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Top 20 Most Requested Wedding Songs

Most couples spend hours deciding on the perfect music for their wedding moments, from the bride’s entrance to the final song of the night. But when it comes time for the dancing, there are some tried-and-true tunes that always get the dance floor jumping and people singing along. These are the most-requested wedding songs, the music that everyone knows and loves.

 A wedding dance floor isn’t the place for avant-garde niche favorites. It’s an opportunity to unite people across different ages and backgrounds with the biggest crowd-pleasers. 

Spanning over 50 years of pop music, some of these tunes will be as familiar to nana as they are to your 7-year-old nephew. And they’ll be sure to get everyone moving. 

So here they are — our countdown of the top 20 most requested wedding songs!

20. Perfect — Ed Sheeran

This 2017 pop song is the only ballad to make our list. It’s a great chance for overheated guests to take a breather, and for the bride and groom to take a moment to themselves. 

19. Brown Eyed Girl — Van Morrison

The oldest song on our list, Van Morrison’s 1967 rock song will have everyone singing along during the Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da part.

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18. Wannabe — Spice Girls

The average age of marriage is 29 for men, 27 for women. So it’s a little surprising that this 24-year-old pop hit is still so high on our most-requested wedding songs list. Maybe today’s kids listened along with their older siblings, and the song brings back family memories?

17. Hey Ya! — Outkast

Everyone’s gonna “shake it like a Polaroid picture” to this crowd-pleaser.

16. Despacito — Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee

The youngest song on our list, 2019’s reggaeton smash hit is wildly popular on the wedding dance floor.

15. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) — Backstreet Boys

The tune to this song is so enjoyable that no one will notice how silly the lyrics are. That was the 90s for ya!

14. I Gotta Feeling — Black Eyed Peas

Any song that gets people pumped up for the night ahead is going to work well on a wedding dance floor. And 2009’s I Gotta Feeling lives up to its lyrics. 

13. Cha Cha Slide — DJ Casper

The Macarena and the Electric Slide have given way to newer choreographed dance hits like 2000’s Cha Cha Slide and #9 on our list…

12. Mr. Brightside — The Killers

The Killers’ first big hit, Mr. Brightside is one of those songs that fans don’t sing — they shout. It’s as much fun today as it was in 2003.

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11. Livin’ on a Prayer — Bon Jovi 

Does anyone not know the chorus to this song? Bon Jovi’s 1986 rock jam is a must-play.

10. Dancing Queen — ABBA

There are only two disco hits on our list, and one is this classic by ABBA. Even though it’s called Dancing Queen, it’s actually a bit on the slow side. Follow it up with Waterloo to get hearts pumping again!

9. Cupid Shuffle — Cupid

Cupid Shuffle is the only other choreographed dance on our list. And it’s so easy to do that all ages can participate.

8. Yeah! — Usher

This Usher song is a bit raunchy, but fortunately the lyrics are fast enough that most people won’t catch them. 

7. Can’t Stop the Feeling — Justin Timberlake

This cheerful, catchy song has been a wedding staple since it was released in 2016. 

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6. September — Earth, Wind, and Fire

Earth, Wind, and Fire’s 1978 disco smash has nonsensical lyrics like “ba de ya” that don’t mean anything. But as songwriter Allee Willis said, “never let the lyric get in the way of the groove.”

5. Shut Up and Dance — Walk the Moon

2014’s Shut Up and Dance by one-hit wonders Walk the Moon was a smash that people still love 6 years later. 

4. Don’t Stop Believin’ — Journey

As soon as that piano starts, the crowd will just know — it’s time to hit the dance floor. Journey’s iconic song has been beloved since 1981, and it’s not going anywhere.

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3. Sweet Caroline — Neil Diamond

The anthem of sporting events, Boston bars, and group sing-a-longs everywhere, Sweet Caroline will get the older generations back out on the dance floor with the youngsters.

2. Uptown Funk — Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson are in esteemed company here in the top three. Their 2014 pop funk song is bound to put a smile on your guest’s faces.

1. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) — Whitney Houston

The number one most requested wedding song at Maryland’s DJ is, unsurprisingly, by the Queen of the Night herself. What better way to get the crowd moving than an uptempo pop hit about dancing with someone who loves you?

Want to hear these tunes at your wedding? Add them to your “must play” list on your Maryland’s DJ wedding portal!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020