So You Think You Can Dance? No, We Most Certainly Do Not

Sean and I took a dance lesson yesterday, which is a sentence I never thought I'd write. Seriously, a dance lesson: can you imagine? In our normal everyday lives, we are the people who sway like Junior High paramours when forced onto a dance floor together, feet shuffling awkwardly, hands clenched sweatily, grimaces firmly in place until the song finally ends three million years later. 

This sort of behavior, however, will not do for our wedding, where our first dance as a married couple will be---on a black and white checkerboard dance floor, no less!---to "God Only Knows," played on acoustic guitar by my dad and my brother Luke. Have you ever listened to the lyrics of "God Only Knows," by the way? They start out with "I may not always love you...," which at first I thought might raise a few eyebrows at the wedding, but which I swiftly decided I didn't actually care about because "God Only Knows" is a fantastic song, it surmises exactly how I feel about Sean---I mean, God only knows who would reset the wireless router if he weren't around, you know?---and when I heard my dad and Luke practicing it the other day together, it brought tears to my eyes, oh yes it did. 

Anyway, so we took a dance lesson---at the excellent Pick School of Ballroom Dancing, in case you ever happen to be in San Francisco and looking for a place to take dance lessons, you know, AS ONE OFTEN IS---and it was really kind of a blast. But boy, did we have to concentrate. As we were crossing the street back to our car afterwards, Sean said "I don't think I'm ever going to get her voice out of my head." And it's true: I went about much of my business today with a sweet but firm "step, step, ROCK, step / step, step, ROCK, step" echoing in my ears, and I am not ashamed to admit that I practiced my step, step, ROCK, step in elevators, in the changing room at the gym, and while brushing my teeth this morning. When we got home this evening after work, I even forced Sean to take me for a bumpy spin around the crowded bedroom while God Only Knows played on iTunes in the background. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers we ain't, but I think the cats were pretty impressed. Although I mean, whatever, they're cats. It's not like they could do any better.

Speaking of dancing, you may have noticed that on our wedding invitations, we included a line on the RSVP card that said "We're taking requests! Please let us know if there's a song you'd like to dance to." I don't know whether people had performance anxiety when it came to choosing a song, if they drew a blank when they thought about what they usually like to shake their booty to, or if perhaps they just don't really care for dancing altogether, but not as many people filled in that line as we'd hoped. (However, bonus points must go to my sweet 83-year-old grandmother, who wrote simply "I'll dance to anything!" Oh, really, Grandma? Well, let me introduce you to a man called 50 Cent...)

One of my tasks this weekend is to tackle making the playlist, and while we have had a massive amount of help from our friend Adam, who very kindly allowed us to come over to his house on Tuesday night and steal, song for song, the dance playlist he lovingly put together for his own wedding a year ago---sharing the wedding love! doesn't that warm the cockles of your heart?---we still don't have the complete bon-bon-shaking oeuvre we had hoped to end up with.

I mean, what if we're missing something, you know? I'd like to think one has all the bases covered with Livin' On A Prayer, Come On Eileen, and Blister In The Sun, but surely there are other move-busting songs I'm forgetting. What would get you out onto the dance floor for a little step, step, ROCK, step? Any suggestions?

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Michelle
Aug 13, 2009

Ummm, you probably have much better taste in music than myself but the following always get me on to the dancefloor (down here in Aus)

~ Grease megamix
~ ABBA
~ Summer of '69
~ Mickey

I'm sure there a heap more but I kinda need to hear them to remember them.

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Drew
Aug 13, 2009

"It Don't Mean A Thing" always makes me wish I had taken dance lessons (and my husband too) so we could Fred and Roger it together.

"Boogie Wonderland" was the last song I danced to at a wedding and maybe it had a little to do with suddenly being able to dance after many months of being a whale, but it was great dancing, very ugly, but great dancing.

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simon
Aug 13, 2009

1. Come on Eileen was going to be on our request card, but we figured that was a given, so we didn't put it down.

2. The guest card is in the mail. It has requests.

3. If you need additional help on the dance music, I have an awful lot of stuff, if you want it.

4. I already expanded the dinner mix to about 4 hours, in case you want to use it for drinks/dinner/receiving line/post-dancing chill-out time/bloody marys the next morning.

