Weddings can be tricky. As in, there are a lot of unwritten rules for pretty much everything. Brides shouldn't send out their invitations until at least six to eight weeks before the big day, while guests should never ever drink more than they can handle. Dos and don'ts run the gamut, but what about in regards to music? Recently, FiveThirtyEight surveyed over two dozen professional DJs from about 200 weddings to figure out what the most commonly banned songs and/or artists are. The results are pretty hilarious.
For starters, forget dances that involve any kind of related choreography. The "Chicken Dance is so over, as 23.1 percent of couples placed that at the top of their "do not play" list. Forget the "Hokey Pokey;" 10.4 percent would rather do away with the song. And the "Macarena"? No bueno. Over seventeen percent of couples chose to nix the Los Del Rio hit and 22.5 percent of couples aren't fans of the "Cha-Cha Slide" either. Others include the "Cupid Shuffle," "YMCA," and the "Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)." Basically, no one likes line dances.
Ironically, a few songs from the site's "Ultimate Wedding Playlist," which was published last year, also made their way onto this banned list. Songs include "Shout," "Don't Stop Believin'," and "Sweet Caroline." Even more surprising (and kind of disappointing) is Beyoncé's widely acclaimed "Single Ladies" also made the cut. We're going to need an explanation for that one, because, well, it's Beyoncé.
And honestly, isn't doing this so much fun?
Many couples chose to steer clear of songs that contain inappropriate lyrics or have the tendency to remind someone of a broken relationship, such as "All of Me" by John Legend.
"[Some songs] are perceived as overplayed, cliché, and perhaps cheesy,” said Gregg Hollmann, a New Jersey–based wedding DJ. “Wedding couples want to be unique.”
There's a flip side, though. “Many of these popular wedding songs also populate the ‘must play’ list—because they are fun and work on dance floors!” Hollmann continued.