50 of the Best Wedding Entrance Songs


"The party don't start till I walk in."

by Stephanie Kaloi, Content Manager

When it comes to picking a wedding entrance songs, I think it’s worth keeping three things in mind. You’ll either want the wedding entrance song to be classic and easily recognizable, to have come out in the last two or three years, or to have a pretty excellent instrumental intro that the DJ won’t have to scream herself hoarse to be heard over.

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Entering receptions is generally pretty fun. You’ve wrapped the ceremony and had a mini celebration with your partner, your wedding party, and your parents—now it’s time to party with everyone. Of course, you don’t have to have an entrance (or a wedding entrance song) at all. You can just quietly slip in to the reception, or maybe your reception is in the same place as your ceremony and you just never leave. It’s still a party even if you don’t make a Gaga-esque entrance. But if you like dance-walking to the sound of raucous applause, then this list of 50 of the best wedding entrance songs are for you.

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If you’re planing on using a wedding entrance song, it’s worth keeping in mind the next step on your timeline. If you’re beginning your first dance immediately after being introduced, you might not want to transition from hip hop to indie folk (or vice-versa). (PS: I’m seriously still obsessed with last year’s “Rainbow” by Robert Plant and kind of think it would be the most amazing reception entrance-into-first-dance segue way maybe ever.) Do you want everyone to smile, applaud, and then sit down while dinner is being served? Maybe go for a tune that will be fun, but not wild.

Related: The Definitive List of 350 Songs (For Every Part Of Your Wedding)

If you’re coming into the room and the party’s immediately beginning, then pick an all out jaaaaaaam and get on it!

50 Wedding Entrance Songs

“Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon

Suit and Tie” by Justin Timberlake (ft. Jay-Z)

Good Day Sunshine” by The Beatles

This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole

Good Life” by Kanye West (ft. T-Pain)

National Geographic Theme” by Elmer Bernstein (BONUS NERD MOMENT: NOVA opening theme)

Burning Down the House” by Talking Heads

“Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris

Cantina Theme” from Star Wars

Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars)

Superfly” by Curtis Mayfield

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder

Animal” by Neon Trees

Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon

Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” by Dean Martin

Starships” by Nicki Minaj

Young Americans” by David Bowie

Could You Be Loved” by Bob Marley

Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine

Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Tell Me Something Good” by Chaka Khan and Rufus

5 Years Time” by Noah and the Whale

Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti & Spearhead

Rainbow” by Robert Plant

need more? try these extra 25 wedding entrance songs:

Bruno Mars: “Marry You”

Stevie Wonder: “For Once In My Life”

Justin Timberlake: “SexyBack”

LMFAO: “Sexy and I Know It”

Usher: “OMG”

Ke$ha: “Tik Tok”

Justin Timberlake: “Can’t Stop The Feeling”

American Authors: “Best Day of My Life”

MKTO: “Classic”

James Taylor: “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You”

Bleachers: “Rollercoaster”

Fatboy Slim: “Praise You”

John Williams: “Star Wars Theme Song”

Jet: “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”

Blur: “Song 2”

Survivor: “Eye of the Tiger”

Cat Power: “Could We”

DJ Khaled: “All I Do is Win”

Tegan and Sara: “Everything is Awesome”

Bruno Mars: “24k Magic”

The Black Eyed Peas: “Let’s Get It Started”

TI ft Swizz Beats: “Bring Em Out”

Borns: “Seeing Stars”

Metallica: “Enter Sandman”

Foo Fighters: “Everlong”

What wedding entrance songs did you use? What wedding entrance songs work—and what totally do not?

Stephanie Kaloi

Stephanie is a photographer, writer, and Ravenclaw living in California with her family. She is super into reading, road trips, and adopting animals on a whim. Forewarning: all correspondence will probably include a lot of punctuation and emoji (!!! 😊 🎉 🎉).

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  • VKD_Vee

    I so wanted this (not as the reception entrance, but as our recessional) but there was a DJ-mix-up so we didn’t have it. Somebody else should totally put it in their wedding because it`s, like, a perfect wedding jam…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h22bztFU_s

    • This was our entrance song! Everyone loved it :-)

      • VKD_Vee

        NO WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!?!?!?

        • WAY!!!!!!!! It was totes awesome :-)

          • VKD_Vee

            ZOMG!!!! Seriously… I am… like… so HAPPY FOR YOU. I bet it was such a moment!

  • Sarah E

    We didn’t do an entrance, but we did kick off the dancing with Let’s Get Serious, which seemed apt for setting the tone– serious partying.

    • norawallis

      Same – we didn’t do any kind of special entrance (actually, a funny memory is people realizing we’d been at the reception the whole time) but we kicked off dancing with the live version of “Birdhouse in Your Soul” (from the Severe Tire Damage album) – did a verse by ourselves and then got everyone to join us on the floor, and it faded – beautifully! – into the Jackson 5.

