60 First Dance Wedding Songs That Celebrate Your Love Story

Get lost in the song that will forever mark the first dance with your true love with a romantic and classic wedding dance song.

Published June 16, 2023
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There are countless memorable moments during a wedding, and the first dance is definitely once of them. Get inspired for your special moment with first dance wedding songs that tell a piece of your love story. From classic romantic ballads to modern pop hits, you might picture yourself dancing to more than one of these song choices for your first dance.

Classic First Dance Wedding Songs

If you want a timeless song for a timeless dance, these classic first dance tunes are an elegant and classy choice. With beautiful lyrics, romantic music, and that certain something from music of days gone by, one of these songs might prove just as immortal as your love.

"At Last" by Etta James

This classic beautifully captures the feeling of finding your forever love.

"Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley

The lyrics of this song from the king of rock express a deep and undeniable love, making it a romantic choice.

"It Had to Be You" by Harry Connick Jr.

This is a classic choice, perfect for a couple that loves old-school romance and the musical stylings of Harry Connick Jr.

"Always and Forever" by Heatwave

A soulful classic promising eternal love, this is a timeless choice for your first dance.

"The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra

This classic tune captures the awe and love you feel for your partner and has been a first dance favorite for decades.

"Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra

Another hit from Sinatra, this upbeat classic is perfect for a couple ready to take on the world together.

"Stand by Me" by Ben E. King

This classic is a declaration of unwavering support and unity, a perfect song about marriage.

"When I Fall in Love" by Nat King Cole

This classic tune is a tender and romantic choice for a first dance.

"L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole

This timeless and catchy song spells out the joy of being in love.

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli

This upbeat classic captures the allure and charm of your loved one.

"Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers

This love song expresses a longing that resonates with many couples, and it might be perfect for your first dance.

"Something" by The Beatles

A song that captures the indescribable feeling of being in love, this Beatles classic is a fun and elegant choice for your wedding.

"I Will" by The Beatles

This simple, heartfelt song is a promise of love and dedication.

"La Vie En Rose" by Édith Piaf (or Louis Armstrong)

A beautiful, classic French song that speaks of seeing life through rose-colored glasses when in love.

"Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

This song is a soulful classic about wanting to stay together through it all.

"God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys

This classic song is about the inability to imagine life without your loved one.

"Endless Love" by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

The title alone makes this duet a fitting choice for a first dance.

Modern Pop Weddings Songs for Your First Dance

If you're looking for a well-known love song recorded after 1999, look no further than the poppy love ballads of today. These songs have an upbeat tempo, sweet lyrics, and a voice your wedding guests will most likely recognize.

"Everything" by Michael Bublé

"Everything" has an upbeat rhythm and loving lyrics to make for a sweet dance.

"Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran

A modern classic with a beautiful melody and romantic lyrics, you'll get lost in the magic of the moment with this Ed Sheeran hit.

"Perfect" by Ed Sheeran

This romantic modern hit captures the feeling of finding your perfect match and the perfection of beholding your loved one on your wedding day.

"Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars

"Just the Way You Are" celebrates accepting and loving your partner and being so in awe of how amazing you think they are.

"Fallin' All in You" by Shawn Mendes

A sweet pop tune about falling deeply in love, dance the night away to "Fallin' All in You."

"Lover" by Taylor Swift

A sweet, romantic song that's perfect for couples in love or for couples who just love Taylor. "Lover" is an upbeat and sultry pop song for your first dance.

"I Choose You" by Sara Bareilles

An upbeat and heartfelt song about choosing one's partner, "I Choose You" is perfect for spending a few minutes in each others' arms.

Country First Dance Songs

If country tunes fit your vibe or the style of your wedding, you just have to use a classic country love song for your first dance. From 90s country classics to more recent releases, these songs tell sweet and slow stories of love that lasts a lifetime.

"Amazed" by Lonestar

A country hit about being constantly in awe of your partner's love, Lonestar brings romance to 90s country with "Amazed."

"From This Moment On" by Shania Twain

"From This Moment On" is a lovely dedication from one partner to another, perfect for a wedding.

