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posted Oct 21, 2013, 9:38 PM by Paul Clairs   [ updated Oct 21, 2013, 9:38 PM ]
I recently read a Blog on a popular wedding website that listed the Top 10 dance floor fillers as rated by some of the best music suppliers in the country. Some of the songs had me scratching my head thinking "Wow if I played that at a Brisbane wedding I would have 30 angry girls throwing drinks at me" so here is my list of Top 10 DJ tunes and Top 10 live tunes that after 25 years of gigs have proved themselves as floor fillers:

Top 10 DJ Tunes - Although music comes down personal taste this list very, very rarely fails to get people up.

1. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
2. Dynamite - Taio Cruz
3. Blame It On The Boogie - Jackson 5
4. Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil' Kim, Mya version
5. Celebration - Kool & The Gang
6. Raise Your Glass - Pink
7. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO (mashed up with Sexy And I Know It)
8. Good Feeling - Flo Rida
9. I Got A Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
10. Time Warp - Rocky Horror - (as overplayed as this song is it stills works almost every time - I only play it by request however)

Honourable mention: I have found there to be 2 types of crowd - Nutbush Crowds or NO Nutbush Crowds. If your crowd is in the 1st group it can be so much fun when 50 people get up on the floor and try to stay in sync. If your crowd is in the 2nd group God help the DJ who plays this song :)...another by request only tune!


Top 10 Live Tunes - When I play live gigs (just me and my guitar) the song itself is the key not the beat. If people want to dance they find their own beat. With live music it's all about the song and getting people singing along.

1. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
2. Twist & Shout - The Beatles (throw in a verse of "La Bamba" for fun as the chord structure is identical)
3. Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel
4.  Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
5. Proud Mary - Tina Turner version
6. Steal My Kisses - Ben Harper
7. Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes
8. I'm A Believer - The Monkees
9. Throw Your Arms Around Me - Hunters & Collectors
10.Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

Honourable mention: As with Nutbush your crowd is either a Khe Sahn crowd or a NO Khe Sahn crowd - let the guests decide but it can be fun to see 20 guys screaming about the "Last Plane Out Of Sydney" at the top of their lungs.

Here is the thing - a wedding dance floor ebbs and flows: meaning it can be packed for 45 minutes then gets quieter for a while (this is when I can throw in the slower requests) It's OK for your guests to go and grab a drink and come back when the mood hits them.

Don't stress about the floor not being full for 3 hours solid. Let Nana dance to an Elvis song, let your jive dancing uncle and aunty do their thing to Bill Haley & the Comets, let your Mum & Dad dance to their wedding song - let your little niece hear One Direction...the wedding dance floor should be about ALL the guests having fun, yelling out requests and laughing loudly...let it happen.

See you on the floor
Paul Clairs
Wedding Music Queensland
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