First Dance Wedding Songs

Posted on 20 September 2019

first dance wedding songs

First Dance Wedding Songs

The first dance between the newly married couple is definitely one of the highlights of a traditional wedding ceremony. It's a really sweet, romantic moment for the newlyweds and must be accompanied by the perfect song! Some couples have a song that means a lot to them or reminds them of a certain point in their relationship. They may even go on to take the lyrics of that song and put it on their own personalized wedding canvas! But if you don't necessarily have a "our song" in mind, here's a list of great first dance songs for every couple and genre! Keep in mind that these are only suggestions and that Canvas Vows can make a one of a kind Canvas creation with any song that has available sheet music!


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Don't forget to check out our full list of best wedding songs for everything from dinner to dancing!



 Popular Modern First Dance Songs

Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

All of Me - John Legend

Perfect - Ed Sheeran

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz

Lucky - Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat

Marry Me - Train

You and Me - Lifehouse

Gravity - John Mayer


First Dance Songs from Movies

Rewrite The Stars - Zac Efron, Zendaya (The Greatest Showman)

Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John (The Lion King)

A Whole New World - Lea Salonga, Brad Kane (Aladdin)

Beauty and the Beast - John Legend, Ariana Grande (Beauty & The Beast)

My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion (Titanic)

Bound to You - Christina Aguilera (Burlesque)

So Close - Jon McLaughlin (Enchanted)

Always Remember Us This Way - Lady Gaga (A Star is Born, 2018)

Music to My Eyes - Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born, 2018)

Evergreen - Barbra Streisand (A Star is Born, 1976)

Something - Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe)

If I Fell - Evan Rachel Wood (Across the Universe)

Only Hope - Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember)

As the World Falls Down - David Bowie (Labyrinth)

Come What May - Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge)


First Dance Songs from Broadway Musicals 

**On The Street Where You Live - Bill Shirley (My Fair Lady)

Till There Was You - Barbara Cook, Robert Preston (The Music Man)

What I Did for Love - Natalie Cortez (A Chorus Line)

No One Else - Denee Benton (The Great Comet of 1812)

**The Next Ten Minutes - Jeremy Jordan, Anna Kendrick (The Last Five Years)

I Should Tell You - Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson (RENT)

Ten Minutes Ago - Santino Fontana, Laura Osnes (Cinderella)

Time Stops - Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwin (Big Fish)

All I Ask of You - Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson (The Phantom of the Opera)

Only Us - Laura Dreyfuss, Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen)

(**Some of these may need to be edited for dialogue or length)


Traditional First Dance Songs

At Last - Etta James

Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley

The Way You Look Tonight - Tony Bennett

Isn't it Romantic? - Tony Bennett

Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley

When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole

Unforgettable - Nat King Cole

I've Got a Crush On You - Dick Van Dyke

The Nearness of You - Barbra Streisand

La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf

It Had to Be You - Billie Holiday



 Old School Soul and R&B First Dance Songs

Always and Forever - Heatwave

Stand By Me - Ben. E King

Endless Love - Lionel Richie, Diana Ross

You Are Everything - The Stylistics, Russell Thompkins, Jr.

You Make Me Feel Brand New - The Stylistics

Lovin' You - Minnie Riperton

Here and Now - Luther Vandross

Just to Be Close to You - The Commodores

Let's Stay Together - Al Green

For the Love of You - Isley Brothers

Make Me Say it Again - Isley Brothers

The Closer I Get to You - Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway

Ribbon in the Sky - Stevie Wonder


Country First Dance Songs

From this Moment On - Shania Twain, Bryan White

Crazier - Taylor Swift

Just A Kiss - Lady Antebellum

Your Everything - Keith Urban

This is It - Scotty McCreery

Speechless - Dan + Shay

From the Ground Up - Dan + Shay

I Don't Dance - Lee Brice

Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson

It's Your Love - Tim McGraw, Faith Hill

Cinderella - Catherine McGrath

Amazed - Lonestar 



 Classic Rock First Dance Songs

I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith

More Than Words - Extreme

Faithfully - Journey

Always - Bon Jovi

Love of a Lifetime - Firehouse

When I See You Smile - Bad English

I Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore - REO Speedwagon

Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

I Want to Know What Love is - Foreigner


Slow Jams or R&B First Dance Songs

I Swear - All-4-One

Kiss From a Rose - Seal

All My Life - K-Ci and JoJo

On Bended Knee - Boyz II Men

 Every Time I Close My Eyes - Babyface, Mariah Carey, Kenny G, Sheila E.

