canned heat in my heels.

illustration via dancing plague of 1518.

S.O.S! Calling out to the blogosphere in a state of emergency! A dance emergency!

We're on final countdown for the wedding as we wrap up all the little details, which means the time has come to finalize the playlists for the wedding. The setlists for the vin d'honneur and dinner have been completed with an assortment of easy, breezy tracks that will lend to the spring garden party atmosphere. Think Feist, François and the Atlas, Nouvelle Vague, The Kinks. The dance setlist though is still pretty lacking. The setback is mostly due to the fact that I have really cheesy taste in dance music. And no, not in that ironic hipster kind of way. I truly think Motown Philly is one of the greatest songs of our time. Get a few cocktails in me and it won't be long before this nana is out there partying like it's 1991. If you ask me, the roger rabbit/running man combo dance move never went out of style. As for Aurelien, if it was all up to him, we would be rocking out only to LCD Soundsystem and Peaches (Seriously. My mother's face when this song comes on - I'll let you guys know). So we need to balance it out a little and this is where I need you guys! Help us build our playlist!

Any dance suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Even if it seems obvious, share it. Remember three words: Boyz II Men. I need help here!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!


  1. I really like Peaches too though! Please play her too.
    My choice for cheesy: Britney or Chumbawumba.
    And now I'm listening to the youtube link.

    1. Yes, there will be some Peaches and Britney action! Totes.

      Ahahaha Chumbawumba, I forgot that was the name of that band! God, that song was everywhere for most of 97 and 98. Good times...

  2. Well, here are some songs that French people usually like to dance to (and si g along...) at parties/weddings:

    - Cendrillon / Téléphone
    - Ça c’est vraiment toi / Téléphone
    - New York avec toi / Téléphone
    - Alexandrie, Alexandra / Claude François
    - Cette année-là / Claude François
    - YMCA / Village People
    - Rivers of Babylon / Boney M
    - Rasputin / Boney M
    - Daddy cool / Boney M
    - Upside down / Diana Ross
    - Hot stuff / Donna Summer
    - Le freak / Chic
    - L’aventurier / Indochine
    - Quand la musique est bonne / Jean-Jacques Goldman
    - Andy / Les Rita Mitsouko
    - We will rock you / Queen
    - Sex bomb / Tom Jones
    - Elle me dit / Mika
    - Sexy and I know it / LMFAO
    - Last night a DJ saved my life / Indeep
    - Billie Jean / Michael Jackson
    - Blame it on the boogie / The Jacksons
    - Fresh / Kool and the Gang
    - Celebration / Kool and the Gang
    - Get down on it / Kool and the Gang
    - Reggae Night / Jimmy Cliff
    - Kolé serré / Philippe Lavil et Jocelyne Beroard
    - Twist and shout / The Beatles
    - You’re The One That I Want / John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
    - I Love Rock ‘n Roll / Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
    - Girls wanna have fun / Cindy Lauper
    - Wake me up ! / Wham!
    - Misirlou (pulp fiction) /Tarantino Connection
    - Partenaire particulier / Partenaire particulier
    - Je danse le mia / I am
    - Kung fu fighting / Carl Douglas
    - Proud mary / Tina Turner
    - Think / Aretha Franklin
    - Respect / Aretha Franklin
    - We are family / Sister Sledge
    - I feel good / James Brown
    - Cotton Eye Joe / Rednex
    - Dancing queen / Abba
    - Give me the night / George Benson
    - Barbra Streisand / Duck Sauce
    - Hey ya / Outkast
    - Iron Lion Zion / Bob Marley and the Wailers
    - Is this love / Bob Marley and the Wailers
    - Without you / David Guetta Feat. Usher
    - Enamorame / Papi Sanchez
    - Chéri coco / Magic System Feat. Soprano
    - Walking on sunshine / Katrina and the Waves
    - You can’t hurry love / Diana Ross & the Supremes
    - ou can leave your hat on / Joe Cocker
    - Hey sexy lady / Shaggy
    - Mala vida / Mano negra
    - Stayin’ alive / Bee Gees
    - Les demons de minuit / Images
    - Macumba / Jean-Pierre Mader
    - Où sont les femmes / Patrick Juvet
    - Les sunlights des tropiques / Gilbert Montagné
    - Macarena / Los del Mar
    - Gimme gimme gimme / Abba
    - Everybody needs somebody to love / Blues Brothers
    - Johnny B. Good / Chuck Berry
    - Capitaine abandonné / Du Gold
    - I will survive / Gloria Gainor
    - Sex machine / James Brown
    - Mambo n° 5 / Lou Bega
    - Born to be alive / Patrick Hernandez
    - Marcia baila / Rita Mitsouko
    - Satisfaction / The Rolling Stones
    - She's a maniac (Flashdance)
    - I’m so excited / Pointers Sisters

    Might not be very helpful if you're looking for recent music!

    1. Oh, that's a good one!:) Might want to add Dalida's "Laissez-moi dancer" to the mix:)

    2. Emma, this is perfect!! THANK YOU! A lot of these tracks were already on our list (Les Rita Mitsouko!!!) but thanks for helping me out with the others. Good call on Abba and some of the French tracks I'm not familiar with. TAHNK YOU AGAIN! You're awesome. : )

    3. Glad I could help you :-)

  3. Oops, comment disappeared, so this might be a repeat...

    Cheesy 80s music!! I will also happily dance to stuff like Fatboy Slim, Martin Solveig, MGMT, Scissor Sisters, Justin Timberlake etc. if you're looking for a more dancey dance vibe. Some individual songs: Big in Japan, Blitzkrieg Bop (erm, maybe not a great choice for a French wedding though haha), Time to Pretend, Underground (Ben Folds Five), Put Yout Hands Up For Detroit etc.

