Last Dance Songs (For Your Wedding)


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Sure. Everyone puts all kinds of thought into the first dance song for their wedding, but no one really talks about the last song… too often leaving the party ending on a, “Whoops, I guess we’re out of time, let’s shut this down,” kind of note. It’s the same thing people say about parenting—everyone looks for the firsts, and forgets to think about the lasts—and I can already tell you that it’s the lasts that have the real bittersweetness to them. It was our last dance at our wedding that has my heart. It’s the lasts that you long for, and remember. So today, thanks to lots of help from our last open thread, we’ve put together a collection of last dance songs for your wedding. They range from the classic anthems (“Livin’ on a Prayer”), to the more symbolic numbers (“In My Life”), to the romantic tunes (“At Last”), to the… drunken sing along songs? (“Piano Man”), to the literal (“Last Dance”). Since this is the start of the long weekend (though it’s only the beginning of APW UK!) we’ve packed the playlist full of play-at-your-desk-on-your-headphones-while-pretending-to-work jams… and some sweet ditties to get you to the happy place.

You might be wondering why you lucked out and got such an extra long APW playlist this week. Well. That would be because we’ve been lucky enough to partner up with Monogamy Wines, who are sponsoring our playlists all summer. Once a week, you’ll get a fun playlist from the APW staff courtesy of Monogamy, in what we’re calling the APW+ Monogamy Summer Concert Series. What does this mean for you? Nothing, other than longer and more regular playlists, and perhaps a desire for delicious wine. What does this mean for us? Well! Partnerships with awesome brands like Monogamy are what let us grow the site, instead of just keeping it running. They allow us to invest in site infrastructure (more on that to come…), create the How To tutorials you love (which are far from free), and they let me pay the APW staff something closer to what I think they are worth (which is a lot). Because of that, I have a ton of gratitude for Monogamy Wine, and I hope you’ll join me in a hat tip. And, lets be honest here, a nice white wine (mmm…)

And also, consider this your unofficially early Happy Hour, as we head in to a holiday/ long weekend. I’m going to pour myself of tasty Monogamy white (not joking, thanks to their generosity at Yay New York and the APW book launch, I have some extras in the basement), chat with you guys, and then pick up the little guy and maybe head to the pool. APW UK starts… well, late late late tonight here, and in the morning in the UK. I can’t wait for you guys to see the magic Kirsty has made.

Till then, this is both your playlist and your open thread. Hop on it!

xo

Meg

Last Dance Songs from practicalmaddie on 8tracks Radio.

  1. “In My Life” by The Beatles
  2. “Do You Love Me” by The Contours
  3. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
  4. “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding
  5. “Last Dance” by Donna Summer
  6. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  7. “Makin’ Plans” by Miranda Lambert
  8. “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
  9. “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
  10. “Kiss” by Prince
  11. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
  12. “The Night Time is the Right Time” by Ray Charles
  13. “At Last” by Etta James
  14. “The Nearness of You” by Frank Sinatra
  15. “Heavenly Day” by Patty Griffin
  16. “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by Peter, Paul and Mary
  17. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  18. “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding
  19. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
  20. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

Bonus Tracks (a.k.a. honorable mentions that didn’t make it into the playlist):

  1. “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
  2. “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers
  3. “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  4. “Hey Ya” by Outkast
  5. “One More Time” by Daft Punk
  6. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  7. “Refuge” by John Legend
  8. “Piano Man” by Billy Joel
  9. “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
  10. “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” by The Clash
  11. “Catherdals” by Jump, Little Children
  12. “The Weight” by The Band
  13. “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King
  14. “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones
  15. “Heartbeats” by The Knife as covered by José González
  16. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
  17. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  18. “Faithfully” by Journey
  19. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
  20. “For Those About To Rock” by AC/DC

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  • Kathy

    Wagon Wheel, you guys. Wagon Wheel.

    • Breck

      THIS. A million times, this.

  • Lauren

    Surprise sing-along hit? “Drops of Jupiter” by Train. We played it towards the middle, but it might make a cute last song!

    • http://landlockedlove.com Kelly

      Ahh! I have SUCH good memories of singing this song at the top of my lungs while in a car with friends on a late night mini-road trip!

