PW Guide Article: Best Dancing Kick-Off Songs

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Best Dancing Kick-Off Songs

Kick your dance party off right with one of these songs!

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Posted on August 18, 2009 at 6:59 am
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Hmmm...I like number 6!

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 6:59 am
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I love #7!!!!!!

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 7:12 am
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Old Time Rock n Roll!!!!

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 3:39 pm
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5!

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 3:43 pm
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#6

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 3:49 pm
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I love #1!

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 5:22 pm
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#9!!!

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 5:42 pm
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ours was Billy Jean by Michael Jackson, big hit!

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 5:44 pm
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I often wonder what the sources are when I see Top Ten lists for music.  I'm not saying there's anything wrong with this list but I don't know where they come from. 


I love all of the songs listed on the above Top Ten List but as a DJ, I probably play 50% of the songs at almost every wedding and I've only used two of them as a kick-off song ("Get the Party Started" & "Let’s Get it Started"), which have now been replaced by more current songs.  The other songs in the above list I'll play for other sets later in the evening. 


The author of this article is right is saying that it's best to consult with your DJ or band about songs they use to open up the dance floor.  As a DJ, I keep a small list of songs reserved as the "ice-breaker" set.  This way, when brides and grooms don't have a specific song to request and leave it in our hands, we have it covered.  The list is a collection of songs that are a proven to get the guests dancing.  It ranges from big band to current hits and changes as new music hits the radio stations or when something else is recommended.  The song we play at that moment depends upon how we "read" the crowd.  We ask questions like:



  • How many guests are there?

  • What is the majority age range of the guests?

  • Are they loud and rowdy or quiet and reserved?


A few other additional songs from my list, for example are "Move This" byTechnotronic and "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang and "Hot Hot Hot" by Arrow (not Buster). 

Posted on November 15, 2009 at 2:45 am
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What happened to, "I GOT A FEELIN, TONIGHTS GONNA BE A GOOD NIGHT!"

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:48 am
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Ours was "Beautiful" by Akon... I have a video of EVERYONE on the dance floor, it was great!

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 8:05 am
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For the last few years, I have wanted to use "Celebration" Kool and the Gang

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 8:06 am
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wow....um....i'm with mike....the list seems a bit....uh....dated.....

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 8:13 am
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Line Dances - Electric Slide, Cha-Cha Slide, Bunny Hop always gets us dancing. Usher "Yea" Beyonce always gets the ladies

Posted on August 26, 2010 at 4:38 am
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This list is a bit dated. I can't understand why most music at wedding receptions is so old. We plan on playing more contemporary music at our reception.

Posted on September 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm
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Umm...wow...Who did they consult about these song choices??

Posted on December 28, 2010 at 11:57 am
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Sometimes these articles are really disappointing, and this is one of those times.

Posted on April 5, 2011 at 3:53 am
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My fiance was to banned all line dancing songs! :(

Posted on June 7, 2011 at 3:55 am
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Yeah... this would be a list of songs that would NEVER be allowed at my wedding... awful!

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 5:56 am
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Some good songs...some, not so much!

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 6:25 am
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