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100+ Wedding Songs: from Upbeat to Unusual, Classic to Modern

Wedding songs & playlists

Wedding songs & playlists

The first dance as a married couple has become as integral to modern weddings as exchanging vows or cutting the cake. But with so many song choices, it can be hard to know where to start.

100+ Wedding Songs: from Upbeat to Unusual, Classic to Modern

Your wedding dance song might be the first opportunity you get on the day to have a few moments together to stare longingly into each other’s eyes… or bust out rehearsed moves to Baby Got Back. However you want to play it, we’ll have the song for you.

Many couples choose songs that unlock magical memories from first dates. But if you’re struggling, there’s no shame in starting again and listening to songs together to find the one with meaningful lyrics and music that really speak to you.

You might rally against going for the most popular first dances or even romantic songs, but they’re popular for a reason, and it doesn’t matter how much you hear it on the radio or at other weddings.

If you need help choosing, check out our wedding dance FAQs, or jump straight to a category below. Once you've chosen a song, consider booking a wedding band to play it live!

Upbeat wedding songs

1 Love On Top – Beyoncé

A funky and joyful crowd-pleaser from Queen Bey. The endless key changes at the end will have everyone smiling and singing along!

A funky and joyful crowd-pleaser from Queen Bey. The endless key changes at the end will have everyone smiling and singing along!

2 I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

A song that needs no introduction! Unmistakable from its very first notes, this 80s pop favourite was chosen by Harry and Meghan for their first dance.

A song that needs no introduction! Unmistakable from its very first notes, this 80s pop favourite was chosen by Harry and Meghan for their first dance.

3 Marry You – Bruno Mars

OK, it's an obvious choice, but this early Bruno Mars song has a quirky charm to it. Plus it's, uplifting, and guaranteed to fill the dancefloor!

OK, it's an obvious choice, but this early Bruno Mars song has a quirky charm to it. Plus it's, uplifting, and guaranteed to fill the dancefloor!

4 Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

Queen's first number 1 hit in the US and a timeless classic ever since, this is a great choice for a fun-loving crowd.

Queen's first number 1 hit in the US and a timeless classic ever since, this is a great choice for a fun-loving crowd.

5 You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall & John Oates

Released in 1980, this song has enjoyed a second wind in recent years due to its feel-good groove and endearing lyrics – a beautiful choice to welcome in married life.

Released in 1980, this song has enjoyed a second wind in recent years due to its feel-good groove and endearing lyrics – a beautiful choice to welcome in married life.

6 You & Me Song – The Wannadies

A low-key intro and verse just for the bride and groom followed by a HUGE sing-a-long chorus? It's the perfect formula for creating those first dance memories!

A low-key intro and verse just for the bride and groom followed by a HUGE sing-a-long chorus? It's the perfect formula for creating those first dance memories!

7 A Sky Full Of Stars – Coldplay

Take your wedding dance out of this world with this soft house anthem from the unlikely duo of Coldplay and Avicii.

Take your wedding dance out of this world with this soft house anthem from the unlikely duo of Coldplay and Avicii.

8 Never Too Much – Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross' first hit single is a toe-tapping, funk favourite with a bass line to get guests of every age on the dancefloor. You'll never want it to stop!

Luther Vandross' first hit single is a toe-tapping, funk favourite with a bass line to get guests of every age on the dancefloor. You'll never want it to stop!

9 We Found Love – Rihanna

Shooting straight to number one in 2011, this club anthem combines the powerhouses of Rihanna and Calvin Harris. Guaranteed to have your guests bouncing in no time!

Shooting straight to number one in 2011, this club anthem combines the powerhouses of Rihanna and Calvin Harris. Guaranteed to have your guests bouncing in no time!

10 One Day Like This – Elbow

Performed live by Elbow at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games, the euphoric climax of this song is guaranteed to get guestss bonding!

Performed live by Elbow at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games, the euphoric climax of this song is guaranteed to get guestss bonding!

Classic wedding songs

11 The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

The iconic crooner knows how to share the love! Kick off your wedding music with this 1964 favourite.

The iconic crooner knows how to share the love! Kick off your wedding music with this 1964 favourite.

12 Can't Help Falling In Love – Elvis

A timeless classic which will have your guests swaying in time and giving you both adoring eyes in seconds!

A timeless classic which will have your guests swaying in time and giving you both adoring eyes in seconds!

13 At Last – Etta James

One of the greatest vocals of all time – a sentimental, bluesy number which might prompt a few tears.

One of the greatest vocals of all time – a sentimental, bluesy number which might prompt a few tears.

14 L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole

A perennial wedding favourite, L-O-V-E is a short, sweet, jazzy love song which will be widely familiar due to its regular use on TV and film.

