Choosing the perfect first dance song is not simple. You want the song to embody you and your partner and represent your love for each other through lyrics. But you also want your guests to love the music while it is still personal to you. If you’re reading this, you’re most likely struggling to find “the one.”
For some couples, the first dance is an intimate part of the wedding during which the couple has the floor to themselves. Some couples would rather try alternatives to their first dance, like inviting all couples to the floor or having a special performance. Either way, finding a special song is important.
If you haven’t found the song yet, it’s okay! It will come to you when you least expect it, like when you’re listening to the radio or walking in the grocery store. However, for a little inspiration and help to find the most important song of the night, we provided you with the most memorable first dance songs for any couple.
“At Last,” Etta James
One of the most beloved wedding songs of all time is “At Last,” by Etta James. Since 1960, countless couples have used her romantic rendition to signify their love. This wedding song is perfect for couples who have been together for a while and have finally decided to spend the rest of their days together. Etta James’s voice adds passion and deep affection to your first dance. If you look out at your guests, you might see a view of teary eyes as they watch in awe.
“All of Me,” John Legend
Since 2013, “All of Me” by John Legend has been a top choice for first dances. This song describes how much the singer loves their spouse despite their flaws and vice versa. “All of Me” is the perfect song for your wedding first dance because even through turmoil and flaws, you love your spouse no matter what. This song is the perfect way to waltz into your new married life.
“Always and Forever,” Heatwave
“Always and forever, each moment with you is like a dream to me that somehow came true” is one of the most beautiful ways to open a song and a great choice for your first dance at your wedding. An oldie but a goodie, Heatwave’s “Always and Forever” is a heartfelt way to show your love for one another through beautiful melodies and lyrics. This song is the type of song that lives on. Any time you hear it, you will think of one of the best days of your life.
“Lucky,” Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
Falling in love with your best friend is a beautiful and “lucky” experience. Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat made the perfect song for couples in love while still being the best of friends. These lyrics express everything a couple in love could hope for the rest of their lives—having each other to lean on.
“Can’t Take My Eyes off of You,” Frankie Valli
“You’re just too good to be true, can’t take my eyes off of you.” When you get married, you can’t help but stare at your partner. You’re so in love with them and finally solidified it by marrying them—it feels like a dream. “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You” by Frankie Valli is the perfect way to describe what you’re thinking now—you’re in heaven and don’t want it to stop.
“Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley
While there are a million renditions, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley is a classic and popular wedding song. Elvis’s unique voice is what makes this song magical. This song is a traditional and safe choice for your first dance at your wedding. Any time you hear this song, it will become even more special.
“At Your Best (You Are Love),” Aaliyah
For younger couples who grew up in the ’90s and ’00s and love R&B, “At Your Best (You Are Love)” by Aaliyah is the ultimate love song. This song is a popular choice for young love, perfectly describing what it feels like to be in love. Everyone will love this song choice and may start singing along, making the experience even better.
Finding the most memorable first dance wedding song will come with time. When you hear it, you will know. So don’t fret! With time, you will listen to countless songs that mean something to you and your partner. We hope this article helped you gather inspiration for your first dance or add a few songs to your DJ request list! Either way, your and your partner will be in each other’s arms, swaying to the perfect song.