Best Wedding Songs Of 2016

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The Buckeye Sounds Top Wedding Songs of 2016

So Its time for our annual look back at the biggest songs of 2016!

This year was highlighted by two trends.  First we had some great country songs making our lists - especially for first dances. The second was the popularity of reggae / island influence on several of the songs on this list. 

As always the most popular song of the year, we believe, has a TON of staying power....


#1 - Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake


Undeniably the best dance song to come out this year with a lot of staying power for the next few years. Who doesn't love some JT?  He is such a talent. This uptempo song had some disco and funk influences and was easily the song of summer 2016. The lyrics say it all and has been a regular at almost every Buckeye Sounds event. An almost guaranteed floor filler - it’s catchy and infectious and happy and optimistic. 

#2 - Cake by the Ocean by DNCE
Maybe we have this song a little high on the list, but it just works for us at receptions! Its an uptempo song, great energy, and a singable chorus - in other words it has everything you want in a song to fill your dance floor. 

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#3 - From The Ground Up - Dan & Shay
This was a very popular first dance song for us this year, and if you listed to the great lyrics its easy to see why.  It’s a perfect way for a happy couple to begin their journey, by starting from the ground up. This song was inspired by the love shared by the duo member's respective grandparents. Its been described by the duo as "the most special song we've ever written and they soar on harmonies with that passion in their voices.

#4 - One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla) by Drake
Drake’s biggest hit and his best song this year in our opinion. A good dance song with an infectious low tempo beat. We probably got a request to play this song as most of our events this summer.  Its one of Drake's breeziest songs with a nice Caribbean feel to it. 

#5 - Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett
A simple yet bluesy guitar song turned out to be a huge country song and a beautiful ballad. The wonderful lyrics of this song makes it a huge wedding song in the next few years.  

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#6 - Cheap Thrills by Sia and Sean Paul
"Hit the dancefloor, hit the dancefloor. I got all I need".  This happy reggae style tune that worked really well for us.  I also loved playing the music video which was a take off of an old 50s American Bandstand TV show. 

7. Work From Home (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) by Fifth Harmony
Fifth harmony has gotten bigger and bigger each year, although I still like "Worth It" better.  This is a mid tempo R&B track that incorporates elements of trap music, so as a general rule of thumb it wouldn't work good for our dance floors.  But rules-of-thumbs be damned because this song did Work (see what we did there?) for us.  Oh yeah...there are just a few euphemisms for sex in this song.

8. Work (feat. Rihanna) by Drake
This urban / hip hop song with an island vibe was Rihanna's 14th number-one single. That puts her with the fourth-most number-one songs on the chart. That puts here up there with The Beatles, Elvis, and Mariah Carey - pretty good company.  This was definitely a song to twerk to.


#9 - Closer (feat. Halsey) by the Chainsmokers
This was the biggest hit song of 2016 but it just didn't work great on the dance floor mostly because of its slow to mid-tempo.  We started off by playing it several times at our events and it went over ok. So we now play it at cocktail hour or at the end of dinner.

10 -  Side to Side (feat. Nicki Minaj) by Ariana Grande
Ariana had a very good 2016 with several good songs.  She's becoming more and more popular and we think this was the best song off of her Dangerous Woman album. You have to love that reggae sounding beat.