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
Advice from the Other Side
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  1. Member
    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.

  5. Member
    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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