56 Country-Flavored First Dance Wedding Songs

A first dance with a country twang just hits different.
Lauren Dana Ellman - The Knot Contributor.
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Lauren Dana Ellman
Lauren Dana Ellman - The Knot Contributor.
Lauren Dana Ellman
The Knot Contributor
  • Lauren is a contributor for The Knot covering topics such as music, cakes, venues and speeches.
  • She has been published in a wide array of lifetsyle-oriented publications including SELF and Allure.
  • Lauren is a proud graduate of Syracuse University's SI Newhouse School of Public Communication.
Updated Oct 05, 2023

The first dance, which typically takes place at the beginning of the wedding reception, is one of the most important and special parts of your entire wedding weekend. That said, when it comes to selecting a first dance song, it's important to pick a genre that both you and your future spouse will love—remember, there are no rules, so don't be afraid to think out of the box. So, if the two of you are country music fans, consider having your wedding DJ or live band play one of the below country first dance songs, which run the gamut from oldies but goodies to newer releases from up-and-coming artists. Regardless of which terrific tune you choose, it's worth noting that all of them feature swoon-worthy and beautiful melodies, setting the scene for an intimate, memorable moment that the two of you will cherish forever.

Without further ado, keep scrolling to view all of our favorite country first dance songs conveniently broken down by category.

Country First Dance Songs You'll Love:

New | Unique | Classic | '80s | '90s | 2000s

New Country First Dance Songs

Over the past five years, artists like Chris Stapleton, Kasey Musgraves and more have released dozens of romantic first dance songs. Keep scrolling to check out a few of the top country first dance songs released in recent years.

1. "Wanted," Hunter Hayes

Lyrics you'll love: "I, I wanna make you feel wanted/And I wanna call you mine/Wanna hold your hand forever/And never let you forget it"

2. "If You Were Mine," Miranda Lambert & Leon Bridges

Lyrics you'll love: "You're a needle in a haystack/You're so damn hard to find/Candy apple red Cadillac/You're one of a kind"

3. "This Is It," Scotty McCreery

Lyrics you'll love: "Lookin' out, can't you see forever?/Take my hand, just take it in/This is a moment we won't forget/On top of the world, here, together"

4. "Always Gonna Love You," Florida Georgia Line

Lyrics you'll love: "I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I'm always gonna love you/Always gonna love you, baby"

5. "Forever After All," Luke Combs

Lyrics you'll love: "They say nothing lasts forever/But they ain't seen us together/Or the way the moonlight dances in your eyes"

6. "Big, Big Plans," Chris Lane

Lyrics you'll love: "She don't know I got some big, big plans"

7. "Joy of My Life," Chris Stapleton

Lyrics you'll love: "She's sweet to me/Must be the luckiest man alive/Did I tell you, baby/You are the joy of my life?"

8. "Butterflies," Kasey Musgraves

Lyrics you'll love: "Kiss full of color, makes me wonder where you've always been/I was hiding in doubt 'til you brought me out of my chrysali"s/And I came out new/All because of you"

Unique Country First Dance Songs

Searching for some unique country first dance songs? We've got you covered: Below, we're rounding up the best ones that fly severely under the radar.

9. "Tennessee Whiskey," Chris Stapleton

Lyrics you'll love: "You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey/You're as sweet as strawberry wine/You're as warm as a glass of brandy/And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time"

10. "We Got Us," Canaan Smith

Lyrics you'll love: "Feels like this can be the moment/We've been waiting on all our lives"

11. "A Lifetime of Dancin' to Do," Jerrod Niemann

Lyrics you'll love: "Dance with me, baby, they're playing our favorite song/And don't mind me, darling, if I hang on too long/I need more than three minutes of me holding you/We've got a lifetime of dancin' to do"

12. "Deeper Than the Holler," Randy Travis

Lyrics you'll love: "My love is deeper than the holler/Stronger than the river/Higher than the pine trees growin' tall upon the hill"

13. "Cowboys and Angels," Dustin Lynch

Lyrics you'll love: "We ride side by side/A cloud of dust, a ray of light/My touch is her temptation/Her kiss is my salvation/She's sweet, I'm wild, we're dangerous/Cowboys and angels

14. "Smile," Uncle Kracker

Lyrics you'll love: "You're better than the best/I'm lucky just to linger in your light"

