My recommendation for the end of the night is actually two-fold. Before the actual last dance song (which is generally upbeat), I like to throw on a slow jam to get everyone out on the dance floor with their prospective partners in preparation for the grand finale. This gives your wedding guests a little bit of a breather from the earlier upbeat portions of the wedding playlist. That last dance of the night is going to be celebratory and very upbeat. It should be a song that gets everyone excited by putting their hands in the air and singing along with the chorus! It'll be a song that puts a big fat exclamation point on your wedding day with you and your fiance, friends, and family celebrating one last time beofre the night ends. One more thing to consider about the last dance, it's going to be one of the impactful songs of the night and will be one of those memories of your wedding day that will have you and your guests smiling for years and years down the road.
1. "Let's Go Crazy" | Prince
Due to the strict copyright guidelines that Prince has always placed on his work when it comes to posting on You Tube, I can't post this song to this blog post, but I invite you to purchase the Purple Rain album and grab this one. It starts out slow, but I promise that it will not disappoint as it gets going. This is probably one of the most overlooked songs for the last dance of the evening.
2. " I've Had The Time Of My Life" | Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
The mother of all last dance songs for all sure. Your wedding day and night is going to be the time of your life guaranteed with the right mix of music. The bride and groom could re-enact this final scene below of the classic movie "Dirty Dancing" around their family and friends and make for a very memorable ending of the biggest day of your life.
3. "Last Dance" | Donna Summer
At first glance, "Last Dance" may appear cliche, but its another one of those songs that starts out slow and increases energy throughout and will get your friends and family excited and end your wedding night with a bang.
4. "Closing Time" | Semisonic
When I hear this song, I'm taken back to the summer of 1998. Have your DJ throw this song on shortly after last call. One last call for alcohol, finish your whiskey and beer and celebrate the fact that your wedding day is just about over.
5. "Sweet Caroline" | Neil Diamond
Another popular choice for the last dance of the night. It's a song that everyone knows and loves because those "good times never seemed so good" throughout your entire wedding day and night.
6. "The Last Dance" | Frank Sinatra
This is a little bit more subdued than the first five selections on this list but can be equally as impactful. Check out the song below, and if you like it, look it up on Sinatra's 1959 record "Come Dance With Me" .
7. "Bohemian Rhapsody" | Queen
Yeah, that's right "Bohemian Rhapsody". Channel your inner Wayne's-World to the end of your wedding night. Another one of those songs that starts out slow, but certainly increases in intensity to the point where you and your guests are all bobbing your heads toward the end of the song. Why wouldn't you want what is considered by many to be the greatest song ever to be the last dance of your special day?
8. "Bye Bye Bye" | NSync
Nothing wrong with a little early 2000s boy band action at the end of the night. It peaked at number 4 on the Billboard charts, and could be an equally great hit for you and your guests at the end of your wedding day over at Harborside East or the Creek Club at Ion.
9. "Save The Last Dance For Me" | Michael Buble
Michael Buble's version of this classic has been showing up on lots of playlists recently at Charleston weddings, and for good reason. It's fun and upbeat and just the perfect way to wrap up an incredible night with friends and family.
10. "Take Me Home Tonight" | Eddie Money
We're getting to the end of the night and this is an ideal song to play for great excitement for the last dance of the night. 80s rock at its finest. Take a listen below.
Hopefully these ten songs give you some inspiration in choosing the last dance song of your wedding. Make it exciting. Make it fun. But, evne more importantly, make it memorable. Let your DJ know what it is you want to hear. Thank you for finding this blog. This blog will be the most detailed Charleston Wedding DJ blog in the area. It will constantly be filled with DJ playlist ideas, DJ tips and other important planning information to help you design the absolute perfect playlist for your upcoming Charleston wedding. Mike Bills Entertainment is an owner-operated DJ company in Charleston who absolutely loves music and whose PASSION is making sure the music is PERFECT for your wedding. Click HERE to tell me some more about your big day. We need to meet soon.