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sparklytosingle
Aug 14, 2009

I've always found that Don't Stop Believing by Journey gets a good crowd onto the dance floor. It's just so FUN!

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Nina
Aug 14, 2009

I don't feel qualified to comment on this, since at my wedding people mostly danced to a selection of Gypsy music and Velvet Underground and our garden has never completely recovered from the experience.

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Kitty
Aug 14, 2009

Ha! I'm imagining your Grandma groovin' to 50 Cent - So funny! It makes me think of that scene if The Wedding Singer when Granny sings the sweet song for her hubby and then busts a rhyme!

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Daisy
Aug 14, 2009

My sister banned 80s music from her reception, if you can believe it.

Thanks to Glee using Don't Stop Believin' in the pilot, there was a minor tidalwave of articles about the song a few months ago. One DJ said that is the song guaranteed to get EVERYONE singing and dancing because even people who think they don't know the words KNOW ALL THE WORDS. He said there is something about that song that compels everyone within listening range to belt it out at the top of their lungs, sober or not.

I was at a club in SF last month, and the big name DJ (who is known for playing bloopy electronic-y type music) busted out Don't Stop Believin' (to my astonishment). I am not exaggerating when I say that every single person in the club, from overly cologned Eurotrash and skanky bar chicks to geeky Asian kids with light sticks and the bridge and tunnel crowd had this moment of being united together as they all yelled the lyrics together at the top of their lungs. I swear, I almost cried at the beauty of it.

So, yes, that is a must have for the reception! Along similar lines, Sweet Caroline and I Saw Her Standing There have the same effect on people. Hey Mickey does too, but to a slightly lesser degree.

If you're open to the slightly stripper-ish songs, You Shook Me All Night Long and Pour Some Sugar on Me always seem to get people shaking their stuff and going WOOOOOOOOO (if that's the kind of thing you're going for).

I have a soft spot for cheesy songs, so we ended our reception with Baby Got Back. Bust a Move always makes people do weird stuff too. Kiss and Shoop are also awesome!

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beyond
Aug 14, 2009

gosh i'm no good when it comes to music. you could have a chapter with a bunch of love songs: let love rule etc.
we had a great gypsy band at our "wedding party" (we had a city hall wedding, but then my mother insisted on a very small party a few months afterward) which was fun. so i would also suggest... a gypsy song?

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Nicki
Aug 14, 2009

Stay away from Panic at the Disco.

And I'd give anything to see your grandmother dance to the romantic strains of "I like big butts and I cannot lie..."

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dreadpiraterach
Aug 14, 2009

Ooo! A question I can get excited about..

Do Your Thing - Basement Jaxx (makes me dance lke nearly no other)
Snow is Gone - Josh Ritter
Respect - Aretha Franklin
ABC - Jackson 5
Standing in the Way of Control - The Gossip
Love Shack - B52s
Night Fever - The BeeGees
Should I stay or should I go - The Clash
Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

That's all I got off the top of my head :)

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greyfavorite
Aug 14, 2009

Feel good, timeless pop is key. Sweet Catroline and Don't Stop Believing will get people singing but might not get them dancing. If you go for late 50s/early 60s like the Twist, you'll be golden.

Also, do not be afraid to go for "involvement" songs like YMCA by the Village People, the Macarena, etc. Hoke is good. Hoke is accessible and un-intimidating and fun! :)

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Kelly
Aug 14, 2009

Well now that you have the step, step, ROCK, step move down - put on some slow dancing music.

Frank Sinatra's The Best is Yet to Come was our first dance song... so I'm sentimental that way. But ask by two-left-footed hubby, and he'll tell you it was easy to dance to.

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Vicki
Aug 14, 2009

Ooh fun question!
I've been to 4 weddings so far this year and have another one coming up next month and the songs that have got everyone up and dancing each time are:

1) Anything by Abba. It's cheesy but everyone loves Abba and everyone wants a chance to bust out their Eurovision moves!

