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200 First Dance Songs to Suit Every Kind of Couple

Choosing your first dance song for your wedding is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning! The moment of your first dance signals the start of the partying – you’ll soon be surrounded by all your loved ones as you share your first dance as newlyweds, so you need to pick the right song!

We’ve rounded up 200 of the best first dance songs to inspire you – you’re bound to find the right first dance song for your wedding here, even if you’re struggling to decide on one right now.

 

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couple doing their first dance at a wedding

What is the most popular first dance song at weddings?

According to Spotify, Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran is the most popular first dance for weddings, and is it any wonder? The tempo makes it perfect for a slow dance, and the lyrics are so beautiful.

How do you pick your first dance song?

It can seem like a daunting task – but there are a few tips to make picking your first dance song easy. Do you have any shared musical interests? Any bands you love, or gigs you’ve been to together? That’s a good starting point!

Once you’ve narrowed it down and found a type of music you both love, why not have a few practise runs? Have a dance around your living room to a few different songs and see what feels right.

If you both have a shared passion for an artist or have a song that is ‘yours’, then you’re sorted. It doesn’t matter if it’s not a traditional first dance song – make sure your wedding reflects who you are as a couple!

Bride and groom dancing together

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Popular First Dance Songs

Slow First Dance Songs

Alternative First Dance Songs

Unusual First Dance Songs

Upbeat First Dance Songs

  1. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  2. You Are The Best Thing – Ray Montagne
  3. At Last – Etta James
  4. All of Me – John Legend
  5. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  6. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  7. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
  8. Everything – Michael Buble
  9. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  10. Amazed – Lonestar
  11. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
  12. First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
  13. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  14. Lucky – Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat
  15. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
  16. Marry Me – Train
  17. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  18. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  19. Crazy Love – Van Morrison
  20. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  21. The Luckiest – Ben Folds
  22. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  23. Your Song – Elton John
  24. Marry You – Bruno Mars
  25. The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennett
  26. Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran
  27. Then – Brad Paisley
  28. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  29. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  30. Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  31. You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
  32. Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls
  33. My Girl – The Temptations
  34. L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
  35. Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
  36. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams
  37. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
  38. Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran
  39. You and Me – Lifehouse
  40. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  41. My Best Friend – Tim McGraw
  42. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Andy Williams
  43. When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge
  44. Your Song – Ellie Goulding
  45. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  46. Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys
  47. Stay With You – John Legend
  48. I Loved Her First – Heartland
  49. That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding
  50. You & Me Song – The Wannadies

Slow First Dance Songs

If your first dance style is more of a slow sway around the dance floor, these slow and emotional first dance songs will be perfect for you!

  1. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
  2. A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
  3. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  4. Shallow – Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper
  5. Halo – Beyonce
  6. Islands in the Stream – Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers
  7. Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
  8. Baby I Love You – Aretha Franklin
  9. Harvest Moon – Neil Young
  10. Lover – Taylor Swift
  11. Coming Home – Leon Bridges
  12. If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
  13. Yellow – Coldplay
  14. All My Life – K-Ci, Jojo
  15. My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
  16. Faithfully – Journey
  17. Songbird – Eva Cassidy
  18. Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
  19. In My Life – The Beatles
  20. XO – John Mayer
  21. Heartbeats – Jose Gonzalez
  22. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
  23. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  24. By Your Side – Sade
  25. Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney
  26. Vision of Love – Mariah Carey
  27. Like a Star – Corinne Bailey Rae
  28. You’re Still the One – Shania Twain
  29. Everything Has Changed – Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran
  30. At Your Best – Aaliyah
  31. Slow Jam – Usher, Monica
  32. Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
  33. Until the End of Time – Justin Timberlake, Beyonce
  34. Heaven – Bryan Adams
  35. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

Alternative First Dance Songs

If you’re not the type to have a traditional, romantic first song, then stay true to who you are with an alternative first dance song – here are a few ideas to inspire you.

