So, I have been traveling the past three weekends to various weddings in St. Louis and Omaha, and thought that after all the weddings I have been to this season, that we could do a list of top wedding songs. Now, you may question lack of slow songs on this list. That is because weddings are for party-dance, and if you are not the one getting married, emotions should be left in the dust.
Whether it be The Isley Brothers or Otis Day, this song is a definite highlight of any party. A live band that perfectly milks the ending will always create a perfect memory for those still standing.
2. “Jump On It”
We believe Sir Mix-a-lot has the superior version to The Sugarhill Gang, but this is a solid addition to any festivity either way. The robot-esque dancing that occurs between screaming “JUMP ON IT” can leave one a bit tuckered by the end.
3. “Hey Ya” – Outkast
Outkast’s smash hit was intolerable to me when it was playing on the radio, television, etc. constantly after its release. After a several year hiatus from my attention it is now a real asset to getting the juices flowing.
4. “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson
It was hard to choose between “Thriller”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “PYT”, etc. and maybe we should have just thrown 3 or 4 MJ songs on the list. As it is, we chose Billie Jean for the pure energy that it infuses into any room full of liquored up people, whether young or old.
5. “Tik Tok” – Ke$ha
Probably our most divisive entry, but Ke$ha and Gaga both get the ladies pretty wild, so we had to throw one of their songs on this list. Oh, and Todd and I actually love this song.
6. “Push It” – Salt-n-Peppa
This song is what getting yelled at by your mom would sound like if you had two moms…and if it was really awesome to get yelled at by your mom. So for those of you with fun-loving lesbian moms out there, I salute you.
7. “Kiss” – Prince
Prince is another artist that could be thrown on here multiple times. But as it is, we think “Kiss” takes the cake out of Prince’s catalogue as far as wedding compatibility goes.
8. “Digital Love” – Daft Punk
Daft Punk knows how to bring the straight up party. “But doesn’t Daft Punk belong more in the rave-party setting, rather than the wedding-party setting?” you may ask. Nope, there is DP for every occasion.
9. “Please Don’t Stop the Music” – Rihanna
This song is particularly great because a good live wedding band can pull it off, or a DJ can throw on Rhianna herself. Pick your poison, but this song will make you dance.
10. “Burning Down the House” – Talking Heads
All wet is what any hot-blooded human being will be once this Talking Heads classic is fired up. This song should generally be played at any occasion, with weddings not to be denied.
The Missed List
Todd: “Firework” – Katy Perry
Sometimes you just have to wave that are and let your colors burst … isn’t that right Ryan James Miller?
Wes: “Pony” – Ginuwine
This Ginuwine classic reminds me a bit more of walking into a dorm room to a couple sweaty co-eds getting it on (probably because that actually happened), but Wes believes that Pony belongs near the top of every wedding playlist.
Austin: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Queen
I think this song should really replace anything else as the cool-down song when you are about to get kicked out of a wedding, bar, or even department store. It is not slow, but it is not particularly fast-paced, therefore it keeps the energy from completely crashing. It’s kind of whispering in your ear, “Hey, get the f**k out of here, but have a good time little buddy”. If I hear “Closing Time” one more time at the end of an event, my head is going to explode.
So there’s the list. Let us know what we unforgivably missed, got right, or just rip on us in general.