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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.
This post originally appeared on The Perfect Match’s blog: http://theperfectmatchstudio.com/2016/05/dance-floor-starters-by-the-infamous-dj-dayve/#more-7284
Having been a DJ for over thirteen years and a wedding DJ for the last four of those thirteen, I’ve noticed a trend with first dance song choices. John Legend’s “All Of Me”, Hunter Hayes’ “Wanted”, and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” along with classics like Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable” and Etta James’ “At Last” usually top the list.
Though I always recommend couples choose a song that is special and unique to them and their relationship, with the couples that are open to it, I often suggest some lesser-known first dance song options that give a more unique experience for the two of them and their guests.
These five options top my personal list of first dance songs that slipped through the mainstream wedding filters:
1. Celine Dion’s “Incredible”:
For all of Celine Dion’s fame, this song by her with a feature by Ne-Yo never received wide distribution. Regardless the song’s lyrics are perfect for the first dance of the night.
2. Adele’s “Remedy”:
Adele’s latest album (which “Remedy” is from) is without doubt a knockout. However, “Sweetest Devotion” seems to have gained the majority of the attention. For fans of Adele, “Remedy” is a beautifully written choice for couples to dance to—especially if there’s been hardship in their pasts.
3. Ed Sheeran “Kiss Me”:
You can’t go wrong with Ed Sheeran. Like Adele’s “Sweetest Devotion”, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” seems to have taken most of the fame while some other great hits have sat on the sidelines. One of those is “Kiss Me”. It’s a passionate acoustic-driven choice for a first dance that will inevitably intensify the energy in the room.
4. John Legend’s “You & I (Nobody In The World)“:
This hit by John Legend is said to have been written to his wife. The lyrics fit the day of a wedding perfectly.
5. John Mayer’s “XO”:
For this one, I can’t take the credit; an amazing couple I’m working with on their upcoming wedding requested this for their first song and I immediately fell in love with it. John Mayer’s indelible voice over an acoustic guitar makes this a beautiful rendition of the original version by Beyonce.
[First posted as a guest blogger on ThePerfectMatchStudio.com 4/11/2016]