99 Real First Dance Wedding Songs

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Music has to be one of the most important elements of your wedding day, setting a tone, creating atmosphere and trapping memories into a tune forever.

Choosing songs for your wedding is incredibly personal, but i wanted to share some ideas to get your musical creative juices flowing. I have listed 99 real wedding first dance song choices by WWW couples. All different; in rhythm and style.

Your first dance could be formal, or casual, slow and romantic or fun and energetic. You could have your first dance alone or invite your guests to join in. You could even have more than 1 song. There really are no rules.

Simply click on the wedding link next to the song to see the couple’s wedding and how they chose their wedding music in their wedding report. Ohh and please do leave your first dance plans in the comment bow below or if you are already married your first dance song choice.

99 first Dances


Jason Mraz – Lucky Cassie and Aston’s wedding.

Kasabian – HappinessLesley and Neil’s wedding.

Elvis – Cant Help Falling In LoveLiam and Vicky’s wedding.

Adele – Make You Feel My LoveKate and Warren’s wedding.

Kings of Leon – Use SomebodyTom and Sarah’s wedding.

Kiss – I Was Made For Loving YouBernadette and David’s wedding.

Plain White T’s – Rhythm of Love Gareth and Kirstyn’s wedding.

Fun Lovin’ Criminals – We Have all the Time in the World – Beverley and Chris’ wedding.

Dido – Thank youAnita and Tony’s wedding.

Hoobastank – The ReasonKelly and Leon’s wedding.


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Sam Cooke – Wonderful WorldHolly and Tom’s wedding.

Blur – The UniversalSarah and Richard’s wedding.

Ed Sheeran – Kiss Me Maighread and Malcolm’s wedding.

Van Morrison – Sweet ThingRobert and Sarah’s wedding.

Medley of songs; Olly Murs, Twist Again, YMCA, Birdie Song, MC Hammer and so on – Kelly and Ashley’s wedding.

Atreyu – I’ll Wait For YouMichelle and Rich’s wedding.

Mundy – Galway GirlTanya and Matt’s wedding.

Jack Johnson – Better TogetherHeather and Ethan’s wedding.

Jack Johnson – Bubble ToesAmy and Matt’s wedding.

Elbow – One Day Like ThisSarah and Richard’s wedding.

Etta James – At LastRich and Emma’s wedding.

Dream a Little Dream of MeKaty and Frank’s wedding.

Florence and the Machine – You’ve got the Love Jade and Jamie’s wedding.

Jackie Wilson – (your love keeps lifting me) Higher and Higher James and Lucy’s wedding.

Iron and Wine – Such Great HeightsKirby and Tom’s wedding.

The Beach Boys – God Only KnowsHayley and Mark’s wedding.

Marvin Berry & The Starlighters – Earth Angel from Back To The FutureLaura and Daniel’s wedding.


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Paul Weller – You Do Something To MeMatthew and Gemma’s wedding.

Fleetwood Mac – EverywhereKate and Keran’s wedding.

Whitney Houston –  I Wanna Dance with SomebodyMari and Tom’s wedding.

Bob Marley – Is this love Rhiannon and Mike’s wedding.

Blur – To the EndSam and Joe’s wedding.

Roxy Music – It Was More Than ThisLaura and Pete’s wedding.

Luther Vandross – All My LoveChanelle and Terry’s wedding.

MGMT – KidsDan and Michelle’s wedding.

John Paul Young – AirMary and Jody’s wedding.

Sam Cooke – You Send Me Nicola and Bob’s wedding.

Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing – Jude and Mark’s wedding.

The Wurzels – Combine HarvesterEdd and Claires’s wedding.

Zero 7 – Destiny – Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight – Wannadies – You and Me – Matt and Vanessa’s wedding.

Bruno Mars – Marry MeLee and Lisa’s wedding.


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Frank Sinatra – Fly Me to the MoonKirk and Lucy’s wedding.

John Legend – Ordinary PeopleCherry and Andrew’s wedding.

