UPDATED with even more songs for 2016 Weddings!
You may have heard that my best friend is getting married. With just over a week left to her Sangeet, dance practices have been on in full swing. One of the things we’ve had trouble deciding has been – the bride and groom song. Both of them are a little shy about performing with just each other on stage. And solo songs? Forgetaboutit. So I tried pitching a few songs to them that are not super mushy and romantic – maybe they would be more comfortable doing a cool/cute song with no ballroom dancing involved? Then I realised – hey! I have a whole list to share with YOU! My readers! A list of songs a couple can potentially dance on at their Sangeet this wedding season, complete with a mushiness scale that helps you make your pick depending on how comfortable you are being lovey-dovey in front of your whole Sangeet guest list.
Disclaimer: I’m not a pro when it comes to dance, or even music. In fact, I’m the exact opposite. I have a slightly eclectic taste, when I love a song I obsess over it (ask the husband! it’s not easy listening to the same song 3 times in a row every day for 5 weeks!), I think you can dance to any kind of music as long as you love the beats, and I don’t think there are appropriate or inappropriate songs for a bride and groom to perform on. I think you just have to be a little creative, and you can have a choreography that goes with any number. I make funny steps (and by funny I mean, laugh out loud hilarious and sometimes idiotic) but my family of talented choreographers generally steps in to save the dancers from having to actually do what I propose. Nevertheless, I love music. And if you love music, you’re allowed to make a list of songs you think people can dance on at a Sangeet.
Note: This may or may not be your typical Sangeet song list, depending on your tastes. There may be songs you wouldn’t have considered dancing to, and maybe one or two you haven’t even heard yet. These are MY favourites.
Sangeet Songs: Bride & Groom’s Couple Dance
For the not-at-all filmy couple
Romance Quotient: ❤
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu | Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
I danced on this with my husband at our Sangeet, since neither of us is big on the public display of romance department.
Desi Girl | Dostana
A perennial favourite. Not seen a bride and groom dance on this as a couple song, yet.
For the light-on-romance, heavy-on-the-fun couple
Romance Quotient: ❤ ❤
Jab Mila Tu | I Hate Luv Storys
Unconventional. But a pretty cute song with awww-worthy lyrics. Gives you a chance to get creative with the choreography.
Zoobi Doobi | 3 Idiots
Super cute! A little dated, yes, but definitely not overdone.
Here’s a link to the complete audio of the song without that part in the middle where Amir Khan is talking.
Pehli Baar | Dil Dhadakne Do
A fresh & peppy number, you can’t not dance when you hear this.
For the somewhat romantic couple
Romance Quotient: ❤ ❤ ❤
Aashiyan | Barfi
Similar pace to Jab Mila Tu. Probably a little more upbeat. This was the second couple song my husband and I danced on at our Sangeet. My sister made us a cute choreography, and I later saw another couple dance to this at their Sangeet!
Mera Mann Kehne Laga Hai | Nautanki Saala!
Someone I know danced on this at his Sangeet, and it was AMAZING. Of course, he’s also a superb dancer and performer (all that right expression stuff you’re supposed to do) so that worked in his favour. Personally, I think the beats are perfect for a cute couple dance. And since the actual video will spoil this song for you, just listen to it here 🙂
For the seriously filmy couple who are comfortable slow dancing in front of 250+ people. On a stage.
Romance Quotient: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Raabta | Agent Vinod
Yes, it’s overdone. Yes, it’s still so romantic that couples can dance on it for years to come.
If you’re looking for a slightly different version to dance on, here’s an MTV Unplugged one. There are a few parts you’ll want to edit out, though.
Soch | by Hardy Sandhu
A groom-to-be slow danced on his Roka to this hauntingly soulful melody. Since it’s a Punjabi song, I did not understand the big deal. But then my husband (who introduced me to this song with such enthusiasm I just had to give it a chance) translated it for me, word by word – needless to say, I’m a fan now. Yes, it’s really slow and maybe a lot of the guests won’t even understand it. But if it gets you in the right place (read: heart!), go for it.
Tum Se Hi | Jab We Met
A slightly faster tempo. Dated, but still wonderful.
Ishq Wala Love | Student of the Year
2 years on, I’m still in love with this song. I know, I know – the biggest grudge is with the title that makes no sense at all. Arre, but I still love it. Maybe it’s because this is the song I heard on repeat every single day in the weeks leading up to my own wedding. Kya karein? Was in a cheesy mood those days, and you have to agree – it IS a soothing melody.
Main Hoon Hero Tera | Hero
I was a fan of the Salman version, till I heard the Armaan version.
If your bride is a big Salman Khan fan, though, she might appreciate it if you danced to his auto-tuned version instead. Ask her!
Janam Janam | Dilwale
You can pull off some serious dance moves in this one, something along the lines of a slow Waltz.
Because there are as many types of couples as there are snow flakes.
For the pro dancer couple
Tu Meri | Bang Bang
I confess, I just love this song and would find any excuse to add it on any song list!
For the dramatic couple
If you’re creating a storyline and want a song where the couple is apart from each other – this one is perfect (Alaahada literally means “apart!”) Extra brownie points for how upbeat and danceable it is for a “sad” song.
Alaahada | Lekar Hum Deewana Dil
At first, I considered getting a choregrapher to give you a list. But then there are a lot of songs people dance on that I just don’t enjoy that much, and I didn’t want to suggest something I didn’t love a 100% (the whole blog is based on only recommending and suggesting things I love 100% and would do myself without a doubt!) But, but…but. If you really really want, I can get a list recommended by a professional. An actual Sangeet choreographer. Just let me know in the comments.
What’s your favourite couple dance song at Sangeets?
Update: Added a list of songs for groups to dance on during weddings in 2016.