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The Best Wedding First Dance Songs Of All Time

The Top First Dance Songs For Your Wedding

Wondering what song you should choose for your wedding first dance?

The first dance is a heartwarming moment during a wedding celebration, symbolizing the beautiful union of two souls embarking on their journey as a married couple. As you plan your special day, selecting the perfect first dance song is like finding a musical treasure that not only reflects your unique love story but also creates a captivating atmosphere for your guests to share in your joy. The ideal song will evoke a blend of love, happiness, and nostalgia, leaving a lasting impression on everyone present.

Couples may choose a choreographed routine to showcase their love and harmony, or they may opt for a more spontaneous and intimate dance, allowing their hearts to guide their movement. Whatever your choice, the key is to feel connected and in sync with your partner during this magical moment, as you dance to the rhythm of your love story.

In recent years, couples have been exploring an array of genres, eras, and styles for their first dance song selections. From timeless classics that resonate through the ages to contemporary hits that capture the essence of modern romance, there is a song waiting to be the perfect accompaniment to your unique bond. We have curated a delightful collection of top recommendations, spanning various decades and genres, to inspire and guide you as you search for the perfect melody for your first dance.

As you explore these lyrical suggestions, allow the words, the melody, and the overall ambiance of each song to resonate with you, considering your own tastes and preferences. With a keen ear and a touch of intuition, you will discover the first dance song that creates the perfect harmony for your love story, setting the stage for a memorable and enchanting wedding celebration.

Here are the best first dance songs broken down by category:

  1. The 100 Best First Dance Songs Of All Time
  2. The Best Wedding First Dance Songs By Genre
  3. The Best Wedding First Dance Songs By Decade 
  4. The Best Wedding First Dance Songs By Style

1) The 100 Best First Dance Songs Of All Time

Create an unforgettable first dance experience with our carefully curated list of the top 100 wedding first dance songs of all time. These timeless tunes span various genres, eras, and styles, making it easy for every couple to find the perfect soundtrack for their special moment. From classic ballads to contemporary hits, these romantic songs are sure to leave a lasting impression on your wedding day.

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  1. “At Last” – Etta James
  2. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley
  3. “Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton
  4. “Your Song” – Elton John
  5. “Endless Love” – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
  6. “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers
  7. “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra
  8. “All of Me” – John Legend
  9. “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
  10. “Amazed” – Lonestar
  11. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith
  12. “A Thousand Years” – Christina Perri
  13. “Everything” – Michael Bublé
  14. “You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne
  15. “Come Away with Me” – Norah Jones
  16. “Have I Told You Lately” – Rod Stewart
  17. “Marry Me” – Train
  18. “It Had to Be You” – Harry Connick Jr.
  19. “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston
  20. “When a Man Loves a Woman” – Percy Sledge
  21. “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – Roberta Flack
  22. “Make You Feel My Love” – Adele
  23. “Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green
  24. “You’re Still the One” – Shania Twain
  25. “Fly Me to the Moon” – Frank Sinatra
  26. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” – Stevie Wonder
  27. “Crazy Love” – Van Morrison
  28. “How Deep Is Your Love” – Bee Gees
  29. “Stand by Me” – Ben E. King
  30. “In My Life” – The Beatles
  31. “You Make My Dreams” – Hall & Oates
  32. “I Cross My Heart” – George Strait
  33. “Sea of Love” – The Honeydrippers
  34. “Faithfully” – Journey
  35. “Annie’s Song” – John Denver
  36. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” – Frankie Valli
  37. “I’ll Stand by You” – The Pretenders
  38. “Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol
  39. “My Girl” – The Temptations
  40. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” – James Taylor
  41. “Just the Way You Are” – Billy Joel
  42. “Something” – The Beatles
  43. “By Your Side” – Sade
  44. “The Luckiest” – Ben Folds
  45. “Better Together” – Jack Johnson
  46. “If I Ain’t Got You” – Alicia Keys
  47. “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
  48. “La Vie en Rose” – Édith Piaf
  49. “Love Me Tender” – Elvis Presley
  50. “You and Me” – Lifehouse
 

