50 First Dance Songs Chosen by Real Brides & Grooms

Be inspired by these popular and unique tunes for your first dance.

While the musical taste of brides and grooms across the country differs immensely, when it comes to the music selected for the first dance, a few things are true. The song typically has a romantic theme, is a shared favorite, or is special to the couple for a certain reason – whether it played on their first date or while their proposal was occuring. In fact, many pairs have their first dance song picked out months before the big day; however, others spend hours searching for the perfect tune to sway to at the reception in the weeks leading up to the celebration. 

While Ed Sheeran's music typically makes the list of top first dance songs, there are a number of tunes by other artists spanning the past decades that have become favorites for the brides and grooms featured in Inside Weddings. To gather some first dance song ideas, we looked to the tunes chosen by couples featured in the 2018 issues of Inside Weddings. More than one duo chose the 1990s hit “Amazed” by Lonestar for their first dance, as well as “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne from the 2000s and the recent hit “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur. While most of the choices from this year's couples were released in the 2000s and 2010s, many pairs decided to dance to favorites from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, as well as popular melodies by crooners of the 1950s and 1960s.

Bride and groom swaying to first dance first dance song ideas from real couples
Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

For more ideas, take a look at 50 first dance songs chosen by real couples from the 1950s and on, below:

1950s

“You Send Me” by Sam Cooke

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Tony Bennett

“I’ve Got the World on a String” by Frank Sinatra

1960s

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli

“Sweet Thing” by Van Morrison

“At Last” by Etta James

“Nothing Can Change This Love” by Sam Cooke

1970s

“If It’s Magic” by Stevie Wonder

“Heroes” by David Bowie

“Cruisin” by Smokey Robinson

“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

“Groove Me” by King Floyd

“How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor

1980s

“You Are” by Lionel Richie

“This Must Be the Place” by Talking Heads

“Forever” by Kiss

“Stuck On You” by Lionel Richie

“Someone Like You” by Van Morrison

“So Amazing” by Luther Vandross

1990s

“Amazed” by Lonestar

“It’s Your Love” by Tim McGrawFaith Hill

“Always” by Bon Jovi

“Crusin” by D’Angelo

“Feels Like Home” - Chantal Kreviazuk

“I’ll Cover You” from Rent

2000s

“You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

“Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

“Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne

“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele

“If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys

“You Save Me” by Kenny Chesney

2010s

“All of Me” by John Legend

“Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran

“Why I Love You” by Major

"Jubel" by Klingande

“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

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

“Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur

“Gravity” by Tyrone Wells

“Crazy in Love” by Daniela Andrade (Beyoncé cover)

“Older” by Band of Horses

“Hold On We’re Going Home” by Max Schneider (Drake cover)

“So Far Gone” by J. Boog

“She’s Like Texas” by Josh Abbott Band

“In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young

“Love and Affection” by Matt White

“Let Her Go” by Passenger

“All Your Favorite Bands” by Dawes

“Candyman” by Aloe Blacc

“Coming Home” by Leon Bridges

For more ideas, discover first dance song ideas for fans of alternative rock, discover instrumental versions of pop songs perfect for the ceremony, and gather ideas for an upbeat father-daughter dance song.

Authored by: Kelcy Christy