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60 ultimate first dance wedding songs

Impress your guests and celebrate with our round up of fun and romantic first dance songs

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Chloe Best
Lifestyle Features Editor
February 28, 2023
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The first dance is one of the biggest moments of every couple's wedding day, as the newlyweds take to the dancefloor together for the first time and get their evening party started after the formalities of their ceremony, speeches and wedding breakfast.

But how do you find the perfect first dance song for your special moment? Just like when choosing music for the rest of your wedding, the key is to find a song that is meaningful to you both or that you both love; perhaps the lyrics resonate with you or it reminds you of memories you have shared together.

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Whether you want to opt for a classic and romantic first dance wedding song or would prefer something a little more upbeat or unconventional, we've rounded up 60 of the best first dance wedding songs with something for everyone, along with some of the standout lyrics that make them ideal for your big day.

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They include old favourites like Elton John's Your Song - which Prince William and Princess Kate chose as their first dance song - and the Etta James hit At Last, along with more modern classics such as Ed Sheeran's Perfect and Thinking Out Loud, and Motown songs that will have all your guests ready to join you on the dancefloor to dance the night away.

Classic first dance wedding songs:

You can't go wrong with one of these classic love songs for your first dance.

  • Your Song – Elton John

Lyrics we love: "I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind, that I put down in words, how wonderful life is while you're in the world."

  • Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
  • You are the Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne
  • Stand by Me – Ben E. King
  • Everything – Michael Bublé
  • At Last – Etta James
  • Can't Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley

Lyrics we love: "Take my hand, take my whole life too, for I can't help falling in love with you."

  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  • My Girl – The Temptations

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Upbeat first dance wedding songs:

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Get your party off to a fun start with one of these upbeat first dance songs.

  • This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
  • Can't Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli

Lyrics we love: "At long last love has arrived, and I thank God I'm alive, you're just too good to be true, can't take my eyes off you."

  • Marry You – Bruno Mars
  • How Sweet it is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye
  • All You Need is Love – The Beatles
  • One Day Like This – Elbow
  • God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
  • You and Me Song – The Wannadies

Lyrics we love: "You and me – always – and forever."

  • It Must Be Love – Madness
  • Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
  • Happy – Pharrell Williams
  • You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates

Modern first dance wedding songs:

These modern classics make great choices for your first dance.

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  • Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  • Lover – Taylor Swift
  • Sweetest Devotion - Adele
  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Lyrics we love: "Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars, Place your head on my beating heart, I'm thinking out loud, Maybe we found love right where we are."

  • Grow Old With Me – Tom Odell
  • A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  • I Won't Give Up – Jason Mraz
  • Lucky – Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz
  • Marry Me – Train
  • The Luckiest – Ben Folds
  • Greatest Day – Take That
  • How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding

Lyrics we love: "How long will I love you? As long as stars are above you, And longer if I may."

  • Better Together – Jack Johnson
  • Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
  • Better Half of Me – Tom Walker
  • Pointless – Lewis Capaldi
  • Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  • Say You Won't Let Go – James Arthur

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Soul and R&B first dance wedding songs:

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These beautiful soul and R&B songs are sure to make for a memorable first dance.

  • Let's Stay Together – Al Green

Lyrics we love: "Let's, let's stay together, Lovin' you whether, whether, Times are good or bad, happy or sad."

  • Isn't She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  • If I Ain't Got You – Alicia Keys featuring Usher
  • L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
  • Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours – Stevie Wonder
  • All of Me – John Legend

Lyrics we love: "Give your all to me, I'll give my all to you. You're my end and my beginning, Even when I lose, I'm winning."

  • Endless Love – Lionel Richie and Diana Ross

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Indie/ Alternative first dance wedding songs:

If you love indie music, these first dance wedding songs are for you.

  • First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
  • Skinny Love – Bon Iver
  • I Will Follow You into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
  • Candy – Paolo Nutini
  • Ho Hey – The Lumineers

Lyrics we love: "I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart."

  • You're My Best Friend – Queen
  • Everlong – Foo Fighters
  • Wonderwall – Oasis
  • The Universal – Blur
  • There Will Be Time – Mumford & Sons and Baaba Maal

Lyrics we love: "In the cold light, I live to love and adore you, It's all that I am, It's all that I have. In the cold light, I live, I only live for you, It's all that I am, It's all that I have."

  • Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay

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