100+ Songs Not To Play At A Wedding

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Songs are not always about romance and love and do not quite fit into your wedding playlist. The playlist should have a clear message about love.

All the wedding songs cannot have positive vibes. Many popular wedding songs have negative messages about love.

The songs related to the wedding might explain breakups, and desperation, which can make the people attend at the wedding uncomfortable.

For this, it is best to skip those songs and choose the happy occasion songs and avoid those that remind you of past memories and relationship troubles.

So, the songs not played at the wedding are mentioned in the article below:

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1. I Hate Everything About You by Three Days Grace

The song composed by Three Days Grace was published on April 28, 2003. It is about the relationship of the couple that one partner loves and hates the other at the same time. 

The singer is explaining the frustration and confusion over loving someone despite all their mistakes. The bands are trying to express why they are still in the relationship when they know they should be ending it.

2. All My Ex's Live in Texas by George Straight

The song should not play at the wedding. It is all about the story of a man who has had previous relationships with women from Texas.

The single released on April 10, 1987, explains through the lyrics 'All my exes live in Texas, and Texas is the place I'd dearly love to be, but all my exes live in Texas, and that's why I hang my hat in Tenessee' is the main theme of the song. 

3. Back To You by Salena Gomez


The break-up song released on May 10, 2018, reflects the feeling of the narrator who wants to return to a relationship even though it may not be the right one. 

Through the lyrics, the singer explains how things went wrong in the relationship. The song clearly want to show it is possible to find happiness if one goes back to who they truly love.

4. Be Alright by Dean Lewis


The lyrics of the song Be Alright express the story of a boy who is struggling with heartbreak caused by a mistake made by his girlfriend. The song was published on June 29, 2018.

The guy has difficulty letting go of the relationship and is affected by past memories of their time together. He explains that it's easier said to move on than done and how heartbreak can be tough.

5. Better by Parachute

A song titled Better by Parachute was released in 2019. It defines regret and a deep understanding of one's own shortcomings in a past relationship.

The main theme of the song of the desire for someone you care about to find true love and happiness. They show that sometimes the better way to show love and care for someone is to realize our own faults and let them find happiness elsewhere. It is all about the complexities of regret, love, and personal growth.

6. Better Man by Little Big Town

Better Man by Little Big Town was publicly out on October 20, 2016. it is the story of an ended relationship due to the mistreatment of the romantic partners.

It tells the regret for a partner to have been better. It describes that they will be in a good and loving relationship if the partner had been a better person. However, they have decided to be separated despite being together. 

7. Break Up in the End by Cole Swindell

The song titled Break Up in the End was published on February 23, 2018. It reflects the ruined memories of the former partner. 

The lyrics express that their partner is only using them to fill their loneliness. They still allow their loved one for repeating the same mistakes of being with their former partner.

8. Break Up with Him by Old Dominion

Break Up with Him by Old Dominion is not perfect for the cherished moment. The American country music was released on January 20, 2015.

The song Break Up in the title clearly expresses the meaning of a man who is in love with a woman who is already in a relationship. He suggests the girl end her current relationship and begin the relationship with him. It reflects the man is deeply attracted to a woman who is involved with someone else.

9. The Rain of Castamere by Ramin Djawadi and George R.R. Martin

The Rain of Castamere was published on June 19, 2012. It is the single from Game of Thrones: Season 2. 

The song by Ramin Djawadi reflects the ruthlessness of the character Tywin Lannister in damaging House Ryne and House Tarbeck. Overall, the song shows the sorrow and loss that has affected the lord's once-proud kingdom.

10. D-I-V-O-R-C-E by Tammy Wynette

The song written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman was published on May 1968. 

It topped US Billboard Hot Country Songs. It is all about the dissolution of a marriage which leads the mother and son away from each other. The lyrics state the emotional impact of divorce on individuals and families.

11. Dancing With A Stranger by Sam Smith and Normani

The lyrics of the songs define the feeling of heartbreak, loneliness, and moving after a breakup. The singers want to show that it is happy to move on and forget past memories.

Both couples are trying to forget their past relationships by dancing with somebody new but they are thinking about the things they did previously. The overall lyrics defines the heartbreaking experience and the willingness to move on with someone new.

