40 Most Requested Wedding Songs

Having spent the last 15 years as a professional wedding singer and DJ I have noticed that certain songs keep popping up time and time again. These are the tunes that I refer to as “The Songs That Never Die”. They work well with almost any audience, in any location and at any occasion.

I have a rule when performing – if I get a song requested more than 3 times and I don’t know it, I have to go and learn it that week. With this simple method I have compiled a killer set list that always entertains and keeps a dance floor going if needed for hours on end.

What's funny is a good song just seems to work every time, whether played on acoustic guitar with a vocal or through a big sound system in a DJ type environment. Songs like "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond and "Don't Stop Me Now" By Queen never bomb, the crowd sings along and dances without fail.

Here is a list of my top 40 most requested songs of all time. They are great songs to request from a solo acoustic artists, duo, band or DJ. This list is geared more towards classic songs rather than newer electronic music. If you want a to find out the top 50 DJ dance floor songs that are a bit more modern you can check out my other post here.

1. Mr Brightside by The Killers

2. Shallow by Lady Gaga

3. Rocket Man by Elton John

4. 1000 Miles by Vanessa Carlton

5. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

6. Proud Mary by Tina Turner

7. Dancing Queen by Abba

8. Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

9. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

10. September by Earth Wind and Fire

11. Piano Man by Billy Joel

12. Superstition by Stevie Wonder

13. American Pie by Don Maclean

14. Wonderwall by Oasis

15. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

16. Grease by Olivia Newton John and John Travolta

17. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cindy Lauper

18. Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi

19. Stand by Me by Ben E King

20. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen

21. Blister in The Sun by The Violent Femmes

22. Lonely Boy by The Black Keys

23. Oh What a Night by Frankie Vallie

24. I Want It That Way by The Backstreet Boys

25. Africa by Toto

26. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

27. Tiny Dancer by Elton John

28. Stuck in the Middle with You by Steelers Wheel

29. Hound Dog by Elvis

30. Man I Feel Like A Woman by Sheryl Crow

31. Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen

32. Total Eclipse of The Heart  by Bonnie Tyler

33. Walking in Memphis by Mark Cohn

34. Jesse’s Girl by Rick Springfield

35. Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams

36. Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars

37. Imagine by John Lennon

38. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson

39. All Star by Smash Mouth

40. Steal my Kisses by Ben Harper

50 Ultimate Wedding Dance Floor Songs

I have been a wedding singer and DJ for over 15 years now and I can honestly say, the right songs on the dance floor at a wedding reception can really make or break the whole night. Making sure you have great bangers lined up back to back ensures the vibe of the evening stays high energy and everybody can have a great time.

What surprises me year after year are the classic songs that just “never die”. Songs like Whitney Houston’s “I wanna dance with somebody” never fail on any age crowd. If course as a wedding entertainer you have to read the crowd somewhat and figure out on the fly which songs might  be appropriate. I have put together my most bullet-proof list for you and I can tell you with confidence that all of these are consistent winners with all ages and audience types.

When providing music at a wedding reception you have to remember that there are usually people of all ages and social groups so it’s best not to play any obscure or personal “in joke” songs unless you know at least 75% of the audience will get the joke. There is nothing worse than watching a dance floor drain and the enthusiasm disappear because of one poor song choice, and believe me it can happen in seconds!

So here is my current list that works very well, enjoy.

1. 24k Magic – Bruno Mars

2. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weekend

3. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

4. Love Shack – B 52s

5. Low – Flo Rida

6. Billy Jean – Michael Jackson

7. Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith

8. Hey Ya – Outkast

9. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

10. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift

 

 

11. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

12. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

13. Rehab – Amy Winehouse

14. Lady Marmelade – Pink

15. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

16. Wake Me up Before You Go-Go – George Michael

17. The Grease Mega-Mix

18. Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cindy Lauper

19. Man, I Feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain

20. Blame It on the Boogie – Jackson 5

21. 500 Miles – The Pretenders

22. Valerie – Amy Winehouse

23. Good As Hell – Lizzo

24. Happy – Pharell Williams

25. Pony – Genuwine


"If you are hiring a wedding band or DJ make sure you forward them all of your favourite songs leading up to the wedding. Wedding entertainers will play all of the songs on your list if they know them and if they don't, will usually play it through a iPhone or Laptop. These days with Spotify Premium - everybody's a DJ."

26. All About That Bass – Megan Trainor

27. Dynamite – Taio Cruiz

28. Stop – Spice Girls

29. Nutbush City Limits – Tina Turner

30. Single Ladies – Beyonce

31. Satisfaction – Rolling Stones

32. We Are Family – Sister Sledge

33. Push It – Salt n Peppa

34. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

35. Celebration – Cool and the Gang

36. Crazy in Love – Beyonce

37. Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child

38. Love is in the air – John Paul Young

39. Party In The USA – Miley Cyrus

40. Yeah – Usher

41. Dancing Queen – Abba

42. Super Freak – Rick James

43. Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Mindnight Runners

44. Everybody – Backstreet Boys

45. Paper Planes – M.I.A

46. Sweet Caroline – Neil Young

47. Eastside – Halsey

48. Jump Around – House of Pain

49. Turn Down for What – Dj Snake

50. Closing Time – Semisonic