Monday, July 21, 2008

Fast Dance Songs For Your Wedding Reception

A colleague of mine is getting married next spring, so I thought it would be a nice gesture to make her a couple of CDs filled with songs for her to consider playing at her reception. The slow songs are a very personal choice, so I wouldn't dream of venturing into that territory. But fast songs, I think I can handle that. Truth be told, I trust my own taste in music more than anyone else on the planet (which, I suppose, is as it should be for everyone).

So as a public service, for anyone getting married anytime in the near future, I present Fast Wedding Songs:

Get Down Tonight, K.C. and the Sunshine Band
Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes, Los Lobos
Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash
Night Train, James Brown
If I Could Build My Whole World Around You, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Higher and Higher, Jackie Wilson
Surfin’ Safari, The Beach Boys
Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Rock Lobster, The B-52s
Burning Love, Elvis
Walk Like an Egyptian, The Bangles
Move It On Over, George Thorogood
Rave On, Buddy Holly
Burning in the Flame of Love, The Del-Lords
R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., John Mellencamp
Pump It Up, Elvis Costello
I Saw Her Standing There, The Beatles
One Way or Another, Blondie
No Other Girl, The Blasters
Rock the Casbah, The Clash
Mirror in the Bathroom, The English Beat
Whip It, Devo
You Know I’m No Good, Amy Winehouse
Surrender, Cheap Trick
Going to a Go-Go, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
I Wanna Be Sedated, Ramones
Sugar, Sugar, The Archies
Nobody But Me, Human Beinz
School Day, Chuck Berry
Surfin’ Bird, The Trashmen
A-Punk, Vampire Weekend
At the Hop, Danny and the Juniors
Little Green Bag, George Baker Selection
(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Shout, The Isley Brothers
Peppermint Twist, Joey Dee and the Starliters
Good Golly, Miss Molly, Little Richard
Hey Ya!, Outkast
Ain’t that Good News, Sam Cooke
Land of 1000 Dances, Wilson Pickett
Louie, Louie, The Kingsmen
Jumpin’ Jack Flash, The Rolling Stones
Soul Man, Sam and Dave
Funkytown, Lipps Inc.
Dancing With Myself, Billy Idol
I Got A Woman, Ray Charles
Gloria, Them
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, Michael Jackson
Rock ‘N Me, Steve Miller Band
We Got the Beat, Go Gos
The Loco-Motion, Little Eva

This would definitely be a wedding that I'd attend.

5 comments:

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Alex Porter said...

Hey Jeff-

Great list, but no wedding would complete without Parliament/George Clinton:

Give Up the Funk (We want the funk...gotta have that funk!)

Atomic Dog(Bow-wow-wow-yippe-yo-yippe yay!)

IMHO

Jeff said...

Alex,

Good additions - I own those songs, but only on vinyl. When I was making up this list, I limited myself (probably unnecessarily so) to CDs only.

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Richard C. Lambert said...

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