Being invited to a wedding is often music to people’s ears.
After all, you get to dress up in your best, eat amazing food, and party the night away with close friends and family. However, while music is a big part of any wedding, playing the wrong songs can put a real damper on things.
When chatting with your wedding DJ, here are the 5 worst wedding songs that you’ll want to make sure aren’t part of the playlist.
1. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
Released in 1981, this song has been an anthem at bars and nightclubs since. And why not? It’s upbeat and it gets people dancing and feeling the nostalgia.
However, it might not be the best choice for a wedding. Aside from the obvious negative slant to the title, it contains lyrics not becoming of a wedding celebration including now I’m going to pack my things and go.
2. White Wedding by Billy Idol
This is another classic rock anthem that gets people up and moving. That’s great if you’re throwing a house party, but not so great if you’re celebrating a new union at the wedding reception.
While the song might seem to be marriage-positive on the surface, it’s actually about lamenting an ex who has married someone else. So, yeah.
3. Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot
This song is no weakling: it hit number one on the Billboard chart in 1992 and stayed there for a number of weeks.
While it’s a fun song to sing along with and dance to, you have to stop and consider the lyrics for wedding day appropriateness. Your new spouse may not be happy that you’re drawing attention to, err… a certain body part.
4. I Love You by Billie Eilish
This young singer is one of the fastest rising stars in the music scene right now thanks to her haunting yet appealing music. You’ll probably find that when searching for wedding DJs near me that many are familiar with her name.
A song of hers called I Love You is ideal for a wedding, right? Not so fast. The artist that also created hits like Ocean Eyes and Bad Guy has inserted lyrics that aren’t completely lovey-dovey: “You didn’t mean to say ‘I love you’/I love you and I don’t want to“.
5. Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac
This hit was first released by Fleetwood Mac in 1977, and then got a second burst of popularity when Hole covered it in 1996.
While it’s a musically powerful song, the original singer Stevie Nicks reportedly once said it “was really my kind of symbolic look at somebody going through a bad relationship.” She also notes it points to substance abuse as a way to cope.
And maybe the lyrics Take your silver spoon/Dig your grave are not ideal when relatives are about to dive into a slice of wedding cake.
Avoid The Worst Wedding Songs
What you ask your DJ to play at your wedding is up to you, but you may not have considered what the lyrics mean to some of these tunes – and whether they’re appropriate for a wedding crowd.
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