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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!
 
Don't forget to check out our full list of best wedding songs for everything from dinner to dancing!
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 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
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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)
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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)
Something Different - Katrina Lenk, Tony Shaloub (The Band's Visit)
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)
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(**Some of these may need to be edited for dialogue or length)
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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
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 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
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
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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 
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 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
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Slow Dance/Slow Jams First Dance Songs

All My Life - K-Ci and JoJo
Kiss From a Rose - Seal
On Bended Knee - Boyz II Men
I Swear - All-4-One
 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 
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First Dance Songs: Iconic Female Singers

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 

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 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
She Keeps Me Warm - Mary Lambert
Skinny Love - Birdy
The Luckiest - Ben Folds
Young And Beautiful - Lana Del Rey
Sea of Love - Cat Power
Such Great Heights - Iron & Wine
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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
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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
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
Body and Soul - Tony Bennett, Amy Winehouse
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Pop First Dance Songs

Lover - Taylor Swift
Tattooed Heart - Ariana Grande
Love on the Brain - Rihanna 
 Stay With Me - Sam Smith
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 
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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
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Ed Sheeran First Dance Songs

(Because there's so many he needed his own category)
Lego House
Give Me Love
Tenerife Sea
Kiss Me
This
All of the Stars
One
The A Team
Perfect
Thinking Out Loud
Fall
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Honorable Mentions

I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Bubbly - Colbie Caillat
Crazy - Adele
Today Was a Fairytale - Taylor Swift
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
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
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What was your first dance song? Did we miss your favorite? Let us know down in the comments!

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2 comments

  • 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 support@canvasvows.com

  • Andrea Brewer: November 27, 2019

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

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