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The Top Ten First Dance Songs For Your Wedding

There’s no rules when it comes to picking the song for your bridal dance – it’s your wedding, go with something you love, here’s a list of ten options for your first dance.

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‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran

Now don’t let the dance featured in the music video turn you off! You don’t have to copy their choreography, just feel the music and make it your own. Definitely a top first dance of 2014, with its classical undertones, and lyrics that describe a lifetime of love, this piece is timeless.


“Only Love” by Ben Howard

The combination of Howard’s gentle voice, his electric guitar, and a subtle drum beat gives a perfect mix of smooth moves with a tiny bit of a kick to add a little drama and rhythm to your first dance.


‘Baby I’m Yours’ by Arctic Monkeys

A cover of a song written by Van McCoy, and made into a hit by Barbara Lewis in 1965, the Arctic Monkeys keeps its sixties tones and melodies, but pair it with a chilled out version of their characteristic indie rock sound for a fun, love-filled tune.


‘I Found You’ by Alabama Shakes

American rock band Alabama Shakes brings some serious soul to their repertoire with this beautiful track with lyrics that take you on a journey to finding your true love. With some slow moves and rocking grooves this track has it all.


‘One And Only’ by Adele

The incredible voice of Adele coupled with some beautifully simplistic piano chords and heart wrenching lyrics; this song really tugs at the strings to your heart and will most likely have you and your guests in tears for the first dance!


‘At Last’ by Etta James

Possibly one of the most popular wedding dance songs of all time, any why not! Instantly recognisable it will get everybody in the mood for love whilst the two lovebirds swirl each other across the dance floor, or just keep it simple, up close and personal.


‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ By Elvis Presley

Whether you go with the original or one of the many covers, this song is so full of soul and love and being performed by the King of romance, you can’t go wrong with this piece.


‘You Are The Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne

Lead single from the album ‘Gossip In The Grain’ released in 2008, this loving folk tune was ranked as one of the top first dance songs according to an analysis of over 40,000 tracks on Spotify, and you can see why, it’s impossible not to groove to this tune!


‘First Day Of My Life’ by Bright Eyes

Symbolising rich new beginnings and a tale of deep love with a simplistic acoustic guitar and a beautiful husky voice, you can hold each other as you drift across the dance floor.


‘Come Away With Me’ by Norah Jones

This beautiful blues song that features simple melodies and progressions is a beautiful slow dance, especially great for the beginner. Rolling Stone ranked it at number 54 on its list of the 100 Best Album of the Decade.


‘Better Together’ by Jack Johnson

For some light-hearted, fun, rhythmic melodies, let Jack Johnson take you to the dance floor. It’s a beautiful love song without the bleeding heart! It is a little faster than some of the other songs on this list, so have fun flitting about.

What do you need more than just the perfect song? The perfect dance of course!. MarShere offers dance lessons to guarantee you look perfect for your first dance as a newly married couple. Read more about our wedding dance lessons and packages that are made to complement your chosen song.

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