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Planning a wedding next year? This formula is proven to get guests on the dance floor

If you're planning your wedding party playlist then take note, a new study into dance floor fillers has revealed Nightcrawlers' 'Push The Feeling On' is the song most likely to get people's feet moving and hips shaking, with 'Horny' by Mousse T. ft. Hot 'n' Juicy in a close second.
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These songs are proven to get people moving, so should feature first on wedding playlists right after the first dance song, just when you need to get people up and on the dancefloor.

Using data from Spotify, researchers at money.co.uk analysed more than 3,500 songs from playlists including the phrase 'dance floor filler' to find the top 50 songs that appeared most frequently.

These songs were then analysed by music researchers to find the most common key, time signature and average beats per minute (BPM), in order to work out the musical formula that makes up a dance floor filler that gets people out of their seats at weddings.

The research revealed that the formula for the perfect dance floor filler is a song in B key, with a tempo of 124BPM, and a time signature of 4/4.

Once the floor filler formula was revealed, researchers then applied this to the top 50 songs to find the tracks which best matched the musical blueprint. The top song (Nightcrawlers - Push The Feeling On) matched the formula exactly, with the following top five ultimate dance floor fillers listed below:

Nightcrawlers - Push The Feeling On

Mousse T., Hot 'N' Juicy - HornyMousse T., Hot 'N' Juicy - Horny

Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam

Earth, Wind & Fire - Let's Groove

Eric Prydz - Call On Me

Commenting on the findings and why some music invokes an overwhelming feeling to move, Grammy Award-nominated composer and songwriter, Ella Spira, Founder of Sister's Grimm said: "Everyone responds to rhythm, we all have an internal measure, usually related to our heartbeat. When we look at what affects that, it's emotion and one of the great movers of emotion is music. It has the power to increase heart rate, through faster tempo or evoking a feeling that makes us uncomfortable. Both of which are a powerful reaction that deserve to be recognised.

"There is science around how humans react to music, it exists without prejudice and is an equaliser, from the awakening in chakras, effect on endorphins and physical signs such as being brought to tears and to our feet. In the case of well written upbeat music, if fully effective the need to get up and release the energy instilled by the music is impossible to ignore and should be wholly embraced for the joy and light it can give to us all."

Joel Kempson, personal finance expert at money.co.uk, said : "It's heartwarming to see all the stories of weddings over video call, birthday celebrations from afar and all the lovely tales of people like Captain Tom making a real difference to the world during lockdown.

"We wanted to run this research to explore one thing that really does connect us all, and that's music! Much as we would approach a personal finance query, we analysed the data to reveal which songs are most likely to get us up and dancing. We're sure everyone will agree, the winning tune is a good one."

The full top 50, including the formula and the ultimate wedding music floor fillers can be found here: https://www.money.co.uk/guides/wedding-music


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