Every bride and groom wants their reception to rock. And the key to achieving just that isn’t the food, or even the drinks, you serve — it’s the music.
If your goal is to get people up on the dance floor once the traditional bride-groom, mother-son and father-daughter dances are done, there’s no better way of doing that than with a wedding line dance.
A wedding line dance is a choreographed group dance that includes a sequence of repeated steps. Participants are typically arranged in one or more rows. To make this party ploy successful, however, choosing a well-known song is key.
With selection in almost every genre, it shouldn’t be hard to choose wedding line dance songs that will resonate with your guests. Before we discuss how to make your wedding line dance a success, however, let’s shift our focus to the music.
The Best Line Dance Songs
From country and classics to pop and hip hop, there are a wide range of songs that work well for group dance. There are even a few rock songs that you can successfully groove as a group to.
Here are the 65 best wedding line dance songs to consider for group dances at your reception:
Country Line Dance Songs
• Chattahoochee — by Alan Jackson
This No. 1 hit on the country music charts was Alan Jackson’s effort at adding a fun coming of age song to his latest album. The uptempo song is great for getting people up on the dance floor. If you want to learn the moves, here’s a great example of a group in action.
• Baby Likes to Rock It — by The Tractors
A country hit from the 1990s, this song is a great choice if you’ll have a lot of country music fans at your reception. Here’s the lowdown on the moves.
• Boot Scootin’ Boogie — by Brooks & Dunn
A catchy tune from country duo Brooks & Dunn, this song was all over the country radio station in the early ’90s and is still popular with line dance lovers. This video tutorial will get you up to speed on the steps.
• Fancy Like — by Walker Hayes
Launched in 2021, this song features engaging lyrics and a good old-fashioned country tune that was made for line-dancing. If you’re having a country-style wedding, this song is a great choice. You can learn the moves here.
• Firecracker — by Josh Turner
What’s not to love about this catchy song released in 2007? Firecracker combines Josh Turner’s baritone vocals with a great country beat and fun lyrics about the girl he loves. The upbeat tempo will definitely make you want to move. Here’s an instructional video to get you started.
• Good Time — by Alan Jackson
Another classic country tune, Good Time was released in 2008 and hit No. 1 on the country charts in the U.S. and Canada. Want to see what all the fuss was about? This tutorial will have you well on your way to grooving to this tune in style — or you can check out the moves in the official music video.
• I’m From The Country — by Tracy Byrd
If you enjoy a classic country twang, Tracy Byrd delivers in spades. This song hit No. 3 on the country charts in 1998 and is still popu lar with line dance fans. Want to give it a shot? Here’s an example video to get you started.
• Louisiana Saturday Night — by Mel McDaniel
Country purists will love this traditional country tune released in 1980. The steps aren’t super complicated either, continuing to make this song popular for line dances.
• Wagon Wheel — by Darius Rucker
The former lead singer for Hootie & the Blowfish got back to his roots with this easy-to-listen-to country tune. Released in 2013, it’s still a popular line dancing song. Learn the full dance here.
• Watermelon Crawl — by Tracy Byrd
Like the other Tracy Byrd song to make this list, Watermelon Crawl is country through and through and peaked at No. 4 on the country charts. If you’re a fan of a more traditional country sound, this is a song you’ll want to dance to. You can learn the moves here.
Crossover Line Dance Songs
• Old Town Road — by Little Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
Old Town Road hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 100 in 2019. This country-rap song is a lot of fun and will appeal to younger and older listeners alike. If you’re ready to get down, here’s a tutorial.
• Achy Breaky Heart — by Billy Ray Cyrus
This song from the early ’90s was so popular that it became a crossover hit on pop and country radio and had everyone up on the dance floor. The catchy tune and lyrics make it a great choice for much more than country weddings. This video will walk you through the steps so you’re ready to dance your heart out.
• Any Man of Mine — by Shania Twain
Another huge crossover hit, Shania Twain’s catchy song from 1995 was embraced by country and pop fans alike. The line dance is a lot of fun and is sure to be a popular choice with your female guests in particular.
• Copperhead Road — by Steve Earle
Yet another crossover hit, Copperhead Road did well on both country and rock music charts when it came out in 1988. It’s use of electric guitars and a keyboard to imitate the sound of a bagpipe make this song unique and it still sounds fresh today. Here’s a great tutorial if you choose to get your groove on to this song.
• Cotton Eye Joe — by Rednex
The driving beat in this song from this Swedish Eurodance group, which came out in 1995, comes courtesy of traditional fiddles and banjos with the more techno sounds of dance music. No matter what music your guests like, this will definitely get their toes tapping. Need some help to get the moves down? This tutorial will have you dancing in no time.
