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New Wedding Music Ideas

Blame it on the annals of tradition, a lack of information, or a widespread case of bad taste, but reception music has become way too predictable and generic. We checked in with some top wedding musicians and deejays across the country, and asked them to reveal the tunes they're secretly sick of playing, as well as the songs they wish you'd request instead. Use their picks to freshen up your playlist.

For the First Dance

Getting Stale:
"At Last" by Etta James
"In My Life" by The Beatles
"You Had Me From Hello" by Kenny Chesney
"The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra
"Have I Told You Lately" by Tony Bennett
"Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts
"Cheek to Cheek" by Various Artists
"Save the Last Dance for Me" by The Drifters
"True Companion" by Marc Cohn
"Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison
"Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers

Fresh takes:




For the entrance of the couple and wedding party

Getting stale:
"Beautiful Day" by U2
"Crazy In Love" by Beyoncé
"Let's Get It Started" by Black Eyed Peas
"Get the Party Started" by Pink
"Stronger" by Kanye West
"You're the One that I Want" by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
"Walk This Way" by Aerosmith and Run-DMC
"Rock and Roll (Part 2)," by Gary Glitter

Fresh takes:




For the father-daughter dance

Getting stale:
"Daughters" by John Mayer
"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
"The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra
"Daddy's Little Girl" by Various Artists
"Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle
"Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole
"My Girl" by The Temptations
"Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
"You Are the Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder

Fresh takes:




For getting guests on the dance floor

Getting Stale:
"Electric Slide" by Various Artists
"Kiss" by Prince
"September" by Earth, Wind, and Fire
Anything by ABBA
"Don't Stop Believing" by Journey
"Livin' On a Prayer" by Bon Jovi
"Love Shack" by The B-52's
"Celebration" by Kool & The Gang
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
"Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer

Fresh takes:


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