The Ultimate Wedding Party Playlists for Your Reception

Make sure your wedding party goes off with these amazing wedding reception soundtracks

Whether you’re planning a party of pure cheese or Ibiza club classics, we’ve asked the experts for their top wedding reception playlists to make sure your dance floor is always full.


From the floor fillers of the noughties to the ultimate end of the night tunes, there’s something to suit all kinds of party. Whether you’ve got a wedding band, a DJ or you’re DIY-ing it with an iPod and sound system, be inspired by our awesome Spotify playlists. 

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Get the party started with our wedding reception soundtracks

The Romantic First Dance Playlist

We may have 100 first dance songs for you to choose from, but if none of those tickle your fancy, be sure to check out this list, curated by the You & Your Wedding team. Whether you want something slow and slushy or upbeat and fun, we’ve got a track for you. 

1. I Wan’na Be Like You – Robbie Williams

2. First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes

3. Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John

4. Perfect – Ed Sheeran

5. Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys

6. Satisfy My Soul – Bob Marley

7. Smooth Sailin’ – Leon Bridges

8. Flowers in the Window – Travis

9. Let It Be Me – Ray LaMontagne

10. Cheek to Cheek – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

11. All of Me – John Legend

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The Get-the-Party-Started Playlist

Make sure you start your party as you mean to go on with one of these total party bangers, as picked by DJ duo Freight Train, who’ve played at the Brit Awards and the Baftas.

1. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

2. Happy – Pharrell Williams

3. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars

4. I Want You Back – The Jackson 5

5. I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas

6. Dynamite – Taio Cruz

7. Get Lucky – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams

8. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams

9. Wanna Be Startin’ Something – Michael Jackson

10. Can’t Stop the Feeling! – Justin Timberlake

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The Noughties Disco Wedding Party Playlist 

It’s likely the majority of your guests will have been at university and starting out in the world in the noughties so you’re guaranteed to have guests rushing on to the dance floor upon hearing some of these modern-day classics, as picked by DJ Markus, who has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry, including a residency in Ibiza.

1. Crazy in Love – Beyoncé

2. Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

3. Hot in Herre – Nelly

4. Señorita – Justin Timberlake

5. Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon

6. Mr Brightside – The Killers

7. Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis

8. Rude Boy – Rihanna

9. Gold Digger – Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx

10. I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas 

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The Ibiza Inspired Wedding Party Playlist

If you want everyone to be dancing until dawn in the spirit of an Ibiza blow-out, check out this playlist from May Plays Sax – the saxophonist has played around the world and shares her top picks for grown up club kids.

1. Jubel – Klingande

2. This Girl – Kungs vs. Cookin’ on 3 Burners

3. Changes – Faul & Wad Ad vs. Pnau

4. Pjanoo – Eric Prydz

5. Man with the Red Face – Funkagenda and Mark Knight

6. Sun Goes Down – Robin Schulz

7. Calabria – Rune

8. Show Me Love – Robin S

9. Sweet Lovin’ – Sigala

10. Games – Bakermat

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The Wedding Party Playlist for a Ceilidh

Want a raucous ceilidh for your wedding party? Irish band St Patrick’s Ceilidh use a range of instruments to delight audiences and have picked out their top folk tunes for a boisterous party.

1. The Wild Rover

2. I’ll Tell Me Ma

3. Dirty Old Town – Ewan McColl

4. Galway Girl – Steve Earle

5. Whiskey in the Jar

6. The Irish Rover

7. The Fields of Athenry

8. The Star of the County Down – Cathal McGarvey

9. The Rare Old Mountain Dew – Edward Harrigan and David Braham

10. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons

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The Pure Cheese Wedding Party Playlist

DJ Will shared his top singalong favourites with us that are guaranteed to keep everyone dancing – all your guests are guaranteed to know (and love) these tunes!

1. Mambo No.5 – Lou Bega

2. Boom! Shake the Room – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

3. Here Comes the Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze

4. C’est La Vie – B*Witched

5. Love Shack – The B-52s

6. The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

7. Reach – S Club 7

8. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys

9. Wannabe – Spice Girls

10. Relight My Fire – Take That

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Country Themed Wedding Party Playlist

Love your country music? We asked folk-rock party band The Nameless Three, who have entertained crowds at festivals, private events and more, for their top bluegrass inspired floor-filling tracks. 

1. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

2. Cripple Creek

3. The Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band

4. Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons

5. Jolene – Dolly Parton

6. Everybody Knows She’s Mine – Blackberry Smoke

7. Hey Brother – Avicii

8. Yellow – Coldplay (The Nameless Three bluegrass version)

9. Highway to Hell – Hayseed Dixie

10. Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex

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End of the Night Wedding Party Playlist

End your wedding night on a high with one of these euphoric end-of-the-night tracks. The You & Your Wedding team have picked out their favourite tracks to end your wedding party to.

1. No Tomorrow – Orson

2. On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull

3. Sorry – Justin Bieber

4. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

5. Shake a Tail Feather – Ray Charles

6. Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader

7. 1999 – Prince

8. Jump N’ Shout – Basement Jaxx ft. Slarta John

9. Yeah! – Usher ft. Lil Jon and Ludacris

10. Evacuate the Dancefloor – Cascada 

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