"You're Still the One" by Shania Twain

A romantic country hit about love that stands the test of time.

"Speechless" by Dan + Shay

"Speechless" perfectly captures the awestruck moment of seeing your bride walk down the aisle.

"In Case You Didn't Know" by Brett Young

This modern country hit expresses deep love and appreciation for a partner.

"The Bones" by Marren Morris

'The Bones" celebrates a love that is solid and can weather any storm.

Soulful & Sultry First Dance Songs

Whether it's the lyrics that make you melt or the soft, slow melody that touches your heart, these songs are just plain romantic. From every genre and every decade, you can't go wrong with a first dance song the exudes romance.

"Make You Feel My Love" by Adele

This Adele hit is a beautifully tender song about deep, unwavering love.

"All of Me" by John Legend

It's a heartfelt song about loving all of someone, making it a perfect first dance choice.

"Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones

This soft and slow song invites your partner to a life of shared adventures.

"When a Man Loves a Woman" by Percy Sledge

A soulful, classic tune about deep love and sacrifice, this song stands the test of time for your first dance.

"Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop" by Landon Pigg

This indie love song is perfect for couples who had a unique or quaint beginning.

"By Your Side" by Sade

A soulful song that reassures the partner of always being there for them.

"I Could Not Ask for More" by Edwin McCain

A sentimental song that appreciates the current moment in love.

"When You Say Nothing at All" by Ronan Keating

This sweet song recognizes the love that goes unspoken, but not unfelt.

"Your Song" by Elton John

A romantic, timeless classic that adds a personal touch to your first dance.

"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton

"Wonderful Tonight" perfectly captures the admiration for your partner's beauty.

"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri

The Twilight hit speaks about waiting forever for true love.

"First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes

"First Day of My Life" is about realizing the beginning of a deep love.

"Have I Told You Lately" by Van Morrison

"Have I Told You Lately" is a reminder of the importance of expressing love regularly.

"Crazy Love" by Van Morrison

A soft and simple tune that praises a deep and passionate love.

"Grow Old With Me" by Mary Chapin Carpenter

"Grow Old With Me" helps you look forward to a future together.

"The One" by Kodaline

A touching indie song written specifically about a wedding.

"You and Me" by Lifehouse

"You and Me" is all about the magic of just being together.

"The Luckiest" by Ben Folds

"The Luckiest" beautifully expresses the feeling of being incredibly lucky in love.

"Everything I Do (I Do it for You)" by Bryan Adams

This Bryan Adams song is a powerful declaration of love and dedication.

"More Than Words" by Extreme

"More Than Words" emphasizes that actions speak louder than words when it comes to expressing love.

"Better Together" by Jack Johnson

With this relaxed, sweet song, Jack Johnson celebrates the simple joy of being together.

"I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz

A song about the determination and commitment required in love, it's a beautiful wedding dance choice.

"Marry Me" by Train

This tender song by Train is perfect for a wedding, with its direct marriage proposal.

"I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder

In this sweet song, Stevie Wonder emphasizes the simple, everyday love between a couple.

"You Are the Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne

This upbeat tune celebrates finding your best thing - your partner.

"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston

A powerful, soulful declaration of enduring love. Whitney's hit can certainly be used as a promise of enduring love during a first dance.

Rock First Dance Wedding Songs

No one sings about love quite like the rock bands and artists of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. These classic rock songs give you the chance to have fun with your first dance and do more than just slow dance. The rest of your wedding party won't be able to resist joining in.

"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship

An upbeat, fun 80s hit about unstoppable love.

"You're My Best Friend" by Queen

This rock classic is great for couples who have a strong bond of friendship.

"I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith

A powerful love song expressing deep affection and desire to cherish every moment together.

"Faithfully" by Journey

A promise of forever in a classic rock song as timeless as your love for each other.

Find Your Forever Love Song

This is the song that will send you right back to your wedding day every time you hear it, so you want to choose wisely. Find the song that best describes your love for each other and best fits your relationship. Don't forget to have a little fun with it too!

60 First Dance Wedding Songs That Celebrate Your Love Story