  1. “In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel
  2. “More Than Words” – Extreme
  3. “True Companion” – Marc Cohn
  4. “Bless the Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts
  5. “Yellow” – Coldplay
  6. “From This Moment On” – Shania Twain & Bryan White
  7. “God Only Knows” – The Beach Boys
  8. “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
  9. “You’re My Best Friend” – Queen
  10. “L-O-V-E” – Nat King Cole
  11. “Take My Breath Away” – Berlin
  12. “Iris” – Goo Goo Dolls
  13. “Lovesong” – The Cure
  14. “Always and Forever” – Heatwave
  15. “Harvest Moon” – Neil Young
  16. “When You Say Nothing at All” – Ronan Keating
  17. “Here and Now” – Luther Vandross
  18. “You Light Up My Life” – Debby Boone
  19. “Falling Slowly” – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
  20. “True Love Ways” – Buddy Holly
  21. “When I Fall in Love” – Nat King Cole
  22. “You Had Me from Hello” – Kenny Chesney
  23. “Stay With You” – John Legend
  24. “Thank You” – Led Zeppelin
  25. “I Do (Cherish You)” – 98 Degrees
  26. “When We Were Young” – Adele
  27. “All My Life” – K-Ci & JoJo
  28. “Book of Love” – Peter Gabriel
  29. “This I Promise You” – *NSYNC
  30. “One and Only” – Adele
  31. “Our Love Is Here to Stay” – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  32. “Say You Won’t Let Go” – James Arthur
  33. “Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
  34. “I’ll Be” – Edwin McCain
  35. “You Are So Beautiful” – Joe Cocker
  36. “Home” – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  37. “Always” – Bon Jovi
  38. “Someone Like You” – Van Morrison
  39. “Heaven” – Bryan Adams
  40. “Grow Old with Me” – Tom Odell
  41. “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love” – Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack
  42. “Love on Top” – Beyoncé
  43. “Could I Have This Dance” – Anne Murray
  44. “Is This Love” – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  45. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – Elton John
  46. “I Want to Know What Love Is” – Foreigner
  47. “Never Tear Us Apart” – INXS
  48. “Saving All My Love for You” – Whitney Houston
  49. “I’ll Be There” – The Jackson 5
  50. “Beauty and the Beast” – Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson

2) The Best First Dance Songs By Genre

Travelling through time, each decade has gifted us with an unforgettable soundtrack that has left an indelible mark on the history of love and romance. As you explore the world of first dance songs, embarking on a melodious journey through the decades allows you to rediscover the charm and allure of the musical gems that defined each era. From the tender ballads of the 1950s to the soul-stirring anthems of the 2010s, these songs have resonated with generations of couples as they took their first steps as newlyweds.

In the following section of our blog post, we have carefully curated the top 25 first dance songs from each decade, highlighting the tunes that have captured the hearts of couples and wedding guests alike. As you peruse these decade-by-decade selections, you may find yourself enchanted by the timeless appeal of a classic or inspired by the undeniable allure of a modern hit. Let these songs be your guide as you delve into the rich tapestry of musical history, uncovering the perfect first dance song that will echo through the ages and celebrate your unique love story.

Top 50 RnB Soul Music First Dance Songs:

RnB and soul music have an undeniable ability to evoke deep emotions and create an atmosphere of love and connection, making them ideal choices for a wedding first dance. These genres offer a wealth of romantic tunes, from sultry slow jams to upbeat grooves, ensuring that every couple can find the perfect song to celebrate their love. To guide you in your search, we’ve compiled a list of the top 50 RnB and soul wedding first dance songs that are sure to make your special moment unforgettable.

  1. “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
  2. “At Last” by Etta James
  3. “My Girl” by The Temptations
  4. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  5. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
  6. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
  7. “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
  8. “Always and Forever” by Heatwave
  9. “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  10. “All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo
  11. “Ribbon in the Sky” by Stevie Wonder
  12. “Here and Now” by Luther Vandross
  13. “By Your Side” by Sade
  14. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  15. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
  16. “So Amazing” by Luther Vandross
  17. “Just the Two of Us” by Bill Withers
  18. “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R.
  19. “Ordinary People” by John Legend
  20. “Make It Last Forever” by Keith Sweat
  21. “No Ordinary Love” by Sade
  22. “For You” by Kenny Lattimore
  23. “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole
  24. “You Make Me Feel Brand New” by The Stylistics
  25. “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  26. “Giving You the Best That I Got” by Anita Baker
  27. “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker
  28. “All This Love” by DeBarge
  29. “Spend My Life With You” by Eric Benét ft. Tamia
  30. “Don’t Change” by Musiq Soulchild
  31. “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
  32. “Angel of Mine” by Monica
  33. “Saving All My Love for You” by Whitney Houston
  34. “You & I (Nobody in the World)” by John Legend
  35. “Love Ballad” by L.T.D.
  36. “Reasons” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  37. “I Swear” by All-4-One
  38. “Crazy” by K-Ci & JoJo
  39. “All the Man That I Need” by Whitney Houston
  40. “Cupid” by 112
  41. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Lauryn Hill
  42. “I Believe in You and Me” by Whitney Houston
  43. “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men
  44. “Before I Let You Go” by Blackstreet
  45. “As” by Stevie Wonder
  46. “On Bended Knee” by Boyz II Men
  47. “The Sweetest Thing” by Lauryn Hill
  48. “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” by Barry White
  49. “Share My Life” by Kem
  50. “Love of My Life” by Brian McKnight

Top 50 Modern First Dance Songs:

Set the tone for a memorable first dance with our selection of the top 50 modern first dance songs. These contemporary tunes capture the essence of love and commitment, making them perfect for celebrating your special day. From pop ballads to indie gems, this list offers a diverse range of options to help you find the perfect soundtrack for your first dance as a married couple.

