Remember the song “How’s it Gonna Be” by Third Eye Blind? When it was new, a lot of high schools apparently chose it for the prom theme, proving that teenagers don’t actually listen to the lyrics (it’s a breakup song), which should mitigate parental concerns about explicit lyrics.
Anyway, Katie and I were talking about this the other day and started tossing around titles of songs that would be just plain wrong to play at a wedding reception.
- You Oughta Know (Alanis Morissette)
- Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Meat Loaf)
- Song for the Dumped (Ben Folds)
- Closer (Nine Inch Nails)
- Brick (Ben Folds Five)
- Playboy Mommy (Tori Amos)
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Deep Blue Something)
- Anything But Down (Sheryl Crow)
- Back to Good (Matchbox 20)
- Me and a Gun (Tori Amos)
- Anything by Liz Phair
- Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning) (Vertical Horizon)
- Guys Like Me (Aimee Mann)
- Anything by Evanescence or Linkin Park
- Melanie (“Weird Al” Yankovic)
- Almost anything by They Might Be Giants
- Don’t Stand So Close to Me (The Police)
- Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)
- I Touch Myself (The Divinyls)
- Anything by Rammstein
- Gollum’s Song
- Anything by the Chipmunks
- I Don’t Like Mondays (Boomtown Rats)
- Anything by Nirvana
- I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying (Sting)
- King of Pain (The Police)
- I’m Still Remembering (Cranberries)
- One More Minute (“Weird Al” Yankovic)
- If I Were Brave (Shawn Colvin)
- Jumper (Third Eye Blind)
- Yesterday (The Beatles)
- Roxanne (The Police)
- I’ll Never Tell (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More With Feeling)
- Anything by Garbage
- Positively Fourth Street (Bob Dylan)
- Torn (Natalie Imbruglia)
- Taxi (Harry Chapin)
- The Freshmen (Verve Pipe)
- Power of Goodbye (Madonna)
- Waitress (Tori Amos)
- Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler)
- Uninvited (Alanis Morissette)
- Unsent (Alanis Morissette)
We’re not sure about The Highwayman and Lady of Shalott (Loreena McKennit), since the subject matter is wrong, but they’re quiet and unobtrusive.
This is an open list – feel free to add your suggestions! The idea is not just to get something that isn’t appropriate, but something that’s especially inappropriate (breakup songs, twisted relationships, put-down songs, etc.)
Cigarette (Ben Folds Five). The entire song is one sentence: “Fred Jones was worn out from caring for his often screaming and crying wife during the day, but he couldn’t sleep at night for fear that she, in a stupor from the drugs that didn’t ease the pain, would set the house ablaze with a cigarette”
I must say that I have been an Edmonton DJ for almost 10 years and have done over 600 parties and all I can say is you just never know what people will dance to. Even though Meatloaf – Paradise by the Dashboard Light is an 8 minute song it can work for the right crowd. I have been on occasion asked for a song and thought it would never work and sure enough it does.
Now if a song does not move people within the first minute or so I fade out and I am off to something else. Always keep an open mind and have fun doing what you do.
Puttin’ on the Hitz
http://www.puttinonthehitz.ca – Blog
How about whacking off songs?–Blister in the Sun by Violent Femmes
Or songs bordering on necrophilia?–Rest in Peace (from the Buffy Musical)
Well, we had down the Divinyls for a token whack-off song. But one could also include “Longview” by Green Day, “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol, “Turning Japanese” by the Vapors, and “Icicle” by Tori Amos……
Sounds like a whole CD for just $19.95, like Jim and Dan’s “Songs to Stalk By” compilation. It was inspired by the infamous “I’ll Be Watching You” by The Police. Thank God they didn’t try to make a profit on it.
I didn’t classify Touch Myself as whacking off, maybe I’m being to gender specific with the term whakcing off.
As for necrophilia, would Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo count or not? It should definitely make the “Just Wrong” list.
Whew. Your list is getting long.
OTC, What songs do you want at your wedding? The DJ at ours positively paled when we said we wanted some fox trot because that was something we could dance to. 😉
How ’bout “I Married Her Just Because She Looks Like You”
Another one might be “She’s No Lady, She’s My Wife” — both by Lyle Lovett
Some people over at The World of Weird Al Yankovic have suggested adding anything by Eminem to the list. They’ve got a great example, too!
