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20 Must-Have Wedding Reception Songs

I often get asked what are the most popular songs to play at a wedding reception and although I could go on for hours about all the songs that go down a treat, I have narrowed down my top 20 songs every couple should consider for their wedding day…

Must-Have Wedding Reception Songs

Authors Bio: Vivienne May Weddings was founded and created by Kerrie May. With over 8 years of experience in the luxury wedding & event industry, Kerrie has worked at some of the UK’s most iconic venues alongside a selection of renowned industry professionals and worked with a selection of high-net worth couples.

Kerrie is a UK Wedding Planner and has a distinctive reputation amongst her fellow luxury wedding professionals. Her wealth of experience, industry knowledge and unrivalled passion for bringing her clients vision to life is what drives her to plan impeccably designed, style-led and perfectly co-ordinated weddings, with romance at it’s heart.


Must-Have Wedding Reception Songs:

- Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

- Marry Me – Bruno Mars

- Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it) – Beyoncé (for all of the single ladies of course!)

- Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams

- Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

- Just Dance – Lady Gaga

- Shake it Off – Taylor Swift

- Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

- Firework – Katy Perry

- I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

- Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake

- Thriller – Michael Jackson

- I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston

- We Found Love – Rihanna

- Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepson

- I’ve had the time of my life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (just be careful that no-one tries THE lift!)

- The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

- We Will Rock You – Queen

- Problem – Ariana Grande ft Iggy Azalea

- Hold Back the River – James Bay

And if your still stuck for ideas, why not add a ‘Song Request’ to your wedding invitations to get your guests input on their favourite songs! (Don't worry, you can still have full control of the DJ's/Band's setlist so you can stop the Macarena playing...)

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