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Whether you’re looking for the best fast, slow, or even country wedding songs to dance to at your reception, you’re in the right place! I curated an epic list of all the best tunes to add to your playlist. Let’s dive right in and get started!

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100 Best Traditional Songs for the First Dance 

I’m kicking off this massive list of wedding songs to dance to with 100 traditional tunes. Use your favorite for your first dance as a couple, then add the others to your reception playlist.

  1. Just The Way You Are” – Billy Joel
  2. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” – Frankie Valli
  3. The Wonder Of You” – Elvis Presley
  4. “Hey Ya!” – Outkast
  5. I Only Have Eyes On You” – The Flamingos
  6. “Come Rain Or Come Shine” – Billie Holiday
  7. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” – Whitney Houston
  8. Lady – Styx
  9. “Don’t Stop Believin’,”Journey
  10. “Dancing Queen,”ABBA
  11. “Y.M.C.A.,”The Village People
  12. “Lets Fall In Love ” Vic Damone
  13. Crazy Little Thing Called Love”Queen
  14. “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond
  15. Sea Of Love- Phil Phillips
  16. “Yours,” Russell Dickerson
  17. “You Make It Easy,” Jason Aldean
  18. “Amazed,” Lonestar
  19. “Grow Old With Me,” Mary Chapin Carpenter
  20. “Fly Me To The Moon,” Frank Sinatra
  21. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” Frankie Valli Or Lauryn Hill
  22. Only You ( And You Alone) The Platters
  23. “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds
  24. “I Will,” The Beatles
  25. You Are So Beautiful,” Joe Cocker
  26. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” Four Tops
  27. It Had To Be You,” Dooley Wilson
  28. “By Your Side,” Sade
  29. “We Belong,” Pat Benatar
  30. “Everything,” Michael Bublé. Check our list of Michael Buble wedding songs.
  31. “Big, Big Plans,” Chris Lane
  32. “Crazy Love,” Van Morrison
  33. ” Precious Love” – James Morrison
  34. “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding
  35. “That’s Where It’s At,” Sam Cooke
  36. Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green
  37. “As,” Stevie Wonder
  38. “You’re My Best Friend,” Queen
  39. “Wild Horses,” The Rolling Stones
  40. We’ve Only Just Begun,” The Carpenters
  41. “Steady As We Go,” Dave Matthews Band
  42. “Just The Way You Are,” Billy Joel
  43. “Maybe I’m Amazed,” Paul Mccartney
  44. “At Last” – Etta James
  45. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  46. “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing ” – Aerosmith
  47. “Iris “– The Goo Goo Dolls
  48. L-O-V-E- Nat King Cole
  49. The Glory Of Love – Jimmy Durante
  50. “You’ve Got The Love” – Florence + The Machine
  51. It Must Be Love – Madness
  52. “You Make Me Feel So Young,” Frank Sinatra
  53. I Got You Babe – Sonny And Cher
  54. I Found You – Alabama Shakes
  55. Romeo And Juliet – The Killers
  56. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police
  57. Where Do I Begin- Andy Williams
  58. More – Bob Darin
  59. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved – You) – Marvin Gaye
  60. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
  61. I Love You – Celine Dion
  62. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  63. One Great Mystery – Lady Antebellum
  64. Last Night On Earth – Green Day
  65. Yours – Ella Henderson
  66. A Sunday Kind Of Love – Etta James
  67. Leather And Lace – Stevie Nicks And Don Henley
  68. I Fall To Pieces – Patsy Cline
  69. Love – Lana Del Rey
  70. Keep On Loving You,” REO Speedwagon
  71. La Vie En Rose – Edith Piaf
  72. Be My Ba– – The Ronettes
  73. A Million Love Songs – Take That
  74. “I’ll Be There,” The Jackson 5
  75. Purple Rain – Prince
  76. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
  77. (There Is) No Greater Love – Amy Winehouse
  78. We Have All The Time In The World Louis Armstrong
  79. Like Teenage Gravity – Counting Crows
  80. My Heart Will Go On – Céline Dion
  81. Unchained Melody– The Righteous Brothers
  82. Hey Jude – The Beatles
  83. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder
  84. You Give Me Something – James Morrison
  85. The Power Of Love – Jennifer Rush
  86. Angels – Robbie Williams
  87. I’m A Believer – Smash Mouth
  88. We Belong Together – Ritchie Valens
  89. Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
  90. Annie’s Song – John Denver
  91. Cheek To Cheek– Fred Astair
  92. All These Things – Elvis Costello
  93. I Believe In A Thing Called Love – Lemar
  94. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  95. Wherever You Will Go – Charlene Soraia
  96. When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
  97. ” Hold Me , Thrill Me, Kiss Me” – Mel Carter
  98. ” And I Love You So” – Perry Como
  99. Your Song – Elton John
  100. Ho Hey – The Lumineers

