Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
From floor-filler to floor-killer. I was bummed when this stopped working because it’s one of my faves, but many of my couples put this at the top their DO NOT PLAY lists.
Crazy In Love – Beyonce
Noooo!!!! Not only is this a great song, it’s maybe the BEST song of the 00s. Most Beyonce tunes do not drive folks to the dance floor at weddings, believe it.
EDM – Pretty much anything.
Awesome for clubbing…NEVER works at weddings. After years of trying to make “techno” fit, I now politely pass on couples who insist on a playlist heavy with deadmau5, Clean Bandit, Bassnectar… A wedding reception will never be a club. Go to the club after your wedding reception!
Game of Thrones – (Showtunes in general)
Theme weddings- Yes! But, cocktails/dinner is the time for music based on your favorite show or theme. When it’s time to get down, you will be let down if you expect a dance frenzy to “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman.
More of an issue in 2018 when Drake owned half the Billboard Hot 100, and most of my couples requested his radio hits, like God’s Plan; a swell song that never incited droves of people to the floor. Listen…it’s too slow!
Hang On Sloopy – McCoys
Uh-oh! A sacrilege to dis this in Columbus, OH, where I live. Sloopy is either a home run or an epic fail. I stay away from the Ohio State Buckeye’s adopted classic unless the bride & groom insist on having it played.
I Like It – Cardi B
Cardi B the new princess of hip-hop and a giant talent. There are nights I Like It has been a peak moment, but they have been rare. Truth is, tunes like this put maybe a dozen 20-something females on the floor while everyone else heads for the bar or their seat.
Pour Some Sugar – Def Leppard
A popular request by over-40 guests still eager to party it up (whooo!!!) in the final hour of open dancing. The opening riff usually gets a big cheer and a few stripper moves on the dance floor, then guests realize, wow this song is slowww…and I’m not even a stripper…time to go outside for a smoke.
Spotify Top 50
Nope. Your wedding reception is not the place for expletive-loaded joints from Travis Scott, Juice WRLD, blackbear and DaBaby. That’s for your after-hours, hotel room, Bose speaker playlist.
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
See Pour Some Sugar (above.) Skynyrd is righteous. The opening notes get a whoop (and maybe a few dudes playing air-guitar), then suddenly your dance floor is clear enough to land a jet liner on.
That was fun! In ten minutes, I could come up with another Top 10 floor-killer list, easy!
As always, when you book me to be your DJ, YOU ARE MY BOSS. I will offer my input and experience, but I will always work with you to make sure YOUR favorite songs are on the playlist for your wedding day!