Event Song Request Planning

How to fill out your music planner

We will send you a music request list, fill it in and send it back to us so that we can get your music sorted for your event

Favourite Chill out music

This is for early in the night while guests are arriving and a great time to play either themed music for your event or some chill out music that we can’t play later when people are getting ready to dance.

Must Play Songs

There are your DEFINITE must play songs for when you’re on the dancefloor, they can be your personal favourites or the songs that you know your family and friends always love at parties.

 

Must NOT Play Songs

This is the list of songs that you definitely DONT want played at your party.

You can also let us know which songs you would prefer we don’t play unless they’re requested by guests.

Types of Music you Love

We have a few different categories for you to choose your favourites from, this gives us a great idea before we even get to your event, what kind of music we will be playing. It also means that our DJs can pre-prepare to make sure they get extra music if they need to as part of their preparation.

Types of Music you Hate

These are all the types of music you’re not fond of so that we can avoid them if possible or discuss with you if we think that it might be a problem (ie someone that wants new music all night and also wants their parents and grandparent to dance all night).

Would you Us to Take Requests

We find that 99% of our clients want us to take requests but you can choose for us not to. Most people ask us to take requests BUT not to play anything off their Do Not Play list.

 

Music Planner Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I give you 20 Must Play Songs?
Not really. It’s better for you to choose the 10 FAVOURITE songs that you love when you’re at a PARTY.
We find from our experience that having too many MUST play songs leads to a average event as there are really only 10 gold songs in that list followed up with lots of songs that people love when they’re at home or at the gym. Keep in mind there is plenty of space for favourite artists and genres below.

One of Griffin Alliance DJs point of difference is that we employ great DJs, which means that we can fill in the holes between your requests with songs that we know will generally work for your friends and family or work colleagues. If we have too many “must plays” then often flops as we feel like we need to play them all rather than play what we know would work well.

We want some cultural (Italian, Greek, Saudi, Croation, Russian etc) songs, can you play them?

Yes definitely!
We love cultural fusion weddings and event and are more than happy to play your music.

We recommend that you write down the artist and track names for all the tracks you would like us to play and we’ll buy the correct versions for you.
Since there are so many differences between a lot of songs by region and families (as certain versions are often played at ALL family events) it’s really important that you let us know which versions you want.
We usually recommend that you have 1, 2 or 3 blocks of music depending on the amount of time and also the mix of cultures and ages. We can discuss this with you when we talk about music before the night.

Do you have a song list you can send us that we can choose from?

We used to have lists but we found that events without s list were way better.

Most DJ companies use iPod or Laptop Jukebox software that they give to all their DJs and it has all the music from their “list” on it, so they can get to an event and play music of a list that a client has ticked off.

We work totally different in that we employ great DJs and the upside of that is that you have someone that takes pride in reading a dancefloor and being able to react to it.

We found that with song lists, people tended to tick hundreds of songs and we either had to ignore some tracks or have a boring event.

How do we pick songs for our Song List then?

There are lots of ways to pick your favourite songs

  • What are your favourite moments at weddings, birthdays or events in the past?
  • What festivals have you attended?
  • What was your favourite song with all your friends in highschool or university?
  • What music do you play when you go to the gym?
  • Listen to the radio and notice songs that you love?
  • Look through your iTunes, CDs, Records and Spotify and find songs that get your toes tapping
  • Let us know a few songs and ask us for some other ideas from our own experience to help jog your memory
  • Remember that we also carry lots of music to every event, so if you think of songs on the night of your event then there is a good chance that we will have it with us (if it’s a song that people will normally request)

 

Here’s a list of our top requests from 2017 so far, to get you thinking about music for your event:

