125 Best First Dance Songs For Wedding Couples
When there are so many varieties of wedding ceremonies and reception styles, how do you define what is traditional for you? Should you choose to have the first dance as a newlywed couple, there are quite a few options. The best advice is to do something meaningful for you as a couple.
When Should You Choose Your First Dance Song?
Pick out your first dance song well in advance so you can practice that specific tune. 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 to 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 this with your wedding planner.
Table of Contents:
- First Dance Songs
- Pop First Dance Songs
- R&B First Dance Songs
- Folk First Dance Songs
- Indie First Dance Songs
- Rock First Dance Songs
- Country First Dance Songs
- Miscellaneous First Dance Songs
- First Dance Songs Spotify Playlist
- Questions about the First Dance
Top 125 First Dance Songs: The List
We cannot name all the great first dance songs. This is why we have listed the most popular and unique wedding first dance songs around the United States.
First dance song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: October 12, 2021
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Pop First Dance Songs
Some people come in your life for a reason
Others they come in your life for a season
But baby, you are a lifetime
And when you open your eyes / I’ll be there by your side / I wanna have it all with you
You won’t stop runnin’ through my mind
For the rest of both our lives
You give me butterflies
I can’t imagine my life without you / I can’t imagine one night without you / If something happened, don’t know what I’d do
Whatever it is, it’ll be alright / As long as you love me and I love you / Girl, here’s to the rest of our lives
So won’t you take my hand / Take my heart / Promise to never stop dancing once we start / ‘Cause this is our song
Perfect nights, it’s open doors / It’s feeling safe, it’s being sure / It’s a deep cut, crazy rush / To feel like us
Wherever we go, what glitters is gold / You’ll be my best friend until we grow old
Tell her she’s lovely / Always tell her the truth / When she says she loves you / Tell her you love her too
I guess we’re the sum of their parts / We made one from two broken hearts / If I could rewind I’d only be yours
Swear in front of all our friends / There’ll never be another / I promise that I’ll love you for the rest of my life
I see a future in your eyes / The second I saw it, I knew / Forever ain’t enough with you
Stand side by side / And you’ll make it / She’s the best thing that you’ll ever have / She’ll love you If you love her like that
You take my breath away every night / Still can’t believe it when you say your mine and / I am yours
Yeah, he loves me, he loves me / And I bet he never lets me go / And shows me how to love myself
But what we have I know is different / ‘Cause when I’m with you the world stops turning / Could I love you any more?
In your embrace, this crowded room doesn’t matter / But dancing like it’s our own stage / My love, I just wanna say that you look incredible tonight
And I need you to know that we’re / Fallin’ so fast, we’re fallin’ like the stars / fallin’ in love
Forever and ever / Take me out, and take me home / You’re my, my, my, my lover
I spent my whole life running / Then one day all of a sudden / There was you
Two hearts, one beat / You whisper to me / Be mine for a lifetime
I’d climb every mountain / And swim every ocean / Just to be with you
My dream maker / Heartbreaker / Wherever you’re going I’m going the same
I thought it’d be hard to find / The one ’til I found you / And I find it bittersweet / ‘Cause you gave me something to lose
So will you dance with me? / I will lead you / Give every moment that I have / Just to be near you
I know I needed you / But I never showed / But I wanna stay with you until we’re grey and old
Take my hand / Take my whole life too / Oh, for I can’t help / Fallin’ in love with you
I will become yours and you will become mine / I choose you
How long will I love you? / As long as stars are above you / And longer if I may
I wanna spend all of my days with you / Carry your burden and be the wind at your back / Well, I wanna spend my forever
I have loved you for a thousand years / I’ll love you for a thousand more
But I won’t hesitate no more / No more it cannot wait, I’m yours
Country First Dance Songs
Work at it even when we get tired
Making ups out of downs, doing all that it takes
‘Cause soulmates aren’t found, they’re made
I got you, ooh, ooh
For the rest of my life
And if all else goes wrong, baby
I’ll be alright
‘Cause I got you
On God, on my Momma
If I gotta fight for ya I’m gonna / Yeah you know I’d leave this world / ‘Fore I leave you girl
Girl take my hand
We’ll paint this thing
Other things that I could look at my whole life / A love like that makes a man have second thoughts / Maybe some things last forever after all
Yeah, from the second that we f?ll into each other / Knew I was never gonna ever wanna / Never ever gonna want another
Cuz I’m crazy about you
My reason for speedin’ home from work / My saving grace, my everything / I’ve never been more sure that you’re my person
