Tony’s Playlists: Ten Last Dance Songs That Aren’t Journey or Semisonic

September 28, 2015 by Tony Schwartz


Let me preface with this: “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Closing Time” are fine songs. But they are the most overplayed last dance songs of all time*. So let’s look at a list of unique Last Dance songs that will bring everyone to the dance floor before your sendoff.

(*This is purely my opinion and has zero statistical research to back it. I’m probably still right, though.)

Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You”
A timeless classic slow jam that everyone will sing-a-long to. NOTE: the first 45 seconds are all a capella. You may want to jump ahead on that.

The Foundations – “Build Me Up Buttercup”
It’s not a slow song. It’s an uptempo sing-a-long that everyone knows the words to. Which means, it’s just a plain fun way to end the night.

R. Kelly – “Bump N Grind”
There are so many great 90s R&B songs that work here – maybe I’ll make a list of them someday. For now, this is my secret weapon if you have the right crowd.

Black Eyed Peas – “The Time (Dirty Bit)”
In case you didn’t know, the chorus of this song is from “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life”. Add in an uptempo beat and you have the perfect “leave ’em hot and sweaty” last dance song.

Adele – “To Make You Feel My Love”
I feel this list needs a couple of romantic songs. Here is a contemporary one that is simply beautiful.

Eric Clapton – “Wonderful Tonight”
And here is a romantic song that is a timeless classic. Fellas, when this song plays, make sure you tell her she looked wonderful tonight.

Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
This song is a roller coaster of emotion with a perfect ending for a unique last dance song.

Billy Joel – “Piano Man”
Another one of those awesome sing-a-long songs where everyone will naturally create a huge circle around the bride and groom. Talk about combining two families as one.

Michael Jackson – “Thriller”
Yes, “Thriller” is a last dance song that I have played before. Why? Because the wedding party was in on it. After a slow song, I orchestrated a loud cheer for my couple, and hit play on this song and walked away. The intro played as people look confused. When the beat came in, the wedding party took it from there and did the Thriller dance out of the ballroom. Pure awesomeness as everyone followed them out.

N’SYNC – “Bye Bye Bye”
Because when you think about it, it is ironic. Which makes it funny.

Lynyrd Skynrd – “Free Bird”
Because someone is defiantly going to yell “FREE BIRD!” when the DJ says, “It’s time for the last song…”

BONUS #1: Michael Buble – “Home”
This is one of my favorite songs of all-time. There is nothing like coming home to the one you love the most.

BONUS #2: Journey – “Faithfully”
Okay, okay, okay, I added a Journey song. But not *THAT* Journey song. And gentlemen, nothing sounds sexier during the final song of the night then whispering to your bride: “Oh, girl, you stand by me, I’m forever yours, faithfully”.

This post originally published on May 19, 2014 at


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