The Most Popular First Dance Songs
Out of the entire catalogue of songs, these are the top 10 most popular first dance songs. Ed Sheeran is number one, and new singer-songwriters like John Legend and James Arthur are also challenging the status-quo, but it’s good to see that timeless classics like Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ also made the cut.
The First Dance Songs That Span The Generations
The three songs that are popular across all four generations (with people born in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s) are Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’, ‘All Of Me’ by John Legend, and Kodaline’s ‘The One’.
Etta James’s ballad ‘At Last’ and ‘Amazed’ by Lonestar are often selected by 60’s, 70’s and 80’s kids. And children of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s are also likely to choose ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri, ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran and ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ by James Arthur.
Top 10 Songs for people born in 60’s or before
Top 10 Songs for people born in 70’s or before
Top 10 Songs for people born in 80’s or before
Top 10 Songs for people born in 90’s or before
The Artists With The Most First Dance Songs
From headlining Glastonbury to his Game of Thrones cameo, we’re now crowning Ed Sheeran the king of first dance songs.
He’s the number one artist of choice for people born in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Not only that, Ed Sheeran has 14 songs in the data set, that’s three more than Elvis!
Surprisingly, Adele wasn’t the female artist with the most songs in the data set as she had five songs played. Celine Dion took the top spot with eight songs, followed by Beyoncé with seven and Alicia Keyes with six.
The Most Unlikely First Dance Songs
We analysed the data to find the songs that only had one entry to find the most unlikely first dance songs; these songs go beyond the traditional.
Greased LightningJohn Travolta
Beat ItMichael Jackson
Gay BarElectric 6
I’ll Bring You FlowersSweet Female Attitude
No matter what the musical taste of the happy couple, there’s certainly a beat for everyone.
hitched conducted the survey in June 2017, with 4,474 respondents, who all got married within the last 50 years. The respondents were asked four questions, including when they were married, the artist and title of their first dance song and their date of birth.
You can view the full data here.