19

May

2014

2014 Wedding Ceremony Song Suggestions

2014 Wedding Ceremony Song Suggestions


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La Califfa – Sung by Sarah Brightman
1, 2, 3, 4 – Cover Version of Plain White Tees performed by Vitamin String Quartet
A Thousand Years – The Piano Guys
Air on a G String – Johann Sebastian Bach
All You Need is Love – Beatles
Alla Hornpipe – G.F. Handel
Angel – Robin Thicke
Bellissimo – Ilya
Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
Bless the Broken Road – performed by The O’Neill Brothers
Bridal Chorus – Richard Wagner
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Clair de Lune – Claude Debussy
First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
Gymnopedies No. 1 – Erik Satie
Halo – Beyonce
Holocene –  Vitamin String Quartet
I Was Glad – Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Nimrod  – Edward Elgar
Paint the Sky with Stars – Enya
Ribbon in the Sky – Stevie Wonder
Romantic Pieces, Op. 75 – Antonin Dvorak
Sarabande – Johann Sebastian Bach
Sleepers Awake – Johann Sebastian Bach
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – “Iz”
Songbird  – Eva Cassidy
Spring  – Antonio Vivaldi
The Dog Days are Over – Florence and the Machine
The Prayer – The O’Neill Brothers
Trumpet Tune – Henry Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke
Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn

18

May

2014

Wedding Reception Song Suggestions 2014

Wedding Reception Song Suggestions 2014

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Quando, Quando, Quando – Michael Buble with Nelly
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Addicted to You – Shakira
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye
Applause – Lady Gaga
Asi Es La Mujer – Victor Manuelle
Bailando Por Ahi (Remix) – Juan Magan f/Crossfire
Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darin
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke f/ Pharrell & T.I.
Calle Ocho (I Know You Want Me) – Pitbull
Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Ray Dalton
Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
Cha-Cha Slide – DJ Casper
Chapel of Love – The Dixie Cups
Clarity -Zedd f/ Foxes
Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley
Country Girl, Shake it for Me – Luke Bryan
Cruise (remix) – Florida Georgia Line f/ Nelly
Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
Danza Kuduro – Don Omar
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Don’t Stop the Party – Pitbull
Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z with Alicia Keys
For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder
Gangnam Style – Psy
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Glad You Came – The Wanted
Good Vibrations – Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch
Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn
Got to Give It Up (part 1) – Marvin Gaye
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Hip Hop Hooray – Naughty by Nature
Ho Hey – The Lumineers
Hold On We’re Going Home – Drake
Home – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Home – Phillip Phillips
Hot Stuff – Donna Summer
I Can’t Wait – Nu-Shooz
I Love It – Icona Pop
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
I’m Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
In Da Club (clean) – 50 Cent
In the Mood – Glen Miller Band
It Takes Two – DJ Rob Base and EZ Rock
Jump Around – House of Pain
Kiss – Prince
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Low – Flo Rida
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & the Pips
Mony, Mony – Tommy James & the Shondells
My Girl – The Temptations
Need You Tonight – INXS
Nuthin’ But a G Thang (clean) – Dr. Dre f/ Snoop Dogg
One More Time – Daft Punk
Our Day Will Come – Amy Winehouse
P.Y.T. – Michael Jackson
Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
Poison – Bel Biv Devoe
Push It – Salt n’ Pepa
Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith
Red, Red, Wine – UB40
Ride Wit Me – Nelly
Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake
Royals – Lorde f/The Weekend
Runaround Sue – Dion
Save the World Tonight – Swedish House Mafia
Scream & Shout – Britney Spears & Will.i.am
Send Me on My Way – Rusted Root
Shout (Parts 1 and 2) – The Isley Brothers
Sign, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder
Spring Love – Stevie B.
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake
Super Freak – Rick James
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Take Back the Night – Justin Timberlake
Take on Me – a-Ha
That’s Amore – Dean Martin
That’s the Way I Like It – K.C. & the Sunshine Band
The Fox – Ylvis
The Girl from Ipanema – Bebel Gilberto & Kenny G.
The Harlem Shake – Baauer
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
The Wobble – V.I.C.
Thrift Shop – Macklemore w/Ryan Lewis and Wanz (hip hop)
Timber – Ke$ha f/Pitbull
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Turbulence – Steve Aoki
Twist & Shout – The Beatles
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
Unforgettable – Natalie Cole
Vivir Mi Vida – Marc Anthony
Wake Me Up – Avicii
Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Michael Jackson
We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
What You Won’t Do for Love – Bobby Caldwell
Wild Thing – Tone Loc
Yeah! – Usher with Lil’ Jon
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

18

May

2014

Dope Jam Session:

Dope Jam Session:

Random Dudes Start Jamming Out Together!

Dope Jam Session: Random Dudes Start Jamming Out Together!

Dope Jam Session: Random Dudes Start Jamming Out Together!

