Hands up if you’re feeling a bit nervous about your first dance at your wedding? All you need is the perfect first dance song and a professional first dance tutorial and you’ll end up loving every minute of it.
Choose a sentimental song that means something to you and every time you hear it you’ll be reminded of your special day – we’ve got 100 first dance songs to inspire you, as well as some key moves and insider information on what celebrities had for their first dances. Let’s find you a first dance song!
100 First Dance Song Ideas
Romantic First Dance Songs
Your first dance is a seriously romantic moment – all eyes are on you as you share that first dance as newlyweds so you need to make sure you have a seriously romantic first dance song.
1. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Our favourite lyric: “Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars/Place your head on my beating heart/I’m thinking out loud/Maybe we found love right where we are”
2. All of Me – John Legend
Our favourite lyric: “Give your all to me/I’ll give my all to you/You’re my end and my beginning/Even when I lose I’m winning”
3. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Our favourite lyric: “If I lay here/If I just lay here/Would you lie with me and just forget the world?”
4. Kissing You – Des’ree
Our favourite lyric: “Pure and true/Gift to me forever/’Cause I’m kissing you, oh/I’m kissing you”
5. Amazed – Lonestar
Our favourite lyric: “Forever and ever/Every little thing that you do/Baby I’m amazed by you”
6. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor
Our favourite lyric: “You were better to me than I was to myself/For me, there’s you and there ain’t nobody else”
7. Make You Feel My Love – Adele (Bob Dylan cover)
Our favourite lyric: “I could make you happy, make your dreams come true/Nothing that I wouldn’t do/Go to the ends of the Earth for you/To make you feel my love”
8. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
Our favourite lyric: “And I’d give up forever to touch you/’Cause I know that you feel me somehow/You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be/And I don’t wanna go home right now”
9. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding (The Waterboys cover)
Our favourite lyric: “How long will I love you/As long as stars are above you/And longer if I may”
10. Your Song – Elton John
Our favourite lyric: “I hope you don’t mind/That I put down in words/How wonderful life is while you’re in the world”
Upbeat First Dance Songs
If slow dancing doesn’t appeal to you, why not pick an upbeat first dance song that’s likely to have all your guests piling on to the dance floor to join you?
11. Marry You – Bruno Mars
Our favourite lyric: “Is it the look in your eyes?/Or is it the dancing juice?/Who cares baby/I think I wanna marry you”
12. Love on Top – Beyonce
Our favourite lyric: “I can hear the wind whipping past my face/As we dance the night away/Boy your lips taste like a night of champagne/As I kiss you again, and again, and again and again”
13. One Day Like This – Elbow
Our favourite lyric: “It’s silly wrong but vivid right/Oh, kiss me like the final meal/Yeah, kiss me like we die tonight”
14. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
Our favourite lyric: “I kinda like it/Crazy little thing called love”
15. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Our favourite lyric: “Well, open up your mind and see like me/Open up your plans and damn you’re free/Look into your heart and you’ll find love, love, love, love”
16. Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
Our favourite lyric: “You can never get enough/Enough of this stuff/It’s Friday/I’m in love”
17. Better Together – Jack Johnson
Our favourite lyric: “Yeah, we’ll look at them stars when we’re together/Well, it’s always better when we’re together”
Our favourite lyric: “Babe you set my soul on fire/That’s why I know you are my only desire/Ooh baby, here I am, signed, sealed delivered/I’m yours”
19. The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
Our favourite lyric: “I never felt so in love before/Promise baby, you’ll love me forever more”
20. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts
Our favourite lyric: “Seems you’re the only one who knows what it’s like to be me/Someone to face the day with, make it through all the rest with/Someone I’ll always laugh with/Even at my worst, I’m best with you, yeah”
Rocky First Dance Songs
Give your first dance some edge by choosing one of these awesome rock first dance songs – rockers can be romantic too!
21. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
Our favourite lyric: “Trust I seek and I find in you/Every day for us something new/Open mind for a different view/And nothing else matters”
22. Everlong – Foo Fighters
Our favourite lyric: “And I wonder/When I sing along with you/If everything could ever feel this real forever/If anything could ever be this good again”
23. No One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age
Our favourite lyric: “Heaven smiles above me/What a gift here below/But no one knows”
24. Marry Me – Train
Our favourite lyric: “You wear white and I’ll wear out the words I love you/And you’re beautiful”
25. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
Our favourite lyric: “I could spend my life in this sweet surrender/I could stay lost in this moment forever”
26. Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
Our favourite lyric: “Let’s do some living after we die/Wild horses couldn’t drag me away/Wild, wild horses, we’ll ride them some day”
27. Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Our favourite lyric: “You know that I could use somebody/Someone like you/And all you know/And how you speak/Countless lovers under cover of the street”
28. Wonderwall – Oasis
Our favourite lyric: “I don’t believe that anybody/Feels the way I do about you now”
29. You Do Something To Me – Paul Weller
Our favourite lyric: “You do something to me/Somewhere deep inside/I’m hoping to get close to/A peace I cannot find”
30. Thank You – Led Zeppelin
Our favourite lyric: “If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you/When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me”
Indie First Dance Songs
Want something a little less ‘done’ for your first dance? No problem, we’ve rounded up the very best indie first dance songs for cool couples.
31. Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys (Barbara Lewis cover)
Our favourite lyric: “Baby, I’m yours/And I’ll be yours until the stars fall from the sky/Yours until the rivers all run dry”
32. Sway – The Kooks
Our favourite lyric: “And I need your soul because you’re always soulful/And I, and I need your heart because you’re always in the right places”
33. I Forget Where We Were – Ben Howard
Our favourite lyric: “Hello love, my invincible friend/Hello love, the thistle and the burr/Hello love, for you I have so many words/But I, I forget where we were”
34. Heroes – David Bowie
Our favourite lyric: “I, I will be king/And you, you will be queen/Though nothing, will drive them away/We can beat them, just for one day”
35. Like a Star – Corrine Bailey Rae
Our favourite lyric: “From tonight I know that you’re the only one/I’ve been confused and in the dark/Now I understand”
36. I Was Made for You – She & Him
Our favourite lyric: “When I saw you smile/I saw a dream come true/So I asked you, maybe, baby what you gonna do?”
37. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Our favourite lyric: “Made off/Don’t stray/My kind’s your kind /I’ll stay the same”
38. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey
Our favourite lyric: “The way you play for me at your show/And all the ways I got to know/Your pretty face and electric soul”
39. The Wedding Song – Angus and Julia Stone
Our favourite lyric: “Do you know how lovely you are/in the starlight, in the starlight of my heart?”
40. Toothpaste Kisses – The Maccabees
Our favourite lyric: “Pulling shapes just for your eyes/So with toothpaste kisses and lines/I’ll be yours and you’ll be”
Jazzy First Dance Songs
Sometimes only jazz will do – we’ve rounded up the most wonderful jazzy first dance songs to soundtrack your special moment.
41. We Have All the Time in the World – Louis Armstrong
Our favourite lyric: “We have all the time in the world/Time enough for life to unfold/All the precious things love has in store/We have all the love in the world”
42. Everything – Michael Bublé
Our favourite lyric: “You’re a carousel, you’re a wishing well/And you light me up when you ring my bell/You’re a mystery, you’re from outer space/You’re my every minute of my everyday”
43. L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
Our favourite lyric: “Love is all that I can give to you/Love is more than just a game for two”
44. It Had to Be You – Harry Connick Jr
Our favourite lyric: “For nobody else gave me a thrill/With all your faults/I love you still”
45. I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra
Our favourite lyric: “I’ve got you under my skin/I’ve got you deep in the heart of me/So deep in my heart that you’re really a part of me”
46. I’m in the Mood for Love – Ella Fitzgerald (Louis Armstrong cover)
Our favourite lyric: “Heaven is in your eyes/Bright as the stars we’re under/Oh! Is it any wonder/I’m in the mood for love?”
47. My Baby Just Cares for Me – Nina Simone
Our favourite lyric: “My baby don’t care who knows/My baby just cares for me”
48. Cupid – Amy Winehouse (Johnny Nash cover)
Our favourite lyric: “Now if your arrow makes his love strong for me/I swear I’m gonna love him ’til eternity”
49. Someone to Watch Over Me – Chet Baker
Our favourite lyric: “Although he may not be the man some/Girls think of as handsome/To my heart he carries the key”
50. Cheek to Cheek – Billie Holiday
Our favourite lyrics: “Dance with me, I want my arms about you/The charm about you/Will carry me through”
Classic First Dance Songs
They’re classics for a reason – these classic first dance songs will stand the test of time and you’ll still be dancing to them on your golden wedding anniversary.
