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150 first dance songs for your 2021 wedding day

A comprehensive collection of 150 of the very best melodies for your all-important first dance

When considering what to choose for your ‘first dance’ song, most couples find they usually swing one of two ways. Those who, without hesitation, know exactly what they want with a specific song being the anthem of their friendship and relationship (and the decision gets locked in without the blink of an eyelid).Then there are those who have to wade through the waters of indecision together to find a tune that feels like a great fit for this all important moment.

If you are of the latter ilk, take a deep breath and relax in the knowledge that all the footwork (pardon the pun) has been done for you with this carefully curated list of 150 first dance songs.

With everything from Ed Sheeran and his smooth romantic melodies to the swooning falsettos and enchanting tones of Bon Iver there is sure to be a melody that captures the magic of your relationship.

WHAT TO CONSIDER

Before you start the journey of finding your ideal first dance ballard take a moment to consider the following 10 things:

  • Start by narrowing down the options and seeing if there is a song that captures and holds special significance for you both - A song that played on your first date? A song that describes your relationship? Is there a song that wraps melodies and words around how you feel about one another?

  • Consider your audience by avoiding risque’ or questionable lyrics. You’ll be center stage for this moment with all eyes on the both of you, so save the wilder tunes for later in the evening when the party really gets started.

  • Keep your guests engaged by either choosing a song under 3 minutes in length or fading the music out if it’s much longer.

  • Don’t feel the need to conform to ‘the norm’ - choose a song that you both enjoy and will feel comfortable dancing to. Slow, upbeat, choreographed or frivolous you get to set the tempo!!

  • If you have a themed wedding consider choosing your first dance to complement the ‘feel’ and vibe of your day.

  • Take into account ‘how’ you want your song played. For example, if you have a band entertaining your guests for the evening check to see if they have your song in their repertoire or, if not, are they willing to learn it?

  • Love a classic but want a modern twist? Look for covers or acoustic versions that cleverly rework and put a contemporary spin on the songs you love.

  • If a favorite ‘style of song’ feels like too wide of a field, narrow the parameters by selecting a favorite artist and then choosing a song of theirs that you both like.

  • Lower the stakes a little!! The first dance is first and foremost about you both embracing and celebrating as a couple together in front of family and friends, the song merely provides the musical backdrop for that to happen. Feeling really stuck? Ask you guests to RSVP with a song that they think depicts your love story...it may be the inspiration you’ve been looking for!!!

150 of the best first dance songs in alphabetical order

Acoustic, alternative, cheesy, romantic, soulful and upbeat we’ve scoured the earth to find something for everyone ranging from contemporary numbers to timeless classics (and yes...we may have highlighted a few of our all time faves):