17

May

2014

2014 Summer Songs

 

Summer Party Songs 2014

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A Warm Summer Night – Chic
All Summer Long – Kid Rock
Automatic- Miranda Lambert
Baby Baby – Amy Grant
Beach Baby – First Class
Beachin’ – Jake Owen
Beautiful Day – UZ –
Bottoms Up – Brantley Gilbert
Boys Of Summer – Don Henley
California Gurls – Katy Perry
Celebrated Summer – Husker Du
Chainsaw – The Band Perry
China Town – Wild Nothing
Come & Get In Trouble With Me-Ricki-Lee
Comes And Goes… In Waves – Greg Laswell
Cop Car – Keith Urban
Crazy On You – Heart
Dancing In The Street – Martha And The Vandellas
Deadbeat Summer – Neon Indian
Despicable Dogs – Small Black
Doin’ What She Likes- Blake Shelton
Electric Music And Summer People – Beck
Endless Summer – Oceana
Evening In June – Van Morrison
Farewell My Summer Love – Micheal Jackson
Feel Good Hit Of The Summer – Queens Of The Stone Age
Feel It All Around – Washed Out
Fingertips – Emiliana Torrini
Firestarter -Samantha Jade
Gangnam Style – PSY
Get Me Some Of That – Thomas Rhett
Girls In The Summer Clothes – Bruce Springsteen
Give It 2 U [U. S. Mix / Edited]-
Kendrick Lamar / Robin Thicke
Give Me Back My Hometown – Eric Church
Good Day Sunshine – The Beatles
Happy Summer Days – Ronnie Dove
Happy Summertime – R. Kelly
Here Comes Summer – Jerry Keller
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
Here’s What’s Left – RJD2
Holes [Radio Edit]- Passenger
Holiday Road – Lindsey Buckingham
Hot Summer Nights – Night
I Don’t Dance- Lee Brice
I Don’t Need a Reason-Dizzee Rascal
I Got A Car -George Strait
Indian Summer – Gavin Degraw
Invisible – Hunter Hayes
It Must Be Summer – Fountains Of Wayne
It’s Summer – Chris Rea
June Is Busting Out All Over – Audra Mcdonald
Keep Them Kisses Comin’ – Craig Campbell
La La La- Naughty Boy / Sam Smith
Lettin’ The Night Roll – Justin Moore
Live While We’re Young – One Direction
Love Letters In The Sand – The Motels
Love Me Again [Radio Edit]- John Newman
Love Shack – The B52s
Magic Number-B.o.B / The Potbelleez
My Eyes – Blake Shelton Featuring Gwen Sebastian
My Summer Love – Ruby & The Romantics
On Top of the World- Imagine Dragons
One Life – PEZ / Tys
Parachute- Timomatic
Picnic In The Summertime – Deee-Lite
Play It Again-Luke Bryan
Porcelain – Moby
Prelude – Adventure Galley
Ratchet-Bloc Party
Ray Of Light – Madonna
Rewind – Rascal Flatts
Right There – Ariana Grande / Big Sean
River Bank – Brad Paisley
Sail-AWOLNATION
Summaer Days – Bob Dylan
Summer Madness – Kool & The Gang
Summer’s Almost Gone – The Doors
Summertime Rolls – Jane’s Addiction
Surfer Girl – The Beach Boys
Talamak – Toro Y Moi
That Summer Feeling – Jonathan Richman
The Best is yet to Come – Frank Sinatra
The Boys of Summer – Don Henley
The First Day of Summer – Tony Carey
The Green Leaves Of Summer – Peter & Gordon
The hanging Garden – The Cure
The Season – The Dodos
There Is No There – The Books
There’s A Light – Bushy
This Is How We Roll – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Luke Bryan
Va Va Voom – Nicki Minaj
Wait So Long – Trampled By Turtles
Walk of Shame [Clean Version]-P!nk
Walk The Moon -Anna Sun
Walks Like Rihanna – The Wanted
We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
When a Fire Starts To Burn-Disclosure
Where It’s At – Dustin Lynch
Whiskey In My Water – Tyler Farr
Who I Am With You – Chris Young
Yeah – Joe Nichols
Wild Child-Elen Levon
You Make Me – Avicii
Your Summer Dream -The Beach Boys