  1. “All of Me” – John Legend
  2. “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
  3. “A Thousand Years” – Christina Perri
  4. “Say You Won’t Let Go” – James Arthur
  5. “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
  6. “Marry You” – Bruno Mars
  7. “Tenerife Sea” – Ed Sheeran
  8. “XO” – John Mayer
  9. “You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne
  10. “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers
  11. “Better Together” – Jack Johnson
  12. “The One” – Kodaline
  13. “Latch (Acoustic)” – Sam Smith
  14. “How Long Will I Love You” – Ellie Goulding
  15. “I Get to Love You” – Ruelle
  16. “Yours” – Russell Dickerson
  17. “Coming Home” – Leon Bridges
  18. “Hold My Girl” – George Ezra
  19. “Beyond” – Leon Bridges
  20. “Marry Me” – Train
  21. “Speechless” – Dan + Shay
  22. “I Won’t Give Up” – Jason Mraz
  23. “Adore You” – Harry Styles
  24. “Love Someone” – Lukas Graham
  25. “First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes
  26. “Lover” – Taylor Swift
  27. “Best Part” – H.E.R. ft. Daniel Caesar
  28. “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” – Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend
  29. “I Found You” – Alabama Shakes
  30. “Conversations in the Dark” – John Legend
  31. “Never Stop” – SafetySuit
  32. “In Case You Didn’t Know” – Brett Young
  33. “Heavenly Day” – Patty Griffin
  34. “Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
  35. “Make You Feel My Love” – Adele
  36. “Beautiful Crazy” – Luke Combs
  37. “The Only Exception” – Paramore
  38. “Falling Like the Stars” – James Arthur
  39. “Us” – James Bay
  40. “Yours” – Ella Henderson
  41. “Without You” – Oh Wonder
  42. “Love Is a Wild Thing” – Kacey Musgraves
  43. “Finally // beautiful stranger” – Halsey
  44. “You & I” – Johnnyswim
  45. “I Choose You” – Sara Bareilles
  46. “Electric Love” – Børns
  47. “The Night We Met” – Lord Huron
  48. “Heartbeats” – José González
  49. “Take My Hand (The Wedding Song)” – Emily Hackett ft. Will Anderson
  50. “From the Ground Up” – Dan + Shay

Top 50 Rock Music First Dance Songs:

Rock and roll has long been a powerful source of unforgettable love songs and emotional ballads, perfect for a couple’s first dance. From classic rock to indie, there’s no shortage of passionate tunes that capture the essence of love and commitment. To help you find the perfect rock-inspired first dance song, we’ve curated a list of the top 50 selections that showcase the best of rock and roll music throughout the decades.

  1. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
  2. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
  3. “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney
  4. “Faithfully” by Journey
  5. “All of My Love” by Led Zeppelin
  6. “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
  7. “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones
  8. “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel
  9. “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin
  10. “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel
  11. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
  12. “You and Me” by Lifehouse
  13. “Yellow” by Coldplay
  14. “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
  15. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles
  16. “I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders
  17. “Iris” by Goo Goo Dolls
  18. “With or Without You” by U2
  19. “Everlong” (Acoustic) by Foo Fighters
  20. “One” by U2
  21. “The One I Love” by R.E.M.
  22. “Marry Me” by Train
  23. “Sea of Love” by The Honeydrippers
  24. “More Than Words” by Extreme
  25. “Heaven” by Bryan Adams
  26. “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart
  27. “Love of a Lifetime” by Firehouse
  28. “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge
  29. “Open Arms” by Journey
  30. “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers
  31. “Something” by The Beatles
  32. “She’s Got a Way” by Billy Joel
  33. “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys
  34. “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses
  35. “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner
  36. “Is This Love” by Whitesnake
  37. “Always” by Bon Jovi
  38. “The Flame” by Cheap Trick
  39. “Still Loving You” by Scorpions
  40. “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits
  41. “Angel” by Aerosmith
  42. “Love Song” by Tesla
  43. “Head Over Heels” by Tears for Fears
  44. “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” by Andy Gibb
  45. “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meat Loaf
  46. “If You Could Only See” by Tonic
  47. “Love in an Elevator” by Aerosmith
  48. “Interstate Love Song” by Stone Temple Pilots
  49. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
  50. “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” by The Police

Top 50 Country Music First Dance Songs:

Country music has long been celebrated for its heartfelt storytelling and emotional depth, making it a popular choice for couples seeking the perfect first dance song. With evocative lyrics and soulful melodies that capture the essence of love, commitment, and enduring passion, country tunes offer an abundance of romantic ballads and enchanting love songs to set the stage for an extraordinary first dance. To help you find the ideal country music first dance song, we have compiled a list of the top 50 selections that showcase the rich variety and timeless charm of this beloved genre.

