One thing that we’ve noticed after doing hundreds of weddings is that ladies are often the first to the dance floor, and the last ones off. They know how to bring a party, but sometimes they have a hard tiem getting their significant others up on the dance floor. In those situations, where the dance floor is jam packed with women, we like to say thanks by playing a few of these songs – sometimes one, sometimes 3 or 4 of them, depending on how long it takes for the guys to get the hint that the dance floor is jumping! It sounds totally sexist, but we don’t mean it to be that way – we just find that when the dance floor has a lot of ladies on it, the guys are more likely to get up and join them. Not that new of a concept, we just want to make sure that we’re making sense.
These songs are also contained in our guide, that makes planning your own reception a breeze. We recognize that we may be professional DJ’s, but not everyone can afford a professional on their big day. That doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be able to have an awesome reception, and our guide helps walk them through the entire thing!
On with some of our picks!
9) SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
This is an oldie but a goodie for Justin Timberlake, and if you were in high school or college when it came out, you remember it being pretty dominant on the charts. This one has a lower-energy, but high-passion feel that really goes over well with the ladies when we play it.
8) Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
If the crowd on the dance floor is a little older, or if we’re trying to squeeze this in during a more ‘universal’ period of dancing, this is one that we reach for. It has a medium-energy feel and can serve as a good song to get some ladies back onto the dance floor after an event like cake cutting, etc. This is also a good song to use for the Bouquet Toss, so keep that in mind, too.
7) Bye Bye Bye – NSYNC*
Same kind of throwback factor as the Justin Timberlake track, but with a bit more ‘epic’ appeal, especially if you’re playing some of these songs later in the evening. This was a track that we’d sometimes used as a ‘final dance’ if the couple wanted something fun and upbeat, but it’s undeniable that many, many girls at weddings have strong emotional ties to this band and this song.
6) Love On Top – Beyonce
I don’t know if you’ve seen Beyonce’s performance of this at the VMA’s, but it’s one of the best performances of any song I’ve ever seen, and she did it while she was pregnant. It was really something. Anyway, this song starts catchy – 80’s era synth groove, and by the middle of the song, it’s into a series of escalating key changes that continue to dump more and more wood on the fire that will likely be burning on the dance floor. Ladies love, love, love this song, and I can’t help but love it too.
5) Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles
Girl-bands are loved by girls, no doubt, but this song has a special kind of fast-paced groove that’s easy to dance to, and any child of the 80’s will remember a summer where this song reigned supreme. This song often follows well after one of the next songs, especially if the crowd is a little more indie-friendly.
4) I Love It – ICONA POP
Maybe our tune will change on this a few years from now – maybe it’ll become dated quickly, but we don’t think so. Every time we play this song, girls scream along and jump on the dance floor. There’s some kind of girl-power energy to this song that really makes for a great sing-along song, especially near the end of the evening during a Top-40 set.
3) Grease Megamix – Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta
This song is a secret weapon, because just about everyone knows the lyrics, and some people in your crowd are guaranteed to know some of the dance moves. Grease is a cultural touchstone of America, at this point, and if you play this song, and you *don’t* find people singing along (and screaming along at the end of the song), I’d check some pulses!
2) Firework – Katy Perry
Granted, it’s not personally our favorite song, but the song has a faster tempo that doesn’t make it impossible to dance to, and by the time the chorus rolls around, most of the women on the dance floor will be singing along and having a great time. This one had to be on the list, not only because it gets requested so much when we work weddings, but it’s also a song that people seem to really enjoy.
1) I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
This song has a long, slow intro – maybe 45 seconds of synth noise, but when the first main chords it, your guests, especially your female ones, will be cheering. We love playing this song and it’s the cornerstone of our ’80’s Ladies’ set. Women from all generations love this song, and it has straight-up universal appeal. We’re always confident playing this song.
We hope that this was helpful – these are a few of the songs that we like to use to either get ladies out on the wedding dance floor, or get more ladies out on the dance floor. I recommend mixing these in with your playlists for your iPod Wedding / Wedding where you’re doing your own music – a generous sprinkling of them will help keep the ratio of guys/girls heavier on the girl-side, which helps keep guys dancing, too!