The 70 Best First Dance Songs… Ever

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Anderson


We spend a lot of time thinking about music to play at weddings, with the idea that every song has to be perfect. We need the perfect song to walk down the aisle to. The perfect song to dance to with our parents. The perfect song to get the crowd dancing. But the reality is that most people won’t remember the perfect songs that we selected, and fast forward 5-10 years and I doubt you’ll remember all of the songs either. But I guarantee you will remember one certain song: your First Dance. Every wedding we work, somebody will request a song, telling us that it was their wedding song 20 years earlier. People hear their first dance song come on the radio and start to get emotional. This song, more than any other song you’ll pick for your wedding, will have an emotional connection that will stick with you for the rest of your lives. That can make finding your perfect First Dance song difficult. Luckily, there is no shortage of love songs out there. Below is just a tiny, ridiculously small fraction of the songs out there for you to choose. You can listen to the songs below and pick your favorite, or maybe get inspired and think of that perfect song that isn’t included. Just let us know what that perfect song is so we can include it for the next couple!

Modern First Dance Songs

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

“When my hair’s all but gone and my memory fades, And the crowds don’t remember my name, When my hands don’t play the strings the same way, I know you will still love me the same.”

Perfect – Ed Sheeran

“Be my girl, I’ll be your man, I see my future in your eyes.” It’s like Ed heard ‘Thinking Out Loud’ again and thought “I can do it better.”

All Of Me – John Legend

“Give your all to me, I’ll give my all to you, You’re my end and my beginning.”

Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur

“I knew I loved you then, but you’d never know. ‘Cause I played it cool when I was scared of letting go. I know I needed you, but I never showed. But I wanna stay with you until we’re grey and old. Just say you won’t let go.”

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

“I have died everyday, waiting for you, Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years, I’ll love you for a thousand more.”

Morning Light – Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys

“And all I want to do, is hold you tight just one more night. Yes I’m in love with you.”

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

“I could make you happy, make your dreams come true, There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do, Go to the ends of this Earth for you, To make you feel my love.”

Everything – Michael Buble

“And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times, It’s you, it’s you, you make me sing, You’re every line, you’re every word, You’re everything.”

Better Together – Jack Johnson

“Love is the answer, at least for most of the questions in my heart, Like why are we here? And where do we go?”

Lucky – Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillet

“I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend, Lucky to have been where I have been, Lucky to be coming home again.”

Marry Me – Train

“Together can never be close enough for me, Feel like I am close enough to you, You wear white and I’ll wear out the words I love you.”

How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding

“How long will I love you. As long as stars are above you. And longer if I can.”

Stay With You – John Legend

“Oh I’ll stay with you through the ups and the downs. Oh I’ll stay with you when no one else is around. And when the dark clouds arise, I will stay by your side. I know we’ll be alright, I will stay with you.”

Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars

“When I see your face, there’s not a thing that I would change. ‘Cause you’re amazing just the way you are.”

Yours – Russell Dickerson

“I came to life when I first kissed you. The best me has his arms around you. You make me better than I was before. Thank God I’m yours.”

Old School First Dance Songs

At Last – Etta James

“At last my love has come along, My lonely days are over and life is like a song.”

You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

“Baby, We’ve come a long way, And, baby You know I hope and I pray, That you believe me, When I say this love will never fade away.”

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

“I’m so in love with you, Whatever you want to do, Is all right with me, Cause you make me feel so brand new, And I want to spend my life with you.”

Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Elvis Presley

“Like a river flows surely to the sea, Darling so it goes, Some things are meant to be, Take my hand, take my whole life too, For I can’t help falling in love with you.”

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

“I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”

The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

“You’re lovely, with your smile so warm. And your cheeks so soft, There is nothing for me but to love you, And the way you look tonight.”

Stand By Me – Ben E. King

“If the sky that we look upon, Should tumble and fall, And the mountain should crumble to the sea. I won’t cry, I won’t cry. No I won’t shed a tear, Just as long as you stand, stand by me.”

Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

“Oh, my love, my darling, I’ve hungered for your touch, A long, lonely time, Time goes by so slowly. And time can do so much. Are you still mine? I need your love. God speed your love to me.”

My Girl – Temptations

“I don’t need no money, fortune, or fame. I’ve got all the riches baby one man can claim. I guess you’d say, What can make me feel this way? My girl.”

L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole

“And love, Is all that I can give, to you. Love, is more than just a game, for two. Two, in love can make it. Take my heart, and please don’t break it. Love, was made for me and you”

When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge

“Well, this man loves a woman, I gave you everything I had. Trying to hold on to your precious love. Baby, please don’t treat me bad.”

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder

“You are the sunshine of my life, that’s why I’ll always stay around. You are the apple of my eye, forever you’ll stay in my heart.”

As Time Goes By – Dooley Wilson

And when two lovers woo, they still say “I love you”… on that you can rely. No matter what the future brings. As time goes by.”

Something – The Beatles

“Somewhere in her smile she knows that I don’t need no other lover, something in her style that shows me. I don’t want to leave her now. You know I believe and how”

Unforgettable – Nat King Cole

“That’s why darling it’s incredible, that someone so unforgettable thinks that I am unforgettable too.”

Country First Dance Songs

Bless the Broken Road – Rascall Flatts

This much I know is true. That God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.”

Amazed – Lonestar

“I don’t know how you do what you do, I’m so in love with you, It just keeps getting better, I want to spend the rest of my life with you by my side.”

