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Dance Songs To Play At Parties And Special Events

Updated on February 21, 2015

If you are planning a special event that will include music and dancing, you might want to find the right kind of music to get people out of their seats and on the dance floor. Here are a variety of of dance songs that can be played for people of different age groups and musical tastes.


Line dances are pretty popular and may help people get warmed up and ready to dance. Some line dances that you may want to play at your special event are:

The Chicken Dance
The Electric Slide
The Cha Cha Slide
The Cupid Shuffle
The Dougie
The Hokey Pokey
The Cotton Eyed Joe
The Macarena
The Bunny Hop
The Alley Cat
Boot Scootin' Boogie
The Love Slide


You could try to get people together to form a conga line by including these songs in your song list:

Conga by Miami Sound Machine
Hot Hot Hot by Arrowhead
Jump In The Line by Harry Belafonte
All Night Long by Lionel Richie


Some party songs that might get people in the mood for dancing are:

Celebration by Kool & The Gang
Get Into The Groove by Madonna
Twist And Shout by the Beatles
Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson
Love Shack by The B-52's
We Are Family by Sister Sledge
YMCA by Village People
Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi
Don't Stop Believin' by Journey
ABC by Jackson 5
It's Raining Men by Weather Girls

More modern party dance songs:

Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO
Hip's Don't Lie by Shakira
I Got A Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
Raise Your Glass by Pink
Forever by Chris Brown
Gangnam Style by Psy
Happy by Pharrell Williams
Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake
Please Don't Stop The Music by Rihanna
Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke
Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
Wobble by V.I.C.
Just Dance by Lady Gaga
Rock Your Body by Justin Timberlake
Dynamite by Taio Cruz


These songs might help to get the older crowd up on the dance floor:

Old Time Rock And Roll by Bob Seger
Runaround Sue by Dion
Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley
Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations
You Can't Hurry Love by The Supremes
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
Copacabana by Barry Manilow
New York, New York by Frank Sinatra
Sway by Dean Martin
The Twist by Chubby Checker
Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin
Save The Last Dance For Me by The Drifters


Here are some songs for those who enjoy country music:

Here For The Party by Gretchen Wilson
Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band
I Like It, I Love It by Garth Brooks
I've Got Friends In Low Places by Garth Brooks
Don't Rock The Jukebox by Alan Jackson
Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy by Big And Rich
Watermelon Crawl by Tracy Byrd
Man! I Feel Like A Woman by Shania Twain
It's Five O'Clock Somewhere by Alan Jackson


Lets Get It On by Marvin Gaye
Higher And Higher by Jackie Wilson
The Hustle by Van McCoy
Stayin' Alive by The Bee Gees
Everybody Dance by Chic
Ain't No Stoppin Us Now by McFadden and Whitehead
My Girl by The Temptations
Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye
Get Down Tonight by KC & The Sunshine Band


Some songs to slow things down:

I Don't Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
You're Still The One by Shania Twain
Can't Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
All My Life by K-Ci & JoJo
Through The Years by Kenny Rogers
Beyond The Sea by Bobby Darin
Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers
Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart
Unforgettable by Nat King Cole


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