A perennial wedding favourite, L-O-V-E is a short, sweet, jazzy love song which will be widely familiar due to its regular use on TV and film.

15 Stand By Me – Ben E. King

If you want your guests bobbing and singing along, Stand By Me is a well-known classic which will keep the mood light and appeal to all ages.

If you want your guests bobbing and singing along, Stand By Me is a well-known classic which will keep the mood light and appeal to all ages.

16 Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

Serenade your bride with this romantic classic that Clapton wrote when waiting for his fiancee to get dressed up for a special night.

Serenade your bride with this romantic classic that Clapton wrote when waiting for his fiancee to get dressed up for a special night.

17 My Baby Just Cares For Me – Nina Simone

Keep things intimate and soulful with this finger-clicking classic that is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone's face.

Keep things intimate and soulful with this finger-clicking classic that is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone's face.

18 Songbird – Eva Cassidy

A guaranteed tear-jerker! If you're looking for that delicate, intimate first dance moment, this acoustic Fleetwood Mac cover has to be the one.

A guaranteed tear-jerker! If you're looking for that delicate, intimate first dance moment, this acoustic Fleetwood Mac cover has to be the one.

19 What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

A feel-good hit which everyone loves, and the perfect song to capture the optimism and hope of your big day.

A feel-good hit which everyone loves, and the perfect song to capture the optimism and hope of your big day.

20 It Had to Be You – Harry Connick Jr

For fans of rom-coms and big band standards, this Grammy Award-winning cover from Harry Connick Jr was a huge success after its use in 'When Harry Met Sally'.

For fans of rom-coms and big band standards, this Grammy Award-winning cover from Harry Connick Jr was a huge success after its use in 'When Harry Met Sally'.

Modern wedding songs

21 Perfect – Ed Sheeran

Written for his wife-to-be in 2017, this song was number 1 in the UK, the USA and 16 other countries around the world and continues to dominate as a wedding song!

Written for his wife-to-be in 2017, this song was number 1 in the UK, the USA and 16 other countries around the world and continues to dominate as a wedding song!

22 Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon

This upbeat floor filler will have your guests itching to join you on the dancefloor, so if you’re nervous about all eyes being on you, a song like this might take the pressure off!

This upbeat floor filler will have your guests itching to join you on the dancefloor, so if you’re nervous about all eyes being on you, a song like this might take the pressure off!

23 All Of Me – John Legend

The ultimate slow dance song with romantic lyrics and passionate vocals that has proved to be hugely popular amongst UK newlyweds.

The ultimate slow dance song with romantic lyrics and passionate vocals that has proved to be hugely popular amongst UK newlyweds.

24 Stupid Love – Lady Gaga

Strut your way into married life with this joyous electropop hit from 2020 - we take no responsibility for your guests' dance moves on this one!

Strut your way into married life with this joyous electropop hit from 2020 - we take no responsibility for your guests' dance moves on this one!

25 Señorita – Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello

If you're ready to show off your steamy, Latin moves together to impress your guests then get those hips moving to Señorita. It doesn't get smoother than this!

If you're ready to show off your steamy, Latin moves together to impress your guests then get those hips moving to Señorita. It doesn't get smoother than this!

26 You’ve Got the Love – Florence + the Machine

Get ready to 'put your hands up in the air' with this euphoric belter. As intimate as it is epic, this anthem will lift everyone's spirits in joyous celebration.

Get ready to 'put your hands up in the air' with this euphoric belter. As intimate as it is epic, this anthem will lift everyone's spirits in joyous celebration.

27 Only Love – Ben Howard

The fourth single from Ben Howard and his first big hit in the UK Singles Chart has powerful lyrics which never fail to resonate on the dancefloor.

The fourth single from Ben Howard and his first big hit in the UK Singles Chart has powerful lyrics which never fail to resonate on the dancefloor.

28 Shallow – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

This centrepiece from 'A Star is Born' is a tender love song perfect for soundtracking your first slow dance as a married couple.

This centrepiece from 'A Star is Born' is a tender love song perfect for soundtracking your first slow dance as a married couple.

29 Symphony – Clean Bandit ft Zara Larsson

A more modern choice, this light-hearted, danceable track has been a surprise favourite at weddings in recent years.

A more modern choice, this light-hearted, danceable track has been a surprise favourite at weddings in recent years.

30 Take Me To Church – Hozier

This banger charted in 2013 and Hozier's brooding vocals have captured love and infatuation on the dancefloor ever since.

This banger charted in 2013 and Hozier's brooding vocals have captured love and infatuation on the dancefloor ever since.

