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25 Key Latin Tracks for a Wedding

May 23, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
The following list was compiled by Ambient DJ’s Latin music specialist Andre Ovalle, aka “DJ Dre Ovalle” – Dre’s selections below feature an assortment of Latin dance styles designed to appeal to a variety of cultures – including Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Vallenato, Cumbia and Reggaeton.
  1. Timbalero – Hector Lavoe (Salsa)
  2. Rebelion – Joe Arroyo (Salsa)
  3. La Negra Tiene Tumbao – Celia Cruz (Salsa)
  4. Vivir Mi Vida – Marc Anthony (Salsa)
  5. La Temperatura – Maluma w/ Eli Palacios (Merengue)
  6. Bailar – Deorro w/ Pitbull and Elvis Crespo (Electronic/Merengue)
  7. Mi Reina – La Makina (Merengue)
  8. Stand by Me – Prince Royce (Bachata)
  9. Un Beso – Aventura (Bachata)
  10. Vente Pa’ Ca – Ric... [read more]
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25 Key Country Tracks for a Wedding

May 23, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
This list is dedicated to our blog readers located in the South – we know there are many of you! A collection of classic and contemporary country tunes, ballads and line dances – this playlist will delight country music lovers from across the region.
  1. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
  2. Die a Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
  3. Crazy – Patsy Cline
  4. H.O.L.Y. – Florida Georgia Line
  5. Island Song – Zac Brown Band
  6. House Party – Sam Hunt
  7. I Don’t Dance – Lee Brice
  8. Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
  9. Don’t Rock the Jukebox – Alan Jackson
  10. I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
  11. Family Tradition – Hank Williams
  12. I Swear – John Michael Montgomery
  13. I Cross M... [read more]
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10 Songs Not to Play at a Wedding

May 16, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
  1. Hello – Adele. Despite being an emotionally powerful song, this hit single off Adele’s recent album is a break-up song. Substitute with her cover version of the Cure’s “Lovesong” or Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.”
  2. Stay With Me – Sam Smith. In this song, the emotionally tortured protagonist is a master of “one night stands” and proclaims “this ain’t love it’s clear to see, but darling, stay with me” and “deep down I know this never works, but you can lay with me so it doesn’t hurt.” Hardly appropriate wedding fare!  Substitute with “Latch” (Disclosure with Sam Smith) or Smith’s fun cover version of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” set to a house beat.
  3. You’ll Never Find a Love Like Mine – Lou Rawls. This s... [read more]
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Music Playlist for Candyland Themed Party

May 9, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
Inspired by yesterday’s “Candyland” themed birthday party for cousins Anthony and Madison, we’ve compiled one hour of sweet tunes.  The oldies selections on this playlist are particularly fun and whimsical.  Many of these tracks would also make great song choices for a wedding cake cutting ceremony.. or to open a Viennese dessert room. Immediately below the playlist is a Spotify player embedded where you can listen to all 20 songs.  Enjoy, and please comment with your own song picks within the theme.  For more information about Ambient DJ Service, visit our website at www.ambientdj.com

The Candyland Playlist – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

  1. Main Title (Golden Ticket/Pure Imagination) from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate... [read more]
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The Doo-Wop Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

May 2, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
Doo-wop is a genre of music that was developed in African-Americans communities of New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Newark, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Detroit, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles in the 1940s, achieving mainstream popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s. During the late 1950s many Italian-American groups contributed a significant part in the doo-wop scene.  Built upon vocal harmony, doo-wop was one of the most mainstream, pop-oriented R&B styles of the time.  The term “doo-wop” was believed to be coined in 1961 by radio disc jockey Gus Gossert. Mike Bacon, aka DJ Iron Mike, has compiled the following doo-wop wedding cocktail hour playlist (the 80th in our wedding cocktail hour series!).  Given the shorter song durations of the day (2 minutes or so), 25 songs were requi... [read more]
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The 80s Power Ballad Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

