Party Songs 2022 – Podcast E84

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Welcome to the 84th episode of the Wedding Songs Podcast. I am Matt Campbell and today I am going to have one of my favorite, and I know everyone else’s favorite, topics. Best party songs. These may not be the best songs to get everyone out on the dance floor (although I am going to include those also), but these could also be background songs as well. And, also songs that are trending right now. If you prefer to read the list or listen to the list, you can do so on our website While you are there make sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter. In it, we tell you about all the new songs released in the prior month and also great trending songs and forgotten hits you can play on your wedding day. This episode is going to be a little bit different, I am not going to include song lyrics because I am just going to go thru the 200 songs just to categorize those by genre and a couple of events as well (I will get to that in just a second).
So, speaking of starting off, I am going to start off with 37 songs I think could really get everyone out on the dance floor. They are party songs and ones that you want to make sure you at least have in your music library. The first one is “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston, “Yeah” by Usher, “Dancing Queen” by ABBA, the great Disco song. “Fergalicious” by Fergie, “Get Low” by Lil Jon, and the East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins, and “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan. This one is exploding recently because it is in a car commercial. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “We Found Love” by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris. This is a great song to really get the party started and get everybody excited. Next is “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas and “September” by Earth Wind and Fire. One of the great dance songs of all time.

“Dynamite” by Taio Cruz and the newer song, “About Damn Time” by Lizzo. “Shut Up And Dance” by WALK THE MOON. There are a few Michael Jackson songs we can have on the list, but it seems like “Billie Jean” is on everybody’s playlist. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins with the right crowd, and “C’Mon ‘N Ride It (The Train)” by Quad City DJ’s, which came out in the ’90s and will get everybody doing the train around the dance floor. Next is “The Humpty Dance” by Digital Underground who recently lost their lead singer. “Get Down On It” by Kool and The Gang and “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot. “Hey Ya!” by Outkast, and “Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks is the first Country song on the list, which is a sing-along song you can have on your list. “Timber” by Pitbull featuring Kesha, “No Hands” by Waka Flocka Flame and Roscoe Dash featuring Wale, “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars, and of course the “Cha-Cha Slide” by Mr. C if you want to have a group dance song, along with the next son “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid.

“Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex and “Hot In Herre” by Nelly. One of the great party songs, “Shots” by LMFAO, and the second Country song, “Fishin’ In The Dark” by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Listen to the lyrics to make sure they are Wedding appropriate if you are going to play it at a wedding and your Wedding couple is OK with it. “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, “Time Of Our Lives” by Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo. Another group dance song , “Wobble” by V.I.C., “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper, and “Shout” by The Isley Brothers or by Otis Day. It is up to you which version you prefer. It is just a great group dance song you can have. “All The Small Things” by Blink-182. And finally, “Boogie Shoes” by KC And The Sunshine Band. So that is just to get things started off.

Next up let us talk about 10 songs for slow dance songs starting off with “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton, “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley, and the multitude of covers of this song. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, “My Girl” by The Temptations. “All of Me” by John Legend, and “Wonderful Tonight” for Classic Rock fans, by Eric Clapton. “You Proof” by Morgan Wallen, “Until I Found You” by Stephen Sanchez, and “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King.

Next, I am going to cover 20 Hip-Hop songs starting off with a newer song that I think might be a great background song, “I Like You (A Happier Song)” by Post Malone and Doja Cat. “Super Freaky Girl” by Nicki Minaj which samples the Rick James song. “First Class” by Jack Harlow samples Fergie. “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon, “Betty (Get Money)” by Yung Gravy, and “The Next Episode” by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin. “In Da Club” by 50 Cent is still a great party song. “Sweetest Pie” by Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa, a personal favorite, and “INDUSTRY BABY” by Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow, and “Big Energy” by Latto that samples the Fantasy song by Mirah Carey. “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé, “California Love” by 2Pac, Roger Troutman and Dr. Dre. One of the legendary Hip-Hop groups Run-DMC with “It’s Tricky”. “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys, “Back That Azz Up” by Juvenile featuring Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh, and “Lose Control” by Missy Elliott featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop. “THAT’S WHAT I WANT” by Lil Nas X, “ROCKSTAR” by DaBaby featuring RODDY RICCH, and “Without Me” by Eminem. There are a lot of Eminem songs, like “Lose Yourself” but “Without Me” for some reason is trending right now.

So that is our Hip-Hop, what about some Pop party songs you could consider? Starting off with “Good as Hell” by Lizzo, “As It Was” by Harry Styles, “Shivers” by Ed Sheeran, and “Levitating” by Dua Lipa. “Unstoppable” by Sia with the right remix will get everyone singing along. “Left and Right” by Charlie Puth, Jung Kook, and BTS, and “BREAK MY SOUL” by Beyoncé. “Señorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello is a song that is still really popular even though they are no longer together. “Sunroof” has been a very popular song by Nicky Youre and dazy. “Hold Me Closer” is a new take on “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John and Britney Spears. “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)” by Lizzo is a song you can play even for the bouquet toss. “Bad Habits” by Ed Sheeran, and “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” by Elton John and Dua Lipa. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift who just had her new album Midnights that has the top 10 songs on Billboard. Unbelievable, that is the first time that has ever happened. “How Bizarre” by OMC, “Stay” by The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber, “Peaches” by Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon and finally “Savage Love” by Jason Derulo and Jawsh 685 as a background song to play during cocktail hour.