12. drivers license by Olivia Rodrigo

The lyrics want to clear the pain and confusion of the singer's strong emotions after the couple's relationship ended. She is wishing to be together.

Olivia Rodrigo express her feeling with her ex will never be the same and that his promise to always be together was not final after all. Wherever the singer goes she reminds us all about the memories with the places they used to go and the things they used to do.

13. Don't Marry Her by The Beautiful South

This song will be the really worst choice if the DJ will play at the wedding. It is related to regret and dissatisfaction in relationships.

The lyrics explain the narrator who is involved in a love triangle with someone who is engaged to another person. the chorus 'She's a Ph.D. in 'I told you so' defines the engaged person's partner as dominating and there will be a lack of genuine depth.

14. Every Breath You Take by The Police

Every Breath was released on May 20, 1983.  It suggests a possessive lover who holds their partner's hand to an unbelievably high standard of responsibility. 

The lyrics message the feeling of having obsessive and unhealthy relationships. The singer conveys that the relationship having two couples creates a sense of intense ownership and control and how it fell to another one due to the other's actions. 

15. Everything About You by Ugly Kid Joe

The song expresses tribute to the musicians who passed away. Everything About You was written by Whitfield Crane and Klaus Eichstadt.

It mentions legendary musicians including Ozzy Osbourne, John Bonham, and Malcolm Young who contributed to music in their own unique way. The actual meaning of the song is that even though the musicians are no longer but their music will always inspire and bring joy to others. Every chorus explains that the song we listed of these deceased musicians can be a way to connect with them even in their absence.

16. Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran

Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran was released on July 14, 2013. It expresses the feeling of how it feels when we met someone special.

The song expresses how one can change another's perspective on everything. It is the excitement and joy of having and being with someone special with the sense of fulfillment that comes with being in love. It can be the same feeling if a new one will meet and they will change their outlook on life for the better by meeting new ones. So the song will be not applicable to the wedding song lists.

17. Fake Love by Drake

The song titled Fake Love covers the singer's feelings about the people in his life who have been two-faced to him. He reflects the loneliness through his lyrics.

Fake Love by Drake reminds when people around you are not being genuine it leads people for having trust issues. Drake suggest to be lonely and being away from these type of relationship and accept nothing than honest love.

18. Gold Digger by Kanye West and Jamie Foxx

Through this song, the singer is suggesting people are against entering into relationships with gold diggers. West explains his own experiences of having relationships with women.

The singer has relationships with women who are only attracted to his money and possessions. The lyrics ' Now, I ain't stayin' she a gold digger/but she ain't messin' with no broke niggas' mean that she is taking advantage financially and will leave him when he is out of resources. It warns people not to get too attached to a gold digger for their money.

19. Gone 2 Long by PRETTYMUCH

The song titled Gone 2 Long by PRETTYMUCH explains the fear experiences when separated from a loved one. It captures the feeling of being together.

The singer is fear to face the challenges and anxieties that come with distance and pleads for their partner not to be away for too long. The chorus of the music captures the emotions of ones what they experience when they separated from a loved one.

20. Grenade by Bruno Mars

Grenade by Bruno Mars was published on September 28, 2010. It was written by Bruno Mars, Ari Levine, and others.

The music tells the story of how we love others and give all to the person we love but it will never be returned.  The singer wants to catch a grenade in order to protect their love and is still hopeful that one day the object of their affection will finally return their love.

21. You're So Vain by Carly Simon

You're So Vain by Carly Simon was published in 1971. It is the single from the album No Secrets.

The lyrics of the song are all about the reflection of the overconfidence and self-love of the person who is never named. The narrator reflects a relationship that they had with this person and how that person left them with dreams unfulfilled.

22. You Give Love A Bad Name by Bon Jovi

It reflects the wrong relationships where they used to promise to be each other. However, the promise became unfulfilled.

It reflects the warning to others against falling into the same trap of expecting love from someone who cannot be trusted with their feelings. It is a suggestion to not be fooled by promises of love and to be aware of heartbreak.

23. You Can't Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones

The US Billboard charted song by the English rock band the Rolling Stone was released on July 9, 1969. It was from their album Let It Blend.

