31 Popular First Dance Songs from Real Brides & Grooms

From classic hits to modern-day favorites, see the tunes couples chose for their special moments.

Katrina Hodgson Tone It Up first dance song
If you and your beloved choose to have a first dance, chances are, you already have a song in mind that means something to you as a couple. However, if you're having trouble picking a favorite, take a look at some of the classic love songs that some of the most recent Inside Weddings couples have chosen for their first dance as husband and wife. These first dance songs range from Motown hits to modern-day favorites, and 1980s jams to classics from the 1960s.

Take a listen to these beautiful first dance songs by clicking the song titles, and be sure to read more about each couple's wedding by clicking on the photo of their first dance.

"Someone Like You" by Van Morrison
Mark-Paul Gosselaar Saved by the Bell First Dance
Saved by the Bell's Mark-Paul Gosselaar and his beautiful wife, Catriona McGinn, shared their first dance to "Someone Like You" by Van Morrison. The bride remembers their first dance as the moment when she finally breathed and took it all in. “It was sunset and the Santa Ynez hills surrounded us, along with our family and friends,” she shares. “It was magical.” Photo by Elizabeth Messina 

"Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion
Bride with pearl necklace first dance
This loving couple was married in Cincinnati, Ohio, and celebrated with loved ones beneath a gorgeous white tent. They shared loving looks and laughs during their first dance to "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion. Photo by Kortnee Kate 

"I Have and I Always Will" by Dave Barnes
Black and white photo of bride and groom
When former Miss Arizona USA Brittany Brannon and her beloved celebrated their wedding in Phoenix, Arizona, they shared a memorable first dance to "I Have and I Always Will" by Dave Barnes. Photo by Kimberly Jarman Photography 

"The One" by Elton John
Melissa Claire Egan first dance
Actress Melissa Claire Egan – who has appeared as a bride in famous soap operas All My Children and The Young and the Restless – said "I do" herself at a gorgeous rustic wedding in California. She and her new husband danced to "The One" by Elton John. Photo by Next Exit Photography 

"And I Love Her" by The Beatles
Bride and groom first dance dip
Brittany and Parker chose "And I Love Her," a classic song by The Beatles, for their first dance at a gorgeous private venue. “Enjoying such a special evening with my husband by my side, the whole night was absolute perfection,” the bride gushes about her big day. Photo by Dalal Photography 

"Love" by Matt White
Ashley Hebert The Bachelorette first dance
The Bachelorette's Ashley Hebert said "I do" to J.P. Rosenbaum in front of loved ones and their officiant – The Bachelor host Chris Harrison – at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena. The duo chose a sweet song by Matt White, simply titled "Love." Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography 

"For You" by Kenny Lattimore
Jefferson Mebane Seattle Seahawks first dance
Seattle Seahawks football player Brandon Mebane met his beloved bride in middle school, but it wasn't until years later when they reconnected and began a romance. They were married in Los Angeles and shared their first dance to "For You" by Kenny Lattimore. Photo by Callaway Gable 

"This Magic Moment" by The Drifters
Bride and groom on dance floor first dance
In addition to having a memorable father-daughter dance and a special dance with her sisters, Susan also shared a beautiful first dance at her parents' estate to "This Magic Moment" by The Drifters during the magical outdoor reception. Photo by KT Merry Photography 

"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
Black and white photo of first dance with trumpet
Not only did Molly and Patrick have a gorgeous destination-wedding in Rome, Italy, but they shared their first dance to "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong complete with a live musician playing the trumpet. Photo by Amy & Stuart Photography

"Endless Love" by Lionel Richie
Blonde bride dances with groom first dance
Jaime and Bryan took to the dance floor when "Endless Love" by Lionel Richie began. The bride also had a special surprise for her new husband: she serenaded him with "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts onstage. Photo by KingenSmith 

"You Showed Me" by The Turtles
Nick Carter Backstreet Boys first dance
Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter sang sweetly to his beautiful bride on the dance floor as they danced to "You Showed Me" by The Turtles during their rustic wedding reception in Santa Barbara, California. Photo by Kris Kan 

"This Year's Love" by David Gray
Landry Fields first dance with Elaine Alden
Model Elaine Alden and Toronto Raptors player Landry Fields shared their first dance to "This Year's Love" by David Gray. “The first dance with Elaine was [a] memorable moment,” says Landry. “The Lord had shown us so much grace in all aspects of our lives, so it was nice to take a moment during the celebration to thank Him and enjoy the moment with my wife.” Photo by Christian Oth Studio 

"I Can't Help Falling in Love With You" by Elvis 
Groom spins bride in ball gown on dance floor
Ashley and Robert were married in Chicago and shared a special first dance to "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You." However, instead of the classic tune popularized by Elvis, they chose the version sung by Fernando Varela. Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography 

"These Arms of Mine" by Otis Redding
Courtney Mazza and Mario Lopez first dance
Courtney Mazza and popular television host Mario Lopez were married at a destination wedding in Mexico. They enjoyed a romantic first dance to Otis Redding's classic, "These Arms of Mine," before taking to the dance floor for a joyous celebration with guests including actress Eva Longoria. Photo by Kevin Weinstein Photography 

