There are so many things to try and sort out when you're planning a wedding. From the venue to caterers, from flowers to cake flavors, the list is seemingly endless.
But, one thing that any betrothed couple wants to make sure of is that their guests are having a great time! The key to this lies in the entertainment, and what's more entertaining than a good old-fashioned line dance?
Below, we'll take a look at 30 wedding line dance songs for groups. Each of these is guaranteed to have your guests up and dancing with a smile on their faces, all the while creating wonderful memories of your big day.
Why should you have a wedding line dance?
Before we start looking at some of the best line dancing songs ever written, let's take a moment to talk about why a wedding line dance is a good idea.
The music your wedding DJ plays will ultimately determine how the rest of the night goes. Pumping beats and classic floor fillers are great when the energy level is already high and your guests have already found their dancing feet. But how do you get them to break through the initial shyness of being the first people on the dance floor?
The answer is line dancing! OK, so you might think that line dancing is a bit cheesy, but getting everyone involved in a simple choreographed dance routine is a fantastic way to get everyone up and moving. It also opens up the opportunity for your guests to meet other people they've not yet had the chance to meet.
One of the best things about line dancing is that it's so easy! The steps are simple. There isn't any need for anybody to know how to execute the perfect Tango. And this means that everybody is brought down to the same level of experience, so even the shyest of people that would normally avoid the dancefloor at all costs can join in confidently.
Let's not forget, also, that the more people there are on a dancefloor, the more fun the night is. A packed dance floor also makes for wonderful wedding photographs. After all, the last thing you want is to look back at your wedding day and see the dancefloor was unoccupied for most of the night!
Popular Songs to Line Dance To
If you've started thinking that a group line dancing routine is a great way to get your guests on the dancefloor (and you'd be right!), the next task is to find the perfect song.
You also need to find somebody confident enough to teach everybody else the routine. You can't expect all of your guests to start dancing in perfect unison without any instructions, after all.
Luckily, there are loads of YouTube tutorials set to popular line dance songs that will make this job a lot easier. So, task your best man or maid of honor with learning the steps, and ask them to teach it to the rest of your guests on the night.
Of course, this might be a big ask for some people, in which case you can always hire a professional line-dancing teacher for the evening.
Once you're figured out who the instructor will be, the really fun part begins - finding the perfect line dance song! Below, we've put together a list of some of the most popular line dance songs that are appealing to both adults and children, and that are guaranteed to entice people to the dancefloor.
"Cha Cha Slide" - Mr C. The Slide Man
"The Chicken Dance" - The Emeralds
"Cupid Shuffle" - Cupid
"Cotton Eye Joe" - Rednex
"The Hokey Pokey" - Ray Anthony
"Macarena" - Los Del Rio
Most importantly, though, each of these songs have dances that are easy to learn. The beat is steady and simple, which makes it easier to follow the steps.
Some, such as the "Cha Cha Slide" even speak the instructions to you as you go. This makes it a great choice if you'd rather go instructor-free.
Country Songs to Line Dance To
If you'd rather keep things a bit more authentic, a country line dance song is an essential track to your playlist.
Bear in mind, however, that country line dancing is a little more involved than the simple steps of the songs listed above. They are energetic and your guests will need to be fairly active to take part.
Of course, you can always send your wedding guests a YouTube link to the dance tutorial along with their invitation so they can practice their moves before the big day.
Here are some of the best country line dance songs for a wedding:
"Achy Breaky Heart" - Billy Ray Cyrus
"Chattahoochee" - Alan Jackson
"Wagon Wheel" - Darius Rucker
"Any Man of Mine" - Shania Twain
"Watermelon Crawl" - Tracy Byrd
"Copperhead Road" - Steve Earle
It's also worth noting here that you shouldn't let your venue dictate your music choices when it comes to line dancing.
Of course, country music being played in a rustic barn conversion will look and feel more genuine. But even if you're getting married in a castle, if you love country music, play it!
Hip Hop Songs to Line Dance To
Perhaps hip-hop music is more to you and your guests' taste? Well, believe it or not, there are a few hip-hop tracks that are ideal for line dancing thanks to their energetic beats.
They are also less structured than the easy-to-learn or country music dances, which gives your guests the opportunity to freestyle outside of the choreographed parts.
“The Harlem Shake” - Baauer
“Jump on It” - The Sugarhill Gang
“Teach Me How to Dougie” - Cali Swag District
“Tootsee Roll” - 69 Boyz
“Wobble” - V.I.C
“Crank That” - Soulja Boy
You may find that most of your younger guests will already be familiar with the dances used in some of these tracks, such as “The Harlem Shake”. This makes it a great choice for bringing notoriously shy teenagers out into the party!
Dance & Disco Songs to Line Dance To
Want something fast-paced, lively, and energetic for your guests to line dance to? Look no further than disco and dance music.
Each of the songs listed below is upbeat, quick, and guaranteed to keep people dancing into the early hours of the morning.
“YMCA” - The Village People
“We are Family” - Sister Sledge
“Conga” - Miami Sound Machine and Gloria Estefan
“Stayin’ Alive” - Bee Gees
“Electric Boogie” - Marcia Griffiths
Remember, also, that some dance tracks will be throwbacks for some of your wedding guests and they won’t be able to resist a trip down memory lane.
Rock Songs to Line Dance To
We’re not talking heavy-hitting, headbanging rock here! Each of the songs listed in this section is high in energy and features big, fun sounds that your guests won’t be able to resist dancing to.
Some, such as “Sweet Caroline” have become so famous that it’ll also be impossible not to sing along at considerable volume!
“Sweet Caroline” - Neil Diamond
“Twist & Shout” - The Beatles
“The Time Warp” - Rocky Horror Picture Show
“Shout” - The Isley Brothers
“Mony Mony” - Billy Idol
“The Twist” - Chubby Checker
Regardless of whether you choose any of the above tracks as the song for your wedding line dance, they should definitely find their way into your DJ’s set if you want your guest boogying all night long!