We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: One of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding is choosing the music for your big day. That includes deciding what song you’ll dance to with your brand new spouse.
For couples who have happily danced to “their song” for years, the decision may be a no-brainer. But if not, you may be looking for some guidance in the first dance department. We’ve compiled a list of 11 wedding first dance songs we love, from the classics to the new hits. Take a look at what we came up with — maybe you’ll find your first dance song here.
If this song makes your eyes well up with happy tears, then you’re not alone. Spotify ranks this song number one on their list of Top 50 First Dance Songs. This song speaks tenderly of two people accepting each other for who they are and growing old together — exactly the feelings you want to remember from your wedding day.
This crooner classic is perfect for the couple who wants a more jazzy, soulful sound for their first dance. It’s definitely a slow dance number, but the upbeat tempo keeps it from being overly sentimental and sets the party mood for the rest of your reception.
This song’s tell the story of a couple whose time “took a long time to come” but are now finally together. If that sounds familiar, you may want to consider dancing to this song at your wedding (bonus points if your wedding falls on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day).
Sometimes when you find the one person you want to spend the rest of your life with, other things suddenly seem to matter less. That’s the feeling this ballad sings about. This song covers a nice middle ground between country and pop, so your guests who are anti-country music won’t mind if you dance a little longer to this one.
Unlike the previous number, this song falls solidly into the country music category, thanks to Randy Travis’s deep twang. However, it’s got a nice, spunky beat that will help kick off your reception with high energy.
This number is the quintessential first dance song. Its lyrics sing jubilantly of a love that has finally come to fruition, but its slow, swaying melody is perfect for soaking in the moment with your new spouse. It’s also a bit shorter than other songs on this list, so if you’re not one for the spotlight, this might be just the song for you.
This is another song with a beat that’s a bit faster than your typical slow dance, but just listen to the lyrics and you’ll see why we have to include it in this list. This song is all about admiring the person you’re with and wanting to remember the moment. And unlike some other songs, this song isn’t gender-specific, making it applicable to nearly any couple.
Looking for a modern take on oldies sound? Then Michael Bublé is your man. This song has a nice, poppy feel but its lyrics are incredibly sweet and relatable. After all, your new spouse isn’t just your your husband or wife … they’re your everything.
Here’s another song about loving your partner for who they are. This one’s a bit newer (it came out in 2010), so it may resonate more with a younger couple. However, the feelings it conveys are universal — you think your partner is amazing, and that’s exactly why you love them.
This tender song comes with an unexpected reggae beat that’s great for a couple who isn’t into super-slow dancing. However, the pause in the middle of the first chorus provides the perfect moment for an epic, sweeping dip. That, plus the sweet refrain of, “this is our fate/I’m yours” make it a solid choice for a first dance song.
No list of wedding first dance songs would be complete without this John Legend song. This song is a newer one, but it’s struck a major chord with couples since its release in 2013. It’s another top Spotify pick, clocking in at number four on their list thanks to its slow piano melody and wholesome, heartfelt lyrics. Play this song for your first dance and we can almost guarantee there won’t be a dry eye in the house.
Choose the perfect song to commemorate your big day
Years after your wedding day, you may not remember which cousins came or what you served for dinner. But what you will remember is the song that played while you danced with your new spouse for the first time and the way you felt in that moment.