10 Slow Dance Songs That Don’t Stop The Party

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Sometimes the party can lag when it comes to slow dance songs. People use slow dances as an opportunity to use the restroom, to refill their drinks, or even to say their goodbyes. This isn’t the reaction you want. You want a playlist full of slow jams that have guests rushing back to the dance floor, promising to leave after just one more song.

Here are some of my favorites.

10 Slow Dance Songs to Keep the Party Going

1.     “Forever” - The Beach BoysI’m starting this list off with a classic favorite. If you don’t picture John Stamos singing this song on Full House, then I don’t know what you were doing in the 90s. You can’t resist prom swaying across the dance floor to this song.

2.    “Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton. This down-to-earth classic is one of the purest love songs I’ve ever heard, and sure to please guests of all ages. It’s vulnerable and sweet, and a song you’ll want to dance to all night long.


3.    “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” - Aerosmith. Who says rockers can’t have slow jams? This Aerosmith song is the perfect blend of strong instrumentals and even stronger vocals. This is an irresistible slow dance song for everyone, especially those who remember dancing to this song with their high school sweetheart!


4.    “All My Life” – K-Ci & JoJo. Get ready for major millennial prom vibes with this 1998 throwback. Everyone and their SO wants to flock to the dancefloor when this is played. (And I hope that you feel the same way too!)


5.    “All My Tomorrows” - Frank Sinatra. A favorite for all ages, this Frank Sinatra tune exhibits all the qualities of the perfect slow dance song: the melody is slow, the vocals are strong, and the words are honest and sweet. As a bonus, it is a perfect slow dance song to end your wedding night with! 


6.    “Angel of Mine” - Monica. This 90s ballad can slip seamlessly into any wedding playlist. A perfect tempo and a healthy dose of teenage nostalgia makes this tune an irresistible slow dance song.


7.    “Make You Feel My Love” - Adele. This Adele cover of a Bob Dylan classic is the perfect addition to your playlist. While the original is already amazing, Adele manages to improve it with her pure vocals and overflowing emotions.


8.    “At Last” - Etta James. This classic Etta James song is sure to get everyone out of their seats and on the dance floor. Her rich voice and relatable lyrics means anyone can identify with this timeless love song.


9.    “Perfect Storm” - Brad Paisley. A country classic, this Brad Paisley jam is the perfect storm of heartwarming and upbeat, making it a great addition to any wedding playlist.


10. “Back at One” - Brian McKnight. Rounding out this list is one of my all-time favorite songs, and I almost forgot about it. Brian McKnight gives his five steps to a lasting relationship and reminds you to start back at one whenever you think your work is done.


A bad slow jam or too many slow songs can ruin the mood for your wedding reception attendees, so when it comes to scattering slow tunes through your playlist, you have to be strategic and careful. A general rule is tossing in one slow song every 20-25 minutes, or roughly every five songs. 

As long as you keep genre in mind and read the crowd, you’ll have no problem keeping your guests on the dance floor as you transition from upbeat numbers to slow dances!

Luke Joachim