Indie wedding songs

31 Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys

Give your sensitive side some edge with this Arctic Monkeys favourite, the ideal first dance choice for fans of a band normally tearing up the dancefloor!

Give your sensitive side some edge with this Arctic Monkeys favourite, the ideal first dance choice for fans of a band normally tearing up the dancefloor!

32 Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Charge your glasses - and all your emotions - for this one! Recapture the intense romance of Grey's Anatomy in your own intimate, pulsating wedding dance song.

Charge your glasses - and all your emotions - for this one! Recapture the intense romance of Grey's Anatomy in your own intimate, pulsating wedding dance song.

33 The One – Kodaline

A big hit from Dublin's finest alternative rock quartet that has been relentlessly requested by newlyweds since its release in 2015. Bring tissues.

A big hit from Dublin's finest alternative rock quartet that has been relentlessly requested by newlyweds since its release in 2015. Bring tissues.

34 Riptide – Vance Joy

A huge hit from 2014, Vance Joy (really James Keogh) delivers this upbeat indie classic that hits just the right tone for folk-lovin' couples.

A huge hit from 2014, Vance Joy (really James Keogh) delivers this upbeat indie classic that hits just the right tone for folk-lovin' couples.

35 I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons

This rousing, foot-stomping single from the band's second album suits any couple that want their party to hit the ground running - beware unexpected do-si-dos!

This rousing, foot-stomping single from the band's second album suits any couple that want their party to hit the ground running - beware unexpected do-si-dos!

36 She Moves In Her Own Way – The Kooks

Like audible sunshine, this song is guaranteed to light up any first dance - and, quite rightly, shine the spotlight on the beautiful bride!

Like audible sunshine, this song is guaranteed to light up any first dance - and, quite rightly, shine the spotlight on the beautiful bride!

37 Wonderwall – Oasis

An iconic anthem from the 2nd best-selling album in British history, few other songs will have guests singing along with each other this quickly.

An iconic anthem from the 2nd best-selling album in British history, few other songs will have guests singing along with each other this quickly.

38 I Will Follow You into the Dark – Death Cab For Cutie

This dark but delicate acoustic number is a favourite with indie fans looking for a softer first dance to open their wedding celebrations.

This dark but delicate acoustic number is a favourite with indie fans looking for a softer first dance to open their wedding celebrations.

39 Beautiful In White – Shane Filan

Westlife's Shane delivers all the feels on this instant wedding favourite that couldn't be more on the nose if it tried.

Westlife's Shane delivers all the feels on this instant wedding favourite that couldn't be more on the nose if it tried.

40 We Found Each Other in the Dark – City and Colour

This swinging indie anthem is perfect for a learned dance routine or a gentle, newlywed sway to share a special moment before the party kicks in.

This swinging indie anthem is perfect for a learned dance routine or a gentle, newlywed sway to share a special moment before the party kicks in.

Rock wedding songs

41 Always – Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi's best-selling single in the UK, made famous from the film 'Romeo is Bleeding', is a rasping rock ballad that will send shivers down your guests' spines.

Bon Jovi's best-selling single in the UK, made famous from the film 'Romeo is Bleeding', is a rasping rock ballad that will send shivers down your guests' spines.

42 I Don't Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

Featured in the film 'Armageddon', this intimate ballad's unforgettable chorus and screaming vocals will have your guests arm-in-arm, air grabbing in no time!

Featured in the film 'Armageddon', this intimate ballad's unforgettable chorus and screaming vocals will have your guests arm-in-arm, air grabbing in no time!

43 Love Will Keep Us Alive – Eagles

This tear-jerker was surely written purely to celebrate love on your perfect day. Expect adoring looks, swaying guests and sincere smiles.

This tear-jerker was surely written purely to celebrate love on your perfect day. Expect adoring looks, swaying guests and sincere smiles.

44 Lady – Styx

This stunning, keys-led tribute to Styx keyboard player Dennis' wife sounds just as intimate and punchy today as when it was released in 1973!

This stunning, keys-led tribute to Styx keyboard player Dennis' wife sounds just as intimate and punchy today as when it was released in 1973!

45 You Really Got Me – The Kinks

The track that screams 'PARTY' for every generation! As funky now as it was when it hit the top of the charts in 1964, its a guaranteed party starter.

The track that screams 'PARTY' for every generation! As funky now as it was when it hit the top of the charts in 1964, its a guaranteed party starter.

46 You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

A wedding dance for the rock purists who want to scream and head-bang their way through their reception. Guaranteed to get guests air-guitaring!

A wedding dance for the rock purists who want to scream and head-bang their way through their reception. Guaranteed to get guests air-guitaring!

