We set out to accomplish a seemingly impossible task: to define the greatest dance floor hits across all genres and decades, specifically with a wedding party of mixed ages in mind.
Our DJs were asked to choose not only the best songs they play the most often that kill, but those that also mean the most to them personally. We put our musical hearts and heads together and sparked countless hours of debate, some of which we selected snippets and shared in the comments after each track.
These songs are iconic, not cheesy or overplayed, and will continue to pack a wedding dance floor with positive cool vibes for years to come. Without further ado, let’s start the party. Fire up your Spotify, crank up the volume, and dance along to Team Floh Back’s Top 50 Dance Floor Bangers of All Time for weddings!
1. Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough – Michael Jackson: Allan calls our top pick MJs “Pop Music Masterpiece.” “Definitely my favourite song of all time. Nothing really compares to this song for me. It’s not even a discussion…so don’t try to discuss it with me,” says Adrien. We all agreed with Adrien, case closed.
2. Be Faithful – Fatman Scoop & Crooklyn Clan: “Did you ever think that a song with the lyric ‘all the chicken heads be quiet’ would be a smash hit?” says Adrien. “The epitome of 2000s Hip Hop songs for the club,” says Gerald. “Sneaking into the nightclubs as a teen, I’d spend a good amount of time being mindful of the DJs and their music selection at certain times of the night. I’ve learned this song was always at the peak of the night, which got the whole crowd going and took the energy in the room through the roof. This is more than likely on my setlist every night!” says Earl. “After 22 years this song still makes an impression on the dance floor. Just the first 10 seconds can hype up a crowd like they’re listening to it for the first time,” says Spencer.
3. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars: “My favourite pop hit from 2014 that sounds like 1984. Crowd pleaser every time,” says Allan. “Look for the 60 minutes interview with Bruno Mars playing this song live and talking about how he wants to crush other artists when he goes on stage and it will give you the essence this song was created from,” says Adrien.
4. Danza Kuduro – Don Omar & Lucenzo: “Probably one of the best party songs to come out period. When it comes on nobody knows the title or artist but it obliterates the dance floor every single time,” says Adrien. “You can’t resist to start dancing, or at least feel like you’re on a party resort somewhere in the Caribbean, especially when the song starts with someone shouting DANZA!” says Earl.
5. September – Earth Wind & Fire: “One of the best songs to get a mixed crowd of ages and backgrounds onto the dance floor,” says Gerald. “Being born in September, this song is a no brainer. Incredible is the closest word in the English language that I can use to describe how it makes me feel whenever it’s played,” says Mike
6. Hey Ya! – Outkast: “Outkast is pure talent. One of the rare groups that is beloved by everyone. Together Andre 3000 and Big Boi raised the bar for pop music. The song never fails to revive a dance floor, and I frequently find myself shaking it like a Polaroid picture,” says Spencer.
7. Murder She Wrote – Shaka Demus & Pliers: “Released in ’92 and still one of the biggest dancehall tracks of all time. Love this song so much and I can’t put it into words,” says Mike. “One of the most universally loved & known Dancehall joints that everyone will dance to,” says Gerald.
8. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston: “The unofficial queen of pop blessed us all with this song, and I owe it to her to play it as much as possible. No matter the age demographic is at a party, it gets the people moving (including myself),” says Mike. “I also like to use the Fatman Scoop remix version for a more Caribbean flavour, but sometime the original can’t be beat,” added Danny.
9. Yeah! – Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris: “This is a track that I find is good to start right away with or near the beginning of the night. Most people know it and it is a good one to use especially if the client has a “we trust you to choose the music to get the party going” vibe about them,” says Ben.
10. No Diggity – Blackstreet: “Is it possible that a song gets better every time you hear it? No Diggity packs the Dancefloor every time, and I feel like my end of the night sets build towards the moment when I can play “Hey Hey Hey Heyyooooo.” And I always do,” says Danny.
11. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars: “When I want to up the BPM I usually get this one going. It’s recognizable immediately and is a great one for all ages to dance to,” says Ben.
12. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey: Allan admits “It’s played out, but it still continues to rock the party. Do not break glass until after the alcohol has really been flowing.”
13. Crazy In Love – Beyonce ft. Jay-Z: “Queen Bey was crowned royalty with this track, and its never gotten stale. You could be at any function, club party or wedding and this will fit in somehow. It’s timeless. And the best fur is chinchilla, period,” says Danny.
14. (Everybody) Backstreet’s Back – Backstreet Boys: “Credit must be given where it’s due, and this song tears up dance floors every time it was played. Still a massive track today,” says Mike.
15. Home For A Rest – Spirit Of The West: “The first time I heard Home For A Rest I was assisting a DJ at a wedding. When he played this song the crowed erupted with excitement and sang along to every word. I learned quickly that this was a song to pay attention to! I was mesmerized by the fast pace tempo blended with the east coast sound. This song is a must have in a wedding playlist, especially if you’re a true Canadian,” says Spencer.
16. Happy – Pharrell Williams: “If you can name me a song that puts a smile immediately on your face as soon as the first beat drops, I’ll be ‘happy’ to buy you lunch once the Covid nonsense is behind us. Such a dam good song!” says Mike
17. Give Me Everything – Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo & Afrojack: “A lot of people think Pit Bull sucks but does he? I mean this song is massive and still gets the party going,” says Adrien.
18. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson: “I guarantee this song will spark at least one person in the room to attempt a Michael Jackson impersonation,” says Gerald.
19. I Love It – Icona Pop Feat. Charli XCX: “There’s something about yelling “I don’t care, I love it” at the top of your lungs that feels so satisfying. This song makes you pump your fist like your at the jersey shore. As an electronic music fan, I enjoy playing this song because it’s as close to EDM as I can get,” says Spencer.
20. Don’t You Want Me – The Human League: Retro crowd pleaser that everyone loves to sing the chorus with, even if you weren’t an 80s kid,” says Allan.
21. Gyal You A Party Animal – Charly Black: “I like to start most parties with a general crowd with this song or something with a similar vibe. I have a remix that I usually play and have always had a good experience getting the crowd going!” says Ben.
22. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift: “A track that makes you feel good all over, yet has powerfully positive lyrical content. Not a big fan of Taylor Swift, but I am of this song. Truly awesome!” says Mike.
23. Shake Señora – Pitbull Feat. T-Pain, Ludacris & Sean Paul: “This contemporary take of the classic “Jump In The Line” blew me away the first time I heard it. If I start dancing by myself when I am searching for music, I know its going to be huge. I play this almost every time, the energy is massive and gets everyone of any age jumpin’,” says Danny.
24. Low – Flo Rida: “In the last decade the desire for nostalgia has become popular. And because of the internet feeling nostalgic is now easier than ever. I get that same nostalgic feeling whenever I play Low. It’s the perfect party song with a little bit of everything; pop, rap, and boots with the fur,” says Spencer.
25. Levels – Avicii: “I like to play this when I want to go into the more upbeat/happy Top 40 bangers. If I have a crowd in front me that’s a big EDM fan like me this song willmake for a great transition into some EDM bangers,” says Ben.
26. Calabria 2007 – Enur Feat Natasja: “Every time I play Calabria 2007 someone asks me what the song is called. Calabria 2007 is one of those unique songs that everyone recognizes but doesn’t know the title. I think that’s because the song and the saxophone are so hypnotizing that people just forget to look it up. This song has been in my playlist for 10 years, and I don’t see myself replacing it any time soon,” says Spencer.
27. Poison – Bel Biv Devoe: “When I first became a DJ, I originally named myself DJ Poison. The reason was because of this song, which I figured every time I DJed I would play, so it would be my calling card. I don’t play it every time, and thankfully I dropped the idea for that name pretty quickly. But the song remains the same, a killer track, right from the intro drum beats. Ta, ta tada, ta tada tada da!” says Danny.
28. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) – ABBA
29. Temperature – Sean Paul: “Who doesn’t like Sean Paul at a party? When the dance floor is already banging this one really makes the “temperature” rise one level. Sorry I had to…” says Ben.
30. Fat Boy – Max-A-Million: “When dance music meets dancehall, this is the sweet result is a child call Fat Boy. By far, one of greatest dance hits of all time and I make sure it’s played as often as possible,” says Mike.
31. SexyBack – Justin Timberlake Feat. Timbaland: “Timeless. I’ll usually play this after the drinks have being flowing for a while and the dance floor is going strong,” says Ben.
32. Fantasy (Remix) – Mariah Carey Feat. O.D.B.: “Yo, New York in the house!” I know the original is also timeless, but for me its gotta be the remix. I have always been a big fan of Mariah (she’s on Fiyah!) but this is the pinnacle of her party hits,” says Danny.
33. Follow Me – Aly-Us: “The #1 song to get the entire room up for a line dance!” says Gerald.
34. Twist & Shout – The Beatles: “Beginning of the night, end of the night, doesn’t matter. People will come running from all corners of the room. If they only dance to one song at the party, it will likely be this. Nobody sits when Paul tells you to shake it up, baby,” says Danny.
35. Good Times – Chic: “This song is great because who doesn’t like to think of good times. It’s the anthem for my spirit,” says Adrien.
36. Stop – Spice Girls: “This might be one of the cheesiest songs that makes my list, complete with hand actions and goofy lyrics. But if we are talking about songs that bang every time, this has to be on the list. Girls and boys or all ages love it, and will scream the moment it comes on. I never even seem to be able to cut it off early without facing the wrath of someone who wanted to hear every last note,” says Danny.
37. All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie: Simply put by Allan, “One of my favourite pop music bridges of all time.”
38. Starships – Nicki Minaj: “I try to sneak this one in to my sets right when the energy is about to peak. As soon as she screams ‘Higher than a M@#&her F%&*er’ everyone starts jumping up and down. It’s a beautiful thing to watch,” says Danny.
39. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO Feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock: “Since I started DJing, I always play this song every event with an overwhelmingly positive response. So much so I would often leave the booth and shuffle with everyone on the dance floor. The group may not have lasted long, but you cannot deny the impact they made in such a short time,” says Spencer
40. Stuck in the Middle With You – Stealers Wheel: “You didn’t know you loved it until you heard it at 12am in the middle of a sweaty dance floor,” says Allan.
41. Feel So Good – Mase: “This a 1am drop played right from the beginning. The opening always gets those who know amped up for the coming 90s Hip Hop RNB set,” says Allan.
42. Get Low – Lil Jon & the Eastside Boys feat. The Yin Yang Twins: “As long as you play this song by a window & a wall, you can’t miss,” says Gerald.
43. Wannabe – Spice Girls:“Their first single clearly became the most iconic pop song of the 90’s. I dare you to prove me wrong,” says Mike.
44. Fireball – Pitbull
45. Get Lucky – Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers: “I am a huge Daft Punk fan and despite striving to be a crowd-pleasing DJ I do selfishly always find a way to get this one in the mix (unless of course someone had it on their “do not play” list!). When I think “timeless” I think of this song,” says Ben.
46. We Found Love – Rihanna
47. Get Lucky – Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers: “I am a huge Daft Punk fan and despite striving to be a crowd-pleasing DJ I do selfishly always find a way to get this one in the mix (unless of course someone had it on their “do not play” list!). When I think “timeless” I think of this song,” says Ben.
48. Gasolina – Daddy Yankee: “Do I understand a word of what they’re saying? No. But this song is so good that doesn’t matter. I love playing latin music, there’s nothing better for dancing! Daddy Yankee has a lot of hits but Dura or Despacito will still be 2nd & 3rd best, but this is numero uno! says Spencer.
49. Levitating – Due Lipa
50. Dancing Queen – ABBA