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shoes on dance floor Hey Mr. DJ!  Play Something We Can DANCE To!I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve heard people complain about their DJ not playing the right dance music at their wedding reception.   But what exactly is “the right music”?  When asked, brides say they want music that’s fun and danceable. But when I ask for specific song requests, my clients don’t always know the titles and artists’ names.


Most good DJ services will provide an extensive list of song selections which may or may not be right for your guests.  Overwhelmed by the hundreds (or even thousands) of songs to choose from, the bride & groom will choose some of their favorites or they’ll just leave it up to their DJ.  An excellent DJ will be able to quickly read the crowd and determine which songs to play and when to play them.  He or she will have some gems (secret weapons if you will) that will pack the dance floor and keep it packed all night.


Now, some critics might say, “Yes, I know…the same cheesy songs that are overplayed at every wedding reception in the country”.  And some brides & grooms demand that their DJ NOT play any of these songs and play their eclectic favorites instead.  Then, on their wedding day, they wonder why no one (including themselves) is dancing.  But there is a reason why these so-called “cheesey” songs are still played.  They are played because THEY WORK!!

Some songs are classic and work every time for every wedding because they appeal to all ages and are fun to dance to.  The key is having a DJ who can feel the vibe of the crowd and then give the right mix of classic and newer music to keep the dance floor crowded.  This takes a great deal of knowledge and experience in doing hundreds of weddings.  So to help you get started, here are some of my top wedding “gems” to keep your dance floor sizzling!


(in alphabetical order)


1. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – Temptations
2. Dancing Queen – Abba
3. Brick House – Commodores
4. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
5. Build Me Up Buttercup – Foundations
6. Conga – Gloria Estefan/Miami Sound Machine
7. Copacabana – Barry Manilow
8. Crazy In Love – Beyonce
9. December 1963 (Oh What a Night) – Frankie Valli & 4 Seasons
10. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
11. Do You Love Me – Contours
12. Funkytown – Lipps, Inc.
13. Get Down Tonight/That’s The Way/Shake Shake Shake – KC & Sunshine Band
14. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – C&C Music Factory
15. Grease Megamix – John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John
16. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – Four Tops
17. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
18. It’s Raining Men – Weather Girls
19. La Bamba – Los Lobos/Ritchie Valens
20. Love Shack – B52’s
21. Mony Mony – Tommy James & Shondells/Billy Idol
22. Paradise By The Dashboard Light – Meatloaf
23. Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
24. Pump Up The Jam – Technotronic
25. Push It – Salt ‘n’ Pepa
26. Respect – Aretha Franklin
27. Runaround Sue – Dion
28. September – Earth, Wind & Fire

29. Shout – Otis Day & The Nights

30. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
31. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
32. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynryd
33. Twist/Twist Again – Chubby Checker
34. Twist and Shout – Beatles
35. Yeah – Usher
36. Vogue – Madonna
37. We Are Family – Sister Sledge
38. What I Like About You – Romantics
39. YMCA – Village People
40. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

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