Romantic First Dance Songs That Are Gender Neutral and LGBTQ+ Friendly

Couples of any orientation will fall for these first-dance-worthy love songs.
by The Knot
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This playlist is perfect for LGBTQ+ couples hunting for an inclusive first dance song that speaks to their sweet love story. Here are some gorgeous modern and classic songs for your first newlywed spin.

Modern LGBTQ Wedding Songs

These beautiful contemporary tracks are either completely gender neutral, written by LGBTQ+ artists or are re-recorded classics made in partnership with MGM Resorts’s LGBTQ-celebratory album Universal Love, which aims to make some of the world’s favorite love songs more inclusive.

“And I Love Him,” Benjamin Gibbard

“She Keeps Me Warm,” Mary Lambert

“Mystery of Love,” Sufjan Stevens

“Latch,” Sam Smith

“ILYSB—Stripped,” LANY

“Can I Be Him,” James Arthur

“Love Is Love” by Culture Club

“He’s Funny That Way,” Bob Dylan

“Lay Me Down,” Sam Smith and John Legend

“My Guy,” Kele Okereke

“So Beautiful,” Darren Hayes

“You Are the Reason,” Calum Scott

Classic First Dance Songs With Gender-Neutral Pronouns

Don’t want to stray from the classics? Here are some popular first dance songs that work for couples of all kinds.

“At Last,” Etta James

“Stand By Me,” Ben E. King

“What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong

“If I Should Fall Behind” Bruce Springsteen

“I Still Love You,” Jennifer Hudson

“Stay With You,” John Legend

“This Will Be Our Year,” The Zombies

“Everything,” Michael Bublé

“You Are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne

“True Companion,” Marc Cohn




Listen to 12 under-the-radar first dance songs we love.

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