Some musical ideas

Some recent clients have asked for advice on musical choices, so here are some ideas to get you started for music at your wedding reception.

We’ve split the music below into categories so that you can get an idea of our DJ’s extensive repertoire and musical knowledge.  We really will play any music that you want.

Keep it familiar

A perceptive client recently commented ‘I’ve noticed at weddings people tend to dance to the tunes that they know and obscure tunes don’t work so well’.  This is a wise observation so when asked, I always recommend that you include accessible and familiar choices in your request list.

Pick important songs

It’s a good idea to have a reason for every song that’s on your playlist.  It could be from the hen or stag party, or a significant moment in your lives.  Or you both might just like the song.  It might be a song from your days as a student.  Your DJ will try to get a good reaction from you and your guests from every song that is played.

How many songs?

Most songs are between three and four minutes long.  This works out at roughly 16 songs per hour or around 64 songs in a four hour set.

First dance

It’s important to time the first dance so that guests have settled and had a chance to socialise.  The first dance is then a good focal point to start things off on the dance floor.

On occasions I’ve seen couples exit the dance floor straight after the first dance, which can then encourage guests to leave the dance floor too.

Where will you be on the night?

The guests are there to see you, so if you’re on the dance floor then guests will join you…  The main places that people tend to congregate are the dance floor and the bar, so if you set the example that the dance floor is the place to be, then your guests will normally follow.

Music that you and your guests will enjoy

When you think about your musical choices, try to think about how your guests might react to certain styles of music and different songs.  The main reason for compiling a request list is so that your DJ has a good idea of music that you will enjoy and that you think will encourage your guests to dance.

 

