APW Reader Playlist: Christina & Matthew’s Self-DJed Dance Party

*Christina & Matthew*

One sentence sum up of your wedding’s vibe: A Northern California-themed love fest full of good food and great dancing.

Christina & Matthew’s Wedding Playlist from practicalmaddie on 8tracks Radio.

We tried to create our playlist around multi-generational crowd pleasers that also weren’t your run-of-the-mill cliched wedding songs. The dance floor was full from start to finish, so we consider it a success. Some song highlights (and our full playlist available for download after the jump):

  1. “You Never Can Tell” by Chuck Berry (This was our father/daughter dance. We learned the “Pulp Fiction” choreography for it.)
  2. Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder
  3. “Jump (For My Love)” by the Pointer Sisters
  4. “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti w/ Spearhead
  5. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
  6. “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer
  7. “Mamma Mia” by ABBA
  8. “Loca” by Shakira
  9. “Club Can’t Handle Me” by Flo Rida
  10. “Ignition (Remix)” by R Kelly
  11. “Give Me Everything” by Pitbull
  12. “California Love” by 2Pac

Editor’s Note: Christina & Matthew generously agreed to share their complete self-DJ’ed wedding playlist. To download their complete list, click here.

Photos by: Evan Chung Photography

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  • EKS

    You never can tell — what a good wedding song! I youtubed the pulp fiction dance, which led to a good half hour of watching great movie dance scenes. What a fun idea to learn a dance with your dad!

    • Christina

      The best part was that my dad and I both independently thought of doing this dance for our father/daughter dance.

  • Emmy

    Ha! “You Never Can Tell” is the song that comes after our first-dance song, to get everyone on the floor. We chose it because we have a big age gap in our relationship, and people were really doubtful about it at the beginning.

  • BT

    Can you stop reading my mind lately, APW? I’ve got most of our music figured out, but am trying to work on our dance playlist today and it is not my strong suit, so this is so helpful!

    • BT

      Also, I must say that I LOVE that you have Tunak Tunak Tun on your full playlist. Holy crap, that is so going on our list.

  • Katherine

    I wasn’t sure we’d be able to pull off having Tupac in our playlist (we’re also self-dj’ing), but now you’re making me think we can! Yay!!

    • Christina

      Totally. We played Tupac toward the end of the night, which helped make it more acceptable.

  • Kara

    I am doing a self-DJ wedding too, but I have a lot of questions about the timeline. Would you be willing to share how long your “dance” playlist went for. In my mind I am having less dancey music for before the ceremony, during the cocktail hour and dinner, but after that we are letting it rip. How many hours did your dance part of the wedding last for? How did you space the songs with slow songs? I did not realize how hard it would be until I started making the list. One month left and my fingers are crossed it all works out.

    • Rachel

      I second these questions! I think I have most of the songs selected, but working on a good flow for the music has been difficult. Do I have to play slow songs? If so, when? How many? Do I start with oldies and progress to the new stuff? Where do I fit in my favorite 90s pop one hit wonders?

    • Christina

      Hi Rachel and Kara,

      We hired a guitarist for the ceremony and cocktail hour and then self-dj’ed slower music during dinner. We only played 1 slow song during the dance portion of the evening. In my experience, at least, most people would rather cut a rug at a wedding than slow dance. When putting together the dance list, we planned for 3 hours and divided the songs up by “hour 1,” “hour 2,” and “hour 3.” We followed a somewhat chronological pattern, with more oldies in the first hour and Pitbull and Tupac in the third hour. Each hour was actually a separate playlist, and we would just switch to the next hour’s playlist when we felt it was appropriate. We didn’t end up playing every single song from each list, but I was happy we had more than we needed.

      • Kara


        Thank you so much. This really helps. I was also considering breaking the evening up into multiple playlists, so good to know that worked out for you. Also, CONGRATULATIONS! It looks like it was a fun party.

  • Hannah Smith

    This is a fantastic playlist. I’m totally stealing several of these songs for my own.

  • VivaLuisa

    Two months out from my own self-DJ’ed wedding dance and VERY grateful for your willingness to share your entire playlist. Thank you!!

  • Laura

    As a guest at Christina’s wedding, I can attest that both the dinner and dance party music were great. Her playlists were a huge inspiration and help when making playlists for my wedding last month. It definitely took longer to put them together than I’d imagined, but it was worth it.

  • Abby Mae

    I was so stumped about doing a dance playlist. Now I have an awesome jumping-off point. I am SO glad you posted this APW!

  • Big ups for Ignition (Remix). Basically any R Kelly song that has (Remix) in the title is guaranteed to bring me to the dance floor.

    • Christina

      I’m a big fan of “sing-along” songs at weddings, and this one definitely fit the bill!