40 First Dance Songs from Real Weddings

See if these tunes selected by real brides and grooms are perfect for you.

Some couples immediately know what their first dance song will be – perhaps it was a tune that played during the proposal or a favorite from an artist you've seen perform together on a date. Other pairs have no idea what their first dance song will be and spend their engagement listening to love songs in order to try and find the one that fits them perfectly. To provide inspiration, we gathered the first dance tunes selected by the brides and grooms who were featured in recent issues of Inside Weddings

A few popular options that were selected by more than one of our couples may be great options for you and your beloved. From 1960s tunes like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, to 70s hits such as “Crazy Love”  by Van Morrison and “Let’s Stay Together”  by Al Green, to modern-day love songs like “Everything”  by Michael Buble and “You Are the Best Thing”  by Ray LaMontagne, to country favorites including  “Then”  by Brad Paisley, and covers of older classics like “Can’t Help Falling in Love”  by Haley Reinhart, the options are endless.

Bride and groom dancing to first dance outdoor wedding reception firework lights
Photo by Asia Pimentel Photography

Take a listen to 40 first dance song ideas below!

1. “Down by the Water” by The Drums

2. “Lovesong” by The Cure

3. “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra

4. “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison

5. “Is This Love” by Kiana Lede

6. “I Got a Feelin'” by Billy Currington

7. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

8. “You and I” by Michael Buble

9. “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

10. “Writing's on the Wall” by Sam Smith

11. “The Best is Yet to Come” by Frank Sinatra

12. “That’s Where It’s At” by Sam Cooke

13. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

14. “Give It All We Got Tonight” by George Strait

15. “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore

16. “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong

17. “Bailamos” by Enrique Inglesias

18. “Lucky” by Jason Mraz (feat. Colbie Caillat)

19. “By Your Side” by Sade

20. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Haley Reinhart

21. “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

22. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

23. “Forever in Love” by Kenny G

24. “Everything” by Michael Buble

25. “Is This Love” by Bob Marley

26. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

27. “Honestly” by Ekolu

28. “Then” by Brad Paisley

29. “It Had to Be You” by Harry Connick Jr.

30. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley

31. “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede

32. “Stay With You” by John Legend 

33. “Best of Me” by Anthony Hamilton

34. “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain

35. “Start a Riot” by Banners

36. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder

37. “Latch” by Disclosure (feat. Sam Smith)

38. “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon

39. “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice

40. “Today Was a Fairytale” by Taylor Swift

For more ideas, listen to the most popular first dance songs chosen by the brides and grooms featured in the 2019 issues of Inside Weddings, get ideas for your wedding recessional music during the ceremony, and view these upbeat tunes for your first dance.

Authored by: Kelcy Christy