Hitched 2.0: The Best Song Suggestions From Our Guests

I can’t remember the last time I received a wedding invite that didn’t prompt me to suggest a song that will get me groovin’ on the dance floor. And because it’s a brilliant trend, we of course followed suit on our own invites (as part of a whole Mad Libs-esque response card, which I highly recommend). Every day, I excitedly go to my mailbox, bursting with anticipation of the creative, thoughtful, and hilarious RSVPs that await me. And I haven’t been disappointed. Not only is it supremely helpful to get all of these ideas, it’s also so much fun. In fact, we appreciate the weird, ridiculous, or personalized recommendations just as much as the sincere ones. Here, some of the most entertaining song suggestions we’ve received.

“Paradise by the Dashboard Light” by Meatloaf

Typically, I’m not a fan of insanely long songs being played at weddings and such (ahem, “American Pie”). But this one isn’t repetitive, doesn’t drag, and is fun enough to distract you from the fact that you’ve been dancing for eight minutes straight and are shamefully out of breath. Rather, it’s like a medley of a few tunes, gradually building in energy and excitement. It has a similar epic feel to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and by the end, everyone is belting the lyrics into invisible microphones, gesturing wildly in a combination of dance moves and overbold poses, or some combination of the two. And that’s just fun.

“It’s Time For The Percolator” by Cajmere

Does anyone remember this? It’s literally those five words, repeated over and over and over to the same thumping beat. It’s a ridiculous song, thus making this a ridiculously good recommendation.

“Hey Ya!” by Outkast

This song is just old enough to be off almost everyone’s radar, and no longer tired and overplayed. It’s unlikely I would’ve thought to add this one to the playlist, but when I gave it a listen for the first time in who-knows-how-many years, I couldn’t help but get a little giddy. I mean, you can’t deny this song is just so energizing. When I read this suggestion, I had to shake that RSVP card like a Polaroid picture.

“Bananaphone” by Raffi

Who doesn’t love being transported all the way back to childhood? Writing in a song that was a favorite before the age of 10 is bound to evoke a fantastic combination of nostalgia and laughter—especially if you knew the bride and/or groom and enjoyed it with them way back when. This recommendation was courtesy of my very own brother, and yes, we listened to the record (yep, record) on repeat often, as kids. Take a listen: It’s catchy.

“Give It Up” by KC & The Sunshine Band

If only we could play the music video along with it…

“The Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key

In all my attempts to send in a uniquely funny idea on a response card, this one never popped into my head. But it’s perfect. Simple, yet unexpected. It’s kind of funny to suggest a notoriously bad song, like “Friday.” It’s hilarious to suggest a notoriously good-just-not-at-all-in-the-context-of-a-dance-floor song. I laughed out loud.

“Strokin’” by Clarence Carter

It’s very possible I’m just out of the oldies loop, but I had never heard (or heard of) this song before it appeared on a card in my mailbox. Needless to say, I am oh so happy it’s now a part of my life. If you also aren’t familiar, well, I can’t do it justice. Just listen.

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