The Reception: Musical Notations

A wedding night has several masters of ceremony, not least of whom is the D.J., who orchestrates the crescendos and decrescendos of the evening from his booth. We asked Tom Finn, one of the city’s foremost, to plot out a reception’s trajectory through music. Admittedly, this is a “commercial list—not super-hip—but it’s what people want to dance to,” says Finn. When choosing songs, the lyrics are just as key as the sound: “I had one bride who wanted her father-daughter dance to be to the Rolling Stones’ ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together.’ ”

Secret Tear by Aria
Diva Mea by Alessandro Safina

Couple Enters
Unforgettable by Natalie and Nat King Cole
Love Is Here To Stay by Frank Sinatra

First Course
Desafinado by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd
Corcovado by João Gilberto

Short Dance Set
Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson
Can’t Get Enough of Your Love (Babe) by Barry White
Je T’aime Moi Non Plus by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin

Main Course
La Maison by Gabin

No music.

Big Dance Set
Love Is in the Air by Milk & Sugar
Do Your Thing by Basement Jaxx
Madonna medley
Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake
Temperature by Sean Paul
Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira

Cake Cutting
Ain’t No Other Man by Christina Aguilera

The Reception: Musical Notations