2) Mr Brightside -The Killers.

3)Video Killed The Radio Star

4)Pokerface -Lady Gaga-I have seen some very interesting moves to this over the summer!

5) Lust for Life- Iggy Pop

6) Build me up Buttercup- The Foundations

7) Wonderwall-Oasis- All the boys I know love to pretend they're Oasis!

Have fun picking your playlist!

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Christina
Aug 14, 2009

I have to second (third? fourth?) the suggestion for Don't Stop Believin'... but I would put it on the playlist so that it will be one of the final songs to play at the reception. We had CDs that were played while our band was taking their breaks, and Don't Stop Believin' played toward the end of their final break - they were planning to just cut the CD and start playing again, but when the band leader saw how INVOLVED everyone was in singing along, and drunkenly swaying together, she wisely decided to let that tune play out. Honestly, everyone singing and dancing to that song might be one of my favorite memories of our wedding!

Also: anything Motown. EVERYONE - from your 20 year old cousin to your grandma - will know and love those songs.

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alisa
Aug 14, 2009

It's all about Warren-G's Regulator. My brother just had his wedding, and the band played a cover of it, and EVERYONE freaked out and immediately rushed the dance floor!

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Tara
Aug 14, 2009

1)You Make Me Wanna Shout by The Isley Brothers

2)Groove is in the Heart by Dee-Lite

3)Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance) by The Contours

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Annie
Aug 14, 2009

Boogie Shoes---gets me everytime!

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Deva
Aug 14, 2009

Start Wearing Purple by Gogol Bordello was a song that I danced to at a friend's wedding reception last spring - it's quirky! :-)

Bohemian Rhapsody - When our roommate got married last year all of the groomsmen AND the groom were singing along - it was AWESOME.

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bessie.viola
Aug 14, 2009

Brown-Eyed Girl. Come on, tell me I'm not the only one!

Also, I LOVE "God Only Knows." My dad used to sing that and other Beach Boys tunes as lullabies since he didn't know many of the more "traditional" tunes, and so I used that as our dad/daughter song. Also, I have no idea where I'd be today without my parents.

Still makes me teary to hear it!

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Raven
Aug 14, 2009

Hooray for the Gogol suggestion!

My sister had Baby Got Back at her wedding and everyone was dancing.

How about something from Gwen S. or No Doubt? They had some great "get your butt on the floor" songs.

You could Rick Roll your own wedding with some Rick Astley. Haha.

Blue Monday-New Order

Everyday I Write The Book- Elvis Costello

White Wedding- Billy Idol

You Spin Me Round- Dead or Alive

You Make My Dreams- Hall&Oats

(yes, those suggestions came from The Wedding Singer soundtracks)

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i.e.
Aug 14, 2009

Welcome to my really bad taste in music:
Baby Got Back - I have to second that because really, who didn't dance to that in jr.high / early h.s. if you are of that age

Tootsie Roll
Whoop There It Is

Actually, it gets down to, music people will sing and sway or bop or move to.

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Lisa
Aug 14, 2009

I have one word for you:
Shout

In my personal opinion an excellent wedding/dance song.

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Amanda
Aug 14, 2009

This is my first time commenting on your lovely blog, but I have a suggestion for what I think would be a fun song at a wedding - Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti & Spearhead. I heard it first on Weeds and I think it's been getting some radio play recently...check it out!

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Jenna Jean
Aug 14, 2009

ANYTHING CREEDANCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL!

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Monica
Aug 14, 2009

I'm from a Latin country and anything that has a Salsa or Merengue beat will get everyone off the chair to the dance floor. And because I’m a total sap when it comes to slow songs: “The way you look tonight” gets me every time.

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RA
Aug 14, 2009

I know this song is really cheesy, but I always request "More Today than Yesterday," by Spiral Starecase at weddings. Everyone who knows it is like, "Oh, I love this song!" when it comes on.

Also, at one wedding I attended, the bride and groom left the ceremony to "Send Me on My Way," by Rusted Root, and I thought that would make a cool final song.

