200 First Dance Songs to Suit Every Kind of Couple
Choosing your first dance song for your wedding is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning! The moment of your first dance signals the start of the partying – you’ll soon be surrounded by all your loved ones as you share your first dance as newlyweds, so you need to pick the right song!
We’ve rounded up 200 of the best first dance songs to inspire you – you’re bound to find the right first dance song for your wedding here, even if you’re struggling to decide on one right now.
What is the most popular first dance song at weddings?
According to Spotify, Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran is the most popular first dance for weddings, and is it any wonder? The tempo makes it perfect for a slow dance, and the lyrics are so beautiful.
How do you pick your first dance song?
It can seem like a daunting task – but there are a few tips to make picking your first dance song easy. Do you have any shared musical interests? Any bands you love, or gigs you’ve been to together? That’s a good starting point!
Once you’ve narrowed it down and found a type of music you both love, why not have a few practise runs? Have a dance around your living room to a few different songs and see what feels right.
If you both have a shared passion for an artist or have a song that is ‘yours’, then you’re sorted. It doesn’t matter if it’s not a traditional first dance song – make sure your wedding reflects who you are as a couple!
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Spotify’s Top 50 Most Popular First Dance Songs for Weddings
Thinking Out Loud – Ed SheeranYou Are The Best Thing – Ray MontagneAt Last – Etta JamesAll of Me – John LegendA Thousand Years – Christina PerriMake You Feel My Love – AdeleI Won’t Give Up – Jason MrazEverything – Michael BubleBetter Together – Jack JohnsonAmazed – LonestarCome Away With Me – Norah JonesFirst Day of My Life – Bright EyesLet’s Stay Together – Al GreenLucky – Jason Mraz, Colbie CaillatCan’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis PresleyMarry Me – TrainWonderful Tonight – Eric ClaptonWhat a Wonderful World – Louis ArmstrongCrazy Love – Van MorrisonI’m Yours – Jason MrazThe Luckiest – Ben FoldsHow Long Will I Love You – Ellie GouldingYour Song – Elton JohnMarry You – Bruno MarsThe Way You Look Tonight – Tony BennettTenerife Sea – Ed SheeranThen – Brad PaisleyStand By Me – Ben E. KingUnchained Melody – The Righteous BrothersHo Hey – The LumineersYou Are So Beautiful – Joe CockerIris – The Goo Goo DollsMy Girl – The TemptationsL-O-V-E – Nat King ColeTruly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden(Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan AdamsI Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – AerosmithKiss Me – Ed SheeranYou and Me – LifehouseChasing Cars – Snow PatrolMy Best Friend – Tim McGrawCan’t Take My Eyes Off You – Andy WilliamsWhen a Man Loves a Woman – Percy SledgeYour Song – Ellie GouldingThe Way You Look Tonight – Frank SinatraBaby I’m Yours – Arctic MonkeysStay With You – John LegendI Loved Her First – HeartlandThat’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis ReddingYou & Me Song – The Wannadies
Slow First Dance Songs
If your first dance style is more of a slow sway around the dance floor, these slow and emotional first dance songs will be perfect for you!
I Will Always Love You – Whitney HoustonA Moment Like This – Kelly ClarksonBecause You Loved Me – Celine DionShallow – Lady Gaga, Bradley CooperHalo – BeyonceIslands in the Stream – Dolly Parton, Kenny RogersSay You Won’t Let Go – James ArthurBaby I Love You – Aretha FranklinHarvest Moon – Neil YoungLover – Taylor SwiftComing Home – Leon BridgesIf I Ain’t Got You – Alicia KeysYellow – ColdplayAll My Life – K-Ci, JojoMy Cherie Amour – Stevie WonderFaithfully – JourneySongbird – Eva CassidySomewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel KamakawiwoʻoleIn My Life – The BeatlesXO – John MayerHeartbeats – Jose GonzalezFade Into You – Mazzy StarMake You Feel My Love – AdeleBy Your Side – SadeMaybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartneyVision of Love – Mariah CareyLike a Star – Corinne Bailey RaeYou’re Still the One – Shania TwainEverything Has Changed – Taylor Swift, Ed SheeranAt Your Best – AaliyahSlow Jam – Usher, MonicaThinkin Bout You – Frank OceanUntil the End of Time – Justin Timberlake, BeyonceHeaven – Bryan AdamsTime After Time – Cyndi Lauper
Alternative First Dance Songs
If you’re not the type to have a traditional, romantic first song, then stay true to who you are with an alternative first dance song – here are a few ideas to inspire you.