11

Feb

2014

2013 Top 50 Most Requested Money Dance Songs

Top 50 Most Requested Money Dance Songs

wedding money dance

1 Barenaked Ladies If I Had $1,000,000
2 Rascal FlattsMy Wish
3 Clapton, EricWonderful Tonight
4 Sinatra, Frank The Way You Look Tonight
5 Armstrong, Louis What A Wonderful World
6 Beatles With A Little Help From My Friends
7 Miller Band, Steve Take The Money And Run
8 Pink Floyd Money
9 John, Elton Can You Feel The Love Tonight
10 Mccoy, Travie Feat. Bruno Mars Billionaire
11 Aerosmith I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
12 Buble, Michael Everything
13 Buble, Michael Save The Last Dance For Me
14 Beatles Money (That’s What I Want)
15 Journey Faithfully
16 Lonestar Amazed
17 Womack, Lee Ann I Hope You Dance
18 O’jays For The Love Of Money
19 Temptations My Girl
20 Wonder, Stevie Isn’t She Lovely
21 Brown Band, Zac Whatever It Is
22 Lifehouse You And Me
23 Morrison, Van Brown Eyed Girl
24 Paisley, Brad She’s Everything
25 Shelton, Blake God Gave Me You
26 Uncle Kracker Smile
27 Lady Antebellum Just A Kiss
28 Train Marry Me
29 Cole, Nat King L-O-V-E
30 Johnson, Jack Better Together
31 King, Ben E. Stand By Me
32 Presley, Elvis Can’t Help Falling In Love
33 Big & Rich Lost In This Moment
34 Green, Al Let’s Stay Together
35 Jackson 5 I’ll Be There
36 K-Ci & Jojo All My Life
37 Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody
38 Hayes, Hunter Wanted
39 James, Etta At Last
40 Kamakawiwo’ole, Israel ‘Iz’ Over The Rainbow
41 Madonna Material Girl
42  Mraz, Jason I’m Yours
43 Perri, Christina A Thousand Years
44  Strait, George  I Cross My Heart
45 Brooks, Garth The Dance
46  Martin, Dean  That’s Amore
47  Rascal Flatts  Bless The Broken Road
48  Adams, Bryan  (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
49  Beach Boys Kokomo
50 Cole, Natalie With Nat King Cole Unforgettable

 

22

Jan

2014

2013 Top 50 Most Requested Ceremony Processional Songs

Top 50 Most Requested Ceremony Processional Songs

Wedding Ceremony Processional songs

1 Train Marry Me
2  Perri, Christina A Thousand Years
3 Pachelbel Canon In D
4 Kamakawiwo’ole, Israel ‘Iz’ Over The Rainbow
5 Adele  Make You Feel My Love
6  Jones, Norah Come Away With Me
7 Bright Eyes First Day Of My Life
8 Caillat, Colbie I Do
9 Mars, Bruno  Marry You
10 Mraz, Jason I Won’t Give Up
11 Adams, Bryan (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
12 Gray, David  This Years Love
13 Johnson, Jack Better Together
14 Krauss, Alison When You Say Nothing At All
15 Beatles All You Need Is Love
16 Beatles Here Comes The Sun
17 Lumineers Ho Hey
18 Rascal Flatts Bless The Broken Road
19 Enya Only Time
20 Hayes, Hunter Wanted
21 James, Etta  At Last
22 Sade By Your Side
23 Griffin, Patty Heavenly Day
24 Mraz, Jason I’m Yours
25 Onerepublic Good Life
26 Shelton, Blake God Gave Me You
27 Verve Bitter Sweet Symphony
28 98 Degrees I Do (Cherish You)
29 Acoustic Alchemy Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring
30 Beatles I Will
31 Beatles In My Life
32 Brickman, Jim Angel Eyes
33 Coldplay Yellow
34 Mraz, Jason & Colbie Caillat Lucky
35 Oasis Wonderwall
36 Phillips, Phillip Home
37 Plain White T’s 1,2,3,4 (I Love You)
38 ‘N Sync This I Promise You
39 Beach Boys  God Only Knows
40 Beatles Blackbird
41 Beethoven Ode To Joy
42 Coldplay Paradise
43 Cole, Nat King L-O-V-E
44 Dion, Celine Duet With Andrea Bocelli The Prayer
45 Dixie Cups Chapel Of Love
46 Extreme More Than Words
47 Lifehouse You And Me
48 Matthews Band, Dave You And Me
49 Paisley, Brad She’s Everything
50 Paisley, Brad Waitin’ On A Woman

22

Jan

2014

60 Great Albums You Probably Haven’t Heard

 60 Great Albums You Probably Haven’t Heard

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By Jody Rosen

Who needs new music? In this week’s issue of the magazine, our critics show us what’s in their personal collections of old culture, much of it you might’ve missed. All of it is available online, somewhere. Herewith, Jody Rosen’s list of sixty great albums you probably haven’t heard.

1950s

1. Joni James, 100 Strings and Joni (1959)
There are symphonic pop albums—and then there’s 100 Strings and Joni, on which fifties songbird Joni James tackled a dozen show tunes and standards, backed by a mammoth orchestra. The music is grandiose, of course, but James has a voice equal to the task, delivering stirring—and, lo and behold, subtle—readings of songs like “I Can Dream, Can’t I?”

2. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Gospel Train (1956)
Rosetta Tharpe is one of gospel’s greatest singers and one of the slyest musicians ever to strap on an electric guitar. Both qualities are on display in droves on this classic album.

