With wedding season now upon us, we must address a vital but oft-overlooked aspect of the special day: The wedding music.
Since not everyone can afford a wedding band or even a DJ, many will rely on their iPods to rock the dance floor. Some careful thought must go into this. Aside from the food, the booze and the speeches, the music/dance party is what wedding guests will remember for years afterward.
You want the guests’ hips a-swayin’ (so no Bon Ivor). You want beer cups spilling (so lay on the dad rock). You want grandma clappin’ shakin’ her money maker (so maybe no Metallica). You want everyone singing along to songs they’ ve heard 1,000 times before (so maybe no Hüsker Dü). You need to appeal to roughly three generations of attendees, so stick with the classics. Throw in a few surprises. Stay classy, which means no “YMCA”, “Cotton Eye Joe” or “In Da Club.” Sorry.
These 20 tracks are foolproof fail-safes that can work at any wedding reception.
And end it all with a massive, heartfelt sing-a-long, preferably in a massive circle with the bride and groom in the middle, to the tune of
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