Royal Wedding Playlist
The Royal Wedding has been pretty much inescapable. Unless you’ve been held in a state of cryogenic limbo you wouldn’t have failed to notice that almost every newsstand adorns the faces of Kate Middleton and Prince William – the future king of England who’s due to tie the knot this Friday. The British government has even set aside a national holiday for the event and encouraged towns to organise street parties to celebrate. Sales of Union Jack bunting, not to mention tacky ‘Wills and Kate’ memorabilia, have sky rocketed.
With the big day closing in Shazam has put together a playlist of tracks that should – in the ideal world – get an airing at the post marriage party.
Billy Idol – White Wedding
An obvious choice, but a worthy one none the less… Billy Idol’s new-wave hit may be as ‘80’s as ZX-spectrum, but it still sounds great. Idol’s cameo appearance in ‘The Wedding Singer’, alongside Adam Sandler, gives him a double-whammy of wedding related trivia.
Jagged Edge Feat. Rev. Run – Let’s Get Married
Jagged Edge’s R&B jam is a certified party starter and should be considered an important tool in any wedding DJ’s arsenal. The song features a rap from Run-D.M.C.’s Rev. Run – an ordained Pentecostal minister no less – who by rights should know a thing or two about marriages.
David Bowie – Be My Wife
Taken from Bowie’s masterful ‘Low’ album, this was one of the singer’s few pop focussed songs in a period of wild experimentation. Supposedly a last ditch plea to Angela Bowie, his then wife, it must be noted that the melancholy lyrics of ‘Be My Wife’ are unlikely to get people running to the dancefloor.
Gold Panda – Marriage
Kate Middleton’s opinions on glitchy ambient electronic music are unknown. None the less ‘Marriage’ is probably the best cut from Gold Panada’s much acclaimed bedroom-house album, ‘Lucky Shiner’.
Snoop Dogg – Beautiful
Supposedly, Prince William is a huge fan of the Long Beach rapper. Snoop even dedicated his latest video, ‘Sweat’, to the groom to be: advising the future king to “have a little fun” before he gets married. As the video features scantily clad women and clouds of reefer smoke, it’s fairly certain that the “fun” Snoop’s talking about would fail standards of royal decorum. A much better track for the wedding playlist would be ‘Beautiful’, a record that sees the usually X-rated Snoop deliver (almost) family friendly lyrics.
Prince ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’
There’s never a bad time to play a Prince record, but when better than when his namesake is getting married? ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ is one of the purple one’s more tender moments. Taking form his eponymous second album, the track has echoes of Chic’s glittery disco and – unlike the aforementioned David Bowie record – is guaranteed to get any party started on the right foot.