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Killers – Mr Brightside
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Swedish House Mafia Don’t You Worry Child
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Jacksons Blame It On The Boogie
ABBA – Dancing Queen
Bruno Mars – Marry You
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris – We Found Love
Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
Beyonce feat. Jay-Z – Crazy In Love
Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Blondie One Way Or Another
Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On
Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup
Katy Perry Firework
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Sixpence None The Richer Kiss Me
Taylor Swift Shake It Off
Psy Gangam Style
B-52’s – Love Shack
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Fratellis Chelsea Dagger
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
OMI – Cheerleader
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – Grease Megamix
Black Keys – Gold on the ceiling
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Earth, Wind and Fire September
Oasis – Wonderwall
Daft Punk – Get Lucky
OutKast – Hey Ya!
Guns n Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
House Of Pain – Jump Around
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Pink – Raise Your Glass
Macklemore – Can’t Hold Us
Nelly – Hot in Herre
Kesha – Tik Tok
Cascada – Every Time We Touch
Missy Elliot – Work it
Womack and Womack – Teardrops
Jet – Are you gonna be my Girl
Michael Buble – Sway
Salt n Peppa – Shoop
Ghost Town DJs – My Boo
Ricky Martin – Livin’ La Vida Loca
Santana ft Rob Thomas – Smooth
Blink 182 – Dammit
Toto – Africa
Meatloaf – Paradise by the Dashboard Light
Knack – My Sharona
Marvin Gaye – Ain’t no Mountain High Enough
Spice Girls – Wannabe
Fifth Harmony – Worth it

Tina Turner – Nutbush City Limits
Maroon 5 – Sugar
Clean Bandit – Rather Be
Spice Girls – Stop
50 Cent – In da Club
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark
Ed Sheeran – Castle on the Hill
Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Beatles – Twist And Shout
Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
Los Del Rio – Macarena
Arctic Monkeys – i bet you Look Good on the Dancefloor
Village People – Y.M.C.A.
Coldplay – Sky Full of Stars
Galantis – No Money
Pnau – Cameleon
Tieks – Sunshine
Little Mix – Shoutout to my Ex
DJ Snake Ft JBeiber – Let me love you
Neiken – Sexual
Ariana Grande – Side to Side
Snap! – Rhythm Is A Dancer
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling!
Clean Bandit – Rather Be
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Cheat Codes – Sex
Weeknd – Starboy
Pitbull – Fireball
Don Omar – Danza Kudro
Drake – Hotline Bling
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
Macklemore – Thrift Shop
Rihanna – Work
California Swag District – Teach Me How to Dougie
Will Smith – Boom Shake the Room
Daft Punk – One more Time
Major Lazer – Lean On
Usher – DJ Got us Falling in Love
Jennifer Lopez – On the Floor
Icona Pop – I love it
Drake – One Dance
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
99 Sould – Girl is mine
Meghan Trainor – All About that Bass
Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
Psy – Gangam Style
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
Mobin Master – Show Me Love (remix)
Johnny Cash Ring Of Fire
Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
R. Kelly – Ignition (Remix)
David Guetta ft Sia – Titanium
LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
LMFAO – Sexy And I Know It
Avicii – Wake Me Up
Usher – Yeah
John Legend – All Of Me
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Kool & The Gang – Celebration
Sister Sledge – We Are Family
Sia – Cheap Thrills
Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got The Love
Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe
M.C. Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love
Katy Perry – Firework
Spice Girls – Wannabe
Kanye West – Gold Digger
Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child
Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough
Rocky Horror Picture Show – Time Warp
Earth, Wind and Fire – September
Flo Rida – Low
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Toploader – Dancing In The Moonlight
Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)
UB40 – Red Red Wine
Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean?
Justin Timberlake – Sexyback
Chubby Checker – Let’s Twist Again
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Pitbull feat. Kesha – Timber
A-Ha – Take On Me
Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Barry White – You’re The First, The Last, My Everything
Katrina & The Waves – Walking On Sunshine
Rudimental – Waiting All Night
Lumineers – Ho Hey
Drake – One Dance
Temptations – My Girl
Salt ‘N Pepa – Push It
Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary
DNCE – Cake By The Ocean
Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
Robbie Williams – Rock DJ
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
Cold Chisel – Khe Sahn
Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
Pulp – Common People
AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long
Aretha Franklin – Respect
Major Lazer and DJ Snake, MO – Lean On
Frank Sinatra – New York, New York
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
Iggy Azalea – Work
Jason Derulo – Want To Want Me
Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body
Michael Jackson – Beat It
Prince – Kiss
Rudimental – Feel The Love
Wilson Pickett (Commitments) – Mustang Sally
Contours – Do You Love Me
Bastille – Pompeii
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
Reef – Place Your Hands
Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Haddaway – What Is Love
Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer – Give Me Everything
Rihanna – Only Girl (In The World)
Calvin Harris – How Deep Is Your Love
Kungs vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl
Jess Glynn – Hold My Hand
Pink – Raise Your Glass
Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
Blondie – One Way Or Another
Jackson 5 – ABC
Lady GaGa – Just Dance
Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
Zara Larsson – Lush Life
Fifth Harmony – Work From Home
Years and Years – King
Katy Perry – Roar
Major Lazer – Light It Up
Nicki Minaj – Starships
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
Bee Gees – Night Fever
Ben E. King – Stand By Me
Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza
Tinie Tempah ft Zara Larsson – Girls Like
Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock
Franki Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Fleur East – Sax
Lady GaGa – Poker Face
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
Sigala – Sweet Lovin’
Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
Madonna – Like A Prayer
OneRepublic – Counting Stars
Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime
Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
Bruno Mars – That’s What I like
Kris Kross – Jump
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A.
Michael Buble – Everything
R. Kelly – Ignition (Remix)
Jack Johnson – Better Together
Lonestar – Amazed
Sir Mix-A-Lot – Baby Got Back
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
Spice Girls – Wannabe
Los Del Rio Macarena
BLACKstreet – No Diggity
K-Ci & JoJo All My Life
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World
Ginuwine – Pony
Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
Michael Jackson Billie Jean
Kool & The Gang Celebration
Dexys Midnight Runners Come On Eileen
Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar On Me
Salt ‘N Pepa Push It
Bob Seger Old Time Rock N Roll
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
Young M.C. Bust A Move
Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
Billy Joel Piano Man
Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive
Jackson 5 I Want You Back
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Elton John – Tiny Dancer
Neil Diamond Sweet Caroline
Chubby Checker The Twist
Aretha Franklin Respect
Stevie Wonder For Once In My Life
Beatles I Saw Her Standing There
Dean Martin – That’s Amore

