The 48 Most-Banned Wedding Songs

It’s impressive how DJs can read the crowd during your wedding day and just seem to play the songs that get your friends and family up on the dance floor all night long. However, there may be a song you and your fiancé just can’t stand anymore or just don’t like. That’s why FiveThirtyEight surveyed over two dozen professional DJs on nearly 200 weddings to find the 48 songs that couples axed.

The Top Ten

The biggest clue from the top ten banned songs is to avoid any song that has a dance included. It seems like most couples aren’t fans of all of their guests busting the same moves at the same time.

SONG MOST COMMON ARTIST* SHARE OF WEDDINGS
1 Chicken Dance 23.10%
2 Cha-Cha Slide DJ Casper 22.5
3 Macarena Los Del Rio 17.6
4 Cupid Shuffle Cupid 16.5
5 YMCA Village People 15.4
6 Electric Boogie (Electric Slide) Marcia Griffiths 12.6
7 Hokey Pokey 10.4
8 Wobble V.I.C. 7.1
9 Happy Pharrell Williams 5.5
10 Shout Isley Brothers 5.5

The 48 Most-Banned Wedding Songs

Amazingly, Queen Bey herself is even on this list! Could it be because couples don’t want their guests busting this iconic move? Or will the couple feel let out as they are officially not a single lady?

The number of iconic singers on this list might come to a surprise, especially for us New Englanders seeing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” as taboo! Billy Idol, Celine Dion, and AC/DC even made an appearance on this list. One of the most jaw-dropping listings for us has to be “Wagon Wheel”, for anyone who has spent time in our Pub, that is a staple song for us when Nick’s Other Band plays with their young fiddler, Reed!

@reedcullen99 killing it on the fiddle tonight with Nicks Other Band!

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The Full List of Most-Banned Wedding Songs

SONG MOST COMMON ARTIST* SHARE OF WEDDINGS
1 Chicken Dance 23.10%
2 Cha-Cha Slide DJ Casper 22.5
3 Macarena Los Del Rio 17.6
4 Cupid Shuffle Cupid 16.5
5 YMCA Village People 15.4
6 Electric Boogie (Electric Slide) Marcia Griffiths 12.6
7 Hokey Pokey 10.4
8 Wobble V.I.C. 7.1
9 Happy Pharrell Williams 5.5
10 Shout Isley Brothers 5.5
11 Love Shack The B-52’s 4.9
12 We Are Family Sister Sledge 4.4
13 Blurred Lines Robin Thicke 3.8
14 Celebration Kool & The Gang 3.8
15 Cotton Eye Joe Rednex 3.8
16 Dancing Queen ABBA 3.8
17 Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey 3.8
18 Single Ladies Beyoncé 3.8
19 Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond 3.8
20 Turn Down for What DJ Snake, Lil Jon 3.8
21 Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) Silentó 3.8
22 Hot in Herre Nelly 2.7
23 Mony Mony Billy Idol 2.7
24 All About That Bass Meghan Trainor 2.2
25 Baby Got Back Sir Mix-A-Lot 2.2
26 Booti Call Blackstreet 2.2
27 Gangnam Style Psy 2.2
28 Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) Big & Rich 2.2
29 Stayin’ Alive Bee Gees 2.2
30 Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd 2.2
31 Uptown Funk Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars 2.2
32 Wagon Wheel Nathan Carter 2.2
33 What Do You Mean? Justin Bieber 2.2
34 All of Me John Legend 1.6
35 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 1.6
36 Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison 1.6
37 Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen 1.6
38 Footloose Kenny Loggins 1.6
39 Get Low Lil Jon 1.6
40 Hey Ya! Outkast 1.6
41 Hotline Bling Drake 1.6
42 I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor 1.6
43 My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion 1.6
44 SexyBack Justin Timberlake 1.6
45 Shake It Off Taylor Swift 1.6
46 Sugar Maroon 5 1.6
47 Total Eclipse of the Heart Bonnie Tyler 1.6
48 You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC 1.6

Beat the Heat on your Wedding Day

If your wedding is planned to be in the midst of the summer months, it’s important to keep in mind ways for you and your guests to stay cool. From your outdoor ceremony to dancing all night long, we want everyone safe and prevent any overheating!

Ceremony

The hottest time of day is around 3:00 pm in the summertime, to avoid this, schedule an evening ceremony for a gorgeous sunset wedding.

Hose it down! Take a hose to any concrete, stone, or brick walking areas to cool it down.

Keep the ceremony quick and simple, no more than 30 minutes. At least while you’re outside, you can always bring readings into the air-conditioned reception area!

Water stations! This adorable station even has wedding programs transformed into fans and cute parasols to keep everyone cool and hydrated.

Wedding Day Look

Buy a dress in breathable fabrics! The fabrics that will keep you cooler are chiffon, natural silk dupion, organza, and tulle.

Beware of SPF! It may sound crazy but SPF on can make your face look very pale in photos so make sure to try out your SPF foundation in a quick photo shoot before your wedding day!

Guest dress codes should also be breathable! Tell your guests to dress in light cotton shirts, sundresses, and even to bring a sunhat!

Food and Drink

Keep the water flowing throughout the reception! Even after it cools off, the dancing will call for lots of water!

Include frozen treats. Think about a popsicle, Hawaiian Ice, or ice cream station!

A signature iced drink. Ask the bar if they can create your favorite adult iced beverage. Think about a twist on your favorite beverages like a spiked punch, blueberry lemonade, or something more creative like a spiked sherbert!

 

5 Tips for a Smooth Drive to your Wedding Day

One detail that can sometimes be forgotten by brides is how they will be transported to their wedding venue. The more traditional approach is renting a black limo, but nowadays, brides like to put their personal spin on their wedding day transportation. Several brides have opted to use school buses to safely shuttle their guests to and from their hotel and the wedding ceremony and reception. Other brides have used party buses for their bridal party. Some have even taken a few notes from the royal family and rent a 1950’s Bentley for their grand entrance. No matter your style or wedding theme, our 5 wedding day transportation tips will help you better understand the process you’re about to face.

1. A limo is not the only choice. It may be traditional, but if it’s not your style, you have plenty of other options! You can show up in style in a 1950’s Bentley like this one from Grace Limousines, or you could hire a sleek town car or even a party bus! If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, consider utilizing your local school bus company or the shuttle bus service from the airport. Both of these options are a great way to save your budget and leave everyone smiling.

From Grace Limousines

2. Think about your guests. When booking a party bus, school bus, shuttle bus, or any large transportation, this can be an excellent opportunity to include your guests. Making sure your loved ones safely reach their hotel is everyone’s top priority and with hiring a service to transport everyone, is one of the best ways to tell your guests just how much you love them.

 

From First Student #11784 Kearsarge

From Lakes Region Airport Shuttle Service

3. Make a playlist. Make sure you pump yourself, your bridal party, and guests up to let loose and have an amazing time at the wedding reception. Everyone will be entering your venue with a big smile and prepared to celebrate your love!

4. Leave enough time. No matter if you choose to shuttle guests to and from their hotel or you are just transporting yourself, make sure leave more than enough time to get to the venue. Traffic can be unpredictable, and you don’t want to be late!

5. Be specific. When booking your transportation, make sure that your vendor is fully aware of the type of vehicle you need, how many you’ll need, and the entire schedule with the included buffer time, just in case.