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Bad Wedding Song Request

Updated on December 13, 2011

I've been a Wedding DJ for some time now and I've preformed at a lot of weddings. One thing that always makes me laugh are the inappropriate songs that get requested. Some of these songs don't even seem bad until you start listening to the lyrics. I thought it would be fun to put together a short list of some of the memorable ones that I've been asked to play over the years. Here are a few in no particular order.

White Wedding - Billy Idol

There is little doubt that many people think of this song at weddings. Maybe it's because wedding is in the name, or because it is a fun song to dance to. The song is about a forced marriage because the bride is pregnant. It kind of take that romance out of the day. Never the less, it's still requested time after time.

Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

Ok this is a fun song to dedicate to the groom from his best man, or use during the garter toss, but when a random guest just wants to dance to it then I have to laugh.

Gold Digger - Kanye West

The song is about a woman using the guy for his money. Either by saying a kid is his to get child support or by marring and then leaving for alimony. Not a great idea for a wedding, but the requests come in.

Suspicious Minds - Elvis

Not a lot to say here. Couple can't trust each other and the relationship probably won't last. This is not the wedding feel you hope to have.

Every Breathe You Take - Sting

This is a very pretty song and at first listen you would think much of it, but listen to the lyrics. This is a stalker song for sure. At a wedding the lyric "every vow you break... I'll be watching you" doesn't put faith in a marriage. Some how people just look right past it.

I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

Also a very pretty song, and the title just screams play me at a wedding. This is deceiving though. Lyrics like the following confirms this is not a wedding appropriate song. "If I should stay, I would only be in your way. So I'll go." "Bittersweet. Memories. That is all I'm taking with me. So goodbye..." "We both know I'm not what you need…"

Yesterday - The Beatles

This is about a breakup. There are so many other great Beatles songs that you can play at a wedding why do people request this one?

I Heard it Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye

The song is about a man confronting a woman on whether she's leaving him for a man she used to know. I'm guessing the bride isn't going to appreciate that theme being thrown around.

In closing

Weddings are a lot of fun and having the right music can make all the difference in the world. Having a DJ with the experience to know when to question a request is paramount to getting the right music all night long. If you are in Arizona and need a Wedding DJ, please check out Black Tie DJ PHX.

Thanks for reading.


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      DJBudd 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona USA

      The task is not as easy as it sounds. You can check out this document on my website. It has the top picks for wedding songs and was put together by DJintelligence. You may have to copy and paste the link.

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      okaygrace 6 years ago

      Lol hilarious and so true.

      I'm in the middle of picking out songs for an upcoming wedding as well and have played several "love" songs for my fiance, only to listen the lyrics more closely and realize they are about divorces or infidelity! haha

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      DJBudd 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona USA

      I think you hit it on the head. That's part of why it's funny to me. Like an inside joke.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 6 years ago

      Hi DJ, I get the inappropriateness of these songs that you mentioned, but I'm guessing people ask for them just because they like the music or like to dance to it, and really aren't thinking about what the song is about or the lyrics. Lots of people really don't know what the lyrics are! Interesting observations, though...........

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Very interesting. Sounds like you know your stuff!

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      B. A. Williams 6 years ago from USA

      Great article and you seem to be a very versed DJ hope you attract more clients with your articles.

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      DJBudd 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona USA

      Thanks for the comments. I'd be happy to answer any questions your daughter may have while she searches for a DJ.

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      blainecindy 6 years ago from Blaine, MN

      Great article, DJ, and very informative! Our daughter's wedding is coming up in August, so I am going to be sure to mention ALL of these songs to her, and also tell her to be sure to pay attention to the lyrics before they request their music from the D.J. Thanks for the tips!

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      laurathegentleman 6 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

      I've never understood why someone would choose "White Wedding" for their song...? Did they ever actually LISTEN to the words?? ...