The Wallaby Playlist

On my laptop’s hard drive resides a very special spreadsheet, aptly named “Best Wedding Playlist Ever.xls.” Ok, the file name might be a bit presumptuous, but Mr. Wallaby took our playlist-creating task very seriously.

We love music. I wouldn’t say that we listen to the hippest, most underground/indie music out there. But we both listen to a lot of music from a fairly wide variety of genres, and we love to have impromptu dance-offs in the kitchen while dinner’s cooking, in the car on long road trips, or anywhere we just are in the mood to dance. My favorite music is folksy music from the 70s (Van Morrison, Neil Young) and 80s rock (I would be so.happy. if the cast of Rock of Ages could’ve performed at our wedding). I also have never gotten over 90s pop and rap. My iPod is full of Biz Markie, Britney, Shaggy, and Will Smith.

And we’ve been to a lot of weddings already in the last year, so we’ve grown a little tired of some of the standard wedding tunes (see “Do Not Play List” below). I do think it’s important to play some classic songs everyone’s heard of, but I do not want to hear “We Are Family” ever again, for the rest of my life. Some of you will probably think we’re crazy or obnoxious for our extensive playlists. But we put a lot of thought into which songs would appeal to our guests, our DJ was cool with it, and it worked out—our dance floor was packed all night.

Without further ado, the Wallaby Playlist (songs in no particular order):

Dinner Playlist:

Artist Song Title
Edith Piaf Toujours Aimer
Dean Martin That’s Amore
Michael Buble Come Fly With Me
Harry Connick Jr. Come By Me
Louis Armstrong As Time Goes By
Sam Cooke Wonderful World
Billie Holiday All of Me
Frank Sinatra You Do Something to Me
Nina Simone Do I Move You (version II)
Louis Armstrong A Kiss to Build a Dream On
Madeleine Peyroux Dance Me to the End of Love
Frank Sinatra I Get a Kick Out of You
She & Him Sweet Darling
Cole Porter You’re the Top
Otis Redding Sittin’ on the Docks of the Bay
Otis Redding Try a Little Tenderness
Diana Ross & the Supremes I’m Gonna Make You Love me
Etta James My Dearest Darling
The Beach Boys Don’t Worry Baby
Jackie Wilson Higher and Higher
Hall & Oates You Make My Dreams
Sam Cooke That’s Where It’s At
Fats Domino My Blue Heaven
The Marvelows I Do
Amy Stroup With Wings
Amy Herzig Sweeter Than This
Rosi Golan Hazy
Gene Chandler Groovy Situation
Louis Armstrong As Time Goes By
Sam Cooke Wonderful World
Frank Sinatra You Do Something to Me
Nina Simone Do I Move You?
Frank Sinatra I Get a Kick Out of You
Madeleine Peyroux Dance Me To The End Of Love
Louis Armstrong A Kiss to Build a Dream On

Good ole Louis / Photo via Wikipedia

Special songs:

  • First dance: Van Morrison—Crazy Love
  • Father/daughter dance: Tim McGraw—My Baby Girl
  • Mother/son dance: Backstreet Boys—The Perfect Fan
  • Cake cutting: Chris Young—You
  • Last dance: Michael Buble—Save the Last Dance for Me

Image via AllMusic

Dancing Playlist:

Artist Song Title
Calvin Harris Feel So Close
Dead Mau5 Ghosts N Stuff
Neon Trees Everybody Talks
Brett Dennen She’s Mine
A ha Take on Me
The Jackson 5 Little Bitty Pretty One
Al Green Let’s Stay Together
Barry White Can’t Get Enough of Your Love
Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
Frank Sinatra The Way You Look Tonight
The Jackson 5 Rockin’ Robin
The Doobie Brothers Oh What A Night
Bobby Darin Run Around Sue
King Floyd Groove Me
Prince Let’s Go Crazy
Violent Femmes Blister in the Sun
Joan Jett I Love Rock ‘n Roll
Elton Jon Benny and the Jets
Bell Biv Divoe Poison
Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On
Jackson 5 I Want You Back
Salt n Peppa Shoop
Spice Girls Wannabe
Blackstreet No Diggity
Prince Kiss
Frank Sinatra I Get a Kick Out of You
Van Morrison Moondance
The Rascals Good Lovin’
Biz Markie Just a Friend
Candyman Knockin’ Boots
Chris Young Getting’ You Home
Indigo Swing My Baby Just Cares for Me
Easton Corbin A Little More Country Than That
James Otto Just Got Started Lovin’ You
Darius Rucker History in the Making
The Promise When In Rome
Will Smith Gettin’ Jiggy With It
The Bangles Walk Like An Egyptian
Journey Take Me Home Tonight
Lauryn Hill Doo Wop (That Thing)
The Temptations My Girl
Kanye West Good Life
Kanye West Run This Town
Salt n Peppa Push It
Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe
Britney Spears Til the World Ends
Britney Spears Gimme More
PSY Gangnam Style
Usher OMG
Tupac California Love
The Beatles Day Tripper
The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night
Rihanna Diamonds
Jay-Z Izzo (H-O-V-A)
Taylor Swift We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Flo Rida Whistle
Maroon 5 One More Night
Cupid Cupid Shuffle
V.I.C. Wobble
Blake Shelton Honey Bee
Blake Shelton Drink On It
Billy Currington Must Be Doing Somethin’ Right
Beyonce Love On Top
Bill Withers Just the Two of Us
Brad Paisley Then
Brad Paisley Little Moments
Brett Dennen Closer To You
The Buggles Video Killed the Radio Star
Elton Jon Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Boyz II Men Can I Make Love To You
Boyz II Men Water Runs Dry
Justin Timberlake Summer Love
R. Kelly Make It Rain (remix)
Tupac California Love
John Legend Stay With You
John Legend Save Room
Kanye West Clique
Justin Timberlake Love Song
Michael Jackson Thriller
Michael Jackson Billy Jean
Mariah Carey Always Be My Baby
Neil Diamond Sweet Caroline
Neil Diamond Tennessee Moon
The Outfield Your Love
The Band Perry All Your Life
Fine Young Cannibals She Drives Me Crazy
Ginuwine Pony
James Brown Twist & Shout