April 18, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
In this 86th installment of the wedding cocktail hour series, we’ve set our sights on the power ballads of the 80s.  Think big hair with lots of hairspray, big drum kits, big vocal buildups and high drama!  Representative bands include Journey, Motley Crue, Poison, Firehouse, Whitesnake, KISS, Foreigner, Bon Jovi and Van Halen.  Besides cocktail hour, any of these tracks would represent an interesting surprise for dinner music or a slow dance. Our selections span from 1978 to 1990, with most tracks being released in the mid-1980s.  Take a trip down memory lane by viewing any of these songs’ music videos on YouTube. For an accompanying signature drink, we’ve selected a popular beverage of the Eighties – a  Bartyles & James Wine Cooler.   Lights – Journey More Than Words ... [read more]
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The Far East Wedding Cocktail Hour – by DJ Gregg Ambient

December 28, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann
This DJ had the fortunate experience to live and work in Japan during the 1990s. The following cocktail hour playlist is inspired by my time spent in the Far East, reflecting the complex fabric of life in Japan that combines traditional and modern elements. The playlist is deliberately heavy on ambient electronica, but takes on a more pop feel later in the set. While the selections are focused on Japan, the list includes a delightful R&B track from the Thai artist “Groove Rider” – you don’t need to speak Thai to feel the good vibes. For a signature drink, we’ve selected a glass of Suntory whiskey on the rocks. This is a salute to actor Bill Murray who promoted Suntory in the movie “Lost in Translation” set in Japan. Following the track list below is a link to a Spotify playlist. Since ... [read more]
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The Boy Bands Wedding Cocktail Hour (Volume 1)

December 20, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann
backstreets_backTechnically "boy bands" go back to the 1950s and 1960s with acts like The Beatles, Monkees, Osmonds and Jackson Five. However, in this blog installment, master music mixologist DJ Iron Mike selects boy bands from the 1980s through the present crop. Sample artists include the Backstreet Boys, 'NSync, New Kids on the Block, Color Me Badd, Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees, the Jonas Brothers, One Direction - and more! Boys bands - typically manufactured by promoters to target the masses with handsome young men, pleasing harmonies, fancy dance moves and catchy pop hooks can be particularly nostalgic to brides who enjoyed these acts d... [read more]
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The Fall/Winter 2016 Dance Playlist by DJ Gregg Ambient

December 10, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann
  1. Give it Up – Nathan Sykes f/ G-Eazy (pop) – enjoy this glittery Jamiroquai-esque production
  2. Let Me Love You – DJ Snake w/ Justin Bieber  (dance)
  3. Closer – The Chainsmokers w/  Halsey (EDM)
  4. Girls Like – Tinie Tempah f/ Zara Larsson (dance)
  5. Bailar – Deorro w/ Elvis Crespo (a great EDM / Merengue track)
  6. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars (pop/funk)
  7. The Greatest – Sia (pop)
  8. Millionaire – Cash Cash & Digital Farm Animals f/ Nelly (performed live at the recent DJ Times DJ Expo in Atlantic City!) (dance)
  9. This Girl (Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners) – Kungs (dance)
  10. Fade – Kanye West (R&B / House)
  11. Starboy – The Weeknd w/ Daft Punk (pop / electronic)
  12. One Da... [read more]
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The Blues Wedding Cocktail Hour (Volume One)

December 9, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann
blues_cover_photoBlues is a genre and musical form that originated in African-American communities in the "Deep South" of the United States around the end of the 19th century. While there's no reason for you to be singing the blues at a wedding celebration, blues is a distinctive and pleasing musical genre. It's also the foundation for many modern musical styles including rock n' roll and jazz. Our DJ Marti Gras (Martin Valcin) recently performed at a wedding where the couple requested a generous portion of deep blues music. Marti Gras brushed up on the genre and compiled over 400 tracks. In this playlist, he shares some of his favorites. ... [read more]