First dance song ideas

Unless you and your fiance have known what ‘your song’ was since your first date, choosing the music for your first dance is probably one of those jobs you have been putting off for another day. For the traditionalists and romantics among you nothing beats the classic first dance songs, but if you find these make you cringe here are some first dance song ideas.

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Classic first dance songs

If you’ve always dreamed of dancing with your husband for the first time to ‘Endless love’, by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, or ‘When I fall in love’ by Nat King Cole, then that is the type of song you should choose. Don’t worry about people thinking your choice of song is soppy or cheesy; timeless classics will always be a good choice for the first dance.

Other possibilities for classic first dance tunes include ‘Your song’ or ‘Can you feel the love tonight’ by Elton John, ‘We’ve only just begun’ or ‘Close to you’ by The Carpenters, ‘The best is yet to come’ or ‘Moon River’ by Frank Sinatra, or ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ by Andy Williams.

Fun first dance songs

If you think dancing to a serious love song will have you and your husband in fits of giggles by the second verse, why not choose something that’s intended to be funny? Look for something so overly soppy that it’s obviously meant to be silly, or find something tongue-in-cheek that will make your guests smile.

Some suggestions for fun first dance songs could include ‘I think I love you’ by The Partridge Family, ‘Ain’t that a kick in the head’ by Dean Martin, ‘Sometimes when we touch’ by Dan Hill, or ‘Oh what a night’ by The Four Seasons.

Rock’n’Roll first dance songs

If you and your fiance prefer rock music to fluffy love songs, look for a slow ballad for your first dance as husband and wife.

Possible choices include ‘I don’t want to miss a thing’ by Aerosmith, ‘Head over feet’ by Alanis Morissette, ‘Wild horses’ by The Rolling Stones, ‘May this be love’ by Jimi Hendrix, or ‘Rock’n’roll with me’ by David Bowie.

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Country first dance songs

If you’re a big fan of country music, let that influence the choice for your first dance. Cowboy hats and boots might not go with your wedding gown, but you can still add a country element to your wedding with these first dance songs:


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‘The vows go unbroken’ or ‘I’ll be there for you’ are perfect first dance tunes by Kenny Rogers. You could also choose ‘Pledging my love’ by Emmylou Harris, ‘If tomorrow never comes’ by Garth Brooks, or ‘I love the way you love me’ by John Michael Montgomery.

Modern first dance songs

Breaking with tradition and simply choosing a song that you love from those albums you listen to every day, is the perfect way to select your first dance song. Contemporary tunes will truly reflect your personalities and make your first dance unique to you as a couple. Perhaps you could choose a song that was played on your first date, or one from the first CD album your fiance bought for you.

Contemporary first dance songs include ‘Night and day’ or ‘All I want is you’ by U2, ‘Kiss me’ by Sixpence None the Richer, ‘Like someone in love’, by Bjork, or ‘You’re just too good to be true’ by Lauryn Hill.

If you’re still stuck for inspiration, check out the Easy Weddings Top 50 first dance songs. If you can’t find the perfect tune on there, perhaps one of the artists has released something else you love.

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