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What songs should their highnesses be dancing to after the royal wedding? Hazel Sheffield has some tips ...

From INTELLIGENT LIFE Magazine, Spring 2011

Long gone are the days of the traditional first waltz at a wedding. But with Prince William’s stag-do soundtrack best described as an eclectic mix of Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Rihanna and Nickelback, he and Kate Middleton may need a helping hand picking the reception entertainment. Here are eight songs they should be dancing to, all downloadable to the royal iPod.

While Will Young and James Blunt continue to top the first-dance polls with their lukewarm ballads, a hipper alternative has come along in the shape of this dubstep balladeer. “Night Air” is spacious yet kinaesthetic, steering clear of sentimentality with its clean, undated sound.

PROCOL HARUM A Whiter Shade of Pale 
It’s long in the tooth, globally famous, fondly regarded and faintly ridiculous: yes, this will do nicely for the royals. And the organ fugue is just delicate enough to convince Prince Philip he’s listening to Bach.

PULP Common People
As they head for a comeback, Pulp deserve a place on every wedding dance floor for catching the mood of the 1990s pop culture in which today’s brides and grooms came of age. “Common People”, with its lovably venomous lyrics about class immobility, is most apt.

THE BEATLES Can’t Buy Me Love
A Beatles number is obligatory at every wedding reception, even if the rumour about Paul McCartney being lined up to perform turns out to be a dud. “All My Loving” is the obvious choice, but “Can’t Buy Me Love” is more appropriate with its racier tempo and indifference to riches.

VAN MORRISON Brown Eyed Girl 
Royal weddings tend to come drenched in nostalgia for earlier royal weddings—well, maybe not Andrew and Fergie. Driving bass and a cheery chorus mask lost innocence in a much-covered hit which still draws every generation to the dance floor.

SNOOP DOGG Wet (stereogum.com)
“Made tha anthem 4 Prince William’s bachelor party,” Snoop declared to his Twitter followers last December. William was once dubbed “more hip op than hip-hop” by the Daily Mirror. He can prove them wrong by slipping this mixture of filth and minimalism onto the playlist.

THE SUPREMES You Can’t Hurry Love 
From the band that gave us the queen of Motown, a song charged with joy and impatience. While the static “Baby Love” was a bigger hit, the snappier melody and choice lyrics of “You Can’t Hurry Love” are a better fit for a couple with a courtship as long as theirs.

CHUCK BERRY You Never Can Tel
Berry, born in 1926 just like the Queen, excelled at rock’n’roll fables, especially concerning young girls at the altar (“it was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well”). This charming tale of love against the odds will have everyone recreating the twist contest in “Pulp Fiction”.


Hazel Sheffield writes about music for the Daily Telegraph and at hazelsheffield.wordpress.com. Picture Credit: dullhunk (via Flickr)