100+ Best First Dance Songs For Your Wedding in 2022

100+ Best First Dance Songs For Your Wedding in 2022

Choosing a first dance song can often be the source of much debate between soon-to-be-wed couples. Unless you have an undisputed special song, you may well need a little bit of inspiration to get the creative juices flowing.

That's why we've put together this definitive list of the very best first dance wedding songs out there. Whether you're looking for bang up-to-date, modern first dance songs, a classic movie soundtrack or something a little bit vintage, you've come to the right place.

Your first dance song doesn't need to be a smoochy love song if you don't want it to be; there are unlimited options on the table, from fun upbeat TV theme tunes to the downright silly and utterly unique.

If you're stuck for that perfect first dance song, here are some of the best wedding songs to get you started.

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Modern First Dance Songs

The most popular first dance songs for 2022

  • Perfect - Ed Sheeran
    Perfect - Ed Sheeran
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  • Better Half of Me - Tom Walker
    Better Half of Me - Tom Walker
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  • All of Me - John Legend
    All of Me - John Legend
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  • A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
    A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
    Play
  • If You Love Me - Lizzo
    If You Love Me - Lizzo
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  • One In A Million - Rex Orange County
    One In A Million - Rex Orange County
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  • Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
    Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
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  • Leave the Door Open - Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak
    Leave the Door Open - Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak
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  • Everything – Michael Buble
    Everything – Michael Buble
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  • Nervous - John Legend
    Nervous - John Legend
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  • Marry You - Bruno Mars
    Marry You - Bruno Mars
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  • Ho Hey - The Lumineers
    Ho Hey - The Lumineers
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  • All My Love - George Ezra
    All My Love - George Ezra
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  • Smiling All The Way Back Home - Tom Odell
    Smiling All The Way Back Home - Tom Odell
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  • Sleep Tight - Holly Humberstone
    Sleep Tight - Holly Humberstone
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  • Lovesong - beabadoobee
    Lovesong - beabadoobee
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My Generation

Modern classics for Millenials

  • Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
    Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
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  • One Day Like This – Elbow
    One Day Like This – Elbow
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  • You've Got the Love - Florence + the Machine
    You've Got the Love - Florence + the Machine
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  • You and Me Song - The Wannadies
    You and Me Song - The Wannadies
    Play
  • You Give Me Something - James Morrison
    You Give Me Something - James Morrison
    Play
  • Drops Of Jupiter – Train
    Drops Of Jupiter – Train
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  • Baby I'm Yours - Arctic Monkeys
    Baby I'm Yours - Arctic Monkeys
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  • Better Together - Jack Johnson
    Better Together - Jack Johnson
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  • Marry Me – Train
    Marry Me – Train
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  • Songbird - Eva Cassidy
    Songbird - Eva Cassidy
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  • Taylor Swift - Love Story
    Taylor Swift - Love Story
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  • Greatest Day – Take That
    Greatest Day – Take That
    Play
  • I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
    I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
    Play
  • Make You Feel My Love - Adele / Bob Dylan
    Make You Feel My Love - Adele / Bob Dylan
    Play
  • She's The One - Robbie Williams
    She's The One - Robbie Williams
    Play
  • Canonball - Damien Rice
    Canonball - Damien Rice
    Play
  • You Give Me Something - James Morrison
    You Give Me Something - James Morrison
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Oldies But Goodies

Classic First Dance Songs

  • Your Song - Elton John
    Your Song - Elton John
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  • Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
    Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
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  • Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
    Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
    Play
  • The Way You Look Tonight - Rod Stewart
    The Way You Look Tonight - Rod Stewart
    Play
  • The First time Ever I Saw Your Face - Various Artists
    The First time Ever I Saw Your Face - Various Artists
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  • Have I told you Lately – Van Morrison
    Have I told you Lately – Van Morrison
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  • All You Need is Love - The Beatles
    All You Need is Love - The Beatles
    Play
  • Stand By Me - Ben E. King
    Stand By Me - Ben E. King
    Play
  • It Must Be Love - Madness
    It Must Be Love - Madness
    Play
  • Happy Together - The Turtles
    Happy Together - The Turtles
    Play
  • Perfect Day - Lou Reed
    Perfect Day - Lou Reed
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  • Something - The Beatles
    Something - The Beatles
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  • Move Closer - Phyllis Nelson
    Move Closer - Phyllis Nelson
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  • She - Elvis Costello
    She - Elvis Costello
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  • True Love Ways - Buddy Holly
    True Love Ways - Buddy Holly
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  • Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
    Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
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  • What a Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
    What a Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
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  • You’re My Best Friend – Queen
    You’re My Best Friend – Queen
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  • God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
    God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
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  • Extreme - More than Words
    Extreme - More than Words
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  • You're Still The One - Shania Twain
    You're Still The One - Shania Twain
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Movie Soundtracks

