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As the legendary James Brown once famously said, "The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing". There is a magic that happens when your reception opens up the dance floor and everyone celebrates together in full brilliant human expression. The magic ingredient, so to speak, is in choosing the songs that will get everyone excited! For every year that passes, that formula continues to get slightly more complicated as there is more and more brilliant music to choose from every single day. What you and your guests will find incredibly will be unique to your age, culture, location and general disposition, meaning that no two reception dances should ever be exactly the same Great Dances Happen in Real Time Being flexible is the greatest ability that any fantastic Band of DJ can ever have. The art of putting together a great playlist is in responding to whatever is working best. That means that while you can have an idea of what will work ahead of time, you can never truly know until you see how the dance floor is responding to it. While an epic song like Don't Stop Believing works amazingly a good percentage of the time, there are indeed some occasions where it does not work at all. The success of the party then hinges upon cutting that song short and changing to something different quickly. The song that comes next should likely be a "safe" choice, perhaps a slow ballad dedication that brings out a specific couple on the dance floor. Perhaps a R&B throwback hit that the bridesmaids all sang back-in-the-day together. Or perhaps just another "good-chance-guess" of a different variety like Uptown Funk. Whatever those might be, it is useful to find a list of 5-10 of these ahead of time to make sure your dance floor never misses a beat. Song Requests are Key! Think of your dance reception as another way of telling your story. You grew up with music all around you, from songs your family played while you were a kid to the songs blasting in your headphones through adolescence. Most important of all were perhaps the songs playing in your car in those years you first met your sweetheart, through the lovely winter dinner dates and glorious summer road-trips. Choosing a list of songs that mean the most to you and your family is the surest way to stack the deck in your favour. While a random mix of music can always work, hearing songs you and your guests absolutely adore is absolute magic in the heightened energy of your dance party. While you don't have to choose every single song, even a list of 5-10 songs can help direct the music energy in a way that will love and in so doing will create a dance reception that will feel uniquely and memorably yours. SO What Songs Work Best? In performing at hundreds of weddings and events over the years, we have developed a good sense of what songs should work a good percentage of the time. While every party is different and every group of people unique in what they respond to, we have compiled a list of our favourite songs below that have been incredible on countless dance floors before. We have done our best in keeping the list interesting and avoided "groan-worthy" songs as much as possible. The below selections are all obvious and useful, while at the same time hopefully not so obvious that they are considered cheesy (such as the infamous Chicken Dance.) The below selections should carry with them enough cache to give your party's playlist the coolness and credibility it rightly deserves.
TOP 40 HITS One of the surest ways to get everyone on the dance floor is with songs they know all the lyrics to. These are the songs that the masses sing on the way to work in the mornings, so starting your party with any of these puts all of those hours of singing alone in your car to use as you belt it out at the top of your lungs.
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran Get Lucky - Daft Punk Shake It Off - Taylor Swift Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon Raise Your Glass - Pink We Found Love - Rihanna Feel So Close - Calvin Harris Wake Me Up - Avicii Happy - Pharrell Finesse - Bruno Mars Sorry - Justin Bieber Hotline Bling - Drake Thrift Shop - Macklemore Thank U, Next - Ariana Grande ROCK CLASSICS There are few ways to unite generations on the dance floor the way that classic rock does. It has a happy brilliant energy that will excited grandparents and children equally, packing your dance floor in a joyous way that leads to smiles and great memories. Especially if you lead your guests onto the dance floor like Marcio and Barbara did exquisitely in the video below, you can be sure that everyone else will follow!
Twist And Shout - The Beatles Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison Old Time Rock And Roll - Bob Seger Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond Crocodile Rock - Elton John Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry Summer Of 69 - Bryan Adams Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol Rock The Casbah - The Clash Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes
Sweet Child O Mine - Guns n Roses Mr. Jones - Counting Crows Living On A Prayer - Bon Jovi Don't Stop Believing - Journey MOTOWN & DISCO-FUNK Another fantastic universal genre is classic Motown Music from the 60s and the amazing Funk, and Disco it evolved into over the coming decades. These songs are all international hits that everyone around the world will not only remember, but will be energized to rush to the dance floor and relive their funky memories.
Can't Help Myself - The Four Tops Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations You Can't Hurry Love - Diana Ross Respect - Aretha Franklin Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder Brick House - The Commodores You Sexy Thang - Hot Chocolate September - Earth Wind & Fire Night Fever - Bee-Gees Got To Give It Up - Marvin Gaye The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson Good Times - Chic Ladies Night - Kool & The Gang Give It To Me - Rick James FOLK & ACOUSTIC These are the songs of summer that are best enjoyed with a sunset and starry night overhead. Acoustic Guitars, warm vocals and a dance floor of boots gloriously stomping all in unison. They are often just as useful as Rock Classics for bringing out both old and young generations on the dance floor together and creating brilliant shared moments of dancing together just like Ali and her family in the video below.
Home - Edward Sharpe Riptide - Vance Joy 500 Miles - The Proclaimers Home For A Rest - Spirit Of The West I Will Wait - Mumford and Sons
Ho Hey - The Lumineers Wagon Wheel -Darius Rucker Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band Cruise - Florida Georgia Line Old Black Rum - Great Big Sea 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton Runaround Sue - Dion All Shook Up - Elvis Presley Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash SLOW BALLADS When all else fails, it is time to slow it down and play a slow song for all of the couples waiting in the wings to come back onto the dance floor and breathe some new romantic life into your party. These are some of the most magical moments of the night as there are so few chances in life for lovely dances with the ones you love, give your guests a gift they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran Lover - Taylor Swift My Girl - The Temptations Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton Into The Mystic - Van Morrison Landslide - Fleetwood Mac Harvest Moon - Neil Young Lean On Me - Bill Withers Wonder Let's Stay Together - Al Green You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters Just My Imagination - The Temptations Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong All Of Me - John Legend