Man, 2013 was a heck of a year! We definitely got to work with some awesome couples, and I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity to help serve up the soundtrack on their big days.
We’ve been talking to more and more people who want an idea of the kinds of music that we’ve seen work best for each section of the wedding, so we thought it might be a good idea for each of us to post our favorite 5 songs from Cocktail Hours, Dinner, and the Reception from 2013. So without further delay, here are my top fifteen from 2013.
Cocktail Hour – I’ve got an eclectic mix going on here. Try to keep up.
5. “St. Judy’s Comet” – Paul Simon: This song has a special significance to me now that I’m a father of a 5-month-old son. The lyrics make me smile, and I sing it to him from time to time when I’m trying to put him down. I really like the lightness of this song, the harmonies, the steel guitar.
4. “Someone Will” – Dawes: This toe-tapper is hard to resist, and features the classic story-telling and humorous lyrical talents of my favorite band. I think it’s worth a listen.
3. “Sunnier Days” – Diego Garcia: It’s a shame that this song really came across my radar after wedding season had wound down for winter. I think it’d be a great addition to any cocktail hour – jaunty, light – perfect for an outdoor, summer cocktail hour.
2. “100 Yard Dash” – Raphael Saadiq: This is a classic for ProVolve. Many, many, many couples have had it grace their Cocktail Hour. It’s hard to resist this groove – we put this song on, and we see shoulders moving in the crowd.
1. “Take Five” – Dave Brubeck: Another ProVolve staple. It’s a perfect way to add some swank and class to a Cocktail Hour. We get a lot of compliments on this one, especially from people who know their Jazz. Or as Eric calls it, “Jass.”
Dinner Music – Dinner’s a time for a couple to really showcase their musical preferences, tastes, and hear the songs that have defined their relationship. Some of my favorite songs to hear when we work with couples for Dinner are as follows.
5. “Home” – Phillip Phillips: This is one that I hate to love – I was really pulling for someone else to win that season of American Idol, but when it’s all said and done, Phillips is a pretty talented guy, and this one is a track I can’t help but hum along to.
4. “I’ve Got This Friend” – The Civil Wars: This song is gorgeous. The harmonies are unbelievable, and the premise of the song, lyrically, positions it perfectly for a romantic setting.
3. “Moon in the Water” – Dawes: Dawes is pretty well-represented in this list, and for good reason. They’re an amazing band. This song might be one of my favorite set of lyrics of all time – I highly recommend giving it a thorough listen. A beautiful song about timing, imperfect love, and perfect love.
2. “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” – Billy Joel: Eric and I always savor the opportunity to play this song. It’s Joel’s magnum opus, and it takes you on a journey that I love to imagine and re-imagine each time we play it. Eric and I typically air-drum/air-bass our way through the bang-out.
1. “Can’t Take My Eyes off You” – Frankie Valli: This is a song that we have to be careful about – sometimes, the people singing along are louder than the music itself! I urge you to consider this for your Dinnertimes, or late in the dancing, so people would slow-dance.
5. “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: An epic song, an epic video, and it’s undeniable that this guy has talent for days.
4. “Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake: I have a love-hate relationship with this song. I hate the JAY-Z break, but love the song, especially the SNL version. Makes you realize how hard it is, from a technical standpoint, to execute on dancing and singing at the same time, plus, the Bassist is really moving. Glad JT can afford good instrumentalists. (ha). Probably the fastest-moving bass line you’ll hear inside the past 5 years of top 40.
3. “I Cry” – Flo Rida: Flow for days! I love his style, his syncopated rhymes, and just his whole vibe in general.
2. “Applause” – Lady Gaga: My favorite moment of the song is in the last 20 seconds. I think she’s just really lucky to be with people that can write melodies and arrangements like this.
1. “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke: I didn’t post a link to the video because Eric already did. Don’t be oversensitive. Don’t be easily offended. This is a hell of a song.