The Ultimate Wedding Playlist

Do you recall when you were much younger and you loved a song so much you made a mental note that you wanted it played at your wedding? FiveThirtyEight asked readers to send in their wedding reception playlists, and got a great response. People sent in songs played at their receptions and music plans for their future weddings, and DJs sent in their standard lists created from experience. From 163 submitted lists containing 3,358 unique songs, they compiled the ultimate wedding set list. The top twenty is here; see all 200 ranked songs at the post.

Walt Hickey also shares some trivia from the project, like the goofball who suggested “The Rains of Castamere,” and the songs folks specifically banned from their wedding. Other charts ranked the most-requested artists and the breakdown of what years the songs came out. It turns out that our favorite songs come from not only from our teenage years, but from our parents’ and grandparents’ tastes, too. -via Digg

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No "Moon River", no "Chicken Dance"? I like "Hey Ya!" a lot, probably the best (hip hop?) tune ever, but can't think of any wedding I've been to where it was played.
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I wanted Ulpio Minucci's Robotech theme played at my wedding. But we ended up with a very traditional Protestant wedding with just Mendelssohn's wedding march. This was a bit scandalous, as the tune originally had pagan references.

We didn't have music at the reception. If we did, I might have picked this song from the Macross II soundtrack.

It was a simple, cheap, and brief wedding that introduced a long and vibrant marriage, so I don't mind a bit.
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