75 First Dance Wedding Songs That Will Make You Feel Everything

Whether you want to get weepy or down an' dirty, there's a song here for your party

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

If there was one decision in the wedding planning process that felt easy, it was picking out our first dance song. Maybe that’s because it was one of few things nobody had any opinions about. It was just me, and Michael, and our mutually terrible taste in music.

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But narrowing down a selection from the seemingly endless options of wedding songs does take some time. So to help you get to the fun part, we’ve whittled down a list of seventy-five of our favorites, from the slow and sappy to… Beyoncé.

Related: The Definitive List of 350 Songs For Every Part of Your Wedding

You can listen to the whole thing in playlist form here, or browse the videos below at your leisure. Disclaimer: We can’t promise you won’t cry at your desk. But don’t blame us, blame Death Cab for Cutie.

Ray LaMontagne: “You Are the Best Thing”

Cake: “Love You Madly”

Ben Folds: “The Luckiest”

Rent: “I’ll Cover You”

David Bowie: “As the World Falls Down”

Coldplay: “Green Eyes”

Landon Pigg: “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop”

Rilo Kiley: “I Never”

Beyoncé: “Love on Top”

The Talking Heads: “This Must Be the Place”

Van Morrison: “Into the Mystic”

U2: “All I Want Is You”

Moulin Rouge: “Come What May”

Band of Horses: “No One’s Gonna Love You”

David Gray: “This Year’s Love”

Peter Gabriel: “The Book of Love”

The Zombies: “This Will Be Our Year”

The Beatles: “When I’m Sixty-Four”

Stevie Wonder: “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”

Old Crow Medicine Show: “Wagon Wheel”

The Morning Benders: “Excuses”

Ray Charles: “Hallelujah (I Just Love Her So)”

James Brown: “I Got You (I Feel Good)”

Beck: “Think I’m in Love”

Lauryn Hill: “I Can’t Take My Eyes off of You”

Marvin Gaye: “Let’s Get It On”

Al Green: “Let’s Stay Together”

Nina Simone: “Feeling Good”

Nat King Cole: “Let’s Face the Music and Dance”

Slade: “How Does It Feel”

Sam Cooke: “Nothing Can Change This Love”

M. Ward: “Poison Cup”

Van Morrison: “Crazy Love”

Death Cab for Cutie: “I’ll Follow You Into the Dark”

Chantal Kreviazuk: “Feels Like Home”

Ben Harper: “Forever”

Patty Griffin: “Heavenly Day”

Journey: “Open Arms”

Michael Bublé: “Hold On”

Edith Piaf: “La Vie en Rose”

Nat King Cole: “That’s All”

Ella Fitzgerald: “I’m Glad There Is You”

Elvis: “Can’t Help Falling in Love”

Norah Jones: “Turn Me On”

The Beach Boys: “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”

The Beatles: “All You Need Is Love”

Adam Sandler: “Grow Old with You”

Beyoncé: “XO”

The Avett Brothers: “I and Love and You”

Journey: “Faithfully”

Jump, Little Children: “By the Way They Dance”

Ella Fitzgerald: “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)”

Sam Cooke: “You Send Me”

Peter Gabriel: “In Your Eyes”

Stevie Wonder: “I Just Called to Say I Love You”

Styx: “The Best of Times”

P!nk ft. Lily Allen: “True Love”

Mary Lambert: “She Keeps Me Warm”

Ben Howard: “Only Love”

Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Caillat: “Lucky”

The Lumineers: “Ho Hey”

The Cardigans: “You’re the Storm”

Jesus and Mary Chain: “Just Like Honey”

The Foo Fighters: “Everlong” (acoustic)

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes: “Home”

The Avett Brothers: “The Offering”

Adele: “Make You Feel My Love”

Neutral Milk Hotel: “In an Aeroplane over the Sea”

John Lennon: “Stand by Me”

Norah Jones: “Nearness of You”

Fleetwood Mac: “Songbird”

Otis Redding: “That’s How Strong My Love Is”

Simon and Garfunkel: “Song for the Asking”

John Denver: “You Fill Up My Senses”

M. Ward: “Hi-Fi”

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • rg223

    Just want to say ‘thanks’ to whoever on the APW staff is a Jump, Little Children fan and keeps putting my first dance song on these lists :) Another nice version of ‘By the Way They Dance’ is on their live album, Live at the Dock Street Theatre.

  • Erica Klein

    Ours is Tom Petty’s “Built to Last”! Getting married this weekend and can’t wait to dance with my soon-to-be-hubby :D <3


  • LydiaB

    Aw, mine was In an Aeroplane over the Sea, I never see it on these lists! It was a wonderful moment and now I’m trying to decide what to get tattooed from it!

