Top 10 ‘First Dance’ songs for your Wedding Reception

After months-on-end of planning and anticipation, there’s one final detail that turns a good wedding reception into a great one – the music.
Choosing the perfect song for your First Dance can be tricky – it’s a momentous occasion. Whichever song you choose, you’ll want to remember it fondly as ‘Our Song’ forever.


These ten songs are the most popular First Dance favourites of all time:

1. Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Elvis Presley

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You may not be getting hitched in a Vegas wedding chapel but that doesn’t mean that Elvis can’t be part of your nuptials, somehow. The King is synonymous with romance and it doesn’t get much more romantic than this classic Elvis song. If you choose this tune for your First Dance, you certainly won’t be the first newlyweds to do so.

2. Just the way you are – Bruno Mars

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If you want to score your first dance with something upbeat, this gem from Bruno Mars is romantic, uplifting and passionate, all at once. When it comes to popular love songs, Mars is a bit of a modern-day Elvis. This is one of his most powerful lyrical declarations of love.

3. Untitled No3 – Sigur Ros

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If the only words you want to hear on your special day are “I do”, you might want to forego lyrics and opt for the soothing strains of Sigur Ros. This tune is packed with emotion. If love were a song, this is what it would sound like.

4. To Build A Home – Cinematic Orchestra

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Like its creators, this emotion-laden tune is indeed both cinematic and orchestral. Both lyrically and musically, it’s a fitting soundtrack for a momentous First Dance. Like the song says: ‘This is a place where I don’t feel alone; this is a place where I feel at home.’

5. Can’t Take My Eyes off You – Franki Valli

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The smooth tempo and heartfelt lyrics of this Frankie Valli classic make it a perennial First Dance favourite. Imagine, gazing into your loved one’s eyes, as the band croons: ‘At long last love has arrived; And I thank God I’m alive. You’re just too good to be true; Can’t take my eyes off of you.’ Just perfect.

6. I’m A Believer – The Monkees

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Want to score your special day with something sweet? This gem from The Monkees is romantic, upbeat and affirmative. The original version had that swinging sixties tempo but, with a contemporary twist, this ditty translates beautifully as a modern wedding song. The lyrics are filled with enough adoration to make the bride blush and the groom glow.

7. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

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This feel-good classic by the great Satchmo needs no introduction. Over the years, What A Wonderful World has become a First Dance standard. The silky-smooth tempo coupled with the song’s affirmative message make it the perfect tune for dancing cheek-to-cheek and heart-to-heart.

8. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt

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This one tugs on the heartstrings like a First Dance song should. Even though this song is about a missed love connection, it resonates beautifully with the starry-eyed newlyweds who were lucky enough to find each other. Play this at your wedding and your first dance certainly won’t be your last.

9. I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders

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This Australian love song is a bit of an anthem for newlyweds. What better way to launch into your new married life together than with the reassurance of the words: I’ll stand by you. The song rose to prominence in the nineties but it will live on as a First Dance favourite for many years to come.

10. Kissing You – Desiree

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When you are planning your wedding music, the aim is to capture the spirit of love and of union. Do you want a deeply romantic and sentimental song for your First Dance? This ballad is from the soundtrack to Romeo and Juliet – say no more! Let Desiree’s angelic voice add a heavenly dimension to your nuptials.

Author Bio:
Jeremy is a DJ/MC and has been playing the violin since 3 years of age!  He is Musical Functions’ wedding music specialist and the Director of Music for the “Something Borrowed Band”. Being so involved with music and weddings every weekend means that he is across all the latest trends and is full of amazing musical ideas for weddings.

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