Quips and summaries from experiencing and appreciating music in a city that is as foreign and familiar as they come - New York. So here is to music anywhere and everywhere. Starting from concert one on week one after the move in 2009.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wedding Soundtrack

Wedding season is in full swing, I have attended three already. Several of my friends in the planning stages have asked my recommendations on controlling the DJ, my favorite songs, and how to keep a good vibe going on all night. I am pretty sure I gave them an overwhelming amount of songs and artists to play. So in the spirit of all things white, disgruntled relatives, abusing fashion and disregarding the dress code, open bar, forgetting to eat, expensive cake, and thoughtful speeches - here is the soundtrack to fit the big day (hopefully).

Top Songs

Shout – any version

Jump for my Love – The Pointer Sisters

I Want to Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston

You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry

Crazy In Love – Beyonce

Pokerface, Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

Smooth – Santana

Get Off My Cloud, Beast of Burden or anything from Exile on Main Street – Rolling Stones

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

Respect – Aretha Franklin

Mess Around – Ray Charles

Ring of Fire, Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash

Love Shack – B-52s

Marvin Gaye – all of it

Al Green – Let’s Stay Together or anything he does

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (Sam Cooke?)

Piano Man, Only the Good Die Young, Uptown, Still Rock n’ Roll – Billy Joel

Hard to Handle – The Black Crowes

Once In a Lifetime, This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody) – Talking Heads

Right To Be Wrong, Fell In Love w/ A Boy – Joss Stone

In The Morning – Junior Boys

Foundations – Kate Nash

Shame – Lilly Allen

Somewhere Only We Know – Keane

Dance Songs

Rehab, Tears Dry On Their Own – Amy Winehouse

Paranoia in B Major, I and Love and You – Avett Brothers

11th Dimension – Julian Casablancas

Hard To Explain – The Strokes

Empire State Of Mind – Jay-Z

Like A Prayer – Madonna

Walk of Life – Dire Straits

Old Kind of Rock n’ Roll – Joe Cocker?

Caravan – Van Morrison

Bonified Lovin’ – Chromeo

Paris – Friendly Fires

Calling Baton Rouge – Garth Brooks

Silver City – Ghostland Observatory

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Play Your Part – Girl Talk – explicit lyrics

Yr Mangle Heart – Gossip

Sunlight – Harlem Shakes

The Passenger – Iggy Pop

Silver Lining – Rilo Kiley

Lyrics Born /U2 Mash up

Valhalla – K-os

D.A.N.C.E – Justice

Gold Digger/Stronger/The Good Life – Kanye West

Let It Rock – Kevin Rudolf

Mr. Brightside/Read My Mind/All The Things I’ve Done/Can’t Stay/Sam’s Town – The Killers

Fight for your Right to Party – Beastie Boys

Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lennie Kravitz

Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Light My Fire – Doors

Something to Talk About – Bonnie Raitt

Shama Lama Ding Dong

Daft Punk is Playing At My House – LCD Soundsystem

Rich Girl – Hall & Oates

Rebel, Rebel – David Bowie

Animal – Miike Snow

Marcy – Duffy

Real Love – Mary J. Blige

1,2,3,4 – Feist

Dog Days Are Over – Florence & The Machine

Miscellaneous – cocktail or reception

Kings of Leon – Only By The Night, Because of the Times

All Van Morrison

Frank Sinatra

Coldplay – Viva La Vida or X&Y

Jackson Brown – greatest hits

Cat Power – The Greatest

Demond Dekker - reggae

Cocktail/Gearing Up Songs – friendly background music with some jump and fun to it

(songs, artist)

Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix

Trouble, Long Time Gone – Dixie Chicks

Move By Yourself – Donovan Frankenreiter

Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield

Mykonos – Fleet Foxes

‘Till I hear it from you – Gin Blossoms

There She Goes – So I Married An Axe Murderer soundtrack

See The World – Gomez

Sweet Child O Mine – Guns n’ Roses

2 Point for Honesty - Guster

All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem

Melissa, Ramblin’ Man – Allman Brothers

Rebellion (Lies), Arcade Fire

Do You Realize?, Flaming Lips

Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai

Naïve Melody (This Must Be The Place), Talking Heads

Goodnight & Go – Imogen Heap

Flake – Jack Johnson

Dr. Feelgood, Multiply – Jamie Lidell

Last Goodbye – Jeff Buckley

Golden – Jill Scott

Life’s Been Good – Joe Walsh

Crawling Up a Hill – John Mayall

My Stupid Mouth – John Mayer

Daniel, Bat For Lashes

Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Beach Boys

Devil’s Haircut or New Pollution or Que Onda Guero, Beck

My Night With a Prostitute in Marseilles or Scenic World, Beirut

White Collar Boy, Belle & Sebastian

Tiny Dance, Elton John

Landed or One Angry Dwarf…, Ben Folds

Songbird or Wish You Well, Bernard Fanning

Bittersweet, Bog Head Todd

Wicked Messenger, The Black Keys

This Modern Love, Bloc Party

That’s The Way It IS, Bruce Hornsby

Lay Lady Lay, Queen Jane Approximately, I Want You or Going to Acapulco Bon Dylan

God Bless The Child – Eva Cassidy

Love Me, Leave Me – Nina Simone

Love Is Everywhere , Bob Schneider

Skinny Love , Bon Iver

You’re So Vain , Carly Simon

Case Of You, Carrie , Joni Mitchell

If I Had A Boat , Lyle Lovett

Hospital Beds, Audience Of One , Cold War Kids

Holiday In Spain , Counting Crows

Cannonball, Damien Rice

Grey Street, Dave Matthews Band

Trouble, Ray LaMontagne

Falling Slowly – Swell Season or The Frames

Young Americans, Golden Years, David Bowie

Be Mine, Babylon , Please Forgive Me– David Gray

Marching Band of Manhattan, Death Cab for Cutie

Smoke on the Water, Deep Purple

Bamboleo, Gypsy Kings

Friday I’m In Love, Love Song, The Cure

Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight – Amos Lee

True Colors, Treehouse Song – Ane Brun

No One – Alicia Keys

Glass, Concrete & Stone – David Byrne

Walking After Midnight – Patsy Cline

Just The Two Of Us, Lovely Day – Bill Withers

Somebody to Love – Queen

Obstacle 1 - Interpol

Cocktail Album – where most of the songs on it are good

Infinite Arms - Band Of Horses

Eric Clapton – grtst hits

Live Album – Ben Harper

Betty LaVette – anything she does, a more funky Lena Horne

Blonde On Blonder or Blood On The Tracks – Bob Dylan

The Last Waltz – The Band, disc 4

The Temptations – greatest hits

Sam Cooke– greatest hits

Stevie Wonder– greatest hits

Dave Matthews Band – Crash or Live with Tim Reynolds

Radiohead – In Rainbows or The Bends

Mumford & Sons

Gabriel y Rodrigo

Manu Chao

She & Him

Dark Was The Night – indie collection album

Annie Lennox - Diva

Fitz & The Tantrums

Puppini Sisters

Ella Fitzgerald

Edith Piaf

Buena Vista Social Club

Louis Armstrong greatest hits

Billy Holiday

Adele – 19

Aimee Mann – Magnolia soundtrack

Slow Songs

Boulder to Birmingham – Emmylou Harris

Do Right Woman, Do Right Man – Aretha Franklin

Landslide – Dixie Chicks

Coat of Many Colors – Dolly Parton

If It’s The Beaches – Avett Brothers

God Only Knows – Beach Boys

The Luckiest – Ben Folds

Rome & Juliet – Dire Straits

I Could Hold You – Ray LaMontagne

Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight

A Song For You – Gram Parsons

Daughters – John Mayer

Collide – Howie Day

End of the night

Forever Young – Bob Dylan/The Band

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