Most definitely, your first dance wedding song should be.......... just about whatever you want it to be! Definitely, it's got to have special meaning for you both. Otherwise, why bother?
And while some couples want a song that's popular at the time, you'll see when reviewing the list below, that not all couples go that route.
Even the decades of the 1920s & '30s are represented in the following list.
The bottom line? If you like a song's "tune" and its lyrics, no matter the age of the song, your best first dance wedding song may be right at your feet!
Here's a little tip that I picked up along the way:
Whatever song you choose as your first dance wedding song, just have a great time!
If you want to have a first dance wedding song but aren't exactly the "Dancing Duo", and basically plan on just swaying back and forth, it may be a good idea to choose a shorter song or just play a portion of it. It does get pretty boring for your guests to watch 4-5 minutes of just swaying! Just saying!
A Million Dreams
If you want to skip their actual entrance and just go to the point their first dance begins, skip ahead to 1:20 in the video to see this couple dance to A Million Dreams from the 2017 film The Greatest Showman. One thing is for sure: This couple has gusto!
A Whole New World
While your first dance may not look quite like this professional couple, it doesn't matter. Again, the words of this song are certainly applicable.
All Of Me
Probably little needs to be said here, but this 2013 recorded song from John Legend remains a popular first dance wedding song choice & the couple in this video seem to be enjoying every dance moment.
If you're a country fan, this song from Lonestar may be for you!
This song, written in 1941 for the for the musical Sun Valley Serenade may make it an "oldie", but it has proven to be a time-honored song with recordings from The Glenn Miller Orchestra to the famed recording by Etta James as well as recent stars Celine Dion & Beyonce. As the saying goes, "if the shoe fits, put it on"!
Because You Loved Me
While you could say this is a bit of an "oldie" as it was recorded in 1995, about 25 years later the words still fit the occasion.
Can I Have This Dance
From High School Music 3, this song title is Can I Have This Dance, which is not to be confused with Anne Murray's song Could I Have This Dance. However, come to think of it, her song would be just fine for the moment as well. So, what the heck, just below is the legendary Anne Murray video for that song!
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Yes, another blockbuster song from the Disney folks that fits into the first dance wedding songs category. If you don't happen to be a Disney fan, then scroll on!
Can't Help Falling In Love
Can't imagine anyone who would not be familiar with this song recorded in 1961 by none other than Elvis Presley & followed by recordings from others artists since then. The melody appears to be based on a French love song from the 1700s! As the French would say "Amour!"
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
From 1967, this pop-rock genre song is good for an upbeat dance. And with lyrics like "Can't take my eyes off of you/You're just too good to be true/You'd be like Heaven to touch/I wanna hold you so much/At long last love has arrived/I thank God I'm alive", what's not to like?
Lyrics by Michael Buble, this song seems like a melding of traditional pop, jazz, with an easy listening feel thrown in! Lyrics are A-Ok, too! At any rate, it has a definite beat for dancing.
Couldn't resist also including this professionally choreographed video to show what's possible. And the nice thing? It's only 2 minutes and 47 seconds long!
Everytime We Touch
The style of this song is a bit of a blend of contemporary pop & dance, making it useful for the topic here. The words are also reasonable for the occasion.
From This Moment
From country star Shania Twain, this moderate in tempo song along with the nice lyrics suits dancing.
I Finally Found Someone
Well, I don't know about you, but after watching this couple dance to I Finally Found Someone, I'm thinking that they've had more than a couple of dance lessons....w-a-y more! What do you think? But more importantly, does the song have potential for you?
Granted, this video is a "spoof" on All 4 One's song I Swear, being "performed" by the groomsmen and was shown at a bridal couple's wedding reception. While no dancing occurs on the video, you can still hear the entire song as well as have a laugh!
In Case You Didn't Know
I'll admit that this video is a bit different...because the bride and groom don't actually dance. If you watch and listen to the entire video, you'll find out why & that what happens is the groom's special gift to his bride.
