Dancing

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Playing upbeat songs during your reception are a surefire way for guests to dance the night away. From classic favorites to hot new tracks, you’ll want to have a playlist that is filled with high-energy, upbeat songs to help kickstart the party. So, if you’re looking for a killer playlist to get everyone dancing on your big day, then you should totally check out this roundup of feel-good songs.


“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran

We (like everyone else this year) absolutely love Ed Sheeran. Therefore, we definitely think this pop hit will help get the party started.

“Hey Ya!” by Outkast

This 2003 jam will bring back #memories as everyone attempts to shake it like a Polaroid picture.

“Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON

“Shut Up and Dance” basically tells your guests (in a nice way, of course) to stop their chatting and to get out on the dance floor.

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston

Seriously though, who wouldn’t want to grab a dance partner once they hear this classic song?

“I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas

We have a feeling that your wedding is going to be a good night—especially if you put on this upbeat song.

“Yeah!” by Usher

Another track that will take you down memory lane is Usher’s “Yeah!”. It has been a crowd pleaser since 2004 and is a perfect addition to you playlist of upbeat songs.

“Electric Boogie” by Marcia Griffiths

If you’re looking for an upbeat song that everyone can dance to together, then why not choose the song that started The Electric Slide?

“Everybody (Backstreet's Back)” by Backstreet Boys

You and your besties will for sure get up and dance together as soon as this 90s throwback comes on.

“We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris

Rihanna’s vocals and Calvin Harris’s beat make this dance song a perfect track to play during your reception.

“(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life by Bill Medley

Calling all “Dirty Dancing” fans, this upbeat song will make your guests Swayze crazy.

“Downtown” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

As soon as Ryan Lewis starts singing “Downtown” we know it will be hard for you and your guests to not join the dance floor.

“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey

Cue the lip synching and air guitars, Journey’s classic rock song is an upbeat song for all ages.

“Timber” by Pitbull feat. Kesha

Once this song starts playing, you and your guests better be ready to “swing your partners round and round.”

“Hot In Herre” by Nelly

When we hear this song it’s hard not to think of Nelly’s bandaid and middle or high school dance parties—making it the perfect throwback song choice.

“September” by Earth Wind and Fire

As soon as the lyrics “Do You Remember?” come on it will be hard for you or your guests to sit still during this soulful track.

“Let Me Go” by Hailee Steinfeld, Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line, Andrew Watt

A pop song with a country twist, we know you and your guests will be out on the dance floor once the beat drops.

“Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison

Whether you have brown eyes or not, Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” is a great song to play to get the party started.

“Finesse (Remix)” by Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B

This remix of Bruno Mars’ hit song “Finesse” is gold. Not only does it have a throwback vibe, but it is perfect for dancing.

“Just Dance” by Lady Gaga

A feel good jam that’s great to sing and dance along to, “Just Dance” is dance pop song that nails it when it comes to getting the party started.

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

Ah, Justin Timberlake literally kills it every time when it comes to pumping up the crowd—especially with this pop hit.