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I Wanna Be Yours – The Arctic MonkeysFor Lovers – Pete Doherty, WolfmanToothpaste Kisses – The MaccabeesI Found You – Alabama ShakesEverlasting Light – The Black KeysLovesong – The CureGrow Old With Me – Tom OdellThere is a Light That Never Goes Out – The SmithsAll of The Day and All of The Night – The KinksAre You Gonna Be My Girl – JetVideo Games – Lana Del RayTake Me to Church – HozierHold Back the River – James BayOnly Love – Ben HowardI’m Sticking With You – Velvet UndergroundNothing Else Matters – MetallicaEverlong – Foo FightersIs This Love? – Bob MarleyInvincible – MuseAnyone Else But You – Moldy PeachesThank You – Led ZeppelinThe Only Exception – ParamoreFar Away – NickelbackAll I Want is You – U2All My Love – Led ZeppelinWild Horses – The Rolling StonesHeart Shaped Box – NirvanaYou Are My Best Friend – QueenI Wanna Hold Your Hand – The BeatlesLast Night on Earth – Green DayThe Reason – HoobastankLittle Hands – Charlie Simpson100 Suns – Thirty Seconds to MarsAccidentally in Love – Counting CrowsDon’t Stop Me Now – QueenHackensack – Fountains of WayneLittle Wing – Jimi HendrixI’m With You – Avril LavigneSomewhere Only We Know – KeaneFell in Love With a Girl – The White StripesI Believe in a Thing Called Love – The DarknessTonight, Tonight – The Smashing PumpkinsMake it Wit Chu – Queens of the Stone AgeMountains – Biffy ClyroAll the Small Things – Blink 182
Unusual First Dance Songs
Perhaps you want a first dance song you know none of your guests will have experienced at another wedding? If you want a truly unique first dance song, we’ve rounded up some unusual songs to inspire you…
Re:stacks – Bon IverShe Treats Me Well – Ben HowardThe Dress Looks Nice on You – Sufjan StevensBest I Ever Had – DrakeHigher Love – James Vincent McMorrowWild Love – James BaySlow Show – The NationalI Would Do Anything For You – Foster the PeopleShe’s So Lovely – Scouting For GirlsTime is Dancing – Ben HowardRiptide – Vance JoyPink + White – Frank OceanMedicine – The 1975All Night – BeyonceLuh You – Anderson PaakIslands – The XXDelicate – Taylor SwiftWe – Mac Miller, Cee Lo GreenCrazy For You – AdeleShine On – The KooksWork Song – HozierHeroes – David BowieWhere to Begin – My Morning JacketYoung & Beautiful – Lana Del RaySweet Disposition – The Temper TrapMushaboom – FeistMaps – Yeah Yeah YeahsI Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor – Arctic MonkeysDo You Realise – The Flaming LipsSleepwalking – Modest MouseEvery Other Freckle – Alt JOphelia – The LumineersThat Girl – Justin TimberlakeSway – The KooksJackie & Wilson – Hozier
Upbeat First Dance Songs
Some couples don’t love the idea of slowly swirling around a dancefloor, watched by all their loved ones, and that’s fine. Why not pick an upbeat and fun first dance song so you can jump around and beckon your guests to come and join you?
You Make My Dreams – Hall & OatesHappy – PharrellLove on Top – BeyonceSigned, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie WonderThis Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie ColeBelter – Gerry CinnamonKiss Me – Sixpence None the RicherDancing in the Moonlight – ToploaderNothin’ On You – B.O.B ft. Bruno MarsCupid’s Chokehold – Gym Class HeroesYou Sexy Thing – Hot ChocolateLook At Where We Are – Hot ChipWe Found Love – Calvin Harris ft. RihannaI’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The ProclaimersTeenage Dream – Katy PerryI’ll Be There – Jess GlynneCrazy in Love – Beyonce ft. Jay ZUptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno MarsCheerleader – OMIYou’ve Got a Friend in Me – Randy NewmanYou Got the Love – Florence + The MachineWhen You’re Smiling – Louis ArmstrongAdore You – Miley CyrusAlways Be My Baby – Mariah CareyIt Must Be Love – MadnessHere Comes Your Man – PixiesGod Only Knows – Beach BoysOne Day Like This – ElbowHow Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris ft. DisciplesStarry Eyed – Ellie GouldingFive Years Time – Noah & The WhaleFireflies – Owl CityChampagne Kisses – Jessie WareLove Me Like You – Little MixLove Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
Once you’ve found your perfect first dance song for your wedding, why not watch these first dance wedding videos for some viral inspiration?
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