Jump ahead to these sections:
- Family Reunion Songs for a Video or Slideshow
- Family Reunion Songs to Sing Along To
- Family Reunion Songs to Dance To
- Hip Hop and R&B Family Reunion Songs
- Pop Family Reunion Songs
- Country Family Reunion Songs
That said, the right playlist for one family may not be perfect for another. You need to consider your family’s taste when choosing which songs to include. Also, you should keep in mind that a song doesn’t need to be about familial relationships to earn its place on your list.
This guide will help you start coming up with ideas. It offers recommended family reunion songs for various tastes and activities.
Family Reunion Songs for a Video or Slideshow
Boost the emotional impact of your family reunion slideshow with these songs!
1. “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” by Bon Jovi
The song has just the right tone to add some emotion to a family reunion video or slideshow without distracting from the images.
2. “The Boys Are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy
A family reunion song (particularly one for a video) doesn’t necessarily need to feature lyrics specifically about family members reconnecting. Instead, it can merely serve to set the tone for the celebration. This choice would set a fun and energetic tone if that’s what you’re aiming for.
3. “My Hometown” by Bruce Springsteen
Maybe you want a family reunion song to conjure up reflective feelings when played over a video. If so, consider this Bruce Springsteen tune. As you may have guessed, it’s a particularly smart choice for a family reunion that brings many relatives back to their hometown.
4. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
Prepare to inspire a few tears among your relatives if you play this song over a video that heavily features pictures of younger family members.
5. “Beautiful Day” by U2
Although you might also want to think of some practical family reunion gift ideas for your relatives, one of the best gifts you can give them is a beautiful day. This U2 classic is a good choice for that reason.
Family Reunion Songs to Sing Along To
A family that sings together stays together. These songs will help!
6. “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge
Naturally, the ideal song to sing along to is a song most participants know the lyrics to. That’s what makes this classic a perfect choice, particularly for a family with plenty of sisters.
7. “Happy” by Pharell Williams
This song’s infectious beat made its lyrics virtually impossible to forget if you heard it even once. Thus, you’ll likely have many people gladly singing along if you include it on your playlist of family reunion songs.
8. “Piano Man” by Billy Joel
While the characters in what may be Billy Joel’s most iconic song aren’t technically family, the fact that they know each other as well as family (and the fact that you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t know the lyrics) justify playing this song.
9. “With a Little Help from My Friends” by The Beatles
Family members can be just as close as (if not more close than) your most important friends. Remind your family of that by playing this song that many will sing along to. Try the Joe Cocker version if you want a more explosive rendition.
10. “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money
Remember, even if a song’s lyrics don’t literally talk about families reconnecting, many family reunion themes can give you the flexibility to play songs that still capture the idea behind the event. For instance, if you’re planning a reunion with the theme of “coming home,” this ‘80s hit will definitely get more than a few family members belting out its iconic chorus.
Family Reunion Songs to Dance To
Your relatives are more likely to hit the dancefloor if you include these classic tracks.
11. “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang
Want to get everyone ready for a night of dancing and reconnecting with family? This song is sure to help you achieve that goal.
12. “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” by Bob Seger
If you’re looking for a rock classic with plenty of dance-friendly rhythm, add this Bob Seger tune to your family reunion playlist. Its simple reminder that “rock and roll never forgets” also serves as a reminder that you can always overcome life’s challenges by returning to the love of family.
13. “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé
This hit has quickly become a popular choice at family reunions. It’s easy to dance to, fun to sing along to, and a perfect way for the unwed attendees to get some well-deserved representation.
14. “Groove is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite
Great family reunion dance songs combine unbeatable rhythm with lyrics like these, which celebrate both the joys of love and dancing.
15. “I Love to Love” by Tina Charles
Surprise some of the older relatives at your family reunion with this extremely-danceable deep cut!
Hip Hop and R&B Family Reunion Songs
If your family is full of hip-hop, R&B, and soul fans, show them a fun time with a playlist that includes these tunes.
16. “Love Train” by The O’Jays
This classic is a popular family reunion song choice because it shares a positive message about spreading love throughout the world.
17. “I Want to Thank You” by Alicia Myers
You need to consider your family’s shared values when coming up with any family reunion idea, whether it be a family reunion song, a family reunion food idea, or anything else. For example, if your family is religious, you may want to play this R&B hit.
18. “Family Reunion” by Wu-Tang Clan
Add some classic Wu-Tang Clan energy to your celebration with this remarkably pure and simple family reunion song.
19. “It Was a Good Day” by Ice Cube
Ideally, a family reunion would absolutely be a good day, which makes this an ideal family reunion song.
20. “Family Reunion” by The O’Jays
It may seem like cheating to include two songs from The O’Jays on this list, but it would also be nearly impossible to choose between these two classics. A family with its fair share of R&B fans certainly won’t mind if both of them show up on your playlist.
Pop Family Reunion Songs
Pop songs are, as their name implies, often popular. That makes finding pop family reunion songs that everyone will love pretty easy.
21. “Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift
This is a perfect pop song for a family reunion because it bridges the gap between generations. The artist will appeal to the younger crowd, while the song’s message (about urging young people to enjoy youth) will resonate with the older relatives.
22. “Our House” by Madness
This ‘80s standard combines nostalgia-invoking new wave vibes with a poppy hook that will surely please your guests.
23. “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by the Backstreet Boys
Try scoring a few laughs with family members who can recall the boy band wars by including this unconventional (but utterly perfect) family reunion song in the rotation.
24. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
As long as no relatives with less-than-stellar dance skills make the mistake of trying to recreate the iconic Dirty Dancing scene everyone thinks of when they hear this song, it’s a great choice for a somewhat slower pop tune!
25. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
The mass appeal of this song qualifies it as a pop classic. The fact that it’s bound to get many of your relatives signing along qualifies it as a great family reunion song.
Country Family Reunion Songs
Family is a major theme in country music, so it comes as no surprise that there are many country songs worthy of a spot on a family reunion playlist.
26. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sure, some may be more likely to classify Lynyrd Skynyrd as a classic rock band, but there’s no denying their music always showcased a strong country influence. Consider adding this classic to a southern family reunion playlist, especially if you’re in Alabama.
27. “Family Table” by Zac Brown Band
This heartwarming country tune uses the metaphor of an aged table where a family would gather for meals as a way of expressing how the love family members share for each other lives on throughout the years.
28. “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney
Family reunions can serve many purposes. Often, they give relatives the chance to reflect on just how much children, nieces, nephews, and other young family members have grown over the years.
This song captures that sentiment perfectly. It can also remind younger attendees at a family reunion that one day they will also grow old, and they should make a point of enjoying the experiences they’ll have with their own small children.
29. “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker
This song’s hook, combined with lyrics about a journey that could remind some attendees of the journey home they took for their family reunion, more than earns it a spot on your playlist.
30. “Family is Family” by Kacey Musgraves
Although most family reunion songs should typically focus solely on the joys of being part of a loving family, it’s also worth including some songs that touch on the inherent difficulties of being part of a larger group. However, through thick and thin, you’ll always love them.
Family Reunion Songs: Celebrate Good Times and Good People
Remember, these are just a few family reunion songs you might decide to use. Hopefully, this list has inspired you to come up with some ideas of your own!