The garter toss is the male counterpart of the bouquet toss. It traces its roots to the bedding ceremony, which was once common throughout much of Europe for ensuring that marriage was consummated. Regardless, the garter toss is one of the most notable moments of a modern wedding, so it makes sense for people to put thought into their choice of garter toss music.
Here is our opinion of ten of the best garter toss songs:
10. “Mission Impossible” – Lalo Schifrin
The theme for the Mission Impossible franchise is older than interested individuals might expect. After all, the original TV show ran from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. As such, Lalo Schifrin’s theme saw use for the first time decades ago. In any case, it is a fitting choice for the garter toss because the traditional method for removing the item involves the teeth and nothing but the teeth.
9. “Whip It” – Devo
Amusingly, “Whip It” has a surprising amount of seriousness to it. Reportedly, it isn’t about sex. Instead, it is a mockery of the empty optimism that shows up so much in the schmaltzier aspects of American culture. The critical part is that “Whip It” is a fun song with a fair amount of weirdness, thus making it well-suited for the garter toss.
8. “Danger Zone” – Kenny Loggins
“Danger Zone” is one of the most iconic hits of the 1980s. It was never a number-one song in the United States because it peaked at the number-two position in 1986. Still, “Danger Zone” has incredible longevity, not least because it has continued to see use since Top Gun. That includes Top Gun: Maverick, which propelled it to the number seven position on the Billboard US Digital Song Sales chart in 2022.
7. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” – Def Leppard
Speaking of which, “Pour Some Sugar on Me” is another 80’s classic. Supposedly, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott took some inspiration from a cover of “Walk This Way” performed by Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C., which helped him turn a promising riff into a full-blown song. The lyrics are a bit eyebrow-raising but still capable of communicating the essential meaning to listeners. That makes more sense when one learns that Elliott and the producer Mutt Lange did them in a stream-of-consciousness style.
6. “Another One Bites the Dust” – Queen
“Another One Bites the Dust” is Queen’s best-selling single, with more than seven million copies sold. Its lyrics don’t have much in common with the garter toss. If anything, “Another One Bites the Dust” is about the narrator being ready to take on anyone who gets in his way. Despite that, it makes the list because it is a highly enjoyable song. Moreover, the traditional method for removing the garter requires a fair amount of biting, which is close enough for the sake of this list.
5. “Promiscuous” – Nelly Furtado Featuring Timbaland
Nelly Furtado was already a well-established artist before she released Loose in 2006. After all, her debut studio album boasted not one but two Top Ten hits in the United States, which isn’t the kind of thing that just anyone can do.
That said, Loose became Furtado’s best-selling studio album by a considerable margin, which was made possible by a noticeable image change. Some people accused her of selling out at the time. True or not, the decision worked. “Promiscuous” was the second single from the release. It went number one in the United States, thus making it the first of Furtado’s songs to do so.
4. “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen is famous for cheerful, upbeat pop songs. “Call Me Maybe” is the best-known of them. Better still, one can make a good case that it is well-suited for a garter toss. The person who catches the item is supposed to be the next one to get married. It seems safe to say that won’t happen unless they are in a romantic relationship, meaning they would do well to follow in the footsteps of the song’s narrator. Of course, one hopes they will have better luck than the same character, seeing as the music video revealed she was hitting on a man who already had a boyfriend.
3. “Hey Ya!” – OutKast
“Hey Ya!” is an OutKast single performed by Andre 3000. It is widely considered one of the greatest songs of the 2000s, which is supported by how it went number-one in the United States, Canada, Australia, and other countries. Technically, the song’s lyrics are much too sad for anything wedding-related. They are about people staying together because of fear of loneliness rather than genuine love. Luckily, OutKast proved prescient when they predicted that plenty of people would interpret this as a happy song, meaning this is a non-issue.
2. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” – Pat Benatar
“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” is one of Pat Benatar’s most recognizable songs. Even now, it remains popular because of its spunkiness. Sadly, the song has been ruined for Benatar. However, interested individuals don’t necessarily need to feel the same way about it.
1. “Drunk in Love” – Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z
There is a Beyonce song for just about anything wedding-related. For instance, interested individuals should consider “Drunk in Love,” one of her duets with her husband, Jay-Z. Furthermore, they might also want to consider using it as one of a pair. Those unfamiliar should know “Drunk in Love” in 2013 is often considered a direct follow-up to the wife-and-husband team’s “Crazy in Love” in 2003. As such, if people need more time, they should consider using both songs rather than just one.
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