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There’s nothing like a wedding to inspire people to create playlists stacked with songs from the 1980s. Sometimes, these songs have bizarre, coordinated dances that go along with them. (Hard pass.) The best part of any wedding reception is arguably the moment everyone gets on dance floor. (Especially when Grandma joins in, too.) So why do weddings lead to terrible music choice? They definitely don’t have to. There’s no reason you can’t have an amazing wedding playlist for your big day. All you need to do is make a list of what songs not to play at your wedding reception.
We know what you’re thinking, “There are more important things on my “To Do” list!” But here’s the thing: your guests will appreciate a great playlist over a great slice of cake they may or may not even end up getting a piece of. Making a “Do Not Play” list is the key to hosting a great dance party. Of course, it’s your wedding, and you should really play whatever you want to. But we’ve got you covered with a list of some of the very overplayed, very cheesy wedding favorites that shouldn’t be favorites at all.
1. “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
Once upon a time, this song could really get your crew to turn up and get excited for a night out. That time was 2009. If you really want tonight to be a good night, skip this one.
2. “Cha Cha Slide” by Mr. C
A bat mitzvah and sweet 16 favorite that needs retiring. There is absolutely no reason for any adults to hop at your wedding, let alone hop twice. Sorry, Mr. C.
3. “Gold Digger” by Kanye West
This should be left off your playlist for obvious reasons, but DJs love throwing some Kanye in the mix, so include “Gold Digger” just in case. Plus, can’t really see Grandma getting down to this one.
4. “La Macarena” by Los Del Rio
See number three above. If it was the ‘90s, doing this dance might be acceptable. But it’s not, so skip the macarena.
5. “Baby Got Back” by Sir-Mix-a-Lot
Even if you’ve “got back” like Pippa Middleton did at Kate’s wedding, add this to your “Do Not Play.”
6. “Get Low” by Lil’ John
Another song that feels all too cringe-worthy around family members (and honestly, friends too.) “Get Low” triggers memories of sweaty school dances and college parties for most, which is probably not the vibe you’re going for at your wedding.
7. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
Regarding the vibe at your wedding, you probably don’t want to remind people of the time Rose let go of Jack even though he definitely could have fit on that door with her. Plus, slow songs can be a bummer for single guests anyways.
8. “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge
Another oldie, but not-so-goodie, this overplayed anthem is cheesy, and excluded anyone not in your family.
9. “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex
Who even is cotton eye Joe? Why does this song even exist? Not convinced this is a terrible play? Find the music video on YouTube.
10. “Happy” by Pharell Williams
An excellent song that your guests won’t want to hear simply because it’s overplayed.
11. “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5
A one-time song of the summer that should be retired. Maybe play some actual Jagger instead?
12. “Forever” by Chris Brown
An excellent song made my a problematic human being. Plus, it’s incredibly overplayed. Bye bye, Chris Brown.
13. “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
You’re not halfway there, you’re fully there. Living in a prayer. There’s no reason to play this tired tune.
14. “Firework” by Katy Perry
Another song that’s simply been overdone. Your wedding guests will love a more up-to-date playlist full of Ariana Grande.
15. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
Just say no to this song. It’s overplayed and dated, and most women who just want to have fun don’t want to hear this song.
Written by: Kimmy Foskett