My sweetest sin, my do me in, my heaven-sent Hail Mary prayer / Yeah, my one I’d rather be down deep six feet than have to lose, that’s you
I will always be in love with who you are / Right here, right now, with me tonight
So cover me up and know you’re enough / To use me for good
I love that I’m your man / Now that you’re in my life, baby, I know / Exactly who I am
Make me a happy man / By wear my ring on your hand
Because of You / I have finally found a place where I can hang my hat / No need to keep looking around
She takes me by the hand / I am the luckiest man alive / Did I tell you, baby / You are the joy of my life
Wanna wake up with you next to me / I don’t wanna go down any other road now / I don’t wanna love nobody but you
Baby, take my hand / I don’t wanna be a one man band
Asked her mama for permission and her daddy for her hand / I got some big, big plans
If it’s ten thousand hours or the rest of my life / I’m gonna love you
I said, “You know and I know / You’re perfect for me / Everything I’ll ever need”
It’s hard to imagine, bigger than I could fathom / I didn’t know you from Adam, but I prayed for you
So when it comes to lovin’ you, baby / No, it will never get old
I wanna give you my heart, unburdened by all the uncertainty we face / I wanna love you with a clean slate
‘Cause you just took my last name / We both kissed, turn around / And start go walking down the aisle / I can’t wait to live my life
We’ll dance for the first time / As husband and wife / And my heart will keep dancing / For the rest of my life
But I’ll love you with everything I’ve got / Girl, I’ll give you my best shot
Take my hand, just take it in / This is a moment we won’t forget / On top of the world here together
I thank God you can read my mind / ‘Cause when you look at me with those eyes / I’m speechless
I was hiding in doubt ’til you brought me out of my chrysalis / And I came out new / All because of you
Yeah, she’s crazy / But her crazy’s beautiful to me
‘Cause, I don’t know how, I don’t know how heaven, heaven / Could be better than this
I don’t tell you all the time / You had my heart a long, long time ago / In case you didn’t know
I promise to love her / With all that I have / I’ll put nothing above her / And I won’t turn my back
Down deep as a diamond mine / She’s my treasure so very rare / She’s made me a millionaire
You make me better than I was before / Thank God I’m yours
Oh, if all I got is your hand in my hand / Baby, I could die a happy man
This much I know is true / That God blessed the broken road / That led me straight to you
Indie First Dance Songs
You’re everything that I want, but I didn’t think I’d find
Someone who is worth the wait of all the years of my heartbreak
But I know now I found the one I love
Hearts were made to beat / hands were made to hold / now with you in front of me
I don’t deserve this night with you / But I’d love to / Spend my life with you
Through the ups and downs
And for the rest of my life
I choose you
Oh darling I’ve stopped praying for someone
Since you came along, so
Will you be my beginning, my middle, my end? / Will you be mine?
Hell’s bending keeping me captive / Heaven’s here it’s right where you’re standing / Slow dancing
That day I came to find / That you are all / I was hoping for / It’s you I’ll call / My evermore
‘Cause you’re the only one / Who brings light just like the sun / One step at a time / Just you and I
You make my whole world feel so right when it’s wrong / That’s how I know you are the one
And with this love song to you / It’s not a momentary phase / You are my life, I don’t deserve you
Folk First Dance Songs
So bend the rules
Or break them all
You and I
The same old cloth
Romanticize life in 60 years / Singing we’ll grow young together, die in love together
There ain’t nothing I can do / ‘Cause there’s no place / No place like you
I will love you forever from now / And I will hold you like no one’s around / Forever from now
And you can doubt every word I’ve ever said / Most of them are true / Like I can’t remember my life before you
Oh believe me / I’ve been counting my stars / Cause I will spend my whole life / Loving you
You’ve been my glimpse of Kingdom right from the start / And you got me touching heaven
You please me, you don’t even have to try / Oh, because / You are the best thing
There is no doubt that / You are the one for me / Cause you are the love of my life
R&B First Dance Songs
Never know when it could be different / If there was no you, I’d be, I’d be incomplete
I don’t want to spend a day / Without you
I’m in love again / I’ll do whatever you want me to do / I’m in love again / With you
You are my life (my life), one means us two / (I’ll do) anything, anything for you
I wanna love you as strong / When we’re ninety-two, the same as seventeen
You know I love you / I see a halo above you / Planets align when I touch you
And I love you religiously / With everything inside of me / As long as I’m / As long as I’m alive
Ooh, girl I’m telling you you’re perfect / Girl, you’re so damn perfect / You’re perfect for me
