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20 Popular First Dance Songs For Weddings

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Some people know their first dance song when they started planning their wedding at primary school, others just pick it a few weeks before their reception by browsing through Spotify, though most sit in between. The best first dance songs are when you pick something personal to yourselves, whether it be the first song you heard in a bar, club, festival, or that track played at the proposal. We have grouped some great and popular recommendations below for you to look through and yes they can all be played by our amazing musicians. If you want something not listed, as long as we can get the sheet music, it can be played.

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Ed Sheran – Perfect

It wouldn’t be a top first dance songs list with Ed Sheran on, would it! With over 2 billion plays on youtube, this great song from 2017 is a regular request and its lyrics can be perfect at describing how you feel.

Etta James – At Last

This incredible classic released in 1961 is still played all over the world at weddings and all sorts of events and sounds incredible acoustic.

John legend – All of Me

Dedicated and inspired by his wife, John Legend released this brilliant piano ballad in 2013 and even used his wife in the music video.

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

A bit more upbeat than most first dance songs, Jason Mraz wrote the song in 15 -20 minutes in his writing room in San Diego. He describes the song being about “giving yourself or your time to someone” and is a great song to dance to.

Ben E King – Stand By Me

This very widely known classic was released in 1961 an according to BMI was the 4th most-performed song of the 20th century at about 7 Million performances.

Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are

Another great upbeat song Bruno Mars said “…I wasn’t thinking of anything deep or poetic. I was telling a story. Get ready to fall in love!”

Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

Released in 1977 Clapton wrote this whilst waiting for his girlfriend at the time to get ready for a night out. He then sang it to her in 1979 the day after they were married.

Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply

This classic was written by Darren Hayes after being inspired to write a song to express his feelings from being apart from his family.  The original chorus was changed the day before recording and was initially called ‘Magical Kisses’.

Bryan Adams – I Do It For You

Having sold over 3 million copies it was only written in 45 minutes and has over 53 million views on YouTube. It has been chosen as a great soft rock track to have as a first dance.

Bruno Mars – Marry You

With a title that perfectly sums up the affection towards each other, it’s origins came from Mars playing around with chords and freestyling the line “I Think I Wanna Marry You”. This is a great track to start softer and build to everyone joining you on the dancefloor.

Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours

Stevie and his first wife Syreeta got married a few weeks after releasing this iconic piece. It’s is a great upbeat song that works brilliantly by starting acoustic and building to a full band as your guests hit the dancefloor.

Bryan Adams – Heaven

Instantly recognizable this is a great song to play calmly all the way through or if you like your dance music, switch over to the higher tempo DJ Sammy version when your guests enter the dancefloor.

Bon Jovi – Always

Originally written for the 1993 Romeo Is Bleeding, Bon Jovi shelved the song after a preview screening of the film and released it later on after forgetting about it.

Ella Henderson – Yours

Co-written by Ella Henderson and Josh Record, it has over 82 million plays on YouTube and the lyrics are perfect for describing your affection towards each other.

Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars

Featuring Swedish DJ Avicii playing the piano, it’s a great song to start slowly then get all your guests on the dancefloor as it intensifies.

Stevie Wonder – For Once In My Life

Whilst not the original writer of the song, Stevie’s version (who was 17 when it was recorded) stands out from the rest and describes finding that special someone who makes you happy.

Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love

Whilst Elvis ended most of his concerts with this Ballard, it’s a great classic first dance pick.

Elton John – Your Song

Whilst recognizable from a famous department store advert this song released in 1970 was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

Metallica – Nothing Else Matters

A Great alternative first dance song, it was written by James Hetfield and dedicated to his girlfriend to indicate the bond they shared whilst he was on tour. It wasn’t originally meant to be released but was considered for the album after Lars Ulrich (drummer) listened to it.

Queen – You’re My Best Friend

Written by the bassist John Deacon expressing his devotion to his wife it was released in 1976. The music video features over 1000 candles and was filmed at Elstree Studios.