Music is essential at a wedding, especially at the reception. But some songs are just way too cliche — or ear-ravaging — and people are tired of hearing them. These are those songs.
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Between picking a venue, finding a caterer and making sure invitations get sent out, planning a wedding is exhausting, even if your wedding is relatively low-key. Luckily, there are plenty of tools, apps and websites that make it easier to keep up, and help you do your research at home or on the go.
This list from the data-driven folks at FiveThirtyEight is filled with the usual suspects, and compiled based on common do-not-play requests given to wedding DJs. Tacky tunes you'd expect to hear, such as "YMCA", "Macarena" and "Cotton-Eyed Joe". If there's a stupid dance for the song that somehow compels everyone to do it through drunken peer pressure, it's on there. There are a few you might not expect, however. "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, for example, is on my personal do-not-play list, but I didn't expect to see it here. Here are the top 20 most banned wedding songs:
- "Chicken Dance"
- "Cha-Cha Slide" - DJ Casper
- "Macarena" - Los Del Rio
- "Cupid Shuffle" - Cupid
- "YMCA" - Village People
- "Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)" - Marcia Griffiths
- "Hokey Pokey"
- "Wobble" - V.I.C.
- "Happy" - Pharrell Williams
- "Shout" - Isley Brothers
- "Love Shack" - The B-52's
- "We Are Family" - Sister Sledge
- "Blurred Lines" - Robin Thicke
- "Celebration" - Kool & The Gang
- "Cotton-Eyed Joe" - Rednex
- "Dancing Queen" - ABBA
- "Don't Stop Believin'" - Journey
- "Single Ladies" - Beyoncé
- "Sweet Caroline" - Neil Diamond
- "Turn Down for What" - DJ Snake, Lil Jon
Come on, who is playing the "Hokey Pokey" at their wedding? Stop it. Whether you're getting ready to get hitched, want your friend or family member to avoid a cheesy reception, or you're a DJ yourself, take note. You can check out FiveThirtyEight's full list of nearly 50 banned songs here.
'So. How's the wedding planning coming along?' If you're getting married, prepare to answer this question at least once a week. And 'good' or 'fine' won't do. People want answers. How will you transport the cake? What kind of flowers will you get? Is your DJ going to play my favourite song? If any of this sounds unpleasant, allow me to offer an alternative. Elope.