25 Classic First Dance Songs for Weddings

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You can’t go wrong with choos­ing a clas­sic first dance song for your first dance as a mar­ried cou­ple. Here are our top 25 clas­sic first dance wed­ding songs.

Why Pick a First Dance Song?

Music is a pow­er­ful tool. When you and your part­ner choose a song that rep­re­sents your love for each oth­er, and dance togeth­er in front of your fam­i­ly and friends, you are cre­at­ing a moment that will for­ev­er remain in your mind. In five, ten, even fifty years, the open­ing strains to that song will bring you back to that mag­i­cal night when you began your life togeth­er. 

Choosing the Right First Dance Song for You.

A first dance song is a very per­son­al choice — but some tunes tend to make their way onto the recep­tion dance floor more than oth­ers. Your final song choice will depend on your per­son­al his­to­ry, tastes in music, and the gen­er­al style and theme of your wed­ding. Some cou­ples like to impress their guests with a chore­o­graphed dance, oth­ers sim­ply hold each oth­er and sway to their favorite song. The choice is ulti­mate­ly all yours.

Our Top First Dance Songs

Over­whelmed by first dance song options? We’ve com­piled a list of some of our per­son­al favorites to help you nar­row down the options.

1. All of Me by John Legend

We’re big fans of John Legend’s vel­vety vocals and this uplift­ing and deeply roman­tic tune about lov­ing your part­ner for exact­ly who they are. 

2. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley

This is one of the all-time clas­sic first dance wed­ding songs, and for good rea­son: it’s just so darn roman­tic. Almost every lyric and melody of this clas­sic con­jures images of two impec­ca­bly dressed lovers, lost in each oth­ers’ arms on the dance floor. 

3. The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

This is one of our ulti­mate favorite first dance songs. This jazzy hit instant­ly cre­ates an ele­gant vibe and pro­vides some great oppor­tu­ni­ties for the hap­py cou­ple to whip out an impres­sive fox­trot or oth­er chore­o­graphed dance moves for their guests.

4. The First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes

No first dance song list would be com­plete with­out the indie love song of the ear­ly 2000’s. Whether you met your beloved as emo teens or on Tin­der as an adult, this throw­back tune will have your heart surg­ing.

5. If I Ever Leave This World Alive by Flogging Molly

Celtic punk band Flog­ging Molly’s aching­ly emo­tion­al ode to love is a pow­er­ful and unique choice for a first dance song. Trust us— this song is a fun way to ensure there won’t be a dry eye in the house.

6. Stars by The Weepies

This gen­tle and lyri­cal indie-folk hit is a love­ly med­i­ta­tion on part­ner­ship, mar­riage, and what hap­pens when two souls embark on a jour­ney togeth­er. “All it takes is a lit­tle faith and a lot of heart, sweet­heart.”

7. Halo by Beyonce

Over the last decade, this tri­umphant Bey­once num­ber has become a first dance wed­ding song sta­ple. “Halo” is sen­ti­men­tal, grate­ful, and begs for a live­ly dance— by the end of this song your guests will be clam­or­ing to join you on the dance­floor.

8. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy by Blood, Sweat and Tears

Have a soft spot for the music styles of the late 60’s? Plan­ning a retro look when you walk down the aisle? Per­fect.  We high­ly rec­om­mend mak­ing your first dance song this 1968 expres­sion of the grat­i­tude and amaze­ment that comes with find­ing the per­fect part­ner.

9. I Never by Rilo Kiley

This dance­able and unique song is a roman­tic state­ment on love that trumps all love— “every­thing, all the good and the bad.”

10. L‑O-V‑E by Nat King Cole

This old school favorite is among the world’s top first dance songs, and we’re here for it. It’s live­ly and sweet, fun to dance to, and a per­fect way to dance into your life as a mar­ried cou­ple. 

11. Lion’s Mane by Iron and Wine

This sen­ti­men­tal and gen­tle med­i­ta­tion on what it means to love and be loved isn’t a typ­i­cal wed­ding song, but it’s absolute­ly beau­ti­ful, and will give you some­thing to think about as you dance with your spouse for the first time.  

