To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for any extended period of time, is certainly a romantic moment to be proud of for you and your spouse! However, if you are celebrating an anniversary, you might be wondering what anniversary dance songs you have to choose from.
Anniversary dance songs come in every music genre. Typically, the lyrics address the topic of a love that overcomes boundaries, outlasts other aspects of life, or is simply romantic. Some of these songs include “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran and “P.S. I Love You” by the Beatles.
In this article, we’ll provide you with a list of the best anniversary songs to dance to, as well as a brief description of each, so that you can get started on the fun process of picking a song to commemorate your love. Let’s jump right in!
Anniversary Dance Songs
Below, you’ll find our pick for the top 23 songs to dance to if you are celebrating your wedding anniversary. From pop, to crooners, and even rock ballads, you’ll find a great selection to choose from!
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1. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
This beautiful, tender song was popularized by none other than the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley. The song really emphasizes the idea that falling in love with your soulmate was totally unavoidable, like the river flowing to the sea.
If you’re looking for an updated sound, this song has also been covered by dozens of other artists from just about every genre.
2. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is probably one of the most popular anniversary dance songs of all time. Thanks to the fact that this song was written for long-married relatives of the singer, the lyrics poignantly point out how long true love lasts. It has a great tempo for swaying in the arms of the person you love, too.
3. The Rest of Our Life – Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
If you or your loved one are a fan of country music, you’re sure to have at least heard of the country couple, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. But have you heard their ballad, perfect for anniversaries of any age, “The Rest of Our Life?” Not only is this song topical about long-lasting love, but it is a duet!
4. Forever and For Always – Shania Twain
The pop sensation from Canada, Shania Twain, has a voice that can stir up the emotions of just about everyone in the room during your anniversary celebration. “Forever and For Always’ ‘ also happens to be about a couple who loved one another as children and grew up to spend the rest of their lives together, so that may be applicable for some couples!
Either way, any married pair can relate to the desire to grow old with their spouse. This song is perfect for swaying along while dreaming of that happy ending.
5. That’s All – Michael Buble
If you’re a fan of the silky-smooth crooners of yesteryear, odds are, you’re also a fan of Michael Buble. With his beautiful vocal range and powerful vocals, Michael Buble pays tribute to a song originally created by Nat King Cole. The song details how powerful the promise to be together forever actually is.
6. Dance Me to the End of Love – Leonard Cohen
If you were a child of the 80s, or if the sounds of the 80s hold special significance for you as a couple, you should definitely consider “Dance Me to the End of Love” by Leonard Cohen. It has the tempo of a waltz, which can only add to the romance of your anniversary celebration!
7. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
What’s wonderful about this beautiful 70s song is that it manages to be celebratory without being too fast to dance romantically to! The sound of the song is great on its own, but the lyrics are absolutely wonderful to sing along to in the arms of your spouse.
“This Will Be” has been a popular song ever since it was recorded, so any guests invited to your celebration will probably be tempted to toe-tap along to your dance!
8. It Had to Be You – Frank Sinatra
Speaking of classic crooners, almost none of them are as well-known as Frank Sinatra. The content of the song goes right along with an anniversary celebration’s theme, too. Frank Sinatra sings in his dreamy style about a love that accepts flaws and goes above and beyond to find their partner simply wonderful, and meant to be!
9. Anniversary – Tony Toni Tone
If you’re looking for a song that’s perfectly on the nose at your celebration of your anniversary, you can’t go wrong with “Anniversary” by Tony Toni Tone! It’s an R;B tune with the perfect “it’s our anniversary” lyric on repeat for the occasion!
10. As Time Goes By – Billie Holiday
This retro ballad by Billie Holiday may be an oldie, but it is definitely still a goodie! It’s lyrics have a timelessness to them which match the nostalgic sound. You’ll have a fantastic time swinging with the one you love to the words, “No matter what the future brings…” as you celebrate your anniversary!
11. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley
This song typically brings to mind the iconic scene of one partner lifting another in the dance from the film “Dirty Dancing,” but it works on multiple levels for an anniversary dance, too! After all, the lyrics are extremely celebratory, and the song itself is so well known that few couples will be able to resist joining in.
