Garter Removal and Toss Songs

The history of the garter removal and toss is closely related to the bouquet toss. Like the bouquet toss, the origins of the garter removal and toss can be traced back to the middle ages in 14th century France. At the time Europe was  in the midst of a plague called the Black Death. It’s estimated that every other person in Europe died from the disease and the people had no explanation for the cause of such widespread death. The lack of science based medicine led people to put their faith in lucky objects. Wild and unruly guests destroyed many wedding gowns, and in the process, hurt the brides. In an effort to avoid the chaos, clever brides and grooms began throwing the bouquet, garter and other personal items as a way to appease and distract their overzealous guests.

The garter was also a symbol of the brides chastity. So any man that got the brides garter and gave it to his love, secured her faithful devotion. At the time, it was customary for wedding guests to accompany the newlyweds into the bedroom. As you can imagine, neither the bride or groom  was thrilled with the prospect of guests in the bedroom, so the tradition of the garter removal and toss became firmly established as a way to put the guests off from entering the bedroom.

Like so many old traditions, the meaning is lost to, or evolves over time. In spite of  it’s origins, the garter removal and toss is still a  popular wedding activity. Our list of over 90 top garter removal and toss songs is full of songs from most major music genres. You can even hear a free preview of each song by clicking on its iTunes link.

