Group dance songs and line dance songs are played at wedding receptions to get people on the dance floor in a group dance. Group or line dance songs are also known as audience participation songs. Group songs played can invoke a conga line, a train line, rows of line dancing, circles of the Hokey Pokey, hand signaling Y.M.C.A. and much more. Bridal couples must decide the mood they want at their wedding reception. Some bridal couples may see group dance songs as cheezy or overplayed at wedding receptions.
There are many country songs music entertainers can play at weddings that the guests at wedding receptions would know as line dance songs. However, our most popular country line dance songs are Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus, Boot Scootin’ Boogie by Brooks & Dunn, Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson and Watermelon Crawl by Tracy Bird. Popular pop radio songs have created dance crazes also. These songs include Macarena by Los Del Rio, Cha Cha Slide by Mr C, Electric Slide by Marcia Griffiths and the The Twist by Chubby Checker.
Songs that will entice a group conga line or train line include C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train) by Quad City DJ’s, Conga by Miami Sound Machine, The Loco-motion by Grand Funk Railroad, and The Locomotion by Little Eva. Another activity at more casual or upbeat wedding receptions is the limbo. We added the most popular limbo song, Limbo Rock by Chubby Checker, below. However, if the bridal couple wants a lengthy limbo line at their wedding reception, be sure to check out our long list of best limbo songs.
Certain popular songs fill dance floors as they promote group activies. Example songs would be the Y.M.C.A. by the Village People – hand gesturing the letters YMCA, Shout by the Isley Brothers – shouting and raising hands, Willie & The Hand Jive by Johnny Otis – a routined hand jive. Lastly, we would recommend a group line with men on one side and women on the other. Then, each couple goes through the line under everone’s hands. This activity is done to the song The Stroll by The Diamonds.
A current popular thing to do at weddings is to have a choreographered dance with a group of people. For this you would select your own songs. However, we have seen routined dances to Forever by Chris Brown and Thriller by Michael Jackson on YouTube. Old-time kid songs are also very popular to fill the dance floor at wedding receptions. These songs include the Hokey Pokey, the Chicken Dance and the Bunny Hop.
Line Dance Songs
69 Boyz – Tootsee Roll
Alan Jackson – Chattahoochee
Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
Billy Idol – Mony Mony
Billy Ray Cyrus – Achy Breaky Heart
Brooks & Dunn – Boot Scootin’ Boogie
Cali Swag District – Teach Me How to Dougie
Chris Brown – Forever
Chubby Checker – Limbo Rock
Chubby Checker – The Twist
Cupid – Cupid Shuffle
Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
Emeralds – Chicken Dance/Bird Dance
Grand Funk Railroad – The Loco-motion
Johnny Otis – Willie & The Hand Jive
Little Eva – The Loco-Motion
Los Del Rio – Macarena
Marcia Griffiths – Electric Boogie
Miami Sound Machine & Gloria Estefan – Conga
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Mr. C- Cha Cha Slide
Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
Psy – Gangnam Style
Quad City DJ’s – C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)
Ray Anthony – Bunny Hop
Ray Anthony – The Hokey Pokey
Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe
Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast – Time Warp
Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em – Crank That
Steps – 5, 6, 7, 8
The Beatles – Twist & Shout
The Diamonds – The Stroll
The Gap Band – Party Train
The Grid – Swamp Thing
The Isley Brothers – Shout
Tracy Byrd – Watermelon Crawl
V.I.C. – Wobble
Van McCoy – The Hustle
Village People – Y.M.C.A.