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Jamie
Aug 14, 2009

Oh What a Night- Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Vogue- Madonna
Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
ABC - Jackson 5
PYT/Pretty Young Thing - Michael Jackson
Panama - Van Halen
Jump For My Love - Girls Aloud/Pointer Sisters
SOS - Rihanna

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My husband dated an Eileen, and whenever "Come on Eileen" plays, he smirks and says, "I did!"

It was NOT played at our wedding.

You need to bump up your indie cred in this list! Some rocking Modest Mouse, or even the Shins. Ditto RA above about the "Send Me On My Way" by Rusted Root. It's such a happy song, even little kids like it because it was in Ice Age.

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Jessica
Aug 14, 2009

Crazy in Love, Beyonce

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She Likes Purple
Aug 14, 2009

Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" was a popular one for my wedding, but that may say more about my friends than wedding guests in general. Also "We Are Family" and, of course, "Sexy Back."

For slow songs, "Come Away with Me" was pretty popular among the couples.

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soul-fusion
Aug 14, 2009

Went to a no alcohol noon wedding a few weeks ago not expecting dancing - but when Single Ladies by Beyonce was played EVERYONE danced. Even all the lame people at my table who initially refused to get up and dance!
You have a lot of great suggestions here and I have to say some of the best dance songs at weddings are nostalgic but more contemporary dance songs like Sexy Back, Justin Timberlake amd Ain't No Other Man, Christina Aguilera are great. Stayin' Alive is a fun one as well as is Shoop by Salt-n-Pepa. I'd also go for some James Brown since I don't think anyone can sit still through It Feels Good or Super Bad.
And I love the idea of making your exit to Send Me On My Way - Rusted Root has so much happy energy!

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Kristin
Aug 14, 2009

I am totally jealous of your Itunes plan and wish we had gone that way. I spent many (many, many) hours creating a playlist for our deejay earlier this year, and he only ended up playing about half of what I asked for - argh. We tried to build our list around songs we knew people would actually dance to (as opposed to songs like 'White Wedding', which the deejay played on his own, and which totally cleared out the floor) Here are a few from ours:

* I Want You Back - Jackson 5 (this is a great one to kick off the dancing)
* Rock Your Body - JT
* Build Me Up Buttercup - Foundations
* Lots of Stevie Wonder (we danced to 'As', my husband danced with his mother to 'Sunshine of my Life', and me and my dad chose 'Isn't She Lovely'. But there are lots of other great ones - Signed Sealed Delivered, Sir Duke, For Once in my Life)
* Billie Jean - MJ
* Aint Too Proud to Beg - Temptations
* Groove is in the Heart - Dee-Lite
* Hey Ya - Outkast

For our cocktail hour, I wanted sort of a 60's cocktail party theme (a la Mad Men) - lots of old-school Latin artists like Perez Prado, Beny More, etc. Everyone loved it!

ps I love God Only Knows. One of my absolute favorites and a perfect wedding song.

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Betsy
Aug 14, 2009

After our first dance, we had the DJ play Barry White's "My first, my last, my everything". Everyone in the room swarmed to the dance floor. It was magical.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcd3XuQwDQQ

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Chris C
Aug 14, 2009

Okay, I'm not going to suggest any of the 60s, 70s, and 80s stuff that you always hear at weddings. Seems like folks have got that covered already. :-) But how 'bout:

My Only Offer -- Mates of State

Say Hey (I Love You)-- Michael Franti

Great DJ -- The Ting Tings

Daylight -- Matt and Kim

Orange Shirt -- Discovery

Boom -- Anjulie

Lover -- Devendra Banhart

Gimmeakiss -- The Avett Brothers

Exhibit A -- The Features

Well Alright -- Spoon

Running on Sunshine -- Jesus Jackson

It's Gigantic -- Pixies and Run DMC McSleazy mashup (this one might be hard to find -- I'll send it to you if you want)

Hell Yes -- Beck

And one slower song, for good measure -- Rave on by M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel

I could go on and on, but these always make me dance around my living room. Or, um, at my desk :-)

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Anne in SC
Aug 14, 2009

Fun to dance to and fun music are sometimes totally different things.
The things I’ve seen danced to are just about any beach music song (60 Minute Man should top that list – check out the soundtrack for Shag for others), and lots of songs from the Grease soundtrack as well.
I’ve seen “Rappers Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang move people to the floor as well.

