The “Super Happy Hour” Wedding Cocktail Hour

April 6, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

23-jamaican-perfectionThe premise of the following playlist is a collection of particularly happy songs. These are songs about parties, dancing, and casting your worries aside.

The playlist starts on a reggae/tropical vibe, before exploring the 80s and the particularly happy 60s. The final section of the visits R&B soul favorites, before jacking up the beats with current pop music (e.g., Pharrell’s “Happy” and some brisk house music to finish the set. Is this music too happy for our native New Jerseyans who can be reluctant to flash a smile?

Ambient DJ continues its tradition of selecting a signature cocktail for each wedding cocktail hour playlist. Inspired by a vacation to Jamaica last year, a pool drink called the “Bob Marley” has been selected. The Bob Marley can be consumed frozen, on the rocks, or even flaming! View the recipe for this signature drink by clicking here.

We became so giddy in the midst of preparing this playlist, that there is far more music than a traditional cocktail “hour” will allow for. Therefore, feel free to use the leftover happy songs for the wedding reception dance party to follow!

The “Super Happy Hour” Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

Having a Party – Sam Cooke
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Red, Red Wine – UB40
Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet
It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson
Never Ever Worry – Lord Pretender
Seven Days in Sunny June – Jamiroquai
The Sound of Sunshine – Michael Franti & Spearhead
Foundation – Beenie Man
Smile – Lily Allen
Saturday in the Park – Chicago
Soak Up the Sun – Sheryl Crow
Shiny, Happy People – R.E.M.
Heaven is a Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle
Rhythm of the Night – DeBarge
Dancing on the Ceiling – Lionel Richie
Let’s Go Dancin’ (Ooh, La, La, La) – Kool & the Gang
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing – Leo Sayer
Good Times – Chic
Where’s the Party? – Madonna
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Do You Believe in Love – Huey Lewis & the New
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
It’s My Party – Lesley Gore
More Today Than Yesterday – Spiral Starecase
Joy to the World – Three Dog Night
Hooked on a Feeling – B.J. Thomas
Do You Believe in Magic? – The Lovin’ Spoonful
Doo Wah Diddy – Manfred Mann
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
Forever – Chris Brown
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Love Generation – Bob Sinclar feat. Gary Pine
Say Hey (I Love You) – Michael Franti (f/ Spearhead)
Big Fun – Inner City
Sing Hallelujah – Dr. Alban
The Whistle Song – Frankie Knuckles

Craving more happy music? Check out Coca-Cola’s “52 Songs of Happiness” project featuring aspiring artists from across the globe. All of these songs can be enjoyed on Spotify. Click here for more information.

Recap of Previous Cocktail Hour Playlists

Here are our prior submissions:

Alternative Rock Cocktail Hour, Craft Beer (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Quintessentially Mixed Cocktail Hour, Long Island Iced Tea (DJ AQ). Click here.
Good Vibes Cocktail Hour, Pina Colada (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
Head to Shoulder Dip Cocktail Hour, Hairy Navel (DJ Gary G). Click here.
Retro Soul Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Havana Coconut Martini (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Smooth Sail Cocktail Hour, Malibu Bay Breeze (DJ Mike K). Click here.
Back to the Eighties Cocktail Hour, Midori Sour (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Beach Themed Cocktail Hour, Red Stripe Beer (DJ Spinz). Click here.
Classic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Tanqueray & Tonic (DJ Garrett B.). Click here.
International Excursions Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sangria (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Country Wedding Cocktail Hour, Manhattan (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Crooner Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jack Daniels on the Rocks w/Splash of Water (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Chanteuse Wedding Cocktail Hour, White Lady (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
TV Theme Songs Wedding Cocktail Hour, Coca-Cola with a side of Popcorn (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Christmas Wedding Cocktail Hour, Eggnog (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby Wedding Cocktail Hour, Rum Punch for a Crowd (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Classic R&B Wedding Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Blue Ocean (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
James Bond Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vesper Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Valentines Wedding Cocktail Hour, Godiva Chocolate Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Miami Vice Wedding Cocktail Hour, Cuba Libre (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is a full-service mobile NJ DJ entertainment company based in Central New Jersey that specializes in wedding DJ entertainment. Ambient DJ is a 2013 winner of the Knot Best of Weddings award as well as of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award. We have a deep passion for the music that we play and enjoy collaborating with our brides and grooms to create unforgettable parties! For more info and to read our wedding reviews, visit us on the web at

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