• 12/22/2023

The 100 Best Wedding Reception Songs from the Past Decade

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Wedding receptions celebrate your matrimony with family and friends. It’s a time to party but also embrace the people most important to you. The ceremony is about the love for you and your partner. The reception is for you both to share that love with everyone you invited. The right songs can set the mood you want and encourage everyone to celebrate the dance-worthy and sentimental moments. Here are100 wedding reception songs from the past decade (2013-now). 

Entrance Songs 

The right entrance song can set the tone for your wedding reception. It is traditionally upbeat, letting your bridal party loosen up as they’re announced before the crowd. While your ceremony is often a serious occasion, it’s time to party. You and your new spouse can take control of the party atmosphere by coming into the song of your choosing. 

  1. Can’t Hold Us Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton
  2. Locked Out of Heaven Bruno Mars 
  3. Get Lucky Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams
  4. Suit & Tie Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z
  5. Treasure Bruno Mars 
  6. Feel This Moment Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera
  7. Applause Lady Gaga
  8. Happy Pharrell Williams
  9. Marry You Bruno Mars 
  10. Best Day of My Life American Authors
  11. Boom Clap Charli XCX
  12. Rather Be Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
  13. A Sky Full of Stars ColdPlay 
  14. Play It Again Luke Bryan
  15. Sing Ed Sheeran
  16. Uptown Funk Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
  17. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) OMI
  18. Can’t Feel My Face the Weeknd 
  19. Honey, I’m Good  Andy Grammar 
  20. Style  Taylor Swift 

More Entrance Songs 

There is such a large suggestion of recent bops to consider. 

  1. Cool For the Summer Demi Lovato 
  2. Heartbeat Song Kelly Clarkson 
  3. Cake by the Ocean DNCE
  4. Starving Hailee Steinfeld and Grey featuring Zedd
  5. Lean On Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring MØ
  6. My House Flo Rida 
  7. This is What You Came For Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
  8. Something Just Like This The Chainsmokers and Coldplay
  9. 24K Magic Bruno Mars 
  10. Thunder Imagine Dragons 
  11. Let Me Love You DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber
  12. Castle on the Hill Ed Sheeran 
  13. I Feel It Coming the Weeknd
  14. Girls Like You Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B
  15. In My Feelings Drake 
  16. The Middle Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey
  17. Finesse Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B. 
  18. Old Town Road Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
  19. Sucker Jonas Brothers
  20. Girls Like You Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B.
  21. If I Can’t Have You Shawn Mendes
  22. Blinding Light The Weeknd
  23. Watermelon Sugar Harry Styles 
  24. ILY (I Love You Baby) Surf Mesa featuring Emilee
  25. Fancy Like Walker Hayes
  26. Take My Breath The Weeknd
  27. About Damn Time Lizzo
  28. Levitating Dua Lipa ft. DaBaby 
  29. As It Was Harry Styles 
  30. I’m Good David Guetta ft. Bebe Rexha
  31. Dance the Night Dua Lipa 
  32. I Can See You (Taylor’s Version) Taylor Swift 

First Dance Songs 

First dances are often either something you love or hate. Many people do it purely for tradition while others want that special moment in front of family and friends. It’s often the christening of the dance floor. Some couples prefer the traditional slow dance while others like to get creative with fun choreography or learning a famous movie dance. This group of songs came out in the last decade and have something for everyone. 

  1. I Won’t Give Up Jason Mraz 
  2. It Goes Like This Thomas Rhett 
  3. You (Wedding Song) Jason Cassidy
  4. Kiss Me Ed Sheeran
  5. Mirrors Justin Timberlake 
  6. Sure Be Cool If You Did Blake Shelton 
  7. Love Me Like You Do Ellie Goulding 
  8. Love You Like That Canaan Smith 
  9. Rose Gold Pentatonix 
  10. Stay Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
  11. All of Me John Legend 
  12. Bailando Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona
  13. Adore You Miley Cyrus 
  14. Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
  15. Cheerleader OMI
  16. Like I’m Gonna Lose You Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend
  17. Stand by You Rachel Platten 
  18. H.O.L.Y. Florida Georgia Line
  19. One Call Away Charlie Puth
  20. In Case You Didn’t Know Brett Young 
  21. Perfect Ed Sheeran
  22. Speechless Dan + Shay
  23. Take My Name Parmalee
  24. Amazing Rex Orange County
  25. Room for 2 Benson Boone
  26. I’ll Never Not Love You Michael Bublé
  27. Everything Has Changed (Taylor’s Version) Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran 
  28. Death Do Us Part Nick Jonas

Father-Daughter Dance 

The father-daughter relationship can be incredibly special. A good dad sets an example for their child by showing unconditional love to them and his spouse. The dance gives you a moment to show your love and appreciation to your father or a father-figure in your life. Here are some recent tunes designed for your special bond. 

  1. Walk with You Edwin McCain 
  2. Dance With My Daughter by Jason Blaine
  3. Daddy Dance with Me Krystal Keith 
  4. I’ll Be Your Man (Song for a Daughter) Zac Brown Band 
  5. God Only Knows The Beach Boys 

Mother-Son Dance

A mother-son bond can be just as special as the father-daughter relationship, so it makes sense to honor it as well. She’s the woman who gave birth to you and is now letting her baby start their new family. These songs reflect that experience and are a way for a son to show respect for their first ever life partner.

  1. Mother Michael Bublé
  2. He’s Her Life Waylon Nihipali 
  3. I Love You Mom Jackson Nance
  4. No Prayer Like Mama’s Jay Allen
  5. Can She Have This Dance Drew Baldridge

Last Dance 

You had the toasts, the cake and you passed out all of the favors. The last dance is the final chance to dance the night away with your guests. You can choose an upbeat or sentimental song. Here are some modern options. 

  1. Can’t Stop the Feeling! Justin Timberlake
  2. Castle on the Hill Ed Sheeran 
  3. Drunk in Love Beyoncé ft. Jay Z
  4. Night Changes One Direction 
  5. The Greatest Show Zendaya, Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle
  6. Shallow Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga
  7. Cruel Summer Taylor Swift 
  8. Shut Up and Dance Walk the Moon 
  9. We Can’t Stop Miley Cyrus 
  10. Better Place *NSYNC

Choosing Your Wedding Reception Playlist 

The playlist you choose for your wedding reception can be as unique as your relationship. You can follow traditions or break them. The songs you play should represent you and your partner. There are many classic song options but no one should overlook the great options recent years brought to the table.

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