Choosing Your First Dance Song (with 200+ suggestions!)

Choosing Your First Dance Song (with 200+ suggestions!)

First Dance Song

Your first dance song is probably the most memorable song of your life.  It is the song that defines your relationship and introduces you as a married couple.  All eyes will be on you and all ears will be awaiting a romantic lyric or sweet tune.  Choosing this all-important song is no easy feat.  But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with selections from country to acoustic, from traditional to modern, so that all your guests leave the dance floor with a tear in their eye whispering, “That song was so them!”

 

 

Newer Country First Dance Song

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Do you want your first dance song to be to a newer top 40 country song?  If you’re a modern country girl or guy, these tunes will have you tapping your cowboy boots and dreaming of romantic summer days relaxing with your sweetie. Which country crooner makes you move? Take a look at our list below, or check out our YouTube playlist with all 40 songs!

  1. Making Memories of Us – Keith Urban
  2. Then – Brad Paisley
  3. Bless The Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
  4. Hey Pretty Girl – Kip Moore
  5. Til My Last Dane – Justin Moore
  6. Come A Little Closer – Dierks Bentley
  7. Love Story – Taylor Swift
  8. History in The Making – Darius Rucker
  9. Marry Me – Martina McBride & Train
  10. God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton
  11. You Are – Jimmy Wayne
  12. Love Your Love The Most – Eric Church
  13. Lost In This Moment – Big & Rich
  14. Belongs To You – Emerson Drive
  15. When You Got A Good Thing – Lady Antebellum
  16. Center Of My World – Chris Young
  17. Inside Your Heaven – Carrie Underwood
  18. All For You – Keith Urban
  19. She’s Everything – Brad Paisley
  20. I Melt – Rascal Flatts
  21. Your Man – Josh Turner
  22. I Love You This Big – Scotty McCreery
  23. Wanted – Hunter Hayes
  24. Here – Rascal Flatts
  25. Wrapped Up In You – Garth Brooks
  26. Whatever It Is – Zac Brown Band
  27. Our – Taylor Swift
  28. I Could Not Ask For More – Sara Evans
  29. The One – Gary Allan
  30. Makin’ Plans – Miranda Lambert
  31. Oh Love – Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood
  32. A Thousand Horses – Smoke
  33. Somebody Like You – Keith Urban
  34. This Love – Leann Rimes
  35. I’ll Take Care of You – Dixie Chicks
  36. Who I Am – Jessica Andrews
  37. I’ll Wait For You – Joe Nichols
  38. I Need You – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
  39. To Know Love – Little Big Town
  40. Love Song – Miranda Lambert

 

Older Country First Dance Song

Canola Field Wedding Photos

So perhaps you’re a little bit country, but you’re also a little bit old school. Perfect! Country artists have been belting out love songs since before you were born.  One of these songs would make a great first dance song – especially for those with deep country roots. Which traditional country tune makes you melt?

Take a look at our list below or check out our YouTube Playlist with all 40 songs:

  1. I’ll Still Be Loving You – Restless Heart
  2. I Cross My Heart – George Strait
  3. I Swear – John Michael Montgomery
  4. Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray
  5. I Don’t Dance – Lee Brice
  6. Amazed – Lonestar
  7. It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
  8. When You Say Nothing At All – Alison Krauss
  9. Look At Us – Vince Gill
  10. Cowboy Take Me Away – Dixie Chicks
  11. I Believe In You – Don Williams
  12. You Saved Me – Patty Loveless
  13. If I Needed You – Townes Van Zandt
  14. Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
  15. When Love Finds You – Vince Gill
  16. She Said Yes – Rhett Akins
  17. Walk Through This World With Me – George Jones
  18. Your Love Amazes Me – John Berry
  19. Me And You – Kenny Chesney
  20. Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
  21. To Make You Feel My Love – Garth Brooks
  22. Love of My Life – Sammy Kershaw
  23. Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Elvis Presley
  24. Grow Old With Me – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  25. Your Everything – Keith Urban
  26. Just You and I – Crystal Gayle and Eddie Rabbitt
  27. From This Moment On – Shania Twain
  28. You Had Me From Hello – Kenny Chesney
  29. When I Said I Do – Clint Black & Lisa Hartman Black
  30. Lady – Kenny Rogers
  31. I Do (Cherish You) – Mark Wills
  32. All My Life – Kenny Rogers
  33. Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go – Alabama
  34. I Do – Paul Brandt
  35. Forever Love – Reba McEntire
  36. My Best Friend – Tim McGraw
  37. There You Are – Martina McBride
  38. Go There With You – Steven Curtis Chapman
  39. Pledging My Love – Emmylou Harris
  40. I Was Meant To Be With You – Diamond Rio