For You I Will - Monica

Let's Get Married - Jagged Edge

Can You Stand the Rain - New Edition

Every Time I Close My Eyes - Babyface, Kenny G 


First Dance Songs by Women

Halo - Beyonce

Ave Maria - Beyonce

Because You Loved me - Celine Dion

The Power of Love - Celine Dion

Run to You - Whitney Houston

Saving All My Love - Whitney Houston

I've Dreamed of You - Barbra Streisand

I Finally Found Someone - Barbra Streisand, Bryan Adams

If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys

Your Song - Lady Gaga

I Could Fall In Love - Selena 


 Indie/Folk First Dance Songs

Flightless Bird, American Mouth - Iron & Wine

I Love You, Honeybear - Father John Misty

Honeybee - Steam Powered Giraffe

When You Sleep - Mary Lambert

Skinny Love - Birdy

The Luckiest - Ben Folds

Young And Beautiful - Lana Del Rey

She Keeps Me Warm - Mary Lambert

Sea of Love - Cat Power

Such Great Heights - Iron & Wine



Post 2000's Rock/Alt Rock First Dance Songs

Island in the Sun - Weezer

Two is Better Than One - Boys Like Girls, Taylor Swift

Fall For You - Secondhand Serenade

The Only Exception - Paramore

Baby I'm Yours - Arctic Monkeys

I'll Follow You - Shinedown

Smother Me - The Used

Thunder - Boys Like Girls

When You Can't Sleep at Night - Of Mice and Men

Good Enough - Evanescence



Modern Jazz First Dance Songs

Come Away With Me - Norah Jones

Can't Help Falling in Love - Hayley Reinhart

Heroes - Post Modern Jukebox

Make You Feel My Love - Adele

You and I - Michael Buble

A Love That Will Last - Renee Olstead

Body and Soul - Tony Bennett, Amy Winehouse

La Vie En Rose - Madeleine Peyroux

You'll Never Know - Renee Fleming

Our Love is Here to Stay - Natalie Cole

Isn't it Romantic? - Diana Krall


Pop First Dance Songs

Lover - Taylor Swift

Tattooed Heart - Ariana Grande

Love on the Brain - Rihanna 

 Stay With Me - Sam Smith

Ocean Eyes - Billie Eilish

Like I'm Gonna Lose You - Meghan Trainor, John Legend

Beautiful - Bazzi, Camila Cabello

1950 - King Princess

Stickwitu - The Pussycat Dolls

Love Song - P!nk

Glitter in the Air - P!nk

When You Look Me in the Eyes - Jonas Brothers 

How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding


50's Doo-Wop First Dance Songs

Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers

I Only Have Eyes for You - The Flamingos

Earth Angel - The Penguins

Only You (And You Alone) - The Platters

In the Still of the Night - The Five Satins

Put Your Head on My Shoulder - Paul Anka

You Send Me - Same Cooke

Sea of Love - Phil Phillips

Love is a Many Splendored Thing - The Four Aces, Al Alberts


Ed Sheeran First Dance Songs

(Because there's so many he needed his own category)

Lego House

Give Me Love

Tenerife Sea

Kiss Me


All of the Stars


The A Team


Thinking Out Loud




More First Dance Songs

I'm Yours - Jason Mraz

Bubbly - Colbie Caillat

Crazy - Adele

Today Was a Fairytale - Taylor Swift

Linger - The Cranberries

You Are So Beautiful to Me - Joe Cocker

The Book of Love - Peter Gabriel

Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper

Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker, Jennifer Warnes

When a Man Loves a Woman - Michael Bolton

Want You, Miss You, Love You - Jon Secada


What was your first dance song? Did we miss your favorite? Let us know down in the comments!

Don't forget to check out our full list of best wedding songs for everything from dinner to dancing!

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  • VeBe: November 12, 2020

    Can you make a canvas with Amazed by Boyz II Men? Thanks.

  • Canvas Vows: March 05, 2020

    Hi Ginna! We can certainly put that song onto any canvas you would like! Just include it into your notes when checking out, or you can message our customer service at

  • Canvas Vows: March 05, 2020

    Hi Christine! We can certainly put that song onto any canvas you would like! Just include it into your notes when checking out, or you can message our customer service at

  • Ginna: March 05, 2020

    Do you have the song, Always by Irving Berlin?

  • Christine : March 05, 2020

    Can you do Annie’s Song

  • Kristen: December 05, 2019

    Hi Andrea! We can certainly put that song onto any canvas you would like! Just include it into your notes when checking out, or you can message our customer service at

  • Andrea Brewer: November 27, 2019

    Can you make a canvas with the song “Feel Again” by OneRepublic?

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