This is a general survey listing music most often requested by guests- some of which you might like me to NOT play,
so please mark Y on your favorites and N on the ones to avoid. I own more music than there is room to list.
Add any requests or additional "do not play" songs at any time.
___The Cupid Shuffle (...to the right to the right to the right to the right, to the left....) often confused with:
___The Casper Cha Cha Slide (...three hops this time, cha cha real smooth, etc.)
___Wobble ____Electric Slide ___Macarena ____ The Wop ____ Watch Me Whip ____ Soulja Boy
___Teach Me How to Dougie ___Time Warp ___Country Line Dances
___Baby Shark ___Birdie Dance ___Hokey Pokey ____Train (Come N Ride the Train)
Recent Pop Charts: _____"Old Town Road (Remix)" by Lil Nas X, ft. Billy Ray Cyrus _____"Bad Guy" by
Billie Ellish ____ "Sweet But Psycho" by Ava Max ___ "Hey Look Ma I Made It" by Panic! At the Disco
____ "Boy with Luv" by BTS ____"If I Can't Have You" by Shawn Mendes ___ "Time Bomb" by Walk the
Moon ____ "Con Calma" by Daddy Yankee Will you have a large number of nightclub-age guests who
might be asking for "Thotiana" by Blueface, "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo, etc.?
Most Successful Oldies at recent all-ages events: ____"Burning Love" by Elvis Presley ___"It's Tricky" by
Run-DMC, "Push It" by Salt N Pepa ____"YMCA" by Village People ____"Dancing Queen" by Abba
___"Boogie Shoes" and "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC & the Sunshine Band (These are repeated below)
Upbeat hits from recent years:
____"Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake ___"Handclap" by Fitz and the Tantrums ____"Shut Up
and Dance" by Walk the Moon _____"Shake it Off" by Taylor Swift
____"Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen ____"Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus
Bruno Mars: ____ Finesse____That's What I Like ___24K Magic ___Uptown Funk ___Treasure
Pitbull:____Time of Our Lives____1,2,3,4 Calle Ocho ____Fireball ____International Love
LMFAO: ___Party Rock Anthem ___Sexy and I Know It ___Shots ___Miami
Ke$ha: ___Timber ___Die Young ___Tik Tok ___We R Who We R
Pink: ____Raise Your Glass ____Get the Party Started ____So What
Beyonce: ____Crazy In Love ____Formation ____Put a Ring on It ____Love on Top ____Drunk in Love
Usher: _____Yeah! ____OMG
Prince:___Let's Go Crazy ___ Kiss ___DMSR ___ E City ____P Control___Wanna Be Your Lover ___1999
Flo Rida:___Low (Apple Bottom Jeans) ___Right Round ____Wild Ones ____In the Ay-er
Cardi B: ____I Like It ____Money ___Bodak Yellow
SLOW DANCE IDEAS:
___"Speechless" by Dan + Shay
Ed Sheeran:___"Thinking Out Loud" ___ "Perfect" ___"Tenerife Sea"
___"Piano Man" by Billy Joel ___"Open Arms" by Journey ___"What a Wonderful World" by Louis
Armstrong ___"All My Life" by KC and JoJo ___"Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden
___ "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Haley Reinhart ____"Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley
___"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton ____"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
BOY BANDS:____"I Want it That Way" by Backstreet Boys ___"Bye Bye Bye" by 'Nsync
___"Everybody (Backstreet's Back) by Backstreet Boys _____"Step By Step" by New Kids on the
Block_____Spice Girls "Wannabe"
SWING: ____Jump Jive 'n Wail by Brian Setzer ___Zoot Suit Riot by Cherry Poppin' Daddies
____The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra ____More by Bobby Darin
LATIN: ___"Despacito" by Daddy Yankee ft. Justin B __"Danza Kuduro" by Don Omar ___Celia Cruz "La Vida
Es Un Carnival" ____"Suavamente" by Elvis
MOTOWN, SOUL and OTHER UPBEAT 50's 60's "ROCK OLDIES": ____"I Got a Woman" by Ray Charles
