First Dance Songs

first dance songs

The First Dance

Here are some great songs for the bride and groom. The “first dance” is likely the most popular part of a wedding reception. Every guest waits in anticipation to see the lovely couple take their first dance together. First dances are always the signal to all guests that it time to get the party started. Some couples like to pick a traditional song, others like to pick a special song that means something to them and more recently there is even a trend towards all out dance showcases by couples who do all sorts of fun things. Whatever the choice, we hope the list below is a good start for finding the perfect song for your first dance. Personally, at Team Wedding we recommend choosing a song that really is yours. Digging deep into what speaks to your love and relationship can be beautiful. Please take your time with this and try not to focus as much on how well you will dance the song. If it is your song, it will come through. I invite you to trust yourselves that it will be perfect regardless of your dancing skills or not!

MORE: See our Ultimate Guide to Wedding Music and other  Definitive Wedding Guides.

Top 10 First Dance Songs

  • UNFORGETTABLE – Nat King Cole
  • A MOMENT LIKE THIS – Kelly Clarkson
  • AMAZED – Lonestarn
  • ALL I NEED TO KNOW- Kenny Chesney
  • ANGEL OF MINE – Monica
  • DANCE WITH ME- T Carter Music

First Dance Songs

Some Other First Dance Wedding Songs Listed by Genre

Congratulations to all of the couples who were engaged on Valentines Day! Now the planning and research begins, including the search for a perfect song to share your first dance together as husband and wife. For some couples, this will be a no-brainer, as it will be the song when you shared your first kiss. For others, the decision will require careful consideration. In addition to considering the lyrics and tempo, you should also select a song that reflects your personal musical taste and that fits the mood of the event. To that end, we have listed 50 songs across ten musical genres. Listed below is the name of a given musical genre in bold, followed by five key picks immediately below. Good luck in finding the perfect song for your special day!

Modern First Dance Songs

  • I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  • Marry Me – Train
  • The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  • 1,2,3,4 – Plain White T’s
  • Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

R&B/Soul First Dance Songs

  • First Dance As Husband and Wife
  • Lost Without You – Robin Thicke
  • P.D.A. (We Don’t Care) – John Legend
  • Through the Fire – Chaka Khan
  • By Your Side – Sade
  • Always and Forever – Heatwave

Classic Rock First Dance Songs

  • If I Should Fall Behind – Bruce Springsteen
  • Faithfully- Journey
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
  • In a Little While – U2

Alternative Rock First Dance Songs

  • You are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  • Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop – Landon Pigg
  • Fade into You – Mazzy Star
  • Such Great Heights – Iron & Wine
  • Slave to Love – Bryan Ferry

80′s First Dance Songs

  • The Drive – The Cars
  • Heaven – Bryan Adams
  • Nothing Compares to You – Sinead O’Connor
  • Take My Breath Away – Berlin
  • Crazy for You – Madonna

70′s First Dance Songs

  • Colour My World – Chicago
  • I Just Fall in Love Again – Anne Murray
  • More Than a Woman – Bee Gees
  • How Deep is Your Love – Bee Gees
  • Rock Your Baby – McRae

Country First Dance Songs

  • Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not – Thompson Square
  • Amazed – Lonestar
  • Lost in This Moment – Big & Rich
  • Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
  • I Swear – John Michael Montgomery

Oldies First Dance Songs

  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
  • I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingoes
  • I Will – The Beatles
  • We Have All the Time in the World – Louis Armstrong
  • The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

Reggae First Dance Songs

  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face- Marcia Griffiths
  • Our Time Will Come (Reggae Version) – Amy Winehouse
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love (Cover) – UB40
  • Cupid – Johnny Nash
  • Baby I Need Your Lovin’ (Cover) – Delroy Wilson

Latin First Dance Songs

  • Hero – Enrique Iglesias
  • Por Siempre Tu (I Turn to You) – Christina Aguilera
  • My Baby You – Marc Anthony
  • Mi Buen Amor – Gloria Estefan
  • You Sang to Me – Marc Anthony


MORE: See our Ultimate Guide to Wedding Music and other  Definitive Wedding Guides.  

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