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15. "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)," Juice Newton

Lyrics you'll love: "You're my sunshine, you're my rain/The sweetest thing/I've ever known/Is lovin' you"

16. "Loving You Easy," Zac Brown Band

Lyrics you'll love: "You make loving you easy/You make loving you all I wanna do/Every little smile, every little touch/Reminds me how just how much it all makes/Loving you easy"

17. "Wedding Dress," Levi Hummon

Lyrics you'll love: "Might be the champagne going to my head/Or something that that preacher said/If I got down on one knee would you say yes?/I wanna see you in a wedding dress"

Classic Country First Dance Songs

These classic country first dance songs from award-winning artists like Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift are oldies but goodies.

18. "It's Your Love," Tim McGraw

Lyrics you'll love: "It's your love/It just does something to me/It sends a shock right through me/I can't get enough/And if you wonder/About the spell I'm under/Oh it's your love"

19. "Bless the Broken Road," Rascal Flatts

Lyrics you'll love: "Every long lost dream led me to where you are/Others who broke my heart, they were like Northern stars/Pointing me on my way into your loving arms/This much I know is true/That God blessed the broken road/That led me straight to you"

20. "Breathe," Faith Hill

Lyrics you'll love: "I can feel the magic floating in the air/Being with you gets me that way/I watch the sunlight dance across your face/And I've never been this swept away"

21. "Making Memories of Us," Keith Urban

Lyrics you'll love: "And I'm gonna love you/Like nobody loves you/And I'll earn your trust/Makin' memories of us"

22. "You Had Me From Hello," Kenny Chesney

Lyrics you'll love: "Well, you had me from "Hello"/And I felt love start to grow/The moment that I looked into your eyes, you won me/It was over from the start"

23. "History in the Making," Darius Rucker

Lyrics you'll love: "I just want to look in your eyes/And catch my breath/'Cause I got a feelin'/This could be one of those memories/We wanna hold on to, cling to/The one we can't forget

24. "Look At Us," Vince Gill

Lyrics you'll love: "Look at us/After all these years together/Look at us/After all that we've been through/Look at us/Still leaning on each other/If you wanna see how true love should be/Then just look at us"

25. "Love Story," Taylor Swift

Lyrics you'll love: "You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess/It's a love story, baby, just say, 'Yes'"

26. "Say Forever You'll Be Mine," Dolly Parton

Lyrics you'll love: "Forever is the love that can stand the test of time/Forever I am yours, say forever you'll be mine"

27. "I Promise You," Johnny Cash

Lyrics you'll love: "I promised you the day you marry me/I'll be everything to you that I should be/And while you're in the springtime of your years/You'll not know what it's like to shed a tear/I'll be the same through all that we go through/I promise you I promise you

'80s Country First Dance Songs

Love '80s music and country songs? If so, look no further than these '80s country first dance songs featuring staples from Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers, among several other renowned country artists.

28. "A Long And Lasting Love," Crystal Gayle

Lyrics you'll love: "A long and lasting love/We share for many reasons/A special bond/That goes beyond the changing of the seasons"

29. "Could I Have This Dance," Anne Murray

Lyrics you'll love: "As we swayed to the music, and held to each other/I fell in love with you/Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?/Could you be my partner every night?/When we're together, it feels so right"

30. "Forever and Ever, Amen," Randy Travis

Lyrics you'll love: "Oh, baby, I'm gonna love you forever/Forever and ever amen"

31. "All I Have," Beth Nielsen Chapman

Lyrics you'll love: "Trusting you is easy/'cause I believe in you/There is nothing I would miss/As long as we're in love like this"

32. "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Willie Nelson

Lyrics you'll love: "When you're down and out when you're on the street/When evening falls so hard I will comfort you/I'll take your part when darkness comes and pain is all around/Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down"

33. "Friends for Life," Debby Boone

Lyrics you'll love: "Thoughts of the soul/Shared with compassion/Everlasting trust in a/Common goal/Always forgiving/Ever building/True friends for life

34. "The Vows Go Unbroken (Always True to You)," Kenny Rogers

Lyrics you'll love: "From the moment I met you/You made my life complete/This wave of pure devotion/Has swept me off my feet/And tonight when we kissed/You still took my breath away"

35. "Pledging My Love," Emmylou Harris

Lyrics you'll love: "Forever, my darling, my love will be true/Always and forever I'll love just you"

'90s Country First Dance Songs

For a hint of nostalgia, consider one of these '90s country first dance songs from artists including George Strait and Garth Brooks—all of which will surely bring a smile to any country music fan's face!