 

Instrumental First Dance Song

Old Timers Cabin Wedding Reception

Sometimes you just want your first dance to be about you and your new spouse without any lyrics getting in the way.  Instrumental tunes are a great choice to set a romantic scene and help bring the focus back to where it should be.  Check out the list below, from classical to instrumental covers, for a sweet melody that doesn’t need any words to express your love.

Check out our list below or check our YouTube Playlist:

  1. A Thousand Years – Jun Sung Ahn violin cover
  2. A Thousand Years – The Piano Guys
  3. Iris – Vitamin String Quartet
  4. Love Story – Vitamin String Quartet
  5. Love Story – Wedding Piano
  6. Beethoven’s 5 Secrets – The Piano Guys
  7. Marry Me – Timothy Espinosa
  8. My Heart Will Go On – James Horner
  9. My Heart Will Go On – St. Martin’s Symphony of Los Angeles
  10. Storybook Love (Princess Bride Theme) – Mark Knopfler
  11. Romeo and Juliet Love Theme – Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  12. Stay With Me – Vitamin String Quartet
  13.  Such Great Heights – The Section Quartet
  14.  Feels Like Home – Edwina Hayes
  15.  And I Love Her – United Guitar Players
  16.  With or Without You – 2Cellos
  17.  Light My Fire – Threeds
  18.  How To Save A Life – Piano Tribute Players
  19.  Open Arms – Scott D. Davis
  20.  Secrets – Dallas String Quartet
  21.  Forever – Josh Vietti
  22.  I Will Wait – 2Cellos
  23.  Love Me Like You Do – VioDance
  24.  Lay Me Down – Nicholas Yee
  25.  Your Song – Vitamin String Quartet
  26.  Hey There Delilah – Vitamin String Quartet
  27.  I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Vitamin String Quartet
  28. Sweet Home Alabama – The Acoustic Guitar Troubadours
  29.  Hallelujah – Anders Widmark
  30.  Waltz No. 14 in E Minor – Wedding Piano
  31.  Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke
  32.  Sinfonia from Cantata, BWV 29 – Johann Sebastian Bach
  33.  Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major: Prelude, BWV 1007 – Johann Sebastian Bach
  34.  Prelude from Te Deum – Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  35.  Trois pièces brèves – Jacques Ibert
  36. Abdelazer Suite: II. Rondeau – Henry Purcell
  37.  Water Music, Suite no 2, in D major – Händel
  38. Rondeau from Sinfonies de fanfares – Jean-Joseph Mouret
  39.  Suite No. 3 in D major BWV 1068 – Johann Sebastian Bach
  40.  Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major – Johann Sebastian Bach

 

Contemporary Non-Country First Dance Song

Silhouette of first dance

If modern songs and radio hits better define your musical palette, check out the contenders for contemporary first dance songs below.  Many of your favourite artists might surprise you with their sentimental lyrics perfect for a wedding day.

Check out our list below or view our YouTube Playlist:

  1.   All of Me – John Legend
  2.   She Keeps Me Warm – Mary Lambert
  3.  Marry You – Bruno Mars
  4.  Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  5.  Marry Me – Train
  6.  Closer – Tegan & Sara
  7.  One and Only – Adele
  8.  Remedy – Adele
  9.  One Call Away – Charlie Puth
  10.  Over and Over Again – Nathan Sykes ft. Ariana Grande
  11. Last Night On Earth – Green Day
  12.  Hold On – Michael Buble
  13.  XO – Beyonce
  14.  I Choose You – Sara Bareilles
  15.  I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
  16.  How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  17.  Latch – Disclosure ft. Sam Smith
  18.  Green Eyes – Cold Play
  19.  A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  20.  Love On Top – Beyonce
  21.  You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  22. I Think I’m In Love – Beck
  23. I’ll Follow You Into The Dark – Death Cab For Cutie
  24.  True Love – Pink ft. Lily Allen
  25.  Lucky – Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Caillat
  26.  Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
  27.  Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
  28.  Coming Home – Leon Bridges
  29. Run, Run, Run – Kelly Clarkson ft. John Legend
  30. If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
  31.  Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
  32.  Everything – Michael Buble
  33.  Crazy In Love – Beyonce ft. Jay Z
  34.  You Got The Love – Florence + The Machine
  35.  Run – Leona Lewis
  36.  Still Into You – Paramore
  37. Love – Matt White
  38.  Home – Phillip Phillips
  39.  You and I – Ingrid Michaelson
  40.  Better Together – Jack Johnson
  41. I Get to Love you – Ruelle
  42. Joseph Pfeifer – My Heart is Yours

