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Any suggestion for wedding soundtrack? Must play or Must NOT play
September 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm #141598
I’m putting together a list for my wedding DJ of what songs to play and what to NOT play.
80 person wedding – mix of ages. I’m looking for mix of classic pop/rock/dance with current pop stuff.
Not a fan of country or too many line dances.
September 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm #141638
My suggestions would be some Anita Baker, which is R&B, makes for some nice slow dancing and very romantic. For dance music you might consider some Earth, Wind & Fire, Chic, Cheryl Lynn, Kool and the Gang, Ohio Players or some of the other disco-type dance music…it tends to get people up off their feet. Or some Fleetwood Mac, which is also nice for dancing. If you want something a little rock with a classical touch, Apocalyptica has a number of tunes you could play. Bob Seger, something like “Old Time Rock and Roll”, Creedence Clearwater or Tom Petty, for more of a rock touch. I might recommend Gorillaz, their hits from the radio are good. Some of the songs from “Grease” are great dance songs and everyone has seen the movie.
September 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm #141636
When my wife and I did our vow renewal in the back yard five years ago, with about 40 in attendance, she surprised me by arranging to have James Brown’s “I Feel Good” played at the end of the ceremony. Not for everyone, I suppose, but it suited the occasion, and gosh darn it, I did feel good!!
I find the biggest challenge for such events, when there is a mixed-age crowd is that there will be a bunch who would like to sit and chat with folks they haven’t seen in a while, or simply people seated with them who are interesting, and folks who don’t/can’t dance. The DJ may be interested in pumping up the volume and getting everyone on the dance floor – heck they could be playing Sophie Tucker singing “My Yiddeshe Mama” and Eddie Fisher singing “Oh My Papa” – but if its 100db and requires everyone in attendance to spend the evening yelling “What?”, no one will be happy.
September 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm #141634
Just a personal note…when my husband and I got married almost 7 years ago we had to decide what to do for music. It was a small wedding at the local park, with the reception in the hall at the same location. My husband plays in a classic rock band, but they can do some country and slow songs too…SOOOO, we decided to have his band play at the wedding.
September 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm #141632
Classic Updated: Hava Nagila Trance Remix.
September 19, 2011 at 6:25 pm #141630
Doesn’t everyone have to play the Electric Slide at weddings?
September 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm #141628
“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey is a wedding classic.
September 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm #141626
Sweet Caroline!!! This is a classic in the South!
Gonna need a little AC/DC for the after party too!
September 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm #141624
Hey, wait a sec! Wasn’t there someone in that chair we were hoisting? Where’d they go? 🙂
September 20, 2011 at 2:49 am #141622
You will be surprised what people like but what usually works is something popular out of each era so let’s say for example:
- 1960s – Motown – Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours, ABC, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Stop in the Name of Love
- 1960s – Beatles – Hey Jude, Help
- 1960s – Sugar, Sugar, When a Man loves a woman, Shout, Twist
- 1970’s – Got To Give It Up – Part 1 and 2, Jungle Boogie, Love to Love you Baby, I feel love,Last dance, Higher Ground, Night Fever, How Deep is your love, More than a woman
- 1970s – Chic – Le Freak, Good Times which turns into Rappers Delight, I want your love
- Late 70s – Herb Alpert Rise watch your parents lol however this song is the ****** excellent song
- 1980s – Michael Jackson – If you want the stuff off of Thriller do that but play the stuff from Off The Wall e.g. Don’t Stop till you get enough, Rock with You
- 1980s – Prince – Kiss, 1999, Pop Life, U Got the Look
- 1980s – Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express, Tour De France, Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun, Duran Duran – Rio, The Reflex, Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
- Old School Hip-Hop – Young MC – Bust A Move, A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation, De La Soul – Me, Myself & I,
- Jazz – Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Diana Krall, – When I look in your Eyes stuff great cuts are Let’s Fall In Love, When I look in your eyes, Popsicle toes, I’ve got you under my skin, Let’s face the music and dance
- Eighteenth St Lounge Music – The Ananda Project, Miguel Migs, Lisa Shaw, Thievery Corporation (well of course), Andy Caldwell,
Once you give the DJ some parameters they will know how to do a smooth mix!
September 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm #141620
I think something by Cher is a must!
