First Dance Songs: Romantic Hits & Unique Alternatives

Updated February 18, 2024 | Author: Matthew Campbell

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The first dance happens as a moment during a wedding reception signifying the first dance as a married couple. All eyes are on you as this is your moment.

The dance is commonly accented with a “dancing on the clouds” effect through professional dry ice machines provided by the DJ.

The first dance typically takes place either immediately following the couple’s grand entrance into the reception hall or immediately following the meal.

How To Select A First Dance Song

  • One

    Special Meaning

    Select a song that has special meaning to both of you. If you have one, skip to step 5.

  • Two

    Song Meaning

    Read the song’s lyrics to determine if the meaning of the song matches your love story.

  • Three

    Song Genre

    Does the song’s music style match your music tastes.

  • Four

    Song Tempo

    Know the song’s tempo (fast to slow) to determine the style of dance that fits best.

  • Five

    Practice

    Practice your first dance with the song you chose in similar wedding attire in your kitchen.

Below is a list of popular and unique alternative first dance songs.

  • The songs listed first are popular first dance hits selected by engaged couples.
  • The songs listed second are similar alternative tracks in the same music style, tempo, and mood – but not played at every wedding.
  • Each song paired matches the above criteria.

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Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
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Can’t Help Falling in Love – Kacey Musgraves

Presley’s version paints a classic picture of romantic surrender. Presley sings about feeling an uncontrollable pull towards his love, comparing it to the natural flow of a river. It’s a timeless declaration of devotion and acceptance of destiny. Did you know the song was originally written for an Italian film and sung by an opera singer?

Musgraves delivers a more introspective take. She acknowledges the risks and vulnerability inherent in falling in love but ultimately embraces the power of the feeling. It’s a nuanced portrayal of love’s complexities while still being heartfelt. Did you know Musgraves’ rendition was featured in the 2022 Elvis film?

Notable Lyrics: “Take my hand Take my whole life, too For I can’t help falling in love with you”

Explore other covers by artists like Haley Reinhart, Andrea Bocelli, or Twenty One Pilots for more interpretations.

Perfect – Ed Sheeran
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Heaven – Calum Scott

Sheeran’s global smash hit is a love letter to a significant other, praising their imperfections and declaring them to be “perfectly imperfect.” It speaks of finding unexpected joy in everyday moments and cherishing shared memories. Did you know the song holds the record for the most weeks at #1 on the UK Singles Chart?

Notable Lyrics: “I whispered underneath my breath But you heard it Darling, you look perfect tonight”

Scott’s track is an emotional ballad that compares finding love to experiencing heaven on earth. It speaks of finally breaking free from isolation and finding solace in another person’s arms. Did you know Scott wrote the song after coming out as gay, reflecting on finding true acceptance and love?

Notable Lyrics: “They say it’s better, but how could that be? If everyone had a love like us They wouldn’t call that place above, Heaven”

Explore other covers of “Perfect” by Beyoncé or Andrea Bocelli and covers of “Heaven” by Tori Kelly or James Arthur.

At Last – Etta James
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Finally Mine – Juliet Roberts

James’ iconic ballad expresses a profound sense of relief and joy at finally finding true love. The lyrics describe a journey of longing and waiting, culminating in the euphoric realization your lover is here now. Did you know the song was originally written for a musical but rejected?

Notable Lyrics: “At last, my love has come along My lonely days are over”

Roberts’ pop song celebrates the moment of finally committing to and claiming your happily ever after. The lyrics convey a sense of ownership and excitement. Did you know the track was written and performed by actress Juliet Roberts for the movie Ben Is Back?

Notable Lyrics: “You’re finally mine, mine, finally mine Let the whole world know we’re intertwined”

Both songs have a theme about finding your one true love after a length of time.

Beautiful Crazy – Luke Combs
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Love You Anyway – Luke Combs

“Beautiful Crazy” is a heartfelt ballad that celebrates a woman’s free spirit and individuality. Combs is captivated by her quirks and spontaneity, describing her as “beautiful crazy” and admitting, “It kinda scares me the way that she drives me wild”. Did you know Combs wrote the song that was inspired by his now-wife Nicole Hocking before they even dated?

Notable Lyrics: “She’s my tornado, watch her spin / Yeah, she’s kinda crazy, but that’s my girl again”

“Love You Anyway” expresses unconditional love and acceptance. Combs sings about the acknowledgment of his partner’s flaws but vows to stay. Did you know the track won the Country Song of the Year award at the 54th CMA Awards?

Notable Lyrics: “I love you anyway, the good, the bad, the ugly You’re all I ever wanted, honey, you see”

“Beautiful Crazy” leans towards passionate, early-stage love, while “Love You Anyway” reflects a deeper, more established commitment.

All Of Me – John Legend
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‘Til Death Do Us Part – Brian Nhira

Legend’s hit is a declaration of complete love and acceptance. He sings about loving his partner warts and all flaws and imperfections included. It’s a heartfelt promise to cherish them for who they truly are. Did you know the song was originally written for another artist but became Legend’s signature song after he recorded it for his wife, Chrissy Teigen?

