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The BEST Wedding Playlist

Hi Everyone,

I’m back on the blog after a two-week hiatus! For my first-time readers - Welcome and thanks for stopping by! Each week I write about a new topic to help you in your wedding planning! This week’s topic is about music for your wedding. As my repeat readers know, I took a break from writing for the past couple weeks as I got married! Yes, that is a picture of me and my husband during our first dance! Isn't he just the cutest?!

I had an April wedding in New Hampshire and you never know what the weather will bring in New England that time of year. We were so lucky to have a sunny, 57 degree day! I had planned for an outdoor ceremony and was so glad that the weather allowed us to do so. Everything about the entire weekend was magical and went by so fast! I encourage all of you to savor every moment of your engagement as it goes by so quickly.

As a wedding planner, I was overly involved with every detail of my wedding (I’m sure some of my vendors thought I was crazy, but hey – it’s my job!) One of things I really wanted was great music that all of our guests would enjoy. As most weddings do, we had a mixed age group ranging from age 16 all the way to age 90! I never wanted to see the dance floor empty so I created a playlist for my DJ with all of my Do Not Play songs along with my Must-Play songs. My Must-Play list ended up being so long that it was basically the list the DJ could choose from all night. At the very least, I always encourage my couples to create a Do Not Play list. There is nothing worse than getting your groove on and then hearing your least favorite song come over the speakers on the best day of your life (for me that song is Single Ladies by Beyonce, sorry but I just can’t!)

I can’t tell you how many compliments I got on this playlist over brunch the following morning. All of my guests said they had so much fun and the music was fantastic. I even got a few “that was the best wedding we have ever been to” compliments and those just put me over the moon! I figured, if my 120 guests loved this playlist so much – I’m sure others out there would to! Without further ado – I give to you, the Hamilton-Johnson Wedding Reception Playlist! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!

80’S & 90’S JAMS

  • Good Vibrations – Marky Mark

  • Love Shack – B52’s

  • Like a Prayer – Madonna

  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody/ How Will I Know – Whitney Houston

  • Billie Jean/Beat It – Michael Jackson

  • Mony Mony – Billy Idol

  • We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel

  • Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money

  • Rock Steady – The Whispers

  • This is Your Night – Amber

  • Be My Lover – La Bouche

  • Tell it To My Heart – Taylor Dayne

  • Everybody Dance Now – C&C Music Factory


  • You Shook Me All Night Long – ACDC

  • Roll With It – Steve Winwood

  • Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

  • Your Love – The Outfield

  • Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard

  • Jump – Van Halen

  • September – Earth, Wind & Fire

  • Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

  • December 63 – Frankie Valley

  • That’s The Way (I Like It) – KC & The Sunshine Band


  • Cake by the Ocean – DNCE

  • Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake

  • Electric Feel – MGMT

  • Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon

  • Hey Ya – Outkast

  • I Love It – Icona Pop

  • Raise your Glass – Pink

  • Pound the Alarm – Nicki Minaj

  • Ride wit Me – Nelly

  • Shut It Down – Pitbull & Akon

  • Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man.

  • Havana – Camila Cabello

  • Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay

  • Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

  • Gangnam Style - PSY

  • Get Lucky – Daft punk & Pharrell Williams

  • Yeah! – Usher

  • Give Me Everything – Pitbull & Ne-Yo

  • The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey

  • Let it Rock – Kevin Rudolf


  • Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

  • Everybody - Backstreet Boys

  • Larger than Life – Backstreet Boys

  • It’s Gonna be Me – NSYNC

  • Tearin’ Up My Heart - NSYNC

  • Oops I did it again – Britney Spears

  • Miami – Will Smith

  • Shake Ya Tailfeather – Nelly

  • Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison

  • Tipsy – J-Kwon

  • We R who We R – Ke$ha

  • Don’t Trust Me – 3OH!3

  • Just Dance – Lady GaGa

  • Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

  • Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Up next on the blog … My Honeymoon in the Bahamas! I tell you everything you need to know for anyone planning a honeymoon in the Bahamas! Until then, Happy Planning!




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