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‘Do Not Play’ tunes rob wedding of fun

January 15, 2012
By LESLIE LETUSICK - Copy editor ( , The Herald-Star

Everyone likes some kind of music, whether it be jazz, oldies or rap. The other day on the radio I heard that some .com group actually put together a list of songs that people have played at their weddings. I had to have my say. rereleased its Top Songs for 2012 weddings last week. They compiled the list based on a survey filled out by newlyweds and soon-to-be brides and grooms.

The songs making the list in the First Dance Song category are: "At Last" by Etta James; "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley; "Marry Me" by Train; "You and Me" by the Dave Matthews Band, and tying for spot No. 5 were, "All My Life" by K-Ci and Jo-Jo; "Lucky" by Jason Mraz; "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra; and "Then" by Brad Paisley. I have never even heard of Train or K-Ci and Jo-Jo, so you can bet they were not on any kind of list for my wedding. The only K-Ci I know is Casey and the Sunshine Band. The first dance song at our wedding more than six years ago was "I Can Love You Like That" by John Michael Montgomery.

In the Father/Daughter Dance category, the top five spots went to: "I Loved Her First" by Heartland; "Wonderful Tonight" by Louis Armstrong; "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra (again); "Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman; and rounding out the list, again with a tie, are "My Girl" by the Temptations and "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole. I LOVE the Heartland song and "Cinderella." While most of you probably have never heard "Cinderella," you should give it a listen sometime. It's a good one to make a bride cry on her wedding day.

Not only are couples today selecting the usual songs for the wedding, like father/daughter or first dance, but many also are making lists of songs they want played during their receptions and a list of ones they do not want played.

The latter category is what prompted me to entertain this topic in the first place. The songs included on "Do Not Play" list were ALL played at our wedding. Yes, all of them. What are they? Glad you asked. The list included: "The Chicken Dance"; "Electric Slide"; "Macarena"; "YMCA"; and "Cotton Eye Joe."

Why would people want them banned from their wedding? Those are all the fun songs. Take away the "Hokey Pokey," too, and everyone is just staring at each other on the dance floor. I think most people expect at least one, if not all, of the above songs to be played when they attend a wedding. I know I do.

I don't understand the reasoning behind any of these songs making the banned list. None of them contain bad words like a lot of the modern songs do. They are a good beat. They have dances already figured out so you don't have to bust your own moves. The only thing I can figure is that people are afraid to embarrass themselves by letting the songs play. Who knows. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, and you know what they say about opinions.

To round out the list, gave the top songs from last year that are still popular for weddings this year. They include: "Marry You" by Bruno Mars; "Just a Kiss" by Lady Antebellum; "Love You Like a Song" by Selena Gomez; "Countdown" by Beyonce; and "We Found Love" by Rihanna. And here is a list that would never have been played at my wedding, with the exception of maybe the Lady Antebellum one. I have never heard of Bruno Mars. Selena Gomez isn't old enough to know anything about love, and from what I have seen of Rihanna's love life, she doesn't either. And I frankly just don't care for Beyonce, but then again, I am a country girl at heart.

I'll take an old-fashioned country song like "From This Moment" or "Crazy" over any of this new stuff any day.

(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.)

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