20 Best First Dance Wedding Cover Songs

Sometimes the original is just too predictable. Here's a list of familiar first dance songs with a twist.

Searching for your first dance wedding song? Can't seem to find one that's just right? Look no further than this list of our favorites—with a twist. You know, just because your first dance song is popular doesn't mean it has to be exactly the same as everyone else's. These cover songs are the perfect mix of familiar and original (and a little surprising too, which is always a good thing!). Check out the best cover songs below and scroll all the way down for our Spotify playlist.

  1. L.O.V.E., Joss Stone (original by Nat King Cole)

    Photo by James Christianson Photography

    Nat King Cole was one of the Jazz Era's most famous and celebrated pianists. He rose to popularity in the 1930s and 40s with timeless hits like "Unforgettable," and "Nature Boy." "L.O.V.E" was actually the last song to be released by Cole shortly after his passing, and the melody has lived on ever since. The sweet, classic lyrics coupled with Joss Stone's airy voice make this a great pick for someone looking for a no-fuss first dance song.

  2. I Melt With You, Nouvelle Vague (original by Modern English)

    Photo by Carlie Statsky Photography

    The members of Modern English all call Colchester, England, home, so it's no surprise that their band name honors the country. The four-person band has tons of hits, but "I Melt With You" is by far their most popular (It was even featured in a Hershey's chocolate commercial during the holiday season!). The lyrics are all about how time stops when you're in love -- we think that's pretty spot-on for first dances, too.

  3. No Ordinary Love, Deftones (original by Sade)

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    "No Ordinary Love" spent 27 weeks on the Billboard Top 100 charts after its debut in January 1993. It's been featured in popular culture a lot, too: movies like, Indecent Proposal, to TV shows, like 30 Rock, have featured scenes with Sade's most popular song. Given that your wedding is no ordinary day, Deftones rendition is no ordinary first dance song -- even with the heavy metal influence, it's still sensual and romantic.

  4. The Way You Look Tonight, Harry Connick Jr. (original by Fred Astaire)

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    "The Way You Look Tonight" was originally featured in the 1936 movie Swing Time. Astaire, as Lucky Garnett, serenades Penny Carroll as she washes her hair in the next room. The ballad made such waves that it won an Oscar for Best Original Song the same year the movie debuted. The song, with its glamorous, old Hollywood sound, is one of the best cover songs for a more formal wedding.

  5. Is This Love, Corinne Bailey Rae (original by Bob Marley)

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    "Is This Love" was released in 1987. Since then, it's been covered by everyone from Allen Stone to Rihanna. One of our favorite versions is this one by Corinne Bailey Rae. The beautiful, soulful singing, coupled with the simple "Is this love" refrain, upgrade this tune from a beach anthem to the ultimate sentimental first dance wedding song.

  6. The Best Is Yet To Come, Tony Bennett (original by Frank Sinatra)

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    The last song Frank Sinatra performed publicly before his death in 1998 was -- you guessed it -- "The Best Is Yet To Come." But the ballad is anything but a tear-jerker. Lyrics about love, hope and celebration make this song perfect for our list.

  7. At Last, Beyonce (original by Etta James)

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    Though "At Last" was originally written for a musical, Etta James covered it in 1960. And it was all downhill from there. The song climbed to #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B Sides chart and in 1999, the melody was finally inducted into the Grammy's Hall of Fame. We can't think of a more fitting first dance lyric than the last line of this ballad: "And here we are in heaven/For you are mine/At last" (And needless to say, Beyonce absolutely nails it.)

  8. Wild Horses, The Sundays (original by The Rolling Stones)

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    "Wild Horses" is now on Rolling Stone's "Greatest Songs of All Time" list, but the public almost never heard it. Though the song was recorded in 1969, the tune didn't hit the radio until 1971, after disputes over rights to the song were settled. It's easy to get lost in the moment dancing to this cover by The Sundays; the melodic singing and soft guitar are a good fit for a rustic wedding.

  9. To Love Somebody, Damien Rice and Ray LaMontagne (original by the Bee Gees)

    Photo by Shipra Panosian Photography

    The Bee Gees might've pulled some serious strings to get their first single on to U.S. airwaves (some say they tricked DJs into playing the song!) but their second song, "To Love Somebody" quickly became a pop classic. Just look at the long list of people who've covered it: Janis Joplin, Nina Simone, Michael Buble and, of course, Damien Rice and Ray LaMontagne. Their version brings a ton of soul to the already passionate lyrics: "I live and breathe for you/But what good does it do/If I ain't got you."

