15 Top Modern Waltz Songs To Dance At Your Wedding

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Waltz songs are incorporated into many of today’s weddings.

Modern Waltz Wedding Songs

A typical song is about 3-4 minutes in length. Therefore, plan for a minimum of 12 hours of practice to perfect your dance. If you choose to make your first dance a waltz, contact your local dance studio and they will help with a choreographed routine.  

If you are the bride and groom dancing the waltz for your first dance, be sure to practice with the bride wearing her wedding dress (even if it is in private without the groom). This way you can test the length of the dress and the weight so all the turns can be performed as expected.

If you would like to see a waltz danced, view past shows of Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. Some of the songs listed below were danced to in past episodes. For your convenience, we also listed the music genre and release date of each song.

If you select your wedding reception’s first dance like a waltz, it is also commonly known as the Bridal Waltz.

Please keep song tempo in mind when selecting your song. Listen to the song and picture your steps to the beat of the music. A slower tempo is recommended for those not too sure on your dance feet.

Modern Waltz Wedding Songs List

Tennessee Waltz – Watkins Family Hour
Released in 2022 on the album Vol. II, Genre: Singer-Songwriter

Lovable Lyrics:

I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Now I know just how much I have lost
Yes, I lost my little darling on the night they were playing


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Danced All Night Long – William Beckmann
Released in 2022 on the album Danced All Night Long, Genre: Country

Lovable Lyrics:

So we danced
We danced all night long
We romanced song after song


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Montana Waltz – Corb Lund
Released in 2022 on the album Songs My Friends Wrote, Genre: Country

Lovable Lyrics:

Well she knew the deep snow
Would soon bring him down
She’s long gone with her cowboy
All for the love of a cowboy


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Glory of True Love – Wade Bowen
Released in 2021 on the album Glory of True Love, Genre: Folk

Lovable Lyrics:

Touch the moon and stars above
But old faithful’s just a fountain
Compared to the glory of true love


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I’ve Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You – Bob Dylan
Released in 2020 on the album Rough and Rowdy Ways, Genre: Folk

Lovable Lyrics:

No one ever told me, it’s just something I knew
I’ve made up my mind to give myself to you


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If you love to waltz, also see our list of Country Waltz songs.

Waltz in the Dark – Matt Nakoa
Released in 2019 on the album Casting Shadows, Genre: Pop

Lovable Lyrics:

And I want you so
But let’s take it slow
‘Cause there’s nothing I’d rather do
Than waltz in the dark with you


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Rockin’ Years – Porter Union
Released in 2018 on the album Rockin’ Years, Genre: Country

Lovable Lyrics:

And if you’ll hold me tight when you love me
That’s all I’ll ask of you
And I’ll stand by you through our rockin’ years


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Heart Like A Wheel – Eric Church
Released in 2018 on the album Desperate Man, Genre: Country

Lovable Lyrics:

I got a heart like a wheel, baby, let’s go
Get in this heart like a wheel and baby, let’s roll


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Moon River – Frank Ocean
Released in 2018 on the album Moon River, Genre: R&B

Lovable Lyrics:

Moon river wider than a mile
Crossin’ in style someday
My dream maker
Heartbreaker
Wherever you’re going I’m going the same


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You Are The Reason – Calum Scott
Released in 2017 on the album Only Human, Genre: Pop

Lovable Lyrics:

I’d climb every mountain
And swim every ocean
Just to be with you


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If you are going to a cowboy bar, practice up on your Cowboy Cha Cha dance songs too!

Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Released in 2017 on the album Divide, Genre: Pop

Lovable Lyrics:

When I saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful
I don’t deserve this, darling, you look perfect tonight


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From The Ground Up – Dan + Shay
Released in 2016 on the album Obsessed, Genre: Country

Lovable Lyrics:

And we’ll build this love from the ground up
For worse or for better
And I will be all you need


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How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
Released in 2013 on the album Halcyon Days, Genre: Pop

Lovable Lyrics:

How long will I give to you
As long as I live through you
However long you say


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I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
Released in 2012 on the album Love Is a Four Letter Word, Genre: Pop

Lovable Lyrics:

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up


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The Only Exception – Paramore
Released in 2010 on the album Brand New Eyes, Genre: Indie

Lovable Lyrics:

And that was the day that I promised
I’d never sing of love if it does not exist
But, darling
You are the only exception


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Any couple can move throughout the dance floor with our list of Country two-step dance songs.

You and Me – Lifehouse
Released in 2005 on the album Lifehouse, Genre: Rock

Lovable Lyrics:

And it’s you and me and all of the people
And I don’t know why I can’t keep my eyes off of you


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Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Released in 2001 on the album Come Away with Me, Genre: Jazz

Lovable Lyrics:

Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I’ll never stop loving you


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Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
Released in 1998 on the album Dizzy Up the Girl, Genre: Rock

Lovable Lyrics:

And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life


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I’ll Be – Edwin McCain
Released in 1997 on the album Misguided Roses, Genre: Rock

Lovable Lyrics:

I’ll be your cryin’ shoulder
I’ll be love suicide
I’ll be better when I’m older
I’ll be the greatest fan of your life


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Kiss From A Rose – Seal
Released in 1994 on the album Seal, Genre: R&B

Lovable Lyrics:

Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey
Ooh, the more I get of you, the stranger it feels


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Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
Released in 1993 on the album So Tonight That I Might See, Genre: Alternative/Indie

Lovable Lyrics:

You put your hands into your head
And then its smiles cover your heart
Fade into you


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Play Modern Waltz Playlist

Other Slow Waltz Songs To Check Out

  • “Skyfall” by Adele
  • “Lasso the Moon” by Art Garfunkel
  • “If I Were a Painting” by Kenny Rogers
  • “Rainbow Connection” by Karen Carpenter
  • “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Klaus Hallen
  • “A Daisy in December” by Mick McCauley
  • “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones
  • “Apologize” by Orchestra Alec Medina
  • “How Long Will I Love You” by Orchestra Alec Medina
  • “Something in Red” by Tara Hutton
  • “You Light Up My Life” by Westlife

(See our list of slow dance songs no matter your dance experience)

What is the Waltz?

The Waltz is a ballroom dance in triple time with a strong accent on the first beat. (See our  ballroom dance song lists)

The waltz is primarily danced in the closed position. It is believed to have started in the 16th century.

Do you have a favorite waltz song, not on our list? Please share it below so that we can add it!

4 Comments

  1. So while these songs are nice, most are not actually waltzes. Waltzes have timing in sets of 3. Always. Often theses are in 4/4 times. Just an fyi……..

    1. Hi April. Thanks for the feedback. Do you have a few favorite Waltz songs released in the past 10 years we could add to our list?

  2. I was looking up Waltz songs, and came across your site.
    You need to look carefully at some of these songs, as they’re NOT all waltzes. A Waltz is strictly in 3/4 tempo, which some of them indeed are, but others are 12/8 or 4/4 so definitely not suitable as a waltz!!!

    Just thought I’d let you know, so you can research further!!!

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