47 White Wedding – Billy Idol

The clue is in the name! This rock-laden twist on a traditional wedding song was used in Adam Sandler's 'The Wedding Singer'. Just don't listen too closely to the lyrics!

The clue is in the name! This rock-laden twist on a traditional wedding song was used in Adam Sandler's 'The Wedding Singer'. Just don't listen too closely to the lyrics!

48 Everlong – Foo Fighters

It's hard to beat Foo Fighters when it comes to the niche world of futuristic rock love songs - and this is a belter to mark your special moment!

It's hard to beat Foo Fighters when it comes to the niche world of futuristic rock love songs - and this is a belter to mark your special moment!

49 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams

One of the most successful singles of all time, there won't be a dry eye in your venue if you go with this epic ballad's swelling melodies, euphoric solos and soaring vocals.

One of the most successful singles of all time, there won't be a dry eye in your venue if you go with this epic ballad's swelling melodies, euphoric solos and soaring vocals.

50 Lovesong – The Cure

This song was actually written as a wedding gift by Cure lead singer Robert Smith for his fiancée, making it the perfect choice for rock fans on their special day.

This song was actually written as a wedding gift by Cure lead singer Robert Smith for his fiancée, making it the perfect choice for rock fans on their special day.

Country wedding songs

51 Islands In The Stream – Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers

Originally written by The Bee Gees for Marvin Gaye, this has become a Dolly classic and an all-time favourite for country-lovin' couples' wedding song!

Originally written by The Bee Gees for Marvin Gaye, this has become a Dolly classic and an all-time favourite for country-lovin' couples' wedding song!

52 You’re Still The One – Shania Twain

Shania Twain's first top 10 hit in the UK packs all the emotional and lyrical punch you need for a first dance.

Shania Twain's first top 10 hit in the UK packs all the emotional and lyrical punch you need for a first dance.

53 Cowboy Take Me Away – Dixie Chicks

Country romance at full throttle - as close to riding off into the sunset as you might get for a first dance! Reportedly a favourite of Taylor Swift's.

Country romance at full throttle - as close to riding off into the sunset as you might get for a first dance! Reportedly a favourite of Taylor Swift's.

54 In Case You Didn’t Know – Brett Young

The pinnacle of modern country serenade, this 2017 release is a popular choice with younger country fans looking for a beautiful story-based ballad.

The pinnacle of modern country serenade, this 2017 release is a popular choice with younger country fans looking for a beautiful story-based ballad.

55 The Bones – Maren Morris

This beautiful, melodic celebration of a long-lasting relationship is a deep look in the eye of a song that is guaranteed to give you and your guests all the feels.

This beautiful, melodic celebration of a long-lasting relationship is a deep look in the eye of a song that is guaranteed to give you and your guests all the feels.

56 Amazed – Lonestar

Surveys say this air-grabbing ballad is the most popular song choice for UK newlyweds' first dance - but don't be put off! This is one EPIC song!

Surveys say this air-grabbing ballad is the most popular song choice for UK newlyweds' first dance - but don't be put off! This is one EPIC song!

57 Making Memories Of Us – Keith Urban

A song written on Valentine's Day and performed by Urban on his wedding day to Nicole Kidman. This is an A-List first dance song choice!

A song written on Valentine's Day and performed by Urban on his wedding day to Nicole Kidman. This is an A-List first dance song choice!

58 Love Story – Taylor Swift

Early Taylor Swift that we all love the best - a true-life love tale that will keep things fun and light but has plenty of potential on the dancefloor.

Early Taylor Swift that we all love the best - a true-life love tale that will keep things fun and light but has plenty of potential on the dancefloor.

59 Speechless – Dan + Shay

Flawless, romantic country pop at its finest! Check out the video if you need to see how this can play out at your wedding.

Flawless, romantic country pop at its finest! Check out the video if you need to see how this can play out at your wedding.

60 Nobody But You – Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani

A real life power couple delivering a real life power ballad. Brace for epic drum parts and lavish lyrical statements of love - just what you ordered!

A real life power couple delivering a real life power ballad. Brace for epic drum parts and lavish lyrical statements of love - just what you ordered!

Fun wedding songs

61 Can't Take My Eyes Off You – Andy Williams

A true classic, this is perfect for a slow, romantic start and a rousing, crowd-pleasing finish. Easy to chant along even if you don't know the words!

A true classic, this is perfect for a slow, romantic start and a rousing, crowd-pleasing finish. Easy to chant along even if you don't know the words!

62 I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

This timeless, Scottish anthem of devotion is guaranteed to have your guests clapping, marching and chanting along before the first chorus even arrives.

