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Top 50 Picks For The Ultimate Wedding Reception Playlist

By Kevin McCall on September, 17 2020
Kevin McCall

Top Songs For Your Wedding Reception 

Partnering with a booking agency like Mole Street Artists ensures that every phase of your wedding features awesome music selections. We chatted with the experts. These four band leaders & DJs pick their top, must play tracks for first entrances, dances, dinner and more! Some of these playlists feature more traditional songs that you might want to include anyway. Check out this curated list of 50 songs for your reception. 

Entrance Songs 

Entrances are a fun way for newlyweds to make their first, grand appearance officially married. Some couples include their wedding party in the mix too. If you have a live band or DJ, they should have something in their repertoire ready for you and your crew to bust through the gate! Check out Mole Street Artists’ DJ Adrian Hardy’s recommendations for the top 10 wedding entrance songs:

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Top Picks For Wedding Entrances:

  • “Want You Back” - Jackson 5
  • “Jackie Wilson Said” - Van Morrison 
  • “Yeah 3x” - Chris Brown 
  • “Raise Your Glass” - P!nk
  • “Pump It” - Black Eyed Peas
  • “Kate” - Ben Folds Five (Works best for brides named Kate)
  • “Hey Girl” - Donny Hathaway
  • “Never Did I Stop Loving You” - Alice Clark
  • “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Up (Higher and Higher)” - Jackie Wilson
  • “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” - Natalie Cole

First Dances

Whether you are dancing with your partner or your parents, you want to choose a song that reflects your relationship with that person. Mole Street’s artists make it a priority to learn your requests and honor the integrity of the original song. We understand the music represents something greater especially during the first dances. It’s important to note that a live act will put their own twist on the song. For example, it might be sung in a different key or style. If you’re looking for an authentic, true-to-the-song experience, a DJ or playlist might be the better alternative. Here is Brian Williams & the Get Back’s band leader, Luke O’Reilly with his top 20 picks for First Dances. 

Newlywed’s First Dance

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Top Picks For Newlywed’s First Dance:

  • “Ribbon In The Sky” - Stevie Wonder 
  • “At Last” - Etta James
  • “Just The Way You Look Tonight” - Fred Astaire
  • “Have I Told You Lately” -  Van Morrison 
  • “Thinking Out-loud” - Ed Sheeran 
  • “Just The Way You Are” - Bruno Mars
  • “L.O.V.E.” - Frank Sinatra 
  • “Crazy Love” - Van Morrison
  • “Just the Way You” Are - Billy Joel
  •  “Unforgettable” - Nat King Cole 

Parent Dances

Parent dances typically consist of lyrical content that reflects the love shared between father-daughter and mother-son respectfully. For example, Stevie Wonder wrote “Isn’t She Lovely,” for his daughter Aisha Morris as a celebration of her birth. Songs like this are a perfect way to celebrate the next phase of life. 

Top Picks For Parent Dances:

  • “Isn’t She Lovely” - Stevie Wonder (Father-Daughter)
  • “My Girl” - Temptations (Father-Daughter)
  • “Whenever I See Your Smiling Face” - James Taylor (Father-Daughter)
  • “Lean On Me” - Bill Withers (Father-Daughter)
  • “I Loved Her First” - Heartland (Father-Daughter)
  • “Stand By Me” - Ben E. King (Mother-Son)
  • “I’ll Always Love My Mama” - The Intruders (Mother-Son)
  • “Simple Man” - Lynyrd Skynyrd (Mother-Son)
  •  “Hey Mama” - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (Mother-Son)
  •  “In My Life” - The Beatles (Mother-Son)

Dinner Music

While dinner is being served, it is traditional for the band or DJ to bring the musical momentum down a notch. Perhaps a jazz trio can continue to perform lightly in the background or your DJ can put together a chill mix curator by you. Here are 10 songs offered by Mole Street Artist roster member and jazz pianist, Vance Camisa, to hear during dinner service: 

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Top Picks For Dinner Music:

  • “Fly Me to the Moon” - Frank Sinatra 
  • “Moonlight in Vermont” - Frank Sinatra 
  • “I Could Write a Book” - Harold Lang, Beverley Fite
  • “My Romance” - Ella Fitzgerald
  • “It Had to Be You” - Barbra Streisand
  • “Blue Moon” - The Marcels
  • “All of Me” - Billie Holiday 
  • “Polkadots and Moonbeams” - Frank Sinatra 
  • “For Sentimental Reasons” - Nat King Cole 
  • “Surrey with the Fringe on Top” - From the Musical Oklahoma 

Dance Music

After the elaborate entrances, first dances and dinner service, it’s time to hit the dance floor! From Blues Junior’s wide range of top 40’s hits and classic covers, to the east coast flare of Brian Williams & the Get Back’s soulful, old school jams - Mole Street Artists’ wedding bands will have your entire reception up and dancing. Our musicians treat every event like a new, live experience and the best way they can deliver this performance to you is by letting them cut loose so you can enjoy your reception. Bands will take requests prior to the event, but a setlist of songs will be followed during the event to ensure everything moves and grooves smoothly.

Blues Junior’s band leader Brian LaPann offers the group’s top 10 picks for must-hear reception songs: 

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Top Picks For Dance Music:

  • “Superstition” - Stevie Wonder 
  • “Can’t Stop The Feeling” - Justin Timberlake
  • “Play That Funky Music White Boy” - Wild Cherry 
  • “Shake Your Body” - Michael Jackson 
  • “I Can’t Feel My Face” - The Weekend 
  • “Get Lucky” - Pharrell Williams & Daft Punk 
  • “We Are Family” - Sister Sledge 
  • “Respect” - Aretha Franklin 
  • "Sweet Home Alabama" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  •  “Valerie” - Amy Winehouse 

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