Prince: the jam for dance parties everywhere / Image via Stereogum

Do not play list:

Artist Song Title
Chicken Dance
Cha Cha Slide
Electric Slide
Hokey Pokey
Aqua Barbie Girl
B-52s Love Shack
Baha Men Who Let The Dogs Out
Bee Gees Stayin Alive
Billy Idol Mony Mony
Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse of the Heart
Commodores Brick House
DJ Darude Sandstorm
Kool & The Gang Celebration
Lynard Skynard Sweet Home Alabama
Outkast Hey Ya
The Police Every Breath You Take
Quad City DJs C’mon ‘N Ride It
Rednex Cotton Eyed Joe
Sir Mix A lot Baby Got Back
Sister Sledge We Are Family
Village People YMCA
Young M.C. Bust a Move
Katy Perry Last Friday Night
Anything by The Black Eyed Peas
Anything by Lady Gaga
Anything by U2
Katy Perry – Last Friday night
Anything by Pink

Baha Men, I love you, but not for my wedding / Image via Wikipedia

This was the list we emailed our DJ a week before the wedding, and we also gave him a couple CDs with Persian music. (I don’t have a playlist for the Persian music—not sure those song names are even translated to English.) I’m sure Bill deviated from this list and mixed in some other songs, but these set the tone for our mega dance party. And now that the wedding is over, they make for a prettttty good workout playlist.

P.S. If you’re working on your wedding playlist and need more ideas, past bees have had some pretty superb playlists. I’d check out these posts from Mrs. Dragon (I love her choices in classic rock!!), Mrs. Cheese, Mrs. Penguin, Mrs. Cowboy Boot, and Mrs. Ostrich (pretty sure her playlist is the soundtrack to my life).

What are we missing that’s on your must-play list? What type of music did you (or will you) play at your wedding? Am I the only one who still loves Will Smith?


Mrs. Wallaby

Wedding Date:
November 2012
Butts in Seats
Finding a Band
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    hma812 368 posts, Helper bee @ 9:25 am

    You must really really hate Last Friday night, it’s on your list twice. I will definitely be using your list as a reference when I start making mine because I too want my reception to be a rockin dance party!!

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    MinnesotanInDC 59 posts, Worker bee @ 9:29 am

    THANK YOU for the do not play list. I started mine and it isn’t nearly long enough! I’m stealing so many off your list!

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    bretonvirgniia 1656 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:34 am

    hahahah i love your DO NOT play list.

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    kmarie719 795 posts, Busy bee @ 10:12 am

    Anything Journey will definitely be added to the playlist! So tired of the club anthem ‘don’t stop believing’ mixed with a beat!

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    amftodd121314 11 posts, Newbee @ 10:18 am

    I giggled at the “Do Not Play” list…even though some of those song are like my fam’s favorites lol

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    amftodd121314 11 posts, Newbee @ 10:19 am

    It also gave me some ideas of songs I never thought of before-thank you!!!

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 10:24 am

    Black eyed peas and Gaga?! C’mon!!!!

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    WoodenShoes 389 posts, Helper bee @ 10:26 am

    I think I’m going to copy and paste your do not play list… but adding “Anything by Chris Brown”

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:49 am

    Love love love love love this! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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    Pro DJ Chuck, Guest @ 11:08 am

    As a pro DJ…eliminating a lot of the above songs isn’t an idea I’d suggest. Your guests love those songs and will dance to them. That’s why they are so popular.

    I can understand not wanting certain songs…but to create a playlist of 50 do not plays….is a bit too much.

    A wedding is NOT the place to play your favorite Ipod or songs from college

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    paw 871 posts, Busy bee @ 11:33 am

    We are almost do not play twins! I included almost all of those no dances along with no cupid shuffle and no locomotion.

