SONGS I'VE BEEN TOLD PEOPLE "PROBABLY WOULDN'T WANT TO HEAR" AT A WEDDING
People who are getting married sometimes ask me to think of songs they should play, because I love weddings and I love making lists (!). I do not always exhibit the most sound judgment about this.
- •Tunnel of Love by Bruce SpringsteenI highly suggest that you never bring up Bruce's Tunnel of Love, a song very much about the magic of a marriage turned dark and desperate, as a song that should be played at a wedding.
- •I Feel Love by Donna SummerSeems like Donna Summer would be a good bet, but several realizations follow this suggestion: 1. Not everyone spends time ranking disco songs, with this considered the consistent number one. 2. "Love" in this song does not, in even a remote way, refer to the standard romantic definition of love. 3. The best version of this song is 8+ minutes long.
- •You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling by The Righteous BrothersA song that, when it first occurs to you, is the perfect slow song, a romantic and beautiful sounding lullaby. This is a song about a person who is no longer reciprocating their partner's affection.
- •David GrayDon't suggest David Gray. Such pretty songs! Such pretty songs that are the musical equivalent to staring out the window during a torrential downpour.
- •The 2014 Diet Coke jingleI know, I know, "just for the taste of it-BUMP-BUMP-Diet Coke!" is a jam. But a. it's not a real song and b. It reminds people too much of Happy. And no one wants to hear Happy ever again.