It Had To Be You
While this song was published way back in 1924, it nonetheless is still used for today's first wedding dance song. Watch this video for a fun-to-watch, light-hearted & somewhat Broadway-styled choreographed dance.
Just The Way You Are
Bruno Mars' song is another popular choice. Is it your choice?
Couldn't help including this song in the list. Made famous by the loved Nat King Cole, while an "oldie", it still has its place. If you like a "swing" type of dance, here's one for you.
No Matter Where You Are
This was written by a Michael & Carissa Alvarado who wrote their own vows then turned them into a song and sang it at their wedding. Per their words, "we've gotten countless e-mails and messages from couple wishing there was a slower version to play at their own wedding or anniversary celebrations." So they did. Listen and see if it's for you!
Wedding couples have found another "perfect" use for Ed Sheeran's Perfect: Their first dance wedding song!
Stand By Me
If you like this song from 1961, you're obviously not alone. Nice sentiment in the lyrics, too.
The Color Of My Love
From the 1993 Celine Dion album of the same name, the lyrics fit the occasion.
The Way You Look Tonight
This song comes to us from the 1936 film Swing Time & as you can see, it is still definitely being used today. And they definitely liked it in 1936 as well...it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song that year. Interestingly, in the movie, it was sung by Fred Astaire, the dancer!
From 1955, this song is one of the most recorded ones in modern times, probably the most notable one being by The Righteous Brothers. The song really made a resurgence when it was used in the 1990 movie Ghost & is clearly still used as a first dance wedding song.
While there is no actual dancing in the following video, I'll let the father-daughter Cole duet say it all!
From 1951, this song has proven itself to be timeless. Little doubt that the most popular recording of it was from the endearing voice of the "unforgettable" Nat King Cole. In 1991, thanks to digital technology, the song was wonderfully remade as a duet of Nat King Cole and his daughter, Natalie, and rose to great popularity. See if it has a place in your wedding reception.
What A Wonderful World
Release in 1967 & sung by the timeless voice of Louis Armstrong, it has become a classic over time & as you can see, is still used for a first dance wedding song. And why not? With such universally appealing lyrics such as: The colors of the rainbow/So pretty in the sky/Are also on the faces of people passing by/I see friends shaking hands/Saying, "How do you do"?/They're really saying, "I love you." Who doesn't like such uplifting sentiments?
When You Look Me In The Eyes
If pop-rock is your style, this song by the Jonas Bros & recorded in 2007 could be for you. It certainly has zip!
When You Say Nothing At All
Recorded by Keith Whitley in 1988, the lyrics of this song definitely fit the occasion. This particular video has a unique, yet touching, "twist" to it. Watch it and see for yourself...I'm not giving the story away!
You And Me
This song from Lifehouse around 2005 may not be the most popular first dance wedding song, but it's a possibility.
You Are The Reason
This pop song by Calum Scott released in 2017 has a moderate tempo making it nice for a dance & also possesses fitting lyrics. See for yourself.
You Raise Me Up
This song has an interesting appeal from many different standpoints. It has an Irish flair making it popular among Celtic artists and fans. It has also been recorded by Christian artists as well as many other artists including the multi-talented Josh Groban. I've been asked to perform it for wedding renewal vows. Actually, the lyrics fit nicely for many areas of a wedding.
If you're a fan of country music, this song from Russell Dickerson could be your song and all the better if you're having a barn reception like this couple. Supposedly, this pair had nearly no previous dance experience and learned this routine in only 4 lessons....along with a lot of practice in a small apartment kitchen! Considering that, I'd say pretty good, yes, pretty good! If they could do it, why not you?
Indeed, there are nearly endless songs from many genres that could make the first dance wedding song list including (but certainly not limited to) I'm Yours, When I Fall In Love, I Cross My Heart, You Had Me From Hello, You're Still The One, The Keeper Of The Stars...but, alas, this list has come to an end! The bottom line? It's fairly simple: Choose what's meaningful to you as a newly married couple & have fun!
Now that you're armed with your first dance wedding song, you might want to look at songs for the father daughter dance and/or mother son dance songs.
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