We've all been to events and weddings that on paper should have the most amazing dancing vibes, but when the music starts, that dance floor is deader than a nightclub at 7 pm.The DJ tries their best; there's always the lone enthusiastic drunk guest swaying on their own who yells at the other guests to join them, 'DANCE...WHY AREN'T YOU ALL DANCING?'
It's a real pickle. So, to help ensure that your wedding reception dance floor is filled with booty shaking, guests, making shapes and reaching for the lasers I have invited DJ Andrew McClelland (a very fine party DJ) to share with us his best dance floor fillers and regale us with some of his best wedding DJ stories.
Andrew's played thousands of gigs at events, awards ceremonies, clubs and weddings all over the world. Andrew is the sort of DJ you should hire for your wedding because he listens to a huge amount of different music and plays for the crowd.He DJs. He Dances. He MCs and he is an award-winning comedian. You won't be disappointed with this episode of the show.
DJ Andrew McClelland's Best Dance Floor Filler Recommendations.
Although these can change from country to country and crowd to crowd here are some songs which are nigh infallible on wedding dance floors. If you know your crowd you can get much more creative than this, but the classics remain;
A cracking tune by an unfairly underrated 60s boy band, young people know this because of Shrek, older people know it because they were there, Neil Diamond fans know it because he wrote it. This can get almost any dance floor going and thematically it’s right on point.
A number one hit known by all, this song has nigh everything; a massive, fat horn section, and banging Motown beat, a cracking dance routine that some in your crowd may know, a big joyous crescendo and it’s a duet by a married couple about being madly in love. You can even find a version without Jay Z’s rap section if you find that distracting. It may not get everyone on the floor, but anyone under 40 or over 12 will go mad for it, and that’s enough for a good floor.
What’s not to love about this 80s classic? It’s got a great regular beat, cracking melody and everyone at least kinda remembers it enough to dance to it. And who doesn’t like the 80s?
The kids know it cos it’s from some kids movie, the millennials know it cos it JT, the oldies may not know it, but it’s funky as all get out and has some sweet late disco sounds in it too and the chorus comes back so often that by the end of your first listening you can sing along. So yeah, what’s not to like? Nothing. Shake your ass!
Oldies like it because it sounds like an old track, youngies like it because it isn’t. This track is often a bit of a surprise for many people as it’s not too overplayed, but if you already know it you get to feel vindicated for knowing a slightly alternative banger, and if you don’t know it the hard soul beat will get you dancing anyhow. Pair it with The Supremes version of ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ and you’ve got an inter-generational smash on your hands.
There’s thousands more d-floor killers of course. US crowds dig a little more hip-hop and R&B, UK crowds like their indie, soul and rock a bit more and New Zealanders are charmingly supportive of their local scene, but wherever you go weddings are about joy and so is dancing, so throw yourself on to the floor and get a DJ who loves it too.
Potentially Inappropriate (Dark) Songs To Leave Off The List
There is no dissing these songs they're all great and popular in their own way but as we talk about in the episode, some songs have strong themes, or murder, rape and general nastiness and perhaps are a little debbie downer for a first dance- saying that, you are a Bridechilla and you can do whatever the hell you want!
I mean this feels a little obvious but perhaps leave Bono and his mates looking for someone until the after party?
Delilah- Tom Jones
Again, another song that our parent all seem to love but where he stabs his girlfriend to death in a fit of jealousy. Happy Days!
Smack my Bitch up- The Prodigy
Again as a method of remembering mind raving from the 90s= great
At a wedding= risky.
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
As much as I bloody adore this song, there are probably more romantic, less 'I'm suspicious of your wandering eyes' songs to Elvis songs to gyrate to on your wedding day.
D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette
Love you Tammy but, I mean come on.
You let me violate you
You let me desecrate you
You let me penetrate you
....oh and also the bit where he says 'I want to fuck you like an animal.
Mack the Knife- Frank Sinatra- Bobby Darin
We love some crooning! Just remember this one is all about a criminal murderous pimp who likes some stabby stabby.
Gold Digger - Kanye West
Think this one is pretty self-explanatory.
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
And ambitions are low
And the resentment rides high
But emotions wont grow
And were changing our ways,
Taking different roads
Then love, love will tear us apart again
Nuff said yeah?
But if you could find a better man, you might not be with this man today, yes?
Bitter Sweet Symphony- The Verve
A song about the feeling of being trapped and powerless to change your behavior or your life due to circumstances beyond your control...happy wedding!
About Andrew McClelland
Andrew McClelland is a very fine party DJ. He's played thousands of gigs at events, awards ceremonies, clubs and weddings all over the world. But he hasn't let that go to his head.
Andrew listens to a huge amount of different music plays for the crowd.
Your crowd. He DJs. He Dances. He MCs and he is an award winning comedian. You won't be disappointed.
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