___Shout! by Otis Day and the Knights (Animal House); ___Twist and Shout by the Beatles
___Respect by Aretha Franklin ____Think! by Aretha ____Mustang Sally by the Commitments
___Build Me up Buttercup by the Foundations ____Proud Mary by Ike and Tina Turner
___Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) by the Four Tops, ___Mony Mony by Tommy James
___Runaround Sue by Dion ___The Wanderer by Dion ___Do You Love Me by the Contours
___Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison; ___Let's Twist Again by Chubby Checker
___Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison; ___Honky Tonk Women by the Rolling Stones
___Hang on Sloopy by the McCoys ; ___Wipe Out by the Surfaris; ____Tequila by the Champs
___Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley ___Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys
MORE SLOW DANCES: ____When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge ____Natural Woman by Aretha
Franklin ____Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers ___Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding ____Whiter
Shade of Pale by Procol Harum ___Nights in White Satin by Moody Blues ____Always and Forever by
Heatwave ____Here and Now by Luther Vandross ___My Girl by the Temptations ___Try a Little Tenderness
by Otis Redding ____At Last by Etta James ___Stand By Me by Ben E. King ____Sexual Healing by Marvin
Gaye ___Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: ____Fishing In The Dark
John Denver: ____Thank God I'm a Country Boy
Big N' Rich: ____ Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy
Shania Twain: ___Man I Feel Like a Woman ____Any Man of Mine ___Party For Two Country Version
Gretchen Wilson: ___Redneck Woman ____Here for the Party
George Strait: ____Check Yes or No ____All My Ex's Live in Texas ____Here For a Good Time
Johnny Cash: ____Big River ____Ring of Fire ___Folsom Prison Blues ____I Walk the Line ___Get Rhythm
Zac Brown Band: ___Toes ___Chicken Fried ___Beautiful Drug ____Sweet Annie ____Free
Alabama: ____Mountain Music ____I'm in a Hurry ___If You're Gonna Play in Texas
Garth Brooks: ____Friends in Low Places ___2 Pina Coladas ___Callin' Baton Rouge
___No Diggity (Blackstreet) ___Regulators (Warren G) ____Boombastic____It Wasn't Me (Shaggy)
___All I Do is Win (DJ Khaled) ___Shoop (Salt N'Pepa)
___Baby Got Back by Sir Mix A-lot
___Let Me Clear My Throat (DJ Kool) ___It's Tricky (Run DMC)
___Jump Around (House of Pain) ____Jump (Kriss Kross)
___Ice Ice Baby (Vanilla Ice) ___Bust A Move (Young MC) ___Rapper's Delight ___Jump On It (Sugar Hill Gang)
___Can't Touch This (MC Hammer) ____California Love by 2 Pac
___This is How We Do It (Montell Jordan) ____Whoomp! There it Is (Tag Team)
Macklemore: ____And We Danced ___Thrift Shop ____Can't Hold Us ___Downtown ___Good Old Days
Nelly: ____Country Grammar ____Shake Ya Tailfeather ____Ride Wit Me ____Hot in Herrre
Lil Jon: ___Get Low ____Turn Down For What ____Snap Ya Fingers ____Outta Your Mind
50 Cent: ____Candy Shop ___In Da Club ___Disco Inferno
Rob Base: ____It Takes Two ____Joy and Pain OTHER:
___Brick House by the Commodores ___Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
Stevie Wonder: ____Superstition ___Boogie On Reggae Woman ___Higher Ground
___I Wish ___Sir Duke
Earth Wind and Fire: ___September ___Groove Tonight
Kool and the Gang: ___Celebration ___Get Down On It ___Jungle Boogie ____Spirit of the Boogie
___We Are Family by Sister Sledge ____Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees ____I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
___Get it Right Back by Maxine Nightengale ___Y.M.C.A by the Village People
Abba: ___Dancing Queen ___Take a Chance on Me ___Mama Mia ___Waterloo
Donna Summer: ___Hot Stuff ___Last Dance
KC & the Sunshine Band: ____ Boogie Shoes ___Get Down Tonight ___That's The Way ___Keep it Coming Love
Air Guitar Opportunities:
Journey: ____Don't Stop Believing ____Open Arms ____Faithfully ____Any Way You Want It
AC/DC: ___You Shook Me All Night Long ___Back in Black ___T.N.T. ___Thunderstruck ___Hells Bells
Bon Jovi: ____Livin" on a Prayer ___You Give Love a Bad Name ___Bad Medicine
Def Leppard: ____Pour Some Sugar on Me ____Photograph
Bob Seger: _____Old Time Rock and Roll
Poison: ___Talk Dirty to Me ___Nothin' But a Good Time
G N'R: ____Welcome to the Jungle ___Paradise City ____Sweet Child O' Mine
Billy Idol: ____Dancing with Myself _____Rebel Yell ____Mony Mony ____Hot in the City
Blink 182: ____All The Small Things ____What's My Age Again?