  10. Heaven, DJ Sammy (original by Bryan Adams)

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    "Heaven" was inspired by the Journey single "Faithfully." Since Adams is Canadian, it's no surprise that the song was such a hit there -- it's won awards from the Performing Rights Organization of Canada and Broadcast Music Inc., among others. This song describes how love grows from childhood crush to lifelong commitment, was practically made for couples who have been together since their "younger years," as Bryan Adams croons. The upbeat techno remix by DJ Sammy is just as heartfelt, which makes it a good choice for your wedding first dance.

  11. Crazy In Love, Snow Patrol (original by Beyonce)

    Photo by Agnes Lopez Photography

    "Crazy in Love" also has a coveted spot on Rolling Stone's Greatest Songs of All Time list (not to mention that it earned the #1 spot on VH1's Best Songs of the 2000s). If you love Beyonce, but don't want to bust out any of her signature moves on the dance floor, check out this rendition by Snow Patrol. The mellow tunes feel more wedding appropriate (and less like a club hit).

  12. Across the Universe, Rufus Wainwright (original by The Beatles)

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    John Lennon's lyrical genius produced the vivid imagery that makes "Across the Universe" a one-of-a-kind ballad. Even Lennon himself believes that the song may have been one of the greatest he'd ever written, telling Rolling Stone in 1970, "It's one of the best lyrics I've written. In fact, it could be the best." As though you needed any more convincing that this is a one-of-a-kind first dance wedding song!

  13. That's How Strong My Love Is, The Rolling Stones (original by Otis Redding)

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    Tons of artists have covered "That's How Strong My Love Is." In fact, the version by Otis Redding, which remains the most popular, was a cover of the original sung by O. V. Wright. If you're looking for a classic rock-inspired first dance song, look no further than The Rolling Stones' rendition.

  14. Here Comes the Sun, Nina Simone (original by George Harrison)

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    Some say "Here Comes the Sun" is one of the best songs George Harrison wrote for the Beatles. Even though the song was never released as a single, the simple, heartfelt lyrics are definitely worth a listen -- and possibly, a dance as well.

  15. Crazy Love, Michael Buble (original by Van Morrison)

    Couple dancing with Crazy Love lyrics
    Photo by Genevieve Leiper Photography

    "Crazy Love" -- and Van Morrison -- certainly have one music legend's approval: Ray Charles. He played the first few lines of "Crazy Love" as he introduced Van Morrison for his induction into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. Later, they also sang a duet of the song to close the show. Michael Buble is known for his emotion-filled, romantic singing -- this version is no different and makes for a romantic first dance wedding song.

  16. Grow Old With Me, The Postal Service (original by John Lennon)

    Photo by Caroline Petters Photography

    "Grow Old With Me" was inspired by a Robert Browning poem that both John Lennon and Yoko Ono loved. They envisioned the song as being the type of song that would play at every wedding across the country. The lyrics: "grow old with me/two branches of one tree/face the setting sun/when it day is done" are absolutely wedding-worthy.

  17. Can't Help Falling In Love, UB40 (original by Elvis Presley)

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    Fun fact: The original Elvis hit is loosely based off of a romance song from the 1700s (yes, you read that right!). Despite covers by Bob Dylan and the A-Teens, British group UB40 made this song a bonafide hit. Their version stayed in the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 7 weeks. With its relaxed tempo and reggae feel, the updated version would be one of the best first dance wedding songs for a beach or backyard reception venue.

  18. Endless Love, Glee Cast (original by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie)

    If, for some reason, the lyrics of "Endless Love" don't convince you that this is one of the most romantic songs ever written, maybe this will: Billboard Music proclaimed "Endless Love" the absolute best duet of all time, so of course it had to make our list!

  19. Your Song, Ewan McGregor (original by Elton John)

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    "Your Song" was Elton John's first hit in the United States in the 70s. And since then, everyone from Cissy Houston to Rod Steward to British popstar Ellie Goulding have made Elton's ballad their own. Filled with heart, Ewan McGregor's rendition is perfect for swaying on the dance floor.

  20. Make You Feel My Love, Adele (original by Bob Dylan)

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    Billy Joel actually released the same song (although it was titled "To Make You Feel My Love") months before Dylan did in 1997. However, Dylan is typically lauded for making it a success. Adele, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood all sang their own covers of the song years later as well. Adele's rich vocals add something special to the already sentimental song, making for a first dance wedding song that's absolutely timeless.

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