      Thanks so much for the smile!

  • Ellen

    “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.” Not that I’m obsessed with that scene from The Blues Brothers or anything.

    • Lauren

      This was our first “everyone get up and dance” song. It was a smash!

  • Laura

    This might be a British thing, or even a North of England thing, but to me it’s not a wedding if it doesn’t end with the bride and groom stood in the middle of a circle of friends and family, all high-kicking along as Frank Sinatra sings ‘New York New York’. No idea why, just the way that all the weddings/parties in my family seem to decide is an appropriate way to finish!

    • Alexis

      That’s so funny! The one bar that had dancing in the teeny town I went to college in ALWAYS played Sinatra’s ‘New York New York’ as the last song. I always thought it was just a thing at my school, which happens to be in upstate NY, but apparently not!

    • deelirium

      Yes! We’re going to do New York, New York because that’s how they end the night at Yankee Stadium!

    • SamiSidewinder

      I used to work in a restaurant that did a lot of weddings and ‘New York, New York’ was a super common last dance song! And this was in Lake Tahoe (California/Nevada mountain lake).

    • Jessica

      OH MY GOD THIS WAS THE LAST SONG AT OUR WEDDING!!! AND WE DID A KICK LINE! It came on, my sisters grabbed me, I grabbed my husband, we all started a kick line… by the end of it, almost everyone had joined in, even my parents. It was awesome!

  • Lauren

    Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day!

    (says the girl whose first date was the American Idiot concert and got engaged at the American Idiot show on Broadway)

  • Liz

    Kanye West Celebration! All the kids and your grandparents would have left by then anyway :)

    • hampton

      it’s a celebration, bitchezzzzz!

  • KB

    Our’s is going to be a drunken singalong – “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John. We both have really good memories associated with it and want another one :-)

  • Kelly

    Closing Time by Semisonic!

    • http://landlockedlove.com Kelly

      Oh god. Another great one!

      My wedding playlist was so full of 90s alternative and hip hop. I love it.

    • http://coliesplace.com Nicole

      This was ours and it was the perfect sing-along send off.

    • Jessica

      The last two weddings I was in, this was the last song. Now I’m over it lol

  • Elizabeth

    One of Those Nights by Tim McGraw….it was just perfect

  • Carrie

    “She’s no lady..she’s my wife” by Lyle Lovett. Ha!

  • Peabody_Bites

    This is NOT conducive to this evening’s economics homework. However, it is making me grin and dance in my chair as I wrestle with incomprehensible concepts. Happy long weekend / APW UK all.

  • Meghan

    My husband and I definitely micromanaged music selection for our wedding, especially when it came to last song. We not only chose our last song (our Jersey anthem – Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi), but also our penultimate song (Don’t Stop Believing by Journey), and our surprise “bonus” last song (Piano Man by Billy Joel).

    We had a lot of fun with the bonus last song. It was an old traditional last song for a club we were in together in college, so obviously we were going to incorporate it. We had our welcome reception the night before at that club, so we played Piano Man the last song that night, and all our friends from the club thought that was it. Especially after we had our wedding DJ announce Livin’ on a Prayer as “the last dance”. Watching everyone’s surprise and glee when the opening notes of Piano Man played after it was really fun, as was having all our remaining guests form a giant, swaying circle that took up the entire dance floor while couples took turns dancing in the middle of the circle. One of my most cherished memories from that day.

    • SamiSidewinder

      Oh my sooo sweet!

  • Amy

    Our last song of the night was “Have You Met Miss Jones?” because that was my last name/is still part of my current name. Cause I’m a big ole’ cheeseball like that.

  • hampton

    Aw man! I must have missed the open thread but just for fun, our last dance-to song will be “I Never” by Rilo Kiley, and the actual last song of the night for our fun exit will be “It Takes Two” by Rob Base. My dude suggested it as the recessional for the ceremony (god I love him) but I thought that “I like the whopper, f the big mac” might be better suited for later in the evening after the grandparents have left. ;)

  • Emily

    Our wedding was at a children’s museum and the last song was “Forever Young” by Alphaville. Everyone was swaying 7th grade-style, sweaty, drunkenly wail-singing. Perfection.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pn95Qj1Ay4

  • http://themoderngal.com The Modern Gal

    My husband and my song is “Let’s Get it On” because the club where we sort of forged our relationship would always play that as the final song of the night. So we played that as the final song at our reception, which I thought was fitting on several levels :)

  • http://thedilettantista.com The Dilettantista

    My dream is “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. Love that song. So different. It just makes me want to fly.

