20 Modern First Dance Songs That Feel Like Classics

These contemporary songs are super-romantic—and quickly becoming the new classics.
by Maggie Seaver

When it comes to first dance songs, the classics are the classics—and we'll always love them—but an old-school tune doesn't have to be your first choice (this isn't your parents' wedding after all). There are so many first-dance-worthy songs out there that feel just as classic and romantic—but still came out well after 1970. Here's a list of today's classics—a mix of mellow and upbeat contemporary tracks with that classic first dance song quality.

1. "Morning Light," Justin Timberlake feat. Alicia Keys

2. "Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran

3. "Perfect," Ed Sheeran

4. "Yours," Russell Dickerson

5. "Die a Happy Man," Thomas Rhett

6. "All of Me," John Legend

7. "From the Ground Up," Dan + Shay

8. "Everything," Michael Bublé

9. "Make You Feel My Love," Adele

10. "I Got You," Jack Johnson

11. "You Are the Best Thing," Ray LaMontagne

12. "Remedy," Adele

13. "A Thousand Years," Christina Perri

14. "Love on Top," Beyoncé

15. "The Way I Am," Ingrid Michaelson

16. "Coming Home," Leon Bridges

17. "Dance With Me," Phillip Phillips

18. "Love Someone," Brett Eldridge

19. "Smile," Uncle Kracker

20. "Say You Won't Let Go," James Arthur


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