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20 Country Music Wedding Songs to Dance to 

There’s something special about the folkish lyrics and the soundscape of classic country ballads or dance songs that can set a happy mood for a wedding. There are many country wedding songs for the memorable moment of the first dance.  Check out my wedding music suggestions!

  1. “Tequila”– Dan + Shay
  2. “Islands In The Stream” – Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
  3. “God Gave Me You” – Blake Shelton
  4. “Better Together” – Luke Combs
  5. ““Bless The Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts
  6. ““Then” – Brad Paisley
  7. ” “Golden Hour” – Kacey Musgraves
  8. “You Make It Easy” – Jason Aldean
  9. “Blessed” – Thomas Rhett
  10. “History in the Making” – Darius Rucker.
  11. “Speechless” – Dan + Shay feat. Tori Kelly
  12. “More of You” – Chris Stapleton
  13. “Cowboy Take Me Away” – The Chicks
  14. “Hey Pretty Girl” – Kip Moore
  15. “She’s in Love With the Boy” – Trisha Yearwood
  16. “She’s Everything” – Brad Paisley
  17. “When Love Finds You” – Vince Gill
  18. “It’s Your Love “– Tim McGraw, Faith Hill”
  19. “The Keeper Of The Stars” – Tracy -rd
  20. ” H.O.L.Y. “ – Florida Georgia Line

10 Alternative Rock First Dance Songs 

Are you looking for a first dance song that’s different from traditional wedding music? For hip newly-married couples, alternative rock brings together elements of rock music and other genres. Try adding these to your DJ’s list.

  1. All I Need” AWOLNATION
  2. ” Ba- i’m yours” arctic monkeys
  3. ” I’Il follow you “ – shinedown
  4. “First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes
  5. The Only Exception” – Paramore
  6. “Best Day Of My Life” – American Authors   
  7. I got a girl– Tripping daisy
  8. Everlong”– Foo Fighters
  9. ” Steady as she goes” The Raconteurs
  10. “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” – Death Cab for Cutie

10 Hip Hop & R&B Wedding Songs to Dance to

For a unique playlist for your first dance at the wedding, choose an upbeat song from the hip-hop and R&B genre genres. I curated a list that you can play when you share the dance floor with your life partner. Find some amazing wedding dance songs for that moment below.

  1. “How deep is your love” – Bee Gees
  2. If I aint got you“- Alicia keys
  3. Bound 2″ – Kanye West feat. Charlie Wilson
  4. ” Beautiful “ – Snoop Dogg feat Pharrell
  5. ““Overjoyed” – Stevie Wonder
  6. Love– Keyshia cole
  7. ” Let me love you – Mario
  8. ” Happy” – Pharelle williams
  9. Love calls– Kem
  10. ” Teenage Love” – Slick Rick

10 Instrumental & Acoustic First Dance Songs 

You can choose a classic instrumental for the first dance, or slow dance to the instrumental version of a romantic ballad. Besides an upbeat love song, you can have instrumental versions of modern wedding songs, fun dance songs, or alternative wedding songs. I hope you’ll find your favorite songs on our list!

