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60 Of The Most Popular First Dance Weddings Songs To Share With Your Beloved

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Introduction

Newlyweds dancing to a popular first dance wedding song.

If you’re reading this article, then congratulations! You’ve found the one. ❤️

That’s no easy feat! And you’re probably already thinking of the first dance you’ll eventually share on your special day. 

But have you already picked the song for your all-important first dance? Sure, you probably know that you want a song that  holds special meaning for you and your partner, but since you’ve found yourself on this page, it might have turned out to be trickier than you expected. 

So, to make sure your visit here is worthwhile, we went ahead and made a list of the most popular first dance wedding songs! 

These picks are our favorites too – ranging from romantic classics, to movie soundtracks, and even sophisticated jazz tunes – so hopefully you find a song or two that perfectly aligns with your vision.

Let’s get right into it!

Table of Contents

  1. Romantic 
  2. Classic
  3. R&B
  4. Indie
  5. Jazz and Swing
  6. Bonus – Movie Soundtracks
  7. Choosing the Best Songs to Play at the First Dance: Tips and Essentials

Romantic First Dance Wedding Songs

Romantic songs are to first dances what moths are to a flame (only much, MUCH nicer to look at), so how about picking a classic ode to love? There’s nothing like slow dancing to a song whose lyrics talk about the beauty of love between two people. Here are our romantic picks for the most popular first dance wedding songs:

  1. “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers
  2. “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
  3. “Amazed” – Lonestar
  4. “All of Me” – John Legend
  5. “Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
  6. “Something” – The Beatles
  7. “At Last” – Etta James
  8. “Endless Love” – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  9. “Bless the Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts
  10. “Fly Me to the Moon” – Frank Sinatra

Classic First Dance Wedding Songs

To put it simply, some songs will simply never, ever go out of style. From Eric Clapton’s soulful guitar playing to Elvis Presley’s deep, yearning voice, these classic first dance wedding songs are masters at pulling on heartstrings. And can you picture looking at the eyes of your partner while these songs are playing? We’re blushing again!! 😍

  1. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley
  2. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
  3. “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra
  4. “Stand by Me” – Ben E. King
  5. “Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole
  6. “I Only Have Eyes for You” – The Flamingos
  7. “Moon River” – Andy Williams
  8. “Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton
  9. “Your Song” – Elton John
  10. “Something” – The Beatles

R&B First Dance Wedding Songs

Soulful sound? ✅ Sensual beats? ✅ Everyone watching you in awe as you dance with your partner? ✅ R&B music is often filled with loving lyrics and smooth melodies, making them fantastic first dance songs. We even filled this best first dance wedding songs list with personal recommendations!

  1. “Adore” by Prince
  2. “Always and Forever” by Heatwave
  3. “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
  4. “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
  5. “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
  6. “I Can’t Help It” by Michael Jackson
  7. “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R.
  8. “Ribbon in the Sky” by Stevie Wonder
  9. “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” by The Temptations
  10. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Tony Bennett

Indie First Dance Wedding Songs

Want something more unique and unexpected for your first dance? Then consider these indie tunes. While not as big as the pop hits of today, these alternative picks are still fantastic at setting the stage for a slow and intimate first dance.

  1. “First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes
  2. “Holocene” – Bon Iver
  3. “Such Great Heights” – Iron & Wine (originally by The Postal Service)
  4. “Home” – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  5. “You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne
  6. “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers
  7. “Latch” – Sam Smith (acoustic version)
  8. “Lover of the Light” – Mumford & Sons
  9. “Sweet Disposition” – The Temper Trap
  10. “I Will Follow You into the Dark” – Death Cab for Cutie

Jazz And Swing First Dance Wedding Songs

If you’re looking to add some sophistication into your first dance, jazz and swing will never let you down. With their trademark vocals and softly played instruments, it’s an easy way to bring elegance into the dance floor. Perhaps you can even practice a choreographed routine with your partner? Be our guest! 

