Brides are Telling Wedding DJs Not to Play These Songs

posted by Gregory Jon - 

via Digital Music News by Daniel Sanchez

At weddings, some people absolutely despise hearing the Village People.  But that’s just one of a long list of songs getting nixed.

Ah, it’s that time of the year again.  Love fills the air.  Flowers bloom in fields.  Birds chirp happily as they fly in the cloudless skies.  And couples decide to join their lives together in holy matrimony.

With the wedding season well underway, FiveThirtyEights’ Walt Hickey decided to put together an interesting list.  No, it’s not about where couples prefer to go on their honeymoon.  Nor is this the list of the most requested wedding songs.  Instead, Hickey posted the list of the top songs most couples prohibit on the happiest day of their lives.

For this list, Hickey surveyed 182 wedding playlists submitted between May 31st and June 10th.  He collected the testimonies of over two dozen professional wedding DJs on nearly 200 weddings.

You can find the complete list below, organized by rank, song title, most common artist, and percentage of weddings.

  1. Chicken Dance – [No Artist Listed] – 23.1%
  2. Cha-Cha Slide – DJ Casper – 22.5%
  3. Macarena – Los Del Rio – 17.6%
  4. Cupid Shuffle – Cupid – 16.5%
  5. YMCA – Village People – 15.4%
  6. Electric Boogie (Electric Slide) – Marcia Griffiths – 12.6%
  7. Hokey Pokey – [No Artist Listed] – 10.4%
  8. Wobble – V.I.C. – 7.1%
  9. Happy – Pharrell Williams – 5.5%
  10. Shout – Isley Brothers – 5.5%
  11. Love Shack – The B-52’s – 49.5%
  12. We Are Family – Sister Sledge – 4.4%
  13. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke – 3.8%
  14. Celebration – Kool & The Gang – 3.8%
  15. Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex – 3.8%
  16. Dancing Queen – ABBA – 3.8%
  17. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey – 3.8%
  18. Single Ladies – Beyonce – 3.8%
  19. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond – 3.8%
  20. Turn Down for What – DJ Snake and Lil Jon – 3.8%
  21. Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) – Silento – 3.8%
  22. Hot In Here – Nelly – 2.7%
  23. Mony Mony – Billy Idol – 2.7%
  24. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor – 2.2%
  25. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot – 2.2%
  26. Booti Call – Blackstreet – 2.2%
  27. Gangnam Style – Psy – 2.2%
  28. Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) – Big & Rich – 2.2%
  29. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees – 2.2%
  30. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd – 2.2%
  31. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – 2.2%
  32. Wagon Wheel – Nathan Carter – 2.2%
  33. What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber – 2.2%
  34. All of Me – John Legend – 1.6%
  35. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen – 1.6%
  36. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison – 1.6%
  37. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen – 1.6%
  38. Footloose – Kenny Loggins – 1.6%
  39. Get Low – Lil Jon – 1.6%
  40. Hey Ya! – Outkast – 1.6%
  41. Hotline Bling – Drake – 1.6%
  42. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor – 1.6%
  43. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion – 1.6%
  44. SexyBack – Justin Timberlake – 1.6%
  45. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift – 1.6%
  46. Sugar – Maroon 5 – 1.6%
  47. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler – 1.6%
  48. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC – 1.6%



Gregory Jon

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