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Celebrate Your Love With These Sweet LGBTQ+ Wedding & First Dance Songs

From funny rom-com-style songs to sentimental ballads, these inclusive love songs are perfect for your wedding day

Two grooms kissing in a candle-lit room - one wearing a red velvet suit and the other in a cream blazer

Wedding music can completely transform the atmosphere of a day, and there are so many moments where a bit of music can make all the difference. Whether it's the wedding ceremony music, the playlist you get ready to, or the first dance song, music has that power.

Couples looking for the perfect LGBTQ wedding songs to set the tone on their day have come to the right place. Finding gay love songs which don't heavily reference gender stereotypes couples can be tricky, as so many songs are written from a cis-het relationship perspective.

To help you create a list of LGBTQ wedding songs, we've compiled a list you're guaranteed to love, with something for every type of wedding and theme. Super romantic and love the sweet stuff - we've got you covered. Prefer a funny-meets-sarcastic type of song to sum up your relationship - we've got that, too!

LGBTQ+ Wedding Songs: 50 Sweet Songs You & Your Partner Will Love

Most of the songs in this list are either written or recorded by LGBTQ+ artists. We've also included some classics that have been re-recorded from a queer couple's point-of-view (check out the album Universal Love if you want to hear more of these). The gender-neutral first dance songs use ‘you’ as the pronoun, so they can work for binary or non-binary couples.

If you’d prefer not to have lyrics at all, feel free to browse through the Vitamin String Quartet’s album The Gay Wedding Collection – it’s full of string covers of the likes of Your Song, At Last, and Like A Prayer, making it an ideal choice for background music during your drinks reception or wedding breakfast.

If you're also looking for some party-ready hits to add to your dance floor vibes, check out Spotify's Pride Mixes playlist to get some inspiration. 

We’ve made you a full Spotify playlist at the end for you to listen to and feel the love, as well as some advice and favourite picks from some of our top wedding bands and musicians. Enjoy finding your perfect first dance song! 

The Best LGBTQ+ First Dance Songs

 two brides wear floral wedding dresses about to kiss in the gardens of a wedding venue - one dress is white and pink and the other is light and dark green

1. Latch – Sam Smith

"Feel so enamoured, hold me tight within your clutch."

2. My Guy – Kele Okereke

"I guess you'd say, what can make me feel this way? My guy."

3. She Keeps Me Warm – Mary Lambert

"What's your favourite word? Do you like kissing girls? Can I call you baby?"

4. Colour – MNEK (ft. Hailee Steinfeld)

"Before you came into my life everything was black and white.Now all I see is colour. Like a rainbow in the sky."

5. Only You – Parson James

"When I'm feeling your love, it's like a wind that blows, I can't give up and I can't let go."

6. Hysteric (Acoustic) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"Flow sweetly hang heavy. You suddenly complete me."

7. Love In Real Life – Beth Ditto

"We're always coming up roses, and that's alright. 'Cause that's what happens when you love in real life."

8. Kiss The Boy – Keiynan Lonsdale

"If you want to kiss the boy then you better kiss the boy right now."

9. And I Love Him – Ben Gibbard

"A love like ours could never die. As long as I have you near me."

10. Your Song – Elton John

"My gift is my song and this one's for you."

11. Love They Say – Tegan and Sara

"First time you held my hand I knew I was meant for you."

12. Honey – Kehlani

"I came to find my fire was fate with you."

13. I Was Born To Love You – Queen

"You are the one for me, I am the man for you. You were made for me, you're my ecstasy."

14. What A Beautiful Day – Brett Every

"And all was swell, because all is grand. I'll love you so well so long as I can."

15. Bloom – Troye Sivan

"I bloom just for you."

16. Love Is Love – Culture Club

"Love is love, is nothing without you. Love is love, is everything you do."

17. Adore You – Miley Cyrus

"When you say you love me, know I love you more."

18. I’ll Be There – Jess Glynne

"I'll be there, I'll be there for you. Oh, I swear, I got enough love for two."

19. Alan – Perfume Genius

"Did you notice... We sleep through the night. Did you notice babe... Everything's alright."

20. All Things – Betty Who (Queer Eye)

"You came into my life. And the world never looked so bright."

21. Amazed – Shane Filan

"I want to spend the rest of my life with you by my side."

22. Grow As We Go – Ben Platt

"When you're high, I'll take the lows. You can ebb and I can flow."

23. I’d Be Your Wife – Mary Lambert

"And every piece of me loves every piece of you."

24. Make Me Feel – Janelle Monáe

"All of the feelings that I've got for you can't be explained, but I can try for you."

25. So Beautiful – Darren Hayes

"And darling you know, you make me feel so beautiful."

