Wedding Music for When You Need to Get Doooown


In case of emergency, break glass (for a full dance party playlist)

by Stephanie Kaloi, Content Manager

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Guys, wedding playlist real talk moment right here: There is a ton of potential wedding music out there. On APW alone we’ve got playlists that cover a wide swath of wedding music you can pull from—and we’re nowhere near finished. We’ve covered your ceremony songs, first dance wedding songs that’ll have you FEELING, the best country wedding songs for your first dance, and this whopper of a playlist that includes 350 of the best wedding songs, period.

Today, however, we’re diving deep with wedding music you want to have around when it’s time to break it down, to shake a leg, to cut a rug, to get your swerve on. Here are fifty songs you can pull out of your pocket in case of a wedding disaster (example: your sister’s friend left her iPod, aka your entire wedding reception playlist, in her dorm room five hours away), or in case you have a need for a fierce dance party. In fact, you can listen to them one by one or stream the whole playlist and groove. Either way, enjoy:

Jackson Five: “I Want You Back”

Natalie Cole: “This Will Be (an Everlasting Love)”

The Temptations: “My Girl”

The Isley Brothers: “Shout”

Jackie Wilson: “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”

Sam Cooke: “Wonderful World”

The Beatles: “Twist and Shout”

The Four Tops: “I’ll Be There”

The Romantics: “What I Like About You”

The Four Seasons: “Oh, What a Night”

Kool & the Gang: “Get Down On It”

Earth, Wind & Fire: “September”

The Cars: “Just What I Needed”

The Cure: “Close to Me”

Queen: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

The B-52s: “Love Shack”

Kool & the Gang: “Celebration”

New Order: “Love Vigilantes”

New Order: “Age of Consent”

Bruce Springsteen: “Dancing in the Dark”

Dexy’s Midnight Runners: “Come on Eileen”

The Four Tops: “Can’t Help Myself”

David Bowie: “Modern Love”

Talking Heads: “Psycho Killer”

The Smiths: “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”

The Clash: “Rock the Casbah”

Stevie Wonder: “Superstition”

Hall & Oates: “Private Eyes”

Big Country: “In a Big Country”

Blondie: “Heart of Glass”

Prince: “I Would Die 4 U”

Prince: “Kiss”

Journey: “Don’t Stop Believin'”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: “American Girl”

The Clash: “Train in Vain (Stand by Me)”

The Buggles: “Video Killed the Radio Star”

Corey Hart: “Sunglasses at Night”

Whitney Houston: “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”

Daft Punk: “Get Lucky”

Fat Joe: “What’s Luv?”

Ghost Town DJs: “My Boo”

MSTRKRFT: “Heartbreaker”

Rob Base: “It Takes Two”

Hall & Oates: “You Make My Dreams”

Talking Heads: “Burning Down the House”

Queen and David Bowie: “Under Pressure”

Beyoncé: “Countdown”

Rihanna: “We Found Love”

Taio Cruz: “Dynamite”

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Stephanie Kaloi

Stephanie is a photographer, writer, and Ravenclaw living in California with her husband, their seven year old metalhead son, and a crew of beasts. She is super into reading, road trips, and adopting animals on a whim. Forewarning: all correspondence will probably include a lot of punctuation and smiley faces.

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  • Sara

    These are great, but you’re missing my group’s go-to song – Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It

    Also, I don’t know if this is my family and friends specific or Cleveland specific, but every wedding I’ve attended there has played Paradise by the Dashboard Lights by Meatloaf and it gets everyone out on the dance floor.

    • cml

      I’m from Saint Louis and have been to at least one wedding where this was a thing – we were out on the dance floor, men on one side & women on the other, singing very intently. Lol

    • sofar

      I attended a Wisconsin wedding where guests were taking turns on the mic for this song.

  • Alyssa Andrews

    Come on Eileen… my body cannot resist that song!

  • ART

    We tried to do Burning Down the House, but our friend DJ ended up somehow with a live version that just did nooooot have it going on like the album version, so that was kind of sad but it was our fault for not having it together to give him every last song on our playlist.

    • sofar

      Dude, we had a super young DJ who was mystified at most of your playlist (which basically matches all the songs above). But we gave him a list and figured he’d download the songs. He downloaded live versions (and weird covers) of SO MANY of the songs. Because he had no IDEA what the correct album version was supposed to sound like.

      • ART

        Tangentially related…my husband works at a theater where private teen dance competitions are held every weekend for part of the year (don’t get me started) and whenever I am there, I kid you not, like 70 percent of the songs are weird covers of songs you know, and you’re like “where did this stuff come from?!” It’s so strange.

  • “I Don’t Knowww, Margo!”

    We curated our own playlist, which was one of the most fun parts of the entire planning process! We had many of these, and I would also add Peg by Steely Dan and Africa by Toto as huge crowd favorites.

    The highlight of the entire dancing time was being Rickrolled by my husband’s 9-year-old goddaughter. It was epic.

  • Preengaged Chicago

    Fat Joe – What’s Luv. Oh my YES! Classic.

    At a recent wedding, the DJ ended with Florence + the Machine “Dog Days are Over.” It was such a hit and had people jumping like crazy. Definitely taking that idea !

  • Amy Brown

    I love these playlists!! I appreciate the YouTube playlist, but I’d love APW Spotify playlists even more if anyone has made one!

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