167 Best First Dance Wedding Songs (Popular For 2021)

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Choosing the perfect song for your wedding first dance does not have to be overwhelming. We have put together the ultimate list of music that we know you’re going to love (updated for 2021).

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A bride and groom doing their first dance at the wedding reception. They are dancing to their favorite song

Classic Wedding Songs For The First Dance (Oldies But Goodies)

Everybody loves a great classic first dance song. Here are a few of our favorites:

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80s First Dance Songs

The 1980’s produced some amazing songs. Here are a few of our favorites that would be perfect for your 1st dance:

90s First Dance Songs

The 1990’s was a fun generation for music. We love these hits to use for your first dance:

A bride and groom dancing to their favorite song at the wedding reception

Top Country First Dance Songs

If it’s one thing that country music artists do well, it’s writing great love songs. Use one of these for your first dance.

For even more country first dance songs (and songs to use on the rest of your wedding day), check our newest article: The best country songs for your wedding day (over 400 songs!).

Rock and Roll Music Choices (Including Alternative and Classic Rock)

Rock ballads and classic rock songs for the win!

Two brides doing a first dance at their wedding to a favorite song

R&B First Dance Songs (Including Motown and Old School Hits)

We love the amazing sound of these hits! They would all make a perfect song choice for the first dance.

Best Acoustic First Dance Songs

These acoustic songs are absolutely beautiful for any wedding.

A bride and groom doing a fun dance at their wedding. It is their first dance and they are dancing to their favorite songs.

New (Modern) Hits (And Some That Are Newish)

We will be updating this section a few times each year with the newest hits for your first dance.

Funny and Non-Traditional First Dance Ideas That Are Truly Unique

If you are looking for something fun and unique, these are the funniest ideas we have seen:

A bride kissing the groom on the dance floor during their wedding first dance.

Most Romantic Love Songs To Play During The First Dance

If you’re a sucker for romance, these first dance songs will be a perfect fit for you.

Fun and Upbeat Music Choices

For couples looking for songs that aren’t so slow, try these out:

A couple dancing their first dance at their wedding. Tey are dancing to one of their favorite songs.

What Are The Top 10 Most Popular First Dance Songs At A Wedding? (Most Requested/Best Ever)

We asked DJs and couples what they thought were the most popular first dance songs. These were the top choices:

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This is an awesome first dance using a really fun song mashup

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And here is another amazing first dance

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When is the first dance at the wedding reception?

Typically the bride and groom, bride and bride, or groom and groom do their first dance as soon as they get announced into the their wedding reception.

This is the best time to do the dance because all guests are already seated to watch the reception entrances. All eyes are already on the couple as they enter.

Tips for getting the best photos of your first dance

  • Try not to chat through the entire dance – It makes it very difficult for the photographer to get amazing photos that look natural if the couple is talking the entire time (this goes for the mother-son and father-dances too)
  • Don’t cut the dance too short – Some couples don’t like being the center of attention, and that’s ok. Give your photographer at least 2 minutes to get some awesome photos. And let them know ahead of time if you are cutting the song short. This way they can prepare.
  • Tell your photographer about any choreographed dances or surprises during the first dance – By telling your photographer about your dance plans, they can be in the right position for any lifts, dips, surprises, etc.

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