UPDATED with even more songs for 2016 Weddings!
As the rest of us start to wonder how much longer we can pull off wearing the same anarkali over and over again with different shawls (is wedding season on in full swing or what!), brides all over the country are wrapping up last-minute preparations for their early 2015 wedding. Sangeet practices have begun in every city, and irrespective of which Singh (Honey or Arijit) you’re a fan of – the Sangeet is your favourite function. Well, unless you’re my husband and dread having to dance with complete strangers who you’re forced to call family three nights in a year. (Right? Righttt?)
If you’re preparing for a close relative or friend’s wedding, you would’ve experienced (or are about to) the Group Dance Song Agreement Situation, or as it’s more commonly known as Which Freakin’ Song Can We Get 8 People To Agree To Dance On Together? It’s hard reaching a consensus. But fret not, here’s what should you do – immediately refer them to thedelhibride’s favourite list of songs for groups to dance on. Problem solved. After all, it IS expert approved! *wink wink*
Note: As I mentioned in my earlier post, these are MY current favourites.
Sangeet Songs: The Group Dance
For Hardcore Bollywood Lovers
London Thumakda | Queen
Duh. Definitely the best one this season.
One Two Three Four | Chennai Express
It doesn’t get more upbeat than this!
Punjabi Wedding Song | Hasee Toh Phasee
Embrace your inner Punjabi! Haha – just kidding. A slightly “less hectic song”, this one sounds typically Bollywood with it’s tunes. It took me some time to warm up to it (the title threw me off), but it’s actually a pretty cool option.
Dance Basanti | Ungli
Ever so slightly dated, but SO catchy! Makes you want to get up and dance.
Banno Tera Swagger | Tanu Weds Manu Returns
I say group dance because I don’t know how you will convince anyone to sit this one OUT!
Galla Goodiyan | Dil Dhadakne Do
I have to confess – it took a while for this song to grow on me. But it’s the perfect finale song for a huge group to groove to.
Nachan Farrate | All is Well
Not my favourite of the lot, but if you’re big on moving only to the “latest” songs, this dance-worthy one is a good option.
For Those Who Are Too Cool To Do The Thumka
Aunty Ji | Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
My family & friends did a surprise flash mob to this song on my Sangeet, because they knew how much I LOVED it. 2 years on, I still can’t get my feet to stop tapping whenever this song comes on! FANTASTIC group dance number!
Dil Dhadakne Do | Dil Dhadakne Do
Probably my favourite album of the year, DDD has a long list of songs to pick from – this offbeat title track being one of them!
For The Couples Group Dance
Desi Girl | Dostana
Of course! SO, SO, SO good for a group dance where you have an equal number of boys and girls. My husband and I danced on this at our Sangeet with my cousin and his wife. TOO. MUCH. FUN.
If you’re looking for an INCREDIBLE choreography for this song, check out this video –>
We found it on YouTube over 6 years ago, and back then we thought “Ahhh! This is wayyy too difficult for us.” But by the time my wedding rolled around, we were a more confident group. The four of us pretty much copied ALL THE STEPS, and modified it in a few places according to our capabilities. And yes – THAT GUY, right?! What mad dance skills!
Radha | Student of the Year
3 years on, and this song is still high on the list of must-haves on your Sangeet playlist!
For The Bride & Bridesmaids Who Want To Bring Down The House
Gangnam Style by Psy
Overdone by the boys? Yes. By girls? WITH the bride? NO! It’ll be a hit. Guaranteed!
Lungi Dance | Chennai Express
My cousin danced on this with her sister at her Sangeet, and it was hands down the best performance of the night! I also danced on this with my school buddies at my best friend’s Sangeet. Sunglasses et al!
Gulaabo | Shaandaar
Only one suggestion: Wear fake moustaches for full effect.
Banno Tera Swagger | Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Put some sunglasses on the girls, and you’re ready to kill it!
Case in point, this video of girls killing it at a recent Sangeet –
For Girls Who Know How To Shake A Leg
Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan | Roy
Not a fan of the lyrics, but can’t deny the catchy tune and dance-worthy moves one can make on this!
For Boys Who Know How To Shake A Leg
Badtameez Dil | Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
For The Boys Who Have Two Left Feet
Tune Maari Entriyaan | Gunday
Super simple steps can be made that are easy to follow for anyone, irrespective of their dancing skills!
Hands Down THE Ultimate Song for the Groom to Dance on With His Boys
Baby Doll | Ragini MMS 2
DON’T. Resist it. Just do it.
Coolness quotient: 11/10
For The Little Ones
Love Is A Waste Of Time | PK
My niece and nephew danced to All Is Well from the movie, 3 Idiots, years ago at a Sangeet. Which is why when I heard Love Is A Waste Of Time, I realised it’s a great new-age substitute for a cute song young kids can dance to!
Superman | Tevar
I can just imagine the tiny tots doing Superman steps – awwwwwww!!!
Take It Easy, Maaan!
These are just suggestions. Please don’t take the process of song selection so seriously (unless you’re a family of choreographers). The fun lies in dancing on songs YOU love, the ones YOU will enjoy dancing on. Don’t keep your mind closed with “no no, this song is only good for “group” or “couple”. Arre dance on whatever you feel like. It’s not a World Dance Championship Finale, it’s your Sangeet. It’s meant to be something your family has a good time at. Forget dance steps, dance on songs everyone is probably sick of hearing – doesn’t matter!
And just FYI, dancing on songs people expect you to dance on actually makes it a little boring. Try adding ONE song that’s not played at every Sangeet function (make your parents dance on Anu Malik with funny gestures and expressions) OR make the boys dance on a song no one expects them to dance on (*coughcough*BabyDoll*cough*)