The best songs of the year

Friends of ProfessionalWeddingDJ (DJ for classy wedding parties in Italy), 2021 has come to an end, and here we are with the best music of the year. A year, alas, for many still complicated by COVID-19, but together with you we have managed to organize many beautiful wedding parties, in safety and with fun. So, we would like to thank our spouses! Now let’s take a look at the music we have played most frequently at ProfessionalWeddingDJ parties.

Music for weddings in Italy: the key moments

The year that has just ended was not particularly full of pieces suitable for underlining moments such as the first dance or the cutting of the cake (2021 was more “generous” for music to dance to). To remember, however, Lorde with “Solar Power” (this artist gave us “Royals” in 2013), a delicate and atmospheric piece, which in our opinion is particularly recommended for cutting the cake or for the first dance. On the other hand, “Shivers” by Ed Sheeran has a much faster rhythm, a love song in all respects even if at first listen it would not seem perfect for dynamic young spouses.

However, there were many songs that, although splendid, tell about complicated love situations, like Let Somebody Go, by Coldplay (ft Selena Gomez), which speaks of a relationship that has now ended. You understand, therefore, how important it is to go to the bottom of the meaning of a song, beyond the evoked atmospheres.

Music for weddings, as you already know, is not only important for the “key moments”, but throughout the party, from the aperitifs to the dances. And there is no shortage of pieces from 2021 that we will surely carry with us for years to come; here are some.

Two “big names” scored two masterpieces last year: Justin Bieber, with Peaches, a really interesting comeback—a piece of class, and full of groove. And what about “Smokin Out The Window“, by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic whose official, very “old style” video is really suggestive with a softly rhythmic melody and a vintage and “warm” atmosphere is already as a classic.

It didn’t debut in 2021, but it’s still in the top ten (eighth place) of the most listened to songs globally on the world’s most popular streaming platform, Spotify: Blinding Lights, by the Canadian singer The Weeknd, which last year had the honour of participating in the Super Bowl by monopolizing the most important part of the show, namely the halftime show (for the record, The Weeknd will be in Milan, in December 2022, for a great concert!). This artist is often the star of ProfessionalWeddingDJ wedding parties. He has a varied and perfect repertoire for many situations.

Speaking of Spotify, If the most listened to song (“drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo) does not tell you much (in Italy, it has passed a bit on the sly), number two cannot fail to evoke good fun evenings: Montero (Call Me By Your Name) by Lil Nas X has also had a great response for us, as well as the “king” among the most “streammati” artists, namely Bad Bunny, who this year went very strong with the whole album “El último tour del mundo”, (released at the end of 2021) and in particular Dákiti (with Jhay Cortez).

And Dua Lipa? It seems incredible, but, even though his album “Future Nostalgia” is from 2019, Levitating was the fifth most listened to song ever, and Love Again is also danced to; it was one of the summer hits (as you may remember, it contained a sample from White Town’s “Your Woman”).

Here is also a hint of Italian music (since we deal with international weddings in Italy, it is right to talk a little about the music of this country); the victory of the Maneskin at the Sanremo Festival has brought good fortune to the group, so much so that, in addition to being on the same stage as Mick Jagger for the opening of the Rolling Stones concert in Las Vegas, the Maneskin are the most listened to Italian artists in the world, with over 2 billion streams on Spotify (many by US users). We therefore expect that some of their pieces will be requested at some American weddings!

And when it comes to Italian music, summer songs are usually the ones that hit the mark when it comes to entertainment. They are light-hearted pieces that can also be used in certain goliardic situations, but we never abuse them. Rocco Hunt and Anna Mena with “Un bacio all’improvviso”, “Mohicani” by Boomdabash feat. Baby K, Takagi & Ketra with Giusy Ferreri, and also “Shimmy Shimmy “, and the remix by Cerrone (great Italian producer, true icon of 70s/80s dance) of the piece by Colapesce, as well as Dimartino, “Musica leggerissima” are the typical “easy” summer pieces of the year we have recently greeted.

Music for destination weddings in Italy: the 2021 floor fillers

Well yes, here we are, here is the part where we deal with dance and house music, perfect for the part dedicated to dance. The year 2021 has brought revival music back into the limelight, in a modern shape. For example, The Cassettes made a 2021 version of a song by Gloria Gaynor (“I Will Survive”): it’s called “My Way”. And then moving on to the real floor filler, “Rasputin” by the Majestic, who interpreted the Boney M classic in a modern key.

Even Purple Disco Machine does not hide their vintage soul, since in the past year they released the hits “Hypnotized”, “Fireworks”, “Dopamine”. And what about Bob Sinclar, with “We could be dancing”, and Kungs, with “Never going home“? Two catchy pieces, united by a sort of “retro” flavor (have you have seen Bob Sinclar’s video, in which the fluo colors of the set and the clothing of the DJs seem to come directly from a video clip of the mid-80s?).

In any case, the records of the 70s and 80s (we mean the “real” ones) frequently turn out to be decisive and very important for the success of a wedding party… Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Santa Esmeralda, Madonna, Chic, and many others are real milestones. Of course, every party is unique and inimitable and with a different audience… very young spouses, with equally young friends, often give priority to the hits of the moment. Feel free to contact us for any info about your wedding in Italy!