The Best First Dance Songs of All Time
The first dance song is one of the most important musical selections for your wedding day. This special moment happens just after you enter the reception as newlyweds, so you'll need an exceptional tune for your solo spin on the dance floor. Whether you're looking for a country ballad, a soulful hit or a popular chart-topper that all of your guests can sing along to, we've compiled the very best first dance songs to kick off your wedding reception. After all, the opening song will set the tone for the rest of your reception music. (And if you want your guests on the dance floor all night, you'll need a great first dance song to start off strong.) Browse our favorite first dance wedding songs below, along with standout lyrics that are sure to give you and your guests all the feels. There won't be a dry eye in the house.
In this article:
- Most Popular First Dance Songs
- Country First Dance Songs
- Classic First Dance Songs
- Folk and Alternative First Dance Songs
- Rock First Dance Songs
- Soul and R&B First Dance Songs
Most Popular First Dance Songs
According to data from The Knot 2020 Real Weddings Study, 90% of couples had a first dance last year, even amid the coronavirus pandemic. And when it comes to the most popular first dance songs, they're likely ones you've heard before. Of over 7,600 couples surveyed, the tune that took the top spot is "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran. This marks the fourth year in a row the pop ballad, which was released in 2017, has been deemed the most popular first dance song. Coming in at the second spot is the classic love song "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley. Rounding out the top three songs is country ballad "From the Ground Up" by Dan + Shay. See the entire list of the most popular first dance wedding songs below to inspire your choice.
1."Perfect," Ed Sheeran
Lyrics you'll love: "When I saw you in that dress/Looking so beautiful/I don't deserve this/ Darling, you look perfect tonight"
2. "Can't Help Falling in Love," Elvis Presley
Lyrics you'll love: "Like a river flows surely to the sea/Darling so it goes/Some things are meant to be"
3. "From the Ground Up," Dan + Shay
Lyrics you'll love: "And we'll build this love from the ground up/Now 'til forever it's all of me, all of you"
4. "Conversations in the Dark," John Legend
Lyrics you'll love: "I'll be there when you get lonely, lonely/Keep the secrets that you told me, told me/And your love is all you owe me"
5. "Yours," Russell Dickerson
Lyrics you'll love: "You make me better than I was before/Thank God I'm yours"
6. "All of Me," John Legend
Lyrics you'll love: "Give your all to me/I'll give my all to you/You're my end and my beginning"
7. "I Am Yours," Andy Grammer
Lyrics you'll love: "Wouldn't dream to be anything more/You take my breath away every night/Still can't believe it when you say you're mine and/I am yours"
8. "At Last," Etta James
Lyrics you'll love: "And here we are in heaven/For you are mine/At last"
9. "Better Together," Luke Combs
Lyrics you'll love: "Some things just go better together and probably always will/Like a cup of coffee and a sunrise, Sunday drives and time to kill"
10. "I Don't Dance," Lee Brice
Lyrics you'll love: "I'd do anything with you anywhere/Yes, you got me in the palm of your hand girl"
Country First Dance Songs
You can't go wrong with a heartfelt country love song for your first dance. To narrow down the best options, we've rounded up our favorite country first dance songs below.
1. "Change Your Name," Brett Young
Lyrics you'll love: "I wanna know you like I know every road back home/From that first tell-all, I knew that I'd never, I'd never let you go"
2. "Big, Big Plans," Chris Lane
Lyrics you'll love: "But I don't think she can understand/Just how far I've been lettin' my heart fall"
3. "Golden Hour," Kacey Musgraves
Lyrics you'll love: "You're my golden hour/The color of my sky/You've set my world on fire/And I know, I know everything's gonna be alright"
4. "You Make It Easy," Jason Aldean
Lyrics you'll love: "You're my sunshine in the darkest days/My better half, my saving grace/You make me who I wanna be/You make it easy"
5. "Made That Way," Jordan Davis
Lyrics you'll love: "Everything falls into place/As soon as I see your face/Don't stop loving me"
6. "Then," Brad Paisley
Lyrics you'll love: "Now you're my whole life/Now you're my whole world/I just can't believe/The way I feel about you girl/Like a river meets the sea/Stronger than it's ever been"
7. "Amazed," Lonestar
Lyrics You'll Love: "I don't know how you do what you do/I'm so in love with you/It just keeps getting better"
8. "Grow Old With Me," Mary Chapin Carpenter
Lyrics you'll love: "Grow old along with me/Whatever fate decrees/We will see it through"
Classic First Dance Songs
Some love songs will simply never go out of style. From Frank Sinatra to Adele, these classic first dance wedding songs will give you butterflies when you take the floor.
