For CEREMONY music planning, click the tab above-
Music Survey Code Suggestion:
YYY = MUST PLAY
YY = TRY TO WORK IT IN
Y = OK TO PLAY
N = AVOID
NN = DO NOT PLAY UNLESS REQUESTED BY A GUEST
NNN = DO NOT EVEN IF REQUESTED BY A GUEST
You do not need to fill out a reaction code to each and every song title on this list, and it is OK to simply tell me to play
more of one style than other styles.
You could print the text below and hand write your instructions- and send me photos of the final results.
It might be a good idea to get opinions from important guests from other age generations who will be there.
You could also get more specific and let me know when to play certain songs- such as in the first hour or last hour.
Remember that you can add any artists/song titles to this list - these are selections wedding guests ask for most often.
___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.)
___Jerusalema- Master KG 5-minute remix
GROUP DANCE LESSONS: Would you like to stop the music for guests to learn any special dances?
___The Git Up ___Watch me Whip ___Wop ___Soulja Boy ___Pop Lock and Drop It
___Wobble ___Electric Slide ___Macarena ___Teach Me How to Dougie ____Tootsie Roll
___Bunny Hop ___Birdie Dance ___Hokey Pokey ___Conga Line ___Stroll ___Hand Jive
OTHER GROUP DANCES:______________________________
Recent Top Hits: THIS SECTION IS CONSTANTLY BEING UPDATED: Be sure to check back here the week
before your event to take into account new music at the time.
___"My Head and My Heart" by Ava Max ___ "Up" by Cardi B ___"Best Friend" by Saweetie and Doja Cat
___"Bang!" by AJR ___"Dynamite!" by BTS ___"Body" by Megan Thee Stallion
___"Ice Cream" by BlackPink/Selena Gomez ___"Savage Love" by Jason DeRulo ___"Breaking Me" A7S
___"Kings & Queens" by Ava Max ___"Roses" by Saint Jhn ____"Ily" by Surf Mesa
___"Mamacita"by Black Eyed Peas ___"Levitating" by DaBaby & Dua Lipa ___"Swag" by YG
___"Blinding Lights" by the Weeknd ____"Rain on Me" by Lady GaGa and Ariana Grande
___"Say So" by Doja Cat ____"Juicy" by Doja Cat "Slide" by H.E. R. ____"Savage" by Megan Thee Stallion
___"Girls in the Hood" by Megan Thee Stallion ____"Don't Start Now" by Dua Lipa
___"Midnight Sky" by Miley Cyrus ____"Watermelon Sugar" by Harry Styles
___"Let me Take You Dancing" by Jason DeRulo ____"Banana" ft. Shaggy
LIZZO LIST: ____Tempo (extremely explicit) ____Truth Hurts ____Good as Hell ____Juice ____Boys
Kid-Friendly pop hits from recent years:
___"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
___"Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake ___"Happy" by Pharrel Williams
___"Old Town Road Remix" by Lil Nas X / Billy RC ___"The Fox" by Ylvis
___"Gangnam Style" by Psy ___Tik Tok dance clips
Theatrical: ___Grease ___High School Musical ___Disney Animated Movies OTHER:
Meghan Trainor: ___Dear Future Husband ___Better When I'm Dancing ___Me Too ___Nice To Meet Ya
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 ___Hotel Room
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 ____More (Red Remix)
Prince:___Let's Go Crazy ___ Kiss ___7 ___I Wanna Be Your Lover ___1999 ____Controversy
Flo Rida:___Low (Apple Bottom Jeans) ___Right Round ____Wild Ones ____In the Ay-er
Cardi B: ____I Like It ____Money ___Bodak Yellow
SLOW POP: ____"Nobody But You" by Blake Shelton (duet with Gwen Stefani)
___"10,000 Hours" by Dan+Shay/Justin Bieber ___"Speechless" by Dan+Shay
___"Stuck With U" by Ariana Grande/Justin Bieber ___"From the Ground Up" by Dan+Shay
___"Perfect" by Ed Sheeran ____"Thinking Out Loud" Ed Sheeran
___"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri ____"Like I'm Gonna Lose You" by Meghan Trainor
___"Lover" by Taylor Swift ALSO SEE MORE SLOW SONG IDEAS BELOW (Grouped by Genre)
BOY BANDS: ___"I Want it That Way" by Backstreet Boys ___"Bye Bye Bye" by 'NSync
__"Everybody (Backstreet's Back) by Backstreet Boys ___ "Wannabe" by Spice Girls
SLOW BOY BANDS: ___"God Must Have Spent" by 'NSync
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
____Jump with my Baby by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
If you practice swing dancing to a particular track, let me know the title and artist.
