Aww yeah! As a 90s kid who wasn’t much for grunge music, there were two things I liked: country and hip-hop music. To this day, when I opt to listen to some hip-hop and r&b, I listen to the songs of this “Golden Era” most of the time. And there’s so many songs to choose from! More than likely, I will do a couple of versions of this playlist as most of my brides and grooms love to get down to some 90s hip-hop and/or r&b at their wedding reception!
And so this list isn’t cliché, “Baby Got Back”, “Ice, Ice Baby”, “U Can’t Touch This”, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit’ It”, and “Jump Around” won’t be found on this list.
So, off the top of my head, here’s twenty 90s Hip-Hop and R&B songs that pack dance floors at weddings (for me, at least!):
Note: I tried to embed only the edited versions from Spotify. I apologize if one of the explicit versions slipped through the cracks.
Montell Jordan – “This Is How We Do It”
I’ve said this before, I’ll say it again: “If a day comes when this song doesn’t work, I will retire from DJing the very next day.”
Mark Morrison – “Return of the Mack”
Another party rocker from the 90s that everyone instantly knows.
The Notorious B.I.G. – “Hypnotize”
Biggie Smalls released five singles in a row that were bangers: “Juicy”, “Big Poppa”, “One More Chance”, “Mo Money, Mo Problems”, and of course, “Hypnotize”. All five will work, but there is something about the opening drums from “Hypnotize” that bangs the hardest.
DMX – “Party Up (Up In Here)”
Technically, this song was released as a single in 2000. But the album it was on was released at the end of 1999, so I’m counting it. And like “Hypnotize” this song is recognizable from the beginning and always sets the party off at a wedding reception.
Paperboy – “Ditty”
Early 90s hip-hop jam that works for my late 20s and early 30s clients. One of those songs that I don’t beatmix in – just slam and let the intro create the reaction.
Skee-Lo – “I Wish”
Speaking of early 90s hip-hop song that work for my late 20s and early 30s clients…
Mariah Carey – “Fantasy (Bad Boy Remix)”
The #1 of DJing: Play for the ladies and the guys will follow. This Mariah Carey song validates that rule.
Juvenile – “Back That Thang Up”
Before there was twerking, there was grind dancing. This is THE hip-hop song that got my era in a lot of trouble at school dances.
Next – “Too Close”
This song got my era in a lot of trouble with junior and high school administrators, too.
Warren G & Nate Dogg – “Regulate”
REGULATORS! MOUNT UP! Not only a great song for sound check, it still crushes when dropped at the exactly right time.
Outkast – “Rosa Parks”
Growing up, I was mainly raised on country music. When I started to listen to hip-hop in my late teens, this was one of the first hip-hop songs I loved. It felt somewhat “country” to me.
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg – “The Next Episode”
I totally forgot this was released in 1999, as it came off an album called “2001”. I’m not one of those DJs who gets nerdy over music facts and history, I just rock parties. (Not that there is anything wrong with those that are!)
Salt-N-Pepa – “Shoop”
Again, play for the ladies, DJs…
Digital Underground – “The Humpty Dance”
Once upon a time, there was a Discotech mashup that included a verse from Jay Z’s “PSA” with Fergie’s “My Hump” sampled and it was fire. When I play “The Humpty Dance”, I usually play that mashup/blend, whatever you want to call it.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “Got Your Money”
Another one of those songs with a sing-a-long hook (by Kelis!) that everyone from the late 90s era remembers.
Snoop Dogg – Who Am I (What’s My Name)?
I’m a West Coast guy, and while “Gin & Juice” also works, this one gets a better reaction because of the intro. For a clean version, find the radio version and not the terrible edit version that Spotify has.
Bell Biv Devoe – “Poison”
The opening drums are instantly recognizable and the hook is a huge sing-a-long. Another timeless 90s R&B gem.
Lil’ Troy – “Wanna Be A Baller”
I rarely play more than the hook before I quick mix out. But that’s really all you need when I drop this song late night.
Ginuwine – “Pony”
I love to drop this jam around the bottom of the final hour of the night.
Tag Team – “Whoomp! There It Is”
PARTY PEOPLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Here’s a shovel, can you dig it, fool?
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Theme Song)”
I can’t name all 43 presidents who have served the United States of America, but I can recite the lyrics to this 90s hip-hop song from Will Smith. I’m sure I’m not the only one who can relate.
What are your favorite 90s Hip-Hop and R&B songs to dance to at a wedding? Let me know in the comments below!