  1. ” A Thousand Years ” – Jonah Baker
  2. I Wont Give Up ” – The Macrons Project
  3. ” Cant Help Falling In Love “ – Kina Grannis
  4. Say You Wont Let Go– Boyce Avenue
  5. ” Grow Old With Me ” – The Moon Loungers
  6. ” When I Fall In Love” – Nat King Cole Cover – Solo Players String Quartet
  7. ” You Are So Beautiful” – Joe Crocker Cover – Kiguitarke
  8. ” More Than Words”- Extreme
  9. “True Colors” – Justin Timberlake & Anna Kendrick
  10. ” Halo “– Piano Tribute Players

9 First Dance Songs from the 80s 

The 80s are still known for their amazing songs. From Lionel Richie to Elton John: artists have given us all-time favorite songs. Music of that era can make the perfect song for the first dance of any newlywed couple.

  1. I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
  2. The Promise – When In Rome
  3. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
  4. Every Breath You Take– The Police
  5. Eternal Flame– The Bangles
  6. When I Fall In Love– Rick Astley
  7. ” The Lady In Red ” – Chris De Burgh
  8. ” Just The Two Of Us”- Grover Washington Jr.
  9. “Endless Love ” – Lionel Richie, Diana Ross

9 First Dance Songs from the 90s 

The 90’s era is still a glorious chapter in the history of music, with diverse styles. Even today, the retro songs from that decade are among the most requested wedding songs. We have a list of romantic and upbeat wedding songs from the 90s.

  1. How Do I Live” Leann Rimes
  2. I’ll Be – Edwin Mccain
  3. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  4. I Will Always Love You– Whitney Houston
  5. You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
  6. ” Take My Breath Away “ – Berlin
  7. ” I’ll Never Break Your Heart “- The Backstreet Boys
  8. At My Most Beautiful” – R.E.M
  9. Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden

9 Unique & Funny Wedding Dance Songs for Quirky Couples 

For the quirky couple that wants the first dance to reflect their shared sense of humor, a fun wedding song playlist is a must. If you don’t want to go with romantic songs, don’t hesitate to pick your favorite funny songs!

  1. ” Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars
  2. One Dance – Drake
  3. ” You Make My Dreams ” – Daryl Hall And John Oats
  4. ” Jaja Ding Dong” – – Will Ferrell, My Marianne, And Rachel Mcadams
  5. ” Shake It Off” Taylor Swift
  6. This Is How We Do It “- Montell Jordan
  7. ” Macarena” – Los Del Rio
  8. Shut Up And Dance “ – Walk The Moon
  9. ” Gonna Make You Sweat ( Everybody Dance Now) “ – C+C Music Factory Ft Freedom Williams

Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions about wedding songs for the first dance? Here are the answers to some of the common queries:

What is the #1 wedding song?

If you’re looking for the top modern songs for the wedding first dance, you can pick a popular song like Thinking out Loud by Ed Sheeran, A Thousand Years by Christina Perri, or All of Me by John Legend – all of which will soon become wedding classics.brother and sister enjoying the brother and sister dance songs at the wedding

What songs should you not play at a wedding?

For your dance, you should not play songs about lost love, former lovers, one-night stands, etc. Some examples of songs to avoid are Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley, Fake Love by Drake, All My Exes Live in Texas by George Strait, etc.

Is Stand by Me a good first dance song?

Stand by Me by Ben E. King is a great choice for the first dance at the wedding. Interestingly, it is also a nice option for a father-daughter dance or the mother-son dance because it simply portrays pure love. The choreography is also quite easy.

What was the number 1 wedding song in 1970?

The romantic songs of the 70s are evergreen, and some of the top choices for the wedding dance can be Your Song by Elton John, Annie’s Song by John Denver, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack, Let’s Stay Together by Al Green, etc.

Final Words

I hope you’ll find your favorite song on our list of wedding songs to dance to during the most romantic moment of your life. Remember, pick your favorites for the big dances- like the mother-son or father-daughter dance. Then use the rest to fill out your playlist.

bride and friends dancing at the reception

What are your favorite wedding songs to dance to? Please share with us below!

Andreea Juganaru
Andreea Juganaru

Andreea is a very passionate content creator and her purpose is to provide you with the most interesting articles, while constantly discovering new facts. She’s been freelance writing for the past five years and has created numerous articles and educational materials while managing her own blog.

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