The Do Not Play List : Cliché, Overplayed Wedding Songs to Avoid


Some songs have had their time and need to go away—especially in weddings.

Here are over 100 Do Not Play songs to consider.

Music tastes are as personal as your fingerprint. If you want your wedding to be personal to you, consider ditching the overplayed, cliché "wedding hits" that most DJs consider staples (and that many people get sick to their stomach having to hear for the thousandth time).

My credibility on the subject:

As a professional San Diego wedding DJ, I (Drew Peters, the Songstruck DJ) am a huge music enthusiast and a bit of a music connoisseur. I have performed over 250 events behind the turntables since age 13—and mostly wedding celebrations, at that. In that time, I have amassed an impressive vinyl record, CD, and digital music collection that spans from 1910 to today, containing diverse music genres from around the world to suit every mood. I've noticed a trend among my clients—couples want to represent their personalities at their wedding celebrations through their music tastes. Nowadays, we have the largest personal access to recorded music in history! Think about it—millions of songs exist out there.

I purposefully personalize every single wedding's soundtrack LIVE on the spot, based on the couple's tastes and those of their friends and family in attendance. Every dance floor has a different soundtrack, and every cocktail hour and dinner hour have a wide variety of music to set the tone for the evening, because each song counts. My style is highly regarded by clients and sought after by creative professionals, music fans, and those who want an epic dance party out of their wedding.

So why should you have to hear Y.M.C.A. ever again—especially at your wedding?! Maybe:

  • The DJ you hired is jaded by the profession; even apathetic about music
  • The DJ you hired has √Cheesy Tendencies √ Crappy Taste √ Amateur Skills √ "Top Wedding Songs 2015" as the playlist
  • You hired a wedding band that plays most of the songs on your Do Not Play List (below)
  • Your Aunt Jennie requests the song and your DJ happily plays it without reservation
  • It's on your Do Not Play List and the DJ ignores your "anti-requests"

Creating Your Very Own "Do Not Play List"

It is VITAL to give your DJ a "Do Not Play List", along with a handful of "Must Hear" songs. This is one of the best decisions you can do for your wedding. Trust me. Where to find these songs to avoid:

  • Think about songs on the radio or corporate playlists that you absolutely loathe or cringe at or are just tired of hearing, and add those to the Do Not Play List. Maybe your work has 10 songs on repeat all day?
  • Think about artists that you don't really care for, but maybe a lot of other people enjoy—add those to the Do Not Play List.
  • Think about songs you've heard from other weddings, parties, or events you've been to that are no good and that you do not want to hear on your special day—put them into your Do Not Play List

And without further ado...

The Songstruck Wedding Do Not Play List Considerations (2015):