1. "Fly Me to the Moon," Frank Sinatra
Lyrics you'll love: "Fill my heart with song/Let me sing forever more/You are all I long for/All I worship and adore"
2. "Your Song," Elton John
Lyrics you'll love: "I hope you don't mind that I put down in words/How wonderful life is while you're in the world"
3. "Everything," Michael Bublé
Lyrics you'll love: "And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times/It's you, it's you, you make me sing/You're every line, you're every word, you're everything"
4. "Sweetest Devotion," Adele
Lyrics you'll love: "You will only be eternally/The one that I belong to/The sweetest devotion"
5. "You Are the Best Thing," Ray LaMontagne
Lyrics you'll love: "The way you move me, it's crazy/It's like you see right through me/And make it easier/Believe me, you don't even have to try"
6. "A Thousand Years," Christina Perri (from Twilight: Breaking Dawn)
Lyrics you'll love: "Darling, don't be afraid/I have loved you/For a thousand years/I'll love you for a thousand more"
7. "By Your Side," Sade
Lyrics you'll love: "When you're on the outside baby and you can't get in/I will show you you're so much better than you know"
8. "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," Frankie Valli or Lauryn Hill
Lyrics you'll love: "I love you baby and if it it's quite alright/I need you baby to warm the lonely nights/I love you baby, trust in me when I say"
9. "I Only Have Eyes for You," The Flamingos
Lyrics you'll love: "Are the stars out tonight?/I don't know if it's cloudy or bright/I only have eyes for you, dear"
10. "It Had to Be You," Dooley Wilson (from Casablanca)
Lyrics you'll love: "And it had to be you, it just had to be you/It had to be you"
11. "I Won't Give Up," Jason Mraz
Lyrics you'll love: "I won't give up on us/Even if the skies get rough/I'm giving you all my love/I'm still looking up"
12. "Lucky," Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz
Lyrics you'll love: "Lucky I'm in love with my best friend/Lucky to have been where I have been/Lucky to be coming home again"
13. "Marry Me," Train
Lyrics you'll love: "Together can never be close enough for me/To feel like I am close enough to you/You wear white and I'll wear out the words, 'I love you' "
14. "Sparks," Coldplay
Lyrics you'll love: "But I promise you this/I'll always look out for you/That's what I'll do"
15. "The Best Is Yet to Come," Frank Sinatra
Lyrics you'll love: "Come the day you're mine/I'm gonna teach you to fly/We've only tasted the wine/We're gonna drain the cup dry"
16. "The Luckiest," Ben Folds
Lyrics you'll love: "And where was I before the day/That I first saw your lovely face?/Now I see it every day/And I know/That I am/I am/I am/The luckiest"
Folk and Alternative First Dance Songs
Looking for a tune that's not commonly played at weddings? Consider any one of these folk or alternative first dance songs.
1. "Everywhere," Fleetwood Mac
Lyrics you'll love: "Can you hear me calling/Out your name/You know that I'm falling and I don't know what to say"
2. "First Day of My Life," Bright Eyes
Lyrics you'll love: "Yours is the first face that I saw/I think I was blind before I met you/Now I don't know where I am/ I don't know where I've been/But I know where I want to go"
3. "Such Great Heights," The Postal Service or Iron and Wine
Lyrics you'll love: "And I have to speculate/That God himself did make us/Into corresponding shapes/Like puzzle pieces from the clay"
4. "Wonderwall," Oasis
Lyrics you'll love: "I said maybe/You're gonna be the one that saves me/And after all/You're my wonderwall"
5. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," Sleeping At Last
Lyrics you'll love: "And when I'm dreamin', well I know I'm gonna dream/I'm gonna dream about the time when I'm with you"
6. "Better Together," Jack Johnson
Lyrics you'll love: "It's not always easy and/Sometimes life can be deceiving/I'll tell you one thing, it's always better when we're together"
7. "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)," James Taylor
Lyrics you'll love: "With sweet love and devotion, deeply touching my emotion/I want to stop and thank you baby"
Rock First Dance Songs
How about rock for your first dance? We love the idea of making your own tradition with an edgier tune. Bring some excitement to the after-party with these soulful classic rock songs.