"Faithfully" by Journey
Black and white photo of model couple on dance floor
NHL star Brandon Dubinsky and model Brenna McGuire celebrated their wedding at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. Their chosen first dance song was "Faithfully" by Journey. Photo by Donna Newman Photography

"Stand By Me" (Spanglish Version) by Prince Royce - original Ben E. King
Tamra Barney and Eddie Judge first dance
The Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney and Edward Judge performed a sultry cha cha to "Stand By Me" for their first dance. Instead of the original by Ben E. King, they chose the Spanglish version by Prince Royce. Photo by Christine Bentley Photography 

"Moon River" by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer
Black and white photo of romantic first dance
Jessica and Jack celebrated their wedding at an art museum in Savannah, Georgia, in the same square where the dashing groom proposed. Staying true to their Southern roots, the couple selected "Moon River" by Henry Mancini and Savannah-born Johnny Mercer as their first dance song. Photo by 6 of Four Photography 

"When the World Ends" by Dave Matthews Band
Pink lighting on wedding reception dance floor
In addition to having incredible performers and entertainers during their wedding reception – including a performance by a contestant on The Voice – Traci and David shared their first dance on a beautifully lit dance floor to "When the World Ends" by Dave Matthews Band. Photo by KingenSmith 

"Marry Me" by Train
Bride and groom first dance at Bacara
"Marry Me" by Train has become one of the most popular first dance songs since it was released in 2009, so of course it made this list! Brianna and Jordan shared their lovely moment to this romantic tune at an outdoor celebration in Santa Barbara. Photo by Handeland Tesoro Photography 

"La Bomba" by Ricky Martin
Black and white photo of dip on dance floor
Hedieh and Farid knew their families loved a good party, so they made sure to take every entertainment detail into account – including their first dance. In lieu of a romantic ballad, the duo chose the festive song "La Bomba" by Ricky Martin. Photo by Nadia D. Photography

"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
Bride and groom grab each other's hands on dance floor
"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri quickly climbed the charts, and the lists of the top first dance songs. This jet-setting couple who became engaged on a plane to London shared their first dance to the popular song. Photo by Troy Grover Photographers 

"Something" by The Beatles
Black and white photo of ballroom first dance
Here's another song by The Beatles to consider for your first dance! This cute couple was married in Washington, D.C. and started out the evening's dancing festivities to "Something" by The Beatles. Following their first dance, loved ones stayed on the dance floor the entire night. “We split the dance floor right down the middle because we were dancing so hard!” shares the groom. Photo by Justine Ungaro 

"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
First dance at The Breakers Palm Beach
Ashleigh and Saul took to the iconic checkered ballroom floor at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, to perform their first dance to "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Photo by KT Merry Photography 

"Stand By Me" by Ben E. King
Chicago bride and groom first dance
Staying true to the classic version, Renee and Kevin had their first dance to "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King. Their Chicago wedding was truly meant to be, as the couple quickly learned once they met that they had mutual friends, went to the same birthday parties, and even had the same pediatrician as kids. Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography 

"A Million Years" by Alexander
Black and white photo of Adrianna Costa first dance
Entertainment host Adrianna Costa and her new husband impressed guests with their dance moves to "A Million Years" by Alexander. The bride loved the song so much that she requested the band play it at the end of the night. “It was so romantic and the band nailed our song.” Photo by Mi Belle Photographers 

"Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts
Pink lighting for bride and groom first dance
Melissa and Joe were married in Newport Beach, California, and a live band performed their first dance song, "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts. Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios 

"Everything" by Michael Bublé
Black and white photo of Indian wedding first dance
Following their traditional Indian wedding in Houston, Texas, Neha and Manish performed their first dance to "Everything" by Michael Bublé in front of 800 wedding guests. Photo by Tomas Ramos Photographers 

"Home" by Phillip Phillips
Malibu wedding couple first dance
Karen and Fraser were married at a gorgeous shabby chic wedding planned by Linda Howard Events in Malibu, California. They had their first dance to "Home" by Phillip Phillips. Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography 

"Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show 
Bride and groom black and white on dance floor
Bonnie and Gabriel danced to "Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show – also performed by Darius Rucker – at their San Diego, California wedding held at The Grand Del Mar. Photo by Paul Barnett Photographer 

"You and I" by Ingrid Michaelson
Bride and groom sing with wedding guests
David and Illana shared their first dance to Ingrid Michaelson’s “You and I” and agree that it was the best part of the whole wedding. “[It] was an experience you never forget,” the groom confides. “All of our guests began singing along and clapping around us,” adds the bride. “It was the warmest, most special moment that we will remember always.” Photo by Paul Barnett Photographer 

"Better Together" by Jack Johnson
Dance marquee lights with bulbs at wedding
The calming and romantic Jack Johnson hit "Better Together" was the soundtrack to this Texas couple's first dance, which was held in front of large marquee-style lights that fittingly spelled out "dance." Photo by Robert Evans Studios 

For more wedding song ideas, see the 50 most popular wedding songs named by Spotify, and discover these non-traditional songs for your walk down the aisle and some of our favorite heart-melting tunes for your father-daughter dance. 

Opening photo by Jana Williams Photography

Authored by: Kelcy Christy

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