Bride and groom kissing during first dance

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  1. I Wanna Be Yours – The Arctic Monkeys
  2. For Lovers – Pete Doherty, Wolfman
  3. Toothpaste Kisses – The Maccabees
  4. I Found You – Alabama Shakes
  5. Everlasting Light – The Black Keys
  6. Lovesong – The Cure
  7. Grow Old With Me – Tom Odell
  8. There is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
  9. All of The Day and All of The Night – The Kinks
  10. Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
  11. Video Games – Lana Del Ray
  12. Take Me to Church – Hozier
  13. Hold Back the River – James Bay
  14. Only Love – Ben Howard
  15. I’m Sticking With You – Velvet Underground
  16. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
  17. Everlong – Foo Fighters
  18. Is This Love? – Bob Marley
  19. Invincible – Muse
  20. Anyone Else But You – Moldy Peaches
  21. Thank You – Led Zeppelin
  22. The Only Exception – Paramore
  23. Far Away – Nickelback
  24. All I Want is You – U2
  25. All My Love – Led Zeppelin
  26. Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
  27. Heart Shaped Box – Nirvana
  28. You Are My Best Friend – Queen
  29. I Wanna Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
  30. Last Night on Earth – Green Day
  31. The Reason – Hoobastank
  32. Little Hands – Charlie Simpson
  33. 100 Suns – Thirty Seconds to Mars
  34. Accidentally in Love – Counting Crows
  35. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  36. Hackensack – Fountains of Wayne
  37. Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix
  38. I’m With You – Avril Lavigne
  39. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
  40. Fell in Love With a Girl – The White Stripes
  41. I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness
  42. Tonight, Tonight – The Smashing Pumpkins
  43. Make it Wit Chu – Queens of the Stone Age
  44. Mountains – Biffy Clyro
  45. All the Small Things – Blink 182

Unusual First Dance Songs

Perhaps you want a first dance song you know none of your guests will have experienced at another wedding? If you want a truly unique first dance song, we’ve rounded up some unusual songs to inspire you…

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  1. Re:stacks – Bon Iver
  2. She Treats Me Well – Ben Howard
  3. The Dress Looks Nice on You – Sufjan Stevens
  4. Best I Ever Had – Drake
  5. Higher Love – James Vincent McMorrow
  6. Wild Love – James Bay
  7. Slow Show – The National
  8. I Would Do Anything For You – Foster the People
  9. She’s So Lovely – Scouting For Girls
  10. Time is Dancing – Ben Howard
  11. Riptide – Vance Joy
  12. Pink + White – Frank Ocean
  13. Medicine – The 1975
  14. All Night – Beyonce
  15. Luh You – Anderson Paak
  16. Islands – The XX
  17. Delicate – Taylor Swift
  18. We – Mac Miller, Cee Lo Green
  19. Crazy For You – Adele
  20. Shine On – The Kooks
  21. Work Song – Hozier
  22. Heroes – David Bowie
  23. Where to Begin – My Morning Jacket
  24. Young & Beautiful – Lana Del Ray
  25. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  26. Mushaboom – Feist
  27. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  28. I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys
  29. Do You Realise – The Flaming Lips
  30. Sleepwalking – Modest Mouse
  31. Every Other Freckle – Alt J
  32. Ophelia – The Lumineers
  33. That Girl – Justin Timberlake
  34. Sway – The Kooks
  35. Jackie & Wilson – Hozier

Upbeat First Dance Songs

Some couples don’t love the idea of slowly swirling around a dancefloor, watched by all their loved ones, and that’s fine. Why not pick an upbeat and fun first dance song so you can jump around and beckon your guests to come and join you?

Bride and groom dancing to upbeat first dance song
  1. You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
  2. Happy – Pharrell
  3. Love on Top – Beyonce
  4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
  5. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
  6. Belter – Gerry Cinnamon
  7. Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
  8. Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader
  9. Nothin’ On You – B.O.B ft. Bruno Mars
  10. Cupid’s Chokehold – Gym Class Heroes
  11. You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
  12. Look At Where We Are – Hot Chip
  13. We Found Love – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
  14. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
  15. Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
  16. I’ll Be There – Jess Glynne
  17. Crazy in Love – Beyonce ft. Jay Z
  18. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
  19. Cheerleader – OMI
  20. You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman
  21. You Got the Love – Florence + The Machine
  22. When You’re Smiling – Louis Armstrong
  23. Adore You – Miley Cyrus
  24. Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey
  25. It Must Be Love – Madness
  26. Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
  27. God Only Knows – Beach Boys
  28. One Day Like This – Elbow
  29. How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris ft. Disciples
  30. Starry Eyed – Ellie Goulding
  31. Five Years Time – Noah & The Whale
  32. Fireflies – Owl City
  33. Champagne Kisses – Jessie Ware
  34. Love Me Like You – Little Mix
  35. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding

Once you’ve found your perfect first dance song for your wedding, why not watch these first dance wedding videos for some viral inspiration?

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