15 Under-the-Radar First Dance Songs We Love

While we love the classics, why not think outside the box?
by Maria Bouselli

Picking your first dance song seems like it should be an easy task, but we’ve heard from many couples that it was one of the tougher decisions they had to make. Sure, you can always go with one of the classic love songs (which are obviously winners), but why not try to be more original? If you and your partner have a song that really speaks to your relationship—even if it’s an acoustic cover of a kind-of-out-there metal tune—use it! Below are some of our favorite under-the-radar songs we think would be perfect for a first dance with your new spouse, and a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them for yourself.

1. "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes

We love the sentiment in this song: that seeing your one true love makes it feel like it’s the first day of your life.

Lyrics You’ll Love: “Yours was the first face that I saw/I think I was blind before I met you/I don't know where I am, I don't know where I've been/But I know where I want to go”

2. "Feel So Close" by Nelly Furtado

This slowed-down, acoustic version of Calvin Harris’s “Feel So Close” gives us all the feels (pun intended).

Lyrics You’ll Love: “I feel so close to you right now/It's a force field/I wear my heart upon my sleeve, like a big deal/Your love pours down on me, surrounds me like a waterfall/And there's no stopping us right now/I feel so close to you right now”

3. "Smile" by Uncle Kracker

We know—this one’s a throwback. But these lyrics are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Plus, we bet a live band could do an amazing rendition of it.

Lyrics You’ll Love: “You make me dance like a fool/Forget how to breathe/Shine like gold, buzz like a bee/Just the thought of you can drive me wild/Oh, you make me smile”

4. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by Sleeping at Last

Sleeping at Last covers the classic '80s rock song to make it truly perfect for your first dance. They slow down the tempo and play up its sentimental message of devoting yourself to someone no matter what comes.

Lyrics You'll Love: "And when I'm lonely, well I know I'm gonna be/I'm gonna be the man who's lonely without you/And if I grow old, well I know I'm gonna be/I'm gonna be the man who's growing old with you"

5. "Ends of the Earth" by Lord Huron

This folksy song perfectly conveys the start of a lifetime of adventures.  

Lyrics You’ll Love: “To the ends of the earth, would you follow me/There's a world that was meant for our eyes to see/To the ends of the earth, would you follow me”

6. "XO" by Beyoncé

Okay, this one may not be totally “under the radar,” but we think the feeling behind “XO” is perfect for a wedding day.

Lyrics You’ll Love: “In the darkest night hour (in the darkest night hour)/I search through the crowd (search through the crowd)/Your face is all that I see/I'll give you everything/Baby, love me lights out”

7. "Remedy" by Adele

You can’t go wrong with some Adele, and these song lyrics gets deep.

Lyrics You’ll Love: “No river is too wide or too deep for me to swim to you/Come whenever I'll be the shelter that won't let the rain come through/Your love, it is my truth/And I will always love you/Love you”

8. "Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton

Yes, we know the title is boozy, and some of the lyrics are too. But Stapleton’s vocals are so sultry, and there’s nothing like getting high on love.

Lyrics You’ll Love: “I've looked for love in all the same old places/Found the bottom of a bottle always dry/But when you poured out your heart I didn't waste it/'Cause there's nothing like your love to get me high”

9. "Such Great Heights" by Iron & Wine

This accoustic cover of The Postal Service's electronic hit is nothing like the original and will make you hear the lyrics in a whole new way.

Lyrics You'll Love: "I am thinking it's a sign/That the freckles in our eyes/Are mirror images/And when we kiss they're perfectly aligned"

10. "My Lover" by Birdtalker

This song will make you feel like the only two in the room, with the duo’s voices front and center and the guitar playing softly.  

Lyrics You’ll Love: “Let's pack a bag and migrate, to anywhere we please/Climbing up the mountains underneath the sea, just you and me/Oh and we'll hold on, for the rest of our lives… You're my lover”

11. "'Deed I Do" by Blossom Dearie

If you’re looking for an old-school, jazzy tune, this number will indeed do.

Lyrics You’ll Love: “Do I need you?/Oh my! Do I!/Honey, deed I do!/I'm glad that I'm the one who found you”

12. "We Are Man and Wife" by Michelle Featherstone

Featherstone's voice over this simple piano melody is so lovely and romantic, and the lyrics sound so much like wedding vows it'll melt your heart.

Lyrics You'll Love: "All the things that you would do, you know I'm standing/next to you, darling I will see you through the rest of our lives/With you beside me I have won, I'm glad I waited for so long, but there's no doubt that you are the one for me

13. "Bloom" by The Paper Kites

The guitar in the beginning of this simple song makes our hearts sing. And the lyrics are just so sweet.

Lyrics You’ll Love: “In the morning when I wake/And the sun is coming through/Oh, you fill my lungs with sweetness/And you fill my head with you.”

14. "You Are the Reason" by Calum Scott

This is such a beautiful ballad that will give everybody chills as you sway for the first time as newlyweds.

Lyrics You'll Love: "I'd climb every mountain/And swim every ocean/Just to be with you/And fix what I've broken/Oh, 'cause I need you to see/That you are the reason"

15. "Don’t Wait" by Mapei

An upbeat track that’s all about finding your best friend and getting through whatever life throws your way—count us in.

Lyrics You’ll Love: “Not a thing in the world could get between what we share/No matter where you at, no worry I'll be there/No one's got your back like I do… When I shine, you shine, always on your side”

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