First Dance Songs

Romantic First Dance Songs

100 First Dance Song Ideas

Romantic First Dance Songs

Your first dance is a seriously romantic moment – all eyes are on you as you share that first dance as newlyweds so you need to make sure you have a seriously romantic first dance song.

1. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Our favourite lyric: “Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars/Place your head on my beating heart/I'm thinking out loud/Maybe we found love right where we are”

2. All of Me – John Legend

Our favourite lyric: “Give your all to me/I'll give my all to you/You're my end and my beginning/Even when I lose I'm winning”

3. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Our favourite lyric: “If I lay here/If I just lay here/Would you lie with me and just forget the world?”

4. Kissing You – Des’ree

Our favourite lyric: “Pure and true/Gift to me forever/'Cause I'm kissing you, oh/I'm kissing you”

5. Amazed – Lonestar

Our favourite lyric: “Forever and ever/Every little thing that you do/Baby I'm amazed by you”

6. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor

Our favourite lyric: “You were better to me than I was to myself/For me, there's you and there ain't nobody else”

7. Make You Feel My Love – Adele (Bob Dylan cover)

Our favourite lyric: “I could make you happy, make your dreams come true/Nothing that I wouldn't do/Go to the ends of the Earth for you/To make you feel my love”

8. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls

Our favourite lyric: “And I'd give up forever to touch you/'Cause I know that you feel me somehow/You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be/And I don't wanna go home right now”

9. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding (The Waterboys cover)

Our favourite lyric: “How long will I love you/As long as stars are above you/And longer if I may”

10. Your Song – Elton John

Our favourite lyric: “I hope you don't mind/That I put down in words/How wonderful life is while you're in the world”

Upbeat First Dance Songs

If slow dancing doesn’t appeal to you, why not pick an upbeat first dance song that’s likely to have all your guests piling on to the dance floor to join you?

11. Marry You – Bruno Mars

Our favourite lyric: “Is it the look in your eyes?/Or is it the dancing juice?/Who cares baby/I think I wanna marry you”

12. Love on Top – Beyonce

Our favourite lyric: “I can hear the wind whipping past my face/As we dance the night away/Boy your lips taste like a night of champagne/As I kiss you again, and again, and again and again”

13. One Day Like This – Elbow

Our favourite lyric: “It's silly wrong but vivid right/Oh, kiss me like the final meal/Yeah, kiss me like we die tonight”

14. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

Our favourite lyric: “I kinda like it/Crazy little thing called love”

15. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

Our favourite lyric: “Well, open up your mind and see like me/Open up your plans and damn you're free/Look into your heart and you'll find love, love, love, love”

16. Friday I’m in Love – The Cure

Our favourite lyric: “You can never get enough/Enough of this stuff/It's Friday/I'm in love”

17. Better Together – Jack Johnson

Our favourite lyric: “Yeah, we'll look at them stars when we're together/Well, it's always better when we're together”

18. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder

Our favourite lyric: “Babe you set my soul on fire/That's why I know you are my only desire/Ooh baby, here I am, signed, sealed delivered/I'm yours”

19. The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

Our favourite lyric: “I never felt so in love before/Promise baby, you'll love me forever more”

20. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts

Our favourite lyric: “Seems you're the only one who knows what it's like to be me/Someone to face the day with, make it through all the rest with/Someone I'll always laugh with/Even at my worst, I'm best with you, yeah”

Rocky First Dance Songs

Give your first dance some edge by choosing one of these awesome rock first dance songs – rockers can be romantic too!

21. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

Our favourite lyric: “Trust I seek and I find in you/Every day for us something new/Open mind for a different view/And nothing else matters”

22. Everlong – Foo Fighters

Our favourite lyric: “And I wonder/When I sing along with you/If everything could ever feel this real forever/If anything could ever be this good again”

23. No One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age

Our favourite lyric: “Heaven smiles above me/What a gift here below/But no one knows”

24. Marry Me – Train

Our favourite lyric: “You wear white and I'll wear out the words I love you/And you're beautiful”

25. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith

Our favourite lyric: “I could spend my life in this sweet surrender/I could stay lost in this moment forever”

26. Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones

Our favourite lyric: “Let's do some living after we die/Wild horses couldn't drag me away/Wild, wild horses, we'll ride them some day”

27. Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Our favourite lyric: “You know that I could use somebody/Someone like you/And all you know/And how you speak/Countless lovers under cover of the street”

28. Wonderwall – Oasis

Our favourite lyric: “I don't believe that anybody/Feels the way I do about you now”

29. You Do Something To Me – Paul Weller

Our favourite lyric: “You do something to me/Somewhere deep inside/I'm hoping to get close to/A peace I cannot find”

30. Thank You – Led Zeppelin

Our favourite lyric: “If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you/When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me”

Indie First Dance Songs

Want something a little less ‘done’ for your first dance? No problem, we’ve rounded up the very best indie first dance songs for cool couples.

31. Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys (Barbara Lewis cover)

Our favourite lyric: “Baby, I'm yours/And I'll be yours until the stars fall from the sky/Yours until the rivers all run dry”

32. Sway – The Kooks

Our favourite lyric: “And I need your soul because you’re always soulful/And I, and I need your heart because you’re always in the right places”

33. I Forget Where We Were – Ben Howard

Our favourite lyric: “Hello love, my invincible friend/Hello love, the thistle and the burr/Hello love, for you I have so many words/But I, I forget where we were”

34. Heroes – David Bowie

Our favourite lyric: “I, I will be king/And you, you will be queen/Though nothing, will drive them away/We can beat them, just for one day”

35. Like a Star – Corrine Bailey Rae

Our favourite lyric: “From tonight I know that you're the only one/I've been confused and in the dark/Now I understand”

36. I Was Made for You – She & Him

Our favourite lyric: “When I saw you smile/I saw a dream come true/So I asked you, maybe, baby what you gonna do?”

37. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Our favourite lyric: “Made off/Don't stray/My kind's your kind /I'll stay the same”

38. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey

Our favourite lyric: “The way you play for me at your show/And all the ways I got to know/Your pretty face and electric soul”

39. The Wedding Song – Angus and Julia Stone

Our favourite lyric: “Do you know how lovely you are/in the starlight, in the starlight of my heart?”

40. Toothpaste Kisses – The Maccabees

Our favourite lyric: “Pulling shapes just for your eyes/So with toothpaste kisses and lines/I'll be yours and you'll be”

Jazzy First Dance Songs

Sometimes only jazz will do – we’ve rounded up the most wonderful jazzy first dance songs to soundtrack your special moment.

41. We Have All the Time in the World – Louis Armstrong

Our favourite lyric: “We have all the time in the world/Time enough for life to unfold/All the precious things love has in store/We have all the love in the world”

42. Everything – Michael Bublé

Our favourite lyric: “You're a carousel, you're a wishing well/And you light me up when you ring my bell/You're a mystery, you're from outer space/You're my every minute of my everyday”

43. L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole

Our favourite lyric: “Love is all that I can give to you/Love is more than just a game for two”

44. It Had to Be You – Harry Connick Jr

Our favourite lyric: “For nobody else gave me a thrill/With all your faults/I love you still”

45. I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra

Our favourite lyric: “I've got you under my skin/I've got you deep in the heart of me/So deep in my heart that you're really a part of me”

46. I’m in the Mood for Love – Ella Fitzgerald (Louis Armstrong cover)

Our favourite lyric: “Heaven is in your eyes/Bright as the stars we're under/Oh! Is it any wonder/I'm in the mood for love?”

47. My Baby Just Cares for Me – Nina Simone

Our favourite lyric: “My baby don't care who knows/My baby just cares for me”

48. Cupid – Amy Winehouse (Johnny Nash cover)

Our favourite lyric: “Now if your arrow makes his love strong for me/I swear I'm gonna love him 'til eternity”

49. Someone to Watch Over Me – Chet Baker

Our favourite lyric: “Although he may not be the man some/Girls think of as handsome/To my heart he carries the key”

50. Cheek to Cheek – Billie Holiday

Our favourite lyrics: “Dance with me, I want my arms about you/The charm about you/Will carry me through”

Classic First Dance Songs

They’re classics for a reason – these classic first dance songs will stand the test of time and you’ll still be dancing to them on your golden wedding anniversary.