Then – Brad Paisley

“Like a river meets the sea, Stronger than it’s ever been. We’ve come so far since that day, And I thought I loved you then.”

My Best Friend – Tim McGraw

“You’re more than a lover. There could never be another. To make me feel the way you do.”

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Lady Antebellum

“So lay here beside me just hold me and don’t let go. This feelin’ I’m feelin’ is somethin’ I’ve never known. And I just can’t take my eyes off you.”

Make A Little – Midland

“You know it can’t be wrong when it feels so right. It all comes down to you and me, girl. There’s just not enough love in the world.”

Islands in the Stream – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

“Islands in the stream, that is what we are. No one in-between. How can we be wrong? Sail away with me to another world, and we rely on each other. From one lover to another.”

Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton

“You’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey. You’re as sweet as strawberry wine. You’re as warm as a glass of brandy. And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time.”

Wanted – Hunter Hayes

Wanna hold your hand forever, and never let you forget it. I wanna make you feel wanted.”

God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton

“There’s more here than what were seeing. A divine conspiracy that you, an angel lovely, could somehow fall for me. You’ll always be love’s great martyr, and I’ll be the flattered fool.”

Die a Happy Man – Thomas Rhett

And I know that I can’t ever tell you enough that all I need in this life is your crazy love.”

From the Ground Up – Dan + Shay

Me and you baby, walk in the footsteps. Build our own family one day at a time.”

Making Memories of Us – Keith Urban

“And I’m gonna love you like nobody loves you, and I’ll earn your trust making memories of us.”

This Kiss – Faith Hill

“It’s the way you love me, it’s a feeling like this. It’s centrifugal motion, it’s perpetual bliss. It’s that pivotal moment. It’s unthinkable, this kiss.”

Cowboys and Angels – Dustin Lynch

We ride side by side. A cloud of dust, a ray of light, My touch is her temptation, her kiss is my salvation.”

Unconventional First Dance Songs

Crazy Love – Van Morrison

“I can hear her heart beat for a thousand miles. And the heaven’s open every time she smiles. And when I come to her that’s where I belong.”

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

“Listen to the music of the moment people dance and sing. We are just one big family. And it’s our God-forsaken right to be loved.”

Marry You – Bruno Mars

“It’s a beautiful night, we’re looking for something dumb to do. Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you. Is it the look in your eyes, or is it this dancing juice. Who cares baby, I think I wanna marry you.”

Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran

“You look so wonderful in your dress. I love your hair like that. The way it falls on the side of your neck. Down your shoulders and back.”

Ho Hey – The Lumineers

“I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart.”

Iris – Goo Goo Dolls

“And all I can taste is this moment. And all I can breathe is your life. ‘Cause sooner or later it’s over. I just don’t want to miss you tonight.”

Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden

“I’ll be your dream, I’ll be your wish, I’ll be your fantasy. I’ll be your hope, I’ll be your love, be everything that you need.”

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams

“There’s no love, Like your love. And no other, Could give more love.”

More Than Anyone – Gavin DeGraw

“I’m going to love you more than anyone. I’m going to hold you closer than before. And when I kiss your soul, your body’ll be free.”

When I’m Sixty Four – The Beatles

“Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?”

Everyone Knows These First Dance Songs

Your Song – Elton John

“So excuse me forgetting but these things I do. You see I’ve forgotten if they’re green or they’re blue. Anyway the thing is what I really mean. Yours are the sweetest eyes I’ve ever seen.”

You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker

“You’re everything I hope for. You’re everything I need. You are so beautiful to me.”

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith

“Cause even when I dream of you, The sweetest dream would never do. I’d still miss you, baby, And I don’t want to miss a thing.”

Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

“If you’re lost you can look and you will find me, time after time. If you fall I will catch you. I’ll be waiting, time after time.”

Back At One – Brian McKnight

“Say farewell to the dark of night. I see the coming of the sun. I feel like a little child, whose life has just begun.”

All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

“Love, love, love. Love, love, love. Love, love, love.”

Faithfully – Journey

“I’m still yours. I’m forever yours. Ever yours. Faithfully.”

How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You – Marvin Gaye

“Well I’m gonna close my eyes at night now, wondering where would I be without you in my life.”

In My Life – The Beatles

“But of all these friends and lovers, there is no one compares with you. And these memories lose their meaning, when I think of love as something new.”

Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel

“I don’t want clever conversation, I never want to work that hard. I just want someone that I can talk to. I want you just the way you are.”

Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney

“Maybe I’m amazed at the way you’re with me all the time. Maybe I’m afraid of the way I leave you. Maybe I’m amazed at the way you help me sing my song, right me when I’m wrong. Maybe I’m amazed at the way I really need you.”

You’re My Best Friend – Queen

“You’re the best friend that I ever had. I’ve been with you such a long time, you’re my sunshine and I want you to know that my feelings are true. I really love you.”

Hallelujah, I Love Her So – Ray Charles

“Let me tell you ’bout a girl I know. She is my baby and she lives next door. Every mornin’ ‘fore the sun comes up, she brings me coffee in my favorite cup. That’s why I know, yes, I know, hallelujah, I just love her so.”

In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel

“In your eyes, the light the heat. In your eyes, I am complete.”

Hero – Enrique Iglesias

“I can be your hero baby, I can kiss away the pain. I will stand by you forever.”

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