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20 of the Best First Dance Songs: A List of Timeless Melodies for Your Wedding Day

In the world of weddings, the first dance stands as a cherished moment, an intimate dance between two souls embarking on a beautiful journey together. Here, we present to you a handpicked selection of 20 of the best first dance songs, guided by the insider knowledge of some of Devon and Cornwall's most esteemed wedding bands.

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Whether you envision a classic ballad or a modern melody, our curated list promises to set the perfect soundtrack for your special day. Let the music weave its magic as you embrace the romance and create lasting memories on the dance floor.

Let's dive into some popular first dance choices that couples are loving, setting the vibe for their unique moment:

1 "Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran's soul-stirring jam about everlasting love always hits the spot for couples wanting a sweet and romantic first dance.

2 "All of Me" - John Legend

John Legend's emotional ballad is like a love letter set to music, making it a go-to for couples who want their first dance to be heartfelt and genuine.

3 "Perfect" - Ed Sheeran

With its catchy melody and lyrics celebrating imperfections, this song has won over the hearts of couples looking for a down-to-earth yet touching first dance choice.

4 "At Last" - Etta James

This timeless classic is a favourite for couples who appreciate the elegance and nostalgia of a soulful, vintage-inspired first dance.

5 "Can't Help Falling in Love" - Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley's iconic love song continues to charm couples, bringing a touch of romance and timelessness to their first dance.

6 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" - Aerosmith

For couples wanting a powerful and emotional first dance, Aerosmith's heartfelt ballad is a popular choice, packing a punch with its passionate lyrics.

7 "A Thousand Years" - Christina Perri

This dreamy melody from the "Twilight" movie series has become a symbol of enduring love, making it a top choice for couples.

8 "You Are the Best Thing" - Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne's upbeat tune is perfect for couples who want a lively and celebratory first dance, radiating happiness and love.

9 "How Long Will I Love You" - Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding's tender and heartfelt song expresses everlasting love, creating an intimate and touching first dance moment.

10 "Marry Me" - Train

Train's heartfelt lyrics and uplifting melody make this song a favourite for couples seeking a sentimental and meaningful first dance experience.

11 "Stand by Me" - Ben E. King

A classic that never gets old, this song's message of unwavering support resonates deeply with couples, making it an enduring choice for first dances.

12 "Your Song" - Elton John

Elton John's timeless ballad, filled with heartfelt lyrics and a beautiful melody, is a cherished selection for couples aiming for a romantic and meaningful first dance.

13 "Latch" - Sam Smith (Acoustic Version)

For couples wanting a modern and soulful vibe, Sam Smith's acoustic rendition of "Latch" offers a unique twist and emotional depth for a memorable first dance.

14 "XO" - Beyoncé

Beyoncé's ode to love and joy, "XO," strikes a balance between upbeat and heartfelt, making it a favourite for couples wanting a blend of energy and emotion during their first dance.

15 "The Way You Look Tonight" - Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra's classic exudes elegance and timelessness, making it an ideal choice for couples desiring a sophisticated and graceful first dance experience.

16 "You Are the Reason" - Calum Scott & Leona Lewis

A duet filled with emotion and devotion, this rendition beautifully captures the essence of love, making it a poignant choice for a shared first dance.

17 "Chasing Cars" - Snow Patrol

With its dreamy melody and evocative lyrics, "Chasing Cars" offers couples a tender and intimate moment for their first dance, evoking feelings of closeness and love.

18 "L-O-V-E" - Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole's classic jazz hit exudes charm and joy, providing couples with a lively and upbeat option for a fun-filled first dance.

19 "I Choose You" - Ryann Darling

A song that speaks of commitment and choosing love, "I Choose You" by Ryann Darling resonates with couples seeking a heartfelt and personal first dance experience.

20 "Crazy Love" - Van Morrison

Van Morrison's soulful tune expresses the beauty of unconditional love, making it a soul-stirring choice for couples wanting a heartfelt and emotional first dance.


As we wrap up our curated collection of 20 of the best first dance songs, we can't help but feel the excitement for the enchanting moments that await on your upcoming wedding day.

Wedding couple's first dance

Whether you lean towards a classic ballad or a contemporary tune, envision these songs - carefully selected with insights from some of Devon and Cornwall's premier wedding bands - setting the perfect tone for your upcoming special day.

Get ready to create lasting memories on the dance floor, as each note becomes a part of the beautiful symphony of your unfolding love story. Here's to the joyous celebration that awaits and the enchanting first dance that will kickstart your journey into wedded bliss.

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