Our Ultimate ‘Must-Play’ Wedding Playlist

Oh, the Holy Wedding Playlist.

I believe I mentioned before that this was one of the largest minefields Mr. Man and I crossed for our wedding.

Our music tastes can best be represented through my sweet drawing skills with this Venn diagram:

(Oh yeah, I drew this stellar Venn diagram. Who needs Photoshop when you have Paint?)

(Oh yeah, I drew this stellar Venn diagram. Who needs Photoshop when you have Paint?)

As you can see, our musical tastes do have a common ground, but it is thin. When asked to assemble a mere two or three hours worth of music for the ultimate wedding playlist, tempers flared. Cutting remarks flew and musical superiority was declared more than once. Eventually, somewhat grudgingly, we created a compromise.

So the other day when a friend of mine asked to see our wedding playlist to pass it on to another friend, I realized that it could be a useful post in several ways:

  1. Know that this is one of the most difficult hurdles to overcome when planning your wedding.
  2. Don’t get too worked up over creating your wedding playlist. We bickered for hours to whittle this list down to perfection, only to have our DJ (our friend – we love you, Rusty!) neglect the vast majority of them. Granted, his choices were fun too; they just weren’t ours.
  3. Behold the best wedding playlist ever, filled with our blood, sweat and tears.
  4. Get inspiration/use/steal our songs for your own wedding playlist.

Must-Play “Fast” Songs

  • “California Love” – 2Pac and Dr. Dre
  • “Salute Your Solution” – The Raconteurs
  • “Conquest” – The White Stripes
  • “Feel Good Inc.” – The Gorillaz
  • “Somebody Told Me” – The Killers
  • “The Tipping Point” – The Roots
  • “Dare” – The Gorillaz
  • “The Car Song” – The Cat Empire
  • “Sexx Laws” – Beck
  • “Empire” – Black Eyed Peas and 311
  • “Elegantly Wasted” – INXS
  • “Cecilia” – Simon and Garfunkel
  • “Funk Yeah” – Souljive (**This is an exclusive original work from the band that Mr. Man played trumpet in back during our glorious Ohio University days. If you want to hear it, contact me and I can figure out how to get the mp3 to you.**)
  • “Sly” – The Cat Empire
  • “Let’s Get Retarded” – Black Eyed Peas
  • “Map of the Problematique” – Muse
  • “Smells Like Funk” – Black Eyed Peas
  • “Boom” – The Roots
  • “American Music” – The Violent Femmes
  • “Sexy” – Black Eyed Peas from the “Be Cool” soundtrack
  • “Run” – Gnarles Barkley
  • “Cornman” – Kinky
  • “North American Scum” – LCD Soundsystem
  • “Noche de Toxinas” – Kinky
  • “Walk This Way” – Run DMC and Aerosmith
  • “Young Folks” – Peter, Bjorn, and John
  • “Dance to the Music” – Sly and the Family Stone
  • “Hello” – The Cat Empire
  • “Mr. Brightside” – The Killers
  • “Ya Mama” – The Pharcyde

Must-Play “Slow” Songs

  • “Georgia on My Mind” – Ray Charles (This was our first dance song.)
  • “Canadian Sunset” – Instrumental version, written by Eddie Heywood (This was the father-daughter dance song.)
  • “I Was Doing All Right” – Louis Armstrong
  • “I Can’t Get Started” – Count Basie
  • “Hallelujah” – Jeff Buckley
  • “We’ve Got Tonight” – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
  • “Nothing Can Change This Love” – Sam Cooke

Cocktail Hour Music

  • Various jazz artists
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Dean Martin
  • Billie Holiday
  • Louis Prima

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4 Responses to Our Ultimate ‘Must-Play’ Wedding Playlist

  1. Great post! I’m passing this along right now to my little sister who’s getting married and I bet she’ll find some great songs from here to play at her wedding. Thanks!

  2. Laura Lee Bloor says:

    Aw, wish her congratulations for me! Glad to help!

  3. Crys says:

    OH MAN, I don’t even want to think about the music list yet. We’re still trying to tie down the guest list. But thank you for sharing. This post, I can already tell, will be most helpful when it comes to making the music list. And paint is awesome. Your diagram looks much like ours probably would.

  4. Laura Lee Bloor says:

    Haha, oh yeah, get ready for some fireworks then — and not the good kind! Although, maybe it will go better for you. If it does, let me know. I imagine it would help if you try to tackle the playlist a little ahead of time instead of near the end. That’s when stress and tension levels are already high.

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