A band that always gets people moving at Charleston wedding receptions is the East Coast Party Band. They have a website that contains a song list – hop on over there and see if there are some that you can’t do without! A good slow song is Simon and Garfunkel’s “I only have eyes for you”. Just my two cents. Have fun putting it all together.

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Kait
Aug 14, 2009

I youtubed that Journey song that everyone was suggesting because I didn't think I knew what it was and remarkably enough, not only did I recognize the song I knew every single word.

So I guess it gets my nomination.

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Mariam
Aug 14, 2009

Livin' On A Prayer AND God Only Knows? Those are *both* rocking songs.

May I also suggest Don't Stop Me Now (Queen)? Or pretty much anything by Queen is great.

And about that dancing - if it makes you feel better, I can't dance either (though my fiance can). BUT (and here's where it gets complicated), I'm Iranian and he's American, and he can't dance Iranian style one bit (I can hold my own for about five seconds before looking extremely uncomfortable).

Point being that our engagement party is next weekend and there will be lots and lots of Iranian music. And neither of us has taken dance lessons. Can't wait to see the looks of shock and horror on the crowd when we hit the stage.

Whoops!

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Karen
Aug 14, 2009

Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison

Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

I Believe in Miracles - Hot Chocolate

Smooth - Rob Thomas

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Gemma
Aug 14, 2009

i used to work in the function suite at my local holiday inn where they held an awful lot of weddings. one song that they ALWAYS played (to the point that i really hate it now!) was 'i don't feel like dancing' by the scissor sisters, and since michael jackson died people seem more happy to dance to his music too!

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Holly
Aug 14, 2009

So many great suggestions! I might have to come back to this just to freshen up some of my own playlists!

Can I offer a song NOT to play? It never ceases to amaze me at weddings when people play Brick House by The Commodores. I'm not hating on The Commodores, I mean lord knows I loved The Real World Paris as much as the next guy and Adam could NEVER stop mentioning that his dad was in the band -- but -- does one really want to be dressed up in a beautiful white dress, dancing with the man of their dreams lip syncing "She's the one, the only one, who's built like an amazon" or that "she's lettin it all hang out"

God.

Anyway, just my take... :)

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Operation Pink Herring
Aug 14, 2009

Big hits at our wedding:
Shoulda put a ring on it
Crazy in Love
Shot through the heart
Shout
Beat it (we used the fallout boy version)
Rock Your Body
4 Minutes

I can certianly give you a MUCH more extensive list, if you need more suggestions. (I love your itunes reception, btw. We were tempted, but we would have had to rent a sound system (which was just about as expensive) and we didn't have anyone who knew how to run it, anyway.)

God Only Knows was our song for our mothers' walk down the aisle! We were truly destined to be wedding BFFs!

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Bibby
Aug 14, 2009

We also asked people to request songs on the RSVP, and people stressed about it to the point of not returning the card. Unintended consequence.

Most requested song? At Last, by Etta James. (people editorializing about how long we dated, perhaps?) It's nice and short and easy to dance to.

I concur with Journey, anything MJ was a big hit, and people go surprisingly crazy for Africa by Toto, and Drops of Jupiter by Train. If you're really having fun (or really drunk) Jump Around will get a good response.

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The Other Lisa
Aug 14, 2009

Oh gosh! Asking me for my favorite booty-shaking songs is like asking me dance around in my knickers for the whole internets to see!

But, to ensure you have a rockin' reception, here are some songs to consider:

- September by Earth, Wind and Fire (so appropriate)
- Best of My Love by the Emotions
- Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot
- Let's Stay Together by Al Green
- Vogue by Madonna
- Hey Ya by OutKast
- Crazy in Love by Beyonce
- Brass Monkey by Beastie Boys
- PYT or Thriller by Michael Jackson
- Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
- It Takes Two by Rob Base and Rakim
- SexyBack by Justin Timberlake
- Golddigger by Kanye West

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Carrisa
Aug 14, 2009

Oh yes! Come On Eileen is a must.

