First dance

Written by Marc Robisch

The first dance for a married couple is important because it shows the guests two people coming together as one. It is a moment to share with the person you love most. Whether you are spinning them around in your arms, gently swaying or getting lost in their eyes the first dance is a treasured moment between couples.
Picking the right song can be tough. You want it to sum up how you feel about each other, but it’s hard to put all your feelings together in one song. Here are some great first dance wedding songs:

Troye Sivan – ‘WILD’

Australian singer Troye Sivan, released his debut album ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ in December. The lead single, ‘WILD’ is a dream-pop track Troye wrote about being infatuated with someone else. He sings about how he can’t get the person he loves out of his mind and the love he feels. Troye may be young, but he can write one hell of a romantic song. The dreamy chorus is a perfect match for a happy couple head over heels with each other.

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Nat King Cole – ‘Unforgettable’

Do you want something slow and classic as your first dance? Look no further than Nat King Cole. ‘Unforgettable’ is simple, and it is great for the couple looking to have a moderate reception. Let Nat King Cole’s smooth voice take you and your partner away to a wonderful place.

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Beyonce – ‘XO’

Beyonce has one of the strongest voices in music. She can sing a club banger or a power ballad anytime. Queen B slows things down a bit on ‘XO’. Beyonce has a bit of a gravelly tone to her voice and it blends perfectly with the echoed production. There is a joyous element to ‘XO’ that will leave everyone in the room with a smile on their face.

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Frank Sinatra – ‘The Way You Look Tonight’

You can’t go wrong with Frank Sinatra. The man has some of the most classic songs ever. Some people may feel a bit uncomfortable with a super slow song as their first dance, so ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ is a great alternative to a moody slow jam. Dance happily with the one you love to Ol’ Blue Eyes, and let the fun begin.

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Madonna – ‘Ghosttown’

‘Ghosttown’, one of Madonna’s newer songs, is one that encompasses vulnerability and strength at the same time. Madonna said the theme of ‘Ghosttown’ is there are the two last people on Earth, everything is in ruins and all you have is each other. Your wedding is a big deal, but look past all the dresses, flowers and food, and see what it’s really about: the one you love. At the end of the day, you will always have each other — that’s what ‘Ghosttown’ is about.

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Etta James – ‘At Last’

‘At Last’ is one of the most popular first dance songs at weddings. It is a classic that can’t be topped. Etta James has a special kind of soul to her voice, and ‘At Last’ really encapsulates all the feelings you have for your significant other: after searching years, you’ve finally found the love of your life.

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Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’

Ed Sheeran is one of the most popular singer-songwriters today. ‘Thinking Out Loud’ became an instant classic as soon as it was released. The soft rock/soul sound is what Sheeran does best, and the romantic melodies of the track are delicate and sweet. Grab your lover and gently sway to the warm lyrics of ‘Thinking Out Loud’.

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Jack Johnson – ‘Better Together’

Jack Johnson is one the most well-known acoustic rock acts today. His music brings a smile to anyone’s face. As soon as he starts strumming his guitar, Jack transports you to a warm beach far away where it’s only you and your love. ‘Better Together’ is perfect for a destination wedding. No better artist to listen to on the beach than Jack Johnson.

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Adele – ‘Make You Feel My Love’

Adele is one hell of an artist. She can strike a chord in almost anyone with her mezzo-soprano voice and heartfelt lyrics. This Bob Dylan cover is one of the most popular songs in Adele’s discography, and a gem from her first album. Adele is a great choice for a first dance because her songs are honest and relatable. If you are having trouble trying to write down how your significant other makes you feel, listen to Adele — you might find some inspiration.

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One Direction – ‘You & I’

The most popular boy band in the world surely doesn’t have any good songs for weddings, right? Wrong! ‘You & I’ is more mature than One Direction’s earlier work. It is an acoustic guitar led ballad with lyrics that talk about nobody being able to separate you from your true love. The calm verses and chorus build to a cinematic crescendo at the end that will help start your wedding off right.

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Ellie Goulding – ‘Love Me Like You Do’

‘Love Me Like You Do’, one of the most popular songs of 2015 is also one of the most romantic. This track from the ‘50 Shades of Grey’ soundtrack is an electro pop power ballad with heavy synths and drums. The person you are marrying should have a special power over you. Every time he or she kisses, touches or hugs you, you want more. That is exactly what ‘Love Me Like You Do’ is all about. The uncontrollable love you feel for someone whenever you are near them.

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Norah Jones – ‘Come Away With Me’

This early 2000’s tune is a classic played at many weddings. Norah Jones’ quiet voice blends perfectly with the simple jazz-pop instrumentation. If you do not want something overly dramatic or loud for your first dance, then ‘Come Away With Me’ is a great choice. It won’t distract you or any of your guests from the love you and your partner share.

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John Legend – ‘All of Me’

‘All of Me’ is a delicate piano ballad that topped charts worldwide in 2014. John Legend’s vocals are displayed beautifully, and the piano driven production can stop your heart instantly with its warmth. John Legend sings of giving his all to his love, going full-throttle with his heart. It is a straightforward and oh so beautiful ballad.

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Jason Mraz – ‘I Won’t Give Up’

‘I Won’t Give Up’ is a superb track if you want your first dance to start off slow and then build up to something a little more energetic. Jason Mraz starts the song off with a delicate acoustic guitar, and then builds to a melody with a backing choir. Have your first dance be this wispy folk pop tune, and never forget this special moment.

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The Beatles – ‘Something’

If you go with a Beatles song for your first dance, then you are guaranteed something good. It’s The Beatles, what more could you expect? This track from Abbey Road, is one of the most critically and commercially successful songs from The Beatles. If the woman you are marrying fills your head completely will thoughts of love, then consider ‘Something’ for your first dance. The Beatles are iconic songwriters, so why not have some of their most beloved songs play at your wedding?

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Louis Armstrong – ‘La Vie En Rose’

Louis Armstrong, the master trumpet player is one of the most famous musicians of all time. His raspy voice is known worldwide, and has helped couples fall in love for decades. ‘La Vie En Rose’ opens with a minute and a half of instrumentation. Everyone will stop what they are doing and focus on you: the happy couple. The lyrics of ‘La Vie En Rose’ speak of infatuation and desire. Louis is perfect for expressing just how infatuated you are for your significant other.

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Rod Stewart – ‘Moon River’

Marriage is a new beginning. It’s the start of you and your partner’s journey through life together. Rod Stewart’s ‘Moon River’ is about two people going down the river of life together: wherever one goes, the other will follow. You are off to see the world, and there is no better person to share it with than the person you love.

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Van Morrison – ‘Crazy Love’

Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, encapsulates everything you feel about the woman you love perfectly in ‘Crazy Love’. The acoustic melody is full of soul, and Van Morrison’s voice is beautifully soft. A woman who drives a man crazy in love is one to keep, so let Van Morrison express how you feel about her with this song.

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U2 – ‘All I Want is You’

The most important thing at your wedding is the loved shared between you and your partner. Diamonds are nice and gold is sweet, but love is the most important thing. ‘All I Want is You’ expresses how love triumphs over all other things. The string arrangements on ‘All I Want is You’ make for one hell of a euphoric experience. Get lost in each other’s arms while Bono’s out of this world voice takes you away.

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David Gray – ‘The One I Love’

‘The One I Love’ is a soft rock ballad that talks about declaring your love for someone. In it, English singer-songwriter David Gray, tells the repo man and all the stars above he’s found the one he loves. Your wedding is a celebration of finding the one person you love. Declare to everyone in attendance that you found them, and you’re going to be together forever.


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