Weddings celebrate love and a big part of that celebration is made more personal, romantic, and unforgettable by the music you choose. The same can be said for one of your wedding’s highlights – your first dance with your significant other.
It seems simple but it can actually be tough to select the best song that reflects you and your partner’s love for each other. You also want the song to be memorable not just in that moment but in the long years to come. With so many love songs at your disposal, it can be tricky to pick the one that feels right.
Some of people’s go-to first dance wedding songs include the classics “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers, “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra, and “At Last” by Etta James. There’s a lot more left to explore.
To help you get to know the best options, we’ve listed some of the first dance songs that can bring more romance and joy to your wedding.
1. “Lover”, by Taylor Swift
Trust Taylor Swift to give you the sweetest love tribute in the cutest and subtlest way possible.
“And you’ll save all your dirtiest jokes for me/And at every table, I’ll save you a seat, lover”. Enough said.
2. “Truly Madly Deeply”, by Savage Garden
Because at the end of the day, what we really want is a love that’s true, mad, and deep. This song should be a no-brainer in the first-dance-at-weddings department.
“I love you more with every breath truly, madly, deeply do”
3. “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, by Elvis Presley
You can never go wrong with a classic, hence Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” will always be a clear choice when dancing with the love of your life for the first time as a married couple. It’s slow, it’s reverberating in its romantic intensity, it’s perfect.
“Take my hand/Take my whole life too/ For I can’t help falling in love with you”
4. “XO”, by John Mayer
John Mayer’s cover of Beyoncé’s”XO” is raw and emotional; it gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling of love and affection.
“Your heart is glowing/And I’m crashing into you/Baby kiss me, kiss me”
5. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, by Frankie Valli
If you and your partner want to display your love for each other while swaying to a certified classic, Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” is a fun choice. It’s sweet, romantic, and really makes you want to dance.
“I love you, baby/And if it’s quite alright/I need you, baby/To warm the lonely night”
6. “Somebody Like You,” by Keith Urban
For a more upbeat tune, Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You” is the kind of song that reminds you that it feels great to be in love, that we should put all the hurt behind us and focus on loving without being too sentimental about it.
“When you put your arms around me/You let me know there’s nothing in this world I can’t do”
7. “Better Together”, by Jack Johnson
This Jack Johnson song is a beautiful love letter immersed in a light, refreshing vibe without reducing the warmth of its sentiments.
“There is no combination of words I could say/But I will still tell you one thing/We’re better together”
8. “Let’s Stay Together”, by Al Green
Al Green’s signature song is filled with feelings of love and deep yearning to be with someone you adore for the rest of forever. Not to mention it’s super groovy.
“Let’s, let’s stay together (Together)/Loving you whether, whether/Times are good or bad, happy or sad”
9. “The Luckiest”, by Ben Folds
What a wonderful way to tell your other half how lucky you are to have found each other in the most honest, revealing, and vulnerable way possible.
“I love you more than I have/Ever found a way to say to you”
10. “A Groovy Kind of Love”, by Phil Collins
Anything with ‘groovy’ in it is a winner, especially in love songs. It’s like saying ‘we’re so in love in a spiced up kind of a way’.
“Wouldn’t you agree?/Baby, you and me/Got a groovy kind of love”
11. “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” by Sleeping at Last
Sleeping at Last’s version of The Police classic is a first-dance musical gem for its charming lyricism and soulful vocal power.
“Every little thing she does is magic/Everything she does just turns me on/Even though my life before was tragic/Now, I know my love for her goes on”
12. “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
It’s always a good idea to pay homage to love and friendship that results in marriage. Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s collaboration in “Lucky” can make any newly married couple look forward to many more years of creating a beautiful life together.
“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”
13. “You & Me Song” by The Wannadies
This one starts sweet and quiet before giving listeners a treat with a fun chorus that gets anyone in a celebratory mood. Plus it’s titled ‘You and Me’, which is the exact idea emphasized in weddings.
“But it’s you and me/And we’ll always be together/You and me, always, and forever”
14. “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer
Kiss Me is a love song wrapped in a love poem, which makes it a great wedding song. Simply put, people who love each other get married and kiss forever.
“Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance/Silver moon’s sparkling/So kiss me”
15. “Something” by The Beatles
“Something” brilliantly expresses how it’s hard to find the exact word when describing how you feel for your partner. It’s an honest love song like no other.
“Something in the way she moves/Attracts me like no other lover/Something in the way she woos me/I don’t want to leave her now”
Picking the right song for you and your partner to dance to at your wedding isn’t easy with all the many, beautiful options available. In the end, it’s all about choosing the one that makes you smile because you know you’re happy and content with the love you’ve got.