Notable Lyrics: Cause all of me loves all of you Love your curves and all your edges All your perfect imperfections”

Nhira’s contemporary R&B song emphasizes commitment and eternal love. He promises to hold onto his partner for the rest of their lives. Did you know Nhira appeared on Season 10 of the popular singing competition show “The Voice” in 2016?

Notable Lyrics: “Without you, I’d be lost I need you by my side For the rest of my life”

Start with “All of Me” for a romantic beginning and transition to “‘Til Death Do Us Part” for a promise of forever.

From The Ground Up – Dan + Shay
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Made (Wedding Version) – Spencer Crandall

Dan + Shay’s hit is a heartfelt ballad celebrating long-lasting love and commitment. It paints a picture of a love that starts strong and builds steadily over time, like a house built from the ground up. Did you know the duo started brainstorming a Christmas song but the idea shifted as they discussed their grandfathers’ marriages and initiated “From the Ground Up”?

Notable Lyrics: “Never thought forever could feel this good this fast But baby, look how far we’ve come Built this love brick by brick, from the ground up”

Crandall’s tune is a romantic ballad dedicated to celebrating forever love and commitment. The lyrics express the sentiment of finding your perfect match and building a life together. Did you know “Made” (Wedding Version) is a reimagined version of Crandall’s original song “Made” released in 2022?

Notable Lyrics: “I used to think love was just a fairytale Until you walked in and proved me wrong”

Both songs celebrate a forever love and building a life together.

Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
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Sweet Symphony – Joy Oladokun, Chris Stapleton

TW is a ballad that expresses longing and nostalgia for a lost love. Stapleton compares his lost love to Tennessee whiskey, something smooth and familiar that brings back vivid memories. Did you know the megahit has been covered by numerous artists, including Brad Paisley and Sturgill Simpson?

Notable Lyrics: “You’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey You’re as sweet as strawberry wine You’re as warm as a glass of brandy And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time”

“Sweet Symphony” is a gospel-tinged anthem celebrating the transformative power of love. The lyrics describe surrendering to love and building a “symphony” together, overcoming past struggles, and finding strength in each other. Did you know the song was released in 2023 and marked Oladokun’s first collaboration with Stapleton?

Notable Lyrics: “When the rivers too deep Let me be your comfort, darling Wherever this road leads”

Reflect on the message you want your dance to convey. “Tennessee Whiskey” evokes nostalgia and lost love, while “Sweet Symphony” celebrates new beginnings and hope.

Best Part – Daniel Caesar, H.E.R.
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Anything For You (The Duet) – Ledisi & PJ Morton

“Best Part” is a soulful love song that celebrates the simple joys and profound impact of having someone special in your life. The lyrics paint a picture of everyday moments, from sharing meals to late-night conversations, that become extraordinary when shared with a loved one. Did you know “Best Part” won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance?

Notable Lyrics: “You’re the coffee that I need in the morning You’re my sunshine in the rain when it’s pouring Won’t you give yourself to me”

“Anything for You” is a powerful declaration of love and unwavering commitment. Ledisi’s soulful vocals deliver a message of devotion, pledging to go to any lengths to support and cherish her partner. Did you know Anything for You” received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo/Group with Vocals in 2015?

Notable Lyrics: “Still can’t believe you’re in my life The impossible is possible because of you I will love you past forever”

Both songs are powerful R&B love tracks about commitment and enjoyment of each other forever.

Amazed – Lonestar
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That’s What Love Is – Alexandra Kay

“Amazed” is a romantic ballad that expresses deep admiration and wonder towards your lover. The lyrics describe a constant amazement at the various qualities and actions of their partner, highlighting their unwavering love and appreciation. Did you know “Amazed” was released in 1999 and became Lonestar’s biggest hit – topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and winning multiple awards like Single of the Year from the CMAs?

Notable Lyrics: “I wanna spend the rest of my life With you by my side Forever and ever”

The song is described by Kay as the perfect relationship with no flaws, and arguments. A song about all of the ups and downs leading up to your “I Do”. Have you not heard AK sing? Well, her voice is reminiscent of Dolly Parton, Alison Kraus, and Leanne Womack.

Notable Lyrics: “Felt like the rain would never quit But you took my hand And we slow-danced through all of it And that’s what love is”

Both songs speak of being in the perfect relationship and being in love in the country genre.

In Case You Didn’t Know – Brett Young
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Dance With You – Brett Young

ICYDK is a romantic ballad that delves into the fear of expressing emotions, acknowledging hesitation to say “I love you.” This resonates with couples who connect deeply but might not always openly express their feelings. Did you know ICYDK was released in 2018, hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and won Song of the Year at the CMAs?

Notable Lyrics: “Even though I don’t tell you all the time You had my heart a long, long time ago In case you didn’t know”

DWY is a joyful song celebrating the simple pleasure of dancing with a lover. The lyrics express the desire to be close, share moments of joy, and create lasting memories together.