Killers: _____ Mr. Brightside
"Bounce with me" opportunities:
___Pink: Raise Your Glass ___Rihanna: We Found Love ____Icona Pop: I Love It Clean Version
___Cascada: Every Time We Touch ____Zedd: Clarity ____Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feeling
EPIC: ____"American Pie" by Don McLean ___"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen ____"Paradise by the
Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf ___ "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd ___"Tiny Dancer" by Elton John
___"Africa" by Toto ____"Hold On" by Wilson Phillips
___Like a Prayer by Madonna ___Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
___"Jesse's Girl" by Rick Springfield ___"Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen
___"Take on Me" by A-Ha ___ "You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates ____"My Sharona" by the Knack
___"Footloose" by Kenny Loggins ____"Your Love" by the Outfield ____"Love Shack" by B-52's
___"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston ___"Whip It" by DEVO
Sing Along: ____"Cecelia" by Simon and Garfunkel ___"Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
___ "Brandy" by Looking Glass ___"Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Suede
___"S.O.B." by Nataniel Rateliff
IRISH FEEL: ____"Shipping up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphies .....____"Drunken Lullabies" by Flogging Molly
____"Come on Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners ____"500 Miles" by the Proclaimers
___Birdie Dance (Chicken Dance) ____Polka (If you only want one polka, I suggest "Beer Barrel Polka")
___Ballroom Slow Waltz ____Old Time Waltz (Tuba) Music associated with locations guests are from:
Are there any particular cities, regions, countries, continents or cultural groups with special music to mix into
the social hour, dinner music or dance?
___Take turns dancing w/the bride to "I Knew the Bride When She Used to Rock and Roll" by Nick Lowe
___Hokey Pokey ____Conga Line ____Freeze Dance Game and action-music for elementary school age kids
Checklist: Will the venue be able to provide a 6 foot banquet table for me to set up on?
Will I have access to the room at least 2 hours before guests arrive?
What does your contract with the venue say about the time music must end?
Does your venue lock up the doors at a particular time, or am I free to pack up for at least 45 minutes after
SHORT FORM: ___Grand Entrance Introductions? ___Cake Cutting? ___Clinking Routine? ___Toasts?
___Shoe Game? ___Spotlight Dances? ___Dollar Dance? ___Anniversary Dance? ___Bouquet Toss?
___Garter Toss? ___Group Line Dances OK? ___Send off song/What time to play it____________
Social hour music is usually Sinatra-style jazz standards and big band for a classy, upbeat mood.
Dinner is usually upbeat, light, solo piano playing the American Songbook.
Do you have any special music requests for social hour or dinner?
Is Social hour in an area away from where I am set up? If so, would you like to add a second sound system for
music in that area?
GRAND ENTRANCE: You can customize this however you like, but the ideal plan is to have a 5 minute warning
announcement 10 minutes before food will be ready....so that 5 minutes before food is served, the
introductions, brief welcome, and other instructions finish up just in time. I will learn to pronounce the first
and last names of all of the people you would like me to introduce. The photographer and I will line you up
and plot the path to the head table. I will aim a spot light at the door you come in through, and ask the couples
to stop in the doorway as I introduce them...Music for the fist phase of introductions can be changed just
before the bride and groom: For example, the wedding party could enter while I play "Celebration" by Kool
and the Gang" and then change to "Turn Down for What" to build up excitement for the Bride and Groom.
The PATH from the door to the head table could have a spot marked with an X where each couple pauses for a
photo, while doing some sort of pose.
GRAND ENTRANCE FOLLOW UP: Will someone say grace? Will there be a welcome speech? What will be the
table release instructions if it is a buffet?
If tables need to be dismissed for the buffet, the best option is the venue host or caterer to walk to each
table to let them know when to go up and to tell them any special instructions. I am available to call out table
numbers, if the usual staff is unavailable. The tables will need to have numbers on them. Fun options: Label
each table with a location the bride and groom visited together, so I call locations instead of numbers. Other
fun option: Have a song title at each table and have me play the songs that dismiss the tables, so they are
listening carefully to see if they recognize the music.
