First Dance Songs for Weddings

Bride and groom dancing together at a wedding.

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Your first dance as a couple is rife with anticipation. You'll likely be overwhelmed with emotion already as it is your wedding day after all. Not to mention, for those few minutes, all eyes are on you. Choosing a wedding song that holds special meaning will calm your nerves so you can focus on getting those dance moves right.

First, you'll want to decide how fast or uptempo of a first dance song you want. Most people choose something relatively slow with a 4/4 beat because that's the easiest to dance to. Put on a few random tunes and dance in your living room to see what feels right.

Next, think about what music is especially meaningful to you. Was there music playing the first time you kissed or when you got engaged? Are there lyrics that instantly make one of you think of the other? Is there a passage of music that always makes your heart swell? If your parents have a happy marriage, maybe you want to dance to the same music they did.

If, after asking these questions, you still don't have that one perfect selection, don't worry: Plenty of couples don't have "their song" until they choose a first dance song. Instead, spend some time considering how you'd describe your love, and then seek lyrics and music that fit that description.

It might take a little time to find the perfect first dance song, but the good news is that you can have lots of fun doing so.

You can also consult your vendors. Your wedding band or DJ will most likely have suggestions for you in their repertoire. Just make sure to check the lyrics. Some popular first dance songs choices are actually about heartache or even loss of a loved one.

If you're having trouble coming up with a song, here's a list of popular first dance songs.

  • "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" (Barry White)
  • "Take My Breath Away" (Berlin)
  • "The Rose" (Bette Midler)
  • "Love Is Here to Stay" (Billie Holiday)
  • "Just The Way You Are" (Billy Joel)
  • "She's Got a Way" (Billy Joel)
  • "We've Got Tonight" (Bob Seger)
  • "My Special Angel" (Bobby Helms)
  • "Everything I Own" (Bread)
  • "If" (Bread)
  • "Heaven" (Bryan Adams)
  • "True Love Ways" (Buddy Holly)
  • "Tonight and Forever" (Carly Simon)
  • "You're the Inspiration" (Chicago)
  • "Lady in Red" (Chris de Burgh)
  • "Longer" (Dan Fogelberg)
  • "Endless Love" (Diana Ross & Lionel Richie)
  • "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (Elton John)
  • "Friends" (Elton John)
  • "The One" (Elton John)
  • "Your Song" (Elton John)
  • "Can't Help Falling in Love" (Elvis Presley)
  • "Always" (Erasure)
  • "At Last" (Etta James)
  • "Let It Be Me" (Everly Brothers)
  • "Songbird" (Fleetwood Mac)
  • "The Best Is Yet to Come" (Frank Sinatra)
  • "The Way You Look Tonight" (Frank Sinatra)
  • "If I Loved You" (from Carousel)
  • "As Time Goes By" (from Casablanca)
  • "Some Enchanted Evening" (from South Pacific)
  • "Somewhere" (from West Side Story)
  • "Love Theme to Romeo & Juliet" (from Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet)
  • "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You" (Glenn Medeiros)
  • "Here We Are" (Gloria Estefan)
  • "Beautiful" (Gordon Lightfoot)
  • "It Had To Be You" (Harry Connick, Jr.)
  • "So This Is Love" (James Ingram)
  • "You Are So Beautiful" (Joe Cocker)
  • "Up Where We Belong" (Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes)
  • "Woman" (John Lennon)
  • "I Swear" (John Michael Montgomery)
  • "Chances Are" (Johnny Mathis)
  • "Beautiful in My Eyes" (Joshua Kadison)
  • "So in Love" (k.d. lang)
  • "Don't Know Much" (Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville)
  • "What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong)
  • "Here And Now" (Luther Vandross)
  • "Hero" (Mariah Carey)
  • "Grow Old With Me" (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
  • "Embraceable You" (Nat King Cole)
  • "Unforgettable" (Nat King Cole)
  • "When I Fall In Love" (Nat King Cole)
  • "Marry Me" (Neil Diamond & Buffy Lawson)
  • "When a Man Loves a Woman" (Percy Sledge)
  • "Glory of Love" (Peter Cetera)
  • "After All" (Peter Cetera & Cher)
  • "Wedding Song (There Is Love)" (Petula Clark)
  • "Perhaps Love" (Placido Domingo & John Denver)
  • "Forever and Ever, Amen" (Randy Travis)
  • "You Are the Everything" (R.E.M.)
  • "Unchained Melody" (Righteous Brothers)
  • "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love for You" (Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson)
  • "Truly Madly Deeply" (Savage Garden)
  • "Kiss From a Rose" (Seal)
  • "Dreaming of You" (Selena)
  • "You're Still the One" (Shania Twain)
  • "From This Moment" (Shania Twain & Bryan White)
  • "If I Never Knew You" (Shanice Wilson & Jon Secada)
  • "True" (Spandau Ballet)
  • "I Believe (When I Fall in Love)" (Stevie Wonder)
  • "Ma Cherie Amour" (Stevie Wonder)
  • "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (Stevie Wonder)
  • "Give a Little Bit" (Supertramp)
  • "Eternal Flame" (The Bangles)
  • "I Will" (The Beatles)
  • "In My Life" (The Beatles)
  • "Something" (The Beatles)
  • "We've Only Just Begun" (The Carpenters)
  • "In the Still of the Night" (The Five Satins)
  • "I Only Have Eyes for You" (The Flamingos)
  • "Dream a Little Dream" (The Mamas and The Papas)
  • "A Groovy Kind of Love" (The Mindbenders)
  • "Oh How the Years Go By" (Vanessa Williams)
  • "Will You Marry Me?" (Vonda Shepard)
  • "Hold Me" (Whitney Houston & Teddy Pendergrass)
  • "One Moment in Time" (Whitney Houston)

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