3. Sanford Clark, The Fool (1956)
Sanford Clark is a forgotten great of early rock and roll whose finest recordings merit a place in the pantheon beside those of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison. This compilation of his fifties singles is a fine introduction to his dusky, spooky sound: It’s rockabilly, not as sock-hop party music but as late-night listening for the lonely and lovelorn.

4. Lou Donaldson, Blues Walk (1958)
Alto-sax great Lou Donaldson’s album is the essence of the jazz-blues. It’s also blues antidote.

5. Moondog, More Moondog (1956)
Freaky category-buster Moondog has long been a hero of the rock-snob set. His woolly album—a mix of spoken snippets and weird percussion tapping out tricky time signatures—shows why. “Ostrich Feathers Played on Drum,” anyone?

6. Elizabeth Cotten, Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes (1958)
Elizabeth Cotten played guitar so very right by playing it “wrong”: She developed her signature style by turning a right-handed guitar upside down and picking with her left hand. This great Smithsonian Folkways album, a collection of blues rags and folk tunes, earned Cotten many admirers and quite a few foolhardy imitators.

7. Machito, Kenya (1957)
An Afro-Cuban jazz masterpiece. Perfect music for a Sunday brunch. Or for reanimating a corpse.

8. Les Baxter featuring Bas Sheva, The Passions (1954)
This wild concept album by exotica composer Les Baxter placed wordless vocals over extravagant symphonic backing to conjure intense emotional states: despair, ecstasy, hate, lust, terror, jealousy, joy, passion. The real star is vocalist Bas Sheva, who bellows, sobs, and whoops, and, on the groovy “Lust,” unleashes cries of ecstasy—possibly the earliest instance of simulated orgasm on a commercially released recording.

9. The Browns, Sweet Sounds by the Browns (1959)
The records of Arkansas siblings Jim Ed, Maxine, and Bonnie Brown floated amiably between country, folk, and pop, but their sound was grounded in a musical verity: There’s nothing quite like three-part-harmony singing. For proof, check out this album’s opener, the Browns’ biggest hit, “The Three Bells.”

10. Mel Tormé, Mel Tormé Sings Fred Astaire (1956)
Nobody was smoother. Mel Tormé swung effortlessly and sang beautifully, but it’s the soothing, enfolding warmth of his vocal tone—the sound
that earned him the nickname “the Velvet Fog”—that set him apart from other pop vocalists. On this album Tormé takes on songs made famous by another world-historical smoothie. Delight.

1960s

11. Joe Tex, Buying a Book (1969)
Joe Tex sang better than all but a few soul men and was funnier than the lot of ’em. This gutbucket-funky album may be his finest.

12. Brigitte Fontaine, Comme à la Radio (1969)
If you think Gallic pop is one giant kitsch-a-thon, you’ve never heard musical Dadaist Brigitte Fontaine. On this delectably weird 1969 album, Fontaine combines chanson, spoken word, and avant-jazz, with guest work from the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

13. Lefty Frizzell, Mom and Dad’s Waltz and Other Great Country Hits (1966)
George Jones was the only man capable of outsinging Lefty Frizzell, whose clear, pure tenor lifted dozens of songs up the country charts in the fifties and sixties. Frizzell could also do some things Jones couldn’t, namely write songs like the title track of this LP: a beautifully plainspoken ballad of filial devotion, guaranteed to put teardrops in the beer mug of any parent or child.

14. Tex Williams and His String Band, Smoke Smoke Smoke (1960)
Nobody cracked an easygoing joke like Western Swing novelty-song king Tex Williams—his signature hit was the nicotine-addiction plaint “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette).” But Williams was a great singer, period, whether crooning “The Leaf of Love” or gliding through the badass-bootlegger tale “The Ballad of Thunder Road.”

15. Joe Bataan, Riot! (1968)
This propulsive, convulsive record isn’t just the definitive Latin Boogaloo album. It’s history: a vivid document of late-sixties New York City, when social unrest and the counterculture took root in the barrio. Nearly half a century later, it’s still capable of starting a riot—on the dance floor.

16. Connie Smith, I Love Charley Brown (1968)
Stiff-upper-lip heartbreak ballads, from one of country’s supreme female singers.

17. Bettye Swann, Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me? (1969)
Who hasn’t asked that question? But no one asked it better than the underrated soul balladeer Bettye Swann. Also not to be missed: the tender “Little Things Mean A Lot.”

18. La Lupe, Es La Reina (1969)
The torchiest album by one of the great torch singers of her day, with elaborate string-swathed orchestra arrangements bolstering the telenovela melodrama.

19. Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Volunteered Slavery (1969)
The jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk was famous for his brain-bifurcating (and trifurcating!) feat of playing two or more horns at a time. Volunteered Slavery showcases his staggering technique and his range: There are protest songs, whooping gospel testimonials, a Stevie Wonder hit, a blistering John Coltrane tribute, and, always, jokes—laughing-to-keep-from-crying gallows humor and the laughing-till-you’re-crying shtick of a natural cutup.

