If you’re looking for some songs with repetitive choreography that your guests can dance to regardless of rhythm or skill, this is the playlist for you. Dance memes and line dances aren’t anything new. This list is in order by release date of the song and dates back to 1959. Ferris Bueller may have revived the song in the 80s, but “Shout” has been around for a long time. Check YouTube for instructional videos about any of these dances. Then be sure to tell your San Antonio wedding DJ to include them in the mix at your reception.
It’s as simple as throwing your hands in the air anytime the word “shout” appears in the lyrics. Guests sitting on the sidelines and guests in the middle of the dance floor alike can participate. Even grandma and grandpa will recognize this one.
The Twist (1960)
Chubby Checker makes it easy for you. Pretend you’re holding a bath towel and drying off your back while you move your hips. You’re doing the twist!
The Hustle (1975)
“The Hustle” has more steps than the previous two songs, but it was simple enough for elementary school kids to learn in P.E. class in the 70s so folks will catch on.
Electric Slide (1976)
The song came out in the mid-seventies, but the dance caught on in the early 80s as indicated by the MC Hammer pants represented in the YouTube videos.
The Village People teach us how to spell with our whole bodies. Now which way does the “C” go?
Cotton-Eyed Joe (1985)
According to Wikipedia, this song has been around in some form since the 1800s. Boot scooters made it their own later on. Add a country flavor without the necessity of dance partners with this one.
There are zero degrees of Kevin Bacon and lots of foot tapping in this one.
Jump On It (1996)
If you’re playing charades and you have to act out a cowboy trying to lasso something from the back of his horse, you’ve got the gist of this one.
Cha Cha Slide (2000)
You know what’s great about this song? It’s tells you the steps to the dance right in the lyrics. Think of it as a hip-hop Hokey Pokey.
Cupid Shuffle (2007)
Cupid tells you how to do the dance, too, but you have to remember what you learned in between choruses.
It’s a long song that works your core and puts people of all shapes and sizes on an equal playing field.
Teach Me How To Dougie (2011)
How can you mess up dancing to a song that’s asking someone to teach you how to dance to the song? If you can’t do it, it’s okay. If you can, you’re the life of the party.
Gangnam Style (2012)
Parts of this dance look a lot like the moves to “Jump On It”, but that’s not a bad thing. It made Psy famous.
Harlem Shake (2012)
This one is all about the timing. Dance moves are secondary to when the movement starts.
Watch Me (2015)
Here’s your opportunity to bust out the Whip and Nae Nae. Chances are that even you tiniest guests know this one and will wow you with their skills.
Hit the Quan (2015)
If the “Wobble” works your core, this one works your quads. Arms out front and squat to the beat… or something cooler.
Lean and Dab (2015)
This is where the Dab originated. (Perhaps you’ve seen it on the football field after a touchdown.) It also incorporates a little Whip and Nae Nae.