  • My Humps by Black Eyed Peas
  • I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas
  • Let's Get it Started by Black Eyed Peas
  • anything by Black Eyed Peas
  • Uptown Funk by Ronson, Mark Feat. Bruno Mars
  • Don't Stop Believin' by Journey
  • Cha Cha Slide by DJ Casper
  • Cupid Shuffle
  • Happy by Pharrell Williams
  • Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good) by Neil Diamond
  • You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC
  • Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
  • Shut Up And Dance by Walk The Moon
  • Love Shack by B-52's
  • Hey Ya! by Outkast
  • Friends In Low Places by Garth Brooks
    • Country is really a love/hate genre for most people.
  • Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
    • MJ has so many other songs that are great—Beat It, PYT (Pretty Young Thing), Wanna Be Startin' Something, etc. This one is pretty overdone at weddings, but again—it's your call.
  • Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot
  • All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
    • I'm all about that bass...but this song is terribly annoying to some
  • Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyoncé
    • She has SO many other great songs. This song is extremely overplayed and annoying.
  • Footloose by Kenny Loggins
  • Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Sexy And I Know It by LMFAO
    • They had their 2013. I'd lump this song and Party Rock Anthem in with "Gangnam Style".
  • Sugar by Maroon 5
    • A little corporate, radio friendly pop that may or may not strike your fancy
  • Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera
    • Some Maroon 5 songs are good, but this song is annoying in its catchy, childlike hook.
  • Sexyback by Justin Timberlake
    • JT has a LOT of great songs, but this one feels tired on every dance floor that I spin.
  • We Are Family by Sister Sledge
    • A disco song that has been played out.
  • Get Lucky by Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams
    • I like Daft Punk, but this song is not as popular as it used to be. In fact, it's now a love/hate song. Maybe it was overplayed?
  • Celebration by Kool & The Gang
    • Barf! This is one of my most despised songs, in that it's been overdone to death at millions of weddings since its inception.
  • September by Earth, Wind & Fire
    • Again, a cheesier disco song that's well-played out
  • This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan
    • I like this song, personally, but every now and then I hear people are sick of it
  • Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke Feat. Pharrell & T.I.
    • Besides being overtly misogynist, it's had it's day. Although people still enjoy it and dance to it.
  • Old Time Rock & Roll by Bob Seger
    • This song is played out; again, in my opinion.
  • Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
    • 90s hip hop has so many better songs and artists. This one is tacky to many.
  • Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
    • Barf! Another terribly crappy, overplayed funk song.
  • Thriller by Michael Jackson
    • This one is a great song, but really doesn't seem to do well on dance floors outside of Halloween time. Many DJs still play it, oblivious to this context.
  • Dancing Queen by Abba
    • Ew.
  • Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
    • Chicks love it, but some people want to tear their hair out hearing it. Your call.
  • Gangnam Style by Psy
  • Shots by LMFAO feat. Lil Jon
    • Unless you're getting down with actual shots at your wedding, there are better Lil Jon songs.
  • Just Dance by Lady Gaga
    • It's another love/hate song, and love/hate artist. You decide.
  • Brick House by The Commodores
    • Ew. This song is so cheesy and gross. Funk is fading out of weddings.
  • Electric Slide by Marcia Griffiths
    • Seriously vomit. Who still likes this song?! Avoid all line dances, and songs with "Slide" in the name.
  • Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex
    • "He sure got a purty mouth". 
  • Y.M.C.A. by Village People
    • This one is clearly overplayed. Avoid.
  • Stayin' Alive by Bee Gees
    • Again, gross.
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
    • I despise this happy-go-lucky song, but of course, many chicks still love it. Try the STRFKR indie dance version of the song (the band's name is literally Starfucker).
  • Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield
    • This song not only really annoys me, but it's also about sleeping with your friend's girl.
  • Best Day Of My Life by American Authors
    • Not a big fan of this song because it uses children's song melodies to catch you. Like Maroon 5.
  • Wake Me Up! by Avicii
  • Firework by Katy Perry
    • A relatively annoying voice and song, and definitely a love or hate artist.
  • U Can't Touch This by M.C. Hammer
    • Pretty cheesy.
  • Macarena by Los Del Rio
    • I feel like this should be obvious. It appears people nationwide still don't get it. It reeks like rotten cheese. And not delicious stinky cheese.
  • Get Down Tonight by KC & The Sunshine Band
    • Ew. Anything by KC & The Sunshine Band, really.
  • What I Like About You by Romantics
    • Hit or miss with wedding guests. Some people like it, some don't!
  • We Are Young by Fun. Feat. Janelle Monae
    • This ballad is love-hate with wedding guests.
  • Grease Megamix by John Travolta & Olivia Newton
  • Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega
  • I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
  • What is Love? by Haddaway
    • "baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me, no more..."
  • Promiscuous Girl by Timbaland
  • ____________ : your selections?

Just remember, some of these songs are still good songs for your personal collection. And I still like some of the songs on here. Don't get your panties in a bunch!

Now I turn to YOU, the reader.

What songs would you add to this Do Not Play List? Seeing as hundreds of people around America are reading this list, it would be nice to share your thoughts and leave a comment below. I read and respond to EVERY comment! :)