Monday, November 16, 2009

8 Wedding Songs To Skip- from the knot

The knot just posted this article: 8 Wedding Songs To Skip- written by Bethany Porter

We're not saying we don't like these songs (okay…we don't like the "Chicken Dance"), but we think it's time to reconsider whether these really are wedding music essentials. Here are eight songs you might want to add to your "do-not-play list."

1. "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.
2. "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.
3. "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.
4. "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.
5. "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.
6. "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.
7. "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.
8. "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.

-- Bethany Porter


  1. I saw this article this morning as well. I think there are a few others that should be on the list (Billy Idol's "White Wedding," anyone?) But then again, this is coming from the girls that loves the "Cha Cha Slide."

  2. This is a great list! Although Total Eclipse Of the Heart (the Dan Band version from Old School) is totally on my after party playlist! LOL

  3. HAHA I agree with the list...I hate all of those songs! :)~
    They should have added more!

  4. Thanks for this list. I shall bear this in mind when I choose songs for my wedding. How about a list of "not to sing" songs in a wedding? (for the wedding singers, etc.) My first suggestion would be "I Never really loved you anyway" by The Corrs. It would be really funny if a wedding singer sang that.

  5. Love it! So true...I absolutely insisted and informed my DJ that if any of these type of songs or participation songs come out of the speakers at my wedding, he won't be getting paid! I love this article. Although I have to admit, I had one amazingly memorable and FUN dance party on a cruise with a bunch of friends and the song Mony, Mony :) I'll tell you I ended up with whiplash the next morning.