What songs got your guests flooding the dance floor?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Commenting to follow–sounds like we have the same kind of crowd and I’ve been wondering this myself! I’ve told my DJ from the beginning that its important to me that people don’t  feel left out. I hate when weddings start out with kind of “all-inclusive” music (Motown, fun 80s classics) and then head straight into “no person over the age of 40 can listen to this” territory and never go back. I feel like it excludes people and they dont’ leave on a high note.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

The first song they played was “So What” by P!nk (we had our own iTunes and not a DJ) and everyone screamed and ran out onto the dance floor to sing along and dance. We also played Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy, which is the ONLY song DH’s family danced to (his sister and mom danced with us most of the night but his extended family was like “omg country, yesPLZ” and danced). Ummm, we had Thrift Shop by Macklemore (clean version), Spice Girls (because hello, freaking Spice Girls), Wings by Little Mix (imo one of the most dancy songs ever), Jai Ho by Pussycat Dolls, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, we had Single Ladies by Beyonce for the bouquet toss and just let it play cuz people were dancing, Turn Up The Music by Chris Brown, I had Brick House by the Commodores on reserve but it didn’t get played, Halo by Beyonce for a slow dance (everyone danced), Right Round by Flo Rida, Work Bitch (the radio edit that was clean) from B Spears, Tik Tok by Ke$ha, Unconditionally and Firework by Katy Perry, we had Get Down Tonight by KC And the Sunshine Band on reserve but it didn’t get played, basically all the Lady Gaga songs, Party Rock Anthem and I’m Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO, Moondance by Michael Buble, Thriller by Michael Jackson, Lady Marmalade from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack (everyone sang to that one too, haha), Starships by Nicki Minaj, Raise Your Glass by P!nk, we had C’mon Ride The Train by the Quad City DJs in reserve but it didn’t get played, Cheers, Umbrella and Disturbia by Rihanna, Yeah by Usher, Baba O’Reilly (Teenage Wasteland) by The Who, Don’t Trust Me by 3OH!3, Gettin’ Jiggy With It by Will Smith, and we had It’s Raining Men by the Weather Girls for our garter toss song. 

As you can see, I just scrolled through my iTunes, lol, but my guests danced THE WHOLE NIGHT. Everyone told me that my wedding was either one of or THE most fun weddings they’d ever been to. Everyone made a big circle and people took turns dancing in the middle and cheering each other on, or we’d all just dance around with each other and have fun, and people would sing to everything they knew, it was SO much fun. I agonized for a looong time about my playlist, but it turned out to be the right one, lol. 😀 I hope that helps!

ETA: We also had Va Va Voom by Nicki Minaj, Baby Got Back by Sir Mixalot, Little Lion Man (radio edit) by Mumford & Sons, Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson, Feeling Good by Michael Buble, Sorry For Party Rocking by LMFAO, Celebration by Kool & The Gang, I Love It by Iconapop, Daylight Robbery by Imogen Heap, Ghosts N Stuff by Deadmau5, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger and One More Time by Daft Punk, I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas, Love Shack by the B-52s, Back in Black by AC/DC, and Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith in the list, but they didn’t get played. 🙂 

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Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

MagnoliaBlossom:  Yes, exactly! Everyone starts off having a great time, and then by the end of the night everyone over 30 is back sitting at their tables, straining to hear the guest next to them, and checking their watch to see how much longer. I hate that! The best weddings are definitely when there’s a continuous back-and-forth of transitions, not just a gradual one. If the older folks know the “new, loud” music is only going to last two three songs before a song THEY love will come back on, they’re much more likely to wait it out on the dance floor. And honestly, anyone under 30 is still going to love dancing to those Motown classics, too, as long as the energy is kept high!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I just added some more that we had on our list but didn’t actually play. ^.^; We had a fantastic time, it was SO fun!

ETA: If you use I Love It by Iconapop, I didn’t have the clean version (because the only child at my wedding was a 4 month old baby, so), but there is a clean radio edit of that one as well (they say stuff instead of shit, lol).

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Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

MagnoliaBlossom:  We played all oldies until the last hour and a half so not as to piss off old people becuase we wanted everyone to stay and have a good time. Everyone LOVED Michael Jackson (Billy Jean and Thriller). We also had some popular ones like “Shout” and “Freeze Frame.” Those got people out there as well.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

commenting to follow

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle

Anything Bon Jovi got all the girls up and dancing. Haha, cause we’re old. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

Even though we originally asked the DJ not to play any “line” dancing songs, so many people requested them and he gave in. We were totally fine with it though because it really did get everyone out there. Young, old, you name it. Songs like Cupid Shuffle, The Wobble, etc. They aren’t my favorite but some people aren’t comfortable dancing unless there’s coreography. Also, the top “pop” songs playing on the radio at the time will get people moving. Typically older people won’t join in unless it’s a slow song for a line dance.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Commenting to follow! Our wedding is in September, and we’re clashing big time with my family-they despise hip hop of any kind, and that’s all FI and I listen to. I do plan on incorporating some 80’s Madonna, Barry White, Marvin Gaye, Al Green…but I loaaaaaathe top 40. This may be rude, but a huge part of me doesn’t care about pleasing all of the older guests all night. To us, it’s not a party unless it’s got Biggie, Jay Z, and Kanye. Somehow, we’re going to have to balance our tastes…but I can’t “fake dance” and have zero interest in dancing if I don’t love the music-same with FI. I wish I could have 2 dancing rooms..one for 45+and one I want to dance in hahah

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

The songs that have the dances that go with them were the most popular (cupid shuffle, etc). I know they’re a bit cheesy, but they certainly get people up and moving!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I was actually working on my playlists this evening. We are usng an Ipod and downloading a whole bunch of songs from Itunes and some cds we have.

When the guests arrive, it will mainly be blues music. FI and I love the blues. During cocktail hour, a mixtue of blues, folk,  music from the 80s. During diner, same thing, and then for the evening, my playlist starts with popular songs that are mostly played on the radio today (hoping it will get the young one up on the dance floor), followed by more music from the 80s, 90s. (Blue Rodeo, Rollings Stones, Bon Jovi, Ace of Base, Cowboy Junkies, Heart, Prince, etc.)

I will be walking down the aisle to In My Life from the Beatles. Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen will play during the exchange of the vows, rings and signing of the registry.  Once FI hears, you may kiss the bride, I can see clearly now by Jimmy Cliff will be heard loud and clear. Can’t wait!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

icanhearyousmile:  Did you have it on an iPad? iPod? computer? Was someone designated to change playlists? Did anyone try to “play dj?” etc…?

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