Wedding Receptions: The Best Dance Songs for Each Generation

When you plan your wedding reception, you have to worry about everything, from seating arrangements to the food to serve and the color of tablecloths. You get to go beyond the usual choices when planning or maybe opt for wedding rentals in Houston.

Another important thing about weddings to consider is music. For one, it has to be a blend of both partners' tastes but must be suitable for everyone in the reception, from the grandparents to young children. Music has a lasting impression on people's minds. The wedding reception dance is always a tradition to look forward to, and people wait eagerly to find out which songs will be played. Whatever song will be chosen will be what people will look back to and is forever attached to their memories.

Here's a list of songs, grouped into different generations but are appreciated by all.

Baby Boomers 

Nothing to kick off a slow dance like a classic song everyone knows the lyrics to. "Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra is a staple. You can also choose from Frankie Valli or Lauryn Hill's versions of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." You can't go wrong either with The Beatles; "In My Life," and "I Will" is a good option. Other choices to consider are "L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole, "At Last" by Etta James, and "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley.   

Generation X 

Generation X is a fascinating generation, with many trends of the era returning in today's music (see synthpop for some examples). Besides the typical Michael Jackson ("The Way You Make Me Feel") or Madonna ("Crazy For You") song, you can hark back to the Carpenters ("We've Only Just Begun") and Journey ("Don't Stop Believing"). You can also add Belinda Carlisle ("Heaven is a Place on Earth") and the ever timeless "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper.   


The generation right before the youngest one has seen the rise of smartphones, the earliest memes and trends, and an eclectic mixture of upbeat pop and emo rock. "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls is a well-known song. "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion is another. "Wonderwall" by Oasis, "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol and "Summertime" by My Chemical Romance are also particularly good options.  Old Taylor Swift songs like "Sparks Fly" and "Love Story" are suitable, too. Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are" and "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction are more upbeat but great to dance to.   

Time will tell what kind of music Generations Z and Alpha kids will eventually marry and dance to, but it's always nice to stick to the classics. Thanks to the Internet, younger generations are rediscovering the likes of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. It's also great to add a combination of the tastes of different age groups in a wedding playlist, then play them at random to excite the guests. You can alternate the slow and the fast ones and use the lyrics and the mood of the song to your advantage. Remember to always ask for help or advice about the song choices. Who knows? You might even discover another favorite vintage band or singer along the way.