  1. “Cheek to Cheek” – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  2. “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra
  3. “L-O-V-E” – Nat King Cole
  4. “Moonlight Serenade” – Glenn Miller
  5. “La Vie En Rose” – Louis Armstrong
  6. “Fly Me to the Moon” – Frank Sinatra
  7. “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” – Duke Ellington
  8. “My Funny Valentine” – Chet Baker
  9. “Beyond the Sea” – Bobby Darin
  10. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong

Bonus - Movie Soundtrack First Dance Wedding Songs

Did you know that according to a 2019 study, people who watch romantic movies are more likely to believe in true love? So why not slow dance to the soundtrack of a movie you enjoyed together? And the great thing about these soundtracks is they’re also well-known songs outside of the movie they’re in!

  1. “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard)
  2. “A Thousand Years” – Christina Perri (Twilight: Breaking Dawn)
  3. “My Heart Will Go On” – Celine Dion (Titanic)
  4. “City of Stars” – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone (La La Land)
  5. “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers (Ghost)
  6. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith (Armageddon)
  7. “Marry You” – Bruno Mars (Think Like a Man)
  8. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” – Justin Timberlake (Trolls)
  9. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” – Randy Newman (Toy Story)
  10. “Cheek to Cheek” – Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers (Top Hat)
Picking the first dance wedding song is a traditional for many newlyweds.

Choosing The Best Songs To Play At The First Dance: Tips and Essentials

  • Go Back In Time: Struggling to narrow down the best songs to play at the first dance? Then take a jog through memory lane and think of the music you previously shared with your partner. Were there songs you sang for each other? Songs you listened to while driving? Or perhaps even songs you have already danced to? Think of the first song that plays in your head whenever you remember your partner, and that might just be it. ✨

     

  • Listen To More Music Together: While there may be songs that are special for you and your partner, there’s also a good chance you haven’t discovered other candidates for the best songs to play at the first dance. So, how about snuggling together and jumping on Spotify or YouTube? You might just find your next favourite tune! What’s more, you can even make your own popular first dance wedding songs list to choose from.

     

  • Consider The Beat And Lyrics: Once you start narrowing down a list of top songs for the first wedding dance, it’s also good to consider the beat and lyrics. Is it perfect for slow dancing? Or something more upbeat and lively? How about the lyrics? Do they say the emotions you want? The story you want to express? This is your first dance, so make sure it fits perfectly!

     

  • Think About Length: In case you and your partner aren’t the best at dancing, you can also opt for a song that’s on the shorter side. Luckily, our top songs for the first wedding dance list above contain plenty of shorter tunes, so we hope you find what you need!

     

  • “But I’m embarrassed to dance!”: Said your husband-to-be… or maybe you did (hey, we don’t judge!). In this case, it’s a good idea to take some dance lessons together to boost your skills and confidence! We also recommend that you keep practising outside of the dance lessons as well. And you never know, you might just find your next favourite activity as a couple! 💃🏼🕺

     

  • Consult With Your DJ: Of course, make sure you also discuss your song choice with your wedding DJ. This is also the time to consult them about any song transitions you want. And since DJs often provide lighting with their services, this is also your chance to ensure the perfect romantic lighting for that upcoming dance!

  • Have A Backup plan: Last but not the least, have a backup plan! Even the most planned weddings can have a technical issue or two, so it’s wise to have a backup song just in case something unexpected happens!
A DJ playing the popular first dance wedding songs during an event.

Final Thoughts

As we wrap up this article, we hope our list of the best songs to play at the first dance is helpful in making your decision. And we hope it’s made your planning a lot easier! 

Whatever song you end up choosing, it all boils down to creating great and timeless memories together with your loved one. So don’t overthink it, and dance with your partner like nobody’s watching!

And just in case you haven’t found a DJ yet to help with that special dance, reach out to us at DJing.ca. We pride ourselves on being Canada’s largest DJ company, with a 5-star rating and nothing but the top 1% of DJs on this side of the biz. 

With more than 1,000 successful events under our belt, we’ll be glad to help you narrow down the most popular first dance wedding songs. So take a look at our video below and complete the quote form to kick things off! 

We congratulate you on your forthcoming wedding and can’t wait to see you nail that first dance! 

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