Maybe Flavor of the weak could also be added to your list. Just my opinion…not a good time to have a song that talks about how a guy has a different girl every day of the week. Maybe the bride could be his flavor for that day…
“I should be so lucky in love” by Lulu?
I think ‘The Bitterest Pill’ by The Jam would go down like cabaret at a funeral…
“In your white lace and your wedding bells
You look the picture of contented new wealth
But from the on-looking fool who believed your lies
I wish this grave would open up and swallow me alive
For the bitterest pill is hard to swallow
The love I gave hangs in sad coloured, mocking shadows
The bitterest pill is mine to take
If I took if for a hundred years, I couldn’t feel anymore hate”
as much as i like the song and plan on playing it at my wedding in 3 weeks…
Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve should be on the list
another one bites the dust would be very very very inappropriate haha
I Want to Break Free- Queen
Oops I Did It Again- Britney Spears
Can’t Touch This- MC Hammer
Highway to Hell- AC/DC
Smooth Criminal- Michael Jackson
Beat It- Michael Jackson
Hound Dog- Elvis
American Pie- Don McLean
It’s My Life- Bon Jovi
You Give Love A Bad Name- Bon Jovi
Baby Got Back- Sir Mix Alot
The Leaving Song- AFI
here It Comes Again- KoRn
I’m Done- KoRn
Play Me- KoRn
Slob On My Knob- Three Six Mafia
I’m An Asshole- Dennis Leary
almost anything Monty Python
Many Men- 50 Cent
Move Bit*h- Ludacris, Tyrese
Industry (remix)- Wyclef Jean
I Want To Piss On You- Dave Chappele
The list is HUGE for this… make a comment if you want more from me.
Ouch! Some of those are really good! (Or bad, depending on your point of view…)
The only appropriate They Might Be Giants song I can think of is “New York City,” one of the few happy love songs they have. It’s a cover, naturally.
Eamon- Fuck It
Frankee- Fuck You Right Back
Lil’ Jon, Eastside Boyz- Get Low
50 Cent- P.I.M.P.
Lenny Kravitz- American Woman
Steely Dan- Stuck in the Middle With You
Steve Miller Band- The Joker
especially the first two. Find BOTH songs, listen to them in that order (Fuck It, then Fuck You Right Back). Then, you will see my point
Godsmack – I (fucking) Hate You
I dj’d at a wedding a few years ago with a mate of mine and he played I Touch Myself by the divinyls. It cleared the floor in less than ten seconds!!!
How bout “She fucking hates me” by Puddle of Mudd? Now there’s a romantic one for a wedding.
ahhahahahahahaha Rob, you can’t be serious. That must have been funny as hell.
Percy Sledge- When A Man Loves A Woman
Ritchie Valenz- Oh Donna
Ray Peterson- Tell Laura I Love Her
I used to love her – Guns & Roses
Everything about you – Ugly Kid Joe
Elvis- Hound Dog
Aerosmith- Dude Looks Like a Lady
Black Eyed Peas- Let’s Get Retarded – It just seems totally inappropriate. Seems to me it would turn a wedding into a Rave-Orgie-Mosh Pit
AC/DC- You Shook Me All Night
Crying – Ray Orbison
Moonlight Shadow – Mike Oldfield
Teen Angel – Mark Dinning
You could make a whole Expose section:
I’ll Say Goodbye For the Two of Us
I’ll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me
Your Baby Never Looked Good In Blue
What You Don’t Know
Stop, Listen, Look & Think (Before You Make Up Your Mind to Leave)
Let Me Down Easy
Still Hung Up on You
Love Don’t Hurt (Until You Fall)
Didn’t it Hurt to Hurt Me
And then I have two more:
The Killers – Somebody Told Me
The Crash Poets – Goodbye
the usage of fuck. its a good one it goes through all the correct grammar usages of the word
not sure that would count. it’s not a song. but it is funny.
Here are a few more:
Eve 6 – Here’s to the night
Dave Mathews Band – Say Goodbye
Puddle of Mudd – Control
Just thought of one more.
Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench…
“Mail Order Annie” Harry Chapin
Offspring, “Self Esteem”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Under the Bridge”
Fleetwood Mac, “Silver Springs”
Dixie Chicks, “Goodbye Earl”
Simon and Garfunkel, “Mrs. Robinson”
The Eagles, “Lying Eyes”
Depeche Mode, “Blasphemous Rumours”
REO Speedwagon, “Take It on the Run”
Fastball, “The Way”
Lesley Gore, “It’s My Party”
Uncle Bonsai, “Penis Envy”
Marvin Gaye, “I Heard It through the Grapevine”
Paul Simon, “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover”
Dead Can Dance, “I Am Stretched on Your Grave”
Perhaps my favorite no-no: Soft Cell, “Sex Dwarf” – especially the dance version where it segues to a cover of “Where Did Our Love Go?”
Here’s a good one:
Afroman- Dirty Rap Song
slob on my knobrocks and im a chick
Nightwish- I Wish I Had An Angel
Sum41- We’re All to Blame
Rammstein- Ich Will (translation: “I Want”)
Jimi Hendrix- Purple Haze
Jimi Hendrix- Foxy Lady
Ozzy Osbourne- Crazy Train
Village People- In The Navy
Village People- Y.M.C.A. (unless its a gay wedding)
Weather Girls- It’s Raining Men (unless its an extremely gay wedding)
Queen- I Want to Break Free (also, unless it’s a gay wedding)
all these examples are terrible, they are just dirty songs nobody would ever think to play any of these at a wedding. a real example of a song sombody might play at a prom/wedding type thing would be “Cute with out the E.(acoustic version)” by Takeing back sunday. sounds like a slow song but the lyrics talk about catching your girlfriend cheating
how about almost anything by type o negative…maybe it’s just me, but everyone i love is dead just don’t seem like the most loving song….or you could do what the best man at my cousins wedding did….first song of the evening…”better off alone”.maybe that is what all of us women think the 3 weeks before the wedding, but you don’t have to play it for the poor groom to sulk to:P. another one….my girlfriends girlfriend…hmmm…see anything wrong with tat one?
“fuck it” by eamon
Oops I did it again-Britney
Three times a lady-Commodores
Take time to know her-Percy Sledge
Third Rate Romance-Sammy Kershaw
Another bites the dust-Queen
Here are some quite “wrong” songs to play at a wedding…big time…
Cold Ethel- Alice Cooper (If you don’t know this song, which I wouldn’t see why not, its about Necrophilia)
Die my Bride OR Grave Robbin’ USA- Murder Dolls (both self explanitory, and anything else by them is quite a bad idea)
Bitches- ICP (lyrics include “Girl you know I love you, but now you gotta die”)
The “I got ho’s in different area codes” song is a good example as well
Twitch-Bif Naked (Boyfriend with terrets or something….)
Rev-22-20 – By Maynard of Tool and A Perfect Circle from the Underworld Soundtrack (about being sexed up by a demon/vampire girl)
The Bad Touch- Blood Hound Gang
The Rodeo Song (Mind-refresher: “Get offstage you goddamn goof
Y’know you piss me off, You fucking jerk,Get on my nerves
Well here comes Johnny,With his pecker in his hand,He’s a one-ball man
And he’s off to the rodeo”)
Tainted Love- Soft Cell, Marilyn Manson (Marilyn Manson is right out, actually)
Soul One- Blind Mellon (Love lost, very somber)
Anything by Wednesday 13 especially- “Haunt me” and “I want you…dead”
It’s me Again, Margaret- Ray Stevens (Phone Pervert)
Oh I have many more….but I’ll stop here.
How Soon is Now? by the Smiths
Oh yeah, also, Disarm by Smashing Pumpkins
“One Step Closer” by Linkin Park. On the one part where he sings, “shut up when I’m talking to you” might make some people mad. I don’t know. I was reading what all of you posted, and it’s hilarious!