12. How Will I Know – Whitney Houston
Any married couple from the 80’s will be on their feet and dancing to the beat of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know.” The song is upbeat and fun, but not necessarily as well known as her other wedding hits. This way, you can choose a song that is beloved, but not overplayed for celebrating an anniversary!
13. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
This song was popularized by several romance scenes in classic films of the 80s and 90s. It has such a romantic, but passionate tune that your married guests will have a hard time resisting the urge to sway along and hold each other close.
This rock ballad was popular on its release day over two decades ago, and it has definitely stood the test of time, much like the relationships of wedding partners!
14. You ; I (Nobody in the World) – John Legend
John Legend is famous for his romantic songs, but this one might just take the cake as a candidate for the best anniversary song to dance to. The lyrics really embody the idea of treasuring one other person above all else, for all of time. Not to mention, it is recent enough to get even younger married couples excited to dance!
15. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy – Brenda Holloway
This Motown hit is about searching for and successfully finding true love with your soulmate. For an anniversary celebration or wedding song, “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” is a great way to remind couples of how lucky they are to have one another.
If you’re not necessarily a fan of the original 60’s version of the song, covers are available to choose from. For example, Gloria Estefan and Blood, Sweat ; Tears have lent their talent to this classic hit for more variation.
16. My Love – Paul McCartney and Wings
Beatles singer Paul McCartney paired up with Wings to create the perfect swaying tune. Those celebrating an anniversary or just enjoying the moment to remember their own wedding days may be happy to learn that Paul McCartney even wrote this beautiful tribute for his own wife.
17. Coming Home – Leon Bridges
Fans of soulful music will be incredibly thrilled with this anniversary dance number. It is a beautiful sentiment to feel as if the one you love is your true home, someone you can always come back to. Tune into this timeless ballad for a romantic anniversary dance.
18. Back At One – Brain McKnight
Possibly one of the greatest choices for a celebration with plenty of guests from the 1990s is this beautiful song by Brian McKnight. The lyrics content will hopefully remind dancing couples how important it is to show their partner how much they mean to one another, especially after a long time spent committed to one another.
19. When I Said I Do – Clint Black
Another great choice for fans of country music comes from the stellar musician, Clint Black. This song is a hit for fans of classic country, too. No matter how old this song happens to be, the message is enduring: marriage is a commitment to stay with your loved one, through all of life’s ups and downs.
20. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
This is another throwback of a tune that will be appreciated by any wedding or celebration guests. The song’s message is just undeniably romantic: the singer assures their spouse that they look wonderful throughout all of life’s situations. Additionally, this song has a great tempo for slow dancing and is very tempting to sing along to!
21. Here We Are – Gloria Estefan
If you’re looking for a love song that is sweet enough to melt the hearts of single and married guests alike, you can’t go wrong with “Here We Are” by Gloria Estefan. This 80s ballad has a subtle but relatable message about how your lover’s arms is the perfect place to be, rain or shine, high or low.
22. Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews Band
The tempo of this song is great for several speeds of dancing, which makes it unique on our list of great anniversary dance songs! It is also generationally appealing to any couples who are young enough to adore the heartfelt songs of the early 2000s.
The lyrics go right along with the mood in the melody, which will remind anyone celebrating their time spent with the one they love that the best place to be is in one another’s arms.
23. I Count the Minutes – Ricky Martin
This dancing song will get people moving their feet and moving a little more briskly than the usual anniversary-dance sway. This makes the song choice excellent for younger crowds, but the message is great for couples of all ages. The song will remind happily married couples that the greatest place to be is together!
To sum it all up, the best anniversary dance songs are the ones that remind couples of their love for one another. Sometimes this can be accomplished through classic older songs, and sometimes it is just as much fun to pick an upbeat, more current ballad.
Whether you’re trying to get your wedding guests moving and grooving, or just looking for a song to sway along to, anniversary dance songs are a great way to give your friends the opportunity to celebrate their love!
Serena & Dominic are a married couple and parents to 3 wonderful children. They plan weddings, run multiple small businesses, and curate wedding events.
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