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25 Songs (Guaranteed!) to Get Your Guests On the Dance Floor

Choosing the right music is often more complicated than it first appears. So we've composed the perfect playlist.

It can be one of the most enjoyable and personal aspects of a wedding, but choosing the right music—as with every other choice for your special day—is often more complicated than first appears. Some tunes might be selected for sentimental reasons (maybe you couldn’t get “Come To My Window” out of your head for the first month after meeting your future wife), others out of nostalgia (Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland”). One song’s lyrics might perfectly capture your relationship (“Father Figure,” say) while another’s beat is guaranteed dance-floor bait (we’re looking at you, MJ).

In other words, the choices are many, and so are the opportunities to use music, from the processional (as guests are seated) to your entrance at the reception (perhaps a tune that matches the giddiness of the moment) to the first dance (often deeply personal and intimate).

The following list, spanning several decades and genres, may not be definitive. But it’s a great way to jump-start your quest for the perfect wedding-day soundtrack.

  • Adele, “Remedy” (2015)
  • B-52s, “Love Shack” (1989)
  • Beyoncé, “Crazy In Love” (2003)
  • David Bowie, “Modern Love” (1983)
  • Deee-Lite, “Groove Is In the Heart” (1990)
  • Des’ree, “Kissing You” (1996)
  • The Emotions, “Best of My Love” (1977)
  • Michael Jackson, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (1979)
  • Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe” (2012)
  • Elton John, “Your Song” (1970)
  • Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance” (2009)
  • KD Lang, “Simple” (2004)
  • Cyndi Lauper, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” (1983)
  • Kenny Loggins, “Footloose” (1984)
  • M83, “Midnight City” (2011)
  • Madonna, “Holiday” (1983)
  • Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You” (2012)
  • Dolly Parton, “Love Is Like a Butterfly” (1974)
  • Katy Perry, “Unconditionally” (2013)
  • Pink, “Raise Your Glass” (2010)
  • Prince, “Kiss” (1986)
  • Robyn, “Do It Again” (2014)
  • Sam Smith, “Latch (Acoustic)” (2014)
  • Tegan and Sara, “Closer” (2012)
  • Stevie Wonder, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (1970)