    @Pro DJ Chuck: I guess it depends on the dj. My dj had no problem with a list of do not play; adhered to it, and I felt better understood the types of music we liked. I also would hope that most wedding couples knows the people they are inviting quite well and the types of music their guests might like. We had a packed dance floor the entire night even with a large(ish) do not play list.

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    encore bride, Guest @ 12:27 pm

    We had some of those on our do not play list like YMCA but the crowd kept asking for it so he played it and The love shack is another he played and I have great memories of my mil out there dancing and singing at the top of her lungs to it, so don’t always stick right to the play list you never know some of the best memories can come from the unexpected!

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    icetea 3303 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:34 pm

    I love Love Shack. The B52’s was my first concert in grade school!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:15 pm

    Love your list! I will say, one of my regrets is not insisting the djs stick closer to our list, we compiled it for a reason, and I kept getting so angry that songs were played that I didn’t even know. Not the reaction a bride should have.

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    Red Poppy 31 posts, Newbee @ 1:25 pm

    I love seeing people’s playlists! I didn’t have a big do not play list (except of course anything with explicit lyrics or downers), but I did have a very detailed list of suggested songs for dinner and dancing — I feel like most experience DJs will use your lists as a guideline and go with what they know will work best. I’m pretty sure my DJ played some Gaga and Black Eyed Peas, and while U2 is one of my husband’s favorite bands, we didn’t really expect it to be played at our wedding.

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    DBS5127 220 posts, Helper bee @ 1:46 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this (and linking to others’ posts). Playlists seem really daunting to me!

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    vintagefair 751 posts, Busy bee @ 3:01 pm

    I love the Dinner playlist! I am thinking that i might steal it as a starting point!

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:25 pm

    @hma812: Haha oops :)
    @MinnesotanInDC: Haha go ahead!!
    @amftodd121314: Lol I know me too. My mom LOVES the song “We Are Family”…but I am just so sick of that song. So sick of it.
    @lealorali: Haha I know! They’re both on my workout playlist…We just heard them at too many weddings last year (we went to six, many had overlapping guest lists) so we wanted something different.
    @WoodenShoes: YES!!!!
    @paw: Yup I agree. As I stated above, our dance floor was packed all night – this strategy may not work for all, but it worked great for us. We know our guests really well, we know what gets them going haha.

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    skellener 14 posts, Newbee @ 11:37 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing.

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    mimuracrystal 5 posts, Newbee @ 11:58 pm

    Your list is awesome! I’d like to steal some songs…lol

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    may2013wedding 110 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:00 am

    I know the synchronized dance songs are super corny, but they usually get more people out on the dance floor and then they start grooving to the good tunes later on!

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    Pro DJ+Chuck, Guest @ 8:16 am

    You can put a positive spin on these types of dances. It’s more on the presentation!
    Example: True Story….

    I had a client who instructed me to not play the YMCA. I said to the groom…”no worries, If the song ever comes on the radio, I turn it off”

    So at the reception….I start getting a lot of requests for the YMCA. In fact, it was as if…all the guests were egging me on to play it.
    As were getting ready to cut the cake, I go over to the groom and mention…”I’m really getting hammered with requests for the YMCA”

    The groom throws up his arms and says…”go ahead and play it.”

    So….I get on the microphone and mention to his guests that during our planning…the groom said there was one song he didn’t want as part of his reception and that is the YMCA.
    At that particular moment….everyone started booing… I mean it was like I was a ref and made a bad call on the home team.
    I then said the John “The Groom” said if you guys can come up with $200 towards their honeymoon…he will allow me to play it. I then said…if you can come up with a couple hundred more…he’ll dress up in the Indian head gear and lead everyone into it.

    Well…money started flowing faster than the wind. Imagine the whole room erupting into an energetic version of the YMCA.

    It took this moment to take an average reception and kick it into an over the top fun filled party the rest of the night.

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    Pro DJChuck, Guest @ 8:19 am

    You have to seriously question “Why” you do or don’t want certain songs/moments. I mean everything you do at a wedding has a purpose.

    If your MC can help you to create more memorable moments of why…then it makes for more memorable event.

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    courtoni 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:43 am

    I totally have Will Smith on our dance playlist! Love your lists.

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    jeip 29 posts, Newbee @ 9:58 am

    This is so great! We are thinking the same idea with all of your dinner songs. I love all of the crooners :) I will have to remember this for our own playlist!

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    grapeslice 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:35 am

    Thanks for your list! I’ve just started mine and I look forward to combing through your to find some gems. I hadn’t thought of a “do not play list” even though there are quite a few songs we do not want played.

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    Ms Tee-Off 57 posts, Worker bee @ 6:17 am

    Nicely done! I will be borrowing some of these … please and thank you!

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    jordyanna 476 posts, Helper bee @ 10:37 pm

    Love your lists!

    I don’t want Mony Mony played at our wedding, but my fiance insists … AND our DJ sides with him! Ugh! Oh well, he gets one I guess …

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    futurewife517 219 posts, Helper bee @ 11:35 am

    Huge huge huge help! Thank you so much!!!!

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