(Closed) Please share your wedding reception playlists and "do no play" lists.

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 4
1430 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We have awhile to go, so everything is still a work in progress. But for me, I know I do not want The Chicken Dance, Macarena, Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, or almost any country music played. The exception for country music would be almost any song by Eric Church since I find his music to be dance worthy and despite what my Fiance says, I have caught him dancing to Smoke A Little Smoke and Springsteen on more than one occasion. 

Post # 5
33 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Tarheelgurl:  +1!!!


No “group songs”. I just hate the Cupid shuffle. Also no Rihanna because I think she is one of the trashiest people ever. And no Miley post 2011. I may be picky, but hey, it’s my day 😉 

Post # 6
595 posts
Busy bee

My do not play song is September by Earth Wind and Fire. Honestly, any song by them I would prefer not to hearm but September is the one that I would throw a fit over and it would put me in a bad mood for at least 15 minutes.

Post # 8
7211 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Beachy0404:  No “You do this dance to this song” songs (as PPs have said). No Chris Brown (I know he’s songs are super danceable but I just can’t stand him as a person). No “Grease Megamix” (again, fun but I’m over it). 

My “Yes do play” list will be collected from RSVP cards but will probably be a mix of latin music, 2000s pop and mid-90s R&B/Hip Hop/Pop. 

Post # 9
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We won’t have a do not play list.

I am the first person to request the macarena…which apparently thats a bad thing, but I think it is fun! Yes, the chicken dance will also be play, infact we are requesting it. 

I think my only suggestion will be more classic rock and country than new music (be it rock, pop, hip hop, etc). Fiance and I don’t listen to that stuff and tha majority of people at our wedding aren’t under 30 so I don’t think they will want to dance to it either. The DJ can play a bit, just not go overboard…a song here or there is ok.  

Post # 10
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2020

@MrsCannoliCakes:  it is ok I am kinda the same way. More country and rock music. Some pop nothing after like 2005. No Taylor Swift, Justin Beeber. Sorry both me and fiance don’t care for either one. Yes I know some guests do like them but if they want to listen to them listen to them in your car. It is my wedding.

Post # 12
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn

Our do not play included the Macarena, Electric Slide, etc. We DID dance the Hora, but that was it for group dances.

I love sappy songs so we had quite a few on our play list (it was spread out through cocktail hour and our reception). We had a lot of classic rock, country and very little current pop music.

When you Say Nothing at All

Alison Krauss

I Try

Ben Taylor

You Are the Best Thing

Ray LaMontagne

The Luckiest

Ben Folds

A Woman Like You

Lee Brice

I Just Knew

Better Than Ezra

It Had to be You

Tony Bennett & Carrie Underwood

Isn’t It Romantic

Ella Fitzgerald

Wonderful Tonight

Eric Clapton


Ben Harper

I Will Follow You Into the Dark

Deathcab for Cutie


Nat King Cole


Jason Mraz feat Colbie Caillat

Friends in Low Places

Garth Brooks

Honky Tonk Woman

Rolling Stones

Hey Ya



Post # 13
766 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Beachy0404:  We have a lot of classic rock and some reggae! We were very adamant about a lack of line dances and country music. There are very few things I hate more in life than country music. We also put “Simple Kind of Man” on our do not play list. It was played at Fi’s cousin’s funeral this past year. He was in a very bad accident and died at age 19, so it’s still very raw in everyone’s mind. We thought it would be for the best if we made sure it wasn’t played. 

Post # 14
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@REchick:  I feel like the chicken dance is going to have a resurgance because of how funny it is and how, for the last 5-10 years, most people ban it from their wedding.

I kind of want to be the bride that brings it back…..

When you’re blitzed out of your mind, as a guest, the chicken dance is kind of the best thing ever.

Post # 15
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@FleeSircus:  “When you’re blitzed out of your mind, as a guest, the chicken dance is kind of  the best thing ever.”  YES YES YES!!! 😀 I am happy I am not the only one who thinks this.

In fact you saying that reminds me of my drunk cousin who literally shouted “OMG I love this song” and proceeded to run out to the dance floor to do the chicken dance at the last wedding I was at.

Post # 16
4656 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

This issue is why we ipodded. We had too many things we wanted and didn’t want to hear (besides not having a lot of budget.) 

I will now plug my ancient thread about this because it has all the info in case you’re considering this option for ultimate customization (all the info is there):

I had no DJ…

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