September 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm #141618
Jenyfer – Love the photos!
Seems like 60s/70s r&b is a winner…thanks for specific songs. Plus some classic CCR, Seger.
Danielle – love it. My favorite wedding was a Jewish wedding where I got to help hoist the bride on the chair. Fun.
Mary – I debate about Electric Slide….I may allow 1 group dance but don’t want a ton
Simmons – love this list….
Gwynne – Let me clear my throat..dunna na na na….dunna na na na…jamming.
September 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm #141616
Must not play “Gold Digger” by Kanye West. That could get awkward…
September 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm #141614
Play a mix of things but keep the volume down!!!!! There are so many folks who want to visit or even make new friends with the “other” family- but when you have to scream at them that you couldn’t hear what they said it’s not a good party. I have left about 4 weddings in the past 2 years with a pounding headache way earlier than I would have. The pain of walking past a speaker that has shot my eardrum out is not a nice thing while trying to be celebrating and having fun. Pain is not fun, permanent hearing loss is not good.
And I really love it when they DON’T play “YMCA”, “The Chicken Dance”, and “Celebrate” at a wedding.
September 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm #141612
Bryan Conway JD, PMPParticipant
II wasn’t too crazy about playing songs at my wedding simply because they were standard wedding songs! We excluded the Chicken Dance, Hokey Pokey, Celebrate, We Are Family, etc., and received no complaints. If Uncle Ed really needs to hear some Motown or Neil Diamond he can break out his 45s when he gets home, lol!
I leaned more toward contemporary, and overall didn’t want to play a ton of songs that were 30+ years old. We played a lot of songs from the 90s (which I consider our era) by Oasis, the Cranberries, Train, Dave Matthews Band, etc.
I would just sit with your wife and compile a list of songs that “move you”, as this is ultimately about you two! It takes more work than just saying to the DJ, “Give us your standard wedding mix”, but it will mean more to you in the end. And you can let the DJ cut loose with new music for the last few hours to let the teens and 20-somethings have some fun too!
September 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm #141610
I’m a R&B person, so I love
Etta James At Last or Sunday Kind of Love
Some of the Glee Soundtrack. Their version of Bruno Mars Marry You, and Queen’s Somebody to Love is awesome.
Hey Soul Sister by Train
Lady Antebellum Just a Kiss (they are country but not too country and kind of crossover pop)
You need some dance stuff like Black Eyed Peas – Just Can’t Get Enough, Beyonce – All of the Single Ladies, Chris Brown – Yeah x3, Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger, Pitbull and NeYo – Give Me Everything, and so on.
I hate going to weddings where they’re playing songs that are not even current unless there’s a theme of course.
I think with all of the feedback here, you will do fine. 🙂 Good luck!
September 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm #141608
Please, NO “Chicken Dance”!
September 20, 2011 at 3:12 pm #141606
My son and his bride used the NCIS THEME as a march for all the wedding party to be introduced.
Their “first dance” was to the Jack Rabbit Slim’s Twist Contest track from the Pulp Fiction film soundtrack.
Otherwise they used songs from several decades so all guests could recognize something. They gave each guest a CD of all the music as a favor. I loved their wedding cake ornament.
Best wishes, Steve!
September 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm #141604
What she said 🙂
September 21, 2011 at 6:08 am #141602
For romance, anything by Jim Brickman. He rocks a wedding. 😉 Here are a few to choose from:
The Gift: (with Anne Cochran and Tracy Silverman) (their concert makes for a romantic evening, too.)
Love of my Life:
Jim Brickman & Olivia Newton John: My Valentine
Jim Brickman & Olivia Newton John: I Honestly Love You
Your Love: Jim Brickman and Michelle Wright
Love of my Life: Jim Brickman and Donny Osmond
Congratulations, Steve! Happy Romantic Wedding Day!
September 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm #141600
Of course, you want to play “your songs.” And also the tunes that were popular when you both were coming of age and really starting to enjoy music. In addition, I think you can’t go wrong with Motown and Stax selections. Stax is the Memphis soul genre that includes Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, the Box Tops, and Booker T and the MGs. With Motown and Stax, and some classic ’50s Roots Rock, you will have tons of folks dancing. Throw in some hits from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, and you’ve got quite a cool reception.
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