Every bride and groom has their own ideas on what will make their guests dance at a wedding. There are, however, a couple of common factors in what makes a popular wedding dance song. A top wedding song will be familiar to a variety of ages -- ideally, it should have received a lot of radio play in its time and should continue to be played today. (If it gets airplay on one of those "mix" stations, all the better; it virtually guarantees that your parents will be out there shaking it with the bridesmaids!) A top wedding dance song should also have an upbeat, danceable tempo.
Here's a short list of must-play wedding dance songs to get everyone's feet moving. (Be aware that some of the songs may not be appropriate lyrically for conservative crowds, or should be saved for later in the evening, perhaps after the grandparents have departed!)
Oldies but Goodies
Beatles: "Twist and Shout"
Four Tops: "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
Foundations: "Build Me Up Buttercup"
Otis Day and the Knights: "Shout"
Sing-Along Party Favorites
AC/DC: "You Shook Me All Night Long"
Beatles: "Hey Jude"
Bon Jovi: "Livin' on a Prayer"
Def Leppard: "Pour Some Sugar On Me"
Neil Diamond: "Sweet Caroline"
Journey: "Don't Stop Believin'"
Van Morrison: "Brown Eyed Girl"
Frank Sinatra: "New York, New York"
Bee Gees: "Stayin' Alive"
Commodores: "Brick House"
Earth Wind & Fire: "September"
Michael Jackson: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
Classic Pop and Hip Hop
Bell Biv DeVoe: "Poison"
B52's: "Love Shack"
Dexy's Midnight Runners: "Come On Eileen"
Michael Jackson: "Billie Jean"
Kenny Loggins: "Footloose"
Rob Base & DJ EZ-Rock: "It Takes Two"
Sir Mix-a-Lot: "Baby Got Back"
Black Eyed Peas: "I Gotta Feeling"
Chris Brown: "Forever"
Taio Cruz: "Dynamite"
Miley Cyrus: "Party in the USA"
Lady Gaga: "Poker Face"
Nelly: "Hot in Herre"
Notorious B.I.G.: "Mo' Money Mo' Problems"
Santana feat. Rob Thomas: "Smooth"
Justin Timberlake: "Sexyback"