Cocktail Hour Wedding Music | Top 5 Playlists

The best Cocktail Hour Wedding Music list is here! Whether you prefer Orchestra, Country, 80's and 90's or Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin or the Oldies like Motown, there's a wedding music playlist here to help give the exact vibe you're looking for.

 

Being a Wedding DJ for over 8 years, I've had the chance to discover and create some of the best music playlist for cocktail hour. These even work great as a dinner playlist too!

 

Let's take a look at the most popular cocktail hour wedding music below and we'll find a great fit for your special day!

 

Cocktail Hour Wedding Music
Orchestra Cocktail Hour Wedding Music

Orchestra Cocktail Hour Wedding Music

For a classical vibe, we recommend artists like;

 

  • Vitamin String Quartet
  • Brooklyn Duo
  • The Piano Guys
  • Midnight String Quartet

Most of these artists have created covers of popular songs from rock to rap, and pop to punk. This has been a huge hit at weddings since wedding guests recognize the song, but the style fits an elegant and relaxed atmosphere perfect for your special day.

Orchestra Cocktail Hour Wedding Playlist
Oldies Cocktail Hour Wedding Music

Oldies Cocktail Hour Wedding Music

For a toe-tapping vibe, we recommend artists like;

 

  • The Jackson 5
  • The Supremes
  • Diana Ross
  • Four Tops
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Aretha Franklin

The Oldies music playlist is a perfect blend of 60's, 70's and 80's hits that have pleased the 'older' guests at weddings every time. These songs have brought back memories from my own childhood family parties, too!

 

Guests will tap their feet, "dance-walk" on their way to get another drink, and even pull out the ole finger-guns and say "Hey DJ! You're playing GREAT music man!" That's why it's one of our go-to cocktail hour wedding music playlist options!

Oldies Cocktail Hour Wedding Music Playlist
80's and 90's Cocktail Hour Wedding Music

80's and 90's Cocktail Hour Wedding Music

For a throwback vibe, we recommend artists like;

 

  • The Rolling Stones
  • Billy Joel
  • Britney Spears
  • Smash Mouth
  • Pink Floyd
  • Third Eye Blind

There's no shortage of great artists from the 80's and 90's, and it's tough choosing only an hour or two of cocktail hour wedding songs. But it's a great mix of hits for a more up-beat vibe to cocktail hour.

80's and 90's Cocktail Hour Wedding Music Playlist

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Country Cocktail Hour Wedding Music

Country Cocktail Hour Wedding Music

For a cold beer on a Friday night vibe, we recommend artists like;

 

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Jason Aldean
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Luke Combs

Country music is one of those things, you either like it or you don't!  For those that do like it, it's still subjective. There's new country, 2000's country, 90's country, country that's more like pop music, and your old-school Johnny Cash.

 

It's interesting to see how far country has strayed from their roots, and even so the changes that occur every 5-10 years, but it's still a popular genre that spans generations. This cocktail hour wedding music playlist has a little bit of everything, even some dance hits, so pick and choose your favorites and let the good times roll!

Frank and Dean Cocktail Hour Wedding Music

Frank & Dean Cocktail Hour Wedding Music

For a big-band-energy vibe, we recommend artists like;

 

  • Frank Sinatra
  • Dean Martin
  • need I say more?

Our last playlist for your cocktail hour features a few of the Rat Pack boys themselves. These songs have been a favorite of the 70+ age range because it takes them back to a simpler time.

 

While this playlist may not be everyone's cup of tea, it's a great collection of hits that can compliment your wedding cocktail hour or dinner reception. A few honorable mentions should be Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford, but it doesn't exactly fit the same style that Frank & Dean were famous for.

 

It's all about creating a vibe that mixes well together for your wedding cocktail hour. Then again, it's your special day so live your best life and choose the music that best suits you!

Frank & Dean Cocktail Hour Wedding Music Playlist
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