The Best Wedding Songs for 2020

With heavy TikTok research

It’s the time of year when we round up the best wedding songs for 2020! At the beginning of every year, we sit down (and let’s be real, dig through TikTok to see what dance crazes are about to hit us) and pull together a list of the songs that will get your dance floor moving for the year.

Sometimes we hit the nail on the head a little too hard. There was one year where we led our list with a Bruno Mars song I wasn’t super fond of… and every wedding I went to that year started the dance party with it. At one point I turned to my husband, sighed, and said, “I may only have my self to blame.”

Our advice for picking wedding songs is this: Mix new music with old music. Remember that people like to dance to music they know (not bands so cool they don’t exist yet). Know your crowd—if your people like Country, hit them with Country. If they want to sing along in Spanish, play that Latin music. And if there are children, play Old Town Road (at least four times—for kids, that IS the best wedding song of 2020). Plus, Beyoncé. Here at APW, she is a rule in and of herself. Beyoncé first, last, and with Lizzo. Because Lizzo basically is best wedding songs 2020, in a nutshell.

When it comes to getting your party started, set the bar low, with easy to dance to numbers everyone knows. The cheesier the better. This is when The Wobble, The Cupid Shuffle, and yup, The Electric Slide will get people up and moving. You might think they’re dumb, but everyone knows them, and knows how to dance to them. And if there is one thing we know for sure, it’s that bodies in motion tend to stay in motion. Plus, TikTok tells us that the Macarena seems to be… back #sorry. So feel free to add that to your “don’t play” list for your DJ… or just give up and give in (and make sure your DJ plays the clean version).

And as our friend—and best wedding DJ—Michael Antonio of The Flashdance says, “Don’t worry about the words. Some songs that are really fun to dance to aren’t about how in love you are, and that’s okay! When we’re talking about wedding dance songs, the words don’t really matter.” (And if you’re looking for all-time best wedding dance songs, head over to check out 75+ The Flashdance’s go-to favorite songs.)

So here is to best wedding songs 2020: the first dance, last dance, and every dance in between. (And no, we didn’t edit these to be all sappy love songs. We picked for stuff that’s gonna make you wanna bust a move.)