Next up I have 18 Rock songs you can play. Starting off with, I have seen this song everywhere, “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. I think this is maybe overtaken some of the older songs like “Back In Black”. “Take on Me” by A-Ha, “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, everybody knows that, “Beggin’” by Måneskin, and “Don’t Bring Me Down” by ELO (Electric Light Orchestra). “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac (this is in a new car commercial), “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics, “Africa” by Toto, “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, and “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran who just got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “good 4 u” by Olivia Rodrigo, “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone, and “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blondes (See the DJ Miko dance version too). The last of the Rock songs are “Freaks” by Surf Curse and “Tongue Tied” by Grouplove.

Alright, next up I have Country party songs. “Thank God” by Kane Brown and his wife Katelyn Brown, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” by Cole Swindell, “Fancy Like” by Walker Hayes, and “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker including the Old Crow Medicine Show version as well. “No Body” by Blake Shelton is a line dance song. “Beer With My Friends” by Kenny Chesney and Old Dominion, “Like I Love Country Music” by Kane Brown, “Life is a Highway” from the animated movie “Cars” by Rascal Flatts, and “Old Town Road (Remix)” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, “Happy Anywhere” by Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” by Brooks and Dunn. The last two in the Country genre are “Waking Up Dreaming” the new song by Shania Twain, and “Sounds Like Something I’d Do” by Drake Milligan. He was on America’s Got Talent TV show.

Rand B Party songs include “Satellite” by Khalid, “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd, “Under The Influence” by Chris Brown, and “All She Wanna Do” by John Legend and Saweetie depending on which version you want. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, “Better Thangs” by Ciara and Summer Walker, “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat featuring SZA, “Friends and Family” by Ronald Isley and The Isley Brothers, and “1999” by Prince. “Never Too Much” by Luther Vandross, “Pony” by Ginuwine, “Say So” by Doja Cat, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder, and “Vegas” by Doja Cat.
Next up, Alternative Rock party songs starting with “Bones” by Imagine Dragons, “Sharks” by Imagine Dragons, “HandClap” by Fitz and The Tantrums, “bad guy” by Billie Eilish, “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked”. A great sing-along song by Cage The Elephant, and “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I. “Wild Child” by The Black Keys, “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” by Fall Out Boy, and “On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons. “Still Into You” by Paramore, “Come with Me Now” by Kongos, and “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes.

All right, let’s get a Latin vibe with “Pepas” by Farruko. I hope I do not butcher this title, “Tití Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny, “Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez, and “Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo. “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee, “Conga” by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena, and “BIZCOCHITO” by ROSALÍA. “Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar featuring Lucenzo, “Baila Baila Baila (Remix)” by Ozuna, Daddy Yankee and J Balvin, “Macarena” by Los Del Rio, and “Fireball” by Pitbull featuring John Ryan. Rounding out the Latin list is “La Chona” by Los Tucanes De Tijuana, “Todo, Todo, Todo” by Daniela Romo, and “Desesperados” by Chencho Corleone and Rauw Alejandro.

Next up I am going to cover some EDM songs for your playlist. Starting with “I’m Good (Blue)” by David Guetta and Bebe Rexha, “Numb” by Marshmello and Khalid, “Scandalous” by Gryffin and Tinashe, “DON’T YOU WORRY” by Black Eyed Peas, Shakira and David Guetta, “One Kiss” by Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, and “Hot Stuff” by Kygo and Donna Summer. A remix of her famous song. “The Motto” by Tiësto and Ava Max, “Do It To It” by ACRAZE and Cherish, “Higher Love” by Kygo and Whitney Houston (a very popular wedding song), and “Classic” by Mkto. “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, “Wake Me Up” by Avicii, “Another Night” by Real McCoy, and “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory. The last 3 rounding out EDM are “The Nights” by Avicii, “Jerusalema” by Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode, and “Friday (Dopamine Re-Edit)” by Riton x Nightcrawlers featuring Mufasa & Hypeman. There you have the EDM song.

Next up we have Folk songs including “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, “Home” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show, “I Was Born To Love You” by Ray LaMontagne, love this as a background song during dinner, and “Lost” by Frank Ocean is a song that was trending on TikTok. Five Reggie songs include “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You” by UB40, “It’s a Party” by Bounty Killer and Free, “Bam Bam” by Sister Nancy, “love nwantiti (ah ah ah)” by CKay, and “Here Comes the Hotstepper” by Ini Kamoze. A few Christian songs that are popular right now are “I’ve Heard About You” by Crowder, “The Goodness” by TobyMac and Blessing Offor, “Nobody” by Casting Crowns featuring Matthew West, “My Jesus” by Anne Wilson, and “How Far” by Tasha Layton.

And finally, a few songs to end the party, how are you going to close it out? Speaking of that, “Closing Time” by Semisonic, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, “Last Dance” by Donna Summer, “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey (don’t have to save to the end), “Bye Bye Bye” by *NSync, and “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” by Elle King and Miranda Lambert. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver, “Piano Man” by Billy Joel, “Save The Last Dance For Me” by Michael Buble, and “Time Of Your Live (Good Riddance)” by Green Day.

So there you have it, a few party songs to get the party started and end the evening. If you want to read the list or listen to the list you can do so on our website While you are there make sure you sign up for our monthly newsletter of all the new wedding songs released, and the trending songs as well. This is our first episode of November. In two weeks, on Saturday, I am going to be covering another list. This is going to be Memorial songs. How do you remember loved ones at a wedding or a party, or maybe they just passed away, these are great songs to remember those loved ones lost. Thanks for listening and have a great day!

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