This timeless, Scottish anthem of devotion is guaranteed to have your guests clapping, marching and chanting along before the first chorus even arrives.

63 I Believe In A Thing Called Love – The Darkness

There are few things more fun for your first dance than you and your mates trying to hit those classic The Darkness high notes!

There are few things more fun for your first dance than you and your mates trying to hit those classic The Darkness high notes!

64 Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

A sing-a-long belter that hasn't lost an ounce of its charm over the last 40 years, this is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and dancefloor-filler in equal measure!

A sing-a-long belter that hasn't lost an ounce of its charm over the last 40 years, this is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and dancefloor-filler in equal measure!

65 You're The One That I Want – John Travolta & Olivia Newton John

Gather your bridesmaids. Gather your ushers. And prepare for the dance-off to end all dance-offs with this iconic summer favourite from 'Grease'.

Gather your bridesmaids. Gather your ushers. And prepare for the dance-off to end all dance-offs with this iconic summer favourite from 'Grease'.

66 Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

Written for his second wife, Marcia (Caroline reportedly fitted the melody better - sure, Neil), this is a favourite for all ages that demands gang vocals and smiles all round.

Written for his second wife, Marcia (Caroline reportedly fitted the melody better - sure, Neil), this is a favourite for all ages that demands gang vocals and smiles all round.

67 Crazy In Love – Beyoncé

This 2003 chart-topping smash hit still packs a massive punch and will have you and your guests shimmying throughout (and, no doubt, attempting to rap).

This 2003 chart-topping smash hit still packs a massive punch and will have you and your guests shimmying throughout (and, no doubt, attempting to rap).

68 I'll Be There For You – The Rembrants

Get your claps ready and your friends nearby - this is the perfect choice for the couple looking for a more inclusive first dance moment. *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*

Get your claps ready and your friends nearby - this is the perfect choice for the couple looking for a more inclusive first dance moment. *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap*

69 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do – ABBA

Who doesn't love a bit ABBA? A band for the ages - and a bit of a festive feel to this one if you're planning a winter wedding too.

Who doesn't love a bit ABBA? A band for the ages - and a bit of a festive feel to this one if you're planning a winter wedding too.

70 Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

The biggest single of 1987 and an absolute banger to this day. A great choice for a fun-loving, 80s obsessed couple!

The biggest single of 1987 and an absolute banger to this day. A great choice for a fun-loving, 80s obsessed couple!

Motown wedding songs

71 Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) – Stevie Wonder

Recreate your own 'You've Got Mail' scene with this Stevie Wonder classic that bridges the wedding vows and the dancefloor beautifully!

Recreate your own 'You've Got Mail' scene with this Stevie Wonder classic that bridges the wedding vows and the dancefloor beautifully!

72 Ain't No Mountain – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Is there a better wedding duet in the world!? Sing your heart out and mime your way through 3 minutes of musical, Motown bliss!

Is there a better wedding duet in the world!? Sing your heart out and mime your way through 3 minutes of musical, Motown bliss!

73 My Girl – The Temptations

A beautiful way of celebrating your stunning bride. You might even get some of that Temptations choreography going before the end too.

A beautiful way of celebrating your stunning bride. You might even get some of that Temptations choreography going before the end too.

74 My Guy – Mary Wells

... or a funky celebration for your handsome groom! Whichever way you want to play it on your wedding day, the Motown catalogue has got all you need.

... or a funky celebration for your handsome groom! Whichever way you want to play it on your wedding day, the Motown catalogue has got all you need.

75 Best Of My Love – The Emotions

Get your groove on with this 3.5 minute musical smile. Warning: expect outbreaks of spontaneous hugging and impromptu dance moves.

Get your groove on with this 3.5 minute musical smile. Warning: expect outbreaks of spontaneous hugging and impromptu dance moves.

76 You Can't Hurry Love – The Supremes

A fun choice for a couple with a long engagement!? It's time to celebrate and what better way to do that than soundtracked by The Supremes!

A fun choice for a couple with a long engagement!? It's time to celebrate and what better way to do that than soundtracked by The Supremes!

77 Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

This Oscar-nominated love song demands lots of swaying and shimmering lights - order the extra large disco ball for this one!

This Oscar-nominated love song demands lots of swaying and shimmering lights - order the extra large disco ball for this one!

78 (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson

Guaranteed to please your oldest and youngest guests in equal measure, this is a truly ageless classic - upbeat but not annoying, sentimental but not cheesy.

Guaranteed to please your oldest and youngest guests in equal measure, this is a truly ageless classic - upbeat but not annoying, sentimental but not cheesy.

79 Reach Out (I’ll Be There) – Four Tops

Always fun to dance too, this 1966 number 1 hit is essentially your wedding promises wrapped in funky, crowd-pleasing, Motown packaging.