Barry White –  My First, My Last, My EverythingHsiu Lye and Nicholas’s wedding.

Noel Gallagher – If I Had a Gun Zoë and Scott’s wedding.

Charles Trenet – La MerAngela and Tom’s wedding.

Barry Louis Polisar – All I Want is YouRhian and Martin’s wedding.

John Lennon – Stand By Me – Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of LoveMichelle and Jonny’s wedding.

Minnie Riperton – Loving You Michelle and Darren’s wedding.

Otis Reading – Try a Little Tenderness Paul and Victoria’s wedding.

INXS – Never Tear Us Apart Hayley and Mitchell’s wedding.

Eva Cassiy – Bridge Over Troubled WaterKevin and Lucy’s wedding.

Muse – Feelin GoodLaura and Will’s wedding.

Kanye West – Touch the SkyMathew and Sophia’s wedding.

James Morrison – You Give Me SomethingGareth and Alexis’ wedding.

Gladys Knight and the Pips – You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to MeGareth and Holly’s wedding.

Sinead O’Connor – Only You Richard and Helen’s wedding.

Jimmy Eat World – 23Adeline and Andy’s wedding.

Metallica – Nothing Else MattersRoss and Ceri’s wedding.

My Baby Just Cares for MeAlan and Jennifer’s wedding.

All I Ask of You – Phantom of the OperaRobert and Bryony’s wedding.

Style Council – You’re The Best ThingPhil and Laura’s wedding.

Stevie Wonder – SuperstitiousMatt and Dom’s wedding.

Lenny Kravitz – I Belong to YouJonathan and Shirley’s wedding.

Sam Brown and Jools Holland – Valentine MoonKatie and Barry’s wedding.

Queen – You’re my Best FriendKate and Greg’s wedding.


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Cast of Glee – Songbird Jon and Vicky’s wedding.

Badly Drawn Boy – One Last DanceMichelle and Davy’s wedding.

Tears for Fears – Head Over HeelsSteve and Ellie’s wedding.

Regina Spektor – UsJames and Hannah’s wedding.

Hoagy Carmichael – The Nearness Of YouHolly and Matthew’s wedding.

Rascal Flatts – Bless the Broken RoadMatt and Jo’s wedding.

Yazoo – Only YouFiona and Bobby’s wedding.

Elvis Costello – She Tammy and Joel’s wedding.

Elton John – Your SongLaura and Michael’s wedding.

Nat King Cole – L.O.V.EGeorge and Laura’s wedding.

KT Tunstall – Universe and UAmy and Alex’s wedding.

Oasis – She’s Electric – Rolling Stones – Wild HorsesIlona and Stewart’s wedding.

BeeGees – More than a WomanKate and Martin’s wedding.

Van Morrison – Into the MysticMartin and Gianna’s wedding.

Leroy Hutson –  All Because of You Rachel and Paul’s wedding.


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Ben E King – Stand By MeJennifer and Paul’s wedding.

The Cure – Love SongJohanna and Neil’s wedding.

Elton John – The Way You Look Tonight Maike and Adam’s wedding.

Daryl Hall & John Oates – You Make My DreamsSara and Tom’s wedding.

The Foo Fighters – EverlongOlly and Grace’s wedding.

Depeche Mode – Enjoy the SilenceHannah and Andrew’s wedding.

Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire Natalie and Steve’s wedding.

Madness – It Must be Love Becky and Albert’s wedding.

Micheal Jackson – Rock With You Tina and Danny’s wedding.

Take That – Rule the World Claire and David’s wedding.

Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life Lyndsay and Matthew’s wedding.

Regina Spektor – Real Love Cara and Brandon’s wedding.

Chet Baker- Let’s Get LostCaro and Mark’s wedding.

Robert Palmer – Tender TrapLeigh and Emma’s wedding.

Train – Hey Soul Sister Rhian and Daryl’s wedding.

Snow Patrol – Chasing CarsMatthew and Victoria’s wedding.

The Beatles – EverywhereSophia and Tim’s wedding.

