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90 Of The Best Country First Dance Songs For Your Wedding

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Now, let’s be real – weddings can be stressful. From choosing the right flowers to convincing Aunt Mildred that an Elvis impersonator isn’t necessary for the reception, it’s enough to make anyone consider eloping to Vegas. 

But fear not, my wedding warriors, because today we’re tackling a crucial element of any celebration – the first dance.

To help you get started, we chose the 90 best country first dance songs based on the following criteria: most requested, crowd favourites, and chart-toppers.

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Old Country First Dance Songs

Imagine slow-dancing under the stars with a timeless classic playing in the background. Think about artists like Johnny Cash or Patsy Cline. Choose a song that speaks to your love story, something that resonates with both of you. Maybe a ballad that captures the essence of enduring love.

  1. “I Walk the Line” – Johnny Cash (1956)
  2. “Crazy” – Patsy Cline (1961)
  3. “Always on My Mind” – Willie Nelson (1982)
  4. “Stand by Your Man” – Tammy Wynette (1968)
  5. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” – George Jones (1980)
  6. “I Will Always Love You” – Dolly Parton (1973)
  7. “Help Me Make It Through the Night” – Kris Kristofferson (1970)
  8. “Your Cheatin’ Heart” – Hank Williams (1952)
  9. “I Fall to Pieces” – Patsy Cline (1961)
  10. “Hello Darlin'” – Conway Twitty (1970)
  11. “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” – Willie Nelson (1975)
  12. “Ring of Fire” – Johnny Cash (1963)
  13. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” – Loretta Lynn (1970)
  14. “Amarillo by Morning” – George Strait (1983)
  15. “King of the Road” – Roger Miller (1964)

Classic Country First Dance Songs

Classic Country brings that twangy, heartfelt vibe. Consider artists like George Strait or Tammy Wynette. For this genre, opt for a song that’s not only iconic but also has lyrics that reflect your journey together. 

  1. “Look at Us” – Vince Gill (1991)
  2. “Could I Have This Dance” – Anne Murray (1980)
  3. “Forever and Ever, Amen” – Randy Travis (1987)
  4. “When You Say Nothing at All” – Keith Whitley (1988)
  5. “I Cross My Heart” – George Strait (1992)
  6. “The Dance” – Garth Brooks (1989)
  7. “I Swear” – John Michael Montgomery (1993)
  8. “Unanswered Prayers” – Garth Brooks (1990)
  9. “To Make You Feel My Love” – Garth Brooks (1998)
  10. “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack (2000)
  11. “Breathe” – Faith Hill (1999)
  12. “It’s Your Love” – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (1997)
  13. “Amazed” – Lonestar (1999)
  14. “You’re Still the One” – Shania Twain (1998)
  15. “I Can Love You Like That” – John Michael Montgomery (1995)

Upbeat Country First Dance Songs

Ready to kick things up a notch? Upbeat Country songs are perfect for couples who want to add a little energy to their first dance. Picture a two-step or a lively sway with a song by artists like Luke Bryan or Blake Shelton.

  1. “Chicken Fried” – Zac Brown Band (2008)
  2. “My Front Porch Looking In” – Lonestar (2003)
  3. “Brand New Girlfriend” – Steve Holy (2006)
  4. “How Forever Feels” – Kenny Chesney (1999)
  5. “Wagon Wheel” – Old Crow Medicine Show (2004)
  6. “Bless the Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts (2004)
  7. “Some Beach” – Blake Shelton (2004)
  8. “Boondocks” – Little Big Town (2005)
  9. “American Honey” – Lady A (2010)
  10. “Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett (2015)
  11. “You Look Good” – Lady A (2017)
  12. “Honey Bee” – Blake Shelton (2011)
  13. “Fishin’ in the Dark” – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1987)
  14. “Dirt Road Anthem” – Jason Aldean (2010)
  15. “She’s Everything” – Brad Paisley (2005)
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Sentimental Country First Dance Songs

Sentimental Country songs are all about raw emotion and heartstring-pulling lyrics. Dive into the works of artists like Vince Gill or Martina McBride. Pick a song that has a deep, meaningful message and resonates with the emotions you both share.

