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.
BELOW the Music Survey is a Wedding Reception Idea List - Upon request, I will email links to the latest videos showing
me doing these ideas at real events.
___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.)
___The Git Up by Blanco Brown ____Watch me Whip by Silento ___Wop ___The MOP ___Hit the Quan
___Wobble ____Electric Slide ___Macarena ___Teach Me How to Dougie ___Baby Shark
___Bunny Hop ___Birdie Dance ___Hokey Pokey ___Conga Line
___Betcha Can't Do it Like Me Challenge OTHER GROUP DANCES:______________________________
___"Dance Monkey" by Tones & I (dance mix) ___"Say So" or ___"Juicy" by Doja Cat
___"What a Man Gotta Do" by the Jonas Brothers ____"Raising Hell" by Ke$ha
___"Hot Girl Bummer" by Blackbear ____"My Oh My" by Camila Cabello
___ "One Thing Right" by Marshmello ____"Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X
___"Panini" by Lil Nas X (DaBaby Remix) ____"Godzilla" by Eminem ____"Bop" by Dababy
___"RITMO(Bad Boys For Life- This is the Rhythm of the Night) Black Eyed Pes, J Balvin -AOKI remix
___"The Box" by Roddy Ricch ___"Don't Start Now" Dua Lipa ____"South of the Border" Ed Sheeran
OTHER RECENT HITS:____________________________________________________________
LIZZO LIST: ____Truth Hurts ____Good as Hell ____Juice ____Boys ___Like a Girl
Kid-Friendly pop hits from recent years:
___"Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon _____"Shake it Off" by Taylor Swift
___"Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen ____"Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus
___"Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake ___"Happy" by Pharrel Williams
Bruno Mars: ____ Finesse____That's What I Like ___24K Magic ___Uptown Funk ___Treasure
Pitbull:____Time of Our Lives____1,2,3,4 Calle Ocho ____Fireball ____International Love
LMFAO: ___Party Rock Anthem ___Sexy and I Know It ___Shots ___Miami
Ke$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 ____More (Red Remix)
Prince:___Let's Go Crazy ___ Kiss ___7 ___I 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: ___"Nobody But You" by Blake Shelton and Gwen Stephani
___"10,000 Hours" by Dan+Shay/Justin Bieber ___"Lover" by Taylor Swift
Special Artist Choice for "Can't Help Falling In Love With You"....
... by ___Elvis Presley __Ingrid Michaelson __Haley Reinahart ____UB40 or ___Kina Grannis
___"Speechless" by Dan + Shay ____"Perfect" by Ed Sheeran ____"Thinking Out Loud" Ed Sheeran
___"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
___"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton ____"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
OTHER SLOW DANCES:____________________________________________
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 ____"MIA" by Bad Bunny/Drake ____"Senorita" by Camila and
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 ___ Adore by Prince
COUNTRY: ____9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
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 ___Dixieland Delight
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) ____Now That We Found Love (Heavy D)
___Whoomp! There it Is (Tag Team)
Macklemore: ____And We Danced ___Thrift Shop ____Can't Hold Us ___Downtown ___Good Old Days
IN DA CLUB: ____Where the Party at? by Jagged Edge
___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
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
___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
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 ____"Blow" by Chris Stapleton, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars
Bounce and Double Fist Pump Slam Dance Moments: ___Ozone: Dragonista ___1:45 into Pursuit of
Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix) ___Darude: Sandstorm ___Pink: Raise Your Glass ____Icona Pop: I Love It
(Clean) ___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
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: ____"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
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?______
DJ TABLE: I appreciate the venue providing a long banquet table. I have my own black cloth to cover a
10-foot table. I can work with any size, but the larger, the better. Will they have a table for me?
SPACE: Will I be in a small area? I can adjust the set up for anything.
EXTRAS: Your contract might have options for adding things that most clients do not need unless they are in
a large room with a high ceiling. Did you add anything from the list of options?
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. 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:_________________________________________________________
GRAND ENTRANCE FOLLOW UP: Will there be a welcome speech? Will someone say grace? What will be the
table release instructions if it is a buffet? Will there be glass for guests to clink to get you to kiss?
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" 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? I have TWO microphones, so I bring one
to the head table, then go back to the DJ table to introduce who will be speaking.
ORDER OF SPEECHES:_______________________________________________________
Sometimes a parent or two will make a speech before dinner- The caterers, photographers and I will need to
know in advance if there are any people who want to add a surprise pre-dinner speech.
Sometimes sunset photos change the plans. Are you leaving the reception for sunset photos?
TABLE DASH PHOTO ROUTINE: Would you like me to announce that each table will need to make a hole for the
bride and groom to briefly appear in for a photo, then say "Ready Set Go" to see if they can make it to all tales
before the end of a song (and play something like Benny Hill)?
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 (quieter music) 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. Would you like to do the shoe game?____
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.
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.
____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 have fun ideas for this to discuss in our planning emails, calls and/or meetings
____Dollar Dance: Who will usher/collect?_____________________________
____Last Song of the Night: ___________________________________________
Check list of optional additional items:
____Still Image Projection (snowflakes, falling Autumn leaves, etc.)
____Full Room Mood Lighting (Up Lights)
____Items to toss out to dancers (Beads, Glow Sticks, etc.)
Did you see the lighting options under the tab for lighting ideas?