How to Choose a First Dance Song

Your first dance at your wedding is an incredibly special moment. Many couples have a song that means something to them. Maybe it’s from an artist they saw at a concert together or maybe the song was playing in the restaurant on their first date.

Some couples haven’t found “their song” yet. Maybe you have different musical tastes. That’s okay! This list can help you find something meaningful to play for your first dance. From romantic and sentimental to fun and upbeat, there’s a little something for everyone here. Peruse the lists and genres and you might find quite a few songs you like! Create your wedding playlist as you go – it’s all up to you. Enjoy – and good luck!

Classic First Dance Songs:

Always on My Mind – Elvis Presley

At Last – Etta James

Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley (there are several variations we’re obsessed with including a Julia Michaels cover you need to hear.)

Dream a Little Dream of Me – Michael Bublé version

Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor

Into the Mystic – Van Morrison

It Had to Be You – Harry Connick Jr. version

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

My Girl – The Temptations

The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennett, Faith Hill

Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers

Unforgettable – Natalie Cole, Nat King Cole

You Send Me – Sam Cookie

Your Song – Elton John

Sentimental and Romantic First Dance Songs:

Bread and Wine – Josh Garrels

Cinderella – Steven Curtis Chapman (fantastic for a father-daughter dance that transitions to a bride & groom dance)

Come Away with Me – Nora Jones

Endless Love – Lionel Ritchie, Shania Twain

Heaven’s Knife – Josh Garrels

Hold You In My Arms – Ray LaMontagne

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Sleeping At Last

L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Something Happened On The Way to Heaven – Phil Collins

The Luckiest – Ben Folds

Turning Page – Sleeping At Last

When I Fall In Love – Nat King Cole

You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

Indie / Alternative First Dance Songs:

Baby – Warpaint

Bloom – The Paper Kites

Brighter Than Sunshine – Aqualung

Cosmic Love – Florence & The Machine

Dancing In The Kitchen – LANY

Do You Realize – The Flaming Lips

Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop – Landon Pigg

First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes

Home – Bruno Major

I Can Hear Music – She & Him

I Get To Love You – Ruelle

I Will Be There – Odessa

I’ll Be Your Man – The Elected

I’m With You – Vance Joy

January Wedding – The Avett Brothers

Love – Lana Del Rey

Love You To Pieces – Jeremy Messersmith

Maps – Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs

My Favourite Book – Stars

My Lover – Birdtalker

One Day Like This – Elbow

Real Love – Regina Spektor

Sea of Love – Cat Power

Such Great Heights – Iron & Wine

The Backpack Song – Bear Attack

The Girl – City and Colour

Together or Apart – Lissie

We Got Love – The Talbott Brothers

XO – John Mayer

You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

You & I – Rosi Golan

1950 – King Princess

80s First Dance Songs:

Crazy For You – Madonna

Endless Love – Diana Ross, Lionel Ritchie

Eternal Flame – The Bangles

Faithfully – Journey

Heaven – Bryan Adams

In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel

Love Song – The Cure

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship

Open Arms – Journey

Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx

Take My Breath Away – Berlin

The Lady In Red – Chris de Burgh

The Promise – When in Rome

Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

You’re the Inspiration – Chicago

90s First Dance Songs:

All My Life – K-Ci and JoJo

Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey

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

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

I’ll Be – Edwin McCain

Kiss From A Rose – Seal

Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden (we also like the version by Yoke Lore)

Country First Dance Songs:

Amazed – Lonestar

Better Together – Luke Combs

Bless The Broken Road – Rascal Flatts

Change Your Name – Brett Young

Chasing After You – Ryan Hurd, Maren Morris

Diamonds or Twine – Ryan Hurd

Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett

From the Ground up – Dan + Shay

God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton

Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

Great Ones – Maren Morris

Heaven – Kane Brown

I Don’t Dance – Lee Brice

I Met A Girl – Sam Hunt

I Need You – Leann Rimes

Islands In the Stream – Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers

Mean To Me – Brett Eldredge

My Best Friend – Tim McGraw

Promise To Love Her – Blane Howard

Ring On Every Finger – Locash

Speechless – Dan + Shay

The Bones – Maren Morris

The Difference – Tyler Rich

Then – Brad Paisley

When You Say Nothing At All – Allison Krauss

Woman Like You – Lee Brice

You Make It Easy – Jason Aldean

You’re Still the One – Shania Twain (Shania is the queen of course, but there’s a Teddy Swims version to die for as well)

Yours – Russell Dickerson

911 – Teddy Swims

Rock First Dance Songs:

All My Love – Led Zeppelin

Can’t Fight This Feeling – REO Speedwagon

Can’t Stop Loving You – Van Halen

Crazy Love – Van Morrison

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police

Forever – KISS

Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Here, There, And Everywhere – The Beatles

I Believe In A Thing Called Love – The Darkness

I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing – Aerosmith

I’ll Be There For You – Bon Jovi

I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders

In My Life – The Beatles

Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel

Let It Be Me – Ray LaMontagne

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Love of a Lifetime – Firehouse

Northern Wind – City and Colour

One – U2

Songbird – Fleetwood Mac

Stuck in the Middle With You – Stealers Wheel

R&B / Soul First Dance Songs:

Best Part – HER

Conversations In The Dark – John Legend

Differences – Ginuwine

Get You – Daniel Caesar

How Deep Is Your Love – The Bee Gees

If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys

It Takes Two – Marvin Gaye, Kim Weston

Japanese Denim – Daniel Caesar

Love Don’t Change – Musiq Soulchild

Overjoyed – Stevie Wonder

Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder

Spend My Life – Tamia

Stand By Me – Ben E. King

The Wind – Allen Stone

This I Promise You – NSYNC

Best Acoustic First Dance Songs:

A Thousand Years – Jasmine Thompson

Better Together – Us the Duo

Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – The Sweeplings

Higher Love – Charming Horses & Grace Grundy

I Won’t Give Up – Alex G

Maps – Colin & Caroline

More Than Words – Extreme

Take Me Home, Country Roads – Music Travel Love

Time After Time – Iron & Wine

True Colors – Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick

You Were Meant For Me – Jewel

Pop First Dance Songs:

Aint Gonna Lose You – Brett Dennen

All Of Me – John Legend

Anchor – Mindy Gledhill

Butterflies – MAX, Ali Gatie

By Your Side – Sade

Can We Kiss Forever – Kina, Adriana Proenza

Forever Like That – Ben Rector

Get You the Moon – Kina, Snow

How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding

I Am Yours – Andy Grammar

I Guess I’m In Love – Clinton Kane

I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

Just Married – Steven Lee Olsen

Like I’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor, John Legend

Like That – JP Saxe

Lover – Taylor Swift

Lucky – Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat

Marry Me – Train

Marry You – Bruno Mars

Perfect – Ed Sheeran

Rewrite the Stars – Zac Efron, Zendaya

Shut Up – Greyson Chance

Sweetest Devotion – Adele

Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran

The Math – Gabe Bondoc

Touching Heaven – Johnnyswim

We Match – Gabe Bondoc

When You Look Me In the Eyes – The Jonas Brothers

Willow – Taylor Swift

You Are the Reason – Calum Scott

You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates

Setting the Mood on Your New Life Together

Congratulations! With selections from our First Dance Songs list, you’ll have all the tunes you need for a perfect first dance song – and plenty of others to add to your wedding playlist. From all of us at Ball, we wish you all the best! 

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