15 Wedding Songs You May Want to Skip
We’re not saying that these are terrible songs (okay…we’re not a fan of the “Chicken Dance”), but you might want to put these 15 songs on your do-not-play list.
1. “Celebration,” Kool & The Gang
Why to Skip It: Unless you want your wedding to have something in common with every eighth grade graduation that’s ever taken place in a dingy school gym, tell your DJ to skip this one.
2. “Cha Cha Slide,” DJ Casper
Why to Skip It: We’re guessing you and your guests have the ability to come up with your own dance moves, so let’s nix this step-by-step group dance lesson.
3. “We Are Family,” Sister Sledge
Why to Skip It: It’s your wedding…we know your family is there. Plus, it’ll be stuck in your head for weeks and weeks after the wedding (and not in a good way).
4. “Hot in Herre,” Nelly
Why to Skip It: This is a stand-in for all the overplayed, inappropriate club songs that have a tendency to creep into weddings. As a general rule, avoid songs with references to “juice” and stripping (unless you have the world’s most open-minded grandparents and ultra-mature flower girls).
5. “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas
Why to Skip It: After two years of being played at every Sweet 16, bar mitzvah, and prom, we’re betting even Fergie would agree that it’s time to put this one to bed.
6. “YMCA,” Village People
Why to Skip It: The fact that everyone knows the words, everyone knows the dance, and that this song fits lots of occasions — between innings at a baseball game, for instance — does not automatically qualify it as a must at your wedding.
7. “Chicken Dance”
Why to Skip It: At a wedding, everyone’s dressed to the nines and feeling festive. Is this really the best time to flap your arms like a chicken in front of that cute bridesmaid/groomsman/new spouse? Didn’t think so.
8. “Every Breath You Take,” The Police
Why to Skip It: The Police are legendary, but the tune is a little high school dance-ish, and the line “Every move you make…I’ll be watching you” is a little stalker-ish.
9. “Macarena,” Los Del Rio
Why to Skip It: You may know how to do the dance — but do you really want to? Besides, everyone has a few certain relatives they’d rather not see get down with that hip-swivel move.
10. “Stayin’ Alive,” Bee Gees
Why to Skip It: There aren’t too many people who know more than one line and one dance move to this song — leave “Stayin’ Alive” to the Saturday Night Fever reruns.
11. “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” Bonnie Tyler
Why to Skip It: This song is worth skipping if only to avoid any guest from reenacting the profanity-laced rendition made famous from Will Ferrell’s wedding in Old School.
12. “My Heart Will Go On,” Celine Dion
Why to Skip It: We’re not passing judgment on Celine Dion, but Titanic propelled this song into the realm of romance cliche. Besides, remember that Leo died in the movie — a bit tragic for a wedding.
13. “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” C+C Music Factory
Why to Skip It: There’s a dance floor, there’s music, and it’s a wedding. Your guests will know that it’s time to dance — there’s no need to weave it not-so-subtly into the lyrics.
14. “Love Shack,” the B-52s
Why to Skip It: If the super-repetitive chorus of this song isn’t enough of a reason to put this song squarely on your blacklist, its “overplayed to death” status definitely will.
15. “Mony Mony,” Billy Idol
Why to Skip It: Not sure what Billy Idol is singing in this song? Most other people don’t know, either, and when that’s the case, a good 10 percent of sing-alongers will find a way to say something objectionable.