20. The Velvet Illusions, Acid Head (1967)
The title tells the story: This is psychedelic garage rock, recorded during the Summer of Love, when drugs were really starting to kick in. Sample lyric: “In hippie town / Some wear no shoes / They have no blues / No love to lose.”

1970s

21. Cymande, Cymande (1972)
You may not have heard of Cymande, but you’ve heard them: MCs have been rapping over their funky drums since the dawn of hip-hop. But the British band’s debut offers pleasures behind break-beats. Try “Rickshaw,” a flute-heavy Latin-jazz jam, or the bustling New Orleans funk of “Friends.”

22. Shirley Brown, Woman to Woman (1975)
Shirley Brown had a bit of Aretha in her: The woman knew her way around a heart-shredding soul ballad. The title track hit No. 1 on the Billboard
R&B charts, but the nine other songs are just as tasty.

23. Jorge Ben, África Brasil (1976)
The great Brazilian musical iconoclast delivers one of the funkiest albums of the funkiest decade in human history, with songs about everything from Santeria to sex, and—what else?—dancing. Rod Stewart lifted the tune for “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” from Ben’s “Taj Mahal”; Ben sued Stewart for plagiarism.

24. Keith Cross & Peter Ross, Bored Civilians (1972)
Folk, prog rock, and jazz drift through nine beautifully melancholy songs by a pair of virtuoso songwriter-guitarists. It’s a high-seventies record that’s both definitively English and ersatz-California: a couple of Brits doing their quirky version of Laurel Canyon rock.

25. Jane Birkin, Di Doo Dah (1973)
Serge Gainsbourg wrote this album for his muse Jane Birkin, and it is unmistakably Gainsbourgian. Here are a dozen exquisitely orchestrated pop songs that are as witty as they are pervy, delivered by Birkin in her patented vocal style: a whisper that made every lyric sound like a salacious secret.

26. The Congos, Heart of the Congos (1977)
The greatest roots reggae album of all time? Or the greatest album of all time, period?

27. Melanie, Stoneground Words (1972)
A warbler from Queens whose quavering folkie corniness was redeemed by her genuine eccentricity and gift for a tune. If you doubt that a song titled “Maybe I Was (A Golf Ball)” can be a harrowing existential lament, you’ve never heard this album.

28. The Flatlanders, More a Legend Than a Band (1972)
Three great Texas singer-songwriters—Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock—deliver the alt-country Ur-album.

29. Novos Baianos, Acabou Chorare (1972)
The eleven members of Novos Baianos, from the musical mecca of Salvador in northeastern Brazil, lived together on a commune for several years. They sounded the part. The band’s extraordinary second album blends folk, acid rock, samba, and bossa nova in songs that hold an enchanting aura of hippie utopianism. Exhibit A: the majestic, slow-cresting anthem “Preta Pretinha.”

30. Jobriath, Jobriath (1973)
What if the most shameless David Bowie impersonator you’ve ever heard made a high-camp sci-fi glam-rock concept album as good—or better—than Bowie’s own records?

1980s

31. The Nails, Mood Swing (1984)
As career plans go, it’s not terribly promising: Rockers from the patchouli-and-Birkenstocks mecca of Boulder, Colorado, relocate to New York City and reinvent themselves as jaded, jittery chroniclers of the downtown demimonde. But it worked for the Nails, at least on their debut album, a minor New Wave classic highlighted by the majestically seedy “88 Lines About 44 Women.”

32. Marshall Crenshaw, Downtown (1985)
Ten tidy, perfect songs from one of the great pop-rock classicists, deftly produced by the redoubtable T-Bone Burnett.

33. Ten City, Foundation (1989)
Ten City, from Chicago, were a future-shock and a nostalgia trip: popularizers of cutting-edge deep house who gloried in a lush Philly soul sound that was at least a decade out of date. They hit it out of the park with their biggest single, the album opener “That’s the Way Love Is.”

34. Baltimora, Living in the Background (1985)
Transcendently tacky New Wave dance music from Italy.

35. Fishbone, Truth and Soul (1988)
The best album by the greatest black rock band since Funkadelic highlights Fishbone’s secret weapon: the pop songwriting touch that brought focus to their cross-pollinating funk-punk-ska-metal-jazz-soul-gospel-etc. Truth and Soul is as catchy as it is funky and stands with Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back as one of the great protest albums of the eighties.

36. Ta Mara and the Seen, Blueberry Gossip (1988)
The phrase “blueberry gossip” sounds like the kind of delightful nonsense you’d find on one of Prince’s lyric sheets, and no wonder: Ta Mara and the Seen were Twin Cities–based exponents of the “Minneapolis sound.” They were Prince wannabes, in other words—or, to be precise, Sheila E. wannabes. There are worse things to be, especially when your album is produced by Jesse Johnson, of the Time, and when “Blueberry Gossip” turns out to be this funky.

