Songs to Request at Wedding Receptions

Say you're a guest at a wedding reception and you'd really like to dance a waltz or cha-cha or foxtrot or rumba or [insert your favorite dance here] but the DJ hasn't played anything that works for the dance(s) you'd like to do.

The DJ has asked for requests, but it's pretty unlikely he'll have anything in his library from any of "The Ultimate Ballroom" or "The Ultimate Latin" CDs!

So, here's the challenge: Come up with a list of songs that are a.) likely to be in the average wedding DJ's library (i.e. fairly current pop songs) and b.) to which you could fairly easily dance your favorite smooth, standard, latin, rhythm and/or swing dances.

List your suggestions by song title and the dance(s) you'd do to each.

Here are some examples to get you started:

Lady Marmalade (Aguilera et. al.) - cha-cha
Mercy (Duffy) - cha-cha
I Need to Know (Marc Anthony) - cha-cha
Get this Party Started (Pink) - cha-cha
Smmoth (Thomas/Santan) - cha-cha
Orange Colored Sky (Natalie Cole) - foxtrot (not sure how likely this is to be in the average DJ's library, though)
Le Freak (Chic) - Hustle
You Dropped a Bomb on Me (The Gap Band) - Hustle
Mambo No. 5 (Lou Bega) - Mambo
Ain't it Funny (J. Lo) - Samba
Bailamos (Enrique Iglesias) - Samba
Misery (Pink) - Waltz
Take it to the Limit (Eagles) - Waltz
Smooth Operator (Sade) - Rumba
My Cherie Amour (Stevie Wonder) - Rumba
Quando, Quando, Quando (Michael Bublé) - Rumba
Temptation (Diana Krall) - Rumba/WCS
Somos Novios (Andrea Bocelli (hey, you never know, they might have it)) - Rumba
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) (Beyoncé) - Samba
Everything I Can't Have (Robin Thicke) - Samba (though a little fast)
Pon De Replay (Rihanna) - Samba
Sway (*****cat Dolls/Dean Martin) - ChaCha
Sex Bomb (Tom Jones) - ChaCha


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I have nothing...whitney houston
kissed by a rose...seal
have you ever really loved a woman..bryan adams?
you and me...lighthouse
iris...googoo dolls
save the last dance for me...buble
tragedia...marc anthony
I did a post on this a while back: here

Here's an excerpt:

A local DJ and dance teacher in my area has posted on site a list of the most requested songs at weddings. I have added my ideas of which dances would go with them.

Top Requested Dance Songs
It’s Raining Men, Weather Girls hustle
Get This Party Started, Pink cha cha
Last Dance, Donna Summer
Brick House, Commodores
hustle or cha cha
Love Shack, B 52’s
Celebration, Kool & The Gang
Vogue, Madonna
We Are Family, Sister Sledge
YMCA, Village People
I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
I’m So Excited, Pointer Sisters
Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison swing
Build Me Up Buttercup, Foundations swing
Footloose, Kenny Loggins swing
Respect, Aretha Franklin cha cha
It Had To Be You, Harry Connick, Jr. foxtrot
Night and Day, Frank Sinatra
Just The Way You Are, Billy Joel rumba
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, Stevie Wonder
cha cha
Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Elton John
nightclub two-step
Could I Have This Dance, Anne Murray
The Way You Look Tonight, Tony Bennett
Always and Forever, Heatwave
More, Bobby Darin


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Is is, or at least a "I'm not taking you back" song. But it's just for the party, not the first dance! At least I assumed this was a list for dancing to at the reception, not for potential first dances.


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Wellllllllll..... my favorite favorite wedding song ever is: "I'll be" for waltz by edwin mccain.

"Take my breath away" for rumba by Jessica Simpson

[This thread is great! My BF is getting married coming fall! eeekkkkk!]

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