• Two Step — by Laura Bell Bundy feat. Colt Ford
The combination of uptempo country melody and sassy pop-style lyrics in this lively song from 2015 will definitely get the ladies up on the floor. If you’re ready to strut your stuff with your ladies, here’s a little inspiration — or catch Bell Bundy showing the moves in her music video.
• Country Steppin’ (Remix) — by Joel Patrick ft. Bryson Gray
Known as the ‘The Legendary Black Redneck,’ Joel Patick’s song mixes classic country and R&B sounds. While there aren’t any good quality tutorial videos at the moment, the instructions are right in the song, so grab your cowboy boots and practice at home.
• Do the Lasso — by Justin Champagne
This 2020 country hit’s electric guitars and driving drum beat have made this a popular song in country bars, but it also resonates with pop and rock lovers. If you want to get people up on their feet, this is a sure bet. Here’s a tutorial to get you started.
• Man! I Feel Like A Woman! — by Shania Twain
Like most of this Canadian singer’s songs, this single was popular with country and pop fans alike. Released in 1999, the single is off of Come On Over, the biggest selling country music album of all time. Perfect for a dance with the bridal party, it’s also sure to get other ladies up on the floor. If you need to brush up on your steps, this video should help.
• The Git Up — by Blanco Brown
This 2019 song from Blanco Brown has an infectious beat that will make your guests want to get moving. Yet another crossover between country and rap, it has been described as a sequel to Old Town Road by Little Nas. You can catch the moves in the music video or in this tutorial.
Pop Line Dance Songs
• Forever — by Chris Brown
A top 10 Billboard song in 2007, Forever remains a popular dance song and lends itself well to line dancing. If you want a light, catchy tune for a group dance at your wedding, Forever is a good choice. Check out this tutorial to get the steps down.
• Blinding Lights — by The Weeknd
The biggest song of 2020, it was officially named the all time No. 1 single on the Billboard charts, stealing the top spot from Chubby Checker’s The Twist, another song on our list. In short, if you choose this catchy tune, it’s sure to be a hit with your guests. If you want to get the moves down pat, here’s a video to help you along.
• Blurred Lines — by Robin Thicke ft. TI and Pharrell
This dance tune from Robin Thicke was a bit of a sensation in 2013, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, although the music video itself was criticized as sexist and misogynistic. The song has a catchy beat but uses the word b**ch coupled with suggestive lyrics, so it would be best suited for an adults-only wedding reception. If you decide to give this one a go, check out this tutorial.
• Conga — by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
This upbeat dance song enjoyed worldwide success in the mid 1980s and became known as Estefan’s signature song. If you want a high-energy tune, the Conga is a good choice. This video will have you well on your way to learning the steps.
• Electric Boogie — by Marcia Griffiths
A staple at weddings and parties, this catchy song has gotten people up and dancing since 1990. The electric slide is the most common line dance associated with this song and can be learned here.
• Everybody — by Backstreet Boys
This song was everywhere in the late 1990s and could be heard at bars and dance clubs across North America. Reaching No. 4 on the Top 100 list, this song’s catchy beat will make everybody — pun intended — want to dance. Backstreet Boy Nick Carter teaches the steps in this quick tutorial here, but you can also get the hang of it by watching the routine in the music video.
• 5,6,7,8 — by Steps
A song from British techno-pop group Steps, this 1998 song wasn’t a huge hit on the charts, but has been picked up as a great tune for line dancing. Here’s a video to get you started.
• Mambo No. 5 — by Lou Begga
Begga’s 1999 song is actually a remake of a 1949 instrumental piece by Pérez Prado. Instantly a hit as a dance song, Mambo No. 5 is perfect for pairs or group dancing. If you want to learn the steps, this line dance video can help.
• Party Train — by The Gap Band
Coming in at No. 3 on the R&B charts in 1983, this song is still a staple at wedding receptions. If you’re ready to learn this great line dance, watch this group in action.
• Thriller — by Michael Jackson
This song from the King of Pop was huge when it was released in 1982 and is still popular to this day due in large part to the music video, which has had a lasting impact on popular culture. In fact, Thriller’s zombie dance inspired the making of Backstreet Boys video Everybody, which is also on our list. If you want to learn Jackson’s smooth moves so you can bust a move at your reception, check out the music video or catch this tutorial.
Rock Line Dance Songs
• I Love Rock n Roll — by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
This rock classic from 1981 hit No. 1 on the Top 100 chart and still sounds as fresh today as it did then. Always guaranteed to make people want to move, this is the perfect song for a coordinated group dance. This routine could easily translate to the dance floor at your reception. Plus, who doesn’t love a little Joan Jett?