51. At Last – Etta James

Our favourite lyric: “My heart was wrapped up in clover/The night I looked at you”

52. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

Our favourite lyric: “Darling, don't be afraid I have loved you/For a thousand years/I'll love you for a thousand more”

53. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley

Our favourite lyric: “Take my hand, take my whole life too/For I can't help falling in love with you”

54. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli

Our favourite lyric: “You'd be like heaven to touch/I wanna hold you so much/At long last love has arrived”

55. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

Our favourite lyric: “They say since, baby, since we've been together/Loving you forever/Is what I need”

56. If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys

Our favourite lyric: “Some people want it all/But I don't want nothing at all/If it ain't you baby”

57. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

Our favourite lyric: “I may not always love you/But long as there are stars above you/You never need to doubt it”

58. All You Need is Love – The Beatles

Our favourite lyric: “All you need is love, love/Love is all you need”

59. Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy

Our favourite lyric: “Somewhere over the rainbow/Blue birds fly/And the dreams that you dreamed of/Dreams really do come true”

60. You Are So Beautiful to Me – Joe Cocker

Our favourite lyric: “You're everything I hope for/You're everything I need/You are so beautiful to me”

Fun First Dance Songs

If your first dance song is more about getting the party started, pick one of these fun first dance songs to get everyone moving.

61. Stand By Me – Ben E. King

Our favourite lyric: “I won't cry, I won't cry/No, I won't shed a tear/Just as long as you stand, stand by me”

62. Shut Up and Dance With Me – Walk the Moon

Our favourite lyric: “I felt it in my chest as she looked at me/I knew we were bound to be together/Bound to be together”

63. Happy – Pharrell Williams

Our favourite lyric: “It might seem crazy what I'm about to say/Sunshine she's here, you can take away”

64. Crazy in Love – Beyoncé ft. Jay Z

Our favourite lyric: “Got me hoping you'll page me right now, your kiss/Got me hoping you'll save me right now”

65. Rule the World – Take That

Our favourite lyric: “All the stars are coming out tonight/They're lighting up the sky tonight/For you, for you”

66. Loving You – Paolo Nutini

Our favourite lyric: “And I see when you're loving me, I'm loving you/I love the prowess in the things that you do”

67. You Got the Love – Candi Staton

Our favourite lyric: “Sometimes I feel like saying, ‘Lord, I just don't care’/But you've got the love I need to see me through”

68. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Our favourite lyric: “Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter/Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here/Here comes the sun, here comes the sun”

69. Lovely Day – Bill Withers

Our favourite lyric: “Then I look at you/And the world's alright with me”

70. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Our favourite lyric: “Skipping and a-jumping/In the misty morning fog with/Our, our hearts a-thumping/And you, my brown-eyed girl”

71. I Feel Good – James Brown

Our favourite lyric: “I feel nice, like sugar and spice/So nice, so nice, I got you/When I hold you in my arms/I know that I can't do no wrong”

Alternative First Dance Songs

Don’t want a typical first dance song? Don’t worry – we’ve rounded up some awesome alternative first dance song ideas.

72. I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness

Our favourite lyric: “I want to kiss you every minute, every hour, every day/You got me in a spin but everything is A.O.K!”

