When you’re planning your wedding reception playlist, it’s important to have a good variety of music that appeals to all your guests. You want to give your college roommates the opportunity to bust a move but you don’t want Grandma to feel left out. Here are 9 dance floor favorites… we’ve left #10 up to you!
1. Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
The Tune: Born in Detroit, Michigan (what’s not to love!), Jackie Wilson’s discography boasts a wealth of dance floor favorites. With a legacy of passionate performances and groovy moves, it’s no wonder he’s called Mr. Excitement. An inescapably contagious tune that’s a little ecstatic, this classic will be sure to get people on the dance floor.
The Groove: Time to go a little wild. Arms out, fingers snapping, hips and shoulders swaying with a good head tilt. And of course, sing along.
2. Like A Prayer – Madonna
The Tune: Another Michigander, you really can’t go wrong with Madonna on your playlist. A pop-rock song with elements of gospel, Like A Prayer has a simple melody paired with an appealing contrast of sounds and textures.
The Groove: Crouch down with your legs apart and bend your knees outward. Sway your hips to the beat and use your arms to gyrate to the rhythm of the music. For the less flexible, try a simple side to side step and clap to the beat. An oldie but a goodie – Madonna style.
3. 1999 – Prince
The Tune: A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-er, Prince is known for his flamboyant stage presence, over-the-top performances and stunning vocal range. 1999 offers dancer apocalyptic pop at it’s best – a true party theme.
The Groove: It’s the end of the world – go crazy.
4. Black & Gold – Sam Sparro
The Tune: A little bit electro-pop with an insistent pulse, Black & Gold is Aussie-American sensation Sam Sparro’s lead single off his self-titled album.
The Groove: A little bit Fred Astair, a little bit Mr. Roboto.
5. Dancing Queen – ABBA
The Tune: Euro-disco triumph ABBA has a decidedly superstar legacy. Dancing Queen is only one of countless hits but still remains one of their most popular songs. This might be due in part to the fact that you’d be hard pressed to find a woman who won’t dance to it.
The Groove: Twirling. Twirling of any kind.
6. Hey Ya – Outkast
The Tune: A song you cannot not sing along to. Hey Ya is a great mix of hip-hop and pop-rock with a dash of funk. It’s sad to think that in another 10 years, kids may not even know how to ‘shake it like a Polaroid picture’.
The Groove: Incessant jiggle with the occasional shimmy and properly timed clap.
7. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
The Tune: If you like Bill Murray you know that there are two kinds of people in this world, those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t… But in all seriousness, who doesn’t love this song!? With a great build-up, Sweet Caroline is the perfect mix of belt-it-out lyrics and poppy dance-ability.
The Groove: Swaying, some hugging, and a whole lotta shouting.
8. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
The Tune: Party Rock Anthem… need we say more?
The Groove: Learn How to Shuffle!!!
9. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
The Tune: With a distinctive bass line and Jackson’s vocal “hiccups”, Billie Jean is a good crowd pleaser for both its singability and solid beat. Not too fast, not too slow.
The Groove: Moonwalk. Moonwalk in a circle. And if you can’t: shimmy, spin and pop-walk your little heart out.
So, tell us! What should #10 be? We’ll post your responses next week.
Lisa @ Lorio-Ross