5 Classic First Dance Wedding Songs




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The first dance as a newly married couple. The lights go down, everyone's eyes are on the new husband and wife. It's one of those moments that you will remember for the rest of your life. You will always recognize the first notes of your first dance.


Finding a first dance song can feel challenging. Maybe you have no idea where to start or just want something romantic. Even if you and your significant other have a song maybe you want to keep that private between the two of you and go for something more traditional. Thinking about going with something more classic but need a few ideas? We've got you covered.


Here are 5 classic wedding songs for your first dance that will truly stand the test of time.



1. "At Last"- Etta James

Every single time the orchestral chords begin on this song, everyone in the room gets hit with the feels. James' voice is universally recognized and the everyone will be singing along with the first notes. This song is timeless and is what romantic dreams are made of. There isn't a more romantic song on the planet and there will be no dry eyes among those watching as you sway along with your new spouse.

2. "Your Song"- Elton John

There is a more modern version of this song with Ellie Goulding's take, but it doesn't quite match up to the original. It’s slow and sweet, with incredibly romantic undertones. It’s very reminiscent of young love, which is sure to appeal to those whose romance has a youth beginning and who always want that feeling of young love.


Newlywed couple dancing to their first song as husband and wife

3. “It Had To Be You” Frank Sinatra

This list wouldn't be complete without a song by of the greatest singers of the 20th century. Sinatra sings about love between two people that seems meant to be, guided by fate. It truly captures a couple's love in the idea that out of everyone in the world, two people found one another. There is something so special about feeling like you've found "the one" and no other song helps solidify that feeling better than this one.


4. "Heaven"- Bryan Adams

One of Bryan Adam’s most famous songs, “Heaven” is one of those songs that is bound to invite nostalgia for the older crowd. With lyrics like “ And baby you're all that I want, when you're lyin' here in my arms, I'm findin' it hard to believe we're in heaven”, True romantics will be sure to appreciate it as well . A true love song, it’s not hard to see why it’s a first dance classic. It's another tear jerker, but only in the sweetest way imaginable.


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5. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” Frankie Valli (Or if you want more of a Boho but still classic feel Lauryn Hill)

This song has a little bit more of an upbeat vibe, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The original version is a bit more jazz inspired, and your guests will surely be moving along to the beat. If you’re into more of an R&B style, Lauryn Hill’s version is so catchy, everyone young or old will appreciate it. Whichever version of this song you choose, the love that you and your new husband share will surely be captured as you take your first dance as "Mr. & Mrs".


Is there a song that we missed on our list? We want to know! Comment below and tell us what song you think is a classic first dance song.


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