LATIN: ___"Danza Kuduro" by Don Omar ____"Calabria" by Mims ____"El Sonidito" by Hechiceros
___"La Vida Es Un Carnival" by Celia Cruz ____"Suavamente" by Elvis ____"MIA" by Bad Bunny/Drake
___"Un Dia" by J Balvin ___"Stand By Me" by Prince Royce ____"Asereje" by Las Ketchup
MEXICAN TRADITIONS:___"Vals Para Una Novia" ____"La Vibora de la Mar"
CABALLO DORADO: ___"Payaso de Rodeo" ___"No Rompas"
SELENA: ___"Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" ____"Tu Solo Tu"
DADDY YANKEE:___"Despacito" ____"Limbo" ____"Gasolina"
Back to the 50's:
___Shout! by Otis Day (Animal House) ____Runaround Sue by Dion ___The Wanderer by Dion
___Rock Around the Clock by Bill H /Comets ___The Twist by Chubby Checker
___Do You Love Me by the Contours with extra bass (from Dirty Dancing 2 Soundtrack)
___Tequila by the Champs
60's: ___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
___Barbara Ann by Beach Boys ___Mony Mony by Tommy James
___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 __Do Wah Ditty by Manfred Mann
___Cecelia by Simon and Garfunkel
SLOW OLDIES:___Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers
___Colour My World by Chicago
___Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton ___Can't Help Falling in Love with You by Elvis Presley
___What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong ___Unforgettable by Nat and Natalie Cole
MOTOWN: ____My Girl (slow Temptations) ___Ain't No Mountain High Enough (starts slow- Marvin Gaye
duet) ___I Can't Help Myself (Four Tops) ___Stop the Love You Save (Jackson 5) ___Can I Get a Witness?
(Marvin Gaye) ____Proud Mary (Starts slow- Ike and Tina Turner) ___Got to Give it Up (Marvin Gaye)
70's ROCK: ___Some Kinda' Wonderful (Grand Funk) ___Black Betty (Ram Jam) ___Long Cool Woman in a
Black Dress (Hollies) ___Hooked on a Feeling (Blue Suede) ___Brandy (Looking Glass)
____Bad Bad Leroy Brown (Jim Croce) ____Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd) ____Gimme Three Steps
Neil Diamond: ___Sweet Caroline ___Forever in Blue Jeans ___Thank the Lord for the Night Time
___Cracklin' Rosie ___ America ___I Am...I Said
COUNTRY fast and slow ideas:
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: ___Fishing In The Dark
John Denver: ___Thank God I'm a Country Boy ___Take Me Home Country Roads
Big N' Rich: ___ Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy
Shania Twain: ___Man I Feel Like a Woman ____Any Man of Mine ___Party For Two (version:_____)
Slow Shania: ___ From This Moment ____Still the One
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
Slow Strait: ____ Cross My Heart ___Give it All We Got Tonight
Johnny Cash: ____Big River ____Ring of Fire ___Folsom Prison Blues ____I Walk the Line ___Get Rhythm
Zac Brown Band: ___Chicken Fried ___Sweet Annie ____Free ___Toes ___Beautiful Drug
Alabama: ____Mountain Music ___I'm in a Hurry __If You're Gonna Play in Texas ___Dixieland Delight
Garth Brooks: ___Friends in Low Places ___Callin' Baton Rouge
Slow Garth: ___Mom ___It's Your Song ___The Dance ___To Make You Feel My Love
Slow Chis Stapleton: ___Tennessee Whiskey ___Millionaire
SING ALONG: Justin Moore: ___Why We Drink Toby Keith: ____Red Solo Cup ____I Love This Bar
Jimmy Buffet: ___Margaritaville ____It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere Hank Jr: ___Family Tradition Garth: ___2
Pina Coladas Tom T Hall: ____I Like Beer
___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) ____Now That We Found Love (Heavy D)
___Whoomp! There it Is (Tag Team)
Macklemore: ____And We Danced ___Thrift Shop ____Can't Hold Us ___Downtown
IN DA CLUB:
___Tipsy by J'Kwon
Lil Jon: ___Get Low ____Turn Down For What ____Snap Ya Fingers ____Outta Your Mind