A beautiful expression / An expression of love so glorious / Yeah, yeah, you are / Sent from heaven
Baby you’re the only one / Got exactly what I want
And even when it’s bad, I love you / I’ve been waitin’ my whole life, to find someone like you
We’ll never grow apart / I won’t let it happen / You have my word
So here I stand, baby this isn’t pretend / Oh, today I do / Today I’m saying I do to you
Will she have my kids? Will she be my wife? / She might just be my everything and beyond
Where you go I follow / No matter how far / If life is a movie / Oh you’re the best part
Every moment that you smile chases all of the pain away / Forever and a while in my heart is where you’ll stay
I won’t take you for granted / ‘Cause we’ll never know when, when we’ll run out of time / So I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you
‘Cause all of me / Loves all of you
Can’t you just feel how much I love you / With one touch of my hand / Can I just spend my life with you
Rock First Dance Songs
Welcome to my life / I’ve been waiting on you, waiting waiting for a long time
And if heaven doesn’t want us / Would you go with me to hell? / Hope you know I don’t want nobody else
I’ll be here forever / We’re so good when we’re together / Let me hold you ’til we’re older
Darling, just hold my hand / Be my girl, I’ll be your man / I see my future in your eyes
Place your head on my beating heart / I’m thinking out loud / That maybe we found love right where we are
Marry me / Today and every day / Marry me
It’s not always easy and / Sometimes life can be deceiving / I’ll tell you one thing / it’s always better when we’re together
You put your hands into your head
And then its smiles cover your heart
Fade into you
Miscellaneous First Dance Songs
Good things about you and your ways
All I ever do is think of you (yeah)
Think of you and me holding hands
Cinderella, you sound like me / I remember you from my dreams / When I’m with you, you make time freeze
It’s you, it’s you, you make me sing / You’re every line, you’re every word, you’re everything
I wonder if He knew everythin I would need / Because He made all my dreams come true / When God made you
What is the Best First Dance Wedding Song?
The best first dance song as a couple is a subjective choice. BUT, if I had to choose just one song, it would be I Can’t Help Falling In Love. The original is by Elvis but many covers of this song are great like Kina Grannis, Haley Reinhart, and Music Travel Love. Many brides and grooms prepare for months for their first dance by attending dance lessons. You may want to learn a magnificent waltz, spicy tango, or a glamorous dance routine you saw on Dancing with the Stars.
It is a wonderful surprise for the guests if they are entertained by the couple’s dance number. If you plan on doing a special, professional dance for your first dance, contact a local dance studio and get lessons.
When is the first dance at my wedding?
The wedding first dance is the first dance between newlyweds as a married couple. This can be the first dance at the wedding reception. The first dance can also start the formal dances following the meal. This 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 bridal party invites others to join.
It’s your wedding party. The timing of the bride and groom’s dance at the reception is based on your preferences. The first dance can be done immediately following the grand entrance. 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 suggestion 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 125 first dance songs out of thousands to choose from.
Similar song lists for further reading:
- 30 Classic First Dance Songs Perfect For Today
- 40 R&B First Dance Songs
- Best Country First Dance Songs
- 10 Wedding First Dance Songs Not Overplayed
- 21 Modern First Dance Songs
How Do You Make Your First Dance Special?
Making your first dance special is as simple as choosing a song that has meaning to you both — as a couple. Wedding first dance songs are remembered by the wedding couple for the rest of your 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 was 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.
Does a First Dance Have to be Slow?
No. The first dance at your wedding reception does not have to be slow. However, it does set the mood for the entire reception. If you don’t have a song, we suggest selecting 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 at an ice cream parlor. Then, the song would be awesome as a first dance song.
It’s okay to be creative. 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 that).
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 a rock ballad. That way, bridal 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.
What Should You Choose for Your First Dance Song?
Being music enthusiasts, this was an easy choice for both my wife and me. We dedicated a song to each other during our courting stage.
Wedding couples should choose a song that means something to them. It doesn’t even necessarily have to be a slow song. This will be the first song as a married couple you will dance to — in public! All eyes are on you.
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