20 Wedding Songs Couples Secretly Hate

Wait, what? And you thought some of these jams were dance floor staples.
The Knot
Updated Jul 27, 2018

Apparently "Love Shack" isn't as popular as you might have thought. FiveThirtyEight got real with a few wedding bands and DJs and asked them which songs couples most often ban from their wedding playlists. And while we kinda understand why some of these tunes get the strike-through from soonlyweds (they're overplayed, cheesy or the wrong vibe for their party, maybe), we were thrown for a loop to see a few classic wedding reception staples make the naughty list. Listen, there's no reason you should feel pressure to nix DJ Casper's "Cha-Cha Slide," especially if it's your jam—but we thought you might want to know what other couples are banning.

See 20 wedding songs frequently banished to the do-not-play list (in descending order).

1. "Chicken Dance"

2. "Cha-Cha Slide," DJ Casper

3. "Macarena," Los Del Rio

4. "Cupid Shuffle," Cupid

5. "YMCA," Village People

6. "Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)," Marcia Griffiths

7. "Hokey Pokey"

8. "Wobble," V.I.C.

9. "Happy," Pharrell Williams

10. "Shout," Isley Brothers

11. "Love Shack," The B-52's

12. "We Are Family," Sister Sledge

13. "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke

14. "Celebration," Kool & The Gang

15. "Cotton Eye Joe," Rednex

16. "Dancing Queen," ABBA

17. "Don't Stop Believin'," Journey

18. "Single Ladies," Beyoncé

19. "Sweet Caroline," Neil Diamond

20. "Turn Down for What," DJ Snake and Lil Jon

Check out FiveThirtyEight's full list of commonly banned wedding songs here.

Have a song you don't want to hear at your wedding? Don't forget to give your wedding band or DJ a heads-up.

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