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Best 10 songs to end your wedding reception

The right ending song for your reception will get a big reaction.
The right ending song for your reception will get a big reaction.
Stan Rawrysz,

Choosing the song to end your wedding reception is a factor not every bride and groom think about. It’s usually not debated over to the extent of the first dance, or entrance song, but can actually have a big impact on your guests’ memory of your reception.

You want your guests to have a great time all night, but most of all you want them to leave with smiles on their faces from the memories. The perfect last song of the night can do just that.

Some DJs are great at feeling the mood of a crowd and choosing the best one, but if you don’t want to leave it to chance, take a look at these choices below. There are songs to end the night with high-energy, songs to end it with love, and songs to end it with memories. Find the one that fits the two of you, and your family and friends that will stick with you (as they say) to the very last song.

Energetic Ending

“I Gotta Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas

This is also a good song to start the night, since it will get everyone pumped and ready to party. Used as a last song, everyone will leave smiling and ready to party some more. Use this song if you want the crowd to follow you to an after party.

“Livin’ On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi

This is a favorite song of just about anyone late in the night. It’s bound to get the crowd up and singing their lungs out into their fist “microphones.”

“Just Dance” – Lady Gaga

This one doesn’t take much explanation. The song is about a crazy night in a club and keeps telling people to dance. They won’t have an excuse not to by the time the first chorus starts.

Sweet Goodbyes

“Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton

If you’d rather end the night on a slow song, this can be the perfect fit. What woman doesn’t melt into the arms of her dance partner over Eric Clapton’s lyrics in this song?

“Closing Time” – Semisonic

Nostalgic and appropriate for the end of the evening, and the close of a life chapter. Since weddings often bring people together that don’t see each other very often, it can also signal the end of a wonderful weekend with friends. (Kleenex might be a good idea.)


“Don’t Stop Believin’ ” – Journey

Best…bar…song…ever. This song is amazing because the passion for it spans generations, and that passion only grows after a few hours of celebrating. Your bridal party and parents alike will be straining their voices to Journey’s every word.

“1999” – Prince

It may be about a futuristic New Year’s Eve that is now behind us, but somehow this song has endured. Most of all it’s a song for a party, and if you add it to yours, you’ll get one.

“Dancing Queen” – Abba

Your mom will be right next to you on the dance floor when this song starts. It might turn into a circle with a prime spot for a dancing queen bride to take center stage (but try to share the spotlight a little).

Trendy Farewell

“Take Me Home” – Cash Cash

The beat makes you want to get up and dance, and the lyrics are appropriate for ending the evening. Together, that has made this a favorite ending song for wedding receptions this year.

“Happy” – Pharrell Williams

Yes, it is on every pop radio station every hour, but it seems people still aren’t tired of it yet. Combine its popularity with the undeniably upbeat theme and it is a must for just about every wedding this year.

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