More than other years, 2015 led me to believe there's some kind of DJ Illuminati that creates one playlist to rule them all at the beginning of every wedding season - some arcane formulation of stand-bys and Top 40 to create a uniform sonic vista at every wedding whether it's urban chic or rustic charm. Sure there are some stand-out MC's that are more Pitchfork than Pop, but by the end of the year there are a few songs you hope you won't hear as much ever again.
So as we wrap up a year in Boston Wedding Photography, we look back at some of the songs that we'd like a break from in 2016.
3. Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon
There are some songs that I could listen to about a thousand times in a row, screeching along in the car (singing is really not the right word for it), but sometimes a little familiarity can breed contempt. Such is the case with "Shut Up and Dance" that super catchy song that seems like it's tailor made to get blasted during the middle of a wedding reception. Perhaps that's part of it, the song just seems tailor made to get blasted during the middle of a wedding reception.
Maybe once it's not so associated with work, "Shut Up and Dance" and I can work it out.
2. Geronimo - Sheppard
Now, I like to think that I have my finger firmly on the pulse of what's hip but I feel like this song just showed up spontaneously at a wedding in late April and then at every subsequent event. It's easy to understand why, it's got a weirdly catchy hook and a super easy beat to play around with. Like Walk the Moon's hit, it's not even that I dislike the song, just that it hasn't held up (and I'm sure it doesn't help that about half the weddings I shot this year played "Geronimo" and "Shut Up and Dance" back to back).
Also "Geronimo" as a phrase is just such a weird cultural artifact.
1. Don't Stop Believing - Journey
I get that you need a song to wrap up the night and send everyone off on a high-note and somehow Journey's 1981 hit has insinuated itself into that space for almost a decade, drifting back and forth between irony and general affection.
Regardless of the song's actual merits (it's fun to sing along to) it has long been played out. Its continued presence on absolutely every playlist seems like a lazy trick on the audience. Let's get creative and find something new.
If you disagree or think that there's something we missed, just leave a message in the comments.