10 Songs I Never Want To Hear At A Wedding Reception EVER AgainI have been going to wedding receptions for a number of years and it never ceases to amaze me that out of tens of thousands of possible songs to choose from, wedding deejays and bands seem to play the same tired old songs every single time. Why is this?
Are we that much of an unimaginative, uninspired, cookie-cutter, paint-by-numbers culture that we can't dance to anything but the most worn-out familiar songs out there? And I am not talking about fad songs that come and go, like Macarena, Achy, Breaky Heart or Mambo No. 5, but songs that have managed to get played at practically every wedding for the last 15-20 years and that just won't die. Maybe no one else cares about this, but the repetition is just killing me. It got so bad at one friend's wedding, that my wife and I actually walked out and attempted to crash a wedding reception down the hallway out of sheer desperation to get away from the mind-numbing playlist. Something has to be done. Here is a list of 10 of the worst offenders. I am not quite sure how this will change anything, but if more of us speak out in protest, perhaps things can change.
1.Celebration (Kool and the Gang) Okay, I liked this song in high school when I would stand up in the middle of Spanish class and sing the chorus for no reason at all, but I've moved on. I'd like to think we all have.
2.What I Like About You (The Romantics) This is a great song that I once really liked, but it's dead to me now. I think I'd rather watch the show by the same name than hear the song. And that's just sad. Oh so very, very sad.
3.Love Shack (B52s) Fred Schneider's voice is annoying the first time you hear it. But after a thousand times? My desire to hear any recorded music ever again, fading, fading, fading, ahhh, yes. It's gone.
4.Old Time Rock and Roll (Bob Seger) Okay, Bob, we get it. Today's music ain't got the same soul. I'm glad you are here to tell us that, because we would never know it. All we EVER get to hear is the same old overplayed songs, like yours.
5.We Are Family (Sister Sledge) Keep it.
6. It's Electric (Melinda Johnson) You know, there are other songs you can do the electric slide to if you absolutely have to have it.
7.YMCA (The Village People) I told the DJ at our wedding not to play this song unless a whole hell of a lot of people requested it. I was dumb enough to tell someone about it. Word got out, and dozens of people requested it, just to yank my chain, and the dj had no choice but to play it. It was the only blemish on an otherwise near-perfect playlist. Anyone who had anything to do with that, just know that I haven't forgotten about it. Not for one minute of one day.
8.In The Mood (Glenn Miller) You have an entire era of great big band songs to choose from. Why this one? Every time. ARRRGGGGH!
9.Respect (Aretha Franklin) Another song that I used to love that I now hate. I cannot believe it. They made me hate a song by the Queen of Soul. For this, they shall pay.
10. Shout (The Isley Brothers) Okay, maybe I will. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND RIGHT IN THE WORLD, STOP PLAYING THIS WRETCHED SONG!!!!!!!!!!