Ovation: Add Kelly Clarkson’s “Tie It Up” To Your List Of Favorite Wedding Songs.
Wedding receptions are always interesting. The varied mix of people usually in attendance, ranging in age from young nieces or nephews to grandparents, can present a challenge to couples that want to make certain everyone has a good time. The couples have to make many important decisions regarding seating, food, beverages, flowers, decorations and cake. Some couples choose to have live music or a disc jockey at their celebrations and selecting a band, performer or DJ can be the most difficult chore of all.
The wrong music can ruin almost any party. Once a Wedding Singer or DJ has been selected, the choice of what songs to play becomes the next challenge. There are several standby favorites that tend to be heard at wedding receptions. My top ten favorite wedding reception songs are:
- Macarena is a Spanish dance song released by Los del Rio that became an international hit in 1995 and remains one of the greatest one-hit wonders of all time. The simple dance moves associated with the song are easy enough for all wedding guests to quickly master.
- Chicken Dance is a polka that everyone recognizes because of the simple dance moves associated with it. Pinching the hands to imitate the clapping beak of a bird and flapping the arms as if they were wings is easy enough for the youngest and the oldest guest in the crowd to enjoy. As the music’s tempo increases everyone has to flap faster!
- Daddy’s Little Girl is a classic song played at many weddings while a bride dances with her father for the first time as a married woman. Originally recorded by the Mills Brothers in 1950 a more recent rendition by Michael Bublé often brings a lump to many throats as they watch.
- Love Will Keep Us Together was the title cut and first single of Captain & Tennille’s debut album. The song rose to number one on both the Easy Listening and Pop charts, was the best-selling single of 1975 and won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in February 1976.
- From This Moment On is a beautiful country pop ballad duet recorded by Shania Twain and Bryan White in 1998.
- The Hokey Pokey has been around for so long that everyone’s grandma can get the giggles when it’s time to “shake it all about”. The kids love this one as much as the Chicken Dance.
- Come What May was recorded by Ewen McGregor and Nicole Kidman as part of the soundtrack from the 2001 Baz Luhrman film Moulin Rouge. I think the lyrics are magnificently appropriate for a wedding day.
- I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You is a beautifully haunting ballad first recorded by Marc Anthony and Tina Arena. The duet was featured as the main theme of the 1998 movie The Mask of Zorro and captures the passion of the young lovers at the center of the story.
- Celebration is a number one song released in 1980 by Cool and the Gang. Everyone recognizes it when they hear it and the beat makes you want to move your feet.
- Tie It Up was Kelly Clarkson’s first country single to receive an international release last June. I believe this blues song about marriage proposals and wedding planning, with its catchy hooks and fun lyrics, is destined to be played at countless wedding receptions for years to come.
What do you think? Is Tie It Up going to be a favorite of brides and grooms of the future?
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