First dance song ideas

First dance song ideas

So, you're looking for first dance song ideas? When it comes to selecting the best tune for your first dance, consider songs that you connect with as individuals as well as a couple. From popular to less traditional, check out our wedding song ideas.

Choosing a first dance song can often cause much debate between soon to be wed couples. Unless you have an undisputed special song. Here are some ideas for the best songs for a first dance to give you a bit of inspiration.

Most Popular First Dance Songs UK

Some popular first dance songs have romantic lyrics and are guaranteed to draw all eyes to the dance floor. The top first dance songs include:

Adele – Make You Feel My Love

Christina Perri – A Thousand Years

Ed Sheeran – Perfect

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do

Goo Goo Dolls - Iris

John Legend – All of Me

Jason Mraz – I'm Yours

Lonestar – Amazed

Take That – Rule The World

Perfect First Dance Wedding Songs

The right song will be one with personal meaning for the two of you, and it will speak to the heart of your relationship.

Alicia Keys – If I Ain't Got You

Barry White – You're The First, The Last, My Everything

Blue – Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours

Dean Martin – That's Amore

Elvis – Wonder of You

Frank Sinatra – I've Got You Under My Skin

Michael Buble – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Nat King Cole – Let There Be Love

Robbie Williams – She's the One

Stevie Wonder - You Are the Sunshine of My Life

Modern First Dance Songs

There's nothing wrong with classic love songs, but if it doesn't represent you as a couple, then there's nothing wrong with picking something more current.

Beyonce – Love on Top

Damien Rice – Cannonball

Florence and The Machine – You've Got The Love

Jack Johnson – Better Together

James Morrison – You Give Me Something

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow

Rita Ora – Your Song

Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars

Taylor Swift – Love Story

Train – Drops of Jupiter

Alternative First Dance Songs

Not all romantic wedding songs are ballads. Your first dance song doesn't need to be a smoochy love song if you don't want it to be. We've seen fun, upbeat TV theme tunes to the downright silly and utterly unique.

David Bowie – Let's Dance

Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet

Donna Summer – This Time I Know It's For Real

Hall and Oates – You Make My Dreams

Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl

Muse - Madness

Prince – Kiss

Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

The Cure – Friday, I'm In Love

The Human League – Together in Electric Dreams

Classic Wedding First Dance Song

Choosing classic first dance songs can unite you with all your guests. Maybe the music means something to them too? Whether you're looking for a country first dance or a soulful hit, you can't go wrong with romantic first dance songs.

Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me

Elton John – Your Song

Elvis Costello - She

Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

Etta James – At Last

Lou Reed – Perfect Day

Rod Stewart – The Way You Look Tonight

The Beach Boys – God Only Knows

The Beatles – All You Need Is Love

Van Morrison – Have I Told You Lately

Wedding Songs from Movie Soundtracks

Music and movies are memorable, meaning they work well as wedding songs. If you and your partner are film buffs, you might want to choose a theme from your favourite film or the first movie you watched together?

Berlin – Take My Breath Away (Top Gun)

Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – (I've Had) The Time Of My Life (Dirty Dancing)

Des'ree – Kissing You (Romeo and Juliet)

Elton John – Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Lion King)

Joe Cocker – Up Where We Belong (An Officer and a Gentlemen)

Phil Collins – Take A Look at Me Now (Against All Odds)

Ronan Keating – When You Say Nothing at All (Notting Hill)

The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody (Ghost)

Wet Wet Wet – Love Is All Around (Four Weddings and a Funeral)

Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You (The Bodyguard)

Unusual First Dance Songs

Finding the right music could be a challenge if you really want a song that hasn't been played at hundreds of weddings before. There's no shame in saying you want something a little bit more unusual.

30 Seconds To Mars – 100 Suns

Arctic Monkeys – Baby I'm Yours

Jess Glynne – I'll Be There

Foreigner – Waiting For A Girl Like You

Lana Del Ray – Video Games

Madness – It Must Be Love

Panic! At The Disco – When the Day Met the Night

Slipknot – Vermilion Pt. 2

The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup

The Lumineers – Ho Hey

Unexpected First Dance Songs

These unexpected first dance songs will keep your wedding unique, fresh, and sure to set the mood. Spin under the spotlight to one of these tunes.

Avril Lavigne – I’m With You

CeCe Peniston - Finally

Charli XCX – Boom Clap

Drake – Hold On, We're Going Home

Flashdance – Maniac

Paramore – The Only Exception

Pussy Cat Dolls – Stickwitu

Shaggy - Angel

The Beatles – All You Need Is Love

The Proclaimers – I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Unique First Dance Songs

Just because a song isn't popular doesn't mean you shouldn't play it at your wedding. If you love the music, the lyrics, or it evokes special memories, why not have it as your wedding song?

Badly Drawn Boy – Silent Sigh

Eminem and Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie

Maccabees – Toothpaste Kisses

My Bloody Valentine – When You Sleep

Oasis – Wonderwall

Queens of the Stone Age – Make It Wit Chu

Sam Cook – You Send Me

Spice Girls – Say You'll Be There

The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored

Wolf Alice – Don't Delete The Kisses

Funny Wedding Songs

Having fun, smiling and dancing is what the wedding reception is all about. If you prefer to make your guests laugh, you could pick a funny wedding song. Wedding dance songs for couples who prefer something a bit more tongue in cheek.

BaHa Men – Who Let the Dogs Out

Kanye West – Gold Digger

Lady Gaga – Bad Romance

NSync – Bye Bye Bye

Pat Benatar – Love Is a Battlefield

Queen – Another One Bites the Dust

Shania Twain – That Don't Impress Me Much

Tammy Wynette – D.I.V.O.R.C.E

The Pussy Cat Dolls – Don't Cha

U2 – I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Songs for Wedding

Your wedding dance song might be the first opportunity you get on the day to have a few moments together to stare longingly into each other's eyes… or bust out rehearsed moves. However, you play it, enjoy your first dance. Hopefully, the information above has given you wedding planning ideas, whether it's played by your DJ or wedding bands.

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