25 Romantic First Dance Songs Perfect for Your Wedding

Find the right love song to dance to as newlyweds from our difinitive playlist of romantic favorites.
by The Knot
Bride and groom's first wedding dance
photo by Coco Tran

If you're having trouble choosing the perfect first dance song, start by narrowing down your search to the most obvious theme: love. Your wedding song can be anything you want, from upbeat and punchy to slow and sentimental, but one thing most first dance songs have in common is a romantic message. (But no one says you can't get down to "Chicken Fried" or "Uptown Funk" if that's more your style.) To jump-start your romantic wedding song brainstorm, here's a playlist, in no particular order, of our all-time favorite classic and contemporary love songs perfect for your first dance as a married couple. We wouldn't be surprised if all of your guests need tissues after watching you sway to one of these romantic tracks.

1. "All of Me," John Legend

2. “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley

3. "Everything," Michael Bublé

4. “At Last,” Etta James

5. "Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran

6. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

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

8. “God Only Knows,” The Beach Boys

9. "Love on Top," Beyoncé

10. “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green

11. “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes

12. “You Are So Beautiful,” Joe Cocker

13. “Your Song,” Elton John

14. “I Choose You,” Sara Bareilles

15. "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," Frankie Valli

16. “Amazed,” Lonestar

17. “Only One,” James Taylor

18. “I Love You Always Forever,” Donna Lewis

19. “You Make Me Feel So Young,” Frank Sinatra

20. “Whatever It Is,” Zac Brown Band

21. “My Girl,” The Temptations

22. “Better Together,” Jack Johnson

23. “Unchained Melody,” Righteous Brothers

24. “Somebody Like You,” Keith Urban

25. “I’ll Be There,” The Jackson 5

26. “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri

27. “You’re My Best Friend,” Queen

28. “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele

29. “This Will Be (an Everlasting Love),” Natalie Cole

30. “Love Someone,” Brett Eldredge

  1. Looking for something a little different? Try one of these under-the-radar first dance songs.

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