Notable Lyrics: “They say, “Life’s a dance” And if that’s the truth I only wanna dance with you”

“In Case You Didn’t Know” reflects unspoken affection, while “Dance With You” celebrates open joy. Choose the song that best reflects your connection.

I Cross My Heart – George Strait
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Dance Of A Lifetime – Drake Milligan

ICMH is a classic country ballad and a timeless declaration of unwavering love and commitment. The lyrics express promises of eternal devotion, highlighting the depth and stability of the relationship. Did you know the song was released in 1992 for the movie Pure Country and topped the Billboard Country chart?

Notable Lyrics: “To make all your dreams come true In all the world You’ll never find A love as true as mine”

DOAL is the classic waltz first dance song. It celebrates dancing into the sunset of forever. Did you know Mulligan appeared on both American Idol and America’s Got Talent?

Notable Lyrics: “For worse and for better, we’ll two-step together And I’ll hold you closer each day I go through This dance of a lifetime with you”

These are two epic country love songs that you can select for your first dance while looking into each other’s eyes knowing you selected the perfect love song.

Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
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Before You – Benson Boone

“Say You Won’t Let Go” is a soulful ballad expressing vulnerability and deep longing for a lasting connection. The lyrics describe the fear of losing someone special and the hope for everlasting love, creating a poignant and emotional atmosphere. Did you know the song was released in 2016 and won multiple awards, including Song of the Year at the Brit Awards?

Notable Lyrics: “I know I needed you But I never showed But I wanna stay with you until we’re grey and old Just say you won’t let go”

“Before You” delves into the depths of first love. This song encapsulates the genuine emotions and sentiments held for that special someone, offering a raw and authentic portrayal of a special bond. Did you know Boone’s popularity exploded on TikTok in 2021 and auditioned for American Idol but withdrew from the competition?

Notable Lyrics: “Let me adore you And from the moment I looked in those dark brown eyes I can’t remember life before you”

The two songs are from the perspective of loving someone and not wanting those feelings to ever leave.

Speechless – Dan + Shay
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You (Acoustic) – Dan + Shay

“Speechless” is a romantic song that expresses admiration and awe towards a partner. You are left “speechless” by your partner’s beauty, personality, and actions, highlighting the depth of your love and amazement. It was released in 2017 and hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and won Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards.

Notable Lyrics: “‘Cause watchin’ you is all that I can do And I’m speechless”

“You (Acoustic)” is an intimate acoustic version of “You” (originally released in 2021) emphasizing vulnerability and deep emotional connection. The lyrics reveal a sense of comfort and belonging found in your lover’s presence. I selected the acoustic version for a romantic feel but you can play the original too for a more upbeat sound and a more fun dance.

Notable Lyrics: “I got you For the rest of my life And if all else goes wrong, baby I’ll be alright”

Even though both songs are from the same artist, both songs offer a connection between two lovers and being infatuated with each other. “Speechless” is more popular, while “You (Acoustic)” offers a unique and personal touch.

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
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Last Love – Jon Mullins

ATY is a soaring ballad expressing timeless love and commitment. The lyrics portray a love story spanning lifetimes, emphasizing its enduring strength and unwavering devotion. The track has numerous vocal and instrumental covers showcasing its adaptability and enduring popularity.

Notable Lyrics: “Darling, don’t be afraid I have loved you for a thousand years I’ll love you for a thousand more”

LL celebrates finding your “last love” in life. The lyrics express gratitude for a partner who brings lasting happiness and fulfillment, offering a more realistic and mature perspective on love. Did you know Mullins performed on The Voice?

Notable Lyrics: “Who cares about history That’s all in the past I knew the first time that I saw you You’d be my last Last love”

Does “A Thousand Years” capture the intensity and timeless nature of your love? Or does “Last Love” resonate more with your shared journey and appreciation for each other?

Stand By Me – Ben E. King
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Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys

SBM is a timeless classic expressing unwavering friendship, support, and loyalty. The lyrics paint a picture of two lovers who promise to always be there for each other, comfort, and secure a strong bond. It was released in 1961 and remains one of the most popular and covered songs of all time.

Notable Lyrics: “I won’t cry, I won’t cry No, I won’t shed a tear Just as long as you stand Stand by me”

BIY is a playful and endearing song declaring unwavering love and devotion in a lighthearted way. The lyrics convey a strong desire to be with a loved one, emphasizing the joy and fun found in the relationship. Did you know “Baby I’m Yours” gained cult status through word-of-mouth and fan demand?

Notable Lyrics: “Until the sun no longer shines Baby, I’m yours Until the poets run out of rhyme Baby, I’m yours”

“Stand By Me” is well-known, while “Baby I’m Yours” offers a unique and unexpected choice.

Beyond – Leon Bridges
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Without You – Otis Kane

“Beyond” expresses deep affection and a desire for an enduring, committed relationship. The lyrics describe feelings of being captivated by your partner, yearning to move beyond a casual relationship and experience a deeper connection. Did you know Bridges often dedicates “Beyond” to couples during live performances?

