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Top “Do Not Play” Songs at Weddings


When you start choosing a list of songs for your big day, it often means that you’ve handled all the big planning parts, and now you’ve come to the fun details. While this is your day, and you may have a lot of favorite songs, you need to be careful with your choice because some are simply unsuitable for such an occasion. Let our DJs in Fargo, ND help you make your playlist and avoid all of those “do not play” wedding songs!

Getting Started

We’re at the beginning of wedding season, which means it’s the perfect time to take a peek at one of the most divisive components of wedding planning: the music. We were dying to know what songs couples should ban at their wedding receptions — the sonic experiences are considered so universally distasteful that statistically discernible numbers of people go out of their way to avoid hearing them on the biggest day of their lives.

Ok, let’s go over some of the top “do not play” songs for your wedding day.

What songs to avoid on your special day?

When creating your list, you should consider that many of the songs that might come to your mind are considered breakup or cliche. Some of them are even overplayed tunes. Therefore, let’s see which wedding songs to avoid while celebrating your love story.

Overplayed tunes

Tracks that people have listened to over and over again are mood breakers. These “do not play” wedding songs can easily ruin the atmosphere, so it’s better to avoid them if you want to keep your guests happy. Some of these include:

  1. Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
  2. Gloria Estefan – Conga
  3. Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You 
  4. Tina Turner – Simply The Best 
  5. Beyonce – Single Ladies 

Cliche songs

Well, there are just some songs people expect because they are dancy and upbeat. However, just because they are dancy features it does not mean that your guests will enjoy them. Make sure that you don’t include these tracks on your wedding playlist:

  1. ABBA – Dancing Queen 
  2. Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby 
  3. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive 
  4. Los Del Rio – Macarena 
  5. Chicken Dance 

Breakup/ Inappropriate Songs

It goes without saying that breakup songs are completely inappropriate at a wedding. They are usually sad, and their lyrics don’t match the setting or the occasion. You also don’t want to play songs that will upset Grandma. Examples of tunes that will ruin the good vibes on the dance floor include:

  1. U2 – Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 
  2. Echo & the Bunnymen – Nothing Lasts Forever
  3. Greg Kihn Band – The Breakup Song 
  4. Adele – Someone Like You
  5. Phil Collins – Easy Lover

Customize a Wedding Playlist to Fit Your Style

There’s no reason you should feel pressured to play Cha Cha Slide, The Macarena, or any other of what you consider to be groan-worthy. It is your wedding reception and you should be able to listen to the music you want to hear. We have even had weddings where the couple wanted to hear music from the ’70s all night long. You should have seen some of the looks the DJ got.

Listen and Think Before Adding Songs to Your Playlist

When choosing songs for your reception, the DO NOT PLAY list is just as important as your “we’ve gotta hear it list”! Before you suggest a song to your Fargo wedding DJ, you’re going to want to make sure you listen to the words and meanings of songs. Remember we are going for romantic as opposed to sad and depressive. But of course, you will want your wedding playlist to fit your vibe, so if you really love a song (and think your guests will have a sense of humor about the lyrics), by all means, play it!

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