Songs NOT To Be Played At Any Wedding

When my wife and I got married, we gave the DJ just a small list of songs not to play:

  • Electric Slide
  • 98 Degrees – I Do (Cherish You)
  • Adams, Bryan – Summer Of ’69
  • Adams, Bryan – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
  • Aerosmith – All
  • Aguilera, Christina – Ain’t No Other Man
  • Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink, Christina – Lady Marmalade
  • Akon Feat. Eminem – Smack That
  • Alabama – Mountain Music
  • Armstrong, Louis – What A Wonderful World
  • Baby Bash Feat. T-Pain – Cyclone
  • Beach Boys – Kokomo
  • Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing
  • Big & Rich – Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)
  • Big & Rich – Lost In This Moment
  • Black Eyed Peas – All
  • Brooks & Dunn – Boot Scootin’ Boogie
  • Brooks, Garth – Friends In Low Places
  • Brooks, Garth – The Dance
  • Buble, Michael – Everything
  • Buffett, Jimmy – Margaritaville
  • Cascada – Everytime We Touch
  • Celine Dion – All
  • Checker, Chubby – Let’s Twist Again
  • Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – Zoot Suit Riot
  • Chicago – You’re The Inspiration
  • Clapton, Eric – Wonderful Tonight
  • Clarkson, Kelly – A Moment Like This
  • Cole, Natalie With Nat King Cole – Unforgettable
  • Dion – Runaround Sue
  • Dion, Celine – Because You Loved Me (Theme From “Up Close And Personal”)
  • Eagles – Hotel California
  • Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance
  • Fergie Feat. Will.I.Am – Fergalicious
  • Franklin, Aretha – Respect
  • Furtado, Nelly Feat. Timbaland – Promiscuous
  • Gabriel, Peter – In Your Eyes
  • Gap Band – You Dropped A Bomb On Me
  • Gaynor, Gloria – I Will Survive
  • Heartland – I Loved Her First
  • Hill, Faith – All
  • Idol, Billy – Mony Mony
  • Jackson 5 – Abc
  • Jackson, Alan – Remember When
  • Jackson, Alan & Jimmy Buffett – It’s Five O’clock Somewhere
  • Joel, Billy – All
  • Johnson, Jack – Better Together
  • Journey – Open Arms
  • K-Ci & Jojo – All My Life
  • Kelis – Milkshake
  • Lifehouse – You And Me
  • Los del Rio – Macarena
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
  • Manilow, Barry – Copacabana (At The Copa)
  • Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved
  • Martin, Dean – That’s Amore
  • Mcgraw, Tim – All
  • Meat Loaf – Paradise By The Dashboard Light
  • Medley, Bill & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
  • Morrison, Van – Moondance
  • Mr. Cheeks – Cha Cha Slide
  • Outkast – Hey Ya!
  • Paisley, Brad – She’s Everything
  • Presley, Elvis – Jailhouse Rock
  • Pussycat Dolls – Don’t Cha
  • Rascal Flatts – Bless The Broken Road
  • Rascal Flatts – My Wish
  • Rascal Flatts – Life Is A Highway
  • Rascal Flatts – I Melt
  • Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe
  • Rihanna – Pon De Replay
  • Rihanna Feat. Jay-Z – Umbrella
  • Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply
  • Sean Paul – Temperature
  • Setzer Orchestra, Brian – Jump Jive An’ Wail
  • Shakira Feat. Wyclef Jean – Hips Don’t Lie
  • Sinatra, Frank – New York, New York
  • Sister Sledge – We Are Family
  • Sorta Crackers Band – Chicken Dance
  • Stefani, Gwen – Hollaback Girl
  • Strait, George – I Cross My Heart
  • Stray Cats – Rock This Town
  • Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
  • Timbaland Feat. Keri Hilson – The Way I Are
  • Timbaland Feat. Nelly Furtado And Justin Timberlake – Give It To Me
  • Tone Loc – Funky Cold Medina
  • Travolta, John & Olivia Newton-John – Grease Megamix
  • U2 – Beautiful Day
  • Ub40 – Red Red Wine
  • Urban, Keith – Making Memories Of Us
  • Usher Feat. Ludacris & Lil’ Jon – Yeah
  • Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight
  • Werner Thomas – Chicken Dance
  • White, Barry – You’re The First, The Last, My Everything

Our first dance song was “In My Life” by The Beatles.

Music Time Forgot – P:ano’s “When It’s Dark And It’s Summer”

Hailing from Vancouver, P:ano was a Canadian lo-fi orchestral pop band that formed in 1999 and dissolved sometime around 2008. The band’s members consisted of Larissa Loyva, Justin Kellam, Julia Chirka, and Nick Krgovich. Each member played several instruments that varied from song to song.

I first heard P:ano in 2003 towards the end of college. Late one night I ran across a Salon.com article recommending readers to check out their 2001 debut When It’s Dark And It’s Summer. Sitting in my bedroom with headphones connected to the computer, I streamed the album’s moody first track “All Of November, Most Of October” and instantly fell for it.

 

At that point in my life I was editing the school’s arts & entertainment section of the newspaper. I liked it. I used that space often recommend albums, but I kept this one to myself. In the last days before I’d move on to the real world, I’d put the album on late at night to fall asleep.

P:ano released a series of other albums, but I never got into them. The Den from 2002 was focused but off-putting due to its complexity. 2005’s Brigadoon was over the top with quirkiness (though it’s grown on me because I realized it was their Pet Sounds).

 

The final album, the odd Ghost Pirates Without Heads also from 2005, was written & recorded in a day, and it shows.

 

Despite the uneven catalog, P:ano has always held a special place for me. They produced a perfect album for melancholy nights. I even slipped in “All Of November, Most Of October” into the my wedding reception.