51. At Last – Etta James
Our favourite lyric: “My heart was wrapped up in clover/The night I looked at you”
52. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Our favourite lyric: “Darling, don’t be afraid I have loved you/For a thousand years/I’ll love you for a thousand more”
53. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
Our favourite lyric: “Take my hand, take my whole life too/For I can’t help falling in love with you”
54. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli
Our favourite lyric: “You’d be like heaven to touch/I wanna hold you so much/At long last love has arrived”
55. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Our favourite lyric: “They say since, baby, since we’ve been together/Loving you forever/Is what I need”
56. If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
Our favourite lyric: “Some people want it all/But I don’t want nothing at all/If it ain’t you baby”
57. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
Our favourite lyric: “I may not always love you/But long as there are stars above you/You never need to doubt it”
58. All You Need is Love – The Beatles
Our favourite lyric: “All you need is love, love/Love is all you need”
59. Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
Our favourite lyric: “Somewhere over the rainbow/Blue birds fly/And the dreams that you dreamed of/Dreams really do come true”
60. You Are So Beautiful to Me – Joe Cocker
Our favourite lyric: “You’re everything I hope for/You’re everything I need/You are so beautiful to me”
Fun First Dance Songs
If your first dance song is more about getting the party started, pick one of these fun first dance songs to get everyone moving.
61. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Our favourite lyric: “I won’t cry, I won’t cry/No, I won’t shed a tear/Just as long as you stand, stand by me”
62. Shut Up and Dance With Me – Walk the Moon
Our favourite lyric: “I felt it in my chest as she looked at me/I knew we were bound to be together/Bound to be together”
63. Happy – Pharrell Williams
Our favourite lyric: “It might seem crazy what I’m about to say/Sunshine she’s here, you can take away”
64. Crazy in Love – Beyoncé ft. Jay Z
Our favourite lyric: “Got me hoping you’ll page me right now, your kiss/Got me hoping you’ll save me right now”
65. Rule the World – Take That
Our favourite lyric: “All the stars are coming out tonight/They’re lighting up the sky tonight/For you, for you”
66. Loving You – Paolo Nutini
Our favourite lyric: “And I see when you’re loving me, I’m loving you/I love the prowess in the things that you do”
67. You Got the Love – Candi Staton
Our favourite lyric: “Sometimes I feel like saying, ‘Lord, I just don’t care’/But you’ve got the love I need to see me through”
68. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Our favourite lyric: “Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter/Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here/Here comes the sun, here comes the sun”
69. Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Our favourite lyric: “Then I look at you/And the world’s alright with me”
70. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Our favourite lyric: “Skipping and a-jumping/In the misty morning fog with/Our, our hearts a-thumping/And you, my brown-eyed girl”
71. I Feel Good – James Brown
Our favourite lyric: “I feel nice, like sugar and spice/So nice, so nice, I got you/When I hold you in my arms/I know that I can’t do no wrong”
Alternative First Dance Songs
Don’t want a typical first dance song? Don’t worry – we’ve rounded up some awesome alternative first dance song ideas.
72. I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness
Our favourite lyric: “I want to kiss you every minute, every hour, every day/You got me in a spin but everything is A.O.K!”
73. If There is Something – Roxy Music
Our favourite lyric: “I would do anything for you/I would climb mountains/I would swim all the oceans blue”
74. It Must Be Love – Madness
Our favourite lyric: “I’ve got to be near you/Every night, every day/I couldn’t be happy/Any other way”
75. This Must be the Place – Talking Heads
Our favourite lyric: “I got plenty of time/You got light in your eyes/And you’re standing here beside me/I love the passing of time”
76. For Lovers – Wolfman ft. Pete Doherty
Our favourite lyric: “I’m running away with you/From yesterday’s news/Let’s leave it all behind/Help me back to my mind”
77. Five Years’ Time – Noah & The Whale
Our favourite lyric: “Oh well I look at you and say/It’s the happiest that I’ve ever been/And I’ll say I no longer feel I have to be James Dean/And she’ll say/’Yeah well I feel all pretty happy too’/And I’m always pretty happy when I’m just kicking back with you”
78. I’m Lost Without You – Blink 182
Our favourite lyric: “I will go down as your lover, your friend/Give me your lips and with one kiss we begin/Are you afraid of being alone/Cause I am, I’m lost without you”
79. You’ve Got a Friend – Randy Newman
Our favourite lyric: “You’ve got troubles, and I’ve got ’em too/There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you/We stick together and can see it through/’Cause you’ve got a friend in me”
80. I Would Do Anything For You – Foster the People
Our favourite lyric: “Ooooh la love, I’ve fallen in love/And it’s better this time than ever before”
81. Hey Ho – The Lumineers
Our favourite lyric: “I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart”
Modern First Dance Songs
Choose an up-to-the-minute soundtrack for your first dance – we’ve put together some of our favourite modern first dance songs.
82. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Our favourite lyric: “I got that sunshine in my pocket/Got that good soul in my feet/I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops, ooh”
83. Remedy – Adele
Our favourite lyric: “No river is too wide or too deep for me to swim to you/Come whatever, I’ll be the shelter that won’t let the rain come through/Your love, it is my truth/And I will always love you”
84. XO – Beyonce
Our favourite lyric: “In the darkest night hour/I’ll search through the crowd/Your face is all that I see”
85. We Found Love – Rihanna
Our favourite lyric: “Yellow diamonds in the light/And we’re standing side by side/As your shadow crosses mine/What it takes to come alive”
86. Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
Our favourite lyric: “Cause you get lighter the more it gets dark/I’m gonna give you my heart”
87. Same Love – Macklemore ft. Ryan Lewis
Our favourite lyric: “My love/She keeps me warm”
88. Grow Old With Me – Tom Odell
Our favourite lyric: “Grow old with me/Let us share what we see/And oh the best it could be”
89. Riptide – Vance Joy
Our favourite lyric: “Oh, all my friends are turning green/You’re the magician’s assistant in their dream”
90. Only Love – Ben Howard
Our favourite lyric: “And I’ll be yours to keep/A wind in the shadow, a whale song in the deep”
91. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
Our favourite lyric: “Raise my hands/Paint my spirit gold/And bow my head/Keep my heart slow”
Pop First Dance Songs
Who can resist a good pop song? Browse some of our favourite pop first dance songs to find the perfect one for you.
92. Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
Our favourite lyric: “And when the stars are shining brightly in the velvet sky/I’ll make a wish send it to heaven then make you want to cry/The tears of joy for all the pleasure and the certainty”
93. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
Our favourite lyric: “Fading in, fading out/On the edge of paradise/Every inch of your skin is a holy grail I’ve got to find”
94. Hero – Enrique Iglesias
Our favourite lyric: “Am I in too deep? Have I lost my mind/Well, I don’t care. You’re here tonight”
95. Flying Without Wings – Westlife
Our favourite lyric: “Well, for me it’s waking up beside you/To watch the sunrise on your face/To know that I can say I love you/In any given time or place”
96. She’s The One – Robbie Williams
Our favourite lyric: “Though the sea will be strong/I know we’ll carry on/Cos if there’s somebody calling me on/She’s the one”
97. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
Our favourite lyric: “Cause I don’t wanna lose you now/I’m looking right at the other half of me/The vacancy that sat in my heart/Is a space that now you hold”
98. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Our favourite lyric: “Oh, you know, you know, you know I’d never ask you to change/If perfect’s what you’re searching for, then just stay the same”
99. Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
Our favourite lyric: “Our friends would all make fun of us/And we’d just laugh along because we’d know/That none of them have felt this way”
100. You Make It Real – James Morrison
Our favourite lyric: “You are the only one who save me/That’s why I’ve been missing you lately/’Cause you make it real for me”
How to Master Your First Dance: The Key Moves Everyone Needs to Know
Dancing doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but don’t let that put you off having a first dance. We asked Strictly Come Dancing’s Camilla Dallerup for first dance lessons, but we’ve also got some key moves everyone can master to get you started…
Try the quiz below to figure out which move suits your style.
We love watching an amazingly choreographed first dance, but they’re not for everyone. Sometimes keeping it simple is the best option, so allow us to introduce ‘the sway’. Hold hands as you walk out on to the dance floor and twirl into position so you’re facing each other. The bride can put her hands around the groom’s neck and you can just sway in time to the music. Ask your bridesmaids to encourage everyone else to join you on the dance floor if you’re feeling self-conscious.