Notable Lyrics: “Will she have my kids? Will she be my wife? She might just be my everything and beyond”

Kane describes “Without You” as how people come into our lives, and we wonder how we ever lived without them. It’s a love song, but I believe it applies to friends as well. Did you know one of Kane’s early singles “Happy Days” was featured on Matthew Cherry’s Oscar-winning short and eventual series Hair Love?

Notable Lyrics: “I don’t want to spend a day Without you Cause I Don’t feel alive without you”

There is so much soul and feeling in these R&B love songs, that both make for a perfect first dance song – whether you want a popular hit or lesser known track.

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
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First Date (Acoustic) – Taylor Acorn

Aerosmith’s megahit is a powerful ballad expressing deep love and the fear of missing any moment spent with your lover. The song emphasizes cherishing every second together, even forgoing sleep if it means being present and appreciating your lover. Did you know “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was released in 1998 for the movie Armageddon and became the band’s biggest hit?

Notable Lyrics: “‘Cause even when I dream of you The sweetest dream would never do I’d still miss you baby And I don’t wanna miss a thing”

“First Date” captures the awkwardness and excitement of a first date experience. The lyrics delve into the relatable anxieties, self-doubts, and humorous observations as the narrator navigates meeting someone new. The same can be said for your first dance! The song is a slow cover of blink-182’s “First Date” released in 2003.

Notable Lyrics: “

Let’s go, don’t wait, this night’s almost over Honest, let’s make this night last forever Forever and ever, let’s make this last forever”

Aerosmith’s track is considered a great classic rock love song and Acorn’s hit has been a favorite love cover of one of the great pop punk bands of all time.

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
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Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce

“Wonderful Tonight” is a classic rock favorite expressing deep admiration and appreciation for a lover. The song reflects on the beauty they see in their partner, even when they’re unaware, emphasizing their unwavering love and admiration. It was released in 1977 and topped the charts worldwide.

Notable Lyrics: “And then she asks me ‘Do I look all right?’ And I say, ‘Yes, you look wonderful tonight'”

“Time In A Bottle” is a classic folk song expressing the desire to capture and cherish precious moments with loved ones. The song reflects on the fleeting nature of time and wishes they could bottle it up to spend more time with those they care about. The song was released in 1972 and became Croce’s biggest hit.

Notable Lyrics: “I’ve looked around enough to know That you’re the one I want to go Through time with”

Do you want a classic, romantic first dance with “Wonderful Tonight,” or a more reflective and bittersweet atmosphere with “Time In A Bottle”?

The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
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I’ll Never Not Love You – Michael Bublé

Sinatra is a popular wedding tune crooning about the captivating beauty and charm a partner possesses, regardless of the situation. The lyrics express admiration and infatuation, highlighting the enduring love and appreciation. Did you know the song was originally written for Fred Astaire in the movie Swing Time?

Notable Lyrics: “And your cheeks so soft There is nothing for me but to love you And the way you look tonight”

Another crooner, Bublé, sings about a strong and unwavering commitment to a partner. The lyrics declare unconditional love and promise to always be there, offering a heartfelt and reassuring message. The song was released in 2018 on Bublé’s “Love” album.

Notable Lyrics: “I’ll stand by you And no matter whatever happens I’ll never not love you”

Do you want a classic, elegant first dance with “The Way You Look Tonight,” or a more modern, heartfelt, and reassuring atmosphere with “I’ll Never Not Love You”?

Bless The Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
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On My Way To You – Cody Johnson

“Bless The Broken Road” lyrics tell the story of a journey filled with ups and downs, ultimately leading to true love. This song speaks to the idea that every twist and turn in life’s journey is worth it to find your soulmate. Did you know the song was originally recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1994?

Notable Lyrics: “This much I know is true That God blessed the broken road That led me straight to you”

“On My Way To You” offers a unique and refreshing take on the theme of love and destiny. The song explores the idea that every experience and choice in life has led to your significant other. It’s a celebration of the winding paths and unexpected detours that ultimately led you to find each other. Did you know the song was written as a tribute to his wife, Brandi, and reflects their own love story?

Notable Lyrics: “All the damage done I was just passin’ time Kinda just passin’ through On my way to you”

Both songs remind you and your partner of the journey that brought you together and the love that binds you forever.

You Are The Reason – Calum Scott, Leona Lewis
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If You Love Her – Forest Blakk, Meghan Trainor

“You Are The Reason” is a powerful love song about the profound love and appreciation for a lover. The lyrics depict a feeling incomplete without your loved one, highlighting their importance and impact on your life. Did you know the song was originally written by Brett Young and Stephanie Jones?

“If You Love Her” is a playful and modern duet about cherishing and committing to the one you love. The lyrics offer advice on appreciating a partner’s qualities and avoiding hesitation, emphasizing communication and action.

Does “You Are The Reason” capture the depth and emotional intensity of your love? Or does “If You Love Her” resonate more with your personality and desire for a fun and playful atmosphere? Both are duets!

