A year ago, we linked to FiveThirtyEight's Ultimate Wedding Playlist, featuring the most requested songs to be played at weddings. But every bride and groom who hires a DJ has a song or two, or more, or an artist, or an entire genre that they ask specifically not be played. Those songs have been compiled in a new list, and the ones that rose to the top are perfectly understandable.
Oddly enough, a few songs on this list are the MVPs from last year’s list! “Happy,” “Shout” and “Don’t Stop Believin’” are just a few of the most popular songs that also appear on DJs’ rosters of banned songs. Either those songs have gone out of style overnight, or, more likely, their popularity has made them polarizing. If you’re making demands of a DJ, you don’t need to ask him or her to avoid playing Bulgarian death metal — that’s probably a given — but you need to speak up about “Single Ladies” now or it’s going to get a rotation.
Read more about songs banned from wedding playlists and see a longer version of the song list at FiveThirtyEight.