And perhaps a slow dance to Spandau Ballet's True is in order.

And then a little Walking On Sunshine and possibly some Canned Heat.

It will be fantastical!

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Heather
Aug 14, 2009

I am loathe to dance at weddings...it requires a massive amount of alcohol to get me on the dance floor. But "Dancing Queen" will always get me out there, whether drunk or sober. It will likely repel men from the dance floor in droves, but it's a great song to let loose to with your girls.

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Earth Wind & Fire
Aug 14, 2009

I will promptly remind you that Earth Wind & Fire's "September" is one of the best songs of all time.

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Kristabella
Aug 14, 2009

You can never go wrong with Baby Got Back or any Tone Loc.

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karen
Aug 14, 2009

Rock This Town by The Stray Cats

"And I Love Her" by The Beatles (I requested to hear this at my best friend's wedding last year)

"Oh L'Amour" by Erasure (the Funky Sisters Remix)

"Good", "Touch Me", and "Get Away" (three separate songs) by Supreme Beings of Leisure--their songs are pretty good for dancing

And I second "Crazy Thing Called Love" by Queen

"Sea of Love" by The Honeydrippers

Those are my suggestions! I'm sure you guys will have an fantastic time (I'm jealous).

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Tori
Aug 14, 2009

Your reception will not be complete without "The Humpty Dance" by Digital Underground, "One More Time" by Daft Punk, and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson.

People at receptions I've attended also seem to love "Regulate" by Nate Dogg and Warren G as well as Billy Idol's cover of "Mony Mony". I truly don't understand the "Mony Mony" love, but there you go.

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Luke
Aug 14, 2009

I Want to Break Free, Fat Bottom Girls, and Bicycle Race, all by Queen!

ANY Michael Jackson

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heather
Aug 14, 2009

i second say hey by michael franti, and will add
detlef schremph by band of horses
paradise city by gnr
into the mystic by van morrioson
undone by weezer
your love by the outfield
when you were mine by prince
it's tricky by run dmc
jackson by johnny & june carter cash
bodyrock by moby
let me clear my throat by dj kool
where's your head at by basement jaxx
by my side and forever by ben harper
lovely day by bill withers
something in the way by james taylor
any oldschool beastie boys to get the crowd dancing
cheers!

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RockyCat
Aug 14, 2009

"What I Like About You" by the Romantics - DEAD people will get up and dance to that song. (Okay, not really, but you get what I'm sayin'.)

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Diane
Aug 14, 2009

Here are my suggestions - many of them have already been covered:

This will be - Natalie Cole
September - Earth Wind & Fire
Celebration
Bizarre Love Triangle
PYT - Michael Jackson
Pretty much anything by Jackson 5
Use me - Bill Withers

If you include all of the songs above, no one will leave your dance floor!

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Kirsten
Aug 14, 2009

Scouring my wedding play list from a few weeks ago, and these are the songs that haven't already been mentioned that got people dancing.

Bohemian Like you - The Dandy Warhols
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness
Helicopter - Bloc Party
Lucky - Jason Mraz
Molly's Chambers - Kings of Leon
Ready to Go - Republica
We Used to be Friends - The Dandy Warhols
The Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim

Also, Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet.

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M.
Aug 14, 2009

So...I don't know quite what kind of music appeals to you/your crowd but this is what I was thinking...Some of these might be entirely inappropriate depending on your family.

Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
MGMT - Electric Feel (or Kids)
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
Britney Spears - Toxic (Or...anything)
Spice Girls - Stop
Coldplay - Yellow
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
I Wanna Hold Your Hang - The Beatles
Nat King Cole - Unforgettable
James Taylor - Fire and Rain
Beyonce - Crazy in Love
Girl - The Beatles
Daughters - John Mayer
Mr. Brightside - The Killers
Santeria - Sublime (God, I love Sublime)
RocknRoll Queen - The Subways
Drops of Jupiter - Train
Hard To Concentrate - Red Hot Chili Peppers... This is the sweetest song I think I've ever heard, warm and fuzzy.

