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Awkward First Dance Songs


Have you ever found yourself driving down the highway, listening to the radio, and thinking, “This is so pretty, it would make an amazing first dance song!” And then you lean in a little closer, and realize the lyrics are… about a one night stand? (I’m looking at you Sam Smith.) Yeah, us too. So, we made you a follow-up playlist to last week’s awesome first dance songs: a selections of tunes you might want to avoid for your first dance song. You know, the ones that contain lyrics that it turns out are actually pretty sad, dark, or just not about love at all.

If you’ve picked some of these songs intentionally, because of their lyrics, we commend you! You are more badass than we are, or maybe you just like a little melancholy mixed into your love song (hello, my people). But if you’ve picked one of these because it sounds pretty and you didn’t really listen to the lyrics… now might be the time to hit replay and take notes.

1. “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal
2. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith
3. “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls
4. “(You Can Have My Husband But Please) Don’t Mess With My Man” by Irma Thomas
5. “Just a Friend” Biz Markie
6. “Bound 2” Kanye West
7. “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum
8. “White Wedding” by Billy Idol
9. “As Long as You Love Me” by the Backstreet Boys
10. “Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie
11. “The A-Team” by Ed Sheeran
12. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
13. “No Rain” by Blind Melon
14. “I’ll Fight” by Wilco
15. “Cop Car” by Keith Urban
16. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

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