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Most Popular Wedding DJ Songs List from Billboard

There are SO MANY lists that an engaged couple can study in order to find songs that will rock their wedding reception dance floors (I provide my clients with numerous lists myself). But this is the first list Billboard has produced in a while of the songs that Wedding DJs say "This is what works".

I agree with about 90% of the list but maybe not in the order it's in. I think some songs that are lower on the list do much better than songs higher on the list and vice versa. And because the majority of my parties take place in Alabama, I need to put an "Alabama Spin" on the list ... we here in Alabama take our sweet time getting around to following the trends that other parts of the country tend to jump on as far as the popularity of music. For instance, I don't think I've received more than one request for "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" and "One Dance" this year. These may be dance floor burners at Los Angeles' wedding receptions but I don't foresee them becoming must hears in our area for at least another year if ever.

That said, here's the list. If you want to see the list on the Billboard site which has videos of many of the more recent songs, click here.


  1. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

  2. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift

  3. Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon

  4. Can’t Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake

  5. I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston

  6. September - Earth Wind & Fire

  7. Yeah - Usher

  8. Don’t Stop Believing - Journey

  9. Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson

  10. Shout – Part 1 - The Isley Brothers

  11. Cupid Shuffle - Cupid

  12. Hey Ya - Outkast

  13. Wobble - V.I.C.

  14. Cake By The Ocean - DNCE

  15. Happy - Pharell Williams

  16. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

  17. Hypnotize - Notorious B.I.G.

  18. I Want You Back - Jackson Five

  19. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

  20. You Make My Dreams Come True - Hall & Oates

  21. This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan

  22. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

  23. The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra

  24. Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder

  25. Crazy In Love - Beyonce & Jay-Z

  26. Twist And Shout - The Beatles

  27. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) - Backstreet Boys

  28. Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

  29. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke

  30. Party In The USA - Miley Cyrus

  31. Low - Flo Rida

  32. Ignition (Remix) - R. Kelly

  33. Turn Down For What - DJ Snake w/Lil' Jon

  34. We Are Family - Sister Sledge

  35. Can’t Feel My Face - The Weeknd

  36. All Of Me - John Legend

  37. Wannabe - Spice Girls

  38. I Love It - Icona Pop

  39. Love Shack - The B-52s

  40. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

  41. Timber - Pitbull

  42. Respect - Aretha Franklin

  43. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell

  44. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake

  45. Kiss - Prince

  46. Livin’ On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

  47. My Girl - Temptations

  48. One Dance - Drake

  49. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

  50. Can’t Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley

  51. Work - Rihanna

  52. Jump Around - House Of Pain

  53. Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks

  54. Cha Cha Slide - DJ Casper

  55. At Last - Etta James

  56. PYT - Michael Jackson

  57. Get Lucky - Daft Punk

  58. Marry You - Bruno Mars

  59. Let’s Stay Together - Al Green

  60. We Found Love - Rihanna w/ Calvin Harris

  61. Bye Bye Bye - N'Sync

  62. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg - Temptations

  63. Sorry - Justin Bieber

  64. Danza Kuduro - Don Omar

  65. Footloose - Kenny Loggins

  66. Hot In Herre - Nelly

  67. Die A Happy Man - Thomas Rhett

  68. Sugar - Maroon 5

  69. The Way You Move - Outkast

  70. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

  71. This Is What You Came For - Rihanna w/ Calvin Harris

  72. My House - Flo Rida

  73. Feel So Close - Calvin Harris

  74. Honey I’m Good - Andy Grammer

  75. Fireball - Pitbull

  76. I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince

  77. Love On Top - Beyonce

  78. Firework - Katy Perry

  79. Single Ladies - Beyonce

  80. Wanna Be Startin Something - Michael Jackson

  81. Dancing Queen - Abba

  82. Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye

  83. Stand By Me - Ben E. King

  84. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers

  85. You Are The Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne

  86. Want To Want Me - Jason Derulo

  87. Suavemente - Elvis Crespo

  88. I Took A Pill In Ibiza (SeeB Remix) - Mike Posner

  89. Then - Brad Paisley

  90. Give Me Everything - Pitbull

  91. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

  92. I Cross My Heart - George Strait

  93. Baby Got Back - Sir Mix A Lot

  94. It’s Tricky - Run DMC

  95. Watch Me Whip - Silento

  96. All I Do Is Win - DJ Khaled

  97. Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry

  98. Take On Me - A-Ha

  99. Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

  100. 100. Celebration - Kool and the Gang

I will say that normally when we play songs off this list, the music appeals to young and old AS LONG AS we play it at the proper point of the evening. Putting all these songs on an iPod, hitting shuffle and expecting to get a dance floor going simply will not work. A Professional DJ understands the psychology of entertaining your guests in a way so that he knows not to try playing "Unchained Melody" or "Don't Stop Believin" in the first hour of your reception. He knows WHEN to play these songs to maximize their effect with you and your guests.

So while it's a great list of music, it means nothing without a Professional DJ playing it.

Kinda like a NASCAR race car and a 16 year-old driver. Sure the 16 year-old knows how to drive now. But I wouldn't put him behind the wheel of a race car and expect success!

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