The Least Appropriate Wedding Songs Ever

July 6, 2010

Now, I don’t actually listen to NPR- I’m more of a This American Life person myself. However, I ran into this awesome radio clip here and cringed as they talked about some of the Least Appropriate wedding songs…everrr.

A wedding couple enjoys their first dance.

The Least Appropriate Wedding Songs Ever

June 11, 2009, NPR

Judy Collins' 'Judith'

Send in the Clowns

Artist: Judy Collins

Album: Judith

At my first wedding in Tahoe, we quickly found a minister to perform the ceremony without discussing the details. Everything seemed fine as I walked up to the preacher, except that the bridesmaid was doubled-over in laughter. I was only vaguely listening to the lyrics… —Darol Allen In 1978, my sister walked down the aisle to “Send in the Clowns.” My mother picked it out, and to this day defends her choice. —Carrie Yankello Wow! Someone else chose “Send in the Clowns”? That was the best laugh my date and I ever had at a wedding. —Teresa Labella

The Righteous Brothers' 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin''

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

Artist: The Righteous Brothers

Album: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection

My husband has been a wedding DJ for over 20 years. He has lots of stories about weird wedding song choices, but my favorite is the couple that requested “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ ” for their first dance. Stunningly oblivious to the lyrics, or even just the title, they explained: “But we love Top Gun!” —Dana Robb

Louis Prima's 'Wildest'

Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody

Artist: Louis Prima

Album: Wildest! [Expanded]

During the ’80s, one of my cousins got married for the second time. Since her first was an elopement, she did a nice job with a church, harp and flute with organ for the music. It was all quite dignified; her father performed the ceremony. The reception was on the ocean, also very nice. When the master of ceremonies introduced the couple for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. XXX, the wedding band played “Just a Gigolo.” Everyone under the age of 30 erupted into hysterical laughter. –Elisabeth Powers

Frank Sinatra's 'The Capitol Years'

The Lady Is a Tramp

Artist: Frank Sinatra

Album: The Capitol Years

At our wedding party with a live band of musician colleagues of my husband, Howard was persuaded to get on stage and sing. He serenaded me with “The Lady Is a Tramp” in the style of Tom Waits. Unbelievably, we’re about to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. —Jennifer Hollingsworth [Editor’s note: Some people find this song touching. But, as subtle and sophisticated as the lyrics may be, repeatedly singing the word “tramp” in the direction of one’s new wife isn’t to be encouraged.]

Carlo Bergonzi's 'The Sublime Voice'

Verdi: ‘La donna e mobile’ (Rigoletto)

Artist: Carlo Bergonzi

Album: Carlo Bergonzi: The Sublime Voice

I attended a wedding where La donna e mobile from Verdi’s Rigoletto was sung. I couldn’t believe it! The translation from the Italian is “Anyone who trusts her is always wretched; he who opens his heart to her is lacking in caution.” Did they really understand the lyrics? —Mike Comer


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