26. Forrest Gump – Frank Ocean

"You run my mind, boy. Running on my mind, boy. Forrest Gump."

27. Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden

"I love you more with every breath truly, madly, deeply do."

28. I Choose You – Sara Bareilles

"And as long as it takes. I will prove my love to you."

29. A Simple Love – Melissa Etheridge

"It's the simple love that holds us together."

30. Yours – Ella Henderson

"But I just want you to be sure that I am yours."

The Best Gender Neutral & Gay Love Songs

31. At Last – Etta James 

"My heart was wrapped up in clover the night I looked at you."

32. Love on Top – Beyoncé

"You're the one I love. You're the one I need. You're the only one I see."

33. You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

"The way you move me, it's crazy. It's like you see right through me."

34. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding

"Let me take you past our satellites. You can see the world you brought to life, to life."

35. Stand By Me – Ben E. King

"No, I won't be afraid. Just as long as you stand, stand by me."

36. Best of My Love – The Emotions

"My life has a better meaning. Love has kissed me in a beautiful way."

37. Cool – Alesso (feat. Roy English

"It's only you, you, who loves me like you do, do."

38. This Will Be Our Year – The Zombies

"And I won't forget the way you said, darling I love you, you gave me faith to go on."

39. Perfect Day – Lou Reed

"Oh, it's such a perfect day. I'm glad I spent it with you."

40. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

"But I won't hesitate, no more, no more. It cannot wait, I'm yours."

41. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

"Darling, don't be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years. I'll love you for a thousand more."

42. You Are The Reason – Calum Scott

"I'd climb every mountain. And swim every ocean. Just to be with you."

43. September – Earth, Wind and Fire

"As we danced in the night, remember. How the stars stole the night away, oh, yeah."

44. It Had To Be You – Billie Holiday

"With all your faults, I love you still. It had to be you, wonderful you."

45. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

"For all the joy you brought to my life. For all the wrong that you made right."

46. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

"Come away with me and I'll never stop loving you."

47. What A Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

"The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces of people passing by."

48. Stay With You – John Legend

"Oh I'll stay with you through the ups and the downs. Oh I'll stay with you when no one else is around."

49. Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur

"We've come so far, my dear. Look how we've grown. And I wanna stay with you until we're grey and old."

50. You're Still the One – Shania Twain

"Ain't nothin' better. We beat the odds together. I'm glad we didn't listen. Look at what we would be missing."

What better source for music advice than musicians themselves? We reached out to a couple of LGBTQ+ wedding musicians who have some super useful advice and suggestions to help you on your wedding planning journey.

Below, we have some answers from The Fireflies Party Band manager and singer Ian, and singer-songwriter Thomas William Melling. The Fireflies Party Band have been performing for a couple's big day for nearly a decade, while singer-songwriter Thomas William Melling has been performing for 17 years, since age 14. You can trust us when we say they know what they're doing.

What Are Your Favourite LGBTQ+ First Dance Songs?

For Thomas, it depends. He says, "Everybody's taste in music varies. I sing such a diverse mix of songs, each tailored to each couple. It would be hard to narrow it done as everyone has ‘their’ own song. But as an LGBTQ+ singer, I would have to say Still the One by Shania Twain - who doesn't love that song?"

Ian, manager of The Fireflies Party Band, agrees that there's a huge selection to choose from, but he loves something with a personal touch. "There are so many - I have to say a song I personally wrote and recorded as an artist has been used several times by both LGBTQ+ and mixed gender-identifying couples. It has universal, non-gender-specific lyrics.

"It’s the ultimate honour when people ask afterwards about who it’s by or try and Shazam it when it’s the original track being streamed! It’s called Complete by MARKX." 

What Advice Would You Give to Couples Looking for LGBTQ+ Wedding Songs?

Thomas encourages couples to follow what makes them happy, explaining: "I would say you can have any song you like - it's your special day, and we don't have to follow traditional ideas of songs if you don’t want. Choose a song that means something to you both, and we’re more than happy to change the words or pronouns to suit." 

Ian is on the same page, and loves songs that have a deeper, more personal meaning for the couple - "I think it’s beautiful when couples choose a non-mainstream song or even a slowed-down version of a classic uptempo song where the meaning and feel changes.

"A song that has meaning for them personally is much better than a song that people know well as there is the element of surprise and individuality. Non-gender-specific lyrics in songs give a more inclusive feel - especially ones that lyrically acknowledge in some way the struggles, difficulties or obstacles they may face from judgement by society."

With that advice in mind, feel empowered to choose a first dance song that embraces all that your love story and relationship is. If you’re after wedding reception songs for the rest of the celebration, don’t miss our pick of the best wedding songs of all time and our list of most popular wedding songs.