100+ First Dance Wedding Song Ideas

100+ First Dance Wedding Song Ideas

Choosing a first dance can often be the source of much debate between soon-to-be-wed couples - unless you have an undisputed special song you may need a little bit of inspiration to get you going. 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 an up-to-date modern first dance, 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 smoochy and slow if you don't want it to be, there are unlimited options on the table, from fun TV theme tunes to the down right silly and utterly unique. If you're stuck for that perfect song, here are a few ideas to get you started...

Popular Modern First Dance Songs

  • Ed Sheeran - PerfectPerfect - Ed SheeranPlay
  • All of Me - John LegendAll of Me - John LegendPlay
  • A Thousand Years - Christina PerriA Thousand Years - Christina PerriPlay
  • Thinking Out Loud - Ed SheeranThinking Out Loud - Ed SheeranPlay
  • Everything – Michael BubleEverything – Michael BublePlay
  • Marry You - Bruno MarsMarry You - Bruno MarsPlay
  • Ho Hey - The LumineersHo Hey - The LumineersPlay

My Generation

  • Chasing Cars - Snow PatrolChasing Cars - Snow PatrolPlay
  • One Day Like This – ElbowOne Day Like This – ElbowPlay
  • You've Got the Love - Florence + the MachineYou've Got the Love - Florence + the MachinePlay
  • You and Me Song - The WannadiesYou and Me Song - The WannadiesPlay
  • You Give Me Something - James MorrisonYou Give Me Something - James MorrisonPlay
  • Drops Of Jupiter – TrainDrops Of Jupiter – TrainPlay
  • Better Together - Jack JohnsonBetter Together - Jack JohnsonPlay
  • Marry Me – TrainMarry Me – TrainPlay
  • Songbird - Eva CassidySongbird - Eva CassidyPlay
  • Greatest Day – Take ThatGreatest Day – Take ThatPlay
  • I'm Yours - Jason MrazI'm Yours - Jason MrazPlay
  • Make You Feel My Love - Adele / Bob DylanMake You Feel My Love - Adele / Bob DylanPlay
  • She's The One - Robbie WilliamsShe's The One - Robbie WilliamsPlay
  • Canonball - Damien RiceCanonball - Damien RicePlay
  • You Give Me Something - James MorrrisonYou Give Me Something - James MorrrisonPlay

Oldies But Goodies

  • Your Song - Elton JohnYour Song - Elton JohnPlay
  • Wonderful Tonight - Eric ClaptonWonderful Tonight - Eric ClaptonPlay
  • Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy WilliamsCan't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy WilliamsPlay
  • The Way You Look Tonight - Rod StewartThe Way You Look Tonight - Rod StewartPlay
  • The First time Ever I Saw Your Face - Various ArtistsThe First time Ever I Saw Your Face - Various ArtistsPlay
  • Have I told you Lately – Van MorrisonHave I told you Lately – Van MorrisonPlay
  • All You Need is Love - The BeatlesAll You Need is Love - The BeatlesPlay
  • Stand By Me - Ben E. KingStand By Me - Ben E. KingPlay
  • It Must Be Love - MadnessIt Must Be Love - MadnessPlay
  • Happy Together - The TurtlesHappy Together - The TurtlesPlay
  • Perfect Day - Lou ReedPerfect Day - Lou ReedPlay
  • Something - The BeatlesSomething - The BeatlesPlay
  • Move Closer - Phyllis NelsonMove Closer - Phyllis NelsonPlay
  • She - Elvis CostelloShe - Elvis CostelloPlay
  • True Love Ways - Buddy HollyTrue Love Ways - Buddy HollyPlay
  • Let’s Stay Together – Al GreenLet’s Stay Together – Al GreenPlay
  • What a Wonderful World – Sam CookeWhat a Wonderful World – Sam CookePlay
  • You’re My Best Friend – QueenYou’re My Best Friend – QueenPlay
  • God Only Knows – The Beach BoysGod Only Knows – The Beach BoysPlay
  • Extreme - More than WordsExtreme - More than WordsPlay
  • You're Still The One - Shania TwainYou're Still The One - Shania TwainPlay

Movie Soundtracks

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

Just For Fun!

  • I’ll Be There For You -The RembrandtsI’ll Be There For You -The RembrandtsPlay
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love - QueenCrazy Little Thing Called Love - QueenPlay
  • Best Day Of My Life – American AuthorsBest Day Of My Life – American AuthorsPlay
  • Sister Sledge – We Are FamilySister Sledge – We Are FamilyPlay
  • I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The ProclaimersI'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The ProclaimersPlay
  • Maniac – BOF FlashdanceManiac – BOF FlashdancePlay
  • Let's Get it On - Marvin GayeLet's Get it On - Marvin GayePlay
  • I Can't Help Falling In Love - UB40I Can't Help Falling In Love - UB40Play

Crooner Classics and Timeless Hollywood Hits

  • Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look TonightFrank Sinatra - The Way You Look TonightPlay
  • When I Fall in Love - Nat King ColeWhen I Fall in Love - Nat King ColePlay
  • My Funny Valentine - Frank SinatraMy Funny Valentine - Frank SinatraPlay
  • L-O-V-E - Nat King ColeL-O-V-E - Nat King ColePlay
  • La Vie En Rose - Louis ArmstrongLa Vie En Rose - Louis ArmstrongPlay
  • Fly Me to the Moon - Frank SinatraFly Me to the Moon - Frank SinatraPlay
  • I left my heart in San Francisco - Tony BennettI left my heart in San Francisco - Tony BennettPlay
  • Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis PresleyCan't Help Falling In Love - Elvis PresleyPlay
  • That's Amore - Dean MartinThat's Amore - Dean MartinPlay

Epic Love Songs

  • I Don't Want to Miss a Thing – AerosmithI Don't Want to Miss a Thing – AerosmithPlay
  • Everlong - Foo FightersEverlong - Foo FightersPlay
  • (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams(Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan AdamsPlay
  • Always – BonjoviAlways – BonjoviPlay
  • Sky Full of Stars - ColdplaySky Full of Stars - ColdplayPlay
  • When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy SledgeWhen a Man Loves a Woman - Percy SledgePlay
  • November Rain - Guns 'n' RosesNovember Rain - Guns 'n' RosesPlay
  • Fix You - ColdplayFix You - ColdplayPlay

Pure Stilton

  • Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel RichieEndless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel RichiePlay
  • Can't fight this Feeling – REO SpeedwagonCan't fight this Feeling – REO SpeedwagonPlay
  • Amazed - LonestarAmazed - LonestarPlay
  • You're Beautiful - James BluntYou're Beautiful - James BluntPlay
  • It's All Coming Back To Me Now - MeatloafIt's All Coming Back To Me Now - MeatloafPlay

Too Cool For School

  • The Luckiest - Ben FoldsThe Luckiest - Ben FoldsPlay
  • First Day of My Life - Bright EyesFirst Day of My Life - Bright EyesPlay
  • Sigur Rós - HoppípollaSigur Rós - HoppípollaPlay
  • There is a Light That Never Goes Out – The SmithsThere is a Light That Never Goes Out – The SmithsPlay
  • Jose Gonzalez - HeartbeatsJose Gonzalez - HeartbeatsPlay
  • Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You into the DarkDeath Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You into the DarkPlay
  • Pulp - Something ChangedPulp - Something ChangedPlay
  • You and Me – LifehouseYou and Me – LifehousePlay
  • Little Talks - Of Monsters and MenLittle Talks - Of Monsters and MenPlay

Should the Band play the first dance?

Some wedding bands will learn the first for free where as 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!