Paolo Nutini – Growing Up Beside You – Ryan and Natalie’s wedding (coming soon).

What would G and I have for our first dance? Well we used to say Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol was ‘our’ song, but i think we would probably go with something meaningful for us at the time we marry. I love a bit of Mumford and Sons, Ben Howard and Ed Sheeran but Ho Hey by The Lumineers has me imagining our wedding day every time i hear it :-)

What was your wedding song? What are your first dance plans? Please leave your comment for even more ideas for WWW couples searching for song inspiration XOXO Lou

24 thoughts on “99 Real First Dance Wedding Songs

Such a great list. There are some songs we definitely considered on there. In the end we had Something Changed by Pulp. I have to stop and listen whenever it comes on the radio.

We are having our first dance to ‘Bring me Sunshine’! We love Morecambe and Wise! The lyrics are also so sweet!

We’re having Luna by Smashing Pumpkins. The music and lyrics are beautiful. I’m also walking down the aisle to Everlong by Foo Fighters as it’s such a great song.

Great list Lou. I need help with the music for the ceremony, any suggestions anyone?

I am desperate to have some Fleetwood Mac but our lovely friends got there before us :) So now considering a whole load, including You’ve Got The Love (the proper Candi Staton version) and Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye…

We didn’t have a first dance in the end, it just didn’t fit in with the ‘flow’ of the day.

Yeah great list, particularly loving Kanye West Touch the Sky! I’ve been compiling a list of songs on spotify which has helped, whenever I hear suggestions like these and don’t know them, i can check it out on there. We don’t really have a song so are very open to suggestions and some of my faves that I’ve come across are Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Anyone Else But You by the Moldy Peaches and Saw You First by Givers. Love Love Love by Avalanche City was one of the songs that featured at my friends’ wedding recently and now I’ll always associate it with them, it’s great too!

I never cease to enjoy watching that magical first dance – obviously as a photographer I probably get to see more than most people, and there are some great songs in the list above. Of course, as a Jones we just had to have ‘Me and Mrs Jones’ at our own wedding!

thanks all for sharing your songs :-)) @Louise, if you check out the real weddings in the report most couples talk about their ceremony music, there should be some great ideas there :-) X

One of the best first dance songs I ever came across was something most unusual and unexpected. The Madness version of Labi Siffre’s “It Must Be Love”. It was just so off the wall. The bride and groom had a great sense of humour and it reflected the mood of the evening.

I think we would use either Little Things by One Direction or Love Can by Shaun Jacobs. The songs sum us up perfectly.

Great tunes !! l like. My Wish rascal flats
Going ti the chapel and were gonna get married
I dreamt you into life, the sun (shania) ,I wanna be
With you is going ti be my song by Mandy Moore it rocks!!

We’re (I’m) thinking of L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole, but also You Don’t Know Like I Know by Sam and Dave. The band we’ve chosen are also going to do covers of our fave songs – should be fun seeing as they’re a soul band and my fave band are the clash and the other half’s is Wilco. I think music’s the most important part. Aside from the actual wedding part of course!

Just read this to get some inspiration for songs during our signing of the register!
We’re having Nickelback – Never gonna be alone for our first dance ^_^

I think you list is awsum an interesting..my wedding song was I.v finally found someone from Brayn Adams and Babara Sreisand nd Bee Gee.s Heaven

Some first dance songs! Such a tough decision to make! A popular one for us this year is ‘Ho Hey’, by The Lumineers such a fantastic track. Also creating a love song medley mash up for a wedding this year – it’s sounding awesome!

A memorable one from a few years ago ‘You can’t always get what you want’! :/

I don’t know if I’m ever getting married,but I’m sure that I’ll be dancing to Manhattan from Kings of Leon. It’s just so beautiful. I can recommend it :)

Ashton Lane’s (Primrose Hill) does have that outdoor, cinematic vibe ,that is so wedding like. Set near,famous Abby Road Studios, and the most romantic place in the world, the love between 2 hearts!!!

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