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May 29th, 2001

The Most Heinous Wedding Songs Ever

With my own nuptials approaching rapidly, my fiancee and I have had to think about the type of music we want played at our wedding. One reason we chose our DJ is that he also said that telling him what not to play was as important as what we wanted him to play. Now, I realize that some people can’t go to a wedding without dancing to “YMCA,” but there are some songs that I consider so hideously awful that they make my ears bleed within two notes:
  • Um… “YMCA”
  • “My Sharona” (side note: The Knack has an official site!)
  • “The Chicken Dance” (more of a roller skating atrocity, but I’ve also heard it at weddings)
  • “Boot Scoot Boogie”
  • “Electric Slide” (did you know there was a 1991 remix by a rapper named Grandmaster Slice? I own the cassingle)
  • “Macarena”
  • “Hokey Pokey”
  • “La Vida Loca”
About the only standard wedding song I can halfway stomach is “Celebration,” even though Kool wasn’t really that cool and The Gang didn’t wear blue or red bandanas.

Are there any other tunes I should avoid at all costs? -ram

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 1:02:26AM
There's such a word as "cassingle"? That shit changes everything.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 1:10:07AM
The Chicken Dance is a must have Ryan. I will cut a rug to that.

FROM: Dave
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 5:24:03AM
you cant get rid of the traditional 70's disco wedding songs.. everyone loves them!!

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 8:41:03AM
"Don't tell my heart, my achy-breaky heart..."

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 8:56:22AM
Matt -- Yeah, cassette singles were actually called "cassingles" back in the day. No clue if they still are...

Dave -- I know, people like all that crap. But you know me, I have a low tolerance for all that is "standard" as far as wedding music goes.

DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 9:59:17AM
All I can say is... if you don't learn to spell nuptials, I'm going to kill you.

FROM: corey
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 10:04:20AM
just wait 'till we bust out the greek jams at our reception!

we gave davis dj a big list of songs NOT to play and also included "any songs that fit into these categories" hopefully they'll use their best judgement...

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 10:14:13AM
Corey--You're counting on Davis DJ's to use good judgement? Have you SEEN their commercials????

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 11:11:54AM
Robert -- Yeah, I've misspelled that word several times, eh? Thanks. :)

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 11:15:36AM
Ryan--That was Rob, not me! I enjoy all the words you've mispelt.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 11:49:21AM
Argh! I can't keep up with the critics and their criticisms!

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 12:12:47PM
Is "My Sharona" actually a popular wedding song? I mean, it sucks and all, but does it get wedding DJ spins?

On a related note: let's add "What I Like about You" to that list.

DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 12:19:45PM
how about INDIAN DANCE MUSIC for your wedding?? I did a party a few weekends ago and we played indian music along with the regular wedding/party type stuff !! I bet you would like that.. :)

FROM: Dave
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 12:20:48PM
Ryan - I know what you like but if you sway too far off the course, guests will not know what the songs are and wont dance...

FROM: Old Fezziwig
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 1:19:08PM
"The Limbo"

DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 1:28:40PM
Everybody likes the sappy songs. Except me. "Feelings" and "You Are So Beautiful" would have me hiking up my gown to clobber the band. As well as anything by anyone that might be described as a "diva" (except Aretha, of course).

I'm with Dave on the Indian music. Marimba is also fantastic.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 2:15:29PM
Dave -- My wedding isn't going to be entirely driven by me, and I won't be requesting songs that have no point to anything, but not every song played at a reception needs to be a dance song. I, myself, will venture onto a dance floor once or twice during the night for a slow dance, and always appreciate when music that means something to the bride or groom is played.

As a side note, Indian dance music would be pretty cool. As long as we had video monitors in the back playing appopriate visuals.

Robert -- I've been to a couple weddings where "My Sharona" finds its way into the mix. It's a painful, painful thing.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday May 29, 2001 -- 2:36:14PM
I had a friend in high school who hated to hear REM's "The One I Love" (I think that's what it's called) at weddings because it's an "ironic" love song. 'spose the "A simple prop to occupy my time" line gets lost on a lotta folks.

FROM: Brian
DATE: Wednesday June 6, 2001 -- 9:58:17PM
My wedding is going to be themed entirely with 2 Live Crew songs. There's no more poignant way to say "I love you... forever"

FROM: Chez
DATE: Wednesday April 2, 2003 -- 3:34:05 am
I am an actual DJ and If anyone should be annoyed with repetition with the same songs played at weddings is us.However when it is a wedding ,those are traditional songs that I think (not all the time) should be played.I can recall only once that the YMCA didn't have an affect on the crowd.I love to play those great songs that you look forward to hearing.Good Dj's listen and watch the crowd.Sure you can say don't play this type or play ONLY this type! but the fact is not everyone likes the same stuff you do!You have to please everybody.JUST say I played only what u suggested, and no one was dancing!NO ONE wants that.You want people to enjoy themselves, so they can remember that special day!

TIPS: U can say to DJ's I really don't like country, so try to keep it to a minimum.

If people request songs, obviously u have to go with the crowd. If someone said to play Rage Against the Machine, AT A WEDDING come on! common sense there!!

Anyway back on topic here, one song I would dread to play at weddings, is U2- With or Without U! Great song but NOT for a wedding! The title stands for it self!

FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday April 2, 2003 -- 8:25:29 am
Chez: If people request songs, obviously u have to go with the crowd. If someone said to play Rage Against the Machine, AT A WEDDING come on! common sense there!!

But what if they REALLY WANT to have Rage at their wedding? Maybe it's a Rage-themed wedding. Or an in-joke.

"Remember when we first made love? It was to this song!"

FROM: Synthia
DATE: Saturday June 21, 2003 -- 12:42:30 pm
Anything by Bryan Adams--been done too much, even though I love some of his songs half to death...but you know when things get overdone...not original

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday June 21, 2003 -- 1:37:08 pm
New addition: Daniel Beddingfield's "If You're Not The One..."


Every time I hear this song, I really want to punch somebody out.

FROM: Tony Z
DATE: Saturday June 10, 2006 -- 10:06:34 pm
I was just wondering who sang the song Feelings at that one guys wedding? If you would like to tell me who sings it then would you like to email it to me!

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday June 11, 2006 -- 8:48:37 pm
Where was I in May 2001?

I can't believe I did not defend the Knack.

I can't believe anyone would play "The One I Love" at a wedding. Obviously not someone who listens to lyrics.

Elope everyone, elope!!!

FROM: Monica
DATE: Sunday June 11, 2006 -- 10:02:08 pm
yesterday I went to the second Madison wedding reception during which the DJ played "Baby's Got Back" and "YMCA" and "Yeah." UGH! why do they play that stuff?

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