Some songs make for great party songs: They’re popular! They’re well-known! Everyone loves them! There’s no denying the power of a great crowd-pleaser. But, as this list of the most banned wedding songs reminds us, even formerly great party songs have a natural lifespan — and these days, there are a good deal of tunes many people would love for you to keep far, far away from your big event’s reception. Just, y'know, in case you don't want your guests to look back on the big day and cringe.
The list actually isn’t new; FiveThirtyEight originally released it in July of 2017, just over a year ago. As a companion piece to their 2016 list purporting to be the “ultimate wedding playlist,” the statistics analysis site talked to more than two dozen professional DJs about almost 200 weddings, seeking to dig up information about the songs and artists newlyweds and just-marrieds deny airtime to on their big days. And since we’re deep in the midst of the 2018 wedding season right now, it’s worth revisiting — even if some of the inclusions might make you feel personally attacked.
Interestingly, the vast majority of the top 10 most banned wedding songs are line dances. With roots dating back to the ‘50s, line dancing really became A Thing during the ‘70s, although many of the most notable line dances emerged in the ’80s and ‘90s. These days, we don’t see much in the way of new line dances being developed — so maybe that’s why songs with accompanying line dances have made their way onto the Most Banned At Weddings list: They’re simply no longer popular. Times change, after all.