Always fun to dance too, this 1966 number 1 hit is essentially your wedding promises wrapped in funky, crowd-pleasing, Motown packaging.

80 I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5

A touching and romantic Motown ballad drenched in sentiment and opportunities for spinning your new husband or wife and swaying with adoring guests.

A touching and romantic Motown ballad drenched in sentiment and opportunities for spinning your new husband or wife and swaying with adoring guests.

Romantic wedding songs

81 Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye

This 1973 classic is instantly recognisable from the first four notes! Watch out, things can get sexy on the D-floor with this one...

This 1973 classic is instantly recognisable from the first four notes! Watch out, things can get sexy on the D-floor with this one...

82 This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole

A stunning, joyous, key-change-packed celebration of a song that will capture all the joy and excitement of your special day!

A stunning, joyous, key-change-packed celebration of a song that will capture all the joy and excitement of your special day!

83 Let's Stay Together – Al Green

Ranked the 60th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone, a classic upbeat love song like this will never age. Easy to dance to and fun, this one won’t let you down!

Ranked the 60th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone, a classic upbeat love song like this will never age. Easy to dance to and fun, this one won’t let you down!

84 Everything – Michael Bublé

Written for Bublé's then girlfriend, Emily Blunt, its upbeat but slow enough to make for an easy two-step with your new husband or wife.

Written for Bublé's then girlfriend, Emily Blunt, its upbeat but slow enough to make for an easy two-step with your new husband or wife.

85 Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Winner of 2016's Grammys Song Of The Year, this has been hovering near the top of any first dance list ever since with its beautiful sentiment for a strong marriage.

Winner of 2016's Grammys Song Of The Year, this has been hovering near the top of any first dance list ever since with its beautiful sentiment for a strong marriage.

86 Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Bob Dylan's original has been covered by numerous famous faces including Billy Joel and Kelly Clarkson, but Adele's powerful version has really stood the test of time.

Bob Dylan's original has been covered by numerous famous faces including Billy Joel and Kelly Clarkson, but Adele's powerful version has really stood the test of time.

87 A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

Made famous by the 'Twilight' films, Perri's hit is an emotional, piano-led ballad with a killer vocal line and mesmerising chorus.

Made famous by the 'Twilight' films, Perri's hit is an emotional, piano-led ballad with a killer vocal line and mesmerising chorus.

88 Better Together – Jack Johnson

From Jack Johnson's 2005 first album, In Between Dreams, this sweet love song was huge at the time and still one of the most common wedding song requests.

From Jack Johnson's 2005 first album, In Between Dreams, this sweet love song was huge at the time and still one of the most common wedding song requests.

89 Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye

If you want to make the dancefloor "hot just like an oven", it's Gaye's Grammy-winning anthem that you need. Prepare for the occasional bump and frequent grind.

If you want to make the dancefloor "hot just like an oven", it's Gaye's Grammy-winning anthem that you need. Prepare for the occasional bump and frequent grind.

90 If I Ain't Got You – Alicia Keys

This bluesy ballad from one of the all-time queens of R&B is full of heart, stunning melodies and strutting bass lines.

This bluesy ballad from one of the all-time queens of R&B is full of heart, stunning melodies and strutting bass lines.

Acoustic wedding songs

91 Say You Won't Let Go – James Arthur

It’s not surprising that this 2016 hit is still popular for first dance requests. A truly modern take on first dates and a commitment to a future together.

It’s not surprising that this 2016 hit is still popular for first dance requests. A truly modern take on first dates and a commitment to a future together.

92 Ho Hey – The Lumineers

Released in 2012 and featured in Jennifer Lawrence's 'Silver Linings Playbook', this gentle, affectionate track is the acoustic kiss-on-the-cheek of a first dance.

Released in 2012 and featured in Jennifer Lawrence's 'Silver Linings Playbook', this gentle, affectionate track is the acoustic kiss-on-the-cheek of a first dance.

93 Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Cuteness warning on this one! A rough and ready, acoustic treat for the couple leaning to more of a folky, festival wedding.

Cuteness warning on this one! A rough and ready, acoustic treat for the couple leaning to more of a folky, festival wedding.

94 Grow Old With Me – Tom Odell

The ultimate slow build of a first dance, packed full of sincere lyrics - and tambourine! One for a couple that want to say "that's OUR song" for years to come.

The ultimate slow build of a first dance, packed full of sincere lyrics - and tambourine! One for a couple that want to say "that's OUR song" for years to come.

95 I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

A super-catchy, lilting, freestyling track that took 2008 by storm and spent 76 weeks in the Top 100! A guaranteed feel-good anthem.

