The Best Cover Songs for Your First Dance and Beyond

For the romantic blend of old and new, dance to a fresh version of your favorite love song.
by Maggie Seaver

Artists sample other artists’ music all the time, and covers are often just as special as the originals. Sometimes the cover becomes even more well known than the original. Did you know Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” was initially sung by Dolly Parton in 1974? (That’s why Parton’s rendition is on this roundup, even though Houston’s is technically a cover.)

If your favorite love song is a little too dramatic or quick-tempoed for your ceremony processional or first dance, we guarantee your band or DJ knows a cover that’s just the right pace. See our playlist of 13 romantic covers for your first dance.

“Such Great Heights,” Iron & Wine
Original by The Postal Service

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” Sleeping At Last
Original by The Proclaimers

“Your Song,” Ellie Goulding
Original by Elton John

“Halo,” Lotte Kestner
Original by Beyoncé

“Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better),” Jasmine Thompson
Original by Chaka Khan

“The Best Is Yet to Come,” Michael Bublé
Original by Jesse Belvin with Marty Paich and His Orchestra

“Feel So Close,” Nelly Furtado
Original by Calvin Harris

“Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Haley Reinhart
Original by Elvis Presley

“I Will Always Love You,” Dolly Parton
Cover by Whitney Houston

“If I Ain’t Got You,” James Bay
Original by Alicia Keys

“Stand By Me,” Skylar Grey
Original by Ben E. King

“Make You Feel My Love,” Adele
Original by Bob Dylan

“Love Me Like You Do,” Ebony Day
Original by Ellie Goulding

“At Last,” Beyoncé
Original by Etta James

“Melt With You,” Nouvelle Vague
Original by Modern English

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