  1. “Amazed” by Lonestar
  2. “From This Moment On” by Shania Twain and Bryan White
  3. “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait
  4. “When I Said I Do” by Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black
  5. “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
  6. “Your Everything” by Keith Urban
  7. “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
  8. “Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban
  9. “Could I Have This Dance” by Anne Murray
  10. “I Swear” by John Michael Montgomery
  11. “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis
  12. “She’s Everything” by Brad Paisley
  13. “Me and You” by Kenny Chesney
  14. “Then” by Brad Paisley
  15. “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw
  16. “Lost in This Moment” by Big & Rich
  17. “I Do (Cherish You)” by Mark Wills
  18. “Carrying Your Love With Me” by George Strait
  19. “Remember When” by Alan Jackson
  20. “You Had Me From Hello” by Kenny Chesney
  21. “I Love the Way You Love Me” by John Michael Montgomery
  22. “I’ll Still Be Loving You” by Restless Heart
  23. “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain
  24. “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely” by Andy Griggs
  25. “I Melt” by Rascal Flatts
  26. “The Keeper of the Stars” by Tracy Byrd
  27. “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett
  28. “Love Story” by Taylor Swift
  29. “Need You Now” by Lady A
  30. “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes
  31. “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
  32. “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes
  33. “I Need You” by LeAnn Rimes
  34. “When You Say Nothing at All” by Alison Krauss
  35. “Love Like Crazy” by Lee Brice
  36. “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice
  37. “History in the Making” by Darius Rucker
  38. “Who I Am” by Wade Bowen
  39. “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
  40. “Marry Me” by Martina McBride
  41. “Just a Kiss” by Lady A
  42. “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore
  43. “Yours” by Russell Dickerson
  44. “Golden Hour” by Kacey Musgraves
  45. “Speechless” by Dan + Shay
  46. “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs
  47. “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young
  48. “Take My Hand (The Wedding Song)” by Emily Hackett and Will Anderson
  49. “Diamonds and Twine” by Ryan Hurd
  50. “My Miracle” by Brad Paisley

Top 50 Classic First Dance Songs:

Create an unforgettable moment on your special day with our selection of the top 50 classic first dance songs. These timeless tracks have stood the test of time, capturing the hearts of generations and making them perfect for your first dance as a married couple. From legendary love songs to romantic ballads, this list offers a variety of options to help you find the perfect soundtrack for your first dance.

  1. “At Last” – Etta James
  2. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley
  3. “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers
  4. “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra
  5. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
  6. “Your Song” – Elton John
  7. “Endless Love” – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  8. “Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton
  9. “Crazy Love” – Van Morrison
  10. “When a Man Loves a Woman” – Percy Sledge
  11. “Fly Me to the Moon” – Frank Sinatra
  12. “Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green
  13. “It Had to Be You” – Harry Connick Jr.
  14. “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” – Frank Sinatra
  15. “Moon River” – Audrey Hepburn
  16. “Something” – The Beatles
  17. “Come Away With Me” – Norah Jones
  18. “As Time Goes By” – Dooley Wilson
  19. “These Arms of Mine” – Otis Redding
  20. “Have I Told You Lately” – Rod Stewart
  21. “Make You Feel My Love” – Bob Dylan
  22. “La Vie en Rose” – Édith Piaf
  23. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  24. “Stand by Me” – Ben E. King
  25. “Cheek to Cheek” – Fred Astaire
  26. “You Send Me” – Sam Cooke
  27. “In My Life” – The Beatles
  28. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” – Frankie Valli
  29. “For Once in My Life” – Stevie Wonder
  30. “Beyond the Sea” – Bobby Darin
  31. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – Roberta Flack
  32. “Sea of Love” – Phil Phillips
  33. “Be My Baby” – The Ronettes
  34. “True Love Ways” – Buddy Holly
  35. “I Only Have Eyes for You” – The Flamingos
  36. “You Are So Beautiful” – Joe Cocker
  37. “Our Love Is Here to Stay” – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  38. “All I Want Is You” – U2
  39. “The Look of Love” – Dusty Springfield
  40. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” – Marvin Gaye
  41. “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” – Barry White
  42. “You’re My Best Friend” – Queen
  43. “Always and Forever” – Heatwave
  44. “You Make My Dreams” – Hall & Oates
  45. “You’re All I Need to Get By” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  46. “Just the Way You Are” – Billy Joel
  47. “I Will” – The Beatles
  48. “Maybe I’m Amazed” – Paul McCartney
  49. “Harvest Moon” – Neil Young
  50. “When I Fall in Love” – Nat King Cole

Top 50 Alternative & Folk First Dance Songs

Embrace the charm and authenticity of alternative and folk music as you consider these top 50 first dance songs for your wedding celebration. These tunes encapsulate the raw emotion and storytelling that define these genres, making them perfect choices for couples seeking a more unconventional or intimate atmosphere for their special moment on the dance floor.

