(Closed) The dreaded "Do Not Play List"… Anyone doing this for their DJs?

posted 4 years ago in Music
Post # 31
1159 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Our DJ has an online planning tool thing that you can add songs to one of 3 lists (must play, play if possible, do not play) 

So far, DNP is cha cha slide, macarena, hokey pokey (ughhhh!!) and cupid shuffle. And the chicken dance! I’ve been a dancer/dance teacher for years and years and I refuse to listen to one of those “typical cheesy dance songs” on my wedding day! I’m sure eventually a couple of others will make their way onto the do not playlist too.

Post # 32
2154 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

serenitysky:  a few?! We went balls to the wall with our do not play list 🙂 Darling Husband and I are very specific with our tastes. I specifically chose a higher end dj who will not ever play any kind of organized dances-they wouldn’t entertain the idea of electric slide, the dougy, chat cha slide, cotton eye joe, etc


that said, our do not play list was made up of artists, not just songs. I said no top 40, in addition: No J.Lo, pitbull, Kesha, lady gaga, NO HAPPY SONG unless I was gonna smack someone, no billy Joel, and no journey. Phew. We wanted a more Swedish house mafia/house/hip hop/r&b/oldies/soul sound. Our dj pulled me aside and said he’s never seen a list like ours before hahahahaha 

Post # 33
2251 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I absolutely can not stand “party in the USA”, Aerosmith, “last  dance”, any line dancing, chicken dance (that one is just pure stupidity in my book), and brick house. I also hate “turnt up for what”, but Darling Husband loves it, unfortunately.

Post # 34
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2003

mrsfiddlesticks:  you mean Turn Down for What, right. Lol. 

Post # 35
516 posts
Busy bee

OMG if you ever banned line dances at an African-American wedding, the guests would revolt! I agree that some are old news, but we live for line dances! Especially in the Midwest, there are about 5 new ones every year, lol.

I’m not even engaged, but I hate “Too Close” by Next soooooo much that my best friend vows to special request it at my wedding just to drive me nuts.

That birthday song by 50 Cent is forbidden as well. I despise it.

Post # 36
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

no line dances; no cha cha slide, no wobble, no bunny hop, no bus stop, no step in the name of love, no electric slide. I suck at all of that stuff.  I did want the macarena & the conga, but Darling Husband wasn’t having it (didn’t really go with the flow of the wedding).

Post # 37
1200 posts
Bumble bee

We don’t have ours yet, but it will likely include:

The Chicken Dance. I once requested this as a little kid at a wedding and didn’t understand why the DJ said no.

Any sog that implies that members should form a conga line or train. Conga lines are fun for exactly 10 seconds and then they’re tedious. 

Any song with absolutely awful language. We’ll have children and conservative families present.

Happy by Pharell

Mirror by Justin Timberlake

Any and all Bieber

All about that Bass and Dear Future Husband by Meaghan Trainor. And really anything that would make Susan B roll over in her grave.

All Fetty Wap. Mostly because I can’t understand the lyrics


Post # 38
3903 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

howdoiknow:  You don’t wanna know…. the first time I heard it…. i think my soul cried. That song is hard proof that humanity has hit a new low in stupidity levels.

Post # 40
1862 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Our dj had specific instructions to wait until people were drunk before taking any requests from my Mother-In-Law.  She had a list about a mile long of songs (including we are family, the tarantella, and a bunch of weird italian stuff) that she insisted we include on our must play list.  We told her we had already given the dj the list, but she could request a song or two at the wedding.  Then we warned the dj.  I will say that the tarantella was actually fun.

Post # 42
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My do not play list was:

no Meghan Trainer

no Put a Ring on it

I can’t remember what else was on it. One of the most fun moments was teaching the ring bearer the Macarena. Our dance floor was lively and I don’t think I would have even noticed if the DJ played sonething off the DNP list. 

Post # 43
274 posts
Helper bee

Sweet Caroline.

Any other song an entire bar sings along to with a rock cover band.

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