First Dance Songs: Classic, Popular, and Unique Options for Your Wedding
A newlywed couple's first dance is one of the most anticipated moments of any wedding reception. As one of the first big events of the evening, this dance gives the couple a few moments to slow down, appreciate each other, and show off their love to family and friends before the celebration begins.
Right after choosing your DJ, selecting the perfect first dance songs is one of your most important wedding entertainment decisions. Many engaged couples struggle to choose a song that's not only meaningful and personal, but also reflects the overall feel of their wedding day. Some choose a classic love song; some prefer a modern, popular song that everyone will know; and others want a musical choice that's completely unique.
No matter what kind of first dance song you and your fiancé have in mind, it never hurts to get some inspiration from other couples. Based on the choices of past Hurricane Productions couples and what's popular right now, here are some great music options for your moment in the spotlight.
Classic First Dance Songs
Looking for something tried-and-true? These first dance songs have stood the test of time and are still often chosen — modern brides and grooms.
- At Last — Ella Fitzgerald
- How Sweet It Is — Marvin Gaye
- Unchained Melody — The Righteous Brothers
- Endless Love — Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie
- Your Song — Elton John
- Can't Help Falling in Love — Elvis Presley
- Amazed — Lonestar
- What a Wonderful World — Louis Armstrong
- You Are the Best Thing — Ray LaMontagne
- The Way You Look Tonight — Frank Sinatra
Popular First Dance Songs
On the Hurricane Productions online planning portal, our clients can find the most frequently selected songs for wedding timeline events, including the first dance. Based on this data, the following songs have been popular with our recent couples.
- Everything — Michael Buble
- All of Me — John Legend
- A Thousand Years — Christina Perri
- Thinking Out Loud — Ed Sheeran
- I'm Yours — Jason Mraz
- Bless the Broken Road — Rascal Flatts
- Make You Feel My Love — Adele
- Come Away With Me — Norah Jones
- Marry Me — Train
- Perfect (Duet) — Ed Sheeran & Beyonce
Unique First Dance Songs
While the following tracks may not immediately come to mind when you think of "first dance songs," they're certainly memorable. Some are upbeat while others are more soulful, but either way, you're not likely to hear them at anyone else's wedding.
- The Luckiest — Ben Folds Five
- First Day of My Life — Bright Eyes
- Better Together — Jack Johnson
- Crush — Dave Matthews Band
- All Night — Beyonce
- You Are the Reason — Calum Scott and Leona Lewis
- Africa — Toto
- Us — Regina Spektor
- Love on the Brain — Rihanna
- Next to Me — Imagine Dragons
Whatever type of song you end up choosing for your first dance, pick one that holds significance for you and your spouse-to-be. This is the song that, whenever you hear it in the future, will bring you right back to that happy memory on the dance floor, so make sure it's one you both love.
Should we edit our first dance song?
A standard song is three to four minutes long, but you not want to dance for the entire length of your chosen song, or perhaps you only want to dance to certain verses. Many couples choose to edit their first dance music, either to shorten the song or create a custom version of it that's special to them.
Don't know how to edit music? No problem. While some DJs ask you to provide them with the final version of your song, Hurricane Productions will help you edit your first dance – and any other music for your wedding day – as part of your entertainment package. We're here to help you through every step of the planning process, from the initial consultation to your final dance of the night.
Here are some examples of shortened first-dance songs:
A Thousand Years — Christina Perri
Originally 4:45 cut down to 2:40
Lullabye — Billy Joel
Originally 3:35 cut down to 2:15
Come to Me — The Goo Goo Dolls
Originally 3:45 cut down to 2:40