Wedding Reception Songs: Entrance songs
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling!
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
Chris Brown – Forever
Beyonce feat. Jay-Z – Crazy In Love
LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)
Kool & The Gang – Celebration
Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
Avicii – Levels
AC/DC – Thunderstruck
Maroon 5 – Sugar
DJ Snake ft Lil’ Jon – Turn Down For What
Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World
Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
U2 – Beautiful Day
Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris – We Found Love
Sister Sledge – We Are Family

Wedding Reception Songs: First Dance
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
John Legend – All Of Me
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
Etta James – At Last
Ray LaMontagne – You Are The Best Thing
Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
Lonestar – Amazed
Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You
Ed Sheeran – Tenerife Sea
Michael Buble – Everything
Adele – Make You Feel My Love
Ben E. King – Stand By Me
Lifehouse – You And Me
Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight
Merhan Trainor – Like I’m Gonna Lose You
Jack Johnson – Better Together

Wedding Reception Songs: Song after first dance with Bridal Party
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling!
Bruno Mars – Marry You
Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get It Started
LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Kool & The Gang – Celebration
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Sister Sledge – We Are Family
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
DJ Snake feat. Lil’ Jon – Turn Down For What
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris – We Found Love
Jack Johnson – Better Together
Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
Rembrandts – I’ll Be There For You
LMFAO – Sexy And I Know It
Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight

Wedding Reception Songs: Slow waltz songs for family
Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Shania Twain – You’re Still The One
Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
Etta James – At Last
Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
Nat King Cole – L-O-V-E
Ben E. King – Stand By Me
Nat King Cole – Unforgettable
Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
Van Morrison – Have I Told You Lately
Lonestar – Amazed
Natalie Cole – This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
Ray LaMontagne – You Are The Best Thing
Harry Connick Jr – It Had To Be You
John Legend – All Of Me
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are