12. The Luckiest by Ben Folds

Indie-rock King Ben Folds wrote a doozy of a wed­ding song when he com­posed “The Luck­i­est”. We’ve seen a few show­stop­ping first dances to this sim­ple, piano-led num­ber on the sheer luck of two soul­mates find­ing each oth­er.

13. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys

Can’t imag­ine a world with­out your spouse to be? Per­haps go with this sen­ti­men­tal Beach Boys hit— it’s among the world’s most pop­u­lar first dance wed­ding songs. 

14. Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

This 2010 hit isn’t only a sweet expres­sion of the famil­iar­i­ty of love, it’s also incred­i­bly fun to dance to. We rec­om­mend ask­ing your guests to join you on the dance floor with this one. They’ll love it.

15. Your Song by Elton John

From the sec­ond your guests hear the dis­tinct open­ing piano notes of “Your Song”, half of them will already be in tears. This hope­ful and lov­ing song is one of the most beau­ti­ful and clas­sic first dance wed­ding songs that we know.

16. Cuz I Love You by Lizzo

If your guests are the types that won’t mind a few F‑bombs, this tri­umphant Liz­zo banger makes for an absolute pow­er­house of a first dance. A few years from now, this’ll be known as one of the clas­sics, we just know it. 

17. Bring it on Home to Me by Sam Cooke

This soul clas­sic will give you and yours the oppor­tu­ni­ty to show off some smooth moves and will get your guests ready for a night of danc­ing and mer­ri­ment. 

18. At Last by Etta James

You sim­ply can­not make a list of clas­sic first dance wed­ding songs with­out this Etta James roman­tic mas­ter­piece. Not only are the vocals and mes­sage of this song prac­ti­cal­ly made for a first dance, but the clas­sic also lends itself to a num­ber of dance styles, depend­ing on your tastes and pre­ferred moves.

19. You’re Still the One by Shania Twain

Sha­nia Twain’s 1998 song is a beau­ti­ful state­ment on the work and com­mit­ment that goes into a long part­ner­ship, and how it pays off in droves. Guar­an­teed tear­jerk­er that will also get your guests mov­ing.  

20. You Make Loving Fun by Fleetwood Mac

In the midst of an album about heart­break and good­byes, Chris­tine McVie’s joy­ful “You Make Lov­ing Fun” speaks of the relief that one feels when they final­ly find a rela­tion­ship that clicks. This clas­sic is upbeat and great for a first dance if slow-danc­ing just isn’t your thing.

21. Dreaming of You by Selena

This sweet and heart wrench­ing bal­lad just begs for a beau­ti­ful­ly sweep­ing first dance— and prob­a­bly sums up how you two have been feel­ing in the buildup to your big day.

22. Oh, it is Love by Hellogoodbye

“Oh, say, wouldn’t you like to be old­er and mar­ried with me?”

This 2005 dit­ty is light and airy with its sweet ukulele and gen­tle vocals. This hit also express­es love in a sweet and under­stand­able way which you and your guests will real­ly dig.

23. I’ll Be Your Mirror by The Velvet Underground

Do your part­ner and you see the best in each oth­er, even when you can’t see it in your­selves? If so, then this song is for you. This beau­ti­ful clas­sic about the pow­er of a loved one reflect­ing your good­ness back at you makes for a fun and unique first dance choice.

24. Sunday Candy by Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment

If you haven’t watched the music video for this 2015 song, drop every­thing and check it out imme­di­ate­ly. Not only are the lyrics as sweet as it’s title, but this song will have you want­i­ng to learn all of the videos moves for your first dance. You could even get your brides­maids and grooms­men in on this one, it’s a crowd pleas­er for sure.

25. Manhattan by Ella Fitzgerald

Plan­ning a New York wed­ding? We love Ella Fitzgerald’s melod­ic and icon­ic expres­sion of two lovers turn­ing their favorite city into a roman­tic play­ground. It’s a joy­ful dit­ty, and will be a great back­drop for your killer first dance moves. 

Bonus Track: All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey

Plan­ning a Christ­mas wed­ding? We sim­ply couldn’t NOT rec­om­mend this cult clas­sic. It’s still as fun to rock out to as it was when you were young, and you will be remind­ed of your spe­cial day when this hit makes its annu­al radio rota­tion. 

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