    But I’m worried a lot of people won’t know it. I want people to dance. I don’t want people to stand around arm in arm and sing or sway (so not my style).

    The last wedding I went to ended with “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson. LOVE the song, not sure it is the best last dance song? But it was fun/funny, sort of a mix of people dancing around alone, dancing around in groups, or essentially doing a lip-sync/interpretive dance in their own little corner of the dance floor (okay I admit that was just me, I love me some MJ).

    • Peabody_Bites

      I think Don’t Stop Me Now is a fantastic last dance song – the perfect combination of opportunities for crazy group singalong, jumping up and down dancing and (if you want to read right into it) a great message to leave your reception and start your married life on.

      But I am biased because it is one of my absolute favourite songs (and I have definitely been to weddings where it was the last dance, and everyone danced like mad).

      • http://thedilettantista.com The Dilettantista

        Totally one of my favorite songs of all time, yeah. Glad to hear this. I WANT ALL THE DANCING. And I like it for a last song for all the reasons you listed above.

        We just booked our DJ (for our June 2014 wedding, yes we are on top of things) and he’s awesome and flexible and I think will play whatever we want. He’s also a veteran at these things, so I’ll likely ask his opinion.

        EXCITEMENT.

    • Marcela

      Don’t stop me now was our recessional song. Everyone LOVED it. We got high fives all down the aisle and apparently, our officiant (an older distinguished reverend) was dancing like crazy. Use it!

  • Sarah N.

    I married my high school sweetheart, and so our last dance song was the last song at all our high school dances– Stairway to Heaven. It was cheesy and ridiculous and lasted forever, but all our high school and college friends loved it. Our second-to-last song was “No Rain” by Blind Melon, which brought up a lot of memories.

    Just go with what works for YOU. We had the best dance party I’ve ever been to, and people still talk about it three years later.

  • Beth

    We didn’t really have a last song, but if we had, I’d have loved it to be “The Dress Looks Nice on You” by Sufjan Stevens. It was part of our dinner playlist and we even considered it for our first dance, but thought it might be a little sad sounding? But for a last dance…

    Also! Can we have an “unexpected hits” playlist?? I was kind of surprised at some of the songs that really got people out on the dance floor at our wedding (Tunak Tunak Tun by Daler Mehndi anyone?).

    • Caroline

      Please!

    • http://partialto.tumblr.com LIZ (SINCE 1982)

      Oooh, I would love to hear about everyone’s unexpected hits! Good call!

  • Peekayla

    Our first thought was “So Long and Thanks for All the Fish” from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But my honey then thought of “Look on the Bright Side of Life” because it’s the last song in The Life of Brian by Monty Python. I think the second one may be a bit too much of a downer (there’s a whole stanza on looking on the bright side of death). The first one not may people will know, but I think it’ll be funny and cute.

    • http://andshelovesyou.com Lucy

      These are both fantastic. <3

  • http://landlockedlove.com Kelly

    I feel like this buzzfeed compilation of “summer jams” from 20 years ago is relevant.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/perpetua/summer-jams-from-20-years-ago

  • rachelroo

    Macklemore. Cowboy Boots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HettJOLX_w

    “And acquaintances turn to friends, I hope those friends they remember me
    Hold the night for ransom as we kidnap the memories
    Not sure there is a way to express what you meant to me
    Sit around a table and use those years as the centerpiece…”

    Sobbb!!! Even more poignant because I just moved away from Seattle.

    • alyssa

      We went to a wedding in CO and requested “And We Danced.” Not everyone knew the song at first, but everyone was singing toward the end! Macklemore is great wedding music :)

    • Maddie

      How did I not know about this song before?!