• Footloose — by Kenny Loggins
The hit song from the soundtrack of the popular 1980s movie of the same name, Footloose is a song that draws people to the dance floor. Here’s a great tutorial on how to get moving to this catchy song.
• Mony Mony — by Billy Idol
Idol’s rock remake of this classic ’60s tune became an international top 40 hit in 1981. This rock song is a favorite at parties and wedding receptions alike and works for all age groups. Check out this fun dance in action here.
• Pour Some Sugar on Me — by Def Leppard
This rock gem from British band Def Leppard was at the top of the charts when it came out in 1987 and it still remains a popular choice at weddings. There are several dance routines out there for this sexy song. If you don’t have much dance experience, this one will work. If you’re feeling confident, here’s another routine, although it may not be ideal if you have a dress with a full skirt.
• Rock Lobster — by The B-52s
This unique song from 1978 took the 147th slot on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list in December 2004. If you like something a bit more offbeat, then this dance is calling your name.
• Sweet Caroline — by Neil Diamond
This hit from 1969, which hit No. 4 on the Top 100 chart, is still a favorite today for its easy-to-dance-to melody and sweet lyrics. Learn the full choreography here and check out this choreographed version for inspiration
• Takin’ Care of Business — by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Canadian rocker Randy Bachman of the Guess Who penned this tune in the 1970s, yet it still has chops today and is a great choice for a group dance for anyone who appreciates classic rock. This dance is a bit easier than this one, so be sure to choose the one that matches your skill level.
• Time Warp — from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Featured in the 1973 rock musical The Rocky Horror Show, this glam rock song lends itself well to line dancing. Check out this group in action and be sure to click the link at the end of the video to learn the steps.
• Twist and Shout — The Beatles
While John Lennon was initially unhappy with his vocal performance on the song, the Beatles 1964 cover of Twist and Shout had no problem getting people up on the dance floor. And, after all of these years, it still has that ability. Although the Beatles version of the song isn’t used in the video, this tutorial is still a good way to learn the steps.
Hip Hop Line Dance Songs
• Con Calma — Daddy Yankee and Snow
This song by Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee features Canadian rapper Snow of Informer fame. Con Calma has a similar sound to Snow’s 1992 hit but with Latin flavor. You can learn the steps to this catchy song here.
• Bikers Shuffle — by Big Mucci
Ideal for group dances, this 2009 song is full of life and is the perfect choice if you prefer R&B or hip hop. As long as you have decent rhythm, it’s a fairly easy dance to master. Check out the tutorial here.
• Cha Cha Slide — by Mr. C The Slide Man
With its classic dance music sound, this song from the year 2000 is easy and fun to dance to. You can master the moves here.
• Cupid Shuffle — by Cupid
If you love R&B sound and line dancing, this 2007 song from Cupid offers the best of both worlds. Plus, how cute would it be to do the Cupid Shuffle on one of the most romantic days of your life? If you want to learn the steps, this tutorial can help.
• Da Butt — by E.U. (Experience Unlimited)
Released as a single in 1988 from the original School Daz soundtrack, Da Butt as you likely suspect, involves a lot of rump shaking. Check out the music video to see the moves in action.
• Eazy Shuffle — by Eric Bellinger
One of the newer tunes on the list, the song was written to get people moving in the clubs. The music may not seem super fast, but the moves still aren’t easy. This video can help you practice.
• In My Feelings — by Drake
If you’re a Drake fan, you’ll enjoy the danceable beat to this song from 2018. You can learn the moves here, but be warned, there is some bad language in this song so you may want to avoid choosing this if children will be at your reception.
• Limbo — by Daddy Yankee
This song from 2012 is a bit on the cheesy side, but it is definitely easy to dance to. If this song is up your alley, you can check out the moves here.
• Say So — by Doja Cat
If dance music is your thing, you’ll enjoy this 2019 tune from Doja Cat and can learn the steps here. Again, you’ll want to avoid this song if children will be at your reception because the lyrics are sexually suggestive.
• Turbo Hustle — by DJ Maestro
This classic dance song from 2008 will definitely get your guests moving — and the steps are easy to follow, so no one will feel awkward about getting up and giving it a try. You can see the moves here.
Classic Line Dance Songs
• Stayin’ Alive — by Bee Gees
There aren’t many people who haven’t heard this song from the undisputed disco kings the Bee Gees. Released in 1977, it’s from the Saturday Night Fever motion picture soundtrack and was a huge hit. A great song to dance to, you can learn group steps here.
• The Hustle — by Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
This disco gem was a No. 1 hot 100 hit in 1975, likely due to its happy feel and upbeat tempo. Your guests will love grooving to this classic tune and will catch on to the steps quickly.
