Best & Most Popular First Dance Songs

Best and Most Popular First Dance Songs for your Wedding

With so many details to consider when planning a wedding, music can dissolve into the ocean of all the excitement, anxiety and expectation. For most couples the song for the first dance is one of the first to be selected. The first dance functions as the centerpiece of the whole reception and so we know it is a priority for everyone.

Suggestions for Choosing a Song:

  • Choose a song that is personal to you both
  • Choose a song that reflects your personality as a couple
  • Decide if you prefer something unique or popular
  • Decide if you want something contemporary or classic
  • Be sure to inform your sound operator or DJ as to how long you want to dance
The first dance is a series of moments when all eyes are on you so you want to make sure those moments are the best possible for you and your partner. Some couples like to be the centre of attention and others don't. We recommend you discuss with your partner how long you'd like to be in the limelight. Those two minutes can feel like a lifetime if either or both of you aren't feeling comfortable with it all.

From our experience, we have put together a list of songs that are popular for these two purposes. It is your choice whether to choose something from the list because it is popular or to deliberately avoid songs on this list because you want your choice to be unique.

10 Popular First Dance Songs

1. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

2. Thomas Rhett - Die a Happy Man

3. Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing

4. Adam Sandler - Grow Old With You

5. Ben Howard - Only Love

6.Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply

7. Rachel Platten - Superman

8. Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up

9. The Zombies - This Will Be Our Year

10. Sade - By Your Side


If you’re looking for something a little more unique and aren’t interested in what everyone else is doing, here are a few we think work well, but are a little or a lot less common.

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - That's What's Up

 Sigur Rós - Hoppípolla

Chris Brown - Forever


Every once in awhile we get an entertaining and sometimes hilarious request for a recessional or reception entrance and we thought it would be fun to share it for those of you who are looking for a fun or obscure selection.

John Williams - Star Wars Main Theme

Green Day - Good Riddance

Lou Bega - Mambo No. 5

Longer List

If you're looking for even more songs to choose from, feel free to hop on over to our main blogsite where there are many music lists including a list of 50 Grand Entrance Songs.

First Dance Experience

Christina Perri - A Thousand Years

John Legend - All of Me

Michael Bublé - Everything 

Sam Smith - Latch (Acoustic)

Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise

Lee Brice - I Don't Dance

The Beatles - In My Life

Chris Young - Who I Am With You

Bright Eyes - First Day Of My Life

Frank Sinatra - L.O.V.E.

Dustin Kensrue - Pistol

Chad Brownlee - Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran Cover)

Sleeping At Last - Tethered

Nat "King" Cole - Unforgettable