The Bed You Made for Me – HighwaY 101
Last Kiss – J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers
Laurie (Strange things Happen in this Worls) – Dickie Lee
Why Don’t We Do It in the Road – Beatles
White Wedding – Billy Idol
Society’s Child – Janis Ian
Tutti Fruitty – Little Richard
I’ll Never Smile Again – The Ink Spots
Pretend It’s Your First Time – Deborah Allen
Love Hurts – Roy Orbison
Last Chance to Turn Aroung – Gene Pitney
24 Hours from Tulsa – Gene Pitney
El Paso – Marty Robbins
Go Away Little Girl – Steve Lawrence
We Got to Get you a Woman – Todd Rundgren
Come Back When You’ve Grown Up, Girl – Bobby Vee
To The End-My Chemical Romance
Why Don’t You Get A Job- The Offspring
Cheating On You- Franz Ferdinand
Black And Blue- K.O And The Knockouts
Bang, Bang My baby shot me down-Nancy Sinatra
Now You Suck by the yeastie girls
A DJ I used to know played “The End” by The Doors as first song at a wedding disco.
I kid you not! It was his idea of a laugh but didn’t go down well at all..
couple of ones from my playlist:
dixie chicks “not ready to make nice”
whitesnake “here I go again on my own”
the darkness “love is only a feeling”
sting “if you love somebody, set them free”
norah jones “don’t know why”
norah jones “cold cold heart”
the killers “mr. brighstide”
the corrs “I never loved you anyway”
richard marx “should’ve known better”
gloria gaynor “I will survive”
janis joplin “a woman left lonely”
nirvana “where did you sleep last night”
aerosmith “ain’t that a bitch”
GREAT ones in spanish:
gianmarco “te mentiria”
paquita la del barrio “chinga tu madre inutil” (translated: fcuk you asshole)
luis miguel “ahora te puedes marchar”
selena “si una vez”
camila benson “me da igual”
In light of what’s been stuck in my head for the last week, I think I should nominate a few songs from Avenue Q:
“It’s a Fine, Fine Line” (between love and a waste of your time)
“The More You Ruv Someone” (the more you want to kill them)
Not that anything from the show is wedding-appropriate…
You shoul add here also Korn, Iron Maidens and Ramstein 🙂 And a lot of this kind.
Just thinking that no one seemed to mention Billy Idol – White Wedding. I’m thinking that “shot gun” may refer to a bride who’s in a “family way”
Lips of an Angel by Hinder-HELLO! Listen to the lyrics
Every breath you take by The Police- Psycho Stalker song
You make me wanna leave the one I’m with by Usher
By the way I know people who have actually had these songs as their first dance song!
Spoken at a reception last weekend:
“So, are we going to dance?”
“To ‘Stupid Girl?'”
They were playing the first Garbage album.
‘the divorce song’ by liz phair
better off alone – Grinspoon
Life sentence – Epicure
Big Mistake – Natalie Imbruglia
Leave Me Alone – Natalie Imbruglia
Where do i hide – Nickleback
Still haven’t found what i’m looking for – U2
I’m looking at the added songs and most wouldn’t be the type of music played at a wedding reception to begin with. Nirvana? ICP? BUT Im pretty sure one of the best dancing songs that’s probably still played at weddings but completely overlooked that hasn’t been mentioned, yet would be
Billy Jean by Michael Jackson…
and if you want to go back to just out and out songs bad for weddings.. regardless of genre.
Welcome to the Jungle – Guns and Roses
i saw the sign – ace of base
all the she wants – ace of base
wheel in the sky – journey
Add ” Highway to Hell” by ACDC
Vertical Horizion’s everything you want (He’s everything you want, he’s everything you need, He’s everything inside of you that you wish you could be, He says all the right things at exactly the right time,
But he means nothing to you and you don’t know why) Really good song but not to be played @ a wedding!!!!
The last song at my wedding reception was special. The DJ didn’t want to play it, but i thought the message in the lyrics was priceless…..
Too Drunk To Fuck by the Dead Kennedeys….!
That was 6 years ago, needless to say, i’m divorced now!
“fat bottom girls” Queen
“Good by Earl” Dixie chicks
“Love Stinks” J geils band
“Dirty Deeds” ac dc
Highway to hell by ACDS is really the best suggestion:
“Living easy, living free
Season ticket on a one-way ride
Asking nothing, leave me be”
I have a good one…one that is actually played ALL the time at weddings –
You Look Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
People think this is a sweet song, but it is actually about Clapton being pissed about how long it took his wife to get ready. It’s still a great love song though, I suppose.
Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day
I used to jokingly tell my girlfriend this would be our wedding song. Needless to say, she left me…
Great post. I just posted about some fo the songs we’re not going to play at http://www.margaretandzach.com/2007/06/05/meet-a-do-not-play-list/
I can’t believe no one thought of:
Jimmy Soul’s “If you want to be happy for the rest of your life”… (never make a pretty woman your wife, so from my personal point of view, get an ugly girl to marry you.) actually funny, but if you have a very sensitive bride, she might not see the humor.
Dead Milkmen’s “Gonna beat my wife” (also funny)
alright. it has to be said.
“Fuck A Dog” by blink-182
“I wanna fuck a dog in the ass”
that’d go down well
I use to banquet hall waitress, so I did weddings all the time. No one mentioned the songs that are ALWAYS played, that I assume most people hate. Namely:
“The Electric Slide”
“Cha Cha Slide”
“I Will Survive”
“The Chicken Dance”
“Let’s Talk About Sex”
What about ‘Your Beautiful’ by James Blunt? Not only is the song devastatingly annoying, its about how he will never have the girl of his dreams.
D.I.V.O.R.C.E by Dolly Parton has to go down well
My favorites are
Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
Love The One You’re With – Crosby, Stills, and Nash
If you can’t be with the one you love, honey…
I can’t believe nobody’s mentioned Iron Maiden’s “Bring your daughter to the Slaughter”…. or how about “Smack my Bitch Up” by the Prodigy??
Y’all are missing a classic nono wedding song, ok, maybe three or four…
Not a Virgin
Trigger Happy Jack (Drive By A Go-Go)
All by Poe
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Well i get married april 26 2008 and i have crossed lots of songs off my list but still think ya’ll are missing some.
ANY ICP songs
Any Rob Zombie songs
ALL Manson songs
I’m gonna miss her-brad paisly
ol’ red-Blake Shelton
Before he cheats- carrie underwood
Mocho man- Village ppl
Yes Yes i know the rodeo song by david allen cole but im a rodeo girl an i am gonna play it just to piss off my mother”
much much more
if you have anymore good songs for me to play email me
don’t play “babe i’m gonna leave you” by Led Zeppelin. It’s by far one of their greatest songs but a bit awkward for a wedding… by the way.. it somehow slipped onto the playlist during my wedding… I think one of my old friends got his hands on my laptop and did it to mess with us. lol
Bif Naked’s Tango Shoes.
” My new tango shoes are gonna help me dance away from you”
awesome song, not quite wedding material.
How about some more recent songs? (My enter key is messed so forgive me) ‘Apologize’ – Timbaland ft. OneRepublic. “I said it’s too late to apologize, it’s too late.” Great song, not the type to play at a wedding. ‘Tired Of Being Sorry’ – Enrique Iglesias. Self explanatory, but go for it, google the lyrics if you like. ‘Wake Up Call’ – Maroon 5. “6 foot tall, came without a warning so I had to SHOOT HIM DEAD.” Definitely a big no no… Almost anything Panic! At the Disco. ‘You’re So Damn Hot’ – OK Go, “You’re a bad hearted, boy trap baby doll, but you’re, you’re so damn hot.” Kay, yeah. No. ‘Liar (It Takes One To Know One)’ – Taking Back Sunday. Yeah again, just no. ‘Thnks Fr Th Mmrs (Thanks For The Memories)’ – Fall Out Boy. “Thanks for the memories even though they weren’t so great.” *raises an eyebrow* Shall I go there? ‘Makes Me Wonder’ – Maroon 5. “And I still don’t have a reason, and you don’t have the time. And it really makes me wonder if I ever gave a fuck about you.” even the mention of the word fuck once, yeah okay are you trying to give people a heart attack? ‘Bent’ – Matchbox Twenty. I will not go there. ‘I Don’t Love You’ – My Chemical Romance. “I don’t love you like I loved you yesterday.” Yeah, no. ‘Because I Got High’ – Afroman. BAHAHAHAH! no. As for songs you SHOULD play at a wedding: ‘For The Nights I Can’t Remember’ – Hedley. “And I do wanna love you
(If you see me running back)
And I do wanna try
Because if falling for you girl is crazy
Then I’m going out of my mind
So hold back your tears this time.” I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but this song is just so pretty and so sweet and amazing. ‘A Million Years’ – Teddy Geiger. “If I lived for A million years I would be right there to catch your tears.” YESYESYES. ‘Back At One’ – Brian McKnight. Oh, of course. Big yes. ‘Everything’ – Michael Buble. “And I can’t believe uh, that I’m your man, and I get to kiss you baby just because I can.” a million thumbs up. ‘She Will Be Loved’ – Maroon 5. Everyone knows (Or should know) this song. It’s kind of a toss up. “I don’t mind spending everyday out on your corner in the pouring rain.” Decide for yourself.
