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#1 kwiddle

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 11:46 AM

Hi Everyone,

So I've decided on having a DJ for the reception and I've now got to come up with songs for dancing to. I'm very different in taste in music and only listen to triple J as I can't stand anything in the top 40. I've looked at some of the tracks available by the DJ and most of it is RnB or really cheesy.

I can tell the DJ which songs I want but I just don't want to please myself as my music taste might seem weird to others. For example I love drum and bass but everyone else thinks its evil.. ph34r.gif

Any one got some ideas for some good (non cheesy) dancing tunes to play after speeches....

Thanks in advance smile.gif

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 12:38 PM

I don't think I'll be much help here - I only like cheesy songs! biggrin.gif

My all time favourite is Dancing Queen, guaranteed to get me up, no matter what mood I'm in...closely followed by "Footloose"., and any other tragic 70's/80's dance hits. My husband likes "You make me feel like dancing". We did get a LOT of people joining us on the dance floor though.

I told you I wouldn't be much help. biggrin.gif

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:02 PM

We're facing the same dilemma...H2B and I listen to music that most people wouldn't appreciate! But I love 70's and 80's music so most of the night that will be played. In saying that however we will still be playing some of the music that we like, afterall it is our wedding! Don't know how Nanna will take it though tongue.gif
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:49 PM

I don't think drum and bass is evil!! There is a lot of DnB that most people will enjoy if you go for the more liquid and dancefloor stuff, artists like Jenna G and the more girlier stuff smile.gif I'll go through my DnB collection (which might I add is pretty bloody big!) and compile a list of artists that I think will be suited to a wedding if you'd like?

As far as pleasing a wedding crowd, things like Abba, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Jimmy Barnes/Chisel, 80's and 90's classics will get everyone dancing. Doesn't mean they have to admit to loving it... I guarantee they'll get up and dance to it!! Its all cheesy... but its what people will always dance to (of all ages)
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 09:41 AM

QUOTE(kwiddle @ Jun 22 2009, 11:46 AM) View Post

For example I love drum and bass but everyone else thinks its evil.. ph34r.gif

This made me laugh so hard!!!

I think you should mix in some of what you like, and some of what you think your guests will like. We're having 40 at our wedding, over 50% will be our friends, and we have mostly similar taste. As long as we don't play anything with too much swearing, I think most of our music will be acceptable to the majority. I don't think our oldies will care too much what we play anyway. This being said, I refuse to have any Abba available to my mother when she gets drunk.

We're using iTunes to make a massive playlist of what we want at our wedding, because we'll be playing off a computer anyway. But I've found it's a good way to go through and choose artists/albums/music that you like from your own collection even if you're getting a DJ.

For your DJ, I'd also make a list of what makes you cringe (I'm a Triple J listener too, and I hate to say that the vast majority of wedding music makes me cringe!) and what you refuse to have played.

I'd also jump on the Triple J forum and ask people what music they'd love to have at a wedding for dancing. Oh, and I'd choose songs you think are fairly well known, otherwise tracks you know DESERVE to be danced to might not be familiar!

My picks for some alternative-ish bands that people might get into (not all are dancey, but you could mix them in throughout) would be:

* Chemical Brothers
* Beastie Boys
* MIA (esp. Paper Planes)
* Presidents of the United States of America (my FH loves this band!)- Lump, Peaches etc
* Arctic Monkeys
* Oasis
* Area 7
* 28 Days
* Audio Bullys
* Augie March
* Basement Jaxx
* Jamiroquai
* Beck
* The Beautiful Girls
(can you tell I'm going through iTunes? Alphabetical much?)
* Ben Kweller
* Ben Lee
* Bliss n Eso (if only more people knew "Up Jumped The Boogie" that would be a good dance song!)
* Blur
* The Waifs
* Cake
* The Cat Empire
* Gryoscope
* Clare Bowditch
* Custard (Girls Like That)
* Daft Punk
* Dandy Warhols
* Fatboy Slim
* The Fratellis
* Garbage
* Gomez
* Gorillaz
* The Grates
* Operator Please
* Silverchair
* Green Day
* Grinspoon (maybe)
* Hilltop Hoods (Nosebleed Section and Clown Prince I think are fairly well known)
* Jack Johnson
* John Butler Trio
* Jet
* Alex Lloyd
* Killing Heidi
* Kisschasy
* Lily Allen
* Lior (everyone knows Autumn Flow, and it's become the most commonly used first dance song in australia or something!)
* Little Birdy (Beautiful to Me is the song we're walking down the aisle to!)
* The Living End
* MGMT
* Midnight Juggernauts
* The Presets
* Michael Franti and Spearhead
* Missy Higgins
* Regina Spektor
* Laura Marling
* Mystery Jets feat. Laura Marling (Young Love)
* Neil Finn
* New Order
* Joy Division
* Niravana
* No Doubt (Sunday Morning will satisfy both No Doubt and Gwen Stefani fans, surely! tongue.gif )
* Outkast
* Pearl Jam
* Powderfinger
* Something for Kate
* REM
* The White Stripes
* Red Hot Chilli Peppers
* Regurgitator (although some of your guests may have already OD'd on "Polyester Girl"!)
* Scissor Sisters
* Sleepy Jackson
* Smashing Pumpkins
* Spiderbait
* Sophie Koh (has a sweet song called "Anywhere" which I think is great for a wedding)
* The Strokes
* Vampire Weekend
* The Verve
* The Whitlams
* Wolfmother
* Xavier Rudd
* You Am I

I think there are plenty of songs you can probably mix in that you will like and others will know too. Good luck, and have fun doing it with your FH. smile.gif
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Posted 23 June 2009 - 12:58 PM

I hear your pain.... My FH and I are rather big Alternative/Rock/Metal/Industrial musicos and choosing our music (we are having an iPod type deal) has been a thorn in the backside.

We have succumbed to alot of cheese (rockier cheese where possible) through out the night, a when people have had a few, this is what will get them burning up the dance floor. Also trying to pursuade FH that although Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool etc etc are fab bands they are not floorfillers. And music that is not about breaking up, death and other such morbid topics is not allowed. I want it to be happy, love filled music.

There will be some tunes that have hit the top 40 that you will be into so use them as your basis and go from there.


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#7 kwiddle

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 03:27 PM

Thanks guys on all the suggestions! I really appreciate it! I'm happy that there are a few people on here that like drum and Bass. happy.gif

Danni_Mrs thank you hun for taking up the time to come up with such a wide range of artists!!! Its really funny though how you put the chemical brothers as the first selection as they are my favorite group of all time! I have everything made by them! laugh.gif
I just need to incorporate my fave band into the selection.. hey boy hey girl???

I liked your Sunday Morning by No doubt idea... I used to LOVE that track!

I was also thinking of putting on some New Zealand Dub since some of FH family will be making the trip from down there.

We now have the ball rolling! Thanks again!

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 03:32 PM

Paradise by the dashboard light: meatloaf has got everybody dancing at EVERY wedding i've been to when it's been played! laugh.gif
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