Nothing makes cuter and more striking wedding photos than the snapshots taken while you and your partner glide across the dance floor. Just imagine this: you’ll share some laughs as you talk sweet nothings, you’ll hear the dreamy sighs of your family and friends fill the entire room, and you’ll feel every ache and pressure just to build your dream wedding melt away while you’re in the arms of the one you love.
It’s your very first dance as a married couple—what’s the music playing in your head?
Maybe it’s the tune that was playing when you and your partner first met or when he presented you with the diamond ring of your dreams. Perhaps it’s the one they dedicated to you while they first said “I love you,” or maybe it’s what a band, a choir, or an orchestra performed during one of your dates.
If it’s not one of those, that’s perfectly fine. A good song will set the right tone as you dance together. It may even become “your song” right after your wedding day!
When choosing a song for your first dance, think about the genre, tempo, and style that appeals to you. However, what’s most important is how it makes you and your partner feel when you hear it.
If you haven’t found the perfect first dance song to waltz or boogie to, here are the ten favorite wedding songs to dance to over the years.
“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
This is probably the first tune you’ll think about when brainstorming for wedding songs you and your partner can dance to. Thinking Out Loud became an instant classic the moment it was released. The song even won Song of the Year at The Grammys in 2016 and for a pretty good reason. It’s catchy and it’s just at the right tempo—neither too slow nor too fast.
“Your Song” by Elton John
Your Song proves to be one of the most enduringly popular songs folks choose as their first dance wedding song. And we can’t blame them! It remains a classic due to its timeless lyrics and enchanting melody that you can effortlessly slow dance to.
“Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur
Maybe love was in the air in 2016 because a lot of danceable and heartwarming love songs came from this year—including this hit. With swoon-worthy lyrics about committing to a future together, it’s not a surprise that this song is getting really popular at weddings.
“At Last” by Etta James
No first dance song list would be complete without Etta James’ At Last. From her stunning vocals to the lyrics that proclaim an endearing love, this song will definitely keep being requested for years and years to come. It’s perfect for all the romantics out there.
“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
Another utterly romantic song to sway back and forth to is Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years. Ever since Bella and Edward used this as their wedding song on Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, a lot of couples have taken note of just how passionate this song is.
“Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
Of course, there’s going to be another Ed Sheeran song on this list! The guy’s a genius when it comes to love songs. Dedicated to his wife Cherry, Ed Sheeran’s Perfect is just that—the perfect song to have your first dance to with the person you think is perfectly beautiful.
“L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole
Want to go for something a little more jazzy? Then L-O-V-E is the song for you and your spouse. It’s short and sweet, it’s timeless, and it’s perfect for some gentle swaying here and there. Not only that, absolutely everyone knows and loves it.
“Shut Up And Dance” by Walk The Moon
With just how infectious its beat is, your family and friends will all be itching to join the two of you on the dance floor and bust a couple of moves. Walk The Moon’s Shut Up And Dance is the perfect song for when you don’t necessarily want your first dance to be a slow one.
“Love On Top” by Beyoncé
Who doesn’t love the Queen B? The classic crowd-pleaser, Love On Top is also a great song to dance to when you want something more upbeat and will have you and your partner on your feet. It’s fun, cheerful, and everybody will sing along with it.
“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
If you want something that will well up everyone’s eyes including yours and your partner’s while you dance closely and slowly, Adele’s version of Make You Feel My Love is your top pick. It is sung in the most heartfelt way and has stood the test of time for quite a while. Bonus points for it being pretty easy to dance to.
While all of the songs above are great, there are still a lot out there that you can choose from. The selection can be quite overwhelming, but we hope our list helped narrow it down for you. If you’re a musical duo, you can also look into playing an original love song that the two of you composed and use that as the tune for your first dance. This will make for a unique wedding moment that neither you as a couple nor your guests will ever forget.
Whatever song you end up picking, it’ll become something that is yours once you hit the dance floor with your partner as it will contain beautiful and unforgettable memories of a very, very special day.