A super-catchy, lilting, freestyling track that took 2008 by storm and spent 76 weeks in the Top 100! A guaranteed feel-good anthem.

96 Wherever You Will Go – Charlene Soraia

This candlelight cover of The Calling's 2001 rock hit captures the intimacy of your wedding day in 3 minutes of piano-based gorgeousness.

This candlelight cover of The Calling's 2001 rock hit captures the intimacy of your wedding day in 3 minutes of piano-based gorgeousness.

97 Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley

A song that has never left the public consciousness since Leonard Cohen's original was released in 1984, this gentle, waltzing song is hard to beat.

A song that has never left the public consciousness since Leonard Cohen's original was released in 1984, this gentle, waltzing song is hard to beat.

98 Your Song – Elton John

Released in 1970 and featured in Moulin Rouge and Rocketman, this is a song of the ages. This is Ellie Goulding's version but you might prefer the original.

Released in 1970 and featured in Moulin Rouge and Rocketman, this is a song of the ages. This is Ellie Goulding's version but you might prefer the original.

99 Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer

This 90s classic, famously used in 'Dawson's Creek' and 'She's All That', is a belter for a first dance. Cheeky newlywed kiss guaranteed.

This 90s classic, famously used in 'Dawson's Creek' and 'She's All That', is a belter for a first dance. Cheeky newlywed kiss guaranteed.

Disney wedding songs

100 You've Got A Friend In Me – Toy Story

One of the most feel-good movie songs of all time, this is a beautiful, plodding statement of forever love and friendship.

One of the most feel-good movie songs of all time, this is a beautiful, plodding statement of forever love and friendship.

101 You’ll Be In My Heart – Tarzan

This Oscar-winning classic from Phil Collins is a sugary-sweet string of promises with a belting chorus.

This Oscar-winning classic from Phil Collins is a sugary-sweet string of promises with a belting chorus.

102 Can You Feel The Love Tonight – The Lion King

Penned by Elton John, this is surely peak Disney when it comes to love songs! Make sure you hand out plenty of lighters for that swelling, sing-a-long key change chorus.

Penned by Elton John, this is surely peak Disney when it comes to love songs! Make sure you hand out plenty of lighters for that swelling, sing-a-long key change chorus.

103 Once Upon A Dream – Sleeping Beauty

One for the real life Prince Charmings and Sleeping Beauties. This old school Disney favourite will have your guests waltzing around the dancefloor.

One for the real life Prince Charmings and Sleeping Beauties. This old school Disney favourite will have your guests waltzing around the dancefloor.

104 Tale As Old As Time – Beauty & Beast

Still as emotional now as it was on first viewing in 1991, this Disney ballroom-style love song has kick-started many a couple's married life. Beauty-ful.

Still as emotional now as it was on first viewing in 1991, this Disney ballroom-style love song has kick-started many a couple's married life. Beauty-ful.

105 A Whole New World – Aladdin

Start your new life together with this topical Disney favourite. Instructions for use: once started, sway and cry for 3 minutes.

Start your new life together with this topical Disney favourite. Instructions for use: once started, sway and cry for 3 minutes.

106 Bella Notte – Lady And The Tramp

As far as iconic Disney moments go, the spaghetti scene is hard to beat. But maybe don't go for an exact recreation on the dancefloor.

As far as iconic Disney moments go, the spaghetti scene is hard to beat. But maybe don't go for an exact recreation on the dancefloor.

107 Kiss The Girl – The Little Mermaid

A great choice as a surprise for a Disney-loving bride, and a guaranteed reaction from your guests for your first kiss on the dancefloor!

A great choice as a surprise for a Disney-loving bride, and a guaranteed reaction from your guests for your first kiss on the dancefloor!

108 So This Is Love – Cinderella

An intimate, music box-style, orchestral throwback favourite for the Disney purists. Leave your ugly sisters outside and sway with your prince.

An intimate, music box-style, orchestral throwback favourite for the Disney purists. Leave your ugly sisters outside and sway with your prince.

109 If I Never Knew You – Pocahontas

Disney romance at full throttle - and you can't do much better for sheer emotion and appropriate wedding day sentiment!

Disney romance at full throttle - and you can't do much better for sheer emotion and appropriate wedding day sentiment!

Unusual wedding songs

110 Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler

A sweet and funny love song sung by Adam Sandler in 'The Wedding Singer' (1998) to confess his love to Drew Barrymore's character on a plane.

A sweet and funny love song sung by Adam Sandler in 'The Wedding Singer' (1998) to confess his love to Drew Barrymore's character on a plane.

