Post # 1
I am putting together some "must plays" for our DJ and wanted to get some ideas from the hive as to what songs really got the party going at your reception. So far here is what I have:
Rock With You – MJ
Achey Breaky Heart
Living on a Prayer
This is how we do it – Montel Jordan
I Will Survive
Holiday – Madonna
What do/did you guys have on your dance list????
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Born to Run is a BIG crowd pleaser — and as a Jersey girl, I gotta play some Bruce during the party!
Post # 4
Of all the weddings I’ve been to, pretty much anything Michael Jackson gets people up. My best friend actually ended up playing Thriller…which turned into a Groom & Groomsmen dance-off. Quickly followed by another to Mr. Roboto.
"Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" was supposed to be the fun dance song…but someone used really bad judgement in their dance moves ("riding" her cowboy on the dance floor) and I had to escort them out and give them a swift scolding. So, just a heads-up if anyone may take lyrics too literally.
Post # 5
@ Bruschetta- Don’t shoot me but I don’t think I have heard that song I will Itunes it now to listen
@ Flipflop Bride – LOL that’s hilarious
Post # 6
Maybe I’m going grossly astray by picking more Indie choices… I can’t help it, that’s what my friends and I like! (Though now I’m starting to doubt my choices).
They are in this vein:
Mint Royale- Show me
ABC the Jacksons
Bloc Party 2 more years
DelaSoul Eye know
Challengers New Pornographers
MGMT- Electric Feel (off Oracular Spectacular)
Band of Horses Ode to LRC
TV on the Radio Staring at the Sun
Muscles "Ice Cream" off of Guns Babes and Lemonade
Mos Def- Quiet Dog (off the Ecstatic)
Misguided or ok? What do you think?
Post # 7
Earth Wind & Fire — September
Most things by Madonna, Michael Jackson, Britney
R. Kelly — Remix to Ignition (but this may be a Chicago thing)
Have fun! 🙂
Post # 8
I wish I could go more indy…but I am opting for more of a populist list to appeal to the massesl. I don’t want to be too self indulgent cuz it might just be me on the dance floor.
Madonna and Michael usually always go over well with everyone! Can’t bring myself to do Britney.
And oooh September great suggestion I am adding that now!
How about some Lady Gaga….Just Dance
Post # 9
treading the line between indie and pop is tough. i don’t want my reception to sound like some scene show, nor do I want it to be like a middle school dance. i’m including journey, bon jovi, and the boss, mostly for irony but also because those are a bit of a little guilty pleasure and people like it.
Post # 11
Whats that Grease song that people tend to go nuts for? A lot of the weddings I’ve worked theres a group of women and a group of men screaming the lyrics back and forth to each other. Its hilarious. Is it Summer Lovin’?
Post # 12
doctorgirl- I’d try to mix in some top 40 favorites also, since not everyone is in to indie music and chances are people wont dance to songs they dont really know. I tend to think I have a broad music taste but at first glance I’ve only heard of "ABC" on your list.
Post # 13
@Doctorgirl- I am loving a lot of your choices! I think people will definitely get up and dance once they hear these songs 🙂
Post # 14
doctorgirl – a strategically placed Pixies or Bikini Kill song will do more for some of my friends than a pop song ever would. However, I’ll also have Britney and Justin for my boyfriends (I’m a giant faery princess), and The Cars and Talking Heads for my parents.
I think it is a good idea to make sure there is music for everyone in your crowd, in addition to the dance classics. Instead of bringing down the house for everyone with he same song, try to excite enough of your crowd with a couple so that good feelings just become contagious.
Edit: I just saw that everyone was giving you advice. LOL. I just meant that I hear you!
By The Way, I once went to a wedding that blew the budget on flying in an indie DJ from Manhattan. I don’t rmember one thing about the food, but I had an awesome time! He specialized in mashups of well known songs to edgier beats. Think Girl Talk, if you know (if not, google!).