The perfect song: At Last – Etta James
High Energy Swing
Fun-loving couples that can’t wait to do their first dance need to master these moves. Learn to swing dance if you’re having an up-tempo first dance song and you have a fabulously flirty wedding dress that’s made to move in.
The perfect song: Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
Salsa dancing is seriously sexy, and the rumba will ensure all eyes are on you. Why not have some Latin dance lessons ahead of your wedding – it’s a great date night idea – and learn to tango, rumba or salsa to make sure your first dance is totally YouTube worthy?
The perfect song: Tu Amor Me Hace Bien – Marc Anthony
A Classic Waltz
A waltz or foxtrot is easy to master and will look polished with minimal effort. This timeless style of dance is perfect if you have a big dance floor or ballroom for your first dance, as you can easily cover a lot of ground.
The perfect song: What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Celebrity First Dance Inspiration
If you’re still stuck for first dance ideas, why not take inspiration from your favourite celebrity couples? We’ve rounded up what the stars had at their weddings…
Kate Middleton and Prince William
If you want to give your first dance a regal feel, be inspired by Wills and Kate – they chose ‘Your Song’ by Elton John, but had it performed live by Ellie Goulding.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
What do you do if you can’t decide on a first dance song? Copy Kimye and go for a medley. Mr and Mrs West shared their first dance as husband and wife to a mash up of ‘All of Me’ by John Legend, ‘At Last’ by Etta James, and ‘These Arms of Mine’ and ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ by Otis Redding.
Before their break-up, this couple was rock royalty so it’s only natural they went for a super-cool first dance song to suit their edgy style. They shared their first dance to Roxy Music’s ‘If There Is Something’.
Beyoncé and Jay Z
What does Queen Bey dance to on her wedding day? One of her own songs, of course. She and Jay chose ‘Crazy in Love’, which was the first song they recorded together. Well, you would if you could, right?
Barack and Michelle Obama
The President of the United States and the First Lady went for a classic first dance song – they chose Stevie Wonder’s ‘You and I’.
The couple of the noughties had an old school vibe for their first dance – they picked ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ by Frank Sinatra.
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth
The Legally Blonde actress shared her first dance with her new husband to Bob Dylan’s classic ‘Make You Feel My Love’ – a totally timeless choice.
Michael Bublé and Luisana Lopilato
What did the king of first dance songs have at his own wedding? It had to be a classic – they danced to ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ by Dean Martin.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jnr
If this couple were your 90s relationship goals, then you need to know what they had for their first dance. They chose ‘Somebody to Watch Over Me’ by Ella Fitzgerald.
Hilary Duff and Michael Comrie
This cute couple shared their first dance to ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E. King – and whilst their relationship hasn’t been without its ups and downs, the couple currently seem to be staying true to their first dance.
Nicole Richie and Joel Madden
One of our favourite quirky couples, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, had their first dance as newlyweds to the beautiful ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong.
Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley
Everyone’s favourite rom-com actress shared her special moment with husband Josh Kelley to ‘Heavenly Day’ by Patti Griffin.
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom
The reality TV star married her basketball-player husband after a whirlwind romance, and they chose ‘Angel’ by Anita Baker to share their first dance to.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Justin Timberlake is behind a few first dance songs himself, so we were extra interested to discover what he and Jessica Biel picked for their own. The answer? ‘A Song For You’ by Donny Hathaway.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
When chat show host Ellen married her wife Portia, the couple chose to dance to ‘Ribbon in the Sky’ by Stevie Wonder for their first dance as newlyweds.
Lauren Conrad and William Tell
The Hills alumni Lauren Conrad had her first dance with husband William Tell to ‘You’re My Best Friend’ by Once.
Tom Fletcher and Giovanna Falcone
After that amazing wedding speech, Tom and Giovanna had a lot to deliver when it came to their first dance song. The childhood sweethearts danced to ‘Easy’ by the Commodores.
Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell
Would you have guessed Paul McCartney chose one of his own songs for his first dance with wife Nancy Shevell? Well, when you have a back catalogue as big as his it must be hard to avoid. They chose ‘My Valentine’.
Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman
Whilst this couple have now sadly separated, we’re still big fans of their unusual choice of first dance song: ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ by Band of Horses.