You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
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I Just Love You – Roo Panes

YATBT is an intimate folk song about deep appreciation and love for a partner. The song highlights how your partner has positively changed your life, viewing them as a source of joy and contentment. It was released in 2004 on LaMontagne’s debut album and became a sleeper hit by gaining popularity through word-of-mouth.

Notable Lyrics: “We’ve come a long way, baby You know, I hope and I pray that you believe me When I say this love will never fade away”

IJLY is a soulful ballad focusing on the simple act of loving someone, emphasizing its power and importance. The lyrics celebrate the feeling of love itself, regardless of grand gestures or external factors. The song was released in 2022 on the album ‘Nightjar and the Nightingale’.

Notable Lyrics: “It’s the smile on your lips When you walk into a room It’s the birthday card you drew That make me love you”

Both songs are slow, though “You Are the Best Thing” has a slightly faster tempo and might accommodate smoother movements, while “I Just Love You” encourages a more intimate and quiet dance.

Yours – Russell Dickerson
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That’s Why – Troy Cartwright

“Yours” is a country love tune about unwavering love and commitment. The song declares your complete devotion to your partner, highlighting your unwavering commitment and how your life revolves around them. It was released in 2017 as a single from Dickerson’s debut album of the same name.

Notable Lyrics: “You put a new heartbeat inside of me You make me better than I was before Thank God I’m yours”

“That’s Why” is another country love song. It celebrates finding “the one” and appreciating their unique qualities. The lyrics describe how one person makes everything worth it, emphasizing gratitude and joy in the relationship. The song was released in 2022 on the album Just Kids.

Notable Lyrics: “‘Cause girl we still got us And I’ll keep on showing up I already got more reasons than I need To love you”

Does “Yours” capture your feelings of unwavering love and commitment? Or does “That’s Why” resonate more with your desire to celebrate finding “the one” and enjoying each other’s company?

My Best Friend – Tim McGraw
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Another (Wedding Version) – Adam Doleac

“My Best Friend” is a classic country love tune about love and deep appreciation for a lover who feels like your best friend. The lyrics highlight the comfort, shared experiences, and unwavering support that make the relationship unique and cherished. The song was released in 1998 and topped the charts being one of McGraw’s biggest hits.

Notable Lyrics: “I don’t know where I’d be without you here with me Life with you makes perfect sense You’re my best friend”

The reworked version of Adam Doleac’s popular song specifically focuses on celebrating finding “the one” and the unique love you share. The lyrics describe discovering someone who makes you want to be a better person and appreciate the ordinary moments together. The wedding version adds lyrics specifically celebrating marriage and commitment!

Notable Lyrics: “Every night, every day, every memory that we make Baby, you ain’t even gotta ask I’ll always want another dance Another chance to hold your hand”

Does “My Best Friend” capture your feelings of deep connection and shared experiences? Or does “Another (Wedding Version)” resonate more with your desire to celebrate finding “the one” and cherishing everyday moments?

Marry Me – Train
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Take My Name (Wedding Version) – Parmalee

“Marry Me” is one of the most popular wedding songs of all time. It’s an upbeat rock song about a playful yet sincere proposal. The song portrays a person nervously gathering the courage to ask their partner to marry them, highlighting their love and commitment. Did you know the song was inspired by lead singer Pat Monahan’s real-life proposal?

Notable Lyrics: “Marry me Today and every day Marry me If I ever get the nerve to say hello in this cafe”

Parmalee’s country ballad (wedding version specifically) emphasizes commitment and dedication in a relationship. The lyrics describe wanting to spend every moment with your partner, promising unwavering love and devotion. The music video features a couple’s love story.

Notable Lyrics: “So take my hand, let me make you mine I’m through waiting, taking my time Never felt like this before Take my name and make it yours”

Wow, these songs are practically saying the same thing! Which one do you prefer – rock or country?

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
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Made to Love You – Drew Angus

“Thinking Out Loud” is a romantic slow song that reflects on the enduring love and commitment within a relationship. The lyrics explore the changes that occur over time while highlighting the constant presence of love and appreciation for your partner. The song was written in just 20 minutes with friend and songwriter Amy Wadge – the inspiration came from a conversation about “everlasting love”.

Notable Lyrics: “And the crowds don’t remember my name When my hands don’t play the strings the same way I know you will still love me the same”

“Made To Love You” speaks to your heartstrings and reminds two people how they were made for each other. You can read my interview with Drew Angus.

Notable Lyrics: “Hearts were made to beat, hands were made to hold, now with you in front of me”

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli
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Until I Found You – Stephen Sanchez, Em Beihold

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” is a classic pop song about instant attraction and infatuation. The song speaks of a person being mesmerized by another’s beauty and charm, unable to look away or forget them. It was released in 1967 and has been covered by countless artists.

Notable Lyrics: “Oh, pretty baby Now that I’ve found you, stay And let me love you, baby Let me love you”

“Until I Found You” is a modern song with a classic sound about finding the missing piece in your life and the profound impact your lover has. The lyrics describe a journey of searching and yearning before finally discovering true love.

