Popular First Dance Songs

The Top 10 Most Popular First Dance Songs

In a recent report by Genesis Medical, it was confirmed that getting married was one of the most stressful things you will ever do. This comes as no surprise when you consider the sheer amount of planning and organization that go into the ceremony, reception, seating plans, dresses, suits, and guestlists.

Another thing that can make weddings so stressful is the pressure that is put on them by others. With every color arrangement, ribbon, and song choice, spouses to be can’t help the lingering feeling that every decision they make is likely to be judged by those closest to them. All of this piles together to make for an incredibly stressful experience.

Some people get so bogged down in making their special day perfect for others that they forget to think about the most important people, themselves. You shouldn’t compromise your choices based on those attending, your wedding day is exactly that, your wedding day! One of the most important moments that a couple will share is that of the first dance, and so you should ensure your choice for a first song is the perfect one for you. Do you want it to be slow or upbeat? Do you want it to be something other people can join in with? Would you like the original to be played or would you rather hire a wedding band such as those available on AliveNetwork.com? These are all elements you need to consider, but to make things a little bit easier, here is a list of the ten most popular first dance songs.

1. Ed Sheeran – Perfect

As a song that was written for his own fiancé Cherry, it’s no surprise that this romance-laced track is such a popular choice for newlyweds. With a slick tempo that’s easy to sway to and lyrics that could melt the thorniest of hearts, this song is, to say the least, perfect.

2. Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper – Shallow

After the release of the global smash hit A Star Is Born, it was hard to turn on a radio station in 2018 and not hear this track. Due to its popularity (specifically being number 20 in the list of the 40 biggest singles in 2019), paired with the gorgeous acoustics and romantic tempo, there’s no wonder couples all over the world are choosing Shallow as their first dance.

3. Walk The Moon – Shut Up and Dance

Are you and your partner not the best dancers? Are you nervous about all eyes being on you? Disperse those nerves and choose a floor filler for a first dance that everyone will be able to join in with. And what’s better than a world-renowned hit like Shut Up and Dance?

4. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Another Ed Sheeran song on this list already? With the simplicity of the lone guitar in this song paired with the passion in Ed’s voice, which only seems to grow with every word, it’s hard to argue with couples that opt for Thinking Out Loud as their first dance.

5. Zac Efron, Zendaya – Rewrite The Stars

The year before A Star Is Born was released, another musical took the world by storm. In 2017, The Greatest Showman captivated audiences all over the world, and one of the most enchanting and romantic songs within was this powerful performance by Zac Efron and Zendaya. With fantastic lyrics that revolve around forbidden love and overcoming obstacles and challenges because of that love, this first dance plays like remixed wedding vows.

6. Elton John – Your Song

It’s a little bit funny how despite being released five decades ago, this song continues to be one of the most popular tracks for newlyweds to dance to. Proving that a classic’s a classic, this song for the ages endures as a beautiful way for people to begin married life together.

7. Christina Perri – A Thousand Years

American singer-songwriter Christina Perri’s single A Thousand Years has been recognized as a modern classic following its feature in the Twilight Safa. However, you don’t need to be a fan of werewolves and vampires to recognize the beauty of this track.

8. John Legend – All Of Me

Arguably, one of the most prolific soul musicians of this generation, John Legends hit All Of Me, thanks to its slow tempo and passionate vocals, makes for the perfect accompaniment to first dances.

9. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together

Not only on the list of greatest first dance songs but also number 60 on Rolling Stone’s greatest songs of all time, it’s no wonder so many people choose to see in married life with this sensual slow jam. Originally released in 1971, though generally relaxed, Let’s Stay Together remains one of the more upbeat love songs on this list and so is perfect if you’re going to be unable to cover the spring in your step that comes with been happily married.

10. Bruno Mars – Marry You

Last but not least, Bruno Mars’s Marry You is reasonably self-explanatory. The quirky charm behind this track’s obviousness makes it a fun and exciting choice for a first dance. It has a tone that preaches celebration, which is guaranteed to keep people in a good mood and fill the dance floor.


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