The lyrics describe mainly about love, politics, and drugs. They want to encourage the listeners with the message of accepting life if it doesn't work out perfectly and never giving up on finding hope in difficult situations.

24. Why Don-t You Drunk by Jimmy Buffett

The lyrics of Why Don-t You Drunk were composed by American singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett. It was published in April 1973.

The American country song expresses societal norms and values referring to the person as a snuff queen. It suggests enjoying the moment without overthinking and worrying about what others may think.

25. When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars

The singer express his regret at his own pride and selfishness in the relationship. The regret is for not having appreciated his partner when they were still together.

The writer wants to drop the message about being happy and does appreciate your partner in every wrong-right situation. He wants to tell you that a small positive review can lead your partner to a successful path which cannot be done by him.

26. Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes

The song released on June 3, 2016, is about telling someone that you give them a better relationship. It tells how you treat your partner not like you treat others.

The singer wants to mention that he can treat the person better than their current partner can. SShwan Mendes's promises are to not let her down which can give her better love than her current partner. The narrator makes the girl leave her recent partner and started a relationship with him.

27. To All the Girls I've Loved Before by Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson

The lyrics define the various relationships and experiences he has with these women. He mentions the women who came into his life.

The singer thanks all the women who crossed his path and became a part of his life for a little time. The narrator mentions them and tells how each relationship contributed to his personal development and maturity.

28. Till It Wasn't by Chris Ruediger

Till It Wasn't by Chris Ruediger explores a failed romantic relationship. It also defines the bittersweet nature of love and its uncertain separation.

The lyrics of the song mention the journey of a relationship from its very starting point to its ending point. The singer tells that the love which was once good can change and cause pain.

29. The End by The Doors

The End by The Doors was released on January 4, 1967. The American rock band lead singer Jim Morrison wrote the song relating to his break up with his previous girlfriend.

The lyrics 'This is the end/My only friend, the end' reflect the finality of death and its impact on the composer. The song covered the experiences of human natural death which is uncertain and sometimes frightening.

30. Tainted Love by Soft Cell

Tainted Love by Soft Cell was released in July 1981. It is covered by various artists as well.

The lyrics of the song explain the conflict between wanting to let the person in but also having fear to get attached and hurt. The narrator is afraid of letting someone back due to their past relationship thinking that this love may be tainted by the past. 

31. Suspicious Mind by Elvis Presley

Suspicious Mind by 20th-century popular actor and singer Elvis Presley was released in 1968. The song is all about the feelings of doubt in a romantic relationship.

The singer explains the uncertain feelings about being loved and caring for his loved one but the partner's actions are not enough to believe and trust. It reflects the narrator's struggle between wanting to trust and love someone with insecurities and past experiences that led to suspicion.

32. Singles You Up by Jordan Devis

Singles You Up by Jordan Devis is the theme of a person who is secretly in love. He loved someone who is currently in a relationship with someone else.

It captures the situation between wanting to tell one's feelings and respecting the boundaries of an existing relationship. The narrator looks at the relationship between the person they want and their partner. 

33. Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson

Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson is composed from her album Breakaway. The song was released on November 16, 2004.

The song is really perfect to listen to when you are in a sad mood. It explain the story related to the unhealthy relationship and now she is free with the ex gone and able to get what she actually wants.

34. Shout Out to My Ex by Little Mix

The song is related to Break Up the narrator moving on after a difficult time of relationship. It talks about the previous relationship.

The narrator tells that her ex had hurt her deeply in the past and is now in love with someone else. That's why she sings about blocking his number and deleting all his pictures and moving to her growth process.

35. Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash

The song with the theme of complexities and uncertainty of relationships is not suitable for the cherished moment. It might bring a bad environment in the special moment.

The singer mentions the feeling of being uncertain decision of their partner whether to stay and try to make things work, or leave and move on with their life. Its lyrics describe the need for a decision to be made which is ever going to be perfect for both rather than living with consequences.

36. She Hates Me by Puddle Of Mudd

She Hates Me by Puddle Of Mudd was released on July 29, 2002, which was written in 1993. The song peaked on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks for one week.

The song defines the feeling of a failed relationship with a girl who seemed perfect at first but eventually turned out to be a toxic partner. It is the theme of rejection by someone he loved and who tore his feelings apart and left him with nothing.

