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The 175 Best First Dance Songs of All Time

Find that memorable song that'll help you celebrate your first dance together as newlyweds - here are the best 175 first dance songs of all time, with something for every kind of couple

Couple dancing to the first dance song at their wedding as their guests hold up sparklers

Couple dancing to the first dance song at their wedding as their guests hold up sparklers

The first dance is a classic, much-loved part of wedding tradition; romantic, personal and the signal that the party is about to start. Guests love crowding around to see a couple’s first dance as a married pair. But, let’s face it, choosing the best first dance song – something that is memorable and reflects you as a couple – is not an easy decision. You don’t want to have the same music as everyone else, and at the same time you want to create an unforgettable moment with your partner. So, what’s the right tune for you?

You might be a super cute pair that already has 'our song' but if not, don’t worry, there are some amazing choices out there. The first thing to decide is the vibe you want to create. For some couples a sweet and romantic tune with a choreographed routine is a must, for others, it might be all about the spectacle of creating a funny routine with pals, and others will just want to rock out and get everyone up and dancing. 

There are classics that will set a romantic mood – such as ‘At Last’ by Etta James, ‘It Had To Be You’ by Frank Sinatra and ‘Always On My Mind’ by Elvis Presley – that are perfect if you want to create a slow dance with plenty of opportunities for twirls and dips. Or you can choose something more contemporary and upbeat that you can get more creative with; think ‘Black & White’ by Niall Horan or ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars. If you want something with more of a rock vibe that will get your friends on the dance floor, there are some amazing choices for this, too. Gloucestershire-based Tux Fizz say: “For us it’s anything that gets those feet tapping. Upbeat numbers which never go out of style like Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ or Mr Brightside by The Killers. These never fail to get a wedding crowd going.”

You can think outside of the box, too and get your wedding band to sing something acoustic or stripped back – it’s a great way to make the song even more unique to you. Holly of Dancefloored tells us: “We did a soft, stripped back version of ‘Still Into You’ by Paramore for a first dance song, and it just sounded really lovely in the moment. The bride and groom danced together and then everyone else filled the dance floor. It’s so nice to be able to do that kind of thing and it is a really beautiful song at its heart. What was even better, is that we transitioned straight into the full version, which was an absolute banger.” 

Ready to find your perfect hit? We’ve found 175 of the best first dance songs of all time to suit you, whatever you taste in tunes. We have everything here from vintage classics, to romantic rock, something upbeat, modern favourites and a few alternative hits. 


175 Best First Dance Songs for a Wedding

Best Classic First Dance Songs

Best Rock First Dance Songs

Best Romantic First Dance Songs

Best Upbeat First Dance Songs

Best Modern First Dance Songs

Best Alternative First Dance Songs

32 Best Classic First Dance Songs

1. At Last – Etta James

Lyrics we love… “At last / My love has come along / My lonely days are over / And life is like a song”

2. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

3. All You Need Is Love – The Beatles 

Lyrics we love… “Nothing you can make that can't be made / No one you can save that can't be saved / Nothing you can do, but you can learn how to be you in time / It's easy / All you need is love.”

4. L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole

5. Your Song – Elton John

Lyrics we love… “I hope you don't mind / That I put down in the words / How wonderful life is while you're in the world.”

6. You Send Me – Sam Cooke

7. Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland

Lyrics we love… “Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue / And the dreams that you dare to dream / Really do come true”

8. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

9. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

Lyrics we love… “But long as there are stars above you / You never need to doubt it / I’ll make you so sure about it / God only knows what I'd be without you"

10. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley

11. Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers

Lyrics we love… ”And time goes by so slowly / And time can do so much / Are you still mine?”

12. You’re All I Need to Get By – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

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13. The Very Thought of You – Billie Holiday

Lyrics we love… "I see your face in every flower / Your eyes in stars above / It's just the thought of you / The very thought of you, my love”

14. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

15. Dream A Little Dream of Me – Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald

Lyrics we love… “You gotta make me a promise / Promise to me, you'll dream / Dream a little dream of me”

16. I Only Have Eyes For You – The Flamingos

17. Moon River – Andy Williams

Lyrics we love… “Two drifters, off to see the world / There's such a lot of world to see / We're after the same rainbow's end, waitin' 'round the bend / My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me.” 

18. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

19. You’re the First, the Last, My Everything – Barry White

Lyrics we love… “Ahh, the first, my last, my everything / And the answer to all my dreams / You're my sun, my moon, my guiding star / My kind of wonderful, that's what you are.”

20. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack

21. Endless Love – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross

Lyrics we love… “Two hearts / Two hearts that beat as one / Our lives have just begun.”

22. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

23. We Have All The Time In The World – Louis Armstrong

Lyrics we love… “We have all the love in the world / If that's all we have / You will find / We need nothing more.”

24. Islands In the Stream – Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers

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25. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder

Lyrics we love… “Oowee baby, you set my soul on fire / That's why I know you're my heart's only desire / Ooo baby, here I am / Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours.”

26. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

27. All These Things – Elvis Costello

Lyrics we love… “As long as you're here every night / Your love so warm and tender / The thrill is so divine / It is all these things that make you mine.”

28. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

29. I’ll Be There – Jackson 5

Lyrics we love… “I’ll reach out my hand to you / I’ll have faith in all you do / Just call my name and I'll be there (I'll be there)”

30. Cheek To Cheek – Fred Astaire

31. Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin

Lyrics we love… “Everybody loves somebody sometime / And although my dream was overdue / Your love made it well worth waiting / For someone like you.”

32. La Vie En Rose – Edith Piaf

31 Best Rock First Dance Songs

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33. Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer

Lyrics we love… “Kiss me, beneath the milky twilight / Lead me out on the moonlit floor / Lift your open hand / Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance / Silver moon's sparkling”

34. Just Like Heaven – The Cure

35. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith

Lyrics we love… “I don't want to miss one smile / And I don't want to miss one kiss / And I just want to be with you / Right here with you, just like this.”

36. Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls

37. You Do Something to Me – Paul Weller

Lyrics we love… “You do something to me / Somewhere deep inside / Hoping to get close to you / A peace I cannot find.”

38. Love Will Keep Us Alive - Eagles

39. Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones

Lyrics we love… “Wild horses / Couldn't drag me away / Wild, wild horses / We'll ride them some day.”

40. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

41. Every Breath You Take - The Police

Lyrics we love… “Oh, can't you see / You belong to me? / How my poor heart aches / With every step you take?”

42. You and Me - Alice Cooper

43. Something - The Beatles

Lyrics we love… “Something in the way she knows / And all I have to do is think of her / Something in the things she shows me / I don't want to leave her now.”

44. You Make Loving Fun - Fleetwood Mac

45. Champagne Supernova - Oasis

Lyrics we love… “Someday you will find me / Caught beneath the landslide / In a champagne supernova.”

46. You Really Got Me – Van Halen

48. Take On The World - You Me At Six

Lyrics we love… “And just say the word / We'll take on the world.”

47. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin 

49. Rearrange - Biffy Clyro

Lyrics we love… “Cause I would never break your heart / I would only rearrange / All the other working parts, will stay in place.”

50. Best of You - Foo Fighters

51. Never Tear Us Apart – INXS

Lyrics we love… “I was standing / You were there / Two worlds collided / And they could never tear us apart.”

52. I’d Do Anything For Love - Meat Loaf

53. I Believe In A Thing Called Love – The Darkness

Lyrics we love… “I wanna kiss you every minute, every hour, every day / You got me in a spin but everything is A-okay.”

54. Tonight, Tonight – The Smashing Pumpkins

55. Love You ‘Till the End – The Pogues

Lyrics we love… “When the morning light explodes / On your face it radiates, I can't escape / I love you 'til the end.”

56. All I Want Is You - U2

57. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams

Lyrics we love… “Search your heart / Search your soul / And when you find me there / You'll search no more”

58. Never Tear Us Apart – The National

59. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Beck

Lyrics we love…“Take my hand / Oh take my whole life too / ‘Cause I can't help / Falling in love with you”

60. Everlong (Acoustic Version) – Foo Fighters

61. It Must Be Love – Madness

Lyrics we love… “As soon as I wake up / Every night, every day / I know that it's you I need / To take the blues away.”

62. Romeo and Juliet – The Killers

63. Always – Bon Jovi

Lyrics we love… “I’ll be there 'til the stars don't shine / ’Til the heavens burst and the words don't rhyme.”

30 Modern First Dance Songs

64. Better Together – Jack Johnson

65. Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran

Lyrics we love… “And your heart's against my chest / Your lips pressed to my neck / I’m falling for your eyes / But they don't know me yet.”

66. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

67. Marry You – Bruno Mars

Lyrics we love… “Is it the look in your eyes or is it this dancing juice?/ Who cares, baby, I think I wanna marry you.”

68. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding

69. Perfect – Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé

Lyrics we love… “Baby, I'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms / Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favourite song.”

READ MORE: The Best Ed Sheeran Wedding Songs

70. Falling Like the Stars – James Arthur

71. There Will Be Time Mumford & Sons feat. Baaba Maal

Lyrics we love… “In the cold light, I live to love and adore you / It's all that I am / It's all that I have.”

72. Latch – Sam Smith

73. Ben Howard – Only Love

Lyrics we love… “Darling, you're with me, always around me / Only love, only love / Darling, I feel you, under my body / Only love, only love

74. Halo – Beyoncé

75. Little Things – One Direction

Lyrics we love… “You've never loved your stomach or your thighs / The dimples in your back at the bottom of your spine / But I'll love them endlessly.”

76. Next to Me – Emile Sandé

77. Greatest Day – Take That

Lyrics we love… ”Stay close to me (and the world comes alive) / Watch the world come alive tonight / Stay close to me (hold on).”

78. Yours – Ella Henderson

79. Rewrite The Stars – Zac Efron & Zendaya

Lyrics we love… ”What if we rewrite the stars? / Say you were made to be mine/ Nothing could keep us apart / You'd be the one I was meant to find.”

80. Lifetime – Justin Bieber

81. Could I Love You Any More – Reneé Dominique feat. Jason Mraz

Lyrics we love… “Sunrise, time flies, feels like a dream / Being close, inhaling, hard to believe / Seven billion people in the world / Finding you is like a miracle.”

82. Never Worn White – Katy Perry

83. My Love Won’t Let You Down – Little Mix

Lyrics we love… “We can sit on the edge of your bed / Tell me all of the fears in your head / And I'll sing you your favourite song / ’Til the pain and all the tears are all gone.”

84. XO – Beyoncé

85. Finally // Beautiful Stranger – Halsey

Lyrics we love… “I’ve never recognised a purer face / You stopped me in my tracks and put me right in my place / Used to think that lovin' meant a painful chase / But you're right here now and I think you'll stay.”

86. Better Half of Me – Tom Walker

87. Say You Won't Let Go – James Arthur

Lyrics we love… “I met you in the dark / You lit me up / You made me feel as though / I was enough”

88. Angels – Robbie Williams

89. Love You More – JLS

Lyrics we love… “Thought I couldn't want you, more than I did before / But everyday I love you a little bit more (and more).”

90. Better Half of Me – Tom Walker

91. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

Lyrics we love… “How can I love when I'm afraid to fall / But watching you stand alone? / All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow.”

92. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran 

93. Higher Love – James Vincent McMorrow

Lyrics we love… “Bring me a higher love / Where's this higher love I've been thinking of? / I will wait for it / I’m not too late for it.”

94.Sky Full Of Stars – Coldplay

27 Best Romantic First Dance Songs

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95. One Day Like This – Elbow 

Lyrics we love… “'Cause holy cow, I love your eyes / And only now I see the light / Yeah, lying with you half awake / Oh, anyway, it's looking like a beautiful day.”

96. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding

97. Stand By Me – Ben E. King

Lyrics we love… “If the sky that we look upon / Should tumble and fall / Or the mountains should crumble to the sea / I won't cry, I won't cry, no, I won't shed a tear / Just as long as you stand, stand by me.”

98. Like a Star – Corinne Bailey Rae

99. You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

Lyrics we love… “We've come a long way, baby / You know, I hope and I pray that you believe me / When I say this love will never fade away.”

100. Two Hearts – Phil Collins

101. Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Lyrics we love… “I could make you happy, make your dreams come true / Nothing that I wouldn't do / Go to the ends of the Earth for you / To make you feel my love.”

102. Come What May – Ewan McGregor & Nicole Kidman

103. Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John

Lyrics we love… “There's a rhyme and reason / To the wild outdoors / When the heart of this star-crossed voyager / Beats in time with yours.”

104. When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating

105. She – Elvis Costello 

Lyrics we love… “She may be the song that summer sings / May be the chill that autumn brings / May be a hundred different things / Within the measure of a day.”

