TCC Playlist: Wedding Reception Playlist

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Wedding Reception

June is wedding season. According to CNN, last year the average cost of a wedding in the US was $28,000.  In Manhattan the average was nearly $80,000. From the dress to the photographer, to the cake and DJ, the expenses can easily add up, but they don’t have to.  You could borrow a family member’s dress, have a friend take photos, bake your own cakes, or skip the DJ and come up with your own playlist. In fact, the Sacrament of Matrimony only requires: a priest or deacon, a bride and groom, and two witnesses.  Everything else (flower girl, wedding party, food, white dress, honeymoon, rings) is optional.  Still, a wedding is a celebration and most Catholics want both a Mass and a party.  After all, Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding feast. So if you plan on having a reception but can’t afford a DJ or band, consider creating your own playlist. TCC’s own Anna Keating recommends some great songs for a reception, from dinner music and slow dances to fun dance music after the jump:

Dinner Music: “Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook”

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

They Can’t Take that Away From

Me Hooray For Love

All Through the Night

Anything Goes

Night and Day

Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)

Too Darn Hot

I Get A Kick Out of You

I’ve Got You Under My Skin

You Do Something To Me

All Of You Always

True To You in My Fashion

Ace In the Hole

Don’t Fence Me In

Easy To Love

It’s All Right With Me

What is this Thing Called Love?

It’s De-Lovely

Just One of Those Things

From This Moment On


Slow Songs:

To Be Alone With You – Bob Dylan

Crazy Love – Van Morrison

She’s Got a Way – Billy Joel

At Last – Etta James

Cupid – Sam Cooke

Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey

Girl From The North Country – Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash

If I Should Fall Behind – Bruce Springsteen

Mexico – Cake

One ‘o’ Clock Jump – Count Basie

Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

Don Covay – Mercy Mercy

Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man

Norah Jones – The Nearness of You

Etta James – Stormy Weather

Frank Sinatra – Under My Skin

G. Love and The Special Sauce – Baby’s Got Sauce

John Lennon -Oh Yoko!

Mariah Carey – Always Be My Baby

Steve Miller Band – Space Cowboy

The Showmen – 39-21-46

Solomon Burke – Can’t Nobody Love You

Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts

Take Me As I Am – Wyclef Jean

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

Stand By Me – Ben E. King

I Choose You – Sarah Bareilles


Fast Songs:

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Dancing on My Own -Robyn

A-Punk – Vampire Weekend

American Boy – Estelle featuring Kanye West

Jump Jive An Wail – Louis Prima

Just Dance – Lady Gaga

Kiss – Prince

Mama Said – The Shirelles

Everlasting Arms- Vampire Weekend

Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough – Michael Jackson

Dance to the Music – Sly and the Family Stone

Jump (for my love) – Pointer Sisters

I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

ABC – Jackson Five

I Want you Back – Jackson Five

Forever – Chris Brown

One Thing – Amerie

Tighten Up – Archie Bell and the Drells

Love Fool – Cardigans

Anyway You Want It – Journey

Don’t Stop Believin – Journey

You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate

Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up

Cyndie Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Summer Love – Justin Timberlake

My Love – Justin Timberlake

Ignition (Remix) – R Kelly

Just What I Needed – The Cars

James Brown – Out of Sight

James Brown – Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag

I Gotta Feelin – Black Eyed Peas

Jamie Liddell – Multiply

Jamiroquai – Little L

Jens Lekman – A Sweet Summer’s Night on Hammer Hill

Justin Timberlake – Senorita

Lee Moses – Time and Place

LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends

Linda Lyndell – What A Man

Madonna – Like A Prayer

Mariah Carey – Heartbreaker

Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Bruno Mars – Marry You

Marvin Gaye – Ain’t no Mountain High Ain’t No Valley Low

Outkast – Hey Ya

I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You – Black Kids

Paul Simon – Diamonds on the Souls of her Shoes

Prince – Rasberry Beret

Ray Charles – Hallelujah I Love Her So

Sam & Dave – I Thank You (single version)

Firework– Katy Perry

The Beatles – Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da

The Cardigans – Lovefool

Paparazzi – Lady Gaga

Kodachrome – Paul Simon

Empire State of Mind – Jay Z

Glenn Miller – In the Mood

The Police – Message in a Bottle

Spoon – I Turn My Camera On

Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl

Van Morrison – Wild Nights

Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder

These Words – Natasha Bedingfield

Solomon Burke – Everybody Needs Somebody to Love

The Clash – Rudy Can’t Fail

The Cure – Close to Me

The Faces – Ooh La La

The Strokes – Someday

Wyclef Jean – Mona Lisa

Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas

Don’t Stop the Music – Rihanna

Ain’t No Other Man – Christina Aguilera

Hips Don’t Lie – Wyclef (Shakira)

I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness

Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Shake it Up – The Cars

Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi