When you hire Amplified, whether or not your guests can make song requests is entirely up to you. We always use our best judgment and we will never play something on your DO NOT PLAY list.
While none of these songs are as bad as the Red Wedding’s “The Rains of Castamere,” here are 10 songs that often get requested but should be avoided at weddings.
10. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird - Whether someone is requesting this song sincerely or ironically, no one at a wedding wants to hear a 9 minute-long song. Don’t be that guy who screams out “Free Bird”.
9. Celine Dion - My Heart Will Go On - Every night in my dreams throughout the 90s this song was in my head. I don’t think that we, as a society, have recovered from Celine Dion fever nor from the tragic loss of Jack Dawson. In addition to it being overplayed, a song about the death of one’s soulmate hardly seems appropriate for a wedding celebration. Besides, there was room enough for both of them on that door!!!
8. Meat Loaf - Paradise by the Dashboard Light - With its abrupt changes in tone and tempo - how would you even try to dance to this 8 minute-long slog? Much like meatloaf the food, this song leaves you with more questions about its content than you were ever expecting.
7. The Police - Every Breath You Take - This “Stalker Anthem” is slow and it’s no longer acceptable to sing about watching every move that someone makes. It’s not the 80s and stalking isn’t romantic anymore. It’s just creepy.
6. Kanye West - Gold Digger - Either the bride ISN’T a gold digger in which case this song is inappropriate or she IS a gold digger in which case the song is incredibly inappropriate. Don’t get me wrong, this classic Kanye song featuring Jamie Foxx is awesome, but maybe not awesome for weddings.
5. Shaggy - It Wasn’t Me - While Shaggy paints a descriptive word picture, a song that is entirely about cheating on your significant other might not be the best choice for a wedding. It’s a super catchy sing-a-long song, but the level of denial displayed by the protagonist is just silly. Shaggy, it was definitely you…just admit it already!
4. Nicki Minaj - Anaconda - First of all, Nicki, no one thought you were talking about the Eiffel tower. This is song is so inappropriate in so many ways it’s hard to know where to begin. So I’m not going to get into it. Just look up the lyrics and imagine your beloved grandmother listening to them at the wedding.
3. Hinder - Lips of an Angel - This one is interesting because it’s not just about cheating, it’s specifically about him still being in love with his ex and blaming her lips. But I have to admit I have a thing for melodramatic men with deep, raspy voices so I kinda get it. It doesn’t make it a good song for a wedding though. Also, it’s hard to dance to.
2. Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines - Remember when this song first came out and we all loved it…and then later realized it was problematic? It’s pretty clear now that Robin Thicke doesn’t understand the concept of consent, either in regards to a woman’s body or in regards to copyright law.
1. Buck Cherry - Crazy B*tch - If you’ve ever had an apartment neighbor in a dysfunctional relationship who did a lot of fighting and a lot of loud “making up” this song will remind you of them.
Written By: Mike & Ashley Kane