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Song Artist Genre iTunes
03′ Bonnie & Clyde Jay Z & Beyonce Hip Hop The Final Countdown - Europe
A Little Less Conversation (JXL Remix) Elvis Presley Pop The Final Countdown - Europe
Addicted Ne-Yo R&B The Final Countdown - Europe
Ain’t No Other Man Christina Aguilera Pop The Final Countdown - Europe
American Woman Lenny Kravitz Rock Duran Duran - Duran Duran: Greatest - The Wild Boys
Another One Bites The Dust Queen Rock Queen - Queen: Greatest Hits - Another One Bites the Dust
Back In Black AC/DC Rock Inner Circle - Crucial Reggae: Inner Circle - Bad Boys
Bad Boys Inner Circle Reggae Inner Circle - Crucial Reggae: Inner Circle - Bad Boys
Bad To The Bone George Thorogood Rock George Thorogood & The Destroyers - The Baddest of George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Bad to the Bone
Beautiful Snoop Dogg Hip Hop George Thorogood & The Destroyers - The Baddest of George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Bad to the Bone
Between The Sheets The Isley Brothers R&B George Thorogood & The Destroyers - The Baddest of George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Bad to the Bone
Big Pimpin’ Jay-Z Hip Hop Big Pimpin' - The Hits Collection, Vol. One (Deluxe Edition)
Bonita Applebum A Tribe Called Quest Hip Hop Big Pimpin' - The Hits Collection, Vol. One (Deluxe Edition)
Bootylicious Destiny’s Child R&B Destiny's Child - Survivor - Bootylicious
Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf Rock Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf: All Time Greatest Hits - Born to Be Wild
Boys Are Back In Town  Bus Boys R&B Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf: All Time Greatest Hits - Born to Be Wild
Boys Are Back In Town Thin Lizzy Rock Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak - The Boys Are Back in Town
Brick House The Commodores R&B The Final Countdown - Europe
Business Time Flight of the Conchords Rock Duran Duran - Duran Duran: Greatest - The Wild Boys
Bust A Move Young MC Hip Hop The Final Countdown - Europe
Buttons Pussycat Dolls R&B The Final Countdown - Europe
Candy Shop 50 Cent Hip Hop The Final Countdown - Europe
Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe Barry White R&B The Final Countdown - Europe
Cherry Pie Warrant Rock Duran Duran - Duran Duran: Greatest - The Wild Boys
Danger Zone Kenny Loggins Rock Danger Zone - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - The Greatest Hits of Kenny Loggins
Do Me  Bell Biv DeVoe R&B Danger Zone - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - The Greatest Hits of Kenny Loggins
Do Me, Baby Prince R&B Danger Zone - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow - The Greatest Hits of Kenny Loggins
Do Ya Think I’m Sexy Rod Stewart Pop The Final Countdown - Europe
Don’t Wanna Be A Player Joe R&B The Final Countdown - Europe
Dukes Of Hazzard Theme (Good Ol’ Boys) Waylon Jennings Country Waylon Jennings - Ultimate Waylon Jennings - Good Ol' Boys (Theme from "The Dukes of Hazzard")
Enter Sandman Metallica Rock Metallica - Metallica - Enter Sandman
Everybody Got their Something Nikka Costa Pop The Final Countdown - Europe
Eye Of The Tiger Survivor Rock Survivor - Eye of the Tiger - Eye of the Tiger
Footsteps In The Dark The Isley Brothers R&B Survivor - Eye of the Tiger - Eye of the Tiger
Foxy Lady Jimi Hendrix Rock The Final Countdown - Europe
Fever Peggy Lee Oldies The Final Countdown - Europe
Freak Me Silk R&B The Final Countdown - Europe
Freaky Gurl Gucci Mane Hip Hop The Final Countdown - Europe
Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) Bill Conti Instrumental The Final Countdown - Europe
Girls Beastie Boys Hip Hop The Final Countdown - Europe
Girls, Girls, Girls  Motley Crue Rock MC Hammer - MC Hammer: Greatest Hits - U Can't Touch This
Here Comes The Hotstepper Ini Kamoze Reggae Ini Kamoze - Here Comes the Hotstepper - Here Comes the Hotstepper
Hey Ladies Beastie Boys Hip Hop The Final Countdown - Europe
Hot In Herre Nelly Hip Hop The Final Countdown - Europe
Hot Legs Rod Stewart Rock The Final Countdown - Europe
How Many Drinks? Miguel R&B MC Hammer - MC Hammer: Greatest Hits - U Can't Touch This
I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me) Jay-Z Hip Hop Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast - The Boys of Summer
I Like It, I Love It Tim McGraw Country The Final Countdown - Europe
I Wanna Be Your Lover Prince R&B The Final Countdown - Europe
I Wanna Love You Snoop Dogg feat. Akon Hip Hop The Final Countdown - Europe
I Wanna Sex You Up Color Me Badd 90s R&B The Final Countdown - Europe
I’m N Luv (Wit A Stripper) (Instrumental) T-Pain Hip Hop The Final Countdown - Europe
I’m Still A Guy Brad Paisley Country I'm Still a Guy - 5th Gear (Bonus Track Version)
I’m Too Sexy Right Said Fred Dance Right Said Fred - Up - I'm Too Sexy
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Indiana Jones) John Williams Soundtrack Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast - The Boys of Summer
It’s Raining Men Weather Girls Disco The Weather Girls - The Weather Girls - Super Hits - It's Raining Men
Just A Gigolo David Lee Roth Rock David Lee Roth - Crazy from the Heat - EP - Just a Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody
Keep Your Hands To Yourself Georgia Satellites Country David Lee Roth - Crazy from the Heat - EP - Just a Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody
Kiss Prince R&B David Lee Roth - Crazy from the Heat - EP - Just a Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody
Lady Marmalade Christina Aguilera Pop Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast - The Boys of Summer
Lap Dance N.E.R.D. Hip Hop The Final Countdown - Europe
Legs ZZ Top Rock The Final Countdown - Europe
Let’s Get It On Marvin Gaye R&B The Final Countdown - Europe
Macho Man Village People Disco Village People - The Casablanca Records Story - Macho Man
Men In Black Will Smith Dance Will Smith - Big Willie Style - Men In Black
Milkshake Kelis R&B Will Smith - Big Willie Style - Men In Black
Mission Impossible Theme Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Instrumental Danny Elfman - Mission Impossible - Main Title Theme
Mr Lover Shaggy & Janet Jackson Pop The Final Countdown - Europe
Oh Yeah Yello Dance Oh Yeah - Stella
One Way Or Another Blondie Rock Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast - The Boys of Summer
Partition Beyonce R&B The Final Countdown - Europe
Pony Ginuwine R&B HENRY MANCINI - The Pink Panther - The Pink Panther Theme
Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) Offspring Rock The Offspring - The Offspring: Greatest Hits - Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
Real Good Man Tim McGraw Country Real Good Man - Tim McGraw: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
Right Round Flo Rida Hip Hop Flo Rida - R.O.O.T.S. - Right Round
Rock and Roll Part II Gary Glitter Rock Gary Glitter - The Replacements - Rock and Roll Part II
Rock Your Body Justin Timberlake Pop Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast - The Boys of Summer
Sensual Seduction Snoop Dogg Hip Hop Gary Glitter - The Replacements - Rock and Roll Part II
SexyBack Justin Timberlake Pop Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast - The Boys of Summer
Sharp Dressed Man ZZ Top Rock ZZ Top - Eliminator - Sharp Dressed Man
She’s A Lady Tom Jones Pop Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast - The Boys of Summer
Slow Ride Foghat Rock The Final Countdown - Europe
Summer Of ’69 Bryan Adams Rock Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast - The Boys of Summer
Superfreak Rick James R&B Will Smith - Big Willie Style - Men In Black
Talk Dirty Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz Pop Will Smith - Big Willie Style - Men In Black
The Boys Of Summer Don Henley Rock Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast - The Boys of Summer
The Final Countdown Europe Rock The Final Countdown - Europe
The Man Aloe Blacc R&B Will Smith - Big Willie Style - Men In Black
The Pink Panther Theme Henry Mancini Instrumental The Final Countdown - Europe
The Stripper Song David Rose Orchestra Instrumental The Final Countdown - Europe
The Way You Make Me Feel Michael Jackson R&B Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast - The Boys of Summer
The Wild Boys Duran Duran Rock Duran Duran - Duran Duran: Greatest - The Wild Boys
This Velvet Glove Red Hot Chili Peppers Rock Duran Duran - Duran Duran: Greatest - The Wild Boys
Thong Song Sisqo R&B Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast - The Boys of Summer
U Can’t Touch This MC Hammer Dance MC Hammer - MC Hammer: Greatest Hits - U Can't Touch This
Velvet Glove Victory Valley Indie MC Hammer - MC Hammer: Greatest Hits - U Can't Touch This
We Are The Champions Queen Rock Queen - Queen: Greatest Hits - We Are the Champions
What Makes You Beautiful One Direction Pop Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast - The Boys of Summer
Whatever You Like T.I Hip Hop Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast - The Boys of Summer
Whatta Man Salt-N-Pepa Hip Hop Salt-N-Pepa & En Vogue - Very Necessary - Whatta Man
Whip It Devo Rock Devo - Devo: Greatest Hits - Whip It
Who Let The Dogs Out Baha Men Dance Baha Men - Who Let the Dogs Out - Who Let the Dogs Out
Wild Thing Tone Loc Hip Hop Tone-Loc - L?c-ed After Dark - Wild Thing
Womanizer Britney Spears Dance Britney Spears - Circus (Deluxe Version) - Womanizer
You Can Leave Your Hat On Joe Cocker Rock The Final Countdown - Europe
You Sexy Thing Hot Chocolate R&B Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast - The Boys of Summer
You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC Rock Inner Circle - Crucial Reggae: Inner Circle - Bad Boys

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