Notable Lyrics: “I said, ‘”‘I would never fall unless it’s you I fall into’ I was lost within the darkness, but then I found her I found you”

Does “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” capture the initial spark and playful energy of your connection? Or does “Until I Found You” resonate more with your feelings of finding “the one” and completing each other’s lives?

Tip

Have anxiety about your first dance? Practice beforehand, drink lots of water, eat through the day, and look into each other’s eyes and smile. You got this!

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First Dance Songs by Genre

Pop First Dance Songs

All eyes are on you, and it’s time for that magical first dance. But wait! What song will you choose to set the perfect vibe for this unforgettable moment? Fear not, because I’m sharing a few key pop first dance songs to help you find that perfect tune.

  • Pointless – Lewis Capaldi
  • Last Love – Jon Mullins
  • Heaven – Calum Scott
  • The Joker And The Queen – Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift
  • Amazing – Teddy Swims
  • Lifetime – Justin Bieber
  • FOREVER IS – Norman Kerner
  • Butterflies – MAX, Ali Gatie
  • Imagine (Acoustic) – Ben Platt
  • Our Song (Acoustic) – Ron Pope
  • Love Songs Ain’t for Us – Amy Shark, Keith Urban
  • Luckiest Man – Clark Beckham
  • If You Love Her – Forest Blakk feat. Meghan Trainor
  • I Am Yours – Andy Grammer
  • Falling like the Stars – James Arthur
  • Lover (First Dance Remix) – Taylor Swift
  • You Are The Reason – Calum Scott & Leona Lewis
  • Moon River – Frank Ocean
  • Love Someone – Lukas Graham
  • Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
  • How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
 

Tip

Have you already selected your first dance song? Next, select a father-daughter dance song for the bride and her dad.

Country First Dance Tracks

As the dance floor awaits, the twinkle lights are aglow, and it’s time to take center stage for that unforgettable first dance. But which country tune will perfectly capture the essence of your love story? I’m offering you heartwarming country first dance songs.

  • Who I Am With You – Tucker Beathard
  • Love You Anyway – Luke Combs
  • That’s Why – Troy Cartwright
  • Always Been You – Kylie Morgan
  • That’s What Love Is – Alexandra Kay
  • Dance Of A Lifetime – Drake Milligan
  • You (Acoustic) – Dan + Shay
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Kacey Musgraves
  • Growing Old With You (First Dance Version) – Restless Road
  • Never Til Now – Ashley Cooke, Brett Young
  • I Choose You – Amanda Jordan
  • Forever After All – Luke Combs
  • My Person (Wedding Version) – Spencer Crandall
  • Always Gonna Love You (First Dance Version) – Alana Springsteen
  • Joy of My Life – Chris Stapleton
  • Nobody But You – Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani
  • Prayed For You – Matt Stell
  • Speechless – Dan + Shay
  • Butterflies – Kacey Musgraves
  • Beautiful Crazy – Luke Combs
  • Heaven – Kane Brown
  • The Rest of Our Life – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
  • In Case You Didn’t Know – Brett Young
  • Promise to Love Her – Blane Howard
  • Grow Old – Florida Georgia Line
  • Yours – Russell Dickerson
 

Tip

Grooms – Don’t forget about your mom! Pick a Mother-Son dance song for a Mom and Groom dance.

grooms dancing first dance
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Indie First Dance Tunes

Alright, lovebirds! What’s the soundtrack to this magical moment? Fear not, because I’m diving deep into the indie scene to find the quirkiest, most soul-touching first dance songs out there. From indie darlings to hidden gems, I’ve got the tunes that’ll have you swaying, smiling, and maybe shedding a tear or two.

  • Better Part of Me – SYML, Sara Watkins
  • Sweet Symphony – Joy Oladokun, Chris Stapleton
  • One Day Less – Anson Seabra
  • I GUESS I’M IN LOVE – Clinton Kane
  • Made to Love You – Drew Angus
  • You – Louyah
  • Amen – John Adams
  • Evermore – Hollow Coves
  • I Get to Love You – Ruelle
  • I’m With You – Vance Joy
  • I Choose You – Ryann Darling
  • The One – Kodaline
  • Never Stop (Wedding Version) – SafetySuit
 

Tip

This list is for the first dance. Pick songs for the wedding couple to dance to at the end of the night too. Maybe for a private last dance?

bride and groom's first dance
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Folk First Dance Hits

Are you ready to add a touch of rustic charm and whimsy to your first dance? Well, you’re in for a treat because I’m sharing enchanting folk first dance songs! Picture yourselves swaying to the sweet melodies of acoustic guitars and heartfelt lyrics.

  • Our Time – Roo Panes
  • If I Didn’t Love You – Ben Abraham
  • You’re the One (Acoustic) – Luca Fogale
  • Forever From Now – Sheffield
  • I Will Spend My Whole Life Loving You – Imaginary Future & Kina Grannis
  • Touching Heaven – Johnnyswim
  • You Are The Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne
 

Tip

Have fun at your reception. See a list of party songs to sing your heart out!

wedding couple first dance dip

R&B First Dance Songs

Want to add a touch of soulful elegance to your first dance? Get ready to groove because I’m exploring R&B first dance songs! Picture yourselves dancing under dim lights, smooth beats playing, and you two swaying in each other’s arms to the sultry melodies of an R&B hit.