  1. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
  2. “The One” by Kodaline
  3. “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes
  4. “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson
  5. “Holocene” by Bon Iver
  6. “Bloom” by The Paper Kites
  7. “Cherry Wine” by Hozier
  8. “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson
  9. “Sea of Love” by Cat Power
  10. “The Wedding Song” by Angus & Julia Stone
  11. “I Will Follow You into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie
  12. “No One’s Gonna Love You” by Band of Horses
  13. “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison
  14. “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
  15. “Better Together” by Jack Johnson
  16. “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  17. “Such Great Heights” by Iron & Wine
  18. “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles
  19. “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young
  20. “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
  21. “Yellow” by Coldplay
  22. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Ingrid Michaelson
  23. “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver
  24. “Swept Away” by The Avett Brothers
  25. “I And Love And You” by The Avett Brothers
  26. “Heartbeats” by José González
  27. “All About Your Heart” by Mindy Gledhill
  28. “Love Like Ghosts” by Lord Huron
  29. “Northern Wind” by City and Colour
  30. “Big Jet Plane” by Angus & Julia Stone
  31. “All I Want” by Kodaline
  32. “Us” by Regina Spektor
  33. “La Vie En Rose” by Daniela Andrade
  34. “Only Love” by Ben Howard
  35. “This Year’s Love” by David Gray
  36. “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
  37. “Never Stop” by Safetysuit
  38. “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam
  39. “Your Song” by Ellie Goulding
  40. “The Book of Love” by Peter Gabriel
  41. “Stay Alive” by José González
  42. “If Not for You” by Shakey Graves
  43. “The Girl” by City and Colour
  44. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by Sleeping at Last
  45. “If I Ain’t Got You” by James Bay
  46. “From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay
  47. “Look After You” by The Fray
  48. “You Make It Real” by James Morrison
  49. “Latch” by Sam Smith (Acoustic)
  50. “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga

3) The Best First Dance Songs Decade By Decade

Travelling through time, each decade has gifted us with an unforgettable soundtrack that has left an indelible mark on the history of love and romance. As you explore the world of first dance songs, embarking on a melodious journey through the decades allows you to rediscover the charm and allure of the musical gems that defined each era. From the tender ballads of the 1950s to the soul-stirring anthems of the 2010s, these songs have resonated with generations of couples as they took their first steps as newlyweds.

In the following section of our blog post, we have carefully curated the top 25 first dance songs from each decade, highlighting the tunes that have captured the hearts of couples and wedding guests alike. As you peruse these decade-by-decade selections, you may find yourself enchanted by the timeless appeal of a classic or inspired by the undeniable allure of a modern hit. Let these songs be your guide as you delve into the rich tapestry of musical history, uncovering the perfect first dance song that will echo through the ages and celebrate your unique love story.

Top Wedding First Dance Songs from the 1950s

Take a trip down memory lane with the best first dance songs of the 1950s. A time of elegance, charm, and romance, these classic hits will make your first dance unforgettable.

  1. “Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole
  2. “Only You (And You Alone)” – The Platters
  3. “Earth Angel” – The Penguins
  4. “Come Fly With Me” – Frank Sinatra
  5. “All the Way” – Frank Sinatra
  6. “Misty” – Johnny Mathis
  7. “Chances Are” – Johnny Mathis
  8. “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley
  9. “Love Me Tender” – Elvis Presley
  10. “When I Fall in Love” – Nat King Cole
  11. “Smile” – Nat King Cole
  12. “You Send Me” – Sam Cooke
  13. “Wonderful World” – Sam Cooke
  14. “Dream a Little Dream of Me” – Doris Day
  15. “Fly Me to the Moon” – Frank Sinatra
  16. “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra
  17. “That’s Amore” – Dean Martin
  18. “Sincerely” – The McGuire Sisters
  19. “Till” – Tony Bennett
  20. “Because of You” – Tony Bennett
  21. “Mona Lisa” – Nat King Cole
  22. “True Love” – Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly
  23. “Blue Moon” – The Marcels
  24. “You Belong to Me” – Jo Stafford
  25. “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” – The Four Aces

Top Wedding First Dance Songs from the 1960s

Embrace the spirit of the 1960s with these timeless first dance songs. Let the music of this iconic decade set the stage for a magical moment on the dance floor.

