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. More planning ideas are found below the survey.
___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: ____ "Sweet But Psycho" by Ava Max ___ "In My Feelings" by Drake ___ "I Like It"
by Cardi B ____ "High Hopes" by Panic! at the Disco _____ "Money" by Cardi B
____ "Sucker" by Jonas Brothers _____ "Shotgun" by George Ezra ____BTS ____Bigbang
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
SLOW DANCE IDEAS:
___"Thinking Out Loud" ___ "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran ____"Turn the Lights Down Low" by MAX
___"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 ____"Die
a Happy Man" by Thomas Rhett ___"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton ____"Heaven" by Kane Brown
____"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":
___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
COUNTRY: ____"It Ain't My Fault" by Osborne Brothers
Sam Hunt: ___Body Like a Back Road ___House Party ____Leave the Night On
Thomas Rhett: ____Vacation Locash: ___I Love This Life
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: ____Fishing In The Dark Hank Williams Jr, ____"Family Tradition"
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 Sugarland: ____It Happens
George Strait: ____Check Yes or No ____All My Ex's Live in Texas ____Here For a Good Time
Luke Bryan: ____That's My Kind of Night ____Country Girl (Shake it For Me) ___Move
Johnny Cash: ____Big River ____One Piece at a Time ____Ring of Fire ___Folsom Prison Blues ____I Walk
the Line ___Get Rhythm _____Cry Cry Cry
Zac Brown Band: ___Toes ___Chicken Fried ___Beautiful Drug ____Sweet Annie ____Free
Eric Church: ___Drink in My Hand
Florida Georgia Line: ___Cruise ___This is How We Roll __Get Your Shine On
Alabama: ____Mountain Music ____I'm in a Hurry ___If You're Gonna Play in Texas
Chris Young: ____Aw Naw Dierks Bentley:_____5-1-5-0
Blake Shelton: ___Footloose ___Honeybee ___Boys Round Here
Jon Pardi: _____Head Over Boots
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 ____Temperature (Sean Paul)
___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)
___Get Back (Ludacris) ___Can't Touch This (MC Hammer)
___This is How We Do It (Montell Jordan) ____Whoomp! There it Is (Tag Team)
Notorious B.I.G.: ___Hypnotize ___Juicy ___Mo Money ___Going Back to Cali
Eminem: ___My Name Is ___Forgot About Dre ____Shake That * For Me ___Lose Yourself
Macklemore: ____And We Danced ___Thrift Shop ____Can't Hold Us ___Downtown ___Good Old Days
2 Pac: ____Keep Ya Head Up ___Thug Passion ___California Love
Jay Z: ___Big Pimpin ____Dirt off Your Shoulder ___Show Me What You Got ____On to the Next One
R Kelly: ___Ignition (remix) ___Step in the Name of Love ___Happy People ___Backyard Party
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
Rob Base: ____It Takes Two ____Joy and Pain
DISCO and FUNK 70's - 90's :
___Brick House by the Commodores ___Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
Earth Wind and Fire: ___September ___Groove Tonight _____Marvin Gaye: Got to Give it Up
Kool and the Gang: ___Celebration ___Get Down On It ___Jungle Boogie ____Spirit of the Boogie
Michael Jackson: ___Beat It ___Billie Jean ___Thriller ___Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
___The Way You Make Me Feel __Black or White ___PYT ___Rock With You
___Like a Prayer by Madonna ___Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
___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
Donna Summer: ___Hot Stuff ___Last Dance
KC & the Sunshine Band: ____ Boogie Shoes ___Get Down Tonight ___That's The Way ___Keep it Coming Love
Stevie Wonder: ____ I Wish ___Superstition ___Higher Ground ____Reggae Woman
ARENA ROCK ___"I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by the Darkness
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?
Offspring: ____Pretty Fly for a White Guy Killers: _____ Mr. Brightside
Classic pop with the fist pump beat:
___Rihanna "We Found Love" ____Icona Pop "I Love It"
___Cascada "Every Time We Touch" ___"Clarity" by Zedd
___Jess Glynn ____Mika ____Basshunter
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
FUN 80's: ___"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
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?
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
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?
Sometimes the Cake Cutting and/or a Slide Show follows the toasts.
Did you hire me to provide a video projector, projection screen, audio hook up and laptop for the growing up
slide show video?
JUST BEFORE the official first dance, I like to do a brief SHOE GAME, where two chairs are brought out and
you remove shoes and answer questions, back to back, such as "Who will balance the Check Book!?"
Then I play "Mission Impossible" as you race to see who is first to get their shoes back on and then go into
the first dance as a married couple....
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.
____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 (ask about ideas to make this phase more entertaining)
____Last Song of the Night:____________________________________________
Apx. Time to BEGIN the final song:_______
MORE IDEAS are available, and I will expand on the above ideas in our planning sessions.