36. "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 gettin' better/I wanna spend the rest of my life/With you by my side/Forever and ever/Every little thing that you do/Baby I'm amazed by you"

37. "I Love The Way You Love Me," John Michael Montgomery

Lyrics you'll love: "Strong and wild, slow and easy./Heart and soul, so completely./I love the way you love me"

38. "I'll Be There For You," Kenny Rogers

Lyrics you'll love: "I'll be there for you/You don't have to feel alone/Like a shadow by your side/I'll be with you right or wrong/You stumble and you fall/But you can always lean on me/I'll be there to see you through"

39. "Go There With You," Steven Curtis Chapman

Lyrics you'll love: "I love you means I'll be with you wherever you must go"

40. "All I Need To Know," Kenny Chesney

Lyrics you'll love: "Darlin', say it one more time/You will forever be mine/That's all I need to know/In a world where most things come and go/I'll always have you to hold"

41. "Keeper Of The Stars" Tracy Bird

Lyrics you'll love: "When I hold you in my arms/I've got all I'll ever need"

42. "I Cross My Heart," George Strait

Lyrics you'll love: "Our love is unconditional/We knew it from the start/I see it in your eyes/You can feel it from my heart

43. "To Make You Feel My Love," Garth Brooks

Lyrics you'll love: "When the rain's blowing in your face/And the whole world is on your case/I would offer you a warm embrace/To make you feel my love

44. "When I Said I Do," Clint Black

Lyrics you'll love: "When I said I do, I meant that I will 'til the end of all time/Be faithful and true, devoted to you/That's what I had in mind when I said I do"

2000s Country First Dance Songs

For a fun throwback, consider choosing a 2000s love song for your first dance. Fortunately, there are plenty of country-flavored options to choose from—and we've narrowed down a few of our favorites.

45. "Forever and for Always," Shania Twain

Lyrics you'll love: "I can stay right here forever in your arms/And there ain't no way/I'm lettin' you go now"

46. "Come a Little Closer," Dierks Bentley

Lyrics you'll love: "There ain't nothin' that love can't fix"

47. "God Gave Me You," Blake Shelton

Lyrics you'll love: "'Cause God gave me you for the ups and downs/God gave me you for the days of doubt/And for when I think I lost my way/There are no words here left to say, it's true/God gave me you"

48. "I Do," Jessie James Decker

Lyrics you'll love: "You found me in the darkest night/You're my angel, you saved my life/I can't believe we're standin' here/What's mine is yours, and yours is mine/I'll love you 'til the end of time/I wanna spend forever with you/I do, I do, I do"

49. "I Run to You," Lady A

Lyrics you'll love: "When it all starts comin' undone/Baby, you're the only one I run to/I run to you"

50. "Then," Brad Paisley

Lyrics you'll love: "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/We've come so far since that day/And I thought I loved you then"

51. "Has Anybody Ever Told You," Ashley Monroe

Lyrics you'll love: "And baby, you don't have to try/Your light just shines on its own/And when I stand beside you/I just wanna hold on"

52. "I Just Call You Mine," Martina McBride

Lyrics you'll love: "I pinch myself sometimes to make sure I'm not in a dream/That's how it seems/I close my eyes and breathe in the sweetest moments I've ever known/It feels like home"

53. "Love Will Always Win," Garth Brooks

Lyrics you'll love: "No way over it, no way around it/If we want it, we have to go through it/Fight for a love and the world tries to break us down/But the world will bend/An' the fight will end./Love will always win"

54. "First Love Song," Luke Bryan

Lyrics you'll love: "This is my first love song/First time I felt the words/First time I sang along/Whenever it comes on/I just think of you/And everything you do/You're my one, my from now on"

55. "From the Ground Up," Dan + Shay

Lyrics you'll love: "Me and you baby, walk in the footsteps/Build our own family/One day at a time"

56. "Die a Happy Man," Thomas Rhett

Lyrics you'll love: "If I never get to see the northern lights/Or if I never get to see the Eiffel Tower at night/Oh, if all I got is your hand in my hand/Baby, I could die a happy man"

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