45 of The Best Country Wedding Songs For Your First Dance

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by Stephanie Kaloi, Content Manager

Nashville artists are good at a lot of things, including pumping out heartbreaking ballads and tunes that make perfect country wedding songs. They’ll make you laugh, they’ll make you cry, and they might even make you line dance.

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They’re also sometimes bad at other things (like how every song in 2014 was about jeans, beer, and trucks), but that’s neither here nor there. Here are forty-five country wedding songs that would each be an excellent choice for your wedding reception, including quite a few that will just flat-out make you sing a long (loud).

Allison Krauss: “When You Say Nothing At All”

Gary Allan: “The One”

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: “It’s Your Love”

Blake Shelton: “God Gave Me You”

Vince Gill: “When Love Finds You”

Miranda Lambert: “Makin’ Plans”

Brad Paisley: “Then”

Anne Murray: “Could I Have This Dance”

Alabama: “Forever’s as Far as I’ll Go”

Brad Paisley ft. Carrie Underwood: “Oh Love”

Lonestar: “Amazed”

Crystal Gayle: “A Long and Lasting Love”

Johnny Cash and June Carter: “Darlin’ Companion”

Steven Curtis Chapman: “Go There with You”

George Strait: “I Cross My Heart”

John Michael Montgomery: “I Love the Way You Love Me”

Tracy Byrd: “Keeper of the Stars”

Emmylou Harris: “Pledging My Love”

John Berry: “Your Love Amazes Me”

Rascal Flatts: “Bless the Broken Road”

Emerson Drive: “Belongs to You”

Restless Heart: “I’ll Still Be Loving You”

Lee Brice: “I Don’t Dance”

Keith Urban: “Making Memories of Us”

A Thousand Horses: “Smoke”

Carrie Underwood: “Inside Your Heaven”

Diamond Rio: “I Was Meant to Be with You”

Keith Urban: “Somebody Like You”

Leanne Rimes: “This Love”

Dixie Chicks: “I’ll Take Care of You”

Martina McBride: “Born to Give My Love to You”

Shania Twain: “You’re Still the One”

Willie Nelson: “Always on My Mind”

Reba McEntire: “I’ll Be”

Jessica Andrews: “Who I Am”

Forester Sisters: “Their Hearts Are Dancing”

Joe Nichols: “I’ll Wait for You”

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers: “Islands in the Stream”

Colin Raye: “In This Life”

The Eagles: “Love Will Keep Us Alive”

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: “I Need You”

Darius Rucker: “History in the Making”

Little Big Town: “To Know Love”

Miranda Lambert: “Love Song”

Heidi Newfield: “Johnny and June”

Lady Antebellum: “I Run to You”

Dixie Chicks: “Never Say Die”

Now bring it folks. Whether you love country, or uh, secretly love country… what are your picks for best country wedding songs? Ideally, light on the discussion of boobs and butts.

Stephanie Kaloi

Stephanie is a photographer, writer, and Ravenclaw living in California with her husband, their seven year old metalhead son, and a crew of beasts. She is super into reading, road trips, and adopting animals on a whim. Forewarning: all correspondence will probably include a lot of punctuation and smiley faces.

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  • Laura C

    I’m married and we didn’t do a first dance, but I’m enjoying listening to a few of these! I don’t listen to the radio enough since I got rid of my car.

    We had a few country(ish) songs in the playlists we made for pre-ceremony and our cocktail hour, some of which might be good: Kasey Chambers, “Beautiful Mess” or “Like a River.” Anne and Pete Sibley, “Will You Walk with Me.” And, of course, Lucinda Williams, “Passionate Kisses.”

  • emmers

    Our first dance was Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker, and it was awesome! Fun, fast paced, and a good sing-along song. We’re still getting compliments on it (one of my friends said it was the best first dance she’s seen, and it sure wasn’t the dancing! :))

  • Juliet

    If your first dance is “Islands In the Stream,” please send me a message so we can be best friends.

  • Kelsey

    My love for this post knows absolutely no bounds. Kip Moore’s “Hey Pretty Girl” would have 100% been our first dance if Julie had her way, and nothing makes me teary like “Then” at a wedding. (Also, Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” was the first song we ever danced to when we were dating, but really not a great wedding dance choice, although I would have been amused.)

  • Lindsay G.

    Our first dance song was Robert Earl Keen’s “I’m Coming Home” which had a good upbeat rhythm for the country swing dance that we put to it. I liked it because it was a bit more classic than some recent “bro country” songs of today, and it also wasn’t too cheesy. Our DJ also chose to end our reception with “The Road Goes On Forever and the Party Never Ends” also by REK, and we had several guests tell us how awesome that was.

    • Lawyerette510

      It’s hard to go wrong with REK!

  • Eileen

    I love so many of these! Lonestar brings me allllll the way back to high school days in Texas.

  • Lexie

    I would add “Die Fun” and “Late to the Party” by Kacey Musgraves!

    • Lawyerette510

      Also “My House”

  • So many good choices here! “I Need You” and “Johnny & June” were both on my playlist of potential first dance songs. I was also really partial to Dierks Bentley’s “Long Trip Alone.” Unfortunately, my husband’s tastes are way more traditional than mine (I think he would’ve chosen Etta James’ “At Last” if it were only up to him) so none of my country choices made the cut. (And we got married in Nashville!) We compromised on “Have a Little Faith in Me,” which I’m happy with. But man, “Johnny & June” gets me every time.

  • raccooncity

    Our first dance was “one good friend” by george canyon. It had a lot of personal meaning for us because of those kind of moments where it’s playing in the background while you have a major relationship moment, but I think it’s actually a great first dance song anyway. PLUS it’s short.

  • js

    Andy Griggs song “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely”, and Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever Amen”.

  • Gretchen

    Forever and ever, Amen by Randy Travis. It’s one of the few true two-steps that is ALSO not required to be hetero! WOOT GAY COUNTRY TWO-STEP!!

  • J

    Our first dance was Alan Jackson’s “Like Red on a Rose.” I don’t usually like older country much (like, before country and pop semi-converged), but it’s a beautiful song. It’s also a waltz, which is interesting to dance to. Here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd9DKY-0PI0

  • Anna Wagner

    I love this post. Our first dance was Lonestar’s “Amazed”. Pretty popular for a first dance, or at least it was, but it was the first song we ever danced to together over 9 years ago and has always been “our song”. I walked down the aisle to “You’re Still the One”.

    I melt every time I hear George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart”. Also love Vince Gill’s “I Still Believe in You” and Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “Grow Old With Me”. So many great country love songs.

    I really wanted to walk down the aisle to Kasey Chambers’ “Till Death Do Us Part” but decided it just didn’t fit “us” as much as 90s country did.

  • “Walk Me Down the Middle” by The Band Perry.

  • Mary Kay

    I love seeing this shout out to Nashville! I’m a Nashville bride myself and agree that country music has a lot to offer in the way of love songs. I agree with previous posts that “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis is one of the best wedding songs ever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgJXbIP83A8

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  • Sewassbe

    Ummm…. if you’re going to do a “best country wedding songs” list, how could you forget “Forever and Ever Amen” by Randy Travis?! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgJXbIP83A8