      • rowany

        It’s been very very hard not to have my entire dance playlist be just Macklemore, Janelle Monae and Scissor Sisters!

  • SamiSidewinder

    For the slow sway-ey set, I think Ben Harper’s ‘Not Fire Not Ice’ and ‘Forever’ are both awesome. I am using one for a song a friend will sing during the ceremony.

    In Happy Hour news, it’s been a rough couple of weeks, but I do believe I have turned a corner! I had my first wistful ‘I can’t wait til the wedding day!’ thought. It took me rather by surprise b/c I’ve been such a stress ball (had a twitch in my eye for a month now), and then I got really happy!

    I believe it was Shauna and Brendan’s graduate post that changed everything for me. I realized that I am terrified of both losing my partner and of f*cking up the marriage in my own way. I have been beating myself up wondering if I’m capable of being in this thing for the long haul. And then I forgave myself. I can’t live in fear of the way something may or may not turn out down the road. So hopefully my stress twitch will quit soon!

  • Kate

    I had not even really thought of the last dance of the night and for a bit was feeling torn– should it be a slow, romantic song or should it be one last wild and crazy hurrah of a dance/singalong?

    Can we give ‘em the 1-2 punch? Do a slow song and then seamlessly slide into one last party number for the whole crowd?

    • Shauna

      Our DJ advised us to do slow-and-mushy followed by rock-out.

      So we did “At Last” (Beyonce version, which was sung at the Obama inauguration, which was meaningful to us), followed by Pink’s “Raise Your Glass.” It was AWESOME. Even my dad (classical-music-old-school-loving-science-professor) got up and danced.

    • meg

      We did the opposite, and it was great for us. Last song was on the slower side which was good. No one danced, they all just made a circle around us. And then I cried.

      • http://www.katemuehe.com/blog Kate

        I cried at the THOUGHT of the last dance.

        The wedding is in 94 days. I am starting to unravel.

  • Riah

    I am so excited about having more playlists! They’re my favorites. Any chance one in this concert series thing is gonna be about recessional songs? Cuz that’s what I need help with.

    • Colleen

      Our recessional song was the theme song from Star Trek: The Next Generation. 1) It’s triumphant-sounding. 2) My now-husband (and deceased father) both love(d) that show, so it was sort of a subtle nod in my dad’s honor. 3) When I hear that song now, it makes me all weepy. 4) When I mentioned it on twitter, I got a celebrity shout-out/Happy Anniversary from Wil Wheaton :-)

      • http://partialto.tumblr.com LIZ (SINCE 1982)

        Aw, I love this. And Wil Wheaton is like the certified best.

      • http://www.thedilettantista.com The Dilettantista

        TNG theme is on my short list for the recessional too. We’re both huge Star Trek nerds, and I like that it is about “boldly going” on a great adventure, like marriage!

    • meg

      We can do that. We’ve done classical music, we’re going to do religious music. But I’m assuming we’re talking pop processional and recessionals?

      Just wanna know what you guys want, then we’ll crowd source and roll.

      • Riah

        Exactly. I’m looking for something on the upbeat, contemporary side, not the classical side.

        We’re doing a classic processional/contemporary recessional combo, once we find a good recessional song. I keep wanting to do Signed, Sealed, Delivered, but then I listen to lyrics too closely and talk myself out of it. My parents did I Got You (I Feel Good), which is fantastic, but which feels like it’s theirs to me. So I’m stuck.

    • http://www.pebblesandmarbles.com Kristi Jean

      We’re using loving cup by the Rolling Stones for our recessional. Love them and this happy tune SO much!

    • Aubry

      We’re doing “I’m alive “by michael franti and spearhead I think. Man, I really love that song.

  • Rachelle

    Is it weird that I chose my last dance song before any others? I wanted everyone to be singing their hearts out and “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey seemed like the obvious choice for my group of friends.

  • Caroline

    No idea on playlist, but in open thread news, we decided to self cater and I am SO EXCITED. It is so clearly the right decision on so many levels: I have catering experience, we love to cook for loved ones, we know exactly what we want to serve food-wise and they are all pretty manageable, and it’s a good expression of how we are, plus it will save money. This decision took me from “meh, I don’t really want to find a caterer or make save the dates” to “Bring on the menu planning and save the dates. Kitchen timelines for our wedding a year from august? Heck yes, let’s start those now.”

