DJ Intelligence has released its annual list of most requested songs. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the company, DJ Intelligence offers disc jockeys a computerized database to manage their song libraries. Every song that is requested through the software is then tallied by the company. DJ Intelligence states that millions of actual client requests from real weddings and parties result in the compilation of these comprehensive charts, which you can download here.
To be sure, not everyone will be a fan of every song in the Top 200 listing. One couple that hired me last year went through an earlier list to create their “do not play” list. A little insider secret : although not widely distributed, DJ Intelligence also compiles a Top 200 DO NOT PLAY Song list. And, as you may have guessed, there are a large number of songs that appear on BOTH lists.
To be perfectly honest, I don’t avail myself of the DJ Intelligence database in my own business. I create my own song listings based on my own client feedback. I also constantly solicit input from customers and their guests, based on what they request and what gets them dancing. But it would be foolish to ignore the charts entirely, since the one thing that I do know is that I don’t know everything.