9 Overplayed Wedding Songs We're All Tired of Hearing

It’s time for wedding DJs to give these songs a rest.

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High angle view of bride and groom dancing at wedding reception

Photo by: Lanny Ziering

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While there are certainly essential wedding classics, other songs have received far too much play time and need to be retired. Suggest these songs for your band or DJ’s “Do Not Play” list.

1. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

This is on the list purely because your cousin – yes, the one you’re thinking of – will try to show off his/her vocals and let’s be honest, he/she is no Whitney Houston. You don’t want to deal with that kind of show-stealing, tone-deaf confidence on your big day.

2. Y.M.C.A. by Village People

Anytime the Y.M.C.A plays, everyone on the dance floor shares a look as if to say, “Are they really playing this? Yeah? Well, I guess we may as well dance to it to be funny.” The song is essentially a joke at everyone’s own expense.

3. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

O.K., we admit we love this song. How could you not? The issue is that everyone loves the song, so it’s overplayed at every wedding. Make your playlist stand out and opt for a different Mraz jingle.

4. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Can you pull off moves like Ed Sheeran in the “Thinking Out Loud” music video? No? Then don’t set yourself up for us to make that comparison.

5. Single Ladies by Beyoncé

Single Ladies is every bouquet toss anthem, and while it’s a cute and cheeky tune to play while bridesmaids fight to catch their symbol of future love, the five weddings before yours already used it.

6. My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion

Unless you’re playing this song as an ironic twist because the groom’s name is Jack and the bride’s name is Rose, please let this one go. At least one couple is guaranteed to think they’re being clever by reenacting the “never let go” scene – and they’re not.

7. Happy by Pharrell

This was every child’s favorite song for a year straight and you could not enter a family's house without it playing on repeat to quiet a crying baby. It was cute and catchy at first, but now anytime the song is played, we all have unwanted flashbacks to the time when we couldn’t escape it. If you don’t want your wedding guests reliving lyrical nightmares, you should avoid this song at all costs.

8. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke

Before the #MeToo era was the Blurred Lines controversy where many questioned both Robin Thicke’s lyrics and his understanding of consent. Some believed social justice warriors were going too far with their lyrical analysis, while others felt as though the creepiness was glaring. Either way, your wedding day is the last place you want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.

9. Marry You by Bruno Mars

We get it, it’s a beautiful night and you’re looking for something dumb to do – hopefully that ‘something’ isn’t your marriage. This song is about Bruno Mars wanting to marry a girl he’s half serious about and is considering breaking up with in the morning. You’ve already locked down your love. Celebrate with a tune that’s a little sweeter.

BONUS:

Line dance songs like Wobble, the Cha-Cha Slide, the Cupid Shuffle and the Electric Slide are at the top of most ban lists, but there is no better way to get the crowd started than with a group dance everyone knows. We suggest playing these songs in the beginning to set the tone of excitement for the night.

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