    1. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley
    2. “At Last” – Etta James
    3. “Stand by Me” – Ben E. King
    4. “My Girl” – The Temptations
    5. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
    6. “Crazy” – Patsy Cline
    7. “Something” – The Beatles
    8. “I Got You Babe” – Sonny & Cher
    9. “When a Man Loves a Woman” – Percy Sledge
    10. “You Are My Sunshine” – Ray Charles
    11. “Moon River” – Andy Williams
    12. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell
    13. “You’ve Got a Friend” – Carole King
    14. “In My Life” – The Beatles
    15. “Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole
    16. “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” – Jackie Wilson
    17. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” – Marvin Gaye
    18. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” – The Beatles
    19. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – Roberta Flack
    20. “Suspicious Minds” – Elvis Presley
    21. “You Really Got a Hold on Me” – The Miracles
    22. “Cupid” – Sam Cooke
    23. “I Will Follow Him” – Little Peggy March
    24. “Let It Be Me” – The Everly Brothers
    25. “God Only Knows” – The Beach Boys

    Top Wedding First Dance Songs from the 1970s

    Step back in time and celebrate your love with the best first dance songs of the 1970s. This decade brought an amazing mix of romantic ballads, soulful tunes, and feel-good classics that will have you and your partner swaying on the dance floor.

    1. “Your Song” – Elton John
    2. “Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton
    3. “Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green
    4. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” – Stevie Wonder
    5. “How Deep Is Your Love” – Bee Gees
    6. “Annie’s Song” – John Denver
    7. “Just the Way You Are” – Billy Joel
    8. “Three Times a Lady” – Commodores
    9. “You’re My Best Friend” – Queen
    10. “Best of My Love” – The Emotions
    11. “Always and Forever” – Heatwave
    12. “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – Roberta Flack
    13. “You Are So Beautiful” – Joe Cocker
    14. “Colour My World” – Chicago
    15. “Love Will Keep Us Together” – Captain & Tennille
    16. “Evergreen” – Barbra Streisand
    17. “Our Love” – Natalie Cole
    18. “The Way I Feel Tonight” – Bay City Rollers
    19. “Baby, I Love Your Way” – Peter Frampton
    20. “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” – Barry White
    21. “You Make Loving Fun” – Fleetwood Mac
    22. “Close to You” – The Carpenters
    23. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Simon & Garfunkel
    24. “Love Train” – The O’Jays
    25. “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” – Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond

    Top Wedding First Dance Songs from the 1980s

    Embrace the nostalgia and charm of the 1980s with these unforgettable first dance songs. The decade was filled with iconic love songs that captured the essence of romance, making them perfect choices for your wedding celebration.

    1. “Endless Love” – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
    2. “Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper
    3. “Lady in Red” – Chris de Burgh
    4. “Faithfully” – Journey
    5. “The Way You Make Me Feel” – Michael Jackson
    6. “Eternal Flame” – The Bangles
    7. “Crazy for You” – Madonna
    8. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” – Stevie Wonder
    9. “Heaven” – Bryan Adams
    10. “Take My Breath Away” – Berlin
    11. “I Want to Know What Love Is” – Foreigner
    12. “True” – Spandau Ballet
    13. “Careless Whisper” – George Michael
    14. “Can’t Fight This Feeling” – REO Speedwagon
    15. “Every Breath You Take” – The Police
    16. “Saving All My Love for You” – Whitney Houston
    17. “In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel
    18. “Right Here Waiting” – Richard Marx
    19. “Have I Told You Lately” – Rod Stewart
    20. “Islands in the Stream” – Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers
    21. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses
    22. “Hold Me Now” – Thompson Twins
    23. “You’re the Inspiration” – Chicago
    24. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” – Bonnie Tyler
    25. “All Out of Love” – Air Supply

    Top Wedding First Dance Songs from the 1990s

    Celebrate your love with the unforgettable sounds of the 1990s. This decade gave us some of the most romantic and iconic love songs that continue to be popular choices for wedding first dances today.

    1. “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston
    2. “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” – Bryan Adams
    3. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – Aerosmith
    4. “My Heart Will Go On” – Celine Dion
    5. “Truly Madly Deeply” – Savage Garden
    6. “All My Life” – K-Ci & JoJo
    7. “Kiss from a Rose” – Seal
    8. “You’re Still the One” – Shania Twain
    9. “Amazed” – Lonestar
    10. “Because You Loved Me” – Celine Dion
    11. “Un-Break My Heart” – Toni Braxton
    12. “I’ll Be” – Edwin McCain
    13. “From This Moment On” – Shania Twain
    14. “It’s Your Love” – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
    15. “I Knew I Loved You” – Savage Garden
    16. “More Than Words” – Extreme
    17. “Have I Told You Lately” – Rod Stewart
    18. “I Swear” – All-4-One
    19. “Hero” – Mariah Carey
    20. “I’ll Stand by You” – The Pretenders
    21. “Save the Best for Last” – Vanessa Williams
    22. “I Can Love You Like That” – All-4-One
    23. “To Be with You” – Mr. Big
    24. “I Will Remember You” – Sarah McLachlan
    25. “I Could Not Ask for More” – Edwin McCain

    Top Wedding First Dance Songs from the 2000s

    Celebrate your love story with the romantic and unforgettable first dance songs of the 2000s. This decade brought us a wonderful mix of pop, R&B, and indie tunes perfect for creating magical memories on your special day.

