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The Top “Do Not Play” Wedding Songs


When you get to the moment in wedding planning when you start choosing a list of songs for your big day, it means that you’ve handled all the big planning parts and you’ve come to the fun details. So, congratulations are in order! You’re in the home stretch here!

Coming up with a wedding playlist can be super fun! What’s just as important as putting this together, is putting together your DO NOT playlist. While this is your day, and you may have a lot of favorite songs, it’s good to be careful with your choice because some songs are simply unsuitable for a wedding. Keep reading to see a list of songs we suggest not playing during your wedding reception in Orlando, FL! 

What Songs Should You Avoid? 

When creating your wedding reception playlist, you should consider that many of the songs that might come to mind are considered breakup or cliche, and some of them are totally overplayed. With over 40 years of DJ experience, we have some songs we would suggest giving to your wedding DJ in Orlando, FL for your “do not play list”! 

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, the “dancy” features do not mean that your guests enjoy them. We suggest keeping these tracks off your playlist:

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

Breakup/ Inappropriate Songs 

It goes without saying that breakup songs are completely inappropriate. They are usually sad, and their lyrics match neither the setting nor the occasion! Do we really need our guests in a sad mood?! We think not! Examples of such tunes are:

  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

Line Dances. . . Pick and Choose 

Line dancing is SO fun, don’t get us wrong! However, you really can’t do every single line dance out there, and in our opinion, there’s a few you can really remove for your playlist to make room for the fun ones:

  1. The Chicken Dance
  2. The Electric Slide
  3. Cupid- The Cupid Shuffle
  4. Rednex- Cotton Eye Joe
  5. Silento- Watch Me


At the end of the day, these are purely suggestions- you should play what makes you happy on your wedding day! It’s your party, so party like you! When you book a Complete Weddings + Events DJ in Orlando, they will help you curate a playlist that fits you and what you are looking for. This includes helping you come with a list of songs NOT to play! Choosing tunes for your big day might be challenging, but remember, you have plenty of options. Keep our list above in mind when deciding which songs to play, and ask your DJ for his or her expert advice when getting the planning going. 

Don’t forget to check out our inspiration blog for more wedding planning tips and tricks, and get in touch when you are ready to start planning your wedding in Orlando, FL! 

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