50 Cent: ____Candy Shop ___In Da Club ___Disco Inferno ___Outta Control (Remix)
___Bartender by T-Pain ___No Scrubs by TLC ___All Eyez by the Game
___Jumpin Jumpin by Destiny's Child ___Whatever You Like by T.I.
Nelly: ____Country Grammar ____Shake Ya Tailfeather ____Ride Wit Me ____Hot in Herrre
____Where The Party At? by Jagged Edge
Funk: ___Atomic Dog by George Clinton
___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
Smooth R & B: ____Wifey by Next ____Let's Get Married by Jagged Edge ____Green Light by John Legend
___All Night Long by Faith Evans and Diddy ___Life of the Party by Charlie Wilson
___Here and Now by Luther Vandross ___All of Me by John Legend ____Always by Atlantic Starr
___All My Life by KC & JoJo
___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
___(You Get the) Best of My Love by the Emotions
Abba: ___Dancing Queen ___Take a Chance on Me ___Mama Mia ___Voulez-Vous
Donna Summer: ___Hot Stuff ___Last Dance
KC & the Sunshine Band: ____ Boogie Shoes ___Get Down Tonight
Journey: ___Don't Stop Believing ____Any Way You Want It
AC/DC: ___You Shook Me All Night Long ___Back in Black ___Thunderstruck
Bon Jovi: ___Livin" on a Prayer ___You Give Love a Bad Name
Def Leppard: ___Pour Some Sugar on Me ____Photograph
Poison: ___Talk Dirty to Me ___Nothin' But a Good Time
Motley Crue: ___Girls Girls Girls ___Looks That Kill
Skid Row: ___Youth Gone Wild Scorpions: ___Rock You Like a Hurricane Lita Ford: ___Kiss Me Deadly
G N'R: ___Paradise City Metallica: ___Enter Sandman
Pop Punk: Blink 182: ____All The Small Things Killers: ____ Mr. Brightside Billy Idol: ___Mony Mony
HAIR BAND SLOW ANTHEMS: ____I'll Never Let You Go (Steelheart) ____Open Arms (Journey) ___Faithfully
(Journey) ___I'll Be There For You (Bon Jovi) ___Two Steps Behind (Def Leppard)
TECHNO-POP (Songs that get the entire dance floor to bounce and pump fists in the air):
___Ozone: Dragonista ___Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix) ___Darude: Sandstorm
___Icona Pop: I Love It (Clean) ___Cascada: Every Time We Touch ___Zedd: Clarity
___Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feeling ___Lady GaGa: Bad Romance
Ask your uncles and aunts if they'd like a moment of New Wave Nuttiness:
___Devo: "Whip It". "Uncontrollable Urge" ___B-52's: "Rock Lobster", "52 Girls"; ___Talking Heads
"Burning Down the House" ___Suburbs "I Like Cows" "Baby Heartbeat" ___Total Coleo "I Eat Cannibals"
MOSH PIT: ____Pantera: Walk ____Dropkick Murphies: Shipping up to Boston
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
___"Footloose" by Kenny Loggins ____"Your Love" by the Outfield ____"Love Shack" by B-52's
___"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston
Let me know if you will be having music that is offensive to sensitive ears, and if you want to hold off until the
children and elderly guests have left. Examples of popular explicit tracks that don't have good clean
___"S.O.B." by Nataniel Rateliff ___"Get Low" by Lil Jon ____"Work B*tch" by Britney Spears,
___"The Closing Song" by Red Peters ____"N*ggas in Paris" by Kanye West (and many more)
IRISH FEEL: ___Riverdance Style ___When Irish Eyes are Smiling ____Flogging Molly
____"Come on Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners ____"500 Miles" by the Proclaimers
___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
Venue Questions: Please look for these two items in your rental agreement:
Is there a time, such as 10PM, when the volume of the music must be reduced, for neighbors?
Does your venue lock up the doors at a particular time at the end of the night? I need at least 45 minutes from
the time music stops to be packed up. Other venue questions, such as access to the area, parking, lighting
controls could be handled between myself and the venue. Who is your contact there?