    1. “A Thousand Years” – Christina Perri
    2. “Make You Feel My Love” – Adele
    3. “Marry Me” – Train
    4. “All of Me” – John Legend
    5. “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
    6. “You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne
    7. “Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol
    8. “Better Together” – Jack Johnson
    9. “If I Ain’t Got You” – Alicia Keys
    10. “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
    11. “At Last” – Beyoncé
    12. “Come Away with Me” – Norah Jones
    13. “Yellow” – Coldplay
    14. “Everything” – Michael Bublé
    15. “Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars
    16. “Love Story” – Taylor Swift
    17. “Bless the Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts
    18. “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas
    19. “Lucky” – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
    20. “Then” – Brad Paisley
    21. “Bubbly” – Colbie Caillat
    22. “When You Say Nothing at All” – Ronan Keating
    23. “Marry You” – Bruno Mars
    24. “I Loved Her First” – Heartland
    25. “Making Memories of Us” – Keith Urban

    Top Wedding First Dance Songs from the 2010s

    Capture the essence of love and romance with the top wedding first dance songs from the 2010s. This decade gave us an amazing blend of heartfelt ballads and infectious pop tunes that will make your special day even more memorable.

    1. “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
    2. “All of Me” – John Legend
    3. “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
    4. “Say You Won’t Let Go” – James Arthur
    5. “A Thousand Years” – Christina Perri
    6. “Marry You” – Bruno Mars
    7. “Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett
    8. “Tenerife Sea” – Ed Sheeran
    9. “You Are the Reason” – Calum Scott
    10. “How Long Will I Love You” – Ellie Goulding
    11. “Yours” – Russell Dickerson
    12. “Speechless” – Dan + Shay
    13. “I Choose You” – Sara Bareilles
    14. “In Case You Didn’t Know” – Brett Young
    15. “Love Someone” – Lukas Graham
    16. “From the Ground Up” – Dan + Shay
    17. “Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding
    18. “Remedy” – Adele
    19. “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” – Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend
    20. “XO” – John Mayer
    21. “Yours” – Ella Henderson
    22. “Latch” (Acoustic) – Sam Smith
    23. “First Try” – Johnnyswim
    24. “Heaven” – Kane Brown
    25. “Grow Old with Me” – Tom Odell

    4) The Best First Dance Songs By Style

    As you and your partner embark on the journey of choosing the perfect first dance song for your wedding day, you may find yourselves drawn to specific musical styles that resonate with your personalities, tastes, and the ambiance you wish to create. Exploring the rich diversity of acoustic, instrumental, piano, and string music can help you discover a song that not only sets the right tone for your special moment but also captures the essence of your love story.

    In this section, we present carefully curated lists of the best wedding first dance songs across various musical styles, including acoustic, instrumental, piano, and strings (violin & cello). These selections showcase the beauty and depth of emotion that can be conveyed through different arrangements and instrumentation, offering you an array of unique and heartfelt options to consider for your first dance as a married couple.

    Top Acoustic First Dance Songs

    Embrace the warmth and intimacy of acoustic music with these top 25 acoustic first dance songs, perfect for creating a tender and heartfelt atmosphere during your special moment as a newlywed couple.

    1. “Better Together” – Jack Johnson
    2. “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” – Death Cab for Cutie
    3. “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
    4. “Banana Pancakes” – Jack Johnson
    5. “Thinking Out Loud” (Acoustic Version) – Ed Sheeran
    6. “A Thousand Years” (Acoustic) – Christina Perri
    7. “I Choose You” (Acoustic) – Sara Bareilles
    8. “Falling Slowly” – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
    9. “Marry Me” – Train
    10. “Ho Hey” (Acoustic) – The Lumineers
    11. “First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes
    12. “All of Me” (Acoustic) – John Legend
    13. “Chasing Cars” (Acoustic) – Snow Patrol
    14. “You and Me” (Acoustic) – Lifehouse
    15. “Latch” (Acoustic) – Sam Smith
    16. “Yellow” (Acoustic) – Coldplay
    17. “I Won’t Give Up” – Jason Mraz
    18. “Your Song” – Ellie Goulding
    19. “XO” (Acoustic) – John Mayer
    20. “Tenerife Sea” – Ed Sheeran
    21. “The One” – Kodaline
    22. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Ingrid Michaelson
    23. “La Vie en Rose” – Daniela Andrade
    24. “Say You Won’t Let Go” (Acoustic) – James Arthur
    25. “Make You Feel My Love” – Adele

    Top Piano Instrumental First Dance Songs

    Experience the beauty and elegance of piano instrumentals as you dance to these top 25 piano instrumental first dance songs, perfect for setting a romantic and sophisticated atmosphere for your special moment.

