17 popular First Dance songs for your Wedding

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When it comes to choosing your First Dance song, it can be hard to choose.  We have put together a list of the most popular taken from what we’ve seen people commenting on social media along with research from the internet.  Grab a cuppa and have a read of some of the popular First Dance songs.

How Would You Feel – Ed Sheeran

We couldn’t have  a list that didn’t have Ed Sheeran in it!  This is a slow one with a piano accompaniment meaning you can either follow the tempo of the words or the piano.  It also get gradually quicker towards the middle and end of the song.

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol 

A pretty steady tempo throughout the song making for an easy beat to follow.  Theres also highlights within the music meaning if you got your timing right and did for example a lift you could have your partner in the air on the highlight and bring them down before the words start again. – e.g “garden that’s bursting into life”

Just You And I – Tom Walker

A more upbeat song as First Dance songs go and if you’ve seen the official video then you could make it quite comical, especially if at first you weren’t really sure about each other, depending on your acting skills.  If not you could do more of a boppy sway.


Never Give Up On Us – Connie Talbot

A steady tempo and a clear guitar to follow.  The tempo doesn’t change throughout the song meaning you could quite easily keep repeating the same moves, it’s definitely a song where you have to listen the words.

The One – Kodaline

This one seems to be a very popular one and will stay popular for a while!  The words sum marriage and relationships up to a tea and the tempo is still slow and steady making it an easy one to dance to.  Even in the chorus when it gets quicker, you can still be doing slower moves and it won’t feel or seem out of place.

Amazed – Lonestar

Another popular one that I can’t see ever getting old!  Steady tempo and perfect lyrics.  It calls out for a dance routine, even more so you can’t listen and not sing so I’d be surprised if there aren’t a few karaoke acts on the dance floor.

Bonfire Heart – James Blunt

A steady guitar tempo to follow and then a drumbeat kicks in.  In dance terms its more of a foxtrot than a waltz.  It also calls for acting elements if you listen to the words.  A more unique choice compared to the ones so far.

You’re Still The One – Shania Twain

A typical Shania song not slow and not fast.  If anything this song has a line dance esque feel to it with times where you could easily slip into a basic waltz step to get you moving around the dance floor.

Little Things – One Direction

Not everyone is a 1D fan, however, the words are perfect for a First Dance.  Two people becoming one.  Another slow one with the gentle plucking of guitar strings meaning you can either follow the guitar or the melody of the words.

Don’t Worry About A Thing – Bob Marley

A more unique choice. Steady tempo, swing rhythm. Still low enough to do a waltz to but instead of pausing after the 3rd step you’d flow straight into the next 3.  You could also be quite comical or do some northern soul if you wanted.

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bob Marley 

As above a steady tempo that you could do a waltz or northern soul type steps to.

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran 

In the video they’re dancing in what could be mistaken for wedding outfits.  The words are about two people coming together and spending the rest of their lives together.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp-EO5I60KA

Millionaire – Chris Stapleton

A slow, romantic guitar to follow, a popular choice if you like your country style music.  DJs all over feel this one will be a popular one for years to come.

Perfect – Ed Sheeran

This song is literally about dancing.  Whilst it was released in 2017, it is still popular! I can’t see it going away anytime soon either.  The rhythm is an easy one to follow especially if you’re having a dance routine which makes it a popular choice season after season.

 At Last – Etta James

For all those who love tradition when it comes to weddings this is a great choice and on this occasion it asks for a sway and also a waltz, like you would get in war time.  

From the Ground Up –  Dan & Shay

Who doesn’t love a power ballad? It will most definitely transport you back to your Wedding day every time you hear it and those memories will last forever.  The lyrics are perfect for the journey you’re about to start as newly weds.

Beyond – Leon Bridges

A great love song, it’s not mainstream meaning if you’re trying to find things that haven’t been done at pretty much every wedding then this is a good choice of song.  The words perfectly capture the emotion of the room.


Let us know what song your having your First Dance.