Clinking Routine Ideas: ___Provide me with a list of other couples who will be there, so I have one of them
get up and show you how to kiss each time the guests start clinking ___Tables rise and sing a song with the
word "love" in it ___Tables rise and dance for 20 seconds to anything I play Other:________
CAKE CUTTING: Timing is usually right after toasts, but you can customize this.
Cake Cutting Song Ideas:
___"How Sweet it is to be Loved by You" (James Taylor) ___ "Sugar Sugar" (Archies)
___"Sugar" by Maroon 5, ____"Pour Some Sugar On Me" ____ "Yummy Yummy Yummy" or
Sometimes there are two money-collection boxes set up during dinner, and the one who gets the most earns
the right to squish a piece of cake in the face of the other spouse.
This could be saved for later on, as a break in the action during the dance, to allow guests more time to enter.
Sometimes this is done in place of the dollar dance.
Toast Timing: It is best to wait for all guests to have food before starting it. If I am served last, then I use that
as my cue to walk up to the head table and ask if they are ready to start. I then bring them my cordless
microphone and I go back, bring down the dinner music, and introduce the person starting the toasts using
my second microphone. Will there be a champagne pour to wait for?
SHOE GAME: This is usually right before the first dance and takes only 2-3 minutes, but helps gather people
around the dance floor to be ready for the first dance.
How to announce your names: "Let's welcome_____________________________________________to the
dance floor for their first dance as a married couple."
Let me know the song title, artist and version of the song you'd like for your first dance.
Second and Third spotlight dances are usually a Father/Daughter then Mother/Son dance. You can arrange
this any way you like- some photographers like a reverse order.... let me know which dances you will do, the
songs, and who each dance is for.
Mother/Son Music Ideas: "A Mother's Song" by T Carter Music, "A Mother's Prayer" by Melissa Duvall, "The
Man You've Become" by T Carter Music, and "It Happens in a Heartbeat" by Wedding Music Central.
Father/Daughter Music Ideas: "I Loved Her First" by Heartland Either or a combination F/D M/S: "The Way
You Look Tonight" "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong, "Have I Told You Lately" by Rod Stewart,
"Forever Young" by Rod Stewart. Feel free to mix up bit of fast songs in the parent dances to surprise the
After the "Spotlight" dances, I could #1 play a slow song for everyone, #2 play a fast song for the wedding
party who would go out and bring more guests to the dance floor each time I say "Snowball" #3 introduce the
photographer, get her to stand up on a ladder or chair and take a group photo on the dance floor, or #4 play
the latest upbeat hit for everyone ("Uptown Funk" has been the best dance party kick off song since it came
out, but you can go in any direction you like).
Later on, after 5 to 10 dance songs, would you like to do any of these?
____Anniversary Dance Routine:
I ask all married couples to dance-and gradually eliminate them
until the couple that has been married the longest remains on the floor. I then run out and interview the
oldest couple on the cordless microphone and ask their name, how many years they have been married and
what advice they have for the new couple.
____Bouquet Toss: After the Anniversary Dance, the dance floor is cleared, so the timing is perfect to get the
single ladies out there and toss the bouquet. I usually play Beyonce "Put a Ring on It" as they come out.
Other music ideas include "Dear Future Husband" by Meghan Trainor
____Garter Removal: I have a "sexy approach" routine with special music so the groom will need to try out
different songs as he walks toward the new bride so we can see his "sexy walk" - I set this up so the bride is
in a chair on one end of the floor and he starts on the opposite end. Would that be OK?
____Garter Toss: I play a TV Football theme as we gather bachelors to catch the garter.
____Dollar Dance: Who will usher/collect?_____________________________
____Last Song of the Night:____________________________________________
Apx. Time to BEGIN the final song:_______
END OF NIGHT TRADITIONS: Piano Man group hug circle, Closing Time Sing Along, Shout! from Animal House,
Don't Stop Believing, Euro-Pop Take Me Home Country Roads, Sweet Caroline, DJ Kool Let Me Clear My
Throat with SHOUT OUTS, Macklemore "And We Danced" where I fill in the name of the bride and groom in the
spot where we pledge allegiance.
MORE IDEAS are available, and I will expand on the above ideas in our planning sessions.