100+ Best First Dance Songs For Your Wedding in 2021

100+ Best First Dance Songs For Your Wedding in 2021

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 2021

  • Ed Sheeran - PerfectPerfect - Ed Sheeran
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  • Better Half of Me - Tom WalkerBetter Half of Me - Tom Walker
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  • All of Me - John LegendAll of Me - John Legend
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  • A Thousand Years - Christina PerriA Thousand Years - Christina Perri
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  • Thinking Out Loud - Ed SheeranThinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
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  • Everything – Michael BubleEverything – Michael Buble
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  • Marry You - Bruno MarsMarry You - Bruno Mars
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  • Ho Hey - The LumineersHo Hey - The Lumineers
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My Generation

Modern classics for Millenials

  • Chasing Cars - Snow PatrolChasing Cars - Snow Patrol
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  • One Day Like This – ElbowOne Day Like This – Elbow
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  • You've Got the Love - Florence + the MachineYou've Got the Love - Florence + the Machine
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  • You and Me Song - The WannadiesYou and Me Song - The Wannadies
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  • You Give Me Something - James MorrisonYou Give Me Something - James Morrison
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  • Drops Of Jupiter – TrainDrops Of Jupiter – Train
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  • Better Together - Jack JohnsonBetter Together - Jack Johnson
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  • Marry Me – TrainMarry Me – Train
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  • Songbird - Eva CassidySongbird - Eva Cassidy
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  • Greatest Day – Take ThatGreatest Day – Take That
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  • I'm Yours - Jason MrazI'm Yours - Jason Mraz
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  • Make You Feel My Love - Adele / Bob DylanMake You Feel My Love - Adele / Bob Dylan
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  • She's The One - Robbie WilliamsShe's The One - Robbie Williams
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  • Canonball - Damien RiceCanonball - Damien Rice
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  • You Give Me Something - James MorrrisonYou Give Me Something - James Morrrison
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Oldies But Goodies

Classic First Dance Songs

  • Your Song - Elton JohnYour Song - Elton John
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  • Wonderful Tonight - Eric ClaptonWonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
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  • Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy WilliamsCan't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
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  • The Way You Look Tonight - Rod StewartThe Way You Look Tonight - Rod Stewart
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  • The First time Ever I Saw Your Face - Various ArtistsThe First time Ever I Saw Your Face - Various Artists
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  • Have I told you Lately – Van MorrisonHave I told you Lately – Van Morrison
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  • All You Need is Love - The BeatlesAll You Need is Love - The Beatles
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  • Stand By Me - Ben E. KingStand By Me - Ben E. King
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  • It Must Be Love - MadnessIt Must Be Love - Madness
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  • Happy Together - The TurtlesHappy Together - The Turtles
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  • Perfect Day - Lou ReedPerfect Day - Lou Reed
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  • Something - The BeatlesSomething - The Beatles
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  • Move Closer - Phyllis NelsonMove Closer - Phyllis Nelson
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  • She - Elvis CostelloShe - Elvis Costello
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  • True Love Ways - Buddy HollyTrue Love Ways - Buddy Holly
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  • Let’s Stay Together – Al GreenLet’s Stay Together – Al Green
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  • What a Wonderful World – Sam CookeWhat a Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
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  • You’re My Best Friend – QueenYou’re My Best Friend – Queen
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  • God Only Knows – The Beach BoysGod Only Knows – The Beach Boys
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  • Extreme - More than WordsExtreme - More than Words
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  • You're Still The One - Shania TwainYou'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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  • 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 RembrandtsI’ll Be There For You -The Rembrandts
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  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love - QueenCrazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
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  • Best Day Of My Life – American AuthorsBest Day Of My Life – American Authors
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  • Sister Sledge – We Are FamilySister Sledge – We Are Family
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  • I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The ProclaimersI'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
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  • Maniac – BOF FlashdanceManiac – BOF Flashdance
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  • Let's Get it On - Marvin GayeLet's Get it On - Marvin Gaye
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  • I Can't Help Falling In Love - UB40I 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 TonightFrank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
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  • When I Fall in Love - Nat King ColeWhen I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole
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  • My Funny Valentine - Frank SinatraMy Funny Valentine - Frank Sinatra
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  • L-O-V-E - Nat King ColeL-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
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  • La Vie En Rose - Louis ArmstrongLa Vie En Rose - Louis Armstrong
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  • Fly Me to the Moon - Frank SinatraFly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
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  • I Left My Heart In San Francisco - Tony BennettI Left My Heart In San Francisco - Tony Bennett
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  • Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis PresleyCan't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
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  • That's Amore - Dean MartinThat's Amore - Dean Martin
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Epic Love Songs

Romantic wedding song ideas

  • I Don't Want to Miss a Thing – AerosmithI Don't Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
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  • Everlong - Foo FightersEverlong - 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 – BonjoviAlways – Bonjovi
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  • Sky Full of Stars - ColdplaySky Full of Stars - Coldplay
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  • When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy SledgeWhen a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
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  • November Rain - Guns 'n' RosesNovember Rain - Guns 'n' Roses
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  • Fix You - ColdplayFix You - Coldplay
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Pure Stilton

(Cheesy first dance songs!)

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

  • The Luckiest - Ben FoldsThe Luckiest - Ben Folds
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  • First Day of My Life - Bright EyesFirst Day of My Life - Bright Eyes
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  • Sigur Rós - HoppípollaSigur Rós - Hoppípolla
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  • There is a Light That Never Goes Out – The SmithsThere is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
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  • Jose Gonzalez - HeartbeatsJose Gonzalez - Heartbeats
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  • Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You into the DarkDeath Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You into the Dark
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  • Pulp - Something ChangedPulp - Something Changed
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  • You and Me – LifehouseYou and Me – Lifehouse
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  • Little Talks - Of Monsters and MenLittle 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 do decide you'd like the band to perform the first dance, it's usually best to kick in with their first set straight away afterwards. Bearing this in mind, it's often a good idea to delay the first dance slightly instead of bringing the bands first set forward. From a bands point of view, it's never nice to start to 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 very best father and daughter songs, the most popular wedding hymns and last dance wedding songs.