The music must be magical the first time newlyweds dance at their wedding reception.
A fabulous first dance song makes the bride and groom feel they are floating on air. The melody should draw everyone’s attention to the happy couple as they gaze into each other’s eyes. Aw, romance!
The wedding first dance isn’t as important as the exchange of vows, but it’s up there! It’s a highly anticipated part of the wedding day. So cut the stress with some helpful advice on selecting a first dance song.
How to choose a wedding first dance song
How do you select a song for your first dance? First of all, don’t rush into this. Keep in mind that you and your partner need to agree on this, just like the favors you choose for your guests.
The first dance song should have special meaning to both of you. Maybe it’s the first song you ever danced together or a tune that was playing when you first kissed.
Some couples establish an “our song” soon after their relationship begins to bloom. Others never do. In that case, you’ll need a starting point. Review the major types of music to narrow down the possibilities for your first dance song:
- Rhythm and blues
- Hip hop
If you agree on a type of music, grab your dancing shoes. You’re halfway there! Now you can start searching online for the top wedding dance songs in your favorite type of music.
If that sounds like a huge task, keep reading!
First dance wedding songs by age groups
Certain songs are more popular with Generation Z, Millennials, Baby Boomers and Generation X. You’ve probably heard many first dance melodies at weddings you’ve attended in the past. But do you know the names of the songs or the recording artists who performed them?
No worries! Take a look at the top wedding dance songs I categorized by age. If your music interests reach beyond your generation, read them all!
Best first dance songs for couples under 30
- “All of Me” by John Legend
- “Adore You” by Harry Styles
- “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
- “This I Promise You” by NSYNC
- “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
- “The Reason” by Hoobastank
- “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
- “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding
- “By Your Side” by Sade
- “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake
- “All My Life” by K-Ci & Jojo
- “A Thousand Years” by Chrsitina Perri
- “Malibu” by Miley Cyrus
- “I Swear” by All-4-One
- “Speechless” by Dan + Shay
- “A Moment Like This” by Kelly Clarkson
- “Romeo and Juliet” by The Killers
- “That’s When I Knew” by Alicia Keys
- “Adorn” by Miguel
- “Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
- “Forever Like That” by Ben Rector
Best first dance songs for couples 30 to 50 years old
- “Amazed” by Lonestar
- “Better Together” by Jack Johnson
- “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls
- “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
- “From This Moment On” by Shania Twain
- “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt
- “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
- “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
- “Then” by Brad Paisley
- “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden
- “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John
- “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw
- “(Everything I do) I do It For You” by Bryan Adams
- “Heaven” by Bryan Adams
- “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain
- “When You Say Nothing At All” by Ronan Keating
- “Grow Old with Me” by Tom Odell
- “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
- “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
- “Waste” by Phish
- “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” by Rod Stewart
- “Faithfully” by Journey
- “Background Music” by Maren Morris
Best first dance songs for couples over 50
- “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker
- “You Are” By Lionel Richie
- “Lady” by Kenny Rogers
- “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel
- “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
- “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
- “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack
- “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
- “When A Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge
- “Annie’s Song” by John Denver
- “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers
- “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” by Barry White
- “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli
- “I’ll Be There” by the Jackson 5
- “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole
- “As Time Goes By” by Dooley Wilson
- “Your Song” by Elton John
- “How Deep is Your Love” by the Bee Gees
- “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
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When your big day is over, use our comments section to let us know which first dance song you chose and why. I hope it was a special moment you’ll never forget!
You’re much better with the English thing than me. Nice blog Shelley.