I’m working on a couple of fun retro dances (see the End of the World Flashback Party & Totally Rad 80’s Prom Party) in the next few months.

Now, I’ve been DJ’ing since 1991, so I’ve played my share of classic rock, oldies and old country.  But just to prepare myself and to make sure I have the right music, I’ve been searching around the internet looking for some suggested playlists to make sure I don’t forget those hidden gems.

Most of the lists have all the “standards” (some listed below).  Occasionally an odd song comes in out of no-where.  But one that constantly seems to be missing is Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Why?

It’s got a catchy hook.  It’s loved by classic rockers and two-steppers alike.  And now the younger generations have been exposed to it via Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long.”

And I would dare to say you could go to just about any bar/tavern playing live music this weekend, and if they are playing good old rock ‘n’ roll, there will be a Sweet Home cover after 11pm to get the crowd to full speed.

So, come on DJ’s.  Start playing, and listing this poster child for southern rock.  “Sweet Home Alabama” deserves some love!

And for what it’s worth, here’s a list of ten of my favorite classic rock songs to play at weddings and other dances (in no particular order):

  • Little Willy – The Sweet
  • Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger
  • Takin’ Care of Business – BTO
  • You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
  • Cecelia – Simon and Garfunkle
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • My Sharona – The Knack
  • I Want You To Want Me – Cheap Trick
  • Paradise By The Dashboard Light – Meatloaf
  • And of course, Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

What are some of your favorites?   Leave them in the comments below the video!