    • meg

      Yay!

      I love how you’re the only one that wants to talk about something other than music. Maddie and I were just talking and were like, “Huh! Music it is.”

      • Caroline

        Well, I just am so not at the point of planning that I’m thinking about last dances. Musically, I’m mostly looking for amazing dance songs (so I’m totally lurking this thread, but nothing to add to the comments with regards to good last dance songs.) at this point, adding them in a jumble to my spotify, and listening to them to decide if they are actually danceable.

  • Colleen

    Our Walking-Out-the-Door song was Dance Myself to Sleep by Ernie (of Ernie and Bert). It was meaningful because my mother-in-law would sing it with my husband when he was a baby. It was a surprise to her & meant a lot. We now sing it with our 2 kiddos, and because it was part of our wedding, has an extra layer of happiness when we share it with them.

  • http://www.piecesofanna.com Anna

    Our last song was “Let’s get it on” by Marvin Gaye. :)

  • LZ

    “piper to the end” by Mark Knopfler!! Dancing to that song with my new hubbie, and watching both sets of parents, and brother+sister-in-law dancing to it, is one of my favorite wedding memories!!

  • Carolyn

    Um in Ohio, we shut the party down to “Sweet Caroline.”

    Though our actual last dance song was the (oh-so-two-years-ago) Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling.” to rally people for the after-party.

    • Edelweiss

      My dad and I had our dance to Sweet Caroline, we’re Red Sox fans from the Boston area. But I was surprised by how many of my husband’s Western PA friends and family got into it as well as our family- that might explain it!

    • Caroline

      I really like Sweet Caroline, but I’m not sure if it’s cheesy cute or cheesy weird to play. My name is pronounced “Care-o-lynn” not “Care-o-line”, but it’s still basically my name.

      • Carolyn

        Oh I don’t even think of that! I’m also LYN not LINE, so it’s not a sentimental thing (though many a drunk folk like to sing it to me anyway). Just a good end of the night song.

        • Caroline

          Well, right, the awkward, people like to sing it to me when it plays which is kind of cute and kind of awkward since it’s not my name, thing is my hesitation. It sounds like it worked out great for you though!

          • Carolyn

            Well we didn’t actually use it for our last dance (for the name mixup thing, and my husband just sort of doesn’t care for it). I was just mentioning that regionally, it’s a pretty common last dance song.

      • http://www.thedilettantista.com The Dilettantista

        Ungh I am so not into “Sweet Caroline” at wedding parties (it falls under the everyone stand around in a circle and sway and sing thing that isn’t my style at all) but I am mandated to play it at the reception because the future husband and all of our friends from his side all went to UNC Chapel Hill, and that song is a thing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The song has been played at every single one of his college buddies’ weddings, and therefore it shall be played at all.

        Compromise is what makes a marriage.

        No “Shout” though. If the DJ plays “Shout” he isn’t getting paid.

        • Just a lurker

          Just wanted to note, on behalf of any other lurking Tar Heels, that your putting up with our corny memories of football games and Top of the Hill are very, very appreciated!

  • SJ

    Out last song was Lets Go Crazy by Prince. And we did.

    • Emily

      LOVE!

  • Grif

    This is exactly what I needed today! Such good suggestions here.

    Songs I’ve been considering: Night Moves by Bob Seger, Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

  • Edelweiss

    We had a trifecta of close out songs:
    - Late in the Evening by Paul Simon
    - So Long Marianne by Leonard Cohen
    - Perfect Day by Lou Reed

    Having three was great for us. I needed some warning that it was time to go so that I could have a moment being sad it was the end of the party and then get excited for alone time with my husband!

    • Claire

      Love Leonard Cohen! That is all.

