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30 Modern Love Songs To Steal For Your First Dance

Who knows, maybe it will be a classic one day!

Every so often, while riding in the car, listening to modern love songs, and I will remark that one or another of them would have made a good first dance song.

It’s not that I didn’t love our first dance song—in fact I still do. But sometimes you hear a song that just perfectly encapsulates your relationship, and you get to be a little disappointed that it didn’t exist when you were making your original picks. (Or you file them away for possible vow renewal use, naturally.)

Related: 75 First Dance Songs That Will Make You Feel Everything

I’m of the opinion that the song you choose for a first dance doesn’t have to be timeless or even a love song, you just have to love it. (Besides, what’s timeless anyway?)  Today’s playlist is a roundup of modern love songs from the last five years that make excellent first dance songs, as chosen by the APW staff. Maybe they’ll be classics, maybe they won’t, but if you love them, then who cares?

couple dancing to modern love songs at their wedding

Related: 75 Songs Guaranteed To Pack The Dance Floor

And of course, we want all your picks for best modern love songs for your first dance (or just what you’re using for your own song) in the comments.

15 Modern Love Songs For Your First Dance

1. “XO” by Beyonce

2. “All of Me” by John Legend

3. “She Keeps Me Warm” by Mary Lambert

4. “That’s What’s Up” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros as covered by Lennon & Maisy

5. “400 Lux” by Lorde

6. “Marry You” by Bruno Mars

7. “Somebody to You” by the Vamps (featuring Demi Lovato)

8. “Cray to Love You” by Leonard Cohen

9. “You Song” by Lil Wayne ft. Chance the Rapper (NSFW)

10. “My House” by Kacey Musgraves

11. “I Found You” by Alabama Shakes

12. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

13. “Marry Me” by Train

14. “Closer” by Tegan and Sara

15. “One And Only” by Adele

…plus 15 more modern love songs for your wedding:

16. “First Day Of My Life” by Bright Eyes
17. “I Chose You” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
18. “Johnny and June” by Heidi Newfield
19. “Mario Kart Love Song” by Sam Hart
20. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
21. “Naked As We Came” by Iron & Wine
22. “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes” by Dierks Bentley
23. “January Wedding” by The Avett Brothers
24. “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson
25. “Reasons to Love You” by Meiko
26. “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
27. “Marry Me” by Train
“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
28. “You Ain’t Alone” by Alabama Shakes
29. “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by Lemar
30. “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam

Got a modern love song you love, that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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