What’s a romantic lesbian wedding without the perfect soundtrack? Researchers from Eventopedia analyzed playlists on Spotify to determine the top 10 most popular songs for gay weddings around the world, and the results are very dance-worthy.
The researchers looked at playlists with the terms “gay wedding 2019” or “LGBT wedding” to determine their results. They gathered thousands of songs from these playlists, then calculated the 10 most popular.
Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” topped the list, followed by ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.” Bruno Mars, Fleetwood Mac, and Diana Ross also made the cut.
Apparently, gay people love oldies, because only one song from after 2000 made the list: “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga. The average release date for same-sex wedding songs was 1988. In comparison, the average release date for straight wedding songs was 2003. Additionally, gay wedding songs had a faster tempo and lasted longer than music for other weddings.
Here’s the full top 10 list:
- “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
- “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
- “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls
- “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson
- “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac
- “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
- “Best of My Love” by The Emotions
- “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga
- “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross
- “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” by Shania Twain
“Weddings are often the most significant event of people’s lives, and having the right music to accompany it is just as important,” Toby Heelis, founder of Eventopedia, told The Gay U.K. “The first dance is a defining moment, so making sure we choose the perfect soundtrack is paramount, as is ensuring the balance between being emotional and not being overly cringey.”
You can’t go wrong with Whitney Houston!