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Play that Funky Music

  |  By Alison McGill

Want to make your party one they’ll never forget? It’s all about the music—our picks for the best wedding playlists.

When it comes to your reception, it’s probably not the song for your first dance you’ll labour over, but what comes next. Like most couples, you probably have “your song,” that special one that holds a dear place in both your hearts. The one where you realized it was true love…but enough waxing poetic about romance, the real challenge you’re going to have with your wedding dance party is putting together a DJ set that will get everyone footloose and fancy-free.

Speaking of footloose, we all know the standard wedding fare: “Footloose,” “Old Time Rock and Roll,” “The Macarena.” Yes, these ones do get the guests up and toe tapping, but they are also so predictable. I asked some of the Weddingbells edit team for their “Top 10s,” 10 songs they love; new, old, fast, slow; ones they’ve heard at previous parties that were total crowd-pleasers. Including my own picks, here are our top five, top ten countdowns!

1. My picks:
• “Rio,” Duran Duran
• “Pride (In the Name of Love),” U2
• “Freedom 90,” George Michael
• “Spice Up Your Life,” Spice Girls
• “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy,” Rod Stewart
• “Another One Bites the Dust,” Queen
• “Comfortably Numb,” Scissor Sisters
• “Little L,” Jamiroquai
• “Dancing With Myself,” Billy Idol
• “Hung Up,” Madonna


Play that Funky Music

2. Jenn’s picks:
• “Cracklin’ Rosie,” Neil Diamond
• “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” Def Leopard 
• “Sexy Back,” Justin Timberlake
• “Vogue,” Madonna
• “Shook Me All Night Long,” AC/DC
• “Crazy in Love,” Beyoncé
• “Grace Kelly,” Mika
• “Dance, Dance,” Fall Out Boy
• “ABC,” Jackson 5
• “Take On Me,” A-ha

3. Jami’s picks:
• “Brown Eyed Girl,” Van Morrison
• “Mony Mony,” Billy Idol
• “Locomotion,” Kylie Minogue
• “Love Shack,” The B-52's
• “Hey Baby,” Bruce Channel (Dirty Dancing Soundtrack)
• “Oh Babe,” Hurricane Smith
• “Is This Love,” Bob Marley
• “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Roy Orbison
• “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” Manfred Mann
• “Shook Me All Night Long,” AC/DC

4. Sara’s picks:
• “Can't Get You Out of My Head,” Kylie Minogue
• “Are You Going to be my Girl?” Jet
• “Twist and Shout,” The Beatles
• “Staying Alive,” Bee Gees
• “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” The Darkness
• “Mack the Knife,” Frank Sinatra
• “What You Waiting For?” Gwen Stefani
• “Them There Eyes,” Billie Holiday
• “Holiday,” Madonna
• “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper

5. Roseanne’s picks:
• “Y.M.C.A.,” Village People
• “Cha Cha Slide,” Mr. C the Slide Man
• “Hot Hot Hot,” Buster Poindexter
• “Celebration” Kool & the Gang
• “Let’s Twist Again,” Chubby Checker
• “Summer of ’69,” Bryan Adams
• “Hound Dog,” Elvis Presley
• “U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer
• “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” Ricky Martin
• “Dancing Queen,” ABBA

This article was originally published on May 11, 2007

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