  1. “Then” – Brad Paisley (2009)
  2. “I Don’t Dance” – Lee Brice (2014)
  3. “God Gave Me You” – Blake Shelton (2011)
  4. “It’s Your Love” – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (1997)
  5. “She’s Everything” – Brad Paisley (2005)
  6. “I Do” – Paul Brandt (1996)
  7. “In Case You Didn’t Know” – Brett Young (2017)
  8. “I Love the Way You Love Me” – John Michael Montgomery (1993)
  9. “Then They Do” – Trace Adkins (2003)
  10. “My Best Friend” – Tim McGraw (1999)
  11. “She’s My Kind of Rain” – Tim McGraw (2002)
  12. “I Keep on Lovin’ You” – Reba McEntire (2009)
  13. “I’ll Still Be Loving You” – Restless Heart (1986)
  14. “When Somebody Loves You” – Alan Jackson (2000)
  15. “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” – Travis Tritt (2000)

Contemporary Country First Dance Songs

Looking for something fresh and current? Contemporary Country is the way to go. Artists like Chris Stapleton or Maren Morris are great choices. Find a song that suits your modern taste but still captures the timeless essence of your love for each other.

  1. “Speechless” – Dan + Shay (2018)
  2. “Body Like a Back Road” – Sam Hunt (2017)
  3. “Tequila” – Dan + Shay (2018)
  4. “Die From a Broken Heart” – Maddie & Tae (2019)
  5. “What Ifs” – Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina (2017)
  6. “Good as You” – Kane Brown (2018)
  7. “H.O.L.Y.” – Florida Georgia Line (2016)
  8. “Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line (2017)
  9. “In Case You Didn’t Know” – Brett Young (2017)
  10. “Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett (2015)
  11. “Make You Miss Me” – Sam Hunt (2016)
  12. “Home” – Chris Daughtry (2006)
  13. “Wanted” – Hunter Hayes (2011)
  14. “Beautiful Crazy” – Luke Combs (2018)
  15. “The Bones” – Maren Morris (2019)

Acoustic Country First Dance Songs

Stripping it down to the basics, Acoustic Country is all about simplicity and intimacy. Acoustic renditions of songs by artists like Keith Urban or Alison Krauss can be incredibly moving.

  1. “Tennessee Whiskey” – Chris Stapleton (2015)
  2. “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban (2016)
  3. “Yours” – Russell Dickerson (2015)
  4. “Heaven” – Kane Brown (2017)
  5. “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” – Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend (2015)
  6. “Say You Won’t Let Go” – James Arthur (2016)
  7. “Millionaire” – Chris Stapleton (2018)
  8. “Simple” – Florida Georgia Line (2018)
  9. “From the Ground Up” – Dan + Shay (2016)
  10. “Blessed” – Thomas Rhett (2017)
  11. “Speechless” – Dan + Shay (2018)
  12. “Best Shot” – Jimmie Allen (2018)
  13. “God Gave Me You” – Blake Shelton (2011)
  14. “Die From a Broken Heart” – Maddie & Tae (2019)
  15. “Tequila” – Dan + Shay (2018)

Tips To Choose The Best Country First Dance Song

So, you’ve decided to waltz down the aisle to the sweet twang of some country first dance songs. Now, let’s make sure you pick a tune that’ll have your guests toe-tapping and your grandma shedding a tear (tears of joy, of course).

1. Feel The Beat, Not The Heat

You know how some people say they can’t dance? Well, they’ve probably never danced to a good country beat. When choosing your song, go for one with a rhythm that matches your non-existent dance skills. No one will notice your two-left-feet shuffle if the music is right.

2. Buckle Up, Buttercup

Before you decide, take a moment to visualize the dance. Picture yourself twirling around in your gown, cowboy boots peeking out, and your partner awkwardly attempting a dip. If the mental image makes you giggle and swoon simultaneously, you’ve found your match. 

3. Don't Be A Copycat

Sure, your friend had an amazing first dance to “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton, but your love story is more like a quirky rom-com than a tearjerker. Go for a song that reflects your unique love story. Nobody ever said, “Remember that wedding where they copied everything from Pinterest? Classic!”

4. Practice Makes Perfect, But Imperfection Is Adorable

Finally, remember that even if you don’t have dance lessons under your belt, your love will shine through any two-step mishaps. So, grab your partner, cue the country first dance songs playlist, and dance like everyone’s watching… because they probably are.

Final Thoughts

As we wrap up this guide, it’s clear that choosing the right country first dance song is as essential as finding the person you’ll love forever (well, maybe not as much!) Whether you’re swaying to the classic beats or getting your groove on with the upbeat tunes– let the music tell your love story.

And hey, if you’ve reached that point where you’re ready to kick off the dance party, we’ve got a little secret for you. Head over to DJing.ca, where the tunes never stop and the dance floor is always ready for action. 

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