102 Songs for Your Evening Wedding Entertainment

Wedding Songs Evening Entertainment Playlist

You’ve made your vows, cut the wedding cake and laughed and cried at the speeches. There’s only one thing to do next: it’s time to hit the dance floor and celebrate!

Whether you hire a wedding band, book a wedding DJ or decide to go it alone and construct your very own custom wedding playlist, a little thought needs to go into the music that’ll be the soundtrack to your first party as a married couple.

As with many of your wedding day decisions, your wedding reception music is your chance to personalise proceedings to display your personality as a couple. Your first dance song is perhaps your biggest opportunity to individualise your wedding reception. This song will be one that means something special to you, a song that brings back memories of when you first met, your first holiday together, when you first moved in together, your first kiss.

After the first dance, your priority is to encourage your guests to join you on the dance floor. Therefore, as well as choosing the music you enjoy, you’ll need to bear your guests’ musical tastes in mind. You may be perfectly happily raving away to some retro synthwave, but if rest of the room is left cold by your chosen music, you’ll be dancing on your own.

To aid you in putting together the perfect wedding reception playlist, we’ve compiled a selection of songs that, in our experience, always go down a treat at weddings. We start with some first dance song inspiration if there isn’t a song which immediately springs to mind. We then move on to certified crowd-pleasers that always get people in the party spirit and finish with ten of the biggest end of night anthems that’ll have you all arm in arm, singing at the top of your lungs.

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First Dance Wedding Song Favourites

These classic first dance songs have stood the test of time, and it’s no wonder: each is a beautiful, romantic masterpiece worthy of accompanying the most special dance of your life. Even if you don’t choose one of these songs for your first dance, they’re worthy of consideration as wedding ceremony songs or for your daytime wedding music playlist.

At Last – Etta James

Stand By Me – Ben E King

Something – The Beatles

Into The Mystic – Van Morrison

Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

Better Together – Jack Johnson

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

The Luckiest – Ben Folds

When I Fall in Love – Nat King Cole

Modern First Dance Wedding Songs

It’s not just the oldies who knew how to write a tear-jerking tune. These contemporary first dance songs by some of today’s biggest artists perfectly capture both the romance and the reality of being in love.

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Ho Hey – The Lumineers

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Love Story – Taylor Swift

All of Me – John Legend

Marry You – Bruno Mars

You Are The Reason – Calum Scott and Leona Lewis

Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur

Beyond – Leon Bridges

Perfect – Ed Sheeran

Wedding Songs Evening Entertainment Playlist

Unique First Dance Wedding Songs

Some couples don’t want to toe the traditional line. If that’s you, we present an eclectic selection of non-traditional first dance songs featuring everything from rock and indie to hip hop and movie music.

Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

Love – Kendrick Lamar

For Lovers – Wolfman ft, Pete Doherty

I’m Kissing You – Des’Ree

Bring Me Sunshine – Morecombe and Wise

A Whole New World – From Aladdin

Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys

Bold As Love – Jimi Hendrix

Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler (from The Wedding Singer)

Tonight, Tonight – The Smashing Pumpkins

Iconic Artists For Evening Wedding Entertainment

From first dance wedding songs we move on to the tunes to relied upon by live wedding bands everywhere to get everyone from toddlers to teens to groovy grannies storming the dance floor. These universally popular artists transcend genre, making their inclusion on your wedding playlist a safe choice.

I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

Faith – George Michael

Crazy in Love – Beyoncé

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

You Rock My World – Michael Jackson

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Like A Prayer – Madonna

I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles

Like I Love You – Justin Timberlake

Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley

Wedding Songs Evening Entertainment Playlist

Rock and Indie Rousers

Adding edge and swagger, these pumped-up rock and indie anthems never fail to get a crowd bouncing. Caution: bride and groom may end up aloft on to the shoulders of overexcited ushers!

Mr Brightside – The Killers

Place Your Hands – Reef

Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis

I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor – Arctic Monkeys

Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon

Roll With It – Oasis

Fire – Kasabian

Sweet Child ‘o Mine – Guns N’ Roses

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

Wedding Songs Evening Entertainment Playlist

Modern Chart Toppers

The current charts are awash with music that’s made for dancing. Sunny Caribbean rhythms and melodies exert a strong influence on modern pop music, guaranteeing plenty of feel-good, let-yourself-go moments on the dance floor.

Feel It Still – Portugal The Man

Paradise – George Ezra

Lullaby – Sigala and Paloma Faith

Strangers – Sigrid

Symphony – Clean Bandit ft Zara Larsson

Finesse – Bruno Mars

Your Song – Rita Ora

One Kiss – Dua Lipa

Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake

Breathe – Jax Jones ft Ina Wroldsen

Soul, Disco and Funk Floor Fillers

Speaking of music made for dancing, these funky tunes are sure to draw out some incredible moves from the most unlikely of guests. Tie wrapped around the father of the bride’s head entirely optional, but positively encouraged.

We Are Family – Sister Sledge

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson

Superstition – Stevie Wonder

Rapper’s Delight – The Sugarhill Gang

September – Earth, Wind and Fire

Ain’t No Stopping Us – McFadden and Whitehead

Proud Mary – Tina Turner

Hold On I’m Comin’ – Sam and Dave

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross

I Want You Back – Jackson 5

Wedding Songs Evening Entertainment Playlist

Nostalgic Nineties and Noughties

A growing wedding music trend is the nostalgic call back to 90s and 00s music. It was the music many modern newlyweds grew up with, after all. In our goody bag of crowd-pleasing throwbacks, you’ll find trance, dance, rap, emo, girl bands, boy bands and, of course, UK garage. Can I get a reeewind?

Miami – Will Smith

Little Bit of Luck – DJ Luck and MC Neat

Teenagers – My Chemical Romance

Re-Rewind – Craig David ft Artful Dodger

Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio

Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child

Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus

Insomnia – Faithless

Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys

Red Alert – Basement Jaxx

Guilty Pleasures

If your hipster mates weren’t embarrassed enough by the 90s mashup, they’re might spontaneously combust when you unleash the pure fondue of these guilty pleasure wedding songs. Protest as much as you like, these songs are the undisputed champions of filling a wedding reception dance floor.

(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

Dancing Queen – Abba

Wannabe – Spice Girls

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams

I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

You Make My Dreams – Hall and Oates

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

Africa – Toto

Rockstar – Nickelback

Ghostbusters Theme – Ray Parker Jr.

Wedding Songs Evening Entertainment Playlist

End of the Night Anthems

And so we come to the closing moments of your wedding. The final song of the night is your chance to savour every precious remaining second of your special day. Make sure you choose a song that’ll bring everyone together for a triumphant sing-along start to your new life as a married couple.

Hey Jude – The Beatles

One Love – Bob Marley

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

Purple Rain – Prince

We Are The Champions – Queen

Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis

Never Forget – Take That

Angels – Robbie Williams

And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going – Jennifer Hudson

All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

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