106. No One – Alicia Keys

107. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

Lyrics we love… “And I'm wishing you joy and happiness / But above all this, I wish you love.”

108. Shallow – Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper

109. All Of Me – John Legend

Lyrics we love… “Cause all of me/ Loves all of you/ Love your curves and all your edges / All your perfect imperfections.”

110. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane

111. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Lyrics we love… “And I want to wake up with the rain / Falling on a tin roof / While I'm safe there in your arms / So all I ask is for you / To come away with me in the night.”

112. Baby Can I Hold You – Tracy Chapman

113. Songbird – Eva Cassidy

Lyrics we love… ”And the songbirds keep singing like they know the score / And I love you I love you I love you /Like never before like never before.”

114. Love Is All Around – Wet Wet Wet

115. By Your Side – Sade

Lyrics we love… ”When you're lost and you're alone / And you can't get back again / I will find you / Darling, and I will bring you home"

116. Love – Lana Del Rey

117. All About You – McFly

Lyrics we love… “Yesterday, you asked me something I thought you knew / So I told you with a smile, "It's all about you" / Then you whispered in my ear and you told me too / Said, "You make my life worthwhile, it's all about you”.”

118. You Give Me Something – James Morrison

119. Cherish – Madonna 

Lyrics we love… “Cherish the thought / Of always having you here by my side (oh baby I) / Cherish the joy/ You keep bringing it into my life (I'm always singing it).” 

120. Eternal Flame – The Bangles 

121. How Deep Is Your Love – The BeeGees

Lyrics we love… ”I believe in you / You know the door to my very soul / You're the light in my deepest, darkest hour / You're my saviour when I fall.”

25 Upbeat First Dance Songs

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122. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

123. Happy – Pharrell 

Lyrics we love… "Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth/Because I'm happy."

124. Champagne Kisses – Jessie Ware

125. I’ll Be There – Jess Glynne

Lyrics we love… "When you need a little love, I got a little love to share / Yeah, I'm gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna come through / You'll never be alone, I'll be there for you.”

126. Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader

127. Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey

Lyrics we love… “Now you'll always be a part of me / I’m part of you indefinitely / Boy don't you know you can't escape me / Oh darlin' 'cause you'll always be my baby.”

128. Sucker – Jonas Brothers

129. Electric Feel – MGMT

Lyrics we love… “All along the Eastern shore / Put your circuits in the sea / This is what the world is for.”

130. We Found Love – Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris

131. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

Lyrics we love… “I’m in love with the shape of you/ We push and pull like a magnet do/ Although my heart is falling too/ I’m in love with your body"

132. Crazy in Love – Beyoncé

133. Still Falling For You – Ellie Goulding

Lyrics we love… “And just like that/ All I breathe/ All I feel/ You are all for me.”

134. Groove Is in the Heart – Deee-Lite

135. If I Can’t Have You – Shawn Mendes

Lyrics we love… “I can't write one song that's not about you / Can't drink without thinkin' about you / Is it too late to tell you that / Everything means nothing if I can't have you?”

136. Shut Up And Dance With Me – Walk The Moon

137. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

Lyrics we love… “I used to think maybe you loved me / Now I know that it's true / And I don't wanna spend my whole life / Just a waiting for you.”

138. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts 

139. Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher – Jackie Wilson

Lyrics we love… “Now once, I was down-hearted / Disappointment, was my closest friend / But then you, came and it soon departed /And you know he never /Showed his face again.”

140. Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden

141. Best Of My Love – The Emotions 

Lyrics we love… "I like the way you make me feel about you, baby / Want the whole wide world to see.”

142. For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder

143. Dreamlover – Mariah Carey

Lyrics we love…"Take me anywhere you want to baby now / I need you so desperately / Won't you please come around / 'Cause I wanna share forever with you baby"

144. Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap

145. I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys

Lyrics we love…"Stop making the eyes at me / I’ll stop making the eyes at you / What it is that surprises me / Is that I don't really want you to.”

146. Here Comes Your Man – Pixies

147. Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Lyrics we love…"You make me / Feel like I'm livin' a teenage dream / The way you turn me on, I can't sleep / Let's run away and don't ever look back, don't ever look back.”

27 Alternative First Dance Songs

148. Maccabees – Toothpaste Kisses

Lyrics we love… “Lay with me, I'll lay with you / We'll do the things that lovers do / Put the stars in our eyes.”

