Surprising songs couples have forbidden from their weddings – and some of them are classics

We’re smack bang in the middle of wedding season, which means lots of us are spending our weekends getting dressed up and watching our friends tie the knot.

Deciding what to include, or absolutely not include, on the wedding playlist can be one of the most divisive aspects of planning the big day for future spouses.

Many couples have ‘their’ song they want to play for the first dance, but after that they don’t want to be cringing at their own reception.

And whether it’s a DJ or a live band, the song choices pretty much make or break how much fun guests will have on the dance floor.

Some newlyweds want to veto certain tracks from their reception playlist

FiveThirtyEight.com surveyed wedding DJs to compile a list of the songs most commonly banned from wedding playlists, and the results are mostly… fair enough.

But there are also a few surprises in there, which many would argue are wedding classics.

Making the top five are choreographed dance songs, ones typically played at school discos – think the Macarena and the YMCA.

Almost one quarter of weddings have forbidden DJs to play ‘the Chicken Song’, closely followed by DJ Casper’s ‘Cha-Cha Slide’.

Apparently, people are also done with ‘Love Shack’ by The B52’s and Sister Sledge’s ‘Family’.

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Wedding playlist staples such as Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ and ‘All the Single Ladies’ by Beyonce also make the list.

This could be because, as DJ Gregg Hollman told FiveThirtyEight.com in an email, some songs “are perceived as overplayed, cliché and perhaps cheesy… Wedding couples want to be unique.”

In some rarer cases, couples forbid entire genres from being played at their reception, such as country or rap music.

Hollman said that although many of these songs are banned, many of them are still overall among the most popular: “Many of these popular wedding songs also populate the ‘must play’ list — because they are fun and work on dance floors!”

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