  • Baby Will You Love Me – MAJOR.
  • This Is – Ella Mai
  • Luckiest Man – Chris Brown
  • Love of My Life – Sentury
  • Incomplete – Jay Sean
  • Anything For You (The Duet) – Ledisi & PJ Morton
  • 17 – Pink Sweat$
  • Collide – Tiana Major9 & EARTHGANG
  • Sent From Heaven – Rahsaan Patterson
  • Find Someone Like You – Snoh Aalegra
  • Today I Do – Tamia
  • Beyond – Leon Bridges
  • Best Part – H.E.R. feat. Daniel Caesar
  • Why I Love You – MAJOR.
  • Like I’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend
  • All Of Me – John Legend
  • Everything – Mary J. Blige
 

Tip

You can play slow dance songs so that relatives and couples can have a special dance.

Rock First Dance Tracks

Hey rockstars, are you ready to crank up the volume and add a touch of rebellion to your first dance? Get ready to headbang because I’m about to share electrifying first dance songs! Picture yourselves dancing to guitars wailing, drums pounding, and you two embracing on the dance floor as the anthems of love echo through the room.

  • First Date (Acoustic) – Taylor Acorn
  • All Because of You – O.A.R.
  • Kiss Me – Dermot Kennedy
  • I’m In Love With You – The 1975
  • I Think I Like You – The Band CAMINO
  • nobody else – LANY
  • Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
 

If you need more ideas, see a list of the best wedding music.

 

New First Dance Songs

Are you itching to make your first dance a truly unforgettable moment with a new track? Well, you’re in luck because I’m sharing recently released first dance songs! Picture this: the spotlight is on you, the DJ drops a brand new track, and you and your sweetheart share a moment that feels straight out of a music video. I curated a shortlist of the freshest hits that’ll have you dancing into forever.

  • I Choose You – Forest Blakk (Pop – 2023)
  • Time With You – Johnny and Heidi (Indie – 2023)
  • Heaven – Cleo Sol (R&B – 2023)
  • Evergreen – Teddy Swims (Pop – 2023)
  • Made For Me – Muni Long (R&B – 2023)
  • Magical – Ed Sheeran (Pop – 2023)
  • So Glad I Found You – Jalen Ngonda (R&B – 2023)
  • Perfect Day – Al Green (R&B – 2023)
  • Made (Wedding Version) – Spencer Crandall (Country – 2023)
  • The Mountain Song (First Dance Version) – Tophouse (Folk – 2023)
  • In Your Love – Tyler Childers (Country – 2023)
  • 24/7, 365 – Elijah Woods (Pop – 2023)
  • If You Were Mine – Miranda Lambert & Leon Bridges (Contemporary Country – 2023)
  • Masterpiece – Ben Harper (Alternative – 2023)
  • Say Yes To Heaven – Lana Del Rey (Alternative – 2023)
  • Dance With You – Brett Young (Country – 2023)
  • Love You Anyway – Devon Gilfillian (R&B – 2023)
  • way after forever – Vaultboy (Pop – 2023)
  • Perfect For Me – Bradley Marshall (Pop – 2023)
  • I’m Gonna Love You – Josh Tatofi (R&B – 2023)

Do you have a favorite first dance song? Please share your song below in the comments.

FAQs

The first dance is the first dance as a married couple by the wedding couple. This could be between the bride and groom, the groom and groom, or the bride and bride.

The first dance depends on who is getting married!

The most popular first dance song of all time is “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley. There are many popular covers of the song to also include in the song’s popularity including Kina Grannis, Hailey Reinhardt, and Music Travel Love.

Pick out your first dance song well in advance so you can practice that specific tune and your dance moves.

The most important thing is to choose something memorable from the catalog of wedding songs. First dance songs are a symbol of your love and commitment, so take your time in choosing.

Also, if you use the recorded version of the song, then practice that version. If the band or musician will play it live, try to get a recording of their version ahead of time.

This is important for practice. Again, talk about coordinating the first dance with your wedding planner.

The wedding’s first dance is the first dance between newlyweds as a married couple. This should be the first dance at the wedding reception immediately following the grand entrance introduction.

The first dance can also start the formal dances following the meal.

The first dance is commonly followed by the father-daughter dance and mother-son dance.

The end of the ceremonial dances is marked by the entire wedding party dancing. The wedding party invites others to join. (See a playlist for the wedding party to dance to)

It’s your wedding party. The timing of the wedding couple’s dance at the reception is based on your preferences.

The first dance can be done immediately following the reception entrance songs. You can be surrounded by your wedding party if you wish.

If being watched makes you uncomfortable, that’s okay, too. Talk to your wedding planner, coordinate with the DJ, and earn more by reading our suggestions on how to format your wedding reception.

The progression of the evening is up to you, the wedding couple. The most important thing is to have the couple agree on a song that is special to them.

To inspire you, we’ve curated the best 100 first dance songs out of thousands to choose from.

