When it comes to music for your wedding, from ceremony and drinks reception to Band & DJ, your first dance song ranks as the most important moment.
Ireland’s Top Wedding Band, The Soundtracks, have compiled a list of our Top 10 most requested First Dance Wedding Songs. With both old and new included in the list, you are bound to find one that is perfect for your special day.
Choosing a First dance song for your wedding reception can be daunting task. Should you opt for the more popular slow dance? Or maybe you feel you’d rather go with something a little bit more upbeat and get the party started asap?
Timeless classics are always a good place to start.
Though over the past few years there has been a surge in more modern classics. Lets take a look at the top 10 greatest love songs of all time from old to new, and try to find one that is perfect for your special wedding day!
1.Lets stay together – Al Green
If you're considering adding some Soul into your first dance, Al Greens "Lets say together" is a popular choice.
From the opening lyric “I’m so in love with you”, this romantic classic sets the mood for anyone's first dance as husband and wife.
2.At last – Eta James
It’s as if this song was written especially for your first dance. A song that has been covered by numerous artists over the decades, the most famous being by Beyonce who sang it at Barack and Michelle Obama’s first inauguration ball. Have a listen...
3.God only knows – The Beach Boys
A timeless classic which was ranked number 11 in Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" and we agree the lyrics are some of the most beautiful ever written. This song brings an uplifting and fun element to any first dance and often ends with the dancefloor full.
4.You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates
A great party starting upbeat first dance song. The song was featured in a memorable scene in the 2009 film (500) Days of Summer, where the main character breaks out into a spontaneous dance number while walking down the street. This is one of our favourite songs to play at wedding receptions and what an atmosphere it creates as a first dance song. Weve seen many a couple perform choreographed first dance moves to this one and it never fails to get everyone on the dancefloor. Check out our version!
5.Stand by Me – Ben E. King
From the movie of the same name which sparked a renewed interest in Ben E. King's song Stand by Me, is this timeless classic. It is no wonder this is such a popular first dance song. Stand by Me stands the test of time as one of the most fitting first dance songs ever written.
6.All of Me – John Legend
A hit that was inspired by his wife, John Legend said of the song..."At the same time as you're giving everything up, you're gaining everything, and that's what the whole song is about. If you're in love and you connect, then even when you're giving things up, you're gaining so much from it." It’s a perfect first dance song for your perfect wedding day!
7.Im yours – Jason Mraz
A song that spent 76 weeks on the chart, breaking the record for the longest charting song.
An upbeat choice of first dance song is a great pick for any couples out there who would rather not slow dance on their wedding day. Trust me it wont be long before everyone joins in. Guests cant resist joining in and dancing to this one!
8.You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
This song was featured in the film I Love You, Man. When it comes to picking your first dance song consider the genre and tempo. An uplifting happy first dance song with beautiful lyrics is a great choice for couples who want their first dance to bring smiles to all their guests faces.
9.Ed Sheeran – Thinking out loud
One of the most popular modern wedding reception first dance songs. Ed once said that he wrote the song "in a relationship at a really, really happy point". This song is set to be a timeless classic. Its beautiful lyrics and melody make it one of the top choices of first dance songs.
10.Can't Take My Eyes off You – Frankie Valli
A first dance song that starts slow and builds is a great choice for any couple who want the rest of the wedding party to join in for their first dance, and this song fits that perfectly. It’s one of the most popular choices of first dance songs at weddings. Loved by old and young alike.
A recent study found that music doesn't just help us retrieve stored memories, it also helps us lay down new ones. Taking this into consideration, music is like magic
There's a lot to consider when choosing a first dance song. Your first dance as husband and wife is a memory that will stay with you for a lifetime, and the song you choose will always be special to you. We can learn your first dance song just the way you want it, and if you're feeling a little nervous on your wedding day, or aren't a fan of being the centre of attention, don't sweat it! Many couples request that we get all of their guests up on the dance floor with them for their first dance celebration, which is always a lovely memory for family and friends to be part of. Whatever first dance idea you have in mind, we will make it perfect for you. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the party.
Love, The Soundtracks x