37. Reason to Drink by Cole Swindell

Reason to Drink by Cole Swindell cover the different scenarios that happen in life both positive and negative. It tells the various reason to raise a glass.

The writer mixes up the song with the difficult times, celebrations, heartbreak, and party places. It wants to explore the life of people with various themes with their love and sad experiences.

38. Out Of Love by Alessia Cara

The Canadian singer Alessia Cara composed the song Out of Love. She released it on January 29, 2019.

The singer has written the song after she was inspired by a friend of hers who has an early breakup. The writer explains that she stops pretending that everything is alright when the other person's feelings have changed.

After her breakup, the narrator never gets a clear answer but the question helps to be strong by accepting all the things that have done with her.

39. Night Like This by Kehlani and Ty Dolla $ign

Night Like This by Kehlani and Ty Dolla $ign was released on January 10, 2019. The song gained more than 500 million views on Spotify.

The lyrics feature a feeling of distress of holding onto something that is slipping away from you. It tells the sense of loneliness and sadness that your loved one wants to get away from you and your love.

40. Never Really Over by Katy Perry

The song covers the feelings of past memories and how it was difficult to move on. It explores the thoughts and memories of her ex-partner.

She explains the ended relationship is not meant to be that the feeling for someone is gone forever. Through all the lyrics Katy Perry mentions the process of moving on all over again and the difficulty and challenges faced by the singer while she is moving on. 

More Songs Not To Play On Wedding

With more than a thousand collections of songs in the world, there are a few more songs not to play at weddings:

41. Lose You To Love Me by Salena Gomez

42. My Best Friend's Girl by The Cars

43. Highway to Hell by AC/DC

44. God's Plan by Drake

45. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2

46. I Touch Myself by Divinyls

47. I Didn't Love You by Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood

48. If You Met Me First by Eric Ethridge

49. In the End by Linkin Park

50. It Wasn't Me by Shaggy and Rik Rok

51. Let It Go by James Bay

52. Love Hurts by Nazareth

53. Love Stinks by The J. Geils Band

54. Love Will Tear Up Apart by Joy Division

55. Love Yourself by Justin Bieber

56. Lyin' Eyes by Eagles

57. Marry Me by Thomas Rhett

58. It Ain't Me by Salena Gomez

59. Mother-In-Law by Ernie K-Doe

60. All You Had To Do Was Stay by Taylor Swift

61. I Forget That You Existed by Taylor Swift

62. Dig Up Her Bones by Misfits

63. Closer by Nine Inch Nails

64. Crazy Bitch by Buckcherry

65. Too Young To Fall In Love by Motley Crue

66. Last Kiss by Taylor Swift

67. Bad Again by Caroline Dare

68. Bad Medicine by Bon Jovi

69. Cryin' by Aerosmith

70. End Of The Line by Honeyz by Dua Lipa

71. Closer by The Chainsmokers and Hasley

72. I Still Love You by Eloise Afterman

73. Heart Problem by Caroline Dare

74. Goodbye My Lover by James Blunt

75. Don't Speak by Eliza Shaddad

76. The Story Of Us by Taylor Swift

77. Everytime I Cry by Ava Max

78. Someone Who Loved You by Teddy Swims

79. Happy Ending by Rachel Chinouriri

80. No Pressure by Justin Bieber and Big Sean

81. Nothing Break Like a Hear by Aine

82. Let Me Down Easy by Daisy Jones & The Six

83. Whirlwind by Sam Ryder

84. I Just Called by Anne-Marie, Latto, and NEIKED

85. I Don't Think That I Like Her by Charlie Puth

86. Good to Goodbye by Christopher and Clara Mae

87. What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber

88. I Lost Myself in Loving You by Jamie Miller

89. Things We Used to Do by Oliver Tree

90. Crying Over You by The Band CAMINO and Chelsea Cutler

91. Love Me Till U Hate Me by Niko Rubio

92. In My Feelings by Drake

93. Where Are U Now by Justin Bieber

94. No More Tears by Ozzy Osbourne

95. I Know It's Over by The Smiths

96. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right by Bob Dylan

97. Life Goes On by 2Pac

98. Since I've Been Loving You by Led Zeppelin

99. Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World

100. Sorry by Justin Bieber