    1. “River Flows in You” – Yiruma
    2. “Comptine d’un autre été: L’après-midi” – Yann Tiersen
    3. “A Thousand Years” (Piano Instrumental) – The Piano Guys
    4. “All of Me” (Piano Instrumental) – The Piano Guys
    5. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (Piano Instrumental) – The Piano Guys
    6. “I Giorni” – Ludovico Einaudi
    7. “Love Me” – Yiruma
    8. “La Valse d’Amélie” – Yann Tiersen
    9. “Your Song” (Piano Instrumental) – The Piano Guys
    10. “The Heart Asks Pleasure First” – Michael Nyman
    11. “Clair de Lune” – Claude Debussy
    12. “Glasgow Love Theme” – Craig Armstrong
    13. “Fur Elise” – Ludwig van Beethoven
    14. “Moonlight Sonata” – Ludwig van Beethoven
    15. “Nuvole Bianche” – Ludovico Einaudi
    16. “The Way You Look Tonight” (Piano Instrumental) – The O’Neill Brothers Group
    17. “Marry Me” (Piano Instrumental) – The O’Neill Brothers Group
    18. “Primavera” – Ludovico Einaudi
    19. “The Notebook Theme” – Aaron Zigman
    20. “Turning Page” (Instrumental) – Sleeping At Last
    21. “Wonderful Tonight” (Piano Instrumental) – The O’Neill Brothers Group
    22. “Bella’s Lullaby” – Carter Burwell
    23. “Unchained Melody” (Piano Instrumental) – The O’Neill Brothers Group
    24. “Ballade pour Adeline” – Richard Clayderman
    25. “My Heart Will Go On” (Piano Instrumental) – The Piano Guys

    Top Violin & Cello First Dance Songs

    Immerse yourselves in the enchanting melodies of violin and cello as you enjoy your first dance together. These top 25 violin and cello first dance songs will add a touch of grace and sophistication to your unforgettable moment.

      1. “A Thousand Years” (Violin & Cello) – The Piano Guys
      2. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (Violin & Cello) – Brooklyn Duo
      3. “All of Me” (Violin & Cello) – Daniel Jang
      4. “Perfect” (Violin & Cello) – Vesislava & Toni
      5. “Hallelujah” (Violin & Cello) – 2CELLOS
      6. “Thinking Out Loud” (Violin & Cello) – Simply Three
      7. “Marry You” (Violin & Cello) – The Chapel Hill Duo
      8. “Moon River” (Violin & Cello) – Caprise Duo
      9. “You Raise Me Up” (Violin & Cello) – ViolinCello
      10. “At Last” (Violin & Cello) – Seth G. & Jenavieve Varga
      11. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (Violin & Cello) – David Garrett & Julien Quentin
      12. “Just the Way You Are” (Violin & Cello) – Ember Trio
      13. “Por Una Cabeza” (Violin & Cello) – Redi Hasa & Mariaelena
      14. “I Will Always Love You” (Violin & Cello) – Rhett Price & Adam Lee
      15. “Your Song” (Violin & Cello) – The Chapel Hill Duo
      16. “Love Story” (Violin & Cello) – Dallas String Quartet
      17. “Love Me Like You Do” (Violin & Cello) – Ember Trio
      18. “Unchained Melody” (Violin & Cello) – The Ayoub Sisters
      19. “The Prayer” (Violin & Cello) – Alison & Juliette
      20. “Ave Maria” (Violin & Cello) – Janine Jansen & Maxim Rysanov
      21. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (Violin & Cello) – Daniel Jang & Eileen
      22. “The Swan” (Violin & Cello) – Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott
      23. “What a Wonderful World” (Violin & Cello) – Anastasiya Petryshak & Luca Franzetti
      24. “Endless Love” (Violin & Cello) – Caprise Duo
      25. “Make You Feel My Love” (Violin & Cello) – The Chapel Hill Duo

      We hope you enjoyed our guide to finding the perfect first dance song.

      As you reach the end of this comprehensive guide, we hope you feel inspired and excited to find the perfect first dance song for your special day. Remember, the key to selecting the ideal track lies in finding a song that captures the essence of your unique love story and sets the stage for a magical and unforgettable wedding celebration. With such an extensive collection of first dance songs spanning various decades and genres, we are confident that you will discover the perfect soundtrack for your unique bond.

      To make the process even easier, be sure to check out our Spotify playlists, where we have curated all of these incredible songs in one convenient location. By downloading these playlists, you can seamlessly explore the various options, allowing you to focus on the excitement and joy of planning your dream wedding.

      Throughout the wedding planning process, it’s essential to remember that your first dance is a unique opportunity to share a piece of your love story with your guests. So, take your time, listen to your heart, and choose a song that genuinely resonates with you and your partner. As you sway on the dance floor, enveloped in the love and support of your friends and family, you’ll cherish this moment for years to come.

      On behalf of Legendary Sound, we wish you all the best in your wedding planning journey and hope that our curated lists of first dance songs serve as a valuable resource. As you embark on this exciting new chapter in your life, we encourage you to enjoy every step of the way, confident that you have the perfect first dance song to create a truly memorable and magical experience.

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