Upbeat wedding songs are the easiest way to ensure that your guests have a blast at your wedding song. Slow love songs are always nice, but nobody can resist the tempo of a modern pop song or a rhythmic classic.
If you’re not familiar with which songs work best at a wedding reception you’ve come to the right place. Our suggestions are exactly what you need to fill your music playlist with songs that your guests will adore.
Best Upbeat Love Songs
Modern hits are the best place to start your search for your reception’s playlist. The best upbeat love songs have a memorable hook and a beat you can’t help but dance to. There are many out there, and these 3 are triumphant examples to lead by.
- Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon
There’s no beating around the bush with this 2014 smash hit. This fast beat forces you to the dance floor in a truly positive way. The best part? There’s absolutely no wrong way to dance to it.
- I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas
This is a great song to kick off the night with and paint the picture of things to come. Most guests will be indulging in some hopping and fist-pumping, but major bonus points for those who pull off the Just Dance video game choreography.
- Yeah! by Usher
It’s crazy how a single word can instantly transport you back to the early 2000s club scene. It’s nearly impossible to not be completely optimistic when this track hits, and almost as impossible to get that distinctive electronic beat out of your head.
Happy Upbeat Love Songs
If you pay attention when you listen to these happy upbeat love songs, you’ll notice that a smile immediately takes over your face. These types of songs make you feel good and are sure to make some of your guests completely forget that they’re terrible dancers.
- I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness
Although this is no longer on today’s Top 40 list, we’re willing to bet that there’s at least one guy on the guest list who’s going to test out his falsetto skills once this song drops.
- Footloose by Kenny Loggins
There’s no way you can get away from a reception that doesn’t feature some well-known classics. Footloose is one of the best upbeat weddings dance songs out there, and guests from all generations will love it.
- You’re the One that I Want by Grease
Another golden oldie – yes you should have more than one – comes to us courtesy of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John’s iconic roles in Grease. Anyone under 30 will love to dance to this, and there’s a good chance that guests older than that know the choreography.
Upbeat Wedding Songs For The Reception Entrance
Upbeat wedding love songs are the perfect way to welcome your guests to the reception.
Although our list is strictly pop, don’t limit yourself. Your theme should influence your playlist. Choose a country song for rustic or barn weddings, classic music for a traditional wedding, indie music for a boho theme, or any combination that you feel fits. These 3 songs would fit in well almost anywhere.
- I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who loves me) by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston is well known for powerful love songs, and this one happens to be one of those timeless upbeat love songs that will remain popular for generations to come. Walking into the reception hall with this song playing encourages guests to recall their own love life and celebrate yours.
- Crazy in Love by Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
Normally your guests will walk through the reception hall doors. Play this song, and they’ll strut. If you have to choose just one upbeat song for a wedding, this is the one. It’s lyrically positive, easy to dance to, and features iconic pop royalty. You can’t go wrong.
- Best Day of my Life by American Authors
This isn’t your typical pop song. There’s no mention of the club or shaking your booty. It’s a wholesome song fit for any family member. Best of all, it’s an accurate premonition of how the night will end for the happy couple.
Upbeat First Dance Songs
Upbeat first dance songs should have a strong focus on meaningful lyrics, and these songs do not disappoint. These particular love songs combine romance, fast beats, positivity, and a certain zest for life. Keep your ears tuned, new songs like these are being released all the time, but some are better than others. These 3 are among the best.
- Downtown by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The charm of this song comes from how atypical the subject matter is. Much like many other Macklemore songs, he’s able to take the mundane and transform it into something magical. This is a perfect choice for a first dance since, before you met you were just normal people. Together, you’re something magical.
- Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake
These lyrics are literal. The second you hear the open bar there’s no way to stop the feeling of dancing and, due to the circumstances, plunge into love; another upbeat wedding first dance song choice.
- Raise Your Glass by Pink
To raise your glass is to celebrate. Although Pink isn’t singing about traditional “happily ever after” love, the lyrics portray unbreakable defiance to compromise. As you dance to this you’re forced to believe that life is perfect just the way it is.
Fast Love Songs To Dance To
Sure, you should play a few romance songs for your guests to slow dance to, but it’s upbeat dance songs that keep the evening alive. The evening is filled with enough romance so feel free to play a few songs that exclusively focus on getting those hips moving. Songs like these:
- We Found Love by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
Finding love in a hopeless place rings true for a lot of couples, perhaps even the bride and groom. But that’s not the point. The point is that this is a real crowd pleaser and, regardless of the decade you frequented the clubs, allows you to show off your moves.
- Taki Tak by DJ Snake feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna, and Cardi B
There’s just something about Latin music that connects directly with your soul. When you combine that rhythm with today’s top pop artists you get an overwhelming desire to learn how to salsa.
- 24K Magic by Bruno Mars
By the end of the night, you’re going to feel like a million dollars, making 24K Magic the perfect song to play towards the end of the night. This is most definitely a ‘hands waving in the air’ type of song that your guests will love.
By now it’s obvious that your reception absolutely must feature some upbeat dance songs, and we hope this list has helped to inspire you. When building your playlist make sure to choose a few from different eras. A good song is made much better and easier if you recognize it. Whatever you choose, you and your guests are going to have a great time.