The best first dance songs from popular movie soundtracks

  • Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers (Ghost)
    Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers (Ghost)
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  • Take My Breath Away - Berlin (Top Gun)
    Take My Breath Away - Berlin (Top Gun)
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  • Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker (An Officer and a Gentlemen)
    Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker (An Officer and a Gentlemen)
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  • (I’ve had) The Time of my Life – (Dirty Dancing)
    (I’ve had) The Time of my Life – (Dirty Dancing)
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  • I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard)
    I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard)
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  • Everlasting Love (Love Affair)
    Everlasting Love (Love Affair)
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  • When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating (Notting Hill)
    When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating (Notting Hill)
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  • Grow Old With You - Adam Sandler (Wedding Singer)
    Grow Old With You - Adam Sandler (Wedding Singer)
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  • Hungry Eyes - Eric Carmen (Dirty Dancing)
    Hungry Eyes - Eric Carmen (Dirty Dancing)
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  • Iris - Goo Goo Dolls (City of Angels)
    Iris - Goo Goo Dolls (City of Angels)
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  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John (Lion King)
    Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John (Lion King)
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Just For Fun!

Tongue in cheek first dance songs to entertain your guests

  • I’ll Be There For You -The Rembrandts
    I’ll Be There For You -The Rembrandts
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  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
    Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
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  • Best Day Of My Life – American Authors
    Best Day Of My Life – American Authors
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  • Sister Sledge – We Are Family
    Sister Sledge – We Are Family
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  • I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
    I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
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  • Maniac – BOF Flashdance
    Maniac – BOF Flashdance
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  • Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye
    Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye
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  • I Can't Help Falling In Love - UB40
    I Can't Help Falling In Love - UB40
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Crooner Classics and Timeless Hollywood Hits

Jazz and swing first dance songs

  • Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
    Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
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  • When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole
    When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole
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  • My Funny Valentine - Frank Sinatra
    My Funny Valentine - Frank Sinatra
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  • L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
    L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
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  • La Vie En Rose - Louis Armstrong
    La Vie En Rose - Louis Armstrong
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  • Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
    Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
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  • I Left My Heart In San Francisco - Tony Bennett
    I Left My Heart In San Francisco - Tony Bennett
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  • Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
    Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
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  • That's Amore - Dean Martin
    That's Amore - Dean Martin
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Epic Love Songs

Romantic wedding song ideas

  • I Don't Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
    I Don't Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
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  • Everlong - Foo Fighters
    Everlong - Foo Fighters
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  • (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
    (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
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  • Always – Bonjovi
    Always – Bonjovi
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  • Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay
    Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay
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  • When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
    When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
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  • November Rain - Guns 'n' Roses
    November Rain - Guns 'n' Roses
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  • Fix You - Coldplay
    Fix You - Coldplay
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Pure Stilton

(Cheesy first dance songs!)

  • Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
    Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
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  • Can't fight this Feeling – REO Speedwagon
    Can't fight this Feeling – REO Speedwagon
    Play
  • Amazed - Lonestar
    Amazed - Lonestar
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  • You're Beautiful - James Blunt
    You're Beautiful - James Blunt
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  • It's All Coming Back To Me Now - Meatloaf
    It's All Coming Back To Me Now - Meatloaf
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Too Cool For School

  • The Luckiest - Ben Folds
    The Luckiest - Ben Folds
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  • First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes
    First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes
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  • Sigur Rós - Hoppípolla
    Sigur Rós - Hoppípolla
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  • There is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
    There is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
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  • Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats
    Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats
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  • Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You into the Dark
    Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You into the Dark
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  • Pulp - Something Changed
    Pulp - Something Changed
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  • You and Me – Lifehouse
    You and Me – Lifehouse
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  • Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men
    Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men
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Should your wedding band play the first dance song?

Most wedding bands will learn the first dance for free whereas others may charge a fee. If you decide you'd like the band to perform the first dance, it's usually best to kick in with their first set immediately afterwards. Bearing this in mind, it's often a good idea to delay the first dance slightly instead of bringing the band's first set forward. From a band's point of view, it's never nice to start too early in the evening - some guests may need a drink or two before committing to the dance floor, especially us Men!

Wedding Song Ideas

Need some more ideas to get your wedding soundtrack in order? Check out our other awesome lists featuring the best father and daughter songs, the most popular wedding hymns and last dance wedding songs.