15 Up-tempo Country Songs for your Grand Entrance
If you were raised up on country music then you already know that nothing will set the tone better at your wedding than walking in to a fun and energetic song that'll get everyone out of the seats and into a celebratory mood.
Here's a solid list of country songs that you could have the DJ play during your grand entrance (sorted new to old).
#1 She Had Me At Heads Carolina by Cole Swindell (2022)
If you're looking for a song with an upbeat tempo and is really easy to sing along with, then you should walk in to "She Had Me At Heads Carolina" by Cole Swindell. It's the perfect choice for any wedding event because the lyrics are romantic and relatable, telling the story of a man falling for a woman at first sight.
The only negative is that this song is so popular that it will be played at a lot of other weddings, too. But if that doesn't bother you, then pick it!
#2 Fancy Like by Walker Hayes (2021)
"Fancy Like" by Walker Hayes is an excellent pick for your grand entrance because it's a lively song that everyone should know, even if they don't know country music. It's easy to dance to and perfect to set the tone. The song has a catchy chorus and the lyrics are light-hearted, fun and romantic, which makes it a fitting choice for a wedding event. The song is about the simple things in life that make you happy, and how those little things can make you feel like you're living in the lap of luxury.
#3 Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home) by Elle King & Miranda Lambert (2021)
Here's a great song with a catchy chorus and playful lyrics about the feeling of not wanting the party to end. "Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)" is a collaboration between two talented female artists, Elle King and Miranda Lambert, who sing their hearts out and will have the song stuck in everybody's head by the time you reach the head table.
#4 Throw It Back by BRELAND & Keith Urban (2021)
If you want to walk into your reception to a lesser known but very catch song, "Throw It Back" by BRELAND and Keith Urban is an excellent pick. The crowd will love it's nostalgic references to Elvis Presley and won't be able to help but sway along to the rhythm of the beat, which makes it perfect choice.
#5 Colt 45 (Country Remix) by Cooper Alan & Rvshvd (2021)
Here's another lesser known song that is the perfect choice for couples that like the recent blend that country music has been doing with rap lately. If you follow Cooper Alan then you've seen his video of freestyling remixes to songs by Shania Twain and Afroman. Half the room will be singing the original song while the others won't even realize what's playing. Everyone will get caught up in the moment while it's playing!
#6 Soul by Lee Brice (2020)
The opening lyrics to "Soul" by Lee Brice will get your guests energized and singing along. Lee has one of those voices that you would expect to hear in a church, not on a hit country song. It's a catch tune and will definitely pump the crowd up during your entrance.
#7 Wine, Beer, Whiskey by Little Big Town (2020)
Here's a song that will get the whole room stomp and clapping along to the beat as you get introduced. You'll want your DJ to practice their timing before the big moment because "Wine, Beer, Whiskey" by Little Big Town could easily be the best one on the list if executed to perfection. It's the perfect song to kickoff a wild party and will get people in the mood to have a good time.
#8 Old Town Road - Remix by Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus (2019)
You need to have the DJ start this song right where Billy Ray Cyrus begins singing. This song works for the grand entrance because it can get the crowd hyped up regardless if everyone thinks this song is "played out".
#9 Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) by Big & Rich (2004)
Here's another song where timing is key. If you want to walk into "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" then you'll want the DJ to be done with his introduction before the guitar riff begins. As you make your way to the head table, you'll be high fiving uncles and hugging aunts while chest bumping your buddies in the aisle. Even though the song may be frowned upon by your "family-oriented" guests, the moment itself will be so big that nobody shouldn't notice.
#10 Here For The Party by Gretchen Wilson (2004)
"Here For The Party" was a popular song back when it was released, almost two decades ago. However, last year several couples knocked the dust off this single and picked it for the grand entrance song at their 2022 wedding. The opening guitar riff goes perfect for introducing your wedding party. Then you want to have the DJ set a cue to the chorus at the end of the song for when the bride and groom are announced.
#11 Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident) by John Michael Montgomery (1995)
A song like this will cause your guests to start swing dancing in the aisle between the tables, which might be the exact mood you want on your wedding night.
#12 Any Man Of Mine by Shania Twain (1995)
Here's another song that you'll want your DJ to rehearse before the big announcement. You'll want their announcement to be ready for when the time the beat drops at the beginning of the song. Timing is everything! But if the DJ nails it then this will get everyone singing along with you like this was YOUR SONG... and it basically is your as much as it is Shania Twain's if you pick it for your grand entrance. Right?
#13 Callin' Baton Rouge by Garth Brooks (1993)
If you weren't "Sold" on John Michael Montgomery (get it?) then here's another song that would get your guests to start swing dances between the tables while you get introduced to the room. Plus, you don't have to be a huge 90's country to love Garth Brooks.
#14 A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action by Toby Keith (1993)
Here's a fun country song that everyone will know word-for-word without even realizing it. I picked this one for the grand entrance because it's overall message is exactly what you want, "A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action. Am I right or... Am I right?
#15 All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight by Hank Williams, Jr. (1987)
I'd imagine that if you bring together 200+ country music fans then the night would turn out to be a lot like what Hank Williams, Jr. is talking about in his song "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight". The melody, the lyrics and the overall mood of the song makes it the perfect country song for your grand entrance.