Inappropriate Wedding Songs

Though never a “wedding musician” myself, I have played at a few weddings at the request of good friends who are getting married. In jest, I’ve often thought of songs with titles inappropriate for a wedding the point of awkwardness. It’s fun to suggest these tunes in a deadpan manner to the bride, groom and family who are usually stressed from the wedding and appreciative of a good laugh.

I was reminded of this while reading about the recent wedding of Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook Founder and CEO to his girlfriend Priscilla Chan (both pictured). At 28 years old, Zuckerberg, the worlds’ youngest self-made billionaire, can pretty much afford to hire anyone he wants to play at his wedding. So he hired his favorite musician, Billy Joe Armstrong, lead singer and songwriter of Green Day.

Now I wouldn’t call myself a Green Day fan, but I do like some of their songs. And I’m not a big Facebook fan – it’s a useful invention that is dangerously habit forming (much like television) – but I do use it sparingly. So it is with all respect to Billy Joe and well wishes to the happy couple that I wonder out loud: is this the right guy to be singing your wedding?

Think about the titles of Green Day’s biggest tunes: Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Stuck with Me. Basket Case. Then there’s Green Day’s biggest hit, often referred to as Time of Your Life but that has two words for its official title:


News of the Zuckerberg wedding gave me a new song to add to my “Inappropriate Wedding Songs” list. Keep in mind, there are plenty of songs with the right (or rather, wrong) lyrical content- You Oughtta Know or I Will Survive, for example) but what we’re talking about here are songs with titles that just scream “inappropriate.”

Of course there are many more out there, so if you think of any good ones, feel free to add ’em to the list. Here then are ten songs not meant to be heard on a day of matrimony. Enjoy!

Ten Inappropriate Wedding Songs

10. Good Riddance (Green Day)

9. Your Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Williams Sr.)

8. Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac)

7. Already Gone (The Eagles)

6. You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi)

5. I Don’t Care Anymore (Phil Collins/Genesis)

4. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon)

3. Goodbye To Romance (Ozzy Osbourne)

2. The Thrill Is Gone (BB King)

1. Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You (Led Zeppelin)

85 Responses to Inappropriate Wedding Songs

  1. Beatles,  “I'm Looking Through You”, Stevie Wonder, “All in Love is Fair”, Traveling Wilbury's, ” Congratulations”, Tina Turner, “What's Love Got to Do With It”, Todd Rundgren, “Can We Still Be Friends”, Heart, “Love Hurts”, J Geils Band, ” Love Stinks”, Earth Wind & Fire, “After the love has Gone” , Don Henley/India Arie, “The Heart of the Matter”, Neil Young,”Down By the River” Aretha Franklin, “Chain of Fools”, Whitney Houston,”All At Once”

  2. This is remind me , one time, with a person, that said me, all time that I listen
    Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You (Led Zeppelin) I remember you. In first moment I dont realize, same why, is in english and I never worry me in translate all to portuguese, etc… so one day, I dont know why, i resolved translate… I thought “son of bitch!” HAHAHHA… and I passed a good part of my life by side him hahahahaha…

    Already Bon Jovi, is personal. Play BJ at wedding is a signal of bad omen hahahahah…

    I dont have any song to put in your list, but listened some crazy guys to say: I want that play Slayer in my wedding, replace Nupcial song for Angel of Death,  or Rainning blood !!!

  3. I cringe every time the wedding reception DJs play “Every Breath You Take” by The Police.  After all these years people still don't get that song!!

  4. The list is endless and you've covered some of our top picks, but here are a few more (compiled as a clergyperson and once part of a husband-wife clergy team who'd done many weddings and cringed at song choices!):

    Runaround Sue
    Suffragette City
    Lady Marmalade
    Bad Girls
    Teen Angel
    If Lovin' You is Wrong, I Don't Wanna Be Right
    Alone Again, Naturally
    All By Myself

  5. Track 1 on either of the first two Type O Negative albums — “Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity” aka “I Know You're Fucking Someone Else”

  6. We've got this trending on Twitter now  in NY/NJ ! Too funny. People are going nuts with song titles from genres I'm not as familiar with incl. some really great ones!   Hashtag:   #InappropriateWeddingSongs

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  7. Talk dirty to Me – Poison.  The chorus is just so wrong! haha Imagine the relatives faces if that song is played. 

      • So true with prince songs —  Let's Pretend We're Married, If I was your Girlfriend, and of course how many people have ever really paid much attention to Little Red Corvette?

  8. Heart – Barracuda
    Greg Kihn Band – The Breakup Song
    Melissa Etheridge – Like the Way I Do
    Janis Joplin – Piece of My Heart

    There's so many…

    • The Breakup Song is perfect. I'd almost put in the list of ten, but didn't because its not as well known these days.

  9. Baby did a bad bad thing…
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  10. My cousin, a Lutheran Pastor, once had to try and explain to a bride why “I Don't Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar was really inappropriate for a wedding.

  11. If one cannot listen to his/her favourite music on their wedding day, perhaps the one you're marrying isn't worth. You should never stop being yourself just to please others (whomever they may be), or else you're faking.

    • Of course. But its fun to imagine these tunes being played and watching family & well wishers being shocked by the titles and/or lyrics.

  12. Touch of Evil by Judas Priest <–if I ever get hitched, I'm still playing this one at the reception
    I Wish You'd Die by Betty Blowtorch (or anything else, for that matter)
    For Whom the Bell Tolls by Metallica <– my brother had this at his wedding for the first dance

  13. Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (U2)

    Only (Nine Inch Nails) 
    Chorus: There is no you, There is only me, There is no f*cking you, There is only me

    Back Off Bitch (GNR)

  14. Another song that people clearly miss the meaning of:  “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion.  Yeah, it reminds you of the heart-breaking story in the movie Titanic…where people died, Rose's love froze to death, and the song talks about moving past a relationship.  Totally shouldn't be played at a wedding.  People are nuts.

  15. Sex Type Thing (Stone Temple Pilots) 
    Man In The Box (Alice In Chains)
    Holy Wars (Megadeth)
    Sorry Alex :c 
    The Evil Has Landed (Testament) xD 
    that's all I've got for now :p

  16. How about hiring a band for your wedding, discuss the music to be played, then when its time to walk down the isle, the guitarist says oh i didnt have time to learn that song…when two weeks before said he had it in the bag.  Then to top that, instead of the picked Beatles song for my wife and I first dance thing, they played some Led Zepplin song.. I said hey why not play some Black Sabbath instead, so they did.  I figured since the band wanted to jam/practice instead of play a wedding, might as well go with War Pigs.

  17. I Will Always Love Love You– Whitney Houston (Played at MY wedding ceremony… I'm divorced now. Hmmm.. wonder where it went wrong. lol)

    Another One Bites The Dust– Queen

    D-I-V-O-R-C-E– Dolly

  18. MAYBE I Write Sins Not Tragedies by Panic At the Disco (not a fan but seems totally inappropriate!)…maybe if you play shitty songs at your wedding it will last…since a lot of people are saying love songs end it….who knows…

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