The best wedding songs 2020

The Best Wedding Songs 2020

  • Before I Let Go—Beyonce
    From The Album: Homecoming: The Live Album
    Fav Lyrics: “I thank God sun rises and shines on you / You know there’s nothing, nothing, nothing I would not do”
  • Truth Hurts—by Lizzo
    From the album:  Cuz I Love You
    Fav Lyrics: “Best friend sat me down in the salon chair, shampoo press get you out of my hair…”
  • Señorita—by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
    From the album: Shawn Mendes
    Fav Lyrics: “But every touch is ooh lala, It’s true ooh la la…”
  • Higher Love—by Whitney Houston, remixed by Kygo
    From the album: I’m Your Baby Tonight
    Fav Lyrics: “I could light the night up with my soul on fire, I could make the sun shine from pure desire. Let me feel that love come over me, let me feel how strong it could be, bring me a higher love…”
  • Let It Roll—by Midland
    From the album: Let It Roll
    Fav Lyrics: “Baby, love’s a pistol darlin’ And you’re a round And I pull the trigger Just to hear the sound…”
  • Me!—by Taylor Swift
    From the album: Lover
    Fav Lyrics: “But one of these things is not like the others, like a rainbow with all of the colors, baby doll, when it comes to a lover, I promise that you’ll never find another like me…”
  • Sweet But Pyscho—Ava Max
    From the album: Sweet But Psycho
    Fav Lyrics: “You’ll be coming back, back for seconds. With your plate, you just can’t help it”
  • Old Town Road—Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
    From the Album: Seven
    Fav Lyrics: “I been in the valley, You ain’t been up off that porch, now.”
  • 10,000 Hours—Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber
    From the album: DS4*
    Fav Lyrics: “I’d spend ten thousand hours and ten thousand more, Oh, if that’s what it takes to learn that sweet heart of yours…”
  • Don’t Give Up On Me—Andy Grammer
    From the album: The Good Parts
    Fav Lyrics: “I’ll reach my hands out in the dark, and wait for yours to interlock, I’ll wait for you.”
  • Dance Monkey—Tones And I
    From the album: Dance Monkey
    Fav Lyrics: “And you just beg to see me dance just one more time.”
  • Cool—Jonas Brothers
    From the album: Happiness Begins
    Fav Lyrics: “I’m feelin’ high like a late night summer of last year, yeah – standin’ there with the red dress on you, a Killer Queen like a young Jane Fonda, Is it me, or am I just havin’ a good year?”
  • Beautiful People—Ed Sheeran, Khalid
    From the album:  Beautiful People
    Fav Lyrics: “And they wanna know what you’re about, me in the middle with the one I love and, we’re just tryna figure everything out…”
  • Don’t Start Now—by Dua Lipa
    From the album:  Don’t Start Now
    Fav Lyrics: “If you don’t wanna see me dancing with somebody, if you wanna believe that anything could stop me”
  • The Git Up—by Blanco Brown
    From the album: Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs
    Fav Lyrics: “Take it to the left now and dip with it / Gon’ throw down, take a sip with it”
  • Dancing With A Stranger—by Sam Smith, Normani
    From the album:  Dancing With a Stranger
    Fav Lyrics: “I don’t wanna be alone tonight (alone tonight), It’s pretty clear that I’m not over you (over you, over you), I’m still thinking ’bout the things you do (things you do)”
  • Ring The Bells—by Johnnyswim, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
    From the album:  Goodbye Road
    Fav Lyrics: “If all is fair in love and war, Then what the hell is loving even for? If we can’t sing it loud enough. We’ll keep on adding voices up.”
  • Ayy Macarena—by Tyga
    From the album:  Ayy Macarena
    Fav Lyrics: I mean, you know what you’re gonna get. (Make sure your DJ has instructions to play the clean version if they’re gonna play it.)
  • Put A Little Love On Me—by Niall Horan
    From the album:  Put A Little Love On Me
    Fav Lyrics: “When the lights come up and there’s no shadows dancing, I look around as my heart is collapsing, Cos you’re the only one I need, To put a little love on me”
  • High Hopes—by Panic! At The Disco
    From the album:  Pray for the Wicked
    Fav Lyrics: “Didn’t know how but I always had a feeling, I was gonna be that one in a million, Always had high, high hopes.”
  • Lover (Remix)—by Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes
    From the album:  Lover
    Fav Lyrics: “And I’m highly suspicious that everyone who sees you wants you, I’ve loved you three summers now, honey, but I want ’em all…”
  • Close To Me—by Ellie Goulding, Diplo, Swae Lee
    From the album:  Close To Me
    Fav Lyrics: “And I don’t wanna be somebody without your body, close to me, and if it wasn’t you, I wouldn’t want anybody…”
  • Memories—by Maroon 5
    From the album:  Memories
    Fav Lyrics: “Toast to the ones here today, Toast to the ones that we lost on the way, ‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories, And the memories bring back, memories bring back you…”
  • I Like It—by Cardi B., Bad Bunny, J. Balvin
    From the album:  Invasion of Privacy
    Fav Lyrics: “Now I like dollars, I like diamonds, I like stuntin’, I like shinin’ (Yeah), I like million dollar deals, Where’s my pen? Bitch I’m signin’ (Signin’)…”
  • Make Me Feel—by Janelle Monae
    From the album:  Dirty Computer
    Fav Lyrics: “It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender, An emotional, sexual bender, Mess me up, yeah, but no one does it better, There’s nothin’ better…”
  • Someone You Loved—by Lewis Capaldi
    From the album:  Breach
    Fav Lyrics: “Somebody to heal, Somebody to have, Just to know how it feels, It’s easy to say but it’s never the same, I guess I kinda liked the way you helped me escape…”
  • I Don’t Care—by Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber
    From the album:  No. 6 Collaborations Project
    Fav Lyrics: “‘Cause I don’t care when I’m with my baby, yeah, All the bad things disappear, And you’re making me feel like maybe I am somebody…”
  • Sweetheart—by Thomas Rhett
    From the album:  Life Changes
    Fav Lyrics: “Woke up this morning, to your sleepy smile, I realized I haven’t told you in a while, That you’re my life, you’re my dream…”
  • The Daughters—by Little Big Town
    From the album:  Nightfall
    Fav Lyrics: “And pose like a trophy on a shelf, Dream for everyone, but not yourself, I’ve heard of God the Son and God the Father, I’m still looking for a God for the daughters…”
  • Lethal Combination—by The Wombats
    From the album:  Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life
    Fav Lyrics: “And if you wake up feeling happy, you’re doing it wrong, You should be in cold water with your best dress on, And me and Niagara Falls adding to all of your missed calls, If you remember this tomorrow then you’re doing it all wrong…”
  • Your Light—by The Big Moon
    From the album:  Walking Like We Do
    Fav Lyrics: “Sometimes faith just sings to a different tune, Why do you have to take it out so hard on yourself (I don’t wanna lose myself, lose myself), We were promised the world, so was everyone else (I don’t wanna lose myself, lose myself)…”
  • I Dare You—by The Regrettes
    From the album:  I Dare You
    Fav Lyrics: “That you’re the one that brings the sun, I can’t seem to sleep, And I feel my pulse beating, Don’t wanna keep all my control, But you’re the one that brings the sun…”
  • Mood 4 Eva—Beyonce
    From The Album: The Lion King: The Gift
    Fav Lyrics: “I got my cup up to the heavens, Another night I won’t remember, Promise this my mood forever…”

If you had to pick a few of the best wedding songs 2020, what would you pick and why? What are you for sure playing at your wedding this year? And also: who’s getting married in 2020? Let’s do this!

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