• Limbo Rock — by Chubby Checker
Chubby Checker was huge in the 1960s for his dance-friendly, uptempo tunes. This hit from 1962 can be done with an actual limbo stick where everyone sees how low they can go or you can line dance it like this.
• Mashed Potato Time — by Dee Dee Sharp
This R&B hit from 1962 was one of several songs from that time referencing a new dance craze. This tutorial will teach you how to do the mashed potato with style.
• Shout (Part I & II) — by The Isley Brothers
This oldie but goodie from 1959 was the first chart hit for the three brothers and is still widely known today. This is a dance that will be enjoyed by adults and kids alike. If you want to ‘Shout it out,’ this kid-friendly video teaches some fun and easy steps.
• Tequila — by The Champs
This classic pop-rock instrumental from 1958, which was a No. 1 hit on both the pop and R&B charts, has an infectious beat thanks to heavy use of the saxophone and a driving drum rhythm. Here’s one great example of a line dance to Tequila, but there are easier versions out there as well.
• The Loco-Motion — by Little Eva
This hit song may be from 1962, but it remains popular and has been covered by various artists such as Grand Funk Railroad in the ’70s and Kylie Minogue in the late ’80s, giving you a variety of versions to choose from. To learn the steps, click here.
• The Stroll — by The Diamonds
This 1959 song was a nod to yet another 1950s line dance craze known as the Stroll, which was featured regularly on dance TV series Soul Train. This classic video shows how the dance is done.
• The Twist — by Chubby Checker
Chubby Checker’s cover of The Twist was not only his most popular song but was declared by Billboard to be the biggest hit of the 1960s. Inspired by the dance craze that began in the late 1950s, the dance is fun for all ages. This video teaches The Twist line dance. Although it is done to Chubby Checker’s sequel song Twist Again, the steps remain the same.
• Willie & The Hand Jive – Johnny Otis
This 1958 hit may not seem as lively as some of the other classic line dance songs, but it is the perfect choice for getting your older guests involved in a group dance. While those without physical limitations can make this energetic, it can be done more sedately or even sitting down if need be. Check out the tutorial here.
Line Dance Songs to Do With Kids
• Macarena — by Los Del Rio
This Spanish dance song from 1993 was an international hit and is still played at parties and weddings today. The moves are easy once you get the hang of it and the kids will be sure to catch on quickly. Here’s a great tutorial to get you dancing.
• Bird Dance — by The Emeralds
Also known as the Chicken Dance, this polka-based song has been around since 1982 and it’s a sure bet you’ve done the moves as a kid — or at a wedding. Is it silly? Yes. Is it fun? Also, yes. Here are the moves, in case you’ve forgotten.
• Bunny Hop — by Ray Anthony
Another song kids are sure to love is this 1953 classic from Ray Anthony. The moves are simple and the kids will have a ball doing them. Check it out here.
• Gangnam Style — by PSY
This might be the song you love to hate, but numbers don’t lie: It’s the 11th most viewed video and the fifth most liked video on YouTube. If you want an easy dance that everyone can do, and that kids will enjoy, this is a good choice. This tutorial shows the steps.
• Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) — by Silentó
It’s a sure bet that all the kids at your reception will know this 2015 hip hop song. Part of the Just Dance 2017 lineup, the moves are easy to learn. Here’s a fun way to get the moves down.
• Y.M.C.A. — by The Village People
This 1978 hit from disco group The Village People is still popular today for its ability to get people up on the dance floor. The song, which was part of Just Dance 2014, is well known by people of most ages. Here’s a video tutorial the kids will love.
How to Pull Off an Awesome Wedding Line Dance
Before settling on a song for your wedding reception, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind.
1. Choose a song everyone knows
When weighing your song options, be sure to keep your guests in mind. Do you have a mixture of ages? Will young children be there? Are your guests more apt to prefer country or hip hop? Choosing a song that everyone will know and like will give your guests the courage to get up on the dance floor.
2. Give your guests a heads up
If you’re choosing a wedding line dance that isn’t easy to follow, give your guests some warning. Sending out a YouTube tutorial via e-mail or posting a video on your wedding website will ensure more participation at your reception.
3. Keep your dress in mind
Fancy footwork and wedding dresses don’t always go hand-in-hand. If you want to do something more complicated, you’ll need to keep the style of your dress in mind when shopping. There are some styles that allow for easy movement but, if you have your heart set on a ball gown or a mermaid silhouette for your ceremony, you may want to consider a second dress for the dancing part of the reception.
4. Get on the dance floor
You and your spouse — and hopefully your wedding party — should be the first ones on the dance floor. You are the hosts, after all, so it’s your job to get the party started.