We all have songs that come on the radio that we just *have* to start belting out. But do these songs really translate into good ideas at weddings? Danny Chaimson of the Golden Coast All Stars (LA) and the Gold Coast All Stars (Chicago) is here to let you know why your favorite sing-along songs might be best left off your wedding playlist. But not to worry, he’s got an alternative for each that is guaranteed to get your guests pumped up and dancing all night long! Here are the top five songs to NOT play at your wedding.
1. “I’ve Got a Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas: It’s a good rule of thumb to avoid the over-played wedding songs — and for the past few years this one has been at the top of the charts, which means it’s at the top of this list! If you need an upbeat tune, you’re better off playing “Uptown Funk.”
2. “Hello” by Adele: Even though this was a massive hit this year and you might love it, playing it in the middle of your dance party could be a major downer. Instead, play “We Are Young,” by Fun. It has a similar vibe but the inspirational sing-along keeps the party going.
3. “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire: This is a great song, but it’s become almost a cliche wedding song at this point — opt for the funkier and less played “Shining Star” if you’re looking for a groovin’ Earth, Wind and Fire song.
4. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison: Another great song that has been unfortunately played to death. There are so many other great upbeat Van Morrison tunes to play instead that your guests haven’t heard a million times before: “Domino,” “Wild Night” and “Blue Money,” to name a few.
5. “Last Dance” by Donna Summer: Instead of ending your wedding with this obvious choice, go with a lighters-in-the-air, anthemic sing-along rocker like “Purple Rain” or “Hey Jude” to really bring down the house.
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