Bad Wedding Song Request
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.
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Thanks for reading.