  • http://www.pebblesandmarbles.com Kristi Jean

    Our last dance song is going to be Saturday Night by Earth, Wind and Fire and it’s fading into a live version of Tweezer Reprise by Phish (for our dance party/sparkler send off) since we are huge fans and so are most of our friends. If you’re a Phish head you’ll understand the cleverness behind that! ;)

  • itsaprocess

    I’m still reeling from the realization that there are other people in the world who listen to Jump, Little Children. Aside from that, I’m trying so so hard to let my fiance manage the playlist without “supervision” since that is one of the only things I’ve managed to delegate. A month of awesome playlists is going to make that very hard.

    I’ve never contributed to a Happy Hour before, but there is news and I’m excited enough to shout it from the rooftops, but posting it on the internet doesn’t require stepping out into the 115 degree heat, so this wins. Our wedding is still scheduled for next spring, but we have decided (very last minute) to go ahead and do a courthouse ceremony (eeek!) this week. He got some unexpected time off of work, and the judge is available Friday afternoon so we are just going to go for it and I am so excited I think I might burst! For some reason, I feel like this will take a lot of the pressure off of the wedding and give us time to celebrate the commitment we are making to each other privately, and then celebrate a few months later with our friends and family. At the moment we are on the fence about whether or not to share our early ceremony with people. I’m a little concerned that they might not get it, since I’m not even sure I can explain why this feels like the right thing to do. I’m also afraid they will be a bit hurt. Anyone out there have thoughts on this? It’s not really eloping, or at least it doesn’t feel like eloping.

    • addie

      That sounds awesome! Yay for you!

    • http://andshelovesyou.com youlovelucy

      Um, hells YES there are people in this world who still listen to Jump, Little Children. Self included.

    • Hypothetical Sarah

      As someone who did this, you’re right on all counts re: “eloping” (at least in my experience). We eloped before our wedding. It absolutely took the pressure off — all of the nerves associated with “oh g-d, I’m committing myself to this person for the rest of my life. That’s kind of a big deal” were gone for our wedding day, with only the excitement, love, and a little bit of residual logistical nervous energy remaining.

      I wasn’t sold on eloping at first (ours came about for immigration reasons. I spent our first few months post-elopement insisting that we weren’t really Married until we were publicly/religiously married), but I’m really glad we did. I love having memories of eloping on the beach, just the two of us, and then getting married surrounded by all the people who love us. We decided not to tell anyone other than our immediate families, so it gave us a year and a half of giddily whispering secret “we’re married!”s and gave us time to figure out what “married” and “wife” meant before inviting in the world with all of its expectations.

      Whether or not to tell people you’ve eloped is a personal question… there’s no right answer there, just what feels right to you and your partner. If you tell people beforehand, be prepared to explain. If you don’t tell people, be prepared that they might feel offended when they find out.

    • Catherine McK

      Happy Wedding Day!

  • http://newcomfortfood.wordpress.com JenMcC

    Our last dance song was what we would have chosen for our first dance if 1. it wasn’t about schizophrenia and 2. we didn’t want to ruin it for ourselves by having to play it over and over while we learned a dance for it. So for the last dance of the night we danced to “Devil Town” by Tony Lucca (made known to us by “Friday Night Lights”), which makes me tear up basically every time I hear it because it makes me think of my husband (and also because… “Friday Night Lights” y’all). My husband and I started dancing to it and everyone spontaneously circled around us while we danced. It was such a special moment and absolutely the highlight of the reception for me.

    Last dances for the win!

  • Mia Culpa

    It’s so funny, I can’t remember the name of our first dance for the life of me. It was a tango. But I will always remember our last song at the wedding, which my husband picked: “In a Sentimental Mood” by John Coltrane. Just hearing the first few opening bars makes my heart swell with quiet joy.

  • Robin

    Our last two songs were “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey (a great sing-a-long song) and “Tubthumping (I Get Knocked Down)” by Chumbawamba (huge hit while we were in college). We ended the night with our closest friends on the dance floor!

  • lauren

    I think we are going to do “you are the best thing by Ray LaMontange…I love the sound of his voice and the lyrics are so perfect.

  • Rachel

    Three Little Birds by Bob Marley! Everyone made a big circle and sang along at the top of their lungs. “Don’t worry about a thing…” It was awesome.