37. Keith Whitley, I Wonder Do You Think of Me (1989)
This one was released three months after country star Keith Whitley’s death from alcohol poisoning. It was an accidental valediction but a worthy one, especially the sad, lovely title track.

38. King Sunny Adé & His African Beats, Juju Music (1982)
The album that introduced Western audiences to the Yoruba Nigerian juju, and to King Sunny Adé, the genre’s top star. It’s irresistible dance music, at once tough and breezy, with gentle melodies and chiming guitar lofting above thick, bustling polyrhythms.

39. Chill Rob G, Ride the Rhythm (1989)
Hip-hop connoisseurs long ago canonized the slick, festive debut album by Jersey City rapper Chill Rob G. Classic cut: “Let the Words Flow.” Buried treasure: the gory “Bad Dreams.”

40. Holly & the Italians, The Right to Be Italian (1981)
No one was going to deny Chicagoan turned Londoner Holly Beth Vincent the right to be Italian—or the right to snarl bratty New Wave anthems like “Rock Against Romance” and “Tell That Girl to Shut Up.”

1990s

41. Ivy, Apartment Life (1997)
Lounge, bossa nova, Brill Building pop, and other urbane sounds move through the music on Apartment Life, a dozen tight, melancholy songs about youngish New Yorkers falling in and out of love.

42. O.C., Word … Life (1994)
“By the way, do me a favor / Give it a chance if a nigga has flavor,” rapped Brooklyn’s O.C. on his debut. Few did give Word … Life a chance in 1994, when the popularity of gangsta rap made O.C.’s boasts-and-rhymes traditionalism seem dowdy. But the album has endured as a cult favorite, not least for “Time’s Up,” a classic diss track aimed at, yep, phony gangstas.

43. Ninjaman, Bounty Hunter (1991)
There’s lots of sex and, especially, violence on Ninjaman’s Bounty Hunter, an album sometimes credited with bringing gangsta-rap gunplay to the Jamaican dance hall. But there’s wit, too, and the pure musicianship of Ninjaman, whose singsong style is one the genre’s most compelling.

44. Cornelius, Fantasma (1997)
Noise-pop and drum and bass, the Beach Boys and the Beastie Boys, lounge and grunge: There’s all that and more on the 1997 album by Japanese musical polymath Cornelius.

45. Youssou N’Dour, Set (1990)
An album that forced Western listeners to confront two facts: Not only was Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour a singer of godly gifts, he might just sing the best pop songs, too.

46. Latin Playboys, Latin Playboys (1994)
A side project by Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez that was better than any Los Lobos album in the prior decade, and that’s saying something. Imagine Latin dance music remixed by Tom Waits on a steam-operated studio console.

47. Freedy Johnston, Can You Fly (1992)
Masterful songwriting in a vaguely midwestern-gothic mode, by a Kansan who relocated to Hoboken. The title track is a ballad about a farmer who discovers an angel in a field—and it doesn’t have one bit of spiritual mumbo-jumbo about it. “The Lucky One” is the best song ever written about Las Vegas. The other eleven songs are just as good.

48. Iris DeMent, My Life (1993)
The country troubadour dedicated My Life to her father, who died in 1992, a year before the album’s release. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more moving elegy: ten beautiful folk-country songs about love and family and faith, written and performed with the easy-flowing artlessness that comes naturally to an artist.

49. DJ Quik, Quik Is the Name (1991)
Nearly two full years before Dr. Dre released The Chronic, the template for g-funk was in place on this Compton rapper’s smutty, swaggering debut.

50. Andy Bey, Shades of Bey (1998)
Dreamy, beautiful album by a master jazz vocalist who finds new depths in everything he sings. Bey wraps his dark baritone around an eclectic group of songs: an Ellington chestnut, an Afro-Cuban lullaby, Nick Drake’s “River Man.” His tender take on “Some Other Time” is one of the best you’ll hear of that oft-sung ballad.

2000s

51. Benji Hughes, A Love Extreme (2008)
Benji Hughes looks like a biker-bar scuzzball, but he writes songs like Cole Porter, if Cole Porter had a Casio keyboard, an 808 drum machine, and songs with titles like “I Went With Some Friends to See the Flaming Lips.” Hughes’s debut album, a 25-song opus, is wildly ambitious and an egregiously overlooked classic of American popular song.

52. Akufen, My Way (2002)
Talk about a cut-and-paste job. Akufen, a.k.a. Montreal electronic musician Marc Leclair, made this album by collaging together more than 2,000 samples, all taped by Leclair off the radio. He builds those snippets—of music and voices and static and everything in between—into miniature symphonies, some ambient, some propulsively danceable, all of them bewitching and ingenious.

53. Julie Roberts, Men & Mascara (2006)
Julie Roberts has one of the most soulful voices in country music, and on this album she found a dozen songs worthy of it. The title track is a weeper for the ages: “Last night, he said she was the one / But men and mascara always run.”

