Best Wedding Reception Songs By Generation

January 20, 2023

wedding guests dancing in a circle to the best wedding reception songs

So you’ve said I do, and now it’s time to PARTY! Your reception is such a fun part of your wedding, and nothing is better than having everyone at your wedding dance the night away together. But what are the best wedding reception songs to keep everyone on the dance floor? 

Well, after going to more weddings than I can count, I can tell you there are some songs that are huge hits for everyone at your wedding. Whether you are thinking about your 78-year-old grandparents or your 10-year-old niece, you are sure to find songs on this list that will get them up and dancing. 

Here are some of the best wedding reception songs for every generation!


Respect- Aretha Franklin

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper

Mustang Sally- Wilson Picket

Love Shack- The B52s

Boogie Wonderland- Earth Wind and Fire

While these may not be the people you find on the dancefloor 24/7 at your reception, they can still be the life of the party once they get going. These songs are sure to pique their interest and get them dancing right next to the youngest at your reception. 

I mean, there are some heavy hitters on this list. Respect by Aretha Franklin is a classic song and one that everyone will instantly recognize. Girls Just Wannna Have Fun is one that will not only get everyone dancing but will probably turn the dance floor into a karaoke. 

Mustang Sally has the perfect beat that is just irresistible and will even have the most hesitant wedding guest tapping their foot. Bookie Wonderland by Earth Wind and Fire has that same type of beat that you can’t help but get up and move to. 

Finally, Love Shack is another classic that will get everyone dancing with its catchy tune and fun instruments. 

Gen X

Come on Eileen- Dexys Midnight Runners

Sign Sealed Delivered- Stevie Wonder

No Diggity- Blaskstreet

Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond

Dancing Queen- ABBA

Next up, we have Gen X, and while they may have a few years on you, you wouldn’t know by how they tear it up on the dance floor. They hang in there with the best of them and these songs are sure to get them moving. 

Not only that, but most of these songs have also had a resurgence in the past few years so they are sure to be a hit with the Millennials and even some of the Gen Z at your reception. 

Come on Eileen is such a great song and is such an easy song to dance with that is so fun and lively. Sign Sealed Delivered is the perfect upbeat love song to keep people moving like they haven’t in years. 

While No Diggity may have a slightly slower rhythm than other songs on the list, it is sure to be one that takes everyone back. When it comes to Sweet Caroline, no one is going to be in their seat. I mean who wants to miss out on screaming “ba ba ba” with everyone else on the dance floor? 

Finally, we have Dancing Queen and, do I really have to say anything about this song. It is such a classic and will have everyone swinging around on the dance floor feeling like they are young and free. 


Sandstorm – Darude

Party Up- DMX

Classic – MKTO

Tipsy- J-Kwon

Since You’ve Been Gone- Kelly Clarkson

We’ve made it to the Millennials and while they are starting to get a little older and may not stay out as late as they used to, they still know how to tear it up on the dance floor. These songs are sure to keep them coming back all night long. 

First up we have Sandstorm by Darude. This is one that will stop them in their tracks the second they hear it. Your dance floor will instantly be transformed into a rave full of people. 

Party Up in another one that will get everyone moving within the first beat. You are sure to see some dance moves broken out that you thought were left back at your middle school dances. 

Classic is a song that honestly never goes out of style. It’s the song that even though it came out 9 years ago (yes you read that correctly) you still somehow know every single word to. Tipsy is another one that you just can’t seem to stand still during. You and your guests will be moving in ways you didn’t think you could by the end of the song. 

Finally, we have made it to the last sone, Since You’ve Been Gone by the one and only Kelly Clarkson. Here’s the thing, even though this is technically a break up song, it’s just too good to leave off this list. 

This might not only be one of the best wedding reception songs but just one of the best songs period. Hopefully, there are no noise restrictions where you are because everyone, and I mean everyone, will be on the dance floor screaming as loud as they can. 

Gen Z

Die Young- Kesha

Super Bass- Nicki Minaj

Rasputin – Majestic

I’m Good (Blue)- Bebe Rexha

Cuff It – Beyoncé 

Last but certainly not least, we have Gen Z. Gen Z is going to have a lot of energy so you know you’ve got to add in some music that will keep them going all night long. 

Die Young is not a song for the faint of heart. If people haven’t heard this song before, they may be a little startled when everyone bangs on the tables or floor in unison (because let’s be honest, no one can resist banging the table or stomping the floor during this song). 

Super Bass is not only a banger but it’s also the song that will reveal the one person at your wedding that has the hidden talent of knowing every single word to this song. When it comes to Rasputin, don’t be alarmed if all of the sudden every Gen Z person at your wedding starts dancing in unison. You didn’t miss the memo, you probably just didn’t spend months of your life playing Just Dance on repeat. 

If you want your guests to have the best night of their life, then I’m Good (Blue) definitely needs to be on your playlist. Bebe Rexha and David Guetta create the perfect combination and this remix is hard to resit. 

To close off this list we have Cuff It by Beyoncé and honestly, this list wouldn’t be complete without her. This song just gives off such great vibes and will have everyone dancing and feeling good by the end. 

There you have it, the best wedding reception songs for every generation. These are sure to make your reception unforgettable and have everyone dancing the night away. 

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