A full dance floor is a must for every wedding reception, but getting the right combination of songs is a tall order. With a mix of age ranges and music preference, you might think that keeping the dance floor busy on your wedding day is an impossible task, but that’s were we come in. 

We have created a fail safe list, guaranteed to keep everyone happy and ensure that everyone stays dancing right through to the end of the night (with the occasional trip to the bar and back, of course!) 

Mr Brightside – The Killers 
Over 15 years on from its release and this is still the most commonly requested song for a lot of our acts. Instantly recognisable from just the first few notes of the guitar riff, this high energy number will pack out any dance floor and have your guests jumping from start to finish. Even though it only peaked at number 10 in US and UK charts, ‘Mr Brightside’ is number 1 on our list! 

Respect – Aretha Franklin 
Ladies, it’s time to get your diva, show us your best Aretha Franklin impressions and demand some ‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T’! This tune is a great opportunity to test out those dancing shoes and really show everyone on the dance floor what you’ve got.

Blame It On The Boogie – The Jackson 5
This upbeat 1970’s classic by the Jackson 5 always goes down a storm, and with dance moves as simple as these even your Dad / Uncle / Grandma will have no excuse not to join in the party. “Don’t blame it on the sunshine, don’t blame it on the moonlight, don’t blame it on the good times, blame it on the boogie!”

Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon 
Most of our bands learnt this rock anthem when it was first released back in 2008, so now that it has celebrated its 10 year anniversary, it’s safe to assume they’ve played it a few times! Usually positioned towards the end of the night this number will have your guests singing at the top of their lungs.

Senorita – Justin Timberlake
This list wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from the prince of pop, JT, and this song with its audience participation section seems like the obvious choice. Guys say … “It feels like somethings heating up, can I leave with you?” Ladies … “I don’t know what I’m thinking bout, baby leaving with you.” Include this one in your set and watch that dance floor fill up! 

Superstition – Stevie Wonder
We could have written a list consisting entirely of Stevie Wonder songs, as every single one will get your feet moving, but if we have to pick just one, it’s got to be this classic.  From the opening drum groove, you guys go nuts for this one and our bands love performing it.

Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis 
A true sing-a-long, this is the moment to grab your family and friends, throw your arms around them and belt out the chorus together, before dusting off your air guitar for Noel Gallagher’s iconic guitar solo. 

Marry You – Bruno Mars
A song about marriage? Well it’s clear to see why this song always has everyone up and dancing when our acts perform it at weddings up and down the country. Also a very popular choice as a first dance song, this is real chance for everyone to gather round and celebrate with the newly married couple. 

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift 
There is nothing quite like a room full of people partying together to this track, so get on that dance floor and ‘Shake It Off’. This song is all about letting go of your inhibitions and just going for it because after all, “the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate”, so we might as well enjoy ourselves!!

Hey Ya! – OutKast
Here is a song that seems to make all of the top 10, 50 and 100 lists, and we couldn’t agree more! Some songs take until the first chorus for everyone to hit the dance floor, but this one doesn’t take more than a few seconds before people to realise that they too want to “shake it like a polaroid picture”. 

Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon 
With the instructions for this one right there in the title, this is a great number for getting those last few people up on their feet and seeing the night out right. With its disco groove and infectious melody it really is one that everyone can get involved with.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody –Whitney Houston
Another great opportunity to show off your inner diva here and after a few drinks you might be surprised at who you see giving this one their all out there in the middle of the dance floor. 

September – Earth Wind and Fire 
“Do you remember, the twenty first night of September?” Nope, neither do we, but you’ll certainly remember the sight of all of your nearest and dearest boogying the night away to  this funk sensation. Hearing this song and not getting up to dance is almost impossible in our opinion.

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
There is a very good reason that this song was the record breaking, mega hit that it was – it makes you want to move! And with some of you even learning Bruno’s original dance moves from the music video, this is a real chance to claim a couple of extra cool points (although, you might still be a few behind the man himself!) 

I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor 
If it’s disco you’re looking for then look no further than this platinum selling, 70’s sensation. After countless cover versions and movie soundtrack appearances, guests of all ages share the same look of excitement when our bands kick into this one. Try to remember the moves from your dance mat days or just freestyle it, either way you’re gonna look awesome! 

Rock DJ – Robbie Williams
As one of the best-selling British solo artist in the UK we know you all love a bit of Robbie, and when it comes to dance floor fillers, he certainly knows a thing or two! With lyrics like “If you can’t get a girl, but your best friend can”, he just might be talking to all of those single best men out there! 

Proud Mary – Tina Turner
A great choice for the final number of the night, Proud Mary’s slow intro gives everyone the chance to catch their breath before one last dancing opportunity. We’ve seen people go for the running man, the worm, the floss and all sorts of other (sometimes unnamable) dance moves. So get yourself on the dance floor and lets party!

About the Author Adam Edgeworth

Director of Anthem Music Agency