149. Can't Help Falling In Love – Beck

150. Walking on a Dream – Empire of the Sun

Lyrics we love… “Thought I'd never see / The love you found in me / Now it's changing all the time / Living in a rhythm where the minute's working overtime.”

151. You Really Got A Hold On Me – She & Him

152. The Only One – Black Keys

Lyrics we love… “I'm so wrapped up in a daze / Hoping this is just a phase / But when all is said and done / I know you are still the one.”

153. I Would Do Anything For You – Foster The People

154. First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes

Lyrics we love… “Yours was the first face that I saw / I think I was blind before I met you.”

155. Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet

156. Do You Realize?? by The Flaming Lips

Lyrics we love… “Do you realise / That you have the most beautiful face? / Do you realise?”

157. You’ve Got the Love – Florence + the Machine

158. I’m Sticking With You – Velvet Underground 

159. Is This Love – Bob Marley

Lyrics we love… “Is this love, is this love, is this love, is this love that I'm feelin’?”

160. Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac

161. Five Years’ Time – Noah and the Whale 

Lyrics we love… “Oh well, I look at you and say it's the happiest that I've ever been / And I'll say I no longer feel I have to be James Dean / And she'll say, yeah well, I feel pretty a happy too.”

162. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

163. You & Me Song – The Wannadies

Lyrics we love… “Always when we fight / I kiss you once or twice / And everything's forgotten / I know you hate that.”

164. I’ll Stand By You – Pretenders

165. Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys

Lyrics we love… “Baby, I'm yours (baby, I'm yours) / And I'll be yours (yours) until the sun no longer shines / Yours (yours) until the poets run out of rhyme / In other words, until the end of time.”

166. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

167. Heroes – David Bowie

Lyrics we love… “I, I will be king / And you, you will be queen.”

168. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

169. Ho Hey – The Lumineers

Lyrics we love… “I belong with you, you belong with me / You're my sweetheart.”

170. Two Doors Down  – Mystery Jets

171. The Smashing Pumpkins –  Tonight, Tonight 

Lyrics we love… “And the embers never fade / In your city by the lake / The place where you were born.”

172.  Don't Delete The Kisses  – Wolf Alice 

173.  Something Changed – Pulp

Lyrics we love… “Do you believe that there's someone up above? And does he have a timetable directing acts of love?” 

174. “You’re My Best Friend” – Queen

175. Songbird – Oasis

Lyrics we love… "She's a little pirate in my mind / Singing songs of love to pass the time." 

Wedding First Dance Songs FAQs

What is the Best First Dance Song?

We'll let you into a little secret - there is no 'best' first dance song! The best first dance song you can choose for your wedding is the one that sums up you as a couple and makes you happy to dance to it. If that's an Ed Sheeran song, so be it. If it's Gangnam Style, also so be it! Choose the right song for one, one you love, and you'll have the best first dance song. 

When Does the First Dance Happen?

Your first dance signifies the beginning of your wedding reception, so you'd typically do it around 7.30-8pm. Most couples tend to have the wedding breakfast and their speeches, and then wait for the evening guests to arrive before doing their first dance, encouraging others to join them on the dance floor after that special moment. 

How Do We Choose a First Dance Song?

Is there a song you've both always loved? Not every couple has 'their' song, but if you do, that's a good place to start! It doesn't matter if it's a bit quirky or unusual, if it sums you two up as a couple and you can dance to it, you may already have your first dance song! If not, listen to artists and songs you love until you find one you both adore and can easily see yourself dancing to. This list should help!

How Long is the First Dance Supposed to Be?

Most songs are typically around the two and a half to three minutes mark - that's enough time for your photographer and videographer to capture the dancing action! If you feel uncomfortable dancing for that long alone together, you can always ask your wedding party to step on to the dance floor at a certain point in the song too, and to encourage your guests to join you. 

How do We Dance to Our First Dance Song?

You might have seen videos of complex choreography, the Dirty Dancing lift or flash mobs making up part of the first dance, but if that's not your style, don't stress. You can easily just put your arms around each other, sway gently and move to the music to dance to your first dance song. It's as complicated or as simple as you choose it to be. If you're worried about your dancing, you could always arrange to have a couple of dance lessons, or, for a cheaper alternative, play your first dance song at home and practise dancing to it!

Now you've found your perfect first dance song, it's time to think about the last one! We've got the best last dance songs for a wedding here.