The garter toss is a part of your wedding reception that is steeped in tradition, but in recent years, it's popularity has dwindled. Perhaps it's because more modern brides and grooms find it cheesy, corny, or tacky. Maybe there are not a lot of single folks at your wedding? While some couples have "fun" performing this tradition at their wedding receptions, there are some who have approached me and let me it's not something they want to do. As one of Charleston's best wedding DJs, you'll want to check out this list of some of the most popular choices over the years for the garter toss should you decide you want a garter toss added to your wedding timeline.
Perhaps there won't be enough single guys there? Whatever your reason for proceeding with or not doing this tradition, it remains to be a fun, and usually performed at wedding receptions within 30-45 minutes after the dancing has begun. Enjoy this list of great songs that folks are using for the garter toss. Be sure to also find me on Spotify. You can find me as DJ Mike Bills. You can find this popular wedding playlist as well as others on there to help you design the best playlist for your wedding. If you are not on Spotify, you can simply scroll through this post and click on each song title to bring up a You Tube of each song.
It's hard to believe in 1996 that you heard this song on Top 40 radio. The song would peak at #7 on the Hot 100 chart in the summer of 1996 as Mission Impossible was one of the biggest movies of the year.
Back in 1975, this funky, disco classic hit the airwaves and became one of the biggest songs of the year. The song would reach #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and is perfect for your sexy bride during the garter toss.
Lenny Kravitz did an excellent job on this classic from The Guess Who. You might remember the song on the 1999 movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. The song would reach #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
For those brides and grooms who like country music and who don't find this song offensive, "Save A Horse" (Ride A Cowboy) is a great choice. Released back in 2004, the song would peak at #11 on the Hot Country chart, and does appear frequently on Do Not Play Lists.
Long before Lionel Richie had us singing "All Night Long", he was part of The Commodores singing about the absolute perfect looking woman on the dance floor. "Brickhouse" meant that a lady had it all and was beautiful. The perfect song for your garter toss and the woman you love.
Every single 90s R&B playlist that I have seen has "Pony" on it. This first single for Ginuwine back in 1996 would peak at #6 on the Hot 100 chart, and hit Number 1 on the Hot R&B chart.
Bad Company is one of my favorite classic rock bands and back in the 70s they could do no wrong. This ultimate "aphrodisiac" of a song is the perfect choice for the garter toss. It would reach the Top 10 on the Hot 100 chart back in the summer of 1975.
The sexy, smooth voice of Barry White has a been a huge favorite for a lot of my clients over the years. Throw this on during the garter toss for the ultimate in mood music for later in the evening.
This next song is a southern rock classic. Released back in the latter part of 1986, "Keep Your Hands To Yourself" would peak at #2 on the Hot 100 in February 1987.
Recorded in 1958, "The Stripper" would reach Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1962. My guess is we were all stripping out of our clothes back during that summer.
It's still hard to believe that Rick James left us over 15 years ago, but we'll have always have "Superfreak". Released back in 1981, the song would catapault all the way to Number 1 on the Hot Dance Club chart.
You'll have to check out the 1963 movie The Pink Panther to see where this 1960s classic had it's roots. The song would break into the Top 10 on the adult contemporary charts back in 1964.
Released back in the fall of 1982, I remember this to be in heavy rotation back on MTV (when they used to play videos). The song has become a big staple on classic rock radio all over America.
Rolling Stone put this song on it's list of the 500 Greatest Songs ever. Released back in the spring of 2000, the song would top the Rhythmic Top 40 charts. The song has been a popular choice for the garter toss, but make sure your wedding DJ plays the radio friendly version.
Originally recorded in 1987, the song would become a major hit in the early 90s when it was used the TV show Cops. "Bad BoyS" would peak at #7 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart in 1993.
Nelly has always been a huge request by a lot of my wedding clients. By the time it's garter toss, the temperature is usually up quite a few degrees.
Nellyville is the album and it should be no suprise that this sexy song went all the way to #1 on the Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40 charts.
This glam / hair metal classic from 1990 is the perfect choice to liven things up for your garter toss. It'd become a Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the music video is a worth the watch. Click the link in the song title.
You can find this classic rock song on Jimi Hendrix's album Are You Experienced?, as well as several other compilation albums. After your wedding ceremony when you are at your cocktail hour and you see your new wife from a distance talking to guests, you can pinch yourself and smile knowing that you married a very "foxey lady".
I would have loved to have been a patron of a club back in July of 1991 when DJs got their hands on a copy of this song and dropped it for the first time. Right Said Fred would go on to become one of the greatest one-hit wonders of the 90s as "I'm Too Sexy" would shoot to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
You couldn't go anywhere back in the late 80s without hearing Tone Loc on the radio. "Wild Thing" would peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1989.
Back in the summer of 1985, this band from Switzerland had a hit that would become one of the most popular One-Hit Wonder songs of the 80s. If you are a fan of the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, you remember this song very well.
How did Charlie Puth put it? "Let Marvin Gaye and Get It On......" Perhaps this song is near and dear to my heart because it was the Number 1 song in America the day that I was born. Even if you don't decide to use this sultry classic for your garter toss, it's ideal for your DJ to throw on toward the end of the night before the last song.
"Sharp Dressed Man" is the first of two ZZ-Top songs on this list of popular choices for the garter toss. Released back in 1983, the song would peak at #8 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
It's hard to believe they a sequel to Top Gun is soon going to be in theaters. "Danger Zone" has been used for bridal party introductions, but it's most popular usage has been with the garter toss. "Danger Zone" would become one of the biggest songs of the great summer of 1986 along with the movie Top Gun. The song would peak at #2 on the Hot 100 charts.
Queen is in high demand from a lot of my clients on their wedding playlists, and this song has been a strong favorite for the garter toss over the years. "Another One Bites The Dust" would become one of the biggest songs of 1980, reaching Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
If you don't choose this New Jack Swing classic from 1991 for your garter toss song, then it's also the perfect song for late in the evening before everyone goes home. Back in the summer of 1991, the song went all the way to #2 on the Hot 100, and peaked at #1 on the Hot R&B songs chart.
Who could forget this classic from Van Halen in 1984? You can find this song on their album 1984. While the song did not chart well, it's become a staple on classic rock radio stations all over America.
"Legs" | ZZ-Top
"She's got legs, and she's know how to use them". This song off ZZ-Top's 1983 Eliminator album has been fairly frequenlty over the years at a lot of my weddings. If you are into classic rock this Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 is for you.
Oh, I just love a little alternative music on the wedding playlist. You can find this classic on Cake's 2001 album "Comfort Eagle". The song would reach #7 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
"The Way You Move" | Outkast
Released back in the fall of 2003, "The Way You Move" is still very popular on wedding playlists all over. The song would reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, as well as the Hot Rap chart.
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There you have it, 30 of the most popular garter toss songs played by wedding DJs in Charleston
. Even though in recent years, the garter toss has been a a bit of a dying tradition, those couples that still opt to do it have loads of fun. Thank you for making it to the end of this blog post. If you are interested in speaking with Mike about hiring him to be your wedding DJ, click HERE