As an ex Wedding DJ, the worst record I was ever asked to play for “that special dance” was “Band Of Gold”. The song made popular in 1970 by Freda Payne. If you had only ever heard the title you may think it would be a good suggestion for a wedding song. Only if you were really thick, though, as the first line is “since you’ve been gone, all that’s left is a band of gold”. Yes, well, quite. Another record I was often asked to play was “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. It was the song from a film of the same name, where a young couple were in a relationship, then broke up, then he burnt down her house, went mad, slept with her mum, then accidentally killed her dad all in the name of getting her back. Which didn’t actually work. I often wondered if the young couple had seen the film. Looking back, I actually more surprised that none of the brides requested Billy Idol’s “White Wedding”. I’m also wondering if it was me, or did all wedding DJ’s get asked for bizarrely unsuitable records in the late 80’s and early 90’s?
bitch we got a problem -KoRn
everything ends -slipknot
before i forget-slipknot
d-i-v-o-r-c-e by Tammy wynette
L.A County-Lyle Lovett
Bye Bye Bye-N’Sync
End of the Road-Boyz II Men
Jimmy Gets High-Daniel Powter
Billie Jean-Michael Jackson
Highway To Hell-AC/DC
Through Glass-Stone Sour
Better Than Me-Hinder
Seven Letters(Goodbye)-Jimmy Robbins
The Hardest Thing-98 Degrees
Fast As I Can-Great Big Sea
Anything Goes-Guns ‘n Roses
All Good Things(come to an end)-Nelly Furtado
I Don’t Wanna Be In Love-Good Charlotte
Crashed the Wedding-Busted
Pain-Three Days Grace
I Wanna Fuck You-Akon
Fuck It – Eamon= worst song to play at a wedding
i dj weddings all the time and last week some guy requested it and forced me to play it. it got me fired.
I am getting married to a Marine and a lot of Military people are going to be there. My do not play list includes any songs about the war or a soldier not comming home or 9/11 etc.
So no Dixi chicks-Travelling Soldier
Darryl Worley – “I Just Came Back From The War”
-Have you forgotten
Tim McGraw-If you are reading this
– Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue
And so on…
hey I am trying to find out the title and singer of a song that my friend and i have heard that is so not appropriate for a wedding. it says in the song “you piss me off you fucking jerk get on my nerves. Well here comes jonny with his pecker in his hand he’s a one ball man and we’re off to the rodeo.” if any1 knows that song can u tell me who sings it and the title please! my friend and i want those as ringtones on our phones thanx.
Kris, judging by previous comments it looks like it’s “The Rodeo Song” by David Allen Coe.
Ok, after reading all of these poost, I’m amazed nobody had mentioned, Gilbert O’Sulliva’s “Alone Again (Naturally)…
-In a little while from now
If I’m not feeling any less sour
I promise myself to treat myself
And visit a nearby tower
And climbing to the top will throw myself off
In an effort to make it clear to who
Ever what it’s like when you’re shattered
Left standing in the lurch at a church
Where people saying: “My God, that’s tough
She’s stood him up”
No point in us remaining
We may as well go home
As I did on my own
Alone again, naturally
Inappropriate songs for weddings:
AC/DC – I want a mistress for Christmas
Steely Dan – Haitian Divorce
ZZ Top – Pearl Necklace
Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
Theme from Jaws
how about a general rule- nothing that has the words “F*ck, f*cking, b*tches and/or ho*s”
also let’s throw out anything by Eminem, 50 cent, Lil John, Ludacris, tween pop, or (heaven forbid) Celene Dion. It’s not that I dislike Ludacris, however, my grandparents my not appreciate his … shall we say… style.
