14 of the Most Overplayed Wedding Songs (and Replacements)


Our DJs share their picks for the most overplayed wedding songs, and the modern hits you should add to your playlist

You’re looking for a wedding DJ who will nail it—talented, friendly, an experienced professional who will deliver the wedding of your dreams and keep your dance floor packed! We get it. A packed dance floor is imperative and that means you need solid music and a reliable emcee.

In fact, according to a recent WeddingWire study, 55% of wedding guests said they pay the most attention to a wedding’s music selection. That means you want your playlist to be full of fresh, fun, and upbeat favorites and steer clear of overplayed wedding songs that your guests have heard a thousand times before. Keep in mind, we know some of you may love these songs below! If you do, awesome, crank it up. If these songs aren’t your cup of tea, add it to your do-no-playlist.

READ MORE: 7 Tips for Building Your Wedding Reception Playlist

14 of the Most Overplayed Wedding Songs

  1. The Chicken Dance
  2. I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
  3. Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars
  4. Cupid Shuffle by Cupid
  5. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
  6. Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex
  7. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke
  8. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
  9. Happy by Pharrell Williams
  10. I Loved Her First by Heartland
  11. Perfect by Ed Sheeran
  12. My Wish by Rascall Flatts
  13. Sugar by Maroon 5
  14. Cha Cha Slide by Casper

Out With the Overplayed, In With the New

Now that we’ve established which songs tend to be overplayed at weddings, let’s breakdown some replacement tracks for the important parts of your reception.

Grand Entrance

  • Overplayed: I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas
  • Replace With: Higher Live by Kygo, Whitney Houston

First Dance

  • Overplayed: Perfect by Ed Sheeran
  • Replace With: Lover by Taylor Swift

Line Dance

  • Overplayed: Cha-Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle
  • Replace With: The Git Up by Blanco Brown

Party Song

  • Overplayed: Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars
  • Replace With: Good As Hell by Lizzo

At Mike Staff Productions, we’ve built our whole business around reclaiming the fun in your wedding planning. Ready to start?


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