10 Songs to Add to your Wedding DO NOT Play List

So, you know what you want the DJ to play for your first dance and final exit, but have you told your DJ which songs you absolutely DO NOT want them to play on the dance floor? Believe it or not, many popular wedding songs have become really outdated or involve negative messages about love.


To help you out, the Wedding Team at Delamere Manor have pulled together a list of their top 10 DO NOT play list songs, helping you get started on your own list for your DJ.


1. Single Ladies by Beyonce

Although this may be a song that gets you and your bridal party up on the dance floor, this song could make some of your wedding guests feel even worse about the wedding pressures they are already facing. Being dragged on the dance floor because you’re a “single lady” isn’t something that all guests would like to participate in. 


2. Gangnam Style by Psy

A song that’s the definition of marmite. Some guests will love it, and some will hate it. Expect many to leave the dance floor when the opening bars hit. 


3. WAP by Cardi B feat Meghan Thee Stallion

This may be a fun, modern addition to your playlist, but the older family members and parents with young children at your wedding may not appreciate the explicit lyrics. We recommend songs that are more family friendly.


4. Thank U Next by Ariana Grande

Although this song leads Ariana to one day walking down the aisle, the verses previous may lead you to thinking about your own exes and how you ended up with the love of your life. Even if you are thankful for your past relationships, we recommend selecting songs that create happy memories for you and your new married partner. 


5. Adele

We’ve not specified a song by Adele as we’re struggling to think of a popular song choice that won’t have your guests in tears or doesn’t refer to a recent break up! We say it’s best to leave the incredible Adele tracks off your wedding reception dance floor. 


6. I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas

Let’s face it – this song gets really overplayed on the radio and your guests are highly unlikely to want to dance to this 2000’s hit at your wedding. Once a popular banger, now a cheesy drag.


7. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke

Although this pop tune may be popular for the dance floor, the lyrics are really disturbing. From not being able to read the “blurred lines” but knowing “you want it”- we recommend keeping this hit away from your wedding reception. 


8. Cha Cha Slide by DJ Casper

Play at your own risk! Known as one of the top songs on every wedding couples do-not-play list, this repetitive, cheesy disaster will make everyone evacuate your dance floor swiftly.


9. Every Breath You Take by The Police

Another song with a catchy beat but creepy lyrics. “Every breath you take, every move you make, every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you…” Eww.


10. Dancing Queen by ABBA

Yes, we know everyone loves to dance to ABBA at weddings, but Dancing Queen is one of the most overplayed songs. If you’re an ABBA fan, opt for a song that’s less known but will still get your family and friends up on the dance floor. 


Delamere Manor is Cheshire’s most sought-after wedding venue. To find out more, including availability for 2022 weddings, get in touch with the Wedding Team at Delamere Manor on 01606 261361 or email us at [email protected]

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