Celine Dion – Think Twice
The Police – Message In A Bottle
James Blunt – Wisemen, You’re Beautiful
Alanis Morissette – Precious Illusions, Hands Clean
This would be a good list to Twitter. What are some other good ones?
Anything by Slayer – not wedding apropos.
Granted, if Slayer were played, that would be an interesting wedding to be at, to say the least!
The same with Megadeth and Anthrax, more or less.
“B—- in my book” by Lil Troy is probably right out.
Also, please, for the love of all that is holy, no more “Sweet Home Alabama.” It is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most overplayed song in all human history. (Lynyrd Skynyrd weren’t from Alabama, coincidentally. All from Florida.)
AC/DC’s “You shook me all night long” is actually a perennial favorite at weddings, however other AC/DC songs might not be the greatest to play, such as “The Jack,” “Whole Lottie Rosie” or, well, anything off of Highway to Hell. (Although that’s one of their best.)
No Pantera – Wow, I’m saying not to play any of my favorite bands at a wedding.
Some songs that shouldn’t be played because they SUCK:
You’re the inspiration – Chicago. Oh, good lord, no. Peter Cetera sucked all the life out of that band after Terry Kath died. Actually, no post Terry Kath Chicago of any kind should be listened to, period, never mind at a wedding. Definitely not at a wake either, because then everyone will envy the dead.
No U2 at ALL. Well, maybe their 80s stuff. Not necessarily that it isn’t good, just because Bono is too pretentious to be paid any attention, never mind paid any money.
Definitely no Chris Brown, that’s for sure.
No Pink Floyd, unless of course someone baked a certain kind of magic into the wedding cake.
Anyone caught “celebrating good times” should be immediately ejected.
I think that this list could go on forever – also no death metal music lol
I had Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do I Do It For You” at my wedding but I had to make sure I simply didn’t ask for “the theme tune to Robin Hood.” Apparently other couples in the past have made that request and have been somewhat disappointed.
I played Heaven by Bryan Adams at my wedding. It was a nice wedding song. A Bryan Adams song NOT to play at a wedding… Run to You.
“Love the One You’re With” by Stephen Stills …
just has to be on the list!
That is funny because as a joke, the last song at our wedding is Paradise By the Dashboard Light. Weddings are supposed to be fun and if you dont have a sense of humor with it, you just might have a stressful marriage. I always tease my fiance, we got out marriage license on the 3rd floor of the courthouse and when we bicker i tell him if he keeps it up i will take him to the 4th floor …where you file for divorce…its out little joke. Marriage is a serious business but if you spend your time worrying about what song should and shouldnt be played, then you are stressin yourself out. Start your marriage out to a good start, let the wedding be a party and what happens, happens, you cant control everything:) Good luck to all of the future bride and grooms, may you stay off the 4th floor of the courthouse…lol!
“Love will tear us apart ” Joy Division
“We way it used to be” Pet Shop Boys
“Half Gifts” Cocteau Twins
“Forever” Siouxsie and the Banshees
“Devil wouldn’t recognize you” Madonna
“Avec le temps” Leo Ferre
“Book of stories” The Drums
I know this is from a few years back, but I just wanted to share.
I was maid of honour for a girl a while back, and she wanted ‘Better Man’ by Pearl Jam as the wedding song. One of the lines from the song:
“She lies and says she’s in love with him, can’t find a better man…”
We all thought she was settling for him, just wanting to get married, and we tried to explain what the song meant. I think she ended up going with a Bryan Adams song.
is there any icp songs that are appropriate for a reception
I like SOME of these songs! LOL I am getting married this July and there are a couple songs I will play at my wedding just because they’re fun to dance to and people I know love to dance (i.e. Billie Jean). Then there are some songs that are just flat out inappropraite that should never be played at someone’s wedding ever like the Eamon song. Who does that??
“Here comes your man” by The Pixies
It’s not romantic, it’s about a hobo dying of hypothermia.
Is it wrong that I came on here looking for songs to play? :o) Thank you for the great ideas.
What about ‘November Rain’ by Guns n Roses – with accompanying video.
I don’t think anyone mentioned “Desperado” by the Eagles –