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 planning 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):