Ah, the first dance. That exciting and nerve-racking moment in front of all your friends and family, but also that moment where you get to BREATHE! You're married now and this is just the start of your adventure! First dances are a cherished moment for couples and choosing the perfect song for this special occasion can be a delightful, but sometimes challenging task. To help you set the mood and chose the perfect first dance song, I've compiled a list of some songs that resonate with romance, nostalgia, and heartfelt emotions. Get ready though, these aren't repeats from last wedding season! In fact, you've probably not heard many of these during a first dance!
1. "At Last" by Etta James:
Of course, kicking it off here with Ms Etta because she's timeless! A classic song that exudes elegance and captures the essence of love. The voice of Etta James is immediately recognizable and this song's romantic lyrics do make it a top contender for a first dance song. If your wedding day has been full of glam there's no doubt that "At Last" will set the perfect tone for a dreamy and memorable moment on the dance floor.
2. "We Danced" by Brad Paisley:
A good, storytelling country love song might be the ticket for you! Brad Paisley's sentimental lyrics tell a heartwarming love story of a couple's romance: from their first meeting, to falling in love and sharing countless cherished moments on the dance floor. Paisley's heartfelt vocals and the nostalgic lyrics create a romantic ambiance that I picture dancing in my head every time I hear it. This can be the song you dance to for every reason for the rest of your lives!
3. "One Of The Good Ones" by Gabby Barrett:
This version linked above can be a beautiful choice for a first dance. Unlike the song by Luke Bryan with the same title, this one by Gabby Barrett carries a more tender message, describing a love that is truly exceptional and worth cherishing. The lyrics speak of finding that rare and special person who brings out the best in you and makes you feel cherished and loved.
4. "Just Wanna Know That You Love Me" by Lauren Alaina:
This was a must add the moment I heard it!! A perfect choice for a first dance! The emotional lyrics express the desire to feel loved and cherished by that special someone, making it a beautiful tribute to your love and commitment. With Lauren Alaina's unbeatable vocals, the song is romantic and intimate, providing a precious moment on the dance floor!
5. "Made For You" by Jake Owen:
What an ideal song choice for a first dance!! Capturing the essence of true love and the beauty of a lifelong commitment. The casual lyrics and melody create a more lighthearted atmosphere, still resonating with the hearts of both the newlyweds and their guests. "Made For You" is an unforgettable song that leaves a lasting impression and makes you feel all the love and happiness.
6. "You're Still the One" by Shania Twain:
Can't leave out my girl Shania! Always an exceptional choice for a first dance at a wedding. Twain's captivating voice makes this song everything it is, while the lyrics tell the significance of the occasion, allowing you to reflect on your love story and the promise of a lifetime together. I'd consider "You're Still The One" to be pretty timeless and definitely perfect for expressing the enduring love and journey of a couple who have stood the test of time together.
7. "On My Way To You" by Cody Johnson:
Putting this one in here as it was my husbands recommendation...and it truly is a WONDERFUL song choice for a wedding! If it had been out when we got married I'm sure he would have convinced me this was the song for our first dance. "On My Way to You" is a captivating, soul-searching love story. With its poignant lyrics and Cody Johnson's heartfelt vocals, the song delves into the journey of life and the winding path that ultimately leads to finding true love.
8. "Mean to Me" by Brett Eldridge:
Can't lie, this was my #1 pick for my first dance wedding song (which we didn't use but that's another story ha)! It's so heartwarming and perfect for a first dance!! Sung by the soulful Brett Eldredge, I feel like unless you really just don't like country music you can't go wrong here! "If mine could be the name that changes yours" is literally a line from the song, how perfect is that? This song truly is what every couple feels on their wedding day, but take a listen and decide for yourself.
Choosing the perfect first dance song is an important decision for couples and if you're not a couple with "a song" then it might become more of a challenge. These more recent and not so common selections are a prime starting point to help you find a song that resonates with your personalities and love story. So make this list your playlist for your next date and see which one gets your heartstrings the most!