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Moose
Aug 14, 2009

It was complete performance anxiety. Jesus himself could have descended from a cloud and ordered me to choose a song and I would have stared blankly.

Which is kind of funny, if you think about it. "Really? Choosing a song? One song you would like to dance to? You who enjoys songs and also dancing? IS IT REALLY THIS HARD?"

Yes. Yes, it is. Can you imagine what a mess I'll be when I have to write vows? (You know. Eventually.)

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Sarah
Aug 14, 2009

So, these are kind of traditional (as traditional as '70s dance jams are, that is), but I played every one of these songs at my wedding and EVERYONE was on the dance floor.

"September" by Earth Wind & Fire

"Shout!"

"Celebration"

"We are Family" by Sister Sledge

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Steffi P.
Aug 14, 2009

I'm delurking! Hi!

You've received some awesome suggestions-

Rapper's Delight- Sugarhill Gang
On My Way- Rusted Root
Pokerface- Lady Gaga
Hey Ya- Outcast

I'd like to add:

Blister in the Sun- remember when Jordan Catalano sang it? :swoon:

Enjoy the Silence- Depeche Mode

The Safety Dance- Men Without Hats

Mad World- Tears for Fears

La Tortura- Shakira

Blue Monday- New Order

and although I'm not really into Madonna, many of her songs do inspire people to dance-
Ray of Light, Lucky Star, Burning Up for Your Love, etc.

I've been reading your blog throughout the summer, and I've thoroughly enjoyed hearing all about your adventures. I know you're going to have an amazing day!
:)

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Sher
Aug 15, 2009

It's not my favourite song in the world, but "500 miles" had everyone on the dance floor at my wedding. "I'll tell me,Ma" is another great one (but if you're not Scottish or Irish you'll probably have to google it).

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Steffi P.
Aug 15, 2009

D'oh! I'm an idiot! Jordan Catalano didn't sing "Blister in the Sun", that was Angela dancing on her bed. I think he sang "I Wanna Be Sedated", which might not be such a good song for a wedding.

Excuse me while I go back to lurking status.

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Susan
Aug 15, 2009

The Beatles "8 Days a Week" and Jet "Are you gonna be my girl?" (just in you don't know it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAxUIjJrFKQ)

Clearly I hope there will be a lot of swing-y type dancing at your wedding.

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Leah
Aug 15, 2009

Please don't play "Rapper's Delight." I was planning on performing that a capella in lieu of a speech.

(We have a mix stolen from MLE's wedding, so if you want any of that, say the word. It's pretty solidly awesome.)

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iheartgreen
Aug 15, 2009

My mix is eclectic and many have been recommended before, but here you go:

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
It's 5 o'clock somewhere - Alan Jackson
Forever Young - Rod Stewart
One - U2
Dancing Queen - ABBA
No Woman No Cry - Fugees
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Mr. Brightside - Killers
American Pie - Don Mclean

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Marcheline
Aug 15, 2009

If your wedding guests are mostly your age, then by all means get down and get funky.

We love the 1940's, and as most of our guests were my parents' age, they loved our music just as much, and the dance floor was never empty. And it was REAL dancing - Fred and Ginger style.

* Apple Blossom Time: The Andrews Sisters

* Pennsylvania 6-5000: The Glenn Miller Band

* You Go To My Head: Billie Holiday

* Only Forever: Bing Crosby

* In The Mood: Glenn Miller Band

We made eight CDs-worth of 1940's music, and some of the guests even took their shoes off and danced barefoot in the grass, under the stars. If that isn't magic, I don't know what is.

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Ami
Aug 15, 2009

Brown Eyed Girl always makes me wanna move, even though it's kind of cliche. Mr Jones by Counting Crows. John Mellencamp has some good danceable tunes: dance naked, not running anymore. SHOUT (you make me wanna, whoa - oh -oh-OH)

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Carroll
Aug 16, 2009

Oh, oh...*finally* an opportunity for an enthusiastic and devoted long-time reader/only occasional commenter to have a role in this sure-to-be-fabulous BONFIRE of a wedding!!!