   
  • DNCE- Cake By The Ocean
  • OMI – Cheerleader
  • Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
  • Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling!
  • Fleur East – Sax
  • Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
  • Kungs Vs Cooking On Three Burners – This Girl
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
  • Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk
  • Clean Bandit – Symphony
  • N-Trance – Set You Free
  • Faithless – Insomnia
  • Wildchild – Renegade Master (Fatboy Slim Remix)
  • Corona – Rhythm Of The Night
  • Livin’ Joy – Dreamer
  • Strike – U Sure Do
  • Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives
  • Black Box – Ride On Time
  • Snap! – Rhythm Is A Dancer
  • The Bucketheads – The Bomb
  • House Of Pain – Jump Around
  • RUN DMC – It’s Tricky
  • Arrested Development – People Everyday
  • Young MC – Bust A Move
  • Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
  • The Wise Guys – Ooo La La
  • Naughty By Nature – OPP
  • Fugees – Killing Me Softly
  • Ini Camoze – Here Comes The Hotstepper
  • Skee-Lo – I Wish
  • The Killers – Mr Brightside
  • The Strokes – Last Nite
  • The Arctic Monkeys – I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor
  • Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
  • The Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The Way
  • The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger
  • The White Stripes – Hotel Yorba
  • Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
  • The Foo Fighters – Times Like These
  • Blur – Parklife
  • Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
  • Supergrass – Alright
  • Pulp – Common People
  • Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train
  • James – Sit Down
  • Stone Roses – Fools Gold
  • Happy Mondays – Step On
  • Primal Scream – Rocks
  • Inspiral Carpets – Saturn 5
  • Free – All Right Now
  • Van Halen – Jump
  • Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
  • The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
  • AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
  • Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Guns & Roses – Paradise City
  • Blink 182 – All The Small Things
  • The Clash – Rock The Casbah
  • Wilson Picket – Land Of 1000 Dances
  • The Committments – Mustang Sally
  • Aretha Franklin – Respect
  • The Blues Brothers – Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
  • Otis Redding – Hard To Handle
  • Arthur Conley – Sweet Soul Music
  • I Got A Woman – Ray Charles
  • Sam & Dave – Soul Man
  • Eddie Floyd – Knock On Wood
  • Solomon Burke – Soul Finger
  • The Jackson 5 – ABC
  • Stevie Wonder – For Once In My Life
  • Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston – It Takes Two
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Dancing In The Streets
  • Diana Ross & The Supremes – Stop! In The Name Of Love
  • The Four Tops – Reach Out, I’ll Be There
  • The Temptations – My Girl
  • The Contours – Do You Love Me
  • Detroit Spinners – It’s A Shame
  • Jr Walker & The Allstars – (I’m A) Roadrunner
  • Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
  • Guns & Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
  • Europe – The Final Countdown
  • Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
  • Queen – We Are The Champions
  • Bon Jovi – Always
  • Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
  • Aerosmith – Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
  • REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
  • John Mellencamp – Jack & Diane
  • Toots & The Maytals – 54-46 Was My Number
  • Bob Marley – One Love
  • Dawn Penn – No, No, No
  • Desmond Dekker & The Aces – Israelites
  • Max Romeo & The Upsetters – Chase The Devil
  • Harry J Allstars – Liquidator
  • The Ethiopians – Train To Skaville
  • The Upsetters – Return Of Django
  • Dave & Ansil Collins – Double Barrel
  • Toots & The Maytals – Funky Kingston
  • K-Ci & JoJo – Tell Me That It’s Real (You Bring Me Happiness)
  • Wideboys – Sambucca
  • DJ Luck & MC Neat – A Little Bit Of Luck
  • DJ Pied Piper & The Master Of Ceremonies – Do You Really Like It
  • The B-15 Project – Girls Like Us
  • Sweet Female Attitude – Flowers
  • Azzido Da Bass – Dooms Night
  • Architechs – Body Groove
  • Sunship – Try Me Out
  • Shola Ama – Imagine (Asylum Remix)
  • Kenny Rogers – The Gambler
  • Dolly Parton – 9-5
  • John Denver – Thank God I’m A Country Boy
  • The Judds – Love Can Build A Bridge
  • Glenn Campbell – The Rhinestone Cowboy
  • The Mavericks – Dance The Night Away
  • Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow
  • Patsy Cline – Crazy
  • John Denver – Take Me Home Country Roads
  • Johnny Cash – Ring Of Fire
  • Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell
  • Little Richard – Good Golly Miss Molly
  • Bill Hailey & His Comets – Rock Around The Clock
  • Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock
  • Buddy Holly – That’ll Be The Day
  • Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire
  • Little Richard – Tutti Frutti
  • Eddie Cochran – Summertime Blues
  • Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes
  • Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode
  • The Kinks – You Really Got Me
  • The Beach Boys – Surfin USA
  • The Beatles – Twist & Shout
  • The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
  • The Monkees – I’m A Believer
  • Tommy James and The Shondelles – Mony Mony
  • The Surfaris – Wipe Out
  • The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’
  • Bruce Chanel – Hey Baby
  • Chubby Checker – Let’s Twist Again
  • Rose Royce – Car Wash
  • Wild Cherry Play – That Funky Music
  • Sister Sledge – We Are Family
  • James Brown – (I Got You) I Feel Good
  • Doobie Brothers – Long Train Running
  • Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – (Come Up And See Me) Make Me Smile
  • Jackson 5 – ABC
  • Labelle – Lady Marmalade
  • The Specials – A Message To You Rudy
  • Bryan Ferry – Let’s Stick Together
  • Madonna – Into The Groove
  • Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
  • Human League – Don’t You Want Me
  • A-ha – Take On Me
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood- Relax
  • Spandau Ballet – Gold
  • The Bangles – Walk Like An Egyptian
  • UB40 – Red Red Wine
  • Prince – Kiss
  • Phil Oakely & Giorgio Moroder – Together In Electric Dreams
  • C & C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweet (Everybody Dance Now)
  • Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
  • Eagle Eye Cherry – Save Tonight
  • Moloko – Sing It back
  • Counting Crows – Mr Jones
  • Dee-Lite- Groove Is In The Heart
  • Sub Sub- Ain’t No Love Ain’t No Use
  • Robbie Williams – Rock DJ
  • Fatboy Slim – Praise You
  • Cornershop – Brim Full Of Asha
  • Britney Spears – Baby One More Time
  • Groove Armada – I See You Baby
  • Justin Timberlake – Like I Love You
  • Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
  • Feeder – Buck Rogers
  • Lady Gaga – Just Dance
  • Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
  • Rihanna – Rude Boy
  • Usher – Yeah
  • Dizzee Rascal – Dance Wiv Me
  • Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit [Club Mix]
  • Eric Prydz – Call On Me (Eric Prydz Vs. Retarded Funk Mix)
  • Mason Vs Princess Superstar – Perfect (Exceeder) [Vocal Club Mix]
  • Armand Van Helden – My My My [Original Mix]
  • BootyLuv – Boogie 2nite [Seamus Haji Big Love Remix]
  • Alex Gaudino – Destination Calabria [Club Mix]
  • Steve Angello & Laidback Luke Feat Robin S – Show Me Love
  • Junior Jack – Stupidisco (Extended Version)
  • The Freaks – The Creeps [Vandalism Vocal Rmx]
  • Uniting Nations  Out Of Touch (Extended Mix)