played and again everyone went crazy! Good times!
Post # 12
The weddings where I’m from tend to lean heavily towards “oldies” music, even people much younger than me getting married – ha. We’re having a band, and ours will probably be the same, though the band is very versatile.
And I agree, the past three weddings I have been to, the best responses have been for “Shout!” (great pictures come out of that too) and the Twist. Oh and “Don’t Stop Believin”
The music FI and I listen to is just not dance or wedding appropriate. More folksy. Which is great, and we’ll probably play some of our favorites at the cocktail hour, but nobody would dance if we played “our” stuff, including me. And I want to dance!
Post # 13
- Love Shack-B52s
- Gangnam Style-Psy
I’m blanking on a 3rd song.
Post # 14
ignition remix!!!! we were just at a wedding and this killed.
and party in the usa!
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence
We had a surprising amount of dancers at the wedding, for it being a small backyard party. Mony Mony was a hit (and I had to clear it with my mom if it was okay for my friends to be yelling the profane part in her backyard, hah), and some of the Top 40s stuff, but I really wish I had put in more oldies! We used strictly oldies for the cocktail hour, but we played a bit during the reception itself and it got more of the older crowd on the floor.
Post # 16
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center
Shout was a huge hit, as was Gangnam Style. The floor was packed for those two! Also, Apple Bottom Jeans. Everyone, EVERYONE, was getting low low low low low low low low. It was kind of amazing. And then when our last dance was announced, a “cleaner” version of Macklemore’s And We Danced, people got super into it. So much fun, and people danced way more than I expected!