111 Rewrite The Stars – Zac Efron & Zendaya

A hit from 'The Greatest Showman' released in 2017, this duet is full of longing and best performed on an aerial hoop!

A hit from 'The Greatest Showman' released in 2017, this duet is full of longing and best performed on an aerial hoop!

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Wedding dance song FAQs

What should I choose for my first dance song?

Your first dance wedding song is a great opportunity for you to share a special moment with your spouse and your guests.

You could choose a song that represents your relationship or has a special meaning to you and your fiancé, or simply a song you both love!

The most meaningful wedding dance song might reveal themselves gradually over time and could be as ordinary as a tune you both do the washing up to.

It triggers memories of good times spent together and can symbolise your hopes and wishes for your marriage and future together.

Should I ask the band to play the track, or put on the recorded version?

If you've already booked a live band, you'll need to decide whether they perform it live or play the track through their PA system. So think about what you’d prefer – the track exactly as you remember it, or a band who’ll put their own spin on it.

Unless you've chosen a second dance (to dance with close relatives), make sure the band or DJ are ready to start their first set as soon as the song has finished. It avoids awkward pauses and keeps your guests where you want them – on the dancefloor!

If you've booked a band, be aware of how their instruments compare to those on the track.

For example, you've booked a guitar-based rock band but you really want "All Of Me" by John Legend for your wedding dance song. The band will likely give you a beautiful arrangement, perhaps with acoustic guitars subbed for electric guitars, but it's going to sound very different without the piano part.

Will the band charge to learn my song?

Many wedding bands are happy to learn your song free of charge, unless the song is fairly obscure or needs re-arranging for their line-up and instrumentation. If that's the case, the band may need to make for additional rehearsal time.

If your band aren’t able to arrange your song to suit their line up, or if you’d rather hear the original version, most would be happy to run the song through their PA system.

I'm nervous about dancing in front of people - help!

Perhaps you're the type who wants to put on a show and have even found a choreographer to teach you a dance routine – in which case, great, we're not going to take that away from you!

But if the thought of stepping out onto the dancefloor fills you with dread, choose a song which is short and sweet. 'The Nearness Of You' by Norah Jones clocks in at around 3 minutes.

Alternatively, speak to your wedding band or DJ on the day and ask them to make an announcement after the first chorus inviting your guests to join you on the dancefloor.

This way, the spotlight will be on you for a shorter amount of time without taking away from your special moment.

If you're seriously uncomfortable being in the limelight even for a moment, and would rather not dance alone at all, choose a classic everyone knows and encourage guests of all generations to join you on the dance floor from the outset.

Nina Simone's ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ or 'The Way You Look Tonight' by Tony Bennett are universally loved first dances. For something more modern, a bit of Beyoncé or Bruno is bound to get everyone onto their feet!

How long should my song be?

A typical wedding dance song lasts between 3 and 4 minutes, which is ample time for your first dance!

We wouldn't recommend choosing a particularly long song if you're nervous about being the centre of attention, though you could always ask your band to shorten it for you.

Short and sweet love songs are ideal, or a popular song with a well known chorus that guests can join in with can make the time fly!

Should I choreograph my song?

Research by the online magazine Chillisauce revealed that 40% of brides and grooms took dancing lessons for their first dance.

6% of couples even organised a surprise flash mob with family members and/or friends.

If you're nervous, it might be helpful to practice with professional help, or choreograph a few simple steps to put your mind at ease for the big moment.

If you're a keen dancer, a fully choreographed routine is always a welcome surprise for the guests!

How should I introduce/announce the song?

If you have a toast master booked for your wedding, announcing the first dance could be their final task of the day!

Alternatively, your band or DJ will be happy to announce you onto the dancefloor.

The band or DJ can also help by inviting your guests to join you on the dancefloor at a previously agreed upon moment of the song.

What does the first dance at a wedding symbolise?

The first dance is a symbolic presentation of the newlyweds to their guests, in the form of a dance!

It's the perfect moment for your guests to celebrate the union, and show their enthusiasm and love for the two as a couple.

This is a chance to share a little of your love story with your invited guests, and for them to cheer you on at the beginning of your marriage.

The guests joining the newlyweds on the dancefloor symbolises the joining of two families, and the guests supporting the couple in their marriage going forward.

When should the first dance take place?

We recommend scheduling the first dance for after dinner, as the first song of your wedding band's first set. This is a great way to start the dancing and getting all your guests to congregate around the dancefloor to make the most of your carefully chosen live band!

Your band will be happy to talk through the timings of the night with you, and recommend the perfect time to present your first dance to your guests.

Function Central are a live music agency providing wedding bands and DJs for hire throughout the UK.