  • msditz

    We entered our reception to “All I Do Is Win” and, besides marrying my husband, it was my favorite moment of the whole day!

    https://youtu.be/GGXzlRoNtHU

    • Katie

      This song always reminds me of Tom Haverford from Parks and Rec, so I approve.

  • Eenie

    “Everything is awesome” from the lego movie.

    • Lauren from NH

      ^winning!

    • LJ

      We did too! My now husband has always been a huge Lego fan, and so this was our tribute to that (and you know… It’s awesome)

      • Eenie

        This wasn’t mine, but a friend’s wedding. Really hyped up the room. Easy to cut short since it’s very repetitive. And I liked the cultural message of it too (teamwork, etc.).

    • Oh my god we might have to do this. My fiancé played that song at every possible opportunity for months after we saw the movie and he was the main character Lego for Halloween. It would be hilarious.

    • KTD620

      This is what me and my partner entered in to.

  • Meg
    • Maddie Eisenhart

      This is SO GOOD.

    • This was my other Bowie choice! I love “Young Americans” a little bit more so I went with that, but YES to this.

  • Lauren from NH

    Cantina song made me chuckle.

  • Meigh McPants

    So, am I the only one who hadn’t seen the video for “Turn Down for What”? I…what did i just watch? Beware of using for your reception entrance, apparently it makes people have genitalia seizures.

    • VKD_Vee

      Yeah, I came home once and Mr. VKD was like, “Baby, sit down I need to show you something right away” and put this video on… WILD.

  • Nell

    HAHAHA, we walked in to “Shut Up and Dance With Me” – oh APW, it’s like you read my mind.

    I’m sad that we could not walk in three times, because these other songs would have been KILLER:

    OMI – Cheerleader

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGflUbPQfW8

    Clean Bandit – Rather Be

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-M1AtrxztU

  • Lizzie G

    We walked into Miami by Will Smith, just the beginning part. It got everyone grooving in their seats!

  • Mary Jo TC

    We did “The Final Countdown” by Europe, inspired by Gob Bluth’s epic magic routines.

    • emmers

      That is amazing!

    • Nell

      YES!!!!!

    • Steph

      Yes!! We used The Final Countdown as the groom/groomsmen entrance music for the ceremony, same inspiration. Took all our willpower not to rent a segway for the day.

    • Katie

      They’re ILLUSIONS, Michael.

    • Kristy

      That was our first thought when thinking of intro songs!! SO glad we aren’t alone :)

  • Meredith

    We did “You’re my Best Friend” by Queen… though if I were getting married today it would def be Turn Down for What.

    • One of the couples that I shot did “Turn Down for What” as their recessional and it was amazing.

  • Kara

    We had the DJ cue up the chorus for “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by the Darkness. It was awesome, and fun!

    • JessPeebs

      We did that song too!

  • Juliet
  • Chelsea

    We walked in to Hall and Oates, “You Make My Dreams Come True.” So fun!

  • thefluter

    The MxPx version of 500 MIles.

  • Beth

    “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns ‘N Roses. The opening has an AMAZING build-up, and if you want your DJ to really pump people up (ours went nuts, I’ve never had people so excited to have me walk into a room) before you make your grand entrance, this is a great song for it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1tj2zJ2Wvg

  • KRo

    Ours was “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC…great buildup and we’re both big rock fans. It still brings back that awesome memory every time we hear it!

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  • Vickitweaver

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  • E

    Our ceremony exit/reception entrance was Never Gonna Give You Up

  • Amanda

    We walked in to Mirrors by Justin Timberlake. Our bridal party walked in to All Night by Icona Pop.

  • Katie

    The last wedding I was in did “Everybody-Backstreet Boys.” We’re all in our late 20’s, so the 90’s nostalgia of our pre-teens is super hot right now. I’m more of an NSYNC gal myself, but it was way fun and everyone loved it.

  • Liza

    We walked in to the West Wing theme song, which was awesome because we got to watch people’s faces as they realized that this wasn’t random instrumental music.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmp1sGsHOAg

    • Kayla

      We did too!

  • laddibugg

    I used to want to walk in to the “What what what” Chorus on this song. Still kinda do actually, but I doubt anyone would get it lol

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWLMrUcMZuo

  • Katarina

    We did Betty Who’s “Somebody Loves You” lots of fun and set the tone for a real party!

  • neighborhoodmap

    We walked in to “The Way You Make Me Feel.” In addition to being a generally awesome song that falls into that “Classic” category — it was also one of the songs we karaoked on our first date!

  • Legatosaurus

    I recently heard Chris Malinchak’s So Good to Me and immediately thought ‘this is perfect happy wedding music’.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXqDo23T8jg

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  • felicia

    Wow, I expected something more elegant this is crap. I never leave bad feed but wow the man isn’t trying to be cool he walking down the aisle!