73. If There is Something – Roxy Music

Our favourite lyric: “I would do anything for you/I would climb mountains/I would swim all the oceans blue”

74. It Must Be Love – Madness

Our favourite lyric: “I've got to be near you/Every night, every day/I couldn't be happy/Any other way”

75. This Must be the Place – Talking Heads

Our favourite lyric: “I got plenty of time/You got light in your eyes/And you're standing here beside me/I love the passing of time”

76. For Lovers – Wolfman ft. Pete Doherty

Our favourite lyric: “I'm running away with you/From yesterday's news/Let's leave it all behind/Help me back to my mind”

77. Five Years’ Time – Noah & The Whale

Our favourite lyric: "Oh well I look at you and say/It's the happiest that I've ever been/And I'll say I no longer feel I have to be James Dean/And she'll say/’Yeah well I feel all pretty happy too’/And I'm always pretty happy when I'm just kicking back with you”

78. I’m Lost Without You – Blink 182

Our favourite lyric: “I will go down as your lover, your friend/Give me your lips and with one kiss we begin/Are you afraid of being alone/Cause I am, I'm lost without you”

79. You’ve Got a Friend – Randy Newman

Our favourite lyric: “You've got troubles, and I've got 'em too/There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you/We stick together and can see it through/'Cause you've got a friend in me”

80. I Would Do Anything For You – Foster the People

Our favourite lyric: “Ooooh la love, I've fallen in love/And it's better this time than ever before”

81. Hey Ho – The Lumineers

Our favourite lyric: “I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart”

Modern First Dance Songs

Choose an up-to-the-minute soundtrack for your first dance – we’ve put together some of our favourite modern first dance songs.

82. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake

Our favourite lyric: “I got that sunshine in my pocket/Got that good soul in my feet/I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops, ooh”

83. Remedy – Adele

Our favourite lyric: “No river is too wide or too deep for me to swim to you/Come whatever, I'll be the shelter that won't let the rain come through/Your love, it is my truth/And I will always love you”

84. XO – Beyonce

Our favourite lyric: “In the darkest night hour/I'll search through the crowd/Your face is all that I see”

85. We Found Love – Rihanna

Our favourite lyric: “Yellow diamonds in the light/And we're standing side by side/As your shadow crosses mine/What it takes to come alive”

86. Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay

Our favourite lyric: “Cause you get lighter the more it gets dark/I'm gonna give you my heart”

87. Same Love – Macklemore ft. Ryan Lewis

Our favourite lyric: “My love/She keeps me warm”

88. Grow Old With Me – Tom Odell

Our favourite lyric: “Grow old with me/Let us share what we see/And oh the best it could be”

89. Riptide – Vance Joy

Our favourite lyric: “Oh, all my friends are turning green/You're the magician's assistant in their dream”

90. Only Love – Ben Howard

Our favourite lyric: “And I'll be yours to keep/A wind in the shadow, a whale song in the deep”

91. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons

Our favourite lyric: “Raise my hands/Paint my spirit gold/And bow my head/Keep my heart slow”

Pop First Dance Songs

Who can resist a good pop song? Browse some of our favourite pop first dance songs to find the perfect one for you.

92. Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden

Our favourite lyric: “And when the stars are shining brightly in the velvet sky/I'll make a wish send it to heaven then make you want to cry/The tears of joy for all the pleasure and the certainty”

93. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding

Our favourite lyric: “Fading in, fading out/On the edge of paradise/Every inch of your skin is a holy grail I've got to find”

94. Hero – Enrique Iglesias

Our favourite lyric: “Am I in too deep? Have I lost my mind/Well, I don't care. You're here tonight”

95. Flying Without Wings – Westlife

Our favourite lyric: “Well, for me it's waking up beside you/To watch the sunrise on your face/To know that I can say I love you/In any given time or place”

96. She’s The One – Robbie Williams

Our favourite lyric: “Though the sea will be strong/I know we'll carry on/Cos if there's somebody calling me on/She's the one”

97. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake

Our favourite lyric: “Cause I don't wanna lose you now/I'm looking right at the other half of me/The vacancy that sat in my heart/Is a space that now you hold”

98. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

Our favourite lyric: “Oh, you know, you know, you know I'd never ask you to change/If perfect's what you're searching for, then just stay the same”

99. Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s

Our favourite lyric: “Our friends would all make fun of us/And we'd just laugh along because we'd know/That none of them have felt this way”

100. You Make It Real – James Morrison

Our favourite lyric: “You are the only one who save me/That's why I've been missing you lately/'Cause you make it real for me”

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