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You might call them the worst wedding songs ever. You might think of them as cheesy wedding songs to avoid. You might think of them as great songs that get people to dance with you.

Whatever, the case, thinking about your “Do Not Play” list is very important when you pick your wedding reception dance songs. Figuring out what you DON’T want to hear is as important as what you DO want to hear.

For me, I think some DJs can go overboard promoting that they’ll only play “Non-Cheesy wedding songs.” If you want the Chicken Dance, I’m going to play the Chicken Dance. (I have seen PLENTY of situations where a couple asks for a song like the Chicken Dance, and their guests RUN to the dance floor because it’s part of their family tradition.)

There’s one group of songs (Chicken Dance, Cotton Eye Joe, Macarena, Y.M.C.A. Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Electric Boogie, Gangnam Style, Wobble and Back Got Back), that I’ll literally ask you about each on on your wedding planning form. And I’ll respect your wishes 100%

Now, there are a group of other songs (Celebration, We Are Family, Love Shack, Happy, I Gotta Feeling among them) that have served couples and guests quite well over time. But now, for some people, they are just overplayed wedding songs. Personally, I’ll always want to hear what you think are too played out.

So here’s a list of 50 songs that are frequently cited as Do Not Plays.

SONG ARTIST
1 Chicken Dance Sorta Crackers Band
2 Cotton Eye Joe Rednex
3 Macarena Los Del Rio
4 Y.M.C.A. Village People
5 Cha Cha Slide DJ Casper
6 Cupid Shuffle Cupid
7 Electric Boogie (Electric Slide) Griffiths, Marcia
8 Gangnam Style Psy
9 Happy Pharell Williams
10 Wobble V.I.C.
11 Love Shack B-52’s
12 We Are Family Sister Sledge
13 Celebration Kool & The Gang
14 I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas
15 Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey
16 Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) Beyonce
17 Baby Got Back Sir Mix-A-Lot
18 Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good) Neil Diamond
19 Uptown Funk Bruno Mars
20 Electric Slide (Shall We Dance) ’92 Grandmaster Slice
21 Shake It Off Taylor Swift
22 All About that Bass Meghan Trainor
23 Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy) Big & Rich
24 Teach Me How To Dougie California Swag District
25 Shout Isley Brothers
26 Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen
27 Blurred Lines Robin Thicke feat Pharell & TI
28 Party In The U.S.A. Miley Cyrus
29 Watch Me Silento
30 Dancing Queen ABBA
31 Turn Down for What DJ Snake fea Lil Jon
32 Hot In Herre Nelly
33 Friends In Low Places Brooks, Garth
34 Sexy And I Know It Lmfao
35 Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice
36 Shots Lmfao Feat. Lil Jon
37 Livin’ On A Prayer Bon Jovi
38 Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
39 Pour Some Sugar On Me Def Leppard
40 Stayin’ Alive Bee Gees
41 Shut Up and Dance Walk the Moon
42 Hotline Bling Drake
43 Gold Digger Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx
44 Hey Ya! Outkast
45 Country Girl (Shake it for me) Luke Bryan
46 Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…) Bega, Lou
47 Hokey Pokey Anthony, Ray
48 Marry You Bruno Mars
49 Twist And Shout Beatles
50 Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry

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