Mark Jaworski Photography from Lauren Manzo and Vito Scalia’s Wedding
With everything you’re planning, a playlist for your band or deejay can easily be overlooked. While it’s true that your music professionals shouldn’t need to be told what to play—or more importantly what not to play—every now and then a few misfires may sneak through. Especially if it’s a request coming from one of your guests the day of the wedding.
Even as you’re choosing your first-dance song, you might be tempted to snag the latest pop hit because you love its sound without truly investigating the meaning behind the words. Case in point: Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” may seem romantic, but it’s actually about a one-night stand! Instead, you need to ensure that the words suit your occasion, and select a song that your guests will recognize. If you try to be too original, no one will really get it. Then run your pick past your music professionals so that they can best interpret it via string quartet, electric guitar or have a deejay play the original. Make sure that your must-have tune sounds its best not matter how you showcase it.
Here’s our list of ditch-worthy songs that we’re reasonably sure should never make their way onto your playlist!
1. “Love Stinks,” by J. Geils Band.
2. “Baby Got Back,” by Sir Mix-a-Lot.
3. “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” by Meat Loaf.
4. “My Heart Will Go On,” by Celine Dion.
5. “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely,” by Backstreet Boys.
6. “Makes Me Wonder” and “Misery,” both by Maroon 5.
7. “Love The Way You Lie,” by Eminem featuring Rihanna.
8. “Someone Like You,” by Adele.
9. “Friday,” by Rebecca Black.
10. “She Hates Me,” by Puddle of Mudd.
11. “Wrecking Ball,” by Miley Cyrus.
12. “Say Something,” by A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera.
13. “Forget You,” by Cee Lo Green.
14. “The Lady is a Tramp,” by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.
15. “Stay With Me,” by Sam Smith.
— Compiled by Denise K. Potter and April Kabbash.
Instead, you’re better off playing one of these tunes that are sure to get everyone on their feet. “These are the top-10 songs that we pretty much play at every wedding that get everyone dancing,” says Scott Hornak of Craig Scott Entertainment in Ridgefield Park.
1. “Shut up and Dance,” by Walk The Moon.
2. “At Last,” by Etta James.
3. “Crazy in Love,” by Beyoncé.
4. “Times of Our Lives,” by Pitbull.
5. “Fireball,” by Pitbull.
6. “September,” by Earth, Wind and Fire.
7. “Uptown Funk,” by Bruno Mars.
8. “The Way You Look Tonight,” by Frank Sinatra.
9. “We Found Love,” by Rihanna.
10. “I Want You Back,” by The Jackson 5.