 

Older Non-Country Song

Banff Springs Wedding

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! There’s a reason these classic first dance songs are still being played by modern couples.  Throw it back to your parents’ day and age with an oldie but a goodie.  Which traditional first dance song perfectly sums up your forever?

Check out our list below, or view the videos in our YouTube playlist:

1) Faithfully – Journey
2) Open Arms – Journey
3) Tiny Dancer – Elton John
4) Your Song – Elton John
5) In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
6) Truly, Madly, Deeply – Savage Garden
7) Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
8) Someone Like You – Van Morrison
9) The Best of Times – Styx
10) Feeling Good – Nina Simone
11) Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke
12) Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan
13) It Had To Be You – Frank Sinatra
14) Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
15) I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
16) All I Want Is You – U2
17) What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
18) Stand By Me – John Lennon
19) Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
20) Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
21) That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding
22) These Arms of Mine – Otis Redding
23) Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
24) Song for The Asking – Simon and Garfunkel
25) Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
26) At Last – Etta James
27) The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennet
28) Let’s Do It – Ella Fitzgerald
29) I’ll Cover You – Rent (The Musical)
30) As The World Falls Down – David Bowie
31) That’s All – Nat King Cole
32) Harvest Moon – Neil Young
33) La Vie En Rose – Louis Armstrong
34) Blackbird – The Beatles
35) When I’m 64 – The Beatles
36) Hallelujah – Ray Charles
37) Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray
38) You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
39) You and I – Stevie Wonder
40) By Your Side – Sade

 

Acoustic First Dance Song

Wedding Band Moose Jaw

The first dance is the perfect time to slow it down with a heartfelt minimalist acoustic tune.  See below for a list of acoustic originals and covers that aren’t afraid to get romantic.  Which one of these stripped down songs will you and your sweetie be swaying to?

Take a look at the list below of check out some of the songs in our YouTube playlist:

1) You and Me – You+Me
2) You Are In Love – Mackenzie Johnson
3) Wonderwall – Ryan Adams
4) I Was Made For You – She and Him
5) L.O.V.E. – Joss Stone
6) Angel – Jack Johnson
7) I Want To Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler
8) Forever – Ben Harper
9) XO – John Mayer
10) Stay With Me – Angus & Julia Stone
11) Better Together – Us the Duo
12) We Found Love – Boyce Avenue
13) Happy – Skylar Stecker
14) Imagine – Jack Johnson
15) 500 Miles – Haley and Michaels
16) Heaven – Brandi Carlile
17) All of Me – Boyce Avenue
18) Electric Love – Madilyn Bailey
19) Your Song – Ellie Goulding
20) Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Hailey Reinhart
21) Crazy In Love – Daniela Andrade
22) Yours Forever – Dara Maclean
23) We Found Love – Tyler Ward
24) Paris In June – Johnnyswim
25) Room – Jillian Edwards
26) The Girl – City and Colour
27) Conversations With Stars – Brightwood
28) Oh Darling – Plug In Stereo
29) Easy to Love – Ivan and Alyosha
30) Wings (Acoustic) – Birdy
31) I See Love – Passenger
32) Can’t Help Falling In Love – Ingrid Michaelson
33) Somewhere Only We Know – Lily Allen
34) My Love (Acoustic) – Jess Glynne
35) Is This Love – Allen Stone
36) Let’s Stay Together – Duan and Only
37) You Are The Sunshine of My Life – Macy Gray
38) Heaven – Boyce Avenue ft. Megan Nicole
39) Hallelujah – Kate Voegele
40) Kindly Unspoken – Kate Voegele