  • Del678

    Seems my entire play list is last-dance songs… :)

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  • http://ladybrettashley.wordpress.com lady brett

    officially, i had “feel like going home” by charlie rich as our last dance – but our reception was not nearly organized enough for an actual “last dance”. on the other hand, that lack of organization means that we totally got to dance to price’s “kiss” at least three times (it may have been six). i am unsure who to blame – other than us for not locking up the computer with the playlist on it – which, honestly, was the best – the unintended interactive playlist was like an extension of the whole wedding.

  • sallie.beth

    In West Virginia, it’s practically required that “Country Roads” by John Denver is the last song. Traditionally, everyone makes a big swaying circle while screaming the lyrics. I was even at a wedding in Vermont once where this was the last song and the swaying circle still formed. Fantastic way to end a night.

  • http://inmyblondelife.blogspot.com/ ClassyFabSarah

    I was honestly thinking of using “Save the Last Dance for Me” by Michael Buble for our last dance song… but maybe that’s too cliche?

    I’m also thinking about using September by Earth Wind and Fire…. because we’re getting married September 21st.

    • Diana

      That’s what we used for our last upbeat song! I didn’t think it was cliche at all, as I’d never before seen it used in that location. For us, we had a previous connection to the message of the song and we also wanted to have our favorite songs from different genres of music at various key points throughout the reception, so that was a perfect choice for that style of music and that moment. Everyone loved it and sang along and there was lots of swaying and shimmying! Our absolute last song of the evening was “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman, from Toy Story. Just thinking about it makes me tear up. We chose that not only to represent the foundation of our relationship – our friendship – but also to share with our guests how much their friendship and presence meant to us. Also, we went to Disney World for our honeymoon, so we thought that was a cute way to hint at that!

  • Melissa

    The best last song ever at a wedding I’ve been to is Queen “You’re my Best Friend”. Everyone pretty much crowed around the couple and danced. It was sweet, loving, and amazing. Made me cry a little.

  • Alex

    “Together Let’s Find Love” by the 5th Dimension. You’ve probably never heard it, so you should hear it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dr36wUHl_Y

    It’s that kind of 60s boozy, sexy slow jam that everyone can sing to. It’s got a great decrescendo at the end that matches the wilting of the wedding when the lights have to go on. And it’s a live recording, so the applause it awesome.

  • megan

    We’re going with “One Last Drink” by Enter The Haggis – we heard these guys live at a bowling alley one night and this is the most fantastic song ever. Bit of a morbid twist to it (the guy is putting off dying of old age for one last night so he can live it up like a crazy person) but it’s got a great tune and puts a smile on my face every time.

  • Nicole

    I love this the more I think about it, but the boy has agreed and we want to do “It’s Business Time” by Flight of the Conchords.
    It’s a tad scandalous but my kiwi and I love it too much to pass up the opportunity! ;)

  • CPM

    Our last dance song was “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing. Just as it started, some dear friends we’d assumed wouldn’t make it to the wedding suddenly walked in. Then my husband and I somehow ended up in the middle of a circle of all our guests, literally jumping for joy as everyone sang along. Then everyone put out their hands and we ran around the circle high-fiving them all. Twice. It was like a movie. I was high from it for days afterward.

    • Ariel

      That sounds amazing!

  • Amanda V.

    We had “You’ve Got the Love” by Florence and the Machine. Everyone started out on the floor at the beginning of the song and then bit by bit everyone else filtered out to light sparklers and cheer us on for our exit. So, by the end of the song, it was just my husband and I alone on the dance floor. Great song and great moment!

  • Megan

    Hi! Sorry to stray from the thread, but I couldn’t find this anywhere else, after the bride/ groom, bride/ father and groom/ mother dances, do we play one more slow song and invite everyone to join? Or go right to an upbeat song? we are finalizing our playlist :)

  • Elizabeth

    At both of my cousins on my mom’s side’s weddings the last 3 songs were “Jersey Girl” – Bruce Springsteen; “Don’t Stop Believing”- Journey; “Glory Days”- Bruce Springsteen
    (Can you tell most of us live/were born in Jersey?)

  • Martha

    We didn’t plan a last dance song but our fantastic DJ chose “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and it was absolutely perfect. Definitely one of my favorite memories of our wedding day.