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  • Michael Trevino

Line Dances - To Play, Or Not To Play

You might think that your crazy aunt, or your wild-card of a best friend from your fraternity days might be the one to stir up drama on your big day. The truth is, from a DJ's point of view, line dances are almost always guaranteed to be the source of some interesting conversations. Why, you ask? Let's get in to it.

When I first meet with my couples, we almost always go over at least some of their "do not play" music. More often than not, at least one of the following songs:

  • DJ Casper "Cha Cha Slide"

  • Cupid "Cupid Shuffle"

  • Village People "YMCA"

  • Los Del Rio "Macarena"

  • Marcia Griffiths "Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)"

Notice a pattern? You got it - they're all line dances. Now, line dances is a DJ term that encompasses any song that involves guest participation. You could throw in some more recent hits like "Wobble" by V.I.C. It is all the same.

Now, I totally get it. If you think some couple's don't like these songs because they've heard them at every other wedding they've been to, I promise your DJ hates them more. Here is the rub, they get people dancing. What will inevitably happen is someone in your bridal party or a very involved guests will come up and request one of them. And that is when the fun starts.

I get to tell them they're on my "Do Not Play" list. What makes me laugh is when they ask me where it came from, as if I would bring my own DNP list. When I tell them it came from the couple, the response is always the same; "let me talk to the bride/groom."

I would say at least 8 out of 10 times, the couple caves and I play the song. The crowd loves it, the dance floor fills up, and the party goes on. So at the end of the day, what do you do? I always tell my couples, it is your day and if you don't like the YMCA (which I don't either), then I say we don't play it. Trust me, I've got some bangers that can take its place.

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