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Qualified dance floor starters are few and far between when it comes to weddings. Considering the (usually) wide age spread at weddings, the song (a) has to be timeless enough to allow both young and wise to jam together, (b) has to have a catchy enough introduction to be instantly recognizable by (nearly) the entire room, and (c) should (typically) be high-energy. That being said, you’ll see in the list that I’ve included one slow song and I explain why below. Without further adieu, here you go!

1. Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody”

Yes, I did put a slow song in the dance floor starters list. Let me explain: for weddings with guests that seem to be a little slow to warm up and open up throughout the cocktail hour and dinner. I use this one to draw most guests onto the dance floor for a slow dance with their date for the evening before following up with one of the others below to transition into a higher energy tempo and tempo to get the dance floor moving.

2. Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”

You can’t go wrong with a classic MJ jam. Based on past experience, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” seems to be the one to rule them all in terms of packing the dance floor. From a DJ perspective, the beginning of the song allows for some fun cue point mixing to rev up the energy before letting the beat drop.

3. Jagged Edge’s “Let’s Get Married” (Remarqable Remix)

This remix of Jagged Edge’s original song is a well-known hit for most in the 25-35 year-old age bracket that are currently getting married. The obvious wedding-centric theme of the song makes this particularly applicable to start up the dance floor. I’m working a wedding in a few days where the groom is using the rap portion of this song in his lip-sync battle with his bride at the beginning of the reception and I can guarantee it’s going to start the night off on a high note.

4. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”

While this song has proven to be controversial, its ability to be a dance floor magnet lives on indefinitely. I haven’t yet worked a wedding where this song didn’t get all generations moving.

5. Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars”

Mark and Bruno top my (and every other DJ’s) list of wedding dance floor starters because their hit works like a charm every time. This is one of very few songs that I refuse to ever cut out early because the variety in the energy throughout it keeps people moving. This song will remain a timeless hit that continues to transcend generational barriers.

BONUS: Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling”

Justin Timberlake recently released this song accompanying his role in a new DreamWorks animation film and, while I haven’t had a chance to initiate enough dancing segments for weddings with it, I have no doubt it’ll be a top request and ascertainable dance floor fire starter once it bounces through the air waves for a few weeks.

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