Today’s super fun guest post comes to us from Clare of Alive Network Entertainment Agency, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England. Enjoy!
Dancing and your wedding go together like bride and groom. A packed dancefloor is not only the sign of a great party, it’s also one of the biggest memories you’ll take away of your W-day. So what are the tunes guaranteed to turn your big day into your big night? Our friends at Alive Network, the UK’s largest and best loved wedding entertainment agency, have put together a list of the latest wedding party anthems loved by you, as chosen by their brides, grooms and artists. Watch the vids to hear real wedding bands perform the tracks live, so you can get a true idea of how they might sound at your par-tay!
Read the full post after the cut!
10. Are You Gonna Be My Girl? – Jet
Performed by The Jukeboxes
We say: Need to draw the boys away from the bar? Time to deploy this beauty. High energy rock’n’roll, with amazing guitar riffs and a cheeky Aussie indie-meets-Motown vibe. Warning: guests will reach for the band’s tambourine.
You say: “The Jet track even had my dad up to the dancefloor! I don’t think he’s danced since 1979…”
9. Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon
Performed by Sugar Rush
We say: Infectious ‘80s throwback pop – with a shout-y bit in the middle where guests can join in. Wedding party perfection.
You say: “We’ll never forget this song. It was our first dance and then we had it played again as our last song. Everyone was up, joining in, with lots of finger-pointy dancing!”
8. Gold Digger/I Got A Woman – Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx / Ray Charles
Performed by Swamp Cats
We say: What better way to celebrate your wedding day than with Kanye’s tribute to money-grabbing girls?! Still, you WILL sing it at the top of your voice – Holla, We Want Prenup! Want slightly less Kanye? Ray Charles’s bouncy original is made for dancing.
You say: “The track that brought everyone to their feet!”
7. Wonderwall – Oasis
Performed by Hipster
We say: Tied with Take That’s Never Forget as your ultimate end-of-the-night, last song singalong. Not exactly one to get everyone dancing, but as floor fillers go, this is hard to beat. Wave arms. Hug each other. Get ready for all the love in the room.
You say: “Best moments? Aside from our ceremony, it has to be Wonderwall at the end of the night. My new bride in my arms…all our friends singing at the top of their lungs. Epic.”
6. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Performed by Tritts And The Numbers
We say: Bruno’s blingy megahit is a mix of funk, soul and disco that demands to be danced to. When Mars first posted it on his album, he declared: “You call it my first single, I call it my invitation to the party.” Well said, Bruno. Well said.
You say: “Does 24K Magic NOT get anyone dancing??”
5. Crazy in Love/Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyoncé
Performed by Bella And The Bourbon Boys
We say: Olden but oh so golden, Bey has been calling the most timid guests onto the dancefloor with these anthems since 2003. Not that you’ll need other guests when you and the girls sashay onto that floor.
You say: “Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh, no, no…!!”
4. Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
Performed by Happy Hour
We say: Perfect for a day with friends and family, Ed’s catchy hit is about nostalgia, growing up, good times. Plus it has a brilliant chorus that demands everyone’s hands go in the air. “IIII’m on my way…!!!”
You say: “We have friends that are big metal fans – even they were jumping up and down, singing their heads off to Ed Sheeran!”
3. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars
Performed by The Long Straws
We say: Not Bruno’s most recent track but undoubtedly his best, Uptown Funk remains THE track that guests run to the dancefloor for. Don’t believe me? Just watch.
You say: “Our band started their second live set with this. We were worried our guests would be full from the evening food, but this song did the trick…They practically ran to the dancefloor!”
2. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys
Performed by The Good Habits
We say: You know all the drum parts. You know all the backing vocals (‘…you’re dynamite!’). Alex Turner hasn’t seen your moves, but he bets you look good. Quite frankly, that’s all any girl needs to fill that floor.
You say: “There’s nothing like hearing this played live! Our band literally brought everyone to the floor with this track.”
1. Mr Brightside – The Killers
Performed by The Kicks
We say: One of THE most requested songs of all time, The Killers’ indie masterpiece is the perfect song for guests basking in the warm, confidence-boosting glow of a craft beer or two. Get ready for a big wedding singalong, and let the crowd bounce commence!
You say: “…the ULTIMATE crowd pleaser
For more advice from real couples, playlists and entertainment ideas, be sure to check out Alive Network’s very lovely Ultimate Guide to Wedding Entertainment.
Clare is a writer, brand developer and music specialist at Alive Network, the UK’s largest and best loved wedding entertainment agency. A former journalist and performer, Clare now lives to make shopping for wedding entertainment more exciting, fuss-free and lovely! In her spare time she writes books and music, laughs a lot, and goes exploring. To learn more about Alive Network Entertainment Agency, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.