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 melodies from the Sinatra song book)
Rustic Farm Events: I have bluegrass versions of classic rock performed by Iron Horse as an option.
Do you have any special music requests for social hour or dinner?
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: Will I need to announce any "house rules" such as no drinks on the dance floor?
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. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call
952.239.4115 with the names for the Introductions. Any names that are hard to pronounce should be spelled
out the way they sound. I will read off the names as they line up before entering.
MUSIC FOR GRAND ENTRANCE:_________________________________________________________
SUGGESTION: "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang is perfect for announcing the entrance because there are
lyrics that get the crowd in the mood, blank spaces for me to announce, and the fun "ya-hoo" now and then.
GRAND ENTRANCE FOLLOW UP: Will there be a welcome speech? Will someone say grace? Any clinking
instructions or table release instructions?
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 Other:________
CAKE CUTTING: Timing is usually right after toasts, but you can customize this. The photographer usually
initiates the cake cutting timing. Will your cake cutting be able to be viewed by guests?
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"
Toast Timing: It is best to wait for all guests to have food before starting it. I will check with the head table
when the time is right to see if everyone is ready.
ORDER OF SPEECHES:_______________________________________________________
TOASTING TIPS: __Tell them to bring the mic up to their face- __Tell them I will introduce them on my mic at
the DJ table __Tell them they will pass the mic to the next speaker...and to not turn it off...
__ Tell them to not drink too much before the toasts __Tell them the mic is not for dropping, but they can do
a pretend mic drop by raising a fist and opening it, empty, while making a sound effect on the real mic with the
IN DEPTH PLANNING: Sometimes the people making toasts have a song snippet for me to play during the
toast, or as a follow up for 10 seconds after the toast- if you want to ask them, I'd like to add their music
(movie themes, TV show themes, novelty songs about hobbies/locations/sports are all fun ideas)
VIDEO TOASTS: A few times I've been contacted by someone making a toast to set up a surprise video
presentation to go with their toasts. You are welcome to have anyone contact me directly for surprise
Sometimes sunset photos change the plans. Are you leaving the reception for sunset photos?
TIME BETWEEN END OF TOASTS AND BEGINNING OF DANCE: I usually play "Cool Jazz" such as "Take 5" by
Dave Brubeck at this time, but sometimes a low-volume KIDS show fits in here. If you will have a lot of kids
playing on the dance floor after they finish eating, I have 90 minutes of activity songs such as "Baby Shark"
and the "Freeze Game" Would you like a "Pre-Dance Kids Dance?"
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. I have fine-tuned the best questions in a flow now that
gets the most laughs. I often customize with info heard during toasts or ideas you send in advance. If you
have a pet, I would like to know the name so it can be included. Let me know if you are known for having any
collections, hobbies or if you are fans of any particular sports teams.
Would you like to do the Shoe Game? _____For a video showing me doing the Shoe Game see "Examples" tab
above. Note: Questions vary.
If not certain, should I ask you again after cake and toasts are finished, and see how you feel about using it to
gather people around just before the first dance?
OTHER TIME LINE IDEAS: Some prefer to do the Shoe Game at the end of dinner, then cut the cake, then do
toasts- and then go right into the first dance all in one long sequence. Feel free to suggest other ideas (but
don't forget to take into account these 3 questions: will there be sunset photos, will there be a champagne
pour before toasts, and will there be time needed to cut the cake into slices after the cake cutting?)
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.
Idea: Send me audio files with spoken messages for me to mix into the music during the spotlight dances
Would you like a special multi-song edit created in advance for any of the spotlight dances?
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 play Beyonce "Put a Ring on It" as they come out.
TIP: The bouquet should be brought to the DJ table before the dance. Follow up: Should the catcher lead a
conga line after?
____Garter Removal Routine: See "Examples" tab above (3 phases: a sexy approach, removal, then gathering
of bachelors) Follow up could be the bachelors being required to stay on the floor for a special dance.
____Dollar Dance: Who will usher/collect?_____________________________
____Sparkler Send Off? If you plan to have guests go outside to light sparklers, let me know.
____Closing Time Music: ___Don't Stop Believing ___Piano Man ___Closing Time ___Red Peters (explicit)
__Happy Trails ___Goodnight, Sweetheart ___We Are Young (.fun) ___Reprise of 1st Dance OTHER: