Here is our list of the Top 20 Best songs to choose from for your Wedding First Dance for 2023.
When it comes to your wedding first dance, there is no one size fits all approach to this special tradition. That being said, there are certain dance numbers couples return to time and time again.
Some couples prefer more contemporary artists such as Ed Sheeran or John Legend, while quite a number still choose more traditional numbers such as Elvis Presley or Stevie Wonder.
With such a wide array of wonderful love songs to choose from, it is no surprise that some couples find themselves overcome by this decision. We have therefore carved out some of our top picks for your wedding first dance song all in one convenient location.
By the way, here is our advise on how to choose the perfect first dance song for you.
1 - ‘Amazed’, by Lonestar
This classic love ballad is still a fan favourite even today. The melody makes it a wonderful song to choreograph and always cultivates a fluent and natural first dance.
2 - ‘All of me’ John Legend
This contemporary ballad is a hit among younger couples and is always an elegant choice for a modern wedding.
3 - ‘At Last’ Etta James
This captivating classic is always a beloved first dance choice - and a favourite among wedding guests and couples of all ages.
4 - ‘Give me Love’ Ed Sherran
These days, Ed Sheeran appears frequently on wedding day playlists. This is because his love ballads resonate with both couples and guests alike and make for a romantic and intimate first dance moment. Ed Sherran’s “Perfect’ could also be a great option here.
5 - ‘You are the Best Thing’ Ray La Montagne
La Montagne’s simple ballad is a great option for couples who want to avoid a slow ballroom dance but instead prefer a song with an upbeat tempo. Unlike other livelier options - this song does not demand elaborate or dynamic dance moves. You can still create a simple and sophisticated routine while keeping the crowd engaged.
6 - ‘Moon River’ Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra’s ‘Moon River’ is a classic wedding dance song with wonderful lyrics and tempo to set the tone for your first dance moment. This is perfect for couples preferring a slower melody to dance along to. Also a great choice to complement a classic wedding theme as it creates the ultimate romantic moment. Here are Moon River's Lyrics.
7 - ‘Your Song’ Elton John
‘Your song’ enjoys a wonderful soft melody for those of you who may be a little nervous about your first dance. It can be simply choreographed and always engages the crowd. For a modern twist, you could always opt to use Ellie Goulding’s rendition of the same song.
8 - ‘Your Precious Love’ Erykah Badu
You won’t get more romantic than Erykah Badu’s beloved first dance anthem. This is a soulful tune that will be sure to get the whole crowd involved in your special moment. This song is a great option for a smooth transition when you welcome your guests onto the dance floor with you.
9 - ‘Only Love’ Ben Howard
Ben Howard’s love ballads are a beautiful option for those with a boho or outdoor wedding theme.
10 - ‘Re:stacks’ Bon Iver
Similarly, Bon Iver’s simple music style with a slow tempo and sentimental lyrics match wonderfully for a boho-chic wedding theme.
11 - ‘You’ve Got the Love’ Florence + The Machine
Couples are more often renouncing traditional first dance expectations in opting for more upbeat dance routines. If you know you would like to take on a more dynamic routine to get the crowd energised, Florence + The Machine is a great option. Your wedding party will be ready to dance the night away after this performance.
12 - ‘Love on Top’ Beyonce
This is a sure crowd pleaser if you do want a more spirited first dance anthem. However, this song may require more complex dance moves. So be sure you are comfortable with this before launching in. You may also want to consider your outfits and footwear for this one!
13 - ‘Bless The Broken Road’ Rascal Flatts
This beautiful ballad is perfect for fans of country music - and the tempo can be easily adjusted to suit your dance skills.
14 - ‘Grow old with me’ Tom Odell
This is the ultimate choice for true romantics. The tempo livens up in parts making it a great option for couples who don’t want to perform a slow ballroom dance while nonetheless keeping the romance alive.
15 - ‘Better Together’ – Jack Johnson
This is a highly requested first dance option that has stood the test of time. It is light-hearted and catchy so your guests will be sure to sing along. An ideal choice for couples who want to create a loving moment without seeming overly soppy or sentimental.
16 - ‘Everything’ Michael Bublé
We cannot compile a list of wedding first dance songs without mentioning Michael Bublé. This upbeat romantic ballad is an ideal option. It is easy to choreograph with a soft tempo - many couples opt for a simple two-step to compliment this music choice.
17 - ‘Elvis Presley’ Can’t Help Falling in Love with You
A classic wedding theme requires a classic first dance song, and you cannot get more timeless than Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with You’. This will resonate with young and old and is sure to create cherished moments to last a lifetime.
18 - ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ The Branches
If you want to take the non-traditional route, this is a wonderful way to get the party started. If you do opt for something more ‘out there’ be sure your wedding band or DJ can play the rendition you want.
19 - Lionel Richie - ‘Endless Love’ ft. Shania Twain
If you don’t mind dancing to the sound of your singing wedding party, this is a wonderful option that everyone will be familiar with. It is a sentimental choice that can be easily choreographed whatever your dancing experience.
20 - ‘Make You Feel my Love’ Adele
While many of Adele’s lyrical ballads centre on heartbreak - this is a sure exception. This romantic song is sure to create memories that will stay with you and your loved ones for years to come.
And many….many more! While you may find something suited to you here - there are many love songs to choose from and this in no way offers an exhaustive list.
This ends our list of the 20 best songs to choose from for your Wedding First Dance this year. We hope you find inspiration!
21 - "Fly with Me" Scott Topper
And here is a beautiful new song by Scott Topper that I just add to that list! You can listen to it here.
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