First Dance Songs: Top Tunes For A Monumental Moment

first dance songsOur lives are full of firsts—from first birthdays to first car rides, and even our first relationships –there are those moments in life that we will never want to forget.  So it comes as no surprise that a first dance is going to be just as important.  The first dance song is what makes a first dance special and memorable.  There are a few different types of first dances: a first wedding dance, a first father-daughter dance, or a first school dance.  Choosing the first dance song for these special occasions is no easy task, so today we are going to take a look at some popular first dance songs and tips on how to choose the best one for you to commemorate these monumental moments.

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How to Choose A First Dance Song

Not everyone knows how to choose a song that is going to be the best for them and fit the mood of the evening.  Before we get into the songs, there are some things that you need to keep in mind when choosing a first song in regards to a wedding.  Whether or not it is for your first dance as a couple, or for a first father-daughter dance, here are some tips on how to choose a song for a first dance.

  1. Think about songs that are meaningful to you:  There might be some songs that are “your song”, depending on who you are going to be dancing with.  However, keep in mind that you are going to have to be dancing to the song, so you might have to put a little more thought into your choice.  Brain storm some occasions that stood out to you and any of the music that was involved.
  2. Keep it traditional:  A nice suggestion, if you do not want to stray too far from your roots, is to ask your family members, parents, or grandparents which songs they used at their wedding for first dances.  You can also choose to pick a song that correlates with the bride or groom’s culture or religion.
  3. Keep it current:  Popular and current songs will be sure to get most of your crowd energized, as it will likely be something that everyone knows.  Browse through lists of popular wedding songs online or in magazines if you want to keep it current.
  4. Pay attention to the lyrics:  Do not choose a song without first listening to it all the way through.  Make sure that the lyrics coincide with how you feel and what is going to be appropriate for your special dance.
  5. Stay with themes:  If you have a themed wedding, choose a first dance song that fits the theme.  For example, a jazz song would be appropriate for an “Old Hollywood Glamour” theme.
  6. Time it:  Some songs can be longer than others.  Usually a first dance lasts about 3 minutes long, so make sure that you have your band or DJ edit the song to fit it into the time allotment.
  7. Practice:  Once you have your song picked out; decide how you are going to dance to it.  Depending on the tempo of your song, you could choose to do the: waltz, foxtrot, rumba, or slow dance.  Knowing how you want to dance in the beginning can also help you choose the type of song you want to dance your first dance to.

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First Dance Song Suggestions

Now, let’s take a look at those tunes!

Popular First Dance Songs for Couples:

  • Everything – Michael Buble
  • This Will Be Our Year – The Zombies
  • Love and Happiness – Al Green
  • Fade Into You – Mazzie Star
  • Lovely Day – Bill Withers
  • Just The Two Of Us – Grover Washington
  • I Wanna Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler
  • Then – Brad Paisley
  • A Kiss To Build A Dream On – Louie Armstrong
  • A Wink and a Smile – Harry Connick Jr.
  • I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
  • Unforgettable – Nat King Cole (Natalie Cole too)
  • I Can Love You Like That – John Montgomery
  • From This Moment On – Shania Twain
  • Our Love Is Here To Stay – Harry Connick Jr.
  • No Ordinary Love – Sade
  • When You Say Nothing At All – Allison Krauss
  • As Time Goes By (A Kiss is Just a Kiss) – Michael Feinstein (Johnny Mathis too)
  • Faithfully – Journey
  • The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • I Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis (UB40 too)
  • Someone Like You – Van Morrison
  • Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – The Casinos
  • When a Man Loves a Woman – Otis Redding
  • That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • Better Together – Jack Johnson
  • Feels Like Home To Me – Chantal Kreviasuk
  • My One and Only Love – Frank Sinatra (Sting too)
  • Always and Forever – Heatwave
  • Loving You Is All I Know – The Pretenders
  • Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
  • I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
  • Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
  • Is This Love – Bob Marley
  • Lost in this Moment – Big & Rich
  • Wicked Games – Chris Isaac
  • Breathe Me – Sia
  • You Didn’t Know Me When – Harry Connick Jr.
  • Sunday Kind of Love – Etta James
  • I Just Want to Make Love to You – Etta James
  • You Are My First, My Last, My Everything – Barry White
  • You Are My Special Angel – Bobby Helms
  • Penguin – Christina Perri
  • Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am
  • Forever and Ever Amen – Randy Travis
  • For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder
  • Eternal Flame – The Bangles
  • You Are the Sunshine of my Life – Stevie Wonder
  • I Only Have Eyes For You – The Flamingos
  • In My Life – The Beatles
  • I Will – Beatles
  • I Will – Dean Martin
  • Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
  • Fly Me To the Moon – Frank Sinatra
  • Save the Last Dance For Me – Drifters with Ben E. King
  • Whatever It Is – Zac Brown Band
  • L.O.V.E. – Nat King Cole
  • Truly, Madly, Deeply – Savage Garden
  • You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
  • Fields of Gold – Sting

firstdancesongsFirst Dance Songs for a Father / Daughter First Dance

  • Bruce Springsteen – When You Need Me
  • Tom Petty – Wildflowers
  • Ben Folds – Gracie
  • Wilco – My Darling
  • Natalie Merchant – Kind and Generous
  • Loudon Wainwright – Daughter
  • Paul Simon – Father and Daughter
  • The Temptations – My Girl
  • Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
  • Ray Charles – Ain’t That Love
  • Lulu – To Sir With Love
  • Nancy Sinatra – It’s For My Dad
  • Bob Marley – Three Little Birds
  • Heartland – I Loved Her First
  • Rascal Flatts – My Wish
  • Frank Sinatra – I Wish You Love
  • Billy Joel – Just the Way You Are
  • Beyonce – Daddy
  • Edwin McCain – Walk With You
  • Michael Buble – Daddy’s Little Girl

Find the Tune for You

A first dance song will evoke memories, emotions, and excitement.  Take these first dance song suggestions and tips to help you find a song that is going to be meaningful for you.  If you are developing nerves about your first dance, there are wonderful online courses that will help you get your footwork and rhythm in line. If you also want a refresher on the foundation of music composition and development, check out this course on music basics.