54. Bobby Creekwater, Anthem to the Streets (2005)
Atlanta rapper Bobby Creekwater was briefly signed to Eminem’s Shady Records label, but his 2011 major-label debut flopped. Too bad, because his 2005 mixtape Anthem to the Streets was a blast, full of sprightly beats and low-key wit. Standout: the theme song “Bobby Creek.”

55. Various Artists, Hyphy Hitz (2007)
Bay Area hyphy is the dumbest regional rap style in the country—and as this stupendous compilation proves ad infinitum, “dumb,” in hyphy-speak, is a compliment in the highest.

56. The Pierces, Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge (2007)
An inexplicably slept-on album by sisters Catherine and Allison Pierce. It’s catchy and clever and sexy; the music takes in everything from Prince to down-home country to Kurt Weill. And it includes “Boring,” a spoof of blasé jet-setters: “Saturday night / We look all right / We’re going out / Boring / Paris, France / London town / NYC /Boring.”

57. Fanfare Ciocarlia, Iag Bari (2001)
If it sounds like a mêlée has broken out at a wedding—well, it has. The Balkan brass orchestra Fanfare Ciocarlia, from Romania, touts itself as the world’s fastest band. It’s difficult to verify that claim, but on this album it’s clear they’re one of the tightest and rowdiest.

58. Calle 13, Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo (2008)
If you’re a Latin-music fan, you know the third album by Puerto Rican hip-hop heroes Calle 13, and you know it well. If you’re not, you may not know it, but you really should. The Spanish-language raps mix partying, protest, jokes, smut, and pathos. But you don’t need a word of Spanish to feel the music in rapper Residente’s manic flow, or to grok the beats, in which reggaeton, samba, Balkan brass, Argentine cumbia villera, and a dozen other styles collide and cross-pollinate.

59. Eric Church, Carolina (2009)
Church’s 2006 debut Sinners Like Me put him on the map; Chief (2011) made him a superstar and critic’s darling. In between, he released what may be his best album, and certainly his most overlooked. Carolina stretched out sonically, from the title track, a southern home-and-heart ballad with cavernous U2-style production, to “Hell on the Heart,” a cherry-bomb pop tune that Church called his attempt to write a Maroon 5 song.

60. Prinzhorn Dance School, Prinzhorn Dance School (2007)
The debut album by this English art-punk trio makes other minimalists sound maximalist. This is pop stripped to its barest bones, and then stripped further: Guitars and basses act as drums, drums as punctuation marks, vocal rasps and yelps serve more as percussion than points of focus. Somehow, songs assemble themselves, and they sound great.

*This article originally appeared in the November 18, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.

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2014

2013 Top 50 Most Requested Ceremony Recessional Songs

Top  Most Requested Ceremony Recessional Songs

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1 Wonder, Stevie Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours
2 Caillat, Colbie I Do
3 Cole, Natalie This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
4 Lumineers Ho Hey
5 U2 Beautiful Day
6  Sharpe, Edward & The Magnetic Zeros Home
7  Mars, Bruno Marry You
8 Lamontagne, Ray You Are The Best Thing
9 Beatles All You Need Is Love
10 Queen You’re My Best Friend
11 Hall, Daryl & John Oates You Make My Dreams Come True
12 Kamakawiwo’ole, Israel ‘Iz’ Over The Rainbow
13 Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling
14 Onerepublic Good Life
15 Beach Boys Wouldn’t It Be Nice
16 Mraz, Jason I’m Yours
17 Johnson, Jack Better Together
18 Matthews Band, Dave You And Me
19 Perri, Christina A Thousand Years
20 Phillips, Phillip Gone, Gone, Gone
21 Shelton, Blake Honey Bee
22 Smash Mouth I’m A Believer
23 Verve Bitter Sweet Symphony
24 Counting Crows Accidentally In Love
25 Franti, Michael & Spearhead Say Hey (I Love You)
26 James, Etta At Last
27 Plain White T’s Rhythm Of Love
28 Shelton, Blake God Gave Me You
29 Train Marry Me
30 Turtles Happy Together
31 Beatles Here Comes The Sun
32 Brown, James & The Famous Flames I Got You (I FeelGood)
33 Buble, Michael Everything
34 Big & Rich Lost In This Moment
35 Cake Love You Madly
36 Harris, Calvin Feel So Close
37 Mumford & Sons I Will Wait
38 Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris We Found Love
39 Sixpence None The Richer Kiss Me
40 Twain, Shania From This Moment On
41  Wilson, Jackie (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) HigherAnd Higher
42 Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand
43 Beatles I’ve Just Seen A Face
44 Caillat, Colbie Brighter Than The Sun
45 Capital Cities Safe And Sound
46 Coldplay Paradise
47 Heavy D. & The Boyz Now That We Found Love
48 Lewis, Huey & The News The Power Of Love
49 Mowgli’s San Francisco
50 Mraz, Jason & Colbie Caillat Lucky