    I'm afraid I have no suggestions in the Boyz II Men category though!

    1. I should have added in the post that I actually despise 80s music so there won't be much, aside from the occasional Madonna song, Freestyle or French pop song.

      Blitzkrieg Bop! LOL. Too funny!

      Thanks for the suggestions! Duly noted. : )

  4. PS are you having the Madison?

    1. What, you don't know what the Madison is?!? Come on! ^^
      You can dance it to Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex btx ;-)

    2. I've never been to a French wedding before, but I've been informed it's to a French wedding without the Madison! Ask Aurelien about it or watch...

  5. Oh dear god not the song from the blog title! As for what it should be, err, I have somewhat dubious tastes too, sorry!

    1. I LOVE 'Canned Heat'. To me, it's not a party without Jamiroquai! The song is in. : )

  6. Will you do the Elaine dance?;)) If you do, someone has to commit to film it and send it to me at once;)

    I bet I would like your cheesy stuff;) Oh, go with the cheesy stuff, it's your wedding!:)

    We had a party in November 2011 for three colleagues who turned 30 around the same time, and they decided to honour the decade in which they were born with an 80's theme party. The music was GREAT:) You can never go wrong with 80's music:)

    1. HAHAHA I probably will do the Elaine dance. It hasn't stopped me in the past.

      I'm definitely going with the cheesy stuff but just wanted some filler songs to give guests some relief!

      As for typical 80s music, I really don't like that era of dance tunes. Stuff like 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun', 'Wake me Up' and 'Karma Chameleon', I stop dancing when it comes on.

    2. Even Human League, the Thompson Twins, Men Without Hats, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode?

  7. Oh man! At our wedding everyone loved dancing to 80s. I love me some good JT and Britney though. And I am not sure if you have heard it but the new Tegan & Sara would be fun. Their song "Closer" is great!

    1. Thanks Alyson! I'll check out the Tegan and Sara song. And of course Britney and JT will be there...we even invited Xtina!

  8. Oh dear I am not good with music titles, or indeed anybody's name. I think that part of my brain was destroyed by alcohol a long time ago.

    Love the list from Emma. I love anything ABBA especially dancing queen. And I can always sing along to ABBA songs.

    At our wedding we had " still crazy after all these years" by Paul Simon as our first dance....seemed very relevent as we had been together about 12 years then and getting married was a bit of a crazy idea!

    Love Denise

    1. Yeah, Emma's list is really helpful. I totally forgot to include Abba! What kind of European wedding would it be without a little Abba action?

      I love that song by Paul Simon. What a great choice for a wedding song! Thanks for sharing the link. : )


  9. Oh gosh it's like I'm living in another world when in comes to music, between my classic salsa and random world music.. I don't dance much to hits so I can't think of many off the top of my head (nor do I go to enough big parties!).. I always enjoy a Shakira pop song at parties (Loca, Rabiosa..) and some oldies like "Love Shack", "Tainted Love"... I enjoy a few of Gotan Project's hits like "Diferente"; very sexy but more for lounging than dancing (unless you're doing tango which I doubt!). Yeah.. I need help with music too! My salsa obsession has tuned out everything else! I suppose you'll prob be throwing in some Serge and CloClo ;-). I love Edith Piaf too ("Hymne à L'amour" is uber romantic! makes me cry o_o ..def not for dancing tho ha)... Good luck getting your soundtrack down!

    1. I love the genre titled "world music". It always makes me chuckle.

      We totally had 'Love Shack' on the list but Aurelien removed it. For some reason he hates this song like I hate 80s dance hits. We will have 'Rock Lobster' by the b-52s. That was the compromise.

      And of course my dear Serge will be there! It's been difficult choosing the songs! I want them all played! We narrowed it down to 6...

      Oooooh Shakira 'Loca'...good one! Thanks!

  10. I agree with some comments above, you can never go wrong with 80's music. Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue would also be awesome!!

    1. I know everyone likes 80s but this is the one time I get to enjoy a party without it (because I'm not a fan), so we're going without it. But a little Salsa couldn't hurt! Thanks Elsa! : )

  11. Not much of a dancer these days but Prince's Erotic City always makes me wanna bust a move, hee hee! Wanna get your twist on? Play I Saw Her Standing There by the Beatles. Disco: You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) by Sylvester. You Can't Do That by The Beatles is good for salsa style dancing. Feel the need to work on your shimmy? Living On The Ceiling by Blancmange. Slow groove: Marvin Gaye's After The Dance. Old school romance: They Can't Take That Away From Me, gotta be Fred Astaire's version. To represent your Mexican heritage: Quizas, Quizas, Quizas by Trini Lopez (Doris Day also does a nice version of this one in English, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps. Cake sort of stole her rendition. She did it better!) Slipped in a couple of 80s tunes there. Sorry! You can take the girl out of her youth but you can't the youth out of the girl! :-)

    1. Thanks Cali for this!! These are great suggestions! I'm definitely going to add some of these to our list. Thanks for commenting!

  12. This may be a little late but I'm just catching up. Brick House, by the Commodores - in my experience it never fails to gt everyone on he dance floor!

    1. YES! Shake it down, shake it down, shake it down now!! Good pick! Thanks. : )

  13. Check out the band Escort (great neo-disco)... I also love Chromeo, Beyoncé's always good, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and if all else fails, just put on "Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)"!

    Never underestimate the power of cheesy music - there's a reason all those songs were popular in the first place! And remember, weddings are really the only time people get to dance publicly to them without judgment.