Making your first dance special is as simple as choosing a song that has meaning to you, the wedding couple.

Wedding first dance songs are remembered by the wedding couple for the rest of their lives. So, it’s important to pick a song that is significant to you.

Some couples choose a funny song or an instrumental song. Those can be just as memorable as a touching ballad.

When the couple chooses the first song for a reason, it’s more special. Don’t be tricked into choosing a song because it is popular or traditional.

Also, remember that though people are watching you, this dance is for you. Make eye contact. Chat with each other. Caress your partner. Enjoy the moment — it’s for you.

No. The first dance at your wedding reception does not have to be slow.

However, choosing slow dance songs sets the mood for the entire reception. If you don’t have a song, select a song where the lyrics mean something to you.

Why do you think that Sarah McLachlan’s song “Ice Cream” is on many first dance song lists? It’s because it has cool words like “your love is better than chocolate, better than anything else that I’ve tried.” Corny? Maybe. But who cares what everyone else thinks? Maybe you met me at an ice cream parlor. If that were the case, then, the song would be awesome as a first dance song.

It’s okay to be creative. Choose a song that has meaningful lyrics. You don’t have to be like everyone else and dance to the overplayed Celine Dion love songs (not that there’s anything wrong with a classic love song).

Not only does the song not have to be slow, but it doesn’t have to adhere to any musical genre.

Many wedding couples take dancing lessons to a jazz song, classical, or rock ballad. That way, wedding couples don’t look goofy dancing in a circle through the whole song (like we did).

Couples who take dance lessons have a deeper connection to the song. It will have significant meaning to them for the rest of their lives since they spent so long practicing it.

They will also have the memories of getting the lessons together — a great break from the stress of planning the wedding.

Why trust Matthew Campbell?

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Matthew Campbell

Matthew (Matt) Campbell is the founder/editor of My Wedding Songs from his experience as a wedding DJ. He is the author of two wedding planners: ‘Wedding Songs Planner’ and ‘The Wedding Music Toolkit’. Matt is the host of the ‘Wedding Songs Podcast’. He shares music inspiration in his weekly newsletter the ‘Wedding MusicLetter’. His articles have been published on Rolling Stone, DJ Life Magazine, and DJ Times. Matt resides in the wedding capital of the world – Las Vegas.

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brensgrrl
brensgrrl
1 year ago

One of the lists should include “Always” by Atlantic Starr:
“Come with me my sweet
Let’s go make a family
And they will bring us joy, for always…”

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1 year ago
Reply to  brensgrrl

Thank you for the suggestion. It is the perfect classic R&B first dance song!

Devon Halsell
Devon Halsell
3 years ago

I was so excited to see Leon Bridges on this list! We plan on dancing to his song Coming Home for our first dance.

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My Wedding Songs
3 years ago
Reply to  Devon Halsell

Congratulations Devon. Yes, Leon Bridges is one of our favorite artists for weddings.

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor
3 years ago

where can I find Once In A Lifetime by Robert J Walsh?

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My Wedding Songs
3 years ago
Reply to  Michael Taylor

Hi Michael. Thanks for your suggestion. Your suggestion is a very romantic love song. One that the generation of its time will cherish.

Anonincanada
Anonincanada
3 years ago

Two I would add to this list would include Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville’s duet ‘All My Life’ (it’s best known as the wedding song from ‘Baywatch’ but was a popular first dance song in the 90s) and Anne Murray’s classic ‘Could I have This Dance’ from the movie ‘Urban Cowboy’.

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My Wedding Songs
3 years ago
Reply to  Anonincanada

Thank you for the suggestions. Yes, the 2 songs you mentioned are great first dance songs. However, their popularity as first dance songs has diminished over time. We do have the songs mentioned on other playlists on the site.

Christe
Christe
4 years ago

Kygo Firestone

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My Wedding Songs
4 years ago
Reply to  Christe

Thanks for the suggestion Christe. Here is a link to the song on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Sc-ir2UwGU

Victoria Brown
Victoria Brown
4 years ago

This is an incredible list. Thank you so much. I will say though, my dream song since I was about 16 has been The Book of Love by Peter Gabriel.

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My Wedding Songs
4 years ago
Reply to  Victoria Brown

Thank you, Victoria. I still see it on wedding lists. However, his most popular wedding song remains as “In Your Eyes” from the movie Say Anything.

David
David
4 years ago

While there’s thousands of good possibilities, another one that is worth mentioning is “You needed me” by Anne Murray.

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My Wedding Songs
4 years ago
Reply to  David

Hi David. Thanks for your suggestion. Anne Murray is an all-time Country legend and this song would make for the perfect first dance song.

Juliet
Juliet
6 years ago

I’d add two songs
1. Jessie Ware-Say you love me
2. Kaliber-Call me out
I’m so in love with them! ??

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6 years ago
Reply to  Juliet

Thanks Juliet. Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me is a great song with a ton of emotion and even includes Ed Sheeran. However, the story of the song don’t make it perfect for a first dance song (in our opinion).