The 45 Most Frequently Banned Songs on Wedding Playlists

Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer.

What makes a good wedding unforgettable? Nine times out of ten, a person will tell you it boils down to a fully stocked bar and some pretty fantastic music. Thankfully, most couples make sure to invest in hiring a team of professionals, be it a big live band or experienced DJ, to handle the hard work of dance floor shenanigans for them.

Of course, newlyweds do have some say in the music played on their big day. And while you might think that mostly means choosing their first dance song, a lot of thought goes into figuring out those tunes they don’t want to hear played during their wedding at all.

FiveThirtyEight interviewed over two dozen professional DJs, who have played at nearly 200 weddings, to learn which are the most frequently banned wedding songs. Some tracks, like “Macarena” or the “Hokey Pokey,” might not be terribly surprising, but we would’ve never guessed people would be so against Drake’s “Hotline Bling” or Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.” Below, the 40 most-commonly banned wedding songs in the U.S.

1. “Chicken Dance”

2. “Cha-Cha Slide” by DJ Casper

3. “Macarena” by Los Del Rio

4. “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid

5. “YMCA” by Village People

6. “Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)” by Marcia Griffiths

7. “Hokey Pokey”

8. “Wobble” by V.I.C.

9. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

10. “Shout” by Isley Brothers

11. “Love Shack” by The B-52’s

12. “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge

13. “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke

14. “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang

15. by “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex

16. “Dancing Queen” by ABBA

17. “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” by Journey

18. “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé

19. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

20. “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake, Lil Jon

21. “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” by Silentó

22. “Hot in Herre” by Nelly

23. “Mony Mony” by Billy Idol

24. “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor

25. “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot

26. “Booti Call” by Blackstreet

27. “Gangnam Style” by Psy

28. “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” by Big & Rich

29. “Stayin’ Alive” by Bee Gees

30. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

31. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars

32. “Wagon Wheel” by Nathan Carter

33. “What Do You Mean?” by Justin Bieber

34. “All of Me” by John Legend

35. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

36. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison

37. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

38. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins

39. “Get Low” by Lil Jon

40. “Hey Ya!” by Outkast

41. “Hotline Bling” by Drake

42. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

43. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion

44. “SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake

45. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift