18 Popular First Dance Songs

In addition to cutting down your guest list, choosing a dress, and scheduling a wedding cake test, you should also have the right music for you and your hubby’s first dance! While you could ask the DJ to play any ballad, nothing beats these most popular first dance songs. 

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is a popular first-dance wedding song, and for a good reason! Its lyrics are romantic and, without a doubt, strike a chord, especially when the chorus hits – “So honey, now, take me into your lovin’ arms. Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars. And place your head on my beatin’ heart, I’m thinkin’ out loud.”

“Lover” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s “Lover” might be one of the newer songs on this list, but it’s already on its way to being a classic love song because of how sweet and thoughtful its lyrics are. The chorus alone – “Can I go where you go? Can we always be this close? Forever and ever, ah. Take me out and take me home (Forever and ever)” will make all your guests swoon! 

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinantra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” is another favorite, especially for newlyweds who want their first dance to be mellow and keep guests tapping and singing along.  

“Better Together” by Jack Johnson

Did you ever wonder why things are just better with your partner? Jack Johnson hits all the right notes, so to speak, in his laidback but romantic song “Better Together.” From the first verse, “There’s no combination of words I could put on the back of a postcard,” to the chorus, “Mmm, it’s always better when we’re together,” it is undoubtedly an excellent song to dance to in your wedding. 

“This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole

Even nearly 50 years after “This Will Be (an Everlasting Love)” was released, this upbeat song from Natalie Colie is still a favorite in weddings because every newlywed wants “everlasting love.”

“I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

This ballad might already be a decade old, but its lyrics, especially its chorus, “I won’t give up on us even if the skies get rough,” is undoubtedly timeless. 

“At Last” by Etta James

 Have you ever just waited for your special someone? That’s the gist of Etta James’ 1960 hit “At Last.” You’re going along, minding your own business, and suddenly, pow! You finally found someone to spend the rest of your life with. 

“Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran

Another Ed Sheeran song that is perfect for your first dance is “Kiss Me.” Why? It’s outright romantic and sweet from the very moment Sheeran opens with, “Settle down with me,” all the way to the tear-jerking chorus, “So kiss me like you wanna be loved.” 

“Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley

This classic Elvis Presley hit might be just 86 words long, but its thoughtful lyrics and lullaby-like melody make it a popular song at weddings. Plus, it perfectly captures that feeling that you just “can’t help falling in love” with your significant other. 

“Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

Have you ever had the moment of epiphany that you are “lucky” that you’ve met the right person to spend the rest of your life with? If you did, then this Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s duet should be your first dance song! This song, which won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, talks about feeling lucky to be in love with your best friend “in every way.” 

“L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole

Don’t want to play modern pop songs for your first dance? Consider Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E.” In this 1965 jazz swing hit, Cole sings about, “Love is all that I can give to you.”  

“XO” by John Mayer

Featuring an acoustic guitar, harmonica, slowed-down tempo, and, of course, John Mayer’s soothing voice, this is a sweeter and more intimate rendition of Beyonce’s “XO.” No matter what version you prefer, it’s the sweet lyrics – “In the darkest night, I’ll search through the crowd. Your face is all that I see.” –  that truly makes this a popular first dance song. 

“From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay

We all learn from those who went before us, don’t we? That’s the idea behind “From the Ground Up.” Inspired by their grandparents’ marriages lasting over 65 years, the country music duo sings, “we’ll build this love from the ground up. Now, ’til forever, it’s all of me.” 

“Coming Home” by Leon Bridges

The world sucks, but nothing beats the feeling of knowing your partner is at home and waiting for you. In Leon Bridges’ upbeat contemporary soul 2015 hit song “Coming Home,” he sings, “The world leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, girl. You’re the only one that I want.”  

“Something” by the Beatles

Most of us can’t put into words why we love our significant other. And this 1969 hit from The Beatles perfectly captures that feeling. Penned and produced by George Harrison, “Something” talks about how you just know that you “don’t need no other lover.” 

“You Are” by Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie’s 1982 hit “You Are” is another excellent choice for your first dance. The song uses the sun and rain as a metaphor to describe that your significant other can sometimes be your joy and pain. Nevertheless, as Richie sings, you’d “do it all again and again.” 

I’m Gonna Be by the Proclaimers

Would you walk 1,000 miles for the love of your life? That’s what this 1993 hit song by The Proclaimers is about: doing everything for your partner. Although it is the only one-hit wonder on this list and only peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard, its sweet and thoughtful message makes it a popular first dance song. 

Other Popular First Dance Songs

  1. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri 
  2. Make You Feel My Love by Adele 
  3. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
  4. Ho Hey by The Lumineers
  5. Coming Home by Leon Bridges
  6. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
  7. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
  8. Beyond by Leon Bridges
  9. You and Me Song by The Wannadies
  10. Mirrorball by Elbow
  11. Endless Love by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
  12. Everlong by Foo Fighters 
  13. God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton
  14. We Have All the Time in the World by Louis Armstrong
  15. First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
  16. Love Story by Taylor Swift 
  17. Perfect (Acoustic) by Ed Sheeran 
  18. Falling Like the Stars by James Arthur 
  19. All of Me by John Legend 
  20. For Once In My Life by Stevie Wonder 
  21. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green 
  22. I Choose You by Sara Bareilles
  23. Halo by Beyonce 
  24. Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney 
  25. For The Both of Us by Dan + Shay 
  26. By Your Side by Sade 
  27. Faithfully by Journey 
  28. I Do (Cherish You) by 98 Degrees 
  29. Baby I’m Yours by Artic Monkeys, The Newell Octet 
  30. This I Promise You by *NSYNC 
  31. Your Song by Ellie Goulding 
  32. I Won’t Let You Go by James Morrison 
  33. Come Away With Me by Norah Jones 
  34. I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie 
  35. You and I by Michael Bublé

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