First Dance Wedding Songs You’ll Love

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What will your first dance song be?

Choosing the perfect first dance song for your wedding can be a daunting task, but here are some tips to help you make the right choice:

  1. Start early: Begin the process of choosing your first dance song early, as it may take some time to find the perfect fit for you and your partner.

  2. Consider your musical tastes: Think about the type of music you both enjoy and find a song that reflects your personality and style.

  3. Personal significance: Choose a song that holds special meaning to you both, such as a song from a memorable event in your relationship.

  4. Dance style: Decide on the type of dance you want to do and choose a song with a tempo and rhythm that suits that style.

  5. Listen to the lyrics: Make sure the lyrics of the song resonate with you and the message you want to convey.

  6. Seek professional advice: Talk with your professional wedding DJ who can offer suggestions based on your preferences and musical tastes.

Obviously you want the entire day to go perfectly, especially your first dance. This is a moment that you will want to remember forever.  Some couples have “their song” in mind months before they even start planning the wedding. While others may still be wondering what will be that perfect first dance song.

Spotify Playlist: First Dance Songs

Thankfully, our Mike Staff Productions wedding DJs have put together a playlist with some of their top first dance song choices. They have included the classics and some more modern hits. This playlist will get you thinking, or even help you pick your song! FYI – over 4,000 people are following this playlist on our Spotify account!

  1. Love – Lana Del Rey
  2. Helium – Sia
  3. How Would You Feel (Paean) – Ed Sheeran
  4. Perfect Duet – Ed Sheeran & Beyonce
  5. God Only Knows – John Legend
  6. Prisoner – Ryan Adams
  7. Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
  8. What Would It Take – Anderson East
  9. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  10. Mona June – Slightly Stoopid, Angela
  11. New Year’s Day – Taylor Swift
  12. Never Be The Same – Camila Cabello
  13. Look At You – Seth Ennix
  14. Eyes On You – Chase Rice
  15. Meant To Be – Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line
  16. Legends – Kelsea Ballerini
  17. Greatest Love Story – LANCO
  18. Yours – Russell Dickerson
  19. River – Leon Bridges
  20. I’ll Name The Dogs – Blake Shelton
  21. Best Part – Daniel Caesar, H.E.R.
  22. My Forever – Tamar Braxton
  23. Speechless – Dan + Shay
  24. Made For You – Jake Owen
  25. Blessed – Thomas Rhett
  26. I Don’t Dance – Lee Brice
  27. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
  28. You and Me – Lifehouse
  29. 10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
  30. Lover – Taylor Swift
  31. Beyond – Leon Bridges
  32. Adore You – Harry Styles
  33. Conversations in the Dark – John Legend
  34. Finally // Beautiful Stranger – Halsey
  35. Yours – Russell Dickerson
  36. Homesick – Kane Brown
  37. Ease My Mind – Ben Platt
  38. 10,000 Hours (Piano Version) – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
  39. Lover (First Dance Remix) – Taylor Swift
  40. Best Part of Me – Ed Sheeran
  41. Lifetime – Justin Bieber
  42. Joy of My Life -Chris Stapleton
  43. Your Song – Elton John 
  44. Reflecting Light – Sam Phillips
  45. Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke
  46. Prayed For You – Matt Stell
  47. I’ll Follow You – Shinedown
  48. Best Part of Me – Ed Sheeran & YEBBA
  49. Fall into Me – Brantley Gilbert
  50. From the Ground Up – Dan + Shay
  51. You Make It Look So Easy – Eric Church
  52. If You Love Her – Forest Blakk & Meghan Trainor
  53. Yours – Ella Henderson 
  54. Blessings – Florida Georgia Line
  55. Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys
  56. My Side of the Fence – Dan + Shay
  57. Love Someone – Lukas Graham
  58. Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton 
  59. A Face to Call Home – John Mayer
  60. The Bones – Maren Morris
  61. Wherever you will go – The Calling
  62. I Get To Love You – Ruelle
  63. Promise To Love Her – Blane Howard
  64. Always Remember Us This Way – Lady Gaga
  65. A Million Dreams – Greatest Showman  
  66. Cowboys & Angels – Dustin Lynch
  67. Give Into Me – Garrett Hedlund & Leighton Meester
  68. Falling Like the Stars – James Arthur
  69. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
  70. Better Together – Luke Combs
  71. Darling – Roan Ash
  72. I Am Yours – Andy Grammer 
  73. Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
  74. You Are The Reason – Calum Scott
  75. Can’t Falling in Love – Hayley Reinhart 
  76. Hey Pretty Girl – Kip Moore
  77. Worship You – Kane Brown 
  78. Is that Alright? – Lady Gaga
  79. Trying on Rings – Maddie & Tae
  80. Diamonds or Twine – Ryan Hurd 
  81. On My Way to You – Cody Johnson 
  82. Heaven – Kane Brown 
  83. Next to Heaven – Aaron Watson 
  84. Things You Can’t Change – Rhys Lewis
  85. Dance With Me – Morgan Evans, Kelsea Ballerine 
  86. Forever After All – Luke Combs

7 Tips to Have a Magical First Dance

Let’s set the scene: your wedding DJ calls your name and asks for you to head to the dance floor. You’re standing there with your new spouse, under the spotlight, while family and friends start to crowd around. It’s time for your first spin around the dance floor as a married couple. Check out these 7 tips to make that moment truly magical. 

1. Choose A Meaningful Wedding Song

Select a song you both love and one that keeps an easy beat, especially if you’re a beginning dancers. When your song lasts longer than the usual three minutes, ask your DJ to fade the ending. Remember: frazzled dancers don’t dazzle. 

2. Take Professional Dance Lessons

Group lessons can be intimidating, but private lessons remove the pressure of dancing for an audience. Your instructor will teach you according to your ability level. With private instruction, beginners can quickly master the basics with confidence. Dancing, like music, lifts the spirit and is so much more enjoyable when shared with your significant other. 

3. Decides Who Follows & Who Leads

Gender no longer has anything to do with your decision. Choose the pattern that makes you comfortable. There’s nothing wrong with following a simple lead. Being able to follow the leader creates confidence in the follower and makes a more pleasurable dance for the leader, too. If you’re feeling brave and brassy, create a dance that switches leads once or twice during the routine.

4. Surprise Your Guests!

A pre-planned (choreographed) dip or a twirl makes a splashy statement without the tricky toe work of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. These moves are not only easy, but they offer impressive photo opportunities for still shots and videographers. When you look at them in the future, your photos will take you back to these moments with pride and a satisfied chuckle.

5. Plan Your Entrance and Exit on the Dance Floor

Will you clasp hands and kiss before you begin? Will you sashay in from the left and leave to the right? Whatever you decide, be sure to tell your camera operators where and in what direction you will start and finish your dance, as well as any choreographed moves you plan to make. That way, they can prepare to capture the moment in its best light and with the correct angle.

6. Get To Know Your Dance Floor

Check out the floor you will dance on. Make sure you know its dimensions. Some styles of dancing (like Foxtrot) require a bigger space. In other styles like nightclubs, two steps don’t require much space. Have a good idea of the size and shape of your wedding reception dance floor so that you can practice and get used to dancing in that amount of space.

7. Practice Makes Perfect

Practice on a busy dance floor in a public place. You can also practice at home, of course, (preferably in front of a large, floor-length mirror), but you also need the experience of dancing in front of an audience. Practice your routine at least a couple of times per week, for several weeks, until your feet seem to move without much help from your mind. Concentrate on having fun, and your guests will jump to join you on the dance floor.


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