1. A thousand years (acoustic) - Jonah Baker

2. Adore you - Harry Styles

3. All of me - John Legend

4. Always - Bon Jovi

5. Anything for you - Ledisi & PJ Morton

6. At last - Etta James

7. Bahamas - Whole Wide world

8. Because you loved me - Celine Dion

9. Best Part - H.E.R ft Daniel Ceasar

10. Better half of me (acoustic) - Tom Walker

11. Better together - Jack Johnson

12. Beyond - Leon Bridges

13. Black & White - Niall Horan

14. Blessed - Thomas Rhett

15. By your side - Sade

16. Can you feel the love tonight - Boyce Avenue ft. Connie Talbot

17. Can't help falling in love - Hayley Reinhart

18. Can't take my eyes off you - Lauryn Hill

19. Cannonball - Damien Rice

20. Cardigan - Taylor Swift

21. Catch Fire - Canyon City

22. Chasing cars - Snow Patrol

23. Colours - Amos Lee

24. Come away with me - Norah Jones

25. Come what may - Nicole Kidman & Ewan McGregor

26. Coming home - Leon Bridges

27. Consider me - Allan Stone

28. Conversations in the Dark - John Legend

29. Crazy day - The Shires

30. Crazy in love - Oh Wonder

31. Crazy love - Van Morrison

32. Drops of Jupiter - Train

33. Endless Love - Luther Vandross

34. Everything - Michael Buble

35. Everything has changed - Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran

36. Everything I do I do it for you - Bryan Adams

37. Fade into you - Mazzy Star

38. Faithfully - Journey

39. Finally/Beautiful stranger - Halsey

40. First Day of my Life - Bright Eyes

41. Fix you - Coldplay

42. For once in my life - Stevie Wonder

43. Forever - Ben Harper

44. Gentle Heart - Joshua Hyslop

45. Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

46. Greatest Day - Take that

47. Have I told you lately - Van Morrison

48. Heartbeats | Other voices - Josh Gonzales

49. Higher love - James Vincent McMorrow

50. Ho Hey - The Lumneers

51. Hold you in my arms - Ray LaMontage

52. How long will I love you - Ellie Goulding

53. Holy - Justin Bieber

54. Hoppipola - Sigor Ros

55. How deep is your love acoustic - Matt johnson & Mateo Oxley

56. How long will I love you (acoustic) - Matt Johnson

57. How sweet it is (to be loved by you) - James Taylor

58. I am yours - Andy Grammar

59. I believe in a thing calles love - Branches

60. I don't want to miss a thing - Boyce Avenue ft. Jennel Garcia

61. I found you - Alabama Shakes

62. I got you - Jack Johnson

63. I knew I loved you - Savage Garden

64. I won’t give up on us - Jason Mraz

65. I'm yours - Jason Mraz

66. If I aint got you - Alicia Keys

67. Incase you don’t live forever - Ben Platt

68. It's your love - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

69. Just the way you are - Billy Joel

70. Kiss me - Sixpence none the richer

71. Latch (acoustic) - Sam Smith

72. Like a star - Corinne Bailey Rae

73. Llegaste Tu - Luis Fonsi & Juan Luis Guerra

74. Love at First Sight - Jordan Mackampa

75. Love is all around - Wet wet wet

76. Love Story - Taylor Swift

77. Lover - Taylor Swift

78. Lovesong - Adele

79. Loving you - Seafret

80. Lucky - Colbie Caillat & Jason Mraz

81. Make you feel my love - Adele

82. Marry me - Train

83. Marry you - Bruno Mars

84. Mess is mine - Vance Joy

85. Minefields - Faouzia & John Legend

86. Mirrorball - Taylor Swift

87. Never Worn White - Katy Perry

88. Next to you - Little Big Town

89. No judgement (acoustic version) - Niall Horan

90. Old Fashioned - Cee-Lo Green

91. One day like this - Elbow

92. Only you - Yazoo

93. Perfect - Ed Sheeran

94. Perfect Day - Lou Reed

95. Put it all on me - Ed Sheeran

96. Shallow - Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga

97. She - Elvis Costello

98. She's the one - Robbie Williams

99. Skinny Love - Bon Iver

100. Sky full of stars - Coldplay

101. Something about your love - Mason Jennings

102. Somewhere only we know - Keane

103. Songbird - Fleetwood Mac

104. Sons and daughters - Allman Brown

105. Speechless - Dan & Shay

106. Stand by me - Florence & The Machine

107. Stuck with you - Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber

108. Sweet disposition - The Temper Trap

109. Take it Slowly - Garrett Kato

110. Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton

111. That's how strong my love is - Otis Redding

112. The bones - Maren Morris

113. The Luckiest - Ben Folds Five

114. The one - Kodaline

115. The only exception - Paramore

116. The only way to love - Vanessa Carlton

117. The prayer - Andrea Bocelli

118. The way you look tonight - Elton John

119. The Wedding Song - Angus & Julia Stone

120. Then - Brad Paisley

121. Time after time - Eva Cassidy

122. Thinking out Loud - Ed Sheeran

123. To Die for - Sam Smith

124. Truly Madly Deeply - Yoke Lore

125. Wanted - Hunter Hayes

126. What a man gotta do - Jonas Brothers

127. What a wonderful world - Michael Buble

128. When I fall in love - Nat King Cole

129. When I go - Slow Club

130. When I look at you (acoustic) - Miley Cyrus

131. When I need you - Leo Sayer

132. When you say nothing at all - Music, Travel Love

133. Wherever you are - Kodaline

134. Wherever you will go - Charlene Soraia

135. Wild - John Legend

136. Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones

137. Wonderful tonight - Eric Clapton

138. Write a book - Maddie & Tae

139. XO - John Mayer

140. You & Me - Dave Matthews Band

141. You are the best thing - Ray Lamontagne

142. You give me something - James Morrison

143. You're all I need to get by - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

144. You're beautiful - James Blunt

145. You've got the love - Florence & The Machines

146. Young & Beautiful - Lana Del Ray

147. Your my best friend - Queen

148. Your song - Ellie Goulding

149. Your still the one Acoustic - Bailey Rushlow

150. #Stafford APTS - Bon Iver

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