The Annoying Songs You Shouldn’t Play At Your Wedding

The Annoying Songs You Shouldn’t Play At Your Wedding
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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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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:

  1. “Chicken Dance”
  2. “Cha-Cha Slide” – DJ Casper
  3. “Macarena” – Los Del Rio
  4. “Cupid Shuffle” – Cupid
  5. “YMCA” – Village People
  6. “Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)” – Marcia Griffiths
  7. “Hokey Pokey”
  8. “Wobble” – V.I.C.
  9. “Happy” – Pharrell Williams
  10. “Shout” – Isley Brothers
  11. “Love Shack” – The B-52’s
  12. “We Are Family” – Sister Sledge
  13. “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke
  14. “Celebration” – Kool & The Gang
  15. “Cotton-Eyed Joe” – Rednex
  16. “Dancing Queen” – ABBA
  17. “Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey
  18. “Single Ladies” – Beyoncé
  19. “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
  20. “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.

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