As a happily-married-for-over-40-years wedding enthusiast (done right, it will last a lifetime, as I'm absolutely certain will be the case for you and Sean :-) my all-time favorite wedding song is "Still the One" (NOT the Shania Twain version, this one:

http://www.romantic-lyrics.com/ls12.shtml

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Helen
Aug 17, 2009

For a moment, before you mentioned the first line, I thought you meant that your first dance was going to be the song by James called "God Only Knows". Whilst a fantastic song, its themes of religion and cults aren't probably ones normally associated with weddings, so I was relieved to read on a line and discover it was the Beach Boys.

"Build me up Buttercup" gets my vote, as does "Hey Ya". Both of these have always gone down a treat at the weddings I've been to.

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Mert
Aug 17, 2009

By the time I got married, all of my siblings/friends/etc were all married already. I had been in at least 5 weddings in the two years before mine. So I asked all those special people in my life what 'their' song was (the first song the bride and groom dance too). Then I asked the DJ to play each of those songs (interspersed with the rockin' ones, of course) throughout the night. It was great, cuz everyone got to hear what was special to them, and still have fun! I think it was a neat idea.....

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Katie
Aug 17, 2009

Rock With You by Michael Jackson... Michael in his most brilliant form I think.

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meredyth
Aug 17, 2009

I love the idea of taking requests!! I'm stealing it for the day I need to send out invites.
Me personally, I love all the old fifties songs you can really twist and dance to. Give me Motown at a wedding and I am fine. But please, I'm done with "Shout" as the terrible DJ at my cousin's wedding played it twice through the night and also included your typical YMCA, etc. For my first dance: Time After Time. My sister and I also decided we were going to have a Rilo Kiley song we love, More Adventurous, sung by whomever we can get to sing it.

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Liz
Aug 17, 2009

Perhaps "Baby Im Yours" by the Arctic Monkeys as a song on your playlist. its a really sweet, pretty song.

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Beth
Aug 19, 2009

Crazy by Gnarls Barkley. Definitely something ABBA. And some MJ, too!

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Sassafrass
Aug 19, 2009

wow! you've got a ridiculous amount of suggestions to get through--I must admit I stopped reading all of them, so if I'm repeating what has already been stated, please do forgive. :)
Good luck finding some songs!
Also, I was going to suggest Gogol Bordello, but I did manage to read at least two who already had; but I'd like to put my little exclamation point beside their name.
More suggestions:
*Doo Right by Man Man (off their latest Rabbit Habits; however nearly any Man Man song would be wonderful)
*Sheena is a Punk Rocker and I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend by The Ramones
*Everything's Just Wonderful by Lily Allen
*Me & Mr. Jones by Amy Winehouse
*The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson
*Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da by the Beatles
*So Long Toots by The Cherry Poppin Daddies
*It's a Man's Man's World by James Brown
*Rock Me Baby by Ike and Tina Turner
*Mama Told Me (Not to Come) by Three Dog Night
*Push It by Salt-N-Pepa
*Boombastic by Shaggy
*This is How We Do It by Montell Jordan
*Steady As She Goes by The Raconteurs
*Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival (but, really, they've got so many good ones)
*Killer Queen by Queen (once again, SO many very good ones with them)
*We've Got a Groovey Thing Goin' by Simon & Garfunkel
*Jungle Boogie by Kool & the Gang
*Jump Around by House of Pain
*I Love You Always Forever by Donna Lewis
*Hot Hot Hot by Arrow
*1 2 3 4 by Feist (although they have better, but this will be the easiest to locate)
*Stuck in the Middle with You by Stealers Wheel
*Coconut by Harry Nilsson
*Santeria by Sublime
*Give It To Me by Timbaland feat. J. Timberlake and N. Furtado
*Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix

wow....oh, man, sorry! I work in a music store and I live with a musician...I got a bit carried away there!! terribly sorry about the length!! happy wedding dancing!

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Sassafrass
Aug 19, 2009

ooh! also, basically the entire soundtrack to the movie The Big Chill is just fantastic for doing the groovin thing. : )

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