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You may have been dreaming about the first dance on your wedding ever since you got engaged. This time-honored tradition symbolizes love and unity. The expressions you make and the steps you take during the dance say a lot about the harmony between you and your partner. And since it’s something you’ll commemorate for the rest of your life, it’s only fitting to find the perfect song to make it romantic, passionate, and enduring.
At first, picking a song for your wedding dance might seem easy. After all, the choices are practically limitless. But if you rush your decision, you risk going cliché. It helps to look back and think of any song that holds a special place in your relationship, such as the song that was playing when you first met or a tune that perfectly tells your journey from couples to soulmates.
There are plenty of classic hits you can’t go wrong with, especially from the likes of Elvis Presley, Celine Dion, and Frank Sinatra. But if you want something more contemporary, many artists like Ed Sheeran, Adele, and Jason Mraz have released songs that would be perfect for your first dance.
To open up your options, here’s a list of the best first dance songs for your wedding.
Best Wedding Dance Songs
1. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
The song was written by Eric Clapton about his longtime love, Pattie Boyd, who was George Harrison's first wife. Pattie inspired many of Clapton's songs, including "Layla", another one of his hit songs.
Clapton wrote this piece for her when she got ready to go out with friends. He was watching her do her hair and makeup, commenting on how long it took.
Clapton said that he got the idea for the song when he saw Boyd getting ready to go out with Harrison. She would put on her makeup, curl her hair, and take forever to decide what she wanted to wear. He loved that she always took time to get ready for anything, no matter the occasion.
The name of the song comes from a conversation Clapton had with Harrison after spending some time with Boyd. Harrison mentioned that she had forgotten to take her sleeping pills, and the two of them wondered what she was up to.
2. “All of Me” by John Legend
John Legend’s “All of Me” is a song that charts the singer’s life and love with his wife, Chrissy Teigen. It was released as a single from his album Love in the Future on April 12, 2013 after its premiere on Ryan Seacrest's radio program.
After being released onto iTunes as a single, it quickly rose to number one on the charts where it stayed for several weeks. In August 2013, the song was released in Europe and charted very well there too.
In May 2016, Legend appeared on Steve Harvey's talk show with Teigen and talked about how he wrote “All of Me”. Legend had trouble writing the song's lyrics at first because he didn't know how to write about his love for Teigen in a way that hadn't already been done before. He finally realized what everyone loves so much about “All of Me”, is that it doesn’t seem like it has any agenda other than letting people love who they want to love.
Legend described the song as being about Teigen and his love for her, but very generalized so that anyone can find themselves in the song and relate it to their own lives.
3. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is a song written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice for Disney's 1994 animated film The Lion King. It was originally sung by actor Jeremy Irons in the character of Scar, as well as performers Joseph Williams, Jim Cummings and Nathan Lane. In 2004 it finished at #94 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. In the song, the main protagonist Simba describes how he can "can feel the love tonight", as his father Mufasa's spirit appears to convey this message.
The song won the Academy Award for Original Music Score and the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" is a love ballad, with heavy emphasis placed on solo instrumentation by lead singer Elton John.
4. “You Are My Sunshine” by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell were the men behind the classic song, "You Are My Sunshine." It was made famous in 1939 by many artists, including Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley, The Statler Brothers and the Ray Price Orchestra. However, it would become one of the most covered songs in history, with over 2,500 recorded versions by various artists.
The song was originally titled “Sunshine”, not “You Are My Sunshine”. It was written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell for Davis to sing in his 1941 governor's race. That same year, Georgia bandleader, Jimmy Dorsey, recorded and released the song as “You Are My Sunshine”. It immediately became a huge hit and has been covered by many artists since then (and still is).
“You Are My Sunshine” is one of the most successful country songs ever recorded, selling over 30 million copies.
5. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
The song “The Way You Look Tonight” was written in 1936 by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields. Two years later, the song was performed by Fred Astaire for the film Swing Time .
That same year, Frank Sinatra sang a cover of the song with a special orchestra arranged by Axel Stordahl.
In addition to being a Grammy Hall of Fame song, “The Way You Look Tonight” was also the title of a 1986 Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn film.
The song almost wasn't written by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields because Kern didn’t like it when people told him that his songs had an unusual structure. Eventually, George Gershwin helped them get the song published by telling Kern that it was good.
On Frank Sinatra’s website, the lyrics are written the way he sang them in his 1966 recording of the song. The lyrics are written in 3/4 time, but he sings it in 1/2 time.
6. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
Christina Perri released her debut album, Lovestrong , on May 10, 2011. The first track of the album was a song called “A Thousand Years.” In order to promote this song and her book of poetry, Christina decided to make a video for the song as well as made an appearance on Oprah . The music video for this song was shot in the same place where “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” was filmed. The video shows actress Heidi Klum and her husband Seal, even though they are no longer together.
The song has been covered by many different artists including Katherine Jenkins, Peter Hollens, Sam Tsui, and Alex Goot.
7. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
Did you know that the song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith was written partially as an ode to lead singer Steven Tyler’s daughter Liv?
In 1997, Aerosmith was asked by director Michael Bay to write a song for his new movie, “Armageddon.” The band quickly wrote and recorded the song, and the song was featured in the film’s closing credits .
The song became a huge success for Aerosmith; it reached #1 on both US Pop Charts as well as US Rock Charts. It is one of only two songs to ever hit #1 on both charts, the other being “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.
8. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli
The song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” is popularly performed by Frankie Valli, but was written by Bob Crewe. It has been recorded about fifty times by different artists since 1967 when it first appeared on the music charts.
The lyrics of the song are considered to be ambiguous, which makes audiences think it’s about love, but it has also been thought to be about a person being obsessed with someone or something.
The song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” was initially written for the 1966 musical “The Derby”, which was later renamed “Goodtime Charlie.” The character of the song was Peggy Sawyer, a girl trying to make it in the show business.
The original setting of the song is when Peggy and Charlie are together in Charlie’s apartment about to kiss, but the song was later changed for Frankie Valli.
9. “You and Me” by Lifehouse
"You and Me" is a song by the American alternative rock band Lifehouse. It was released in July 2005 as the lead single from their second studio album, "Stanley Climbfall".
Harold Gramatges, who mixed the song, stated that it was difficult to mix because of its extremely long length (it clocks at five minutes and fourteen seconds). Also, the song has a fade-out ending and was hard to mix because it dipped out fairly early. The outro that can be heard on Lifehouse's studio recording of "You and Me" is actually an extra verse that was cut from the album version. The actual chorus is sung at 4:30 into the song.
The song has been featured in several television shows and movies including: "One Tree Hill" (aired on the WB and currently on The CW), "Scrubs", "Greek", "Cold Case", and the opening theme for the Canadian show, "The Eleventh Hour".
10. “Grow Old with You” by Adam Sandler
"Grow Old with You" is a song written by Adam Sandler used in the popular 1999 film 'The Wedding Singer'. Sandler stated that he wrote the song for his future wife, singer and actress Leanne Rhimes.
The song was placed second on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs, a list of the top tunes in American cinema of the 20th century. And it was also placed 106th on the AFI's list of the top movie songs of the preceding century.
In 2014, Sandler re-recorded a version of "Grow Old with You" for his album "The Wedding Singer" (Deluxe Edition).
More Songs for Wedding Dance
12. Thinking Out Loud
13. You & I (Nobody in the World)
14. Making Memories of Us
15. At Last
16. You're Still the One
17. You're my First My Last My Everything
18. You & Me
Dave Matthews Band
19. God Gave Me You
20. Can't Help Falling in Love'
21. Truly Madly Deeply
22. The Luckiest
23. I Am Yours
24. Mine Would Be You
25. When You Say Nothing At All
27. Unchained Melody
The Righteous Brothers
28. Say You Won't Let Go
29. You Give Me Something
30. Your Love
31. Could I Have This Dance
32. Save the Last Dance for Me
33. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
34. I Could Not Ask for More
35. 10,000 Hours
Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber
37. Your Song
38. I Only Have Eyes for You
39. You Are the Best Thing
40. Beautiful in White
41. I Won't Give Up
42. Marry Me
43. Stay With You
44. A Whole New World
ZAYN, Zhavia Ward
45. Just the Way You Are
46. Kiss Me
47. That's How Strong My Love Is
48. Dressed Up in White
Dan + Shay
51. Falling Like the Stars
52. Baby I'm Yours
53. You Are
56. Perfect Duet
Ed Sheeran and Beyonce
57. You're Beautiful
58. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Sleeping At Last
59. Love At First Sight
60. Make You Feel my Love
61. You Are So Beautiful
62. From the Ground Up
Dan + Shay
63. Sweetest Devotion
64. Your Side
65. Best Part of Me
Ed Sheeran ft. YEBBA