At the start of the new year, I like to look back at the year that was and review the songs that my couples selected for the six most common formalities of their wedding reception: The Grand Entrance, The First Dance, The Father/Bride Dance, The Mother/Groom Dance, Cake Cutting, and The Last Dance. While there are several wedding music guides available, I find the real pulse of the best Last Dance songs for 2016 come from my clients: real Pacific Northwest couples planning and hosting real Pacific Northwest weddings. So, without further ado…

Here are the top Last Dance Songs of 2016, as selected by my couples:

REO Speedwagon – “Keep on Loving You”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Mariah Carey – “Always Be My Baby”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – “Home”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Oh Wonder – “Technicolour Beat”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Mary Lambert – “She Keeps Me Warm”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Michael Jackson – “Beat It”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Bad English – “When I See You Smile”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

The Beatles – “With A Little Help From My Friends”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Rihanna – “Stay”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Cassidy Feat. R. Kelly – “Hotel”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

K-Ci & JoJo – “All My Life”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Dan & Shay – “From the Ground Up”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Calvin Harris Feat. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

The Chainsmokers Feat. Halsey – “Closer”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Tim McGraw – “My Best Friend”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Looking for more great Last Dance song suggestions? Visit my ultimate Wedding Music Guide for more Last Dance song picks!

Previous Best Last Dance Songs By Year:

Other 2011 Best Of Lists: