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2016 100 first dance songs

Looking for inspiration for your first dance as man and wife? Choose one of these songs and there won't be a dry eye in the house!

The traditional first dance for the bride and groom can be a nerve wracking moment. The key though is to pick a track you both love. You’ll be more relaxed as you take to the floor and everytime you hear it in the years to come you will be reminded of your big day.

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Find a so-the-two-of-you first dance style with these cute but cool song suggestions.

1. Marry You – Bruno Mars 
2. Accidently In Love – Counting Crows
3. Brighter Than Sunshine – Aqualung
4. For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder 
5. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
6. Everything – Michael Bublé
7. Love On Top – Beyonce 
8. You Got the Love – Candi Staton
9. Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
10. 1, 2, 3, 4 – Feist

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11. At Last – Etta James
12. Dream a Little Dream of Me – The Mamas & The Papas 
13. Candy – Paolo Nutini 
14. Greatest Day – Take That 
15. It Must Be Love – Madness 
16. (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You – UB40 
17. It Had To Be You – Harry Connick Jr 
18. Cupid – Sam Cooke 
19. One Day Like This – Elbow 
20. Close to Me – The Cure 

SONGS TO WALK DOWN THE AISLE TO (WHILE MAKING YOUR GROOM CRY)

21. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor 
22. More Than Words – Extreme 
23. Baby, Now That I’ve Found You – Alison Krauss 
24. Feeling Good – Muse 
25. She – Elvis Costello 
26. If There Is Something – Roxy Music 
27. Just Say Yes – Snow Patrol 
28. Stand By Me – Ben E King 
29. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra 
30. I Only Have Eyes For You – Billie Holiday 

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31. Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden 
32. At My Most Beautiful – REM 
33. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole 
34. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol 
35. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong 
36. Gotta Get You Into My Life – The Beatles 
37. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen 
38. Wonderwall – Oasis 
39. Yellow – Coldplay 
40. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt 
41. You’re The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White 
42. Your Song – Ellie Goulding 
43. You Do Something To Me – Paul Weller 
44. Make You Feel My Love – Adele 
45. Everlong – Foo Fighters 
46. Higher Love – James Vincent McMorrow 
47. Better Together – Jack Johnson 
48. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz 
49. You Make It Real – James Morrison 
50. Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls 
51. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
52. Stay With Me – Sam Smith
53. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
54. All Of Me – John Legend
55. Only Love – Ben Howard
56. Grow Old With Me – Tom Odell
57. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
58. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
59. XO – Beyonce
60. Happy – Pharrell Wiliams
61. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
62. Run – Leona Lewis
63. Everything I Do – Bryan Adams
64. You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
65. Chasing Pavements – Adele
66. Come What May – Moulin Rouge
67. Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe – Barry White
68. Just The Way You Are – Barry White
69. Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
70. Let There Be Love – Nat King Cole
71. L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
72. Rule The World – Take That
73. Never Forget – Take That
74. Time Of My Life – Dirty Dancing 
75. Can You Feel The Love Tonight
76. Hero – Enrique Iglesias
77. Explosions – Ellie Goulding
78. You’ve Got The Love – Florence And The Machine
79. Kiss From A Rose – Seal
80. Des’ree – Kissing You
81. Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
82. Let It Be – The Beatles
83. Hey Jude – The Beatles
84. When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating
85. Elton John – Your Song
86. I Get The Sweetest Feeling – Jackie Wilson
87. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye
88. How Sweet It Is – Marvin Gaye
89. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
90. No One – Alicia Keys
91. Angels – Robbie Williams
92. Flying Without Wings – Westlife
93. Sway – Michael Bublé
94. Moon River – Frank Sinatra
95. Sky Full Of Stars – Coldplay
96. We Found Love – Rihanna
97. I Only Want To Be With You – Dusty Springfield
98. She’s The One – Robbie Williams
99. Same Love – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
100. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure

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The sway

Choreographed spectacles aren’t everyone’s bag, so if you’re shy or time-poor – or just fancy a sweet slow dance for your first spin – don’t force the issue. Add a sense of ceremony to the proceedings by holding hands as you walk on, then do a simple twirl to get into dance position. Keep the crowd engaged by inviting everyone to join you after 60 seconds. 
Try this song: At Last, Etta James

High-energy swing

As a couple you’re flirty, fun, and extroverted, and your song choice favours the up-tempo over emotional ballads. You’ll need a dress you can move in and a flair for improvisation, though learning a few key moves in advance (cuddle step, maybe a lift!) will add extra wow factor for your audience. 
Try this song: Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Queen

Something Latin

For a first dance that’s all about sensuality and romance, look no further than a Latin style like the rumba, which has slower steps and controlled movements (it also works nicely with lots of songs). For more drama, try a tango full of head snaps and fancy footwork, or go super sexy with a salsa. 
Try this song: Tu Amor Me Hace Bien, Marc Anthony

A classic waltz

Live out your Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire dreams with an elegant waltz or foxtrot. Both styles feature big strides as you travel across the room, so ballrooms and larger dancefloors are ideal. No time for lessons? Pick up the basics from Strictly’s own Camilla Dallerup 
Try this song: It Had to Be You, Harry Connick Jr.

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Celebrity first dance songs

If you need even more first dance song inspiration, take a look at what the A-listers picked with these celebrity first dance songs.

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  • Kate Middleton and Prince William – Ellie Goulding Your Song
  • Kim Kardasdhian and Kanye West –Etta James At Last mixed with Otis Redding These Arms Of Mine and Tenderness
  • Kate Moss and Jamie Hince – Roxy Music If There Is Something
  • Beyonce and Jay Z – Beyonce feat. Jay Z Crazy In Love
  • Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson – Stevie Wonder You and I
  • David Beckham and Victoria Adams – The Starlight Orchestra It Had To Be You
  • Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston – Frank Sinatra The Way You Look Tonight
  • Reese Witherspoona and Jim Tosh – Bob Dylan Make You Feel My Love
  • Michael Buble and Luisana Lopilato – Dean Martin Everybody Loves Somebody
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jnr – Ella Fitzgerald Someone To Watch Over Me
  • Hilary Duff and Michael Comrie – Ben E King Stand by Me
  • Sandra Bullock and Jesse James – Gladys Knight The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me
  • Nicole Richie and Joel Madden – Louis Armstrong What A Wonderful World
  • Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley – Patti Griffin Heavenly Day
  • Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom – Anita Baker Angel
  • Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi – Stevie Wonder Ribbon In The Sky
  • Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel – Donny Hathaway A Song For You
  • Lauren Conrad and William Tell – Once You’re My Best Friend
  • Tom Fletcher and Giovanna Falcone – The Commodores Easy
  • Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell – Paul McCartney My Valentine
  • Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman – Band of Horses No One’s Gonna Love You