 

 

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Jan

2014

2013 Top 50 Most Requested Ceremony Songs

2013 Top  Most Requested Ceremony Songs

Recessional songs

 

1 Train, Marry Me
2 Perri, Christina,  A Thousand Years
3 Mars, Bruno, Marry You
4 Caillat, Colbie, I Do
5  Kamakawiwo’ole, Israel ‘Iz’,  Over The Rainbow
6 Lumineers, Ho Hey
7 Mraz, Jason, I Won’t Give Up
8 Johnson, Jack, Better Together
9  Mraz, Jason & Colbie Caillat,   Lucky
10  Shelton, Blake, God Gave Me You
11  Adele,  Make You Feel My Love
12 Cole, Natalie, This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
13 Wonder, Stevie, Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours
14  Jones, Norah,  Come Away With Me
15 Pachelbel, Canon In D
16 Mraz, Jason, I’m Yours
17  Beatles, Here Comes The Sun
18 Buble, Michael, Everything
19  James, Etta, At Last
20 U2, Beautiful Day
21  Rascal Flatts,  Bless The Broken Road
22 Sharpe, Edward & The Magnetic Zeros,  Home
23 Bright Eyes,  First Day Of My Life
24 Beatles, All You Need Is Love
25Lamontagne, Ray, You Are The Best Thing
26 Mumford & Sons, I Will Wait
27 Dixie Cups, Chapel Of Love
28 Hall, Daryl & John Oates,  You Make My Dreams Come True
29 Onerepublic, Good Life
30 Plain White T’s, 1,2,3,4 (I Love You)
31 Adele, Lovesong
32Armstrong, Louis, What A Wonderful World
33 Gray, David, This Years Love
34 Lifehouse, You And Me
35 Presley, Elvis, Can’t Help Falling In Love
36 Mccain, Edwin, I’ll Be
37 Michaelson, Ingrid, The Way I Am
38 Queen, You’re My Best Friend
39 Sade, By Your Side
40 Plain White T’s, Rhythm Of Love
41 Turtles, Happy Together
42 Beach Boys, Wouldn’t It Be Nice
43 Paisley, Brad, Then
44 Beach Boys, God Only Knows
45 Black Eyed Peas, I Gotta Feeling
46 Buble, Michael, Crazy Love
47 Caillat, Colbie, Bubbly
48 Chesney, Kenny, Me And You
49 Enya, Only Time
50 Hayes, Hunter, Wanted

 

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2014

2013 Top 50 Most Requested Groom & Mother Dances

2013  Most Requested Groom & Mother Dances

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1 Rascal Flatts My Wish
2 Armstrong, Louis What A Wonderful World
3 Boyz II Men A Song For Mama
4 Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man
5 Womack, Lee Ann I Hope You Dance
6 Beatles In My Life
7 Dion, Celine Because You Loved Me (Theme From Up Close And Personal)
8 King, Ben E. Stand By Me
9 Kamakawiwo’ole, Israel ‘Iz’  Over The Rainbow
10 Groban, Josh  You Raise Me Up
11 Chesney, Kenny Don’t Blink
12 Matthews, Jason That’s What Mamas Do
13 Stewart, Rod Forever Young
14 Morrison, Van Days Like This
15 Wonder, Stevie You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
16 Collins, Phil You’ll Be In My Heart
17 Taylor, James How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
18 Cole, Natalie With Nat King Cole Unforgettable
19 Stewart, Rod Have I Told You Lately
20 Fleetwood Mac Landslide
21 Midler, Bette Wind Beneath My Wings
22 Wonder, Stevie Isn’t She Lovely
23 Brickman, Jim Feat. Lady Antebellum With Hillary Scott Never Alone
24 Brooks, Garth It’s Your Song
25 Church, Eric Like Jesus Does
26 Sinatra, Frank The Way You Look Tonight
27 Beach Boys God Only Knows
28 Clapton, Eric Wonderful Tonight
29 Taylor, James You’ve Got A Friend
30 Adkins, Trace Then They Do
31 Hicks, Taylor Do I Make You Proud
32 Joel, Billy Just The Way You Are
33 Underwood, Carrie Mama’s Song
34 Harris, Mark Find Your Wings
35 Mraz, Jason 93 Million Miles
36 Presley, Elvis The Wonder Of You
37 Simon, Paul  Loves Me Like A Rock
38 Beatles Let It Be
39 Carey, Mariah Hero
40 Cocker, Joe You Are So Beautiful
41 Flack, Roberta The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
42 Hill, Faith There You’ll Be
43 John, Elton  Your Song
44 Mcentire, Reba  He Gets That From Me
45 Presley, Elvis  Memories
46  Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody
47 Thomas, Rob  Little Wonders
48 Beatles  Twist And Shout
49 Brooks, Garth The Dance
50 Cupid  Cupid Shuffle

 

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