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How To Choose The Perfect Song For Your First Dance: Our Top 50

Updated: Sep 24, 2018

As far as traditions go, the first dance at a wedding is one of the biggest. It is the first official time a couple dance together as a newlyweds for family and guests. It is also one of the specials moments, that will be remembered long after the event.

Choosing a song for your first dance is surely going to be one of the easiest decisions you make right? Well for some, this may be the case, but for the rest of us it can be one of hardest choices you make for your big day.

There are millions of songs out there to choose from, but jointly agreeing on just one, knowing it will then become "your song" is worthy of some serious thought.

Here, we have compiled a list of tips for choosing the perfect first dance wedding song, as well as some of our top picks form our playlist.

1. What are the significant songs already in your relationship?

If you have a think about it, perhaps there are already a number of songs that mean something to you as a couple. Perhaps it was a song you remember playing one night when you first met, on a special date, or just a favourite song you love to play on every road trip. A first dance song doesn't have to be something completely new just because it's your wedding. In fact something you have listened to together already in your lives may have more meaning to you as a couple.

2. Pick a song with a great beat

Music with a great beat is easier to dance to. Not only will you find your steps will come more naturally, but your guests will be dancing in their seats with you.

3. Short and sweet

Choosing a song that is 2-3 minutes (or that can be edited down) is usually long enough. Keeping your dance to this length will not only be easier to remember, but it will pack a bunch with your guests before they want to get up on the dance floor themselves.

4. Listen to the lyrics

Another way to pick a song for your first dance is to find one with lyrics that speak to you as a couple. Something that reflects your love for one another, and the times you have spent together.

5. Choose a song to reflect your dance style

This ones important. Do you picture your dance as an intimate slow dance, an elegant waltz, something fun, or a complete mash up of styles. If you have an idea of how you like to dance, then you can find a song to match that. Most importantly, look for a song that reflects your personalities as the individuals you are. A first dance song definitely doesn't have to be from any list (including ours) you've found on the internet. Equally, you can pick something no one has ever heard before as long as it means something to you.

Our Song Inspiration List

  1. "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz

  2. "At Last" by Etta James

  3. "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

  4. "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri

  5. "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith

  6. "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You, by Bryan Adams

  7. "Happy" by Pharell Williams

  8. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

  9. "From This Moment On" by Shania Twain and Brian White

  10. "Amazed" by Lonestar

  11. "If I Aint Got You" by Alicia Keys

  12. "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran

  13. "Me and Mrs Jones" by Michael Buble

  14. "Come What May" by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman

  15. "Kiss Me" by Ed Sheeran

  16. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

  17. "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls

  18. "Truly madly Deeply" by Savage Garden

  19. "Run" by Leona Lewis

  20. "You're Still The One" by Shania Twain

  21. "Kissing You" by Des'ree

  22. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder

  23. "You're the First, The Last, My Everything" by Barry White

  24. "Lets Get Married" by Jagged Edge

  25. "Marry You" by Bruno Mars

  26. "I Love You" by Sarah McLachlan

  27. "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" by Elton John

  28. "I Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher

  29. " Everlong" by Foo Fighters (Acoustic)

  30. "How Do I Live" by Leanne Rimes

  31. "First Day Of My Life" by Bright Eyes

  32. "Better Together" by Jack Johnson

  33. "Endless Love" by Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross

  34. "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

  35. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack

  36. "Cruisin" by Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis

  37. "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal

  38. " Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Franki Valli

  39. "Angels" by Robbie Williams

  40. "You've Got The Love" by Florence and The Machine

  41. "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton

  42. " I Do (Cherish You)" 98 Degrees

  43. "Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Savage Garden

  44. "When You Say Nothing at All" Ronan Keating

  45. "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones

  46. "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley

  47. "Amazing" by Alex Lloyd

  48. "All of Me" by John Legend

  49. "You and Me" by Lifehouse

  50. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by Marvin Gaye


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