    • Her Lindsayship

      Solid choice! :)

  • Jess

    I needed an extra boost of love songs today! We’ve already got our first dance picked out, but these are all ones I would have considered!

  • raccooncity

    Love all these picks. Gonna take a mid-morning swoon break.

  • Deepa

    Alannis Morrissette’s Head Over Feet!

  • CamperHill

    Our first dance is going to be CSN’s “Our House”. I’m walking down the aisle to an instrumental version of The Luckiest! We thought about “Ho Hey,” but isn’t it a song about a guy who can’t get over a breakup? Ha, I veto’d because I thought it would be bad luck!

  • Rebekah

    THANK YOU for the youtube playlist! So much easier to play all the great choices at once.

    • Rebekah

      Quick update on the playlist: “When I’m 64” says it’s blocked in the US

  • Ashlah

    Book of Love was ours, but we went with the original Magnetic Fields version.

    We were originally planning on using Real Love by John Lennon, but husband decided he had memories associated with that song that he didn’t want to associate with our wedding. John Lennon can be a bit problematic, but the song still makes me tear up sometimes.


    • karyn_arden

      We used Magnetic Fields’ version of “Book of Love” while we signed the register at our ceremony. And then we exited to the dulcet tones of “What a Wonderful World,” sung by Joey Ramone. ROMANCE.

  • Megan

    We met in college and bonded over swapping music from obscure indie bands. Our first dance song was one that we discovered in that phase of our relationship called “I Will Keep the Bad Things From You” by the Damnwells. I chose not to change my last name after the wedding and there’s a line in the song that goes “You keep your last name if you want to” that I always thought was really sweet. It was perfect. https://youtu.be/KkV6NTzvOn8

    • karyn_arden

      This is one of my all-time favourite songs, by one of my all-time favourite bands. The Damnwells are absolutely wonderful.

  • Anya

    I’m going to throw in “At the Beginning” By Richard Marx and Donna Lewis, as well as “Dance me to the end of love” by Leonard Cohen. First one was our first dance song, and the second one was one that we listen to on repeat now.

  • Specky

    This one is also great! I would use it, but it was a song between my and an ex-boyfriend. I love the Peter Gabriel “in Your Eyes” recommend! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65VLCfiKYI8

    • KitBee

      I would 100% do the Pete Townshend version of this song!

      • Specky

        Excellent KitBee! The Pete Townshend version is wicked. Nothing like some synthesizer to get the dance party started! :)

  • Angela

    While I love alot of the songs on this list it is a bit disappointing to see it skewed so much in way of mostly being songs by male artists or bands fronted by a male vocalist. So here are my picks:

    Etta James – Something’s Gotta Hold of Me
    Corrine Bailey Rae – Just Like a Star
    Beyonce – Halo
    Alicia Keys – Doncha Know the Sky is Blue
    Bic Runga – When I See You Smile
    Eva Cassidy – What a Wonderful World
    Ingrid Michaelson – You and I

    We are probably using the Etta Janes track for our recessional and the Corrine Bailey Rae song as our first dance.

  • Amanda L

    We narrowed it down to three songs, then danced in our living room to each one and U2’s ‘All I Want is You’ was the clear winner. We used David Gray’s ‘Sail Away’ as the Recessional and the Jeffrey Gaines’ version of ‘In Your Eyes’ as one of our pre-ceremony songs. I still love all three of them!

  • Loren

    We just got engaged, but the first dance is one of the few things we have already decided. ‘I’ll Melt With You’ by Modern English has been ‘Our Song’ for years.

  • Michelle

    Ours is going to be “Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”

  • Keri

    Wagon Wheel is our jam, so that’s what we’re thinking we’ll do, but I’m afraid it’s not super danceable? But then I guess we get out of, you know, dancing, so maybe that will work.

    • Marie

      It’s very danceable if you two-step! :)

      • Keri

        I’ve just learned something! ;)

  • We’re going to be doing “Digital Love” by Daft Punk. The band playing at our wedding (a band my Dad actually heads up) is covering it. Check out the Noah and the Whale cover, it will probably be similar to that.

  • RNL

    Our is “People Get Ready” by the Impressions. Yes, we think our relationship is like the Civil Rights Movement.

  • KimBee

    Ours was Mint Car by The Cure.

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  • Gem S

    Amazing list! There are a few more on this one as well, I still don’t know what I’m going to have!! http://www.functioncentral.co.uk/blog/2016/05/top_10_first_dance_songs_2016/

  • Function Central

    Some fantastic choices here – such a useful list for any bride or groom to be. In case it’s helpful there are a few more suggestions here which I hope are useful – http://www.functioncentral.co.uk/blog/2016/05/top_10_first_dance_songs_2016/. Choosing your first dance is a big moment as that piece will always remind you of your big day – make sure no one pushes you in to your decision and make it a song that makes both you and your other half smile from ear to ear!!