1. "Crazy Love," Van Morrison
Lyrics you'll love: "I can hear her heart beat for a thousand miles/And the heavens open every time she smiles"
2. "In My Life," The Beatles
Lyrics you'll love: "Though I know I'll never lose affection/for people and things that went before/I know I'll often stop and think about them/In my life I love you more"
3. "I Will," The Beatles
Lyrics you'll love: "Love you forever and forever/Love you with all my heart/Love you whenever we're together/Love you when we're apart"
4. "Just the Way You Are," Billy Joel
Lyrics you'll love: "I said I love you and that's forever/And this I promise from my heart/I couldn't love you any better/I love you just the way you are"
5. "Maybe I'm Amazed," Paul McCartney
Lyrics you'll love: "Maybe I'm amazed at the way you help me sing my song,/Right me when I'm wrong/Maybe I'm amazed at the way I really need you."
6. "Steady As We Go," Dave Matthews Band
Lyrics you'll love: "In the darkest times/You shine on me/You set me free/And keep me steady as we go"
7. "Up Where We Belong," Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Lyrics you'll love: "Love lifts us up where we belong/Where the eagles cry on a mountain high"
8. "We've Only Just Begun," The Carpenters
Lyrics you'll love: "And when the evening comes we smile,/So much life ahead/We'll find a place where there's room to grow/And yes, we've just begun"
9. "Wild Horses," The Rolling Stones
Lyrics you'll love: "No sweeping exits or offstage lines/Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind/Wild horses couldn't drag me away"
10. "You Are So Beautiful," Joe Cocker
Lyrics you'll love: "You're everything I hoped for/You're everything I need/You are so beautiful to me"
11. "You're My Best Friend," Queen
Lyrics you'll love: "You're the best friend that I ever had/I've been with you such a long time/You're my sunshine/And I want you to know"
Soul and R&B First Dance Songs
Guests will love watching you and your spouse sway to these heartfelt soul and R&B first dance songs.
1. "If I Ain't Got You," Alicia Keys featuring Usher
Lyrics you'll love: "Some people want diamond rings/Some just want everything/But everything means nothing/If I ain't got you"
2. "Here and Now," Luther Vandross
Lyrics you'll love: "When I look in your eyes, there I'll see/All that a love should really be/And I need you more and more each day"
3. "Stand by Me," Ben E. King
Lyrics you'll love: "No I won't be afraid/Oh, I won't be afraid/Just as long as you stand, stand by me"
4. "As," Stevie Wonder
Lyrics You'll love: "As around the sun the earth knows she's revolving/And the rosebuds know to bloom in early May/Just as hate knows love's the cure/You can rest your mind assure/That I'll be loving you always"
5. "As Time Goes By," Dooley Wilson (from Casablanca)
Lyrics you'll love: "And when two lovers woo/They still say, 'I love you.'/On that you can rely/No matter what the future brings/As time goes by."
6. "Come Rain or Come Shine," Ray Charles
Lyrics you'll love: "I'm gonna love you, like nobody's loved you/Come rain or come shine"
7. "La Vie en Rose," Edith Piaf (French), Louis Armstrong (English)
Lyrics you'll love: "And when you speak angels sing from above/Everyday words seem/To turn into love songs"
8. "Let's Stay Together," Al Green
Lyrics you'll love: "Let's stay together/Love you whether, whether/Times are good or bad, happy or sad/"
9. "L-O-V-E," Nat King Cole
Lyrics you'll love: "Love is all that I can give to you/Love is more than just a game for two/Two in love can make it"
10. "Our Love Is Here to Stay," Billie Holiday
Lyrics you'll love: "It's very clear/Our love is here to stay/Not for a year/But ever and a day"
11. "That's How Strong My Love Is," Otis Redding
Lyrics you'll love: "I'll be the rainbow after the tears are gone/Wrap you in my colors and keep you warm/That's how strong my love is"
12. "That's Where It's At," Sam Cooke
Lyrics you'll love: "Lights turned way down low/Music soft and slow/With someone you love so/That's where it's at, yeah"
13. "Unforgettable," Nat King Cole
Lyrics you'll love: "That's why, darling, it's incredible/That someone so unforgettable/Thinks that I am/unforgettable too"