As long as there has been professional bands, there has been music at weddings. However, the last century has witnessed rapid changes in the world of wedding music, from big bands to early rock bands all the way to DJs that can cue up seemingly any song at will. While there are countless lists online purporting to be the definitive list of first dance songs, as we always mention, keeping it personal is key to creating a moment that will be shared with friends, family, and possibly your children for decades to come.
First, let’s take a look at Spotify who recently compiled a number of the most popular first dance songs into a playlist, with a number of good starting points for different types of couples. If you’re a more traditional couple who have a vintage feeling at their wedding, you can’t do any wrong by choosing “At Last” by Etta James.
Now, if you’re looking for a more contemporary song, you’ll likely want to pick a song that has significant meaning for you. Whether it’s Adele’s “Hello” or “Make You Feel My Love,” John Legend’s “All of Me,” or Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” these are not just popular songs, but some of the best love songs of 2016.
Now what if you’re more of an R&B couple? You can choose from a number of current R&B acts like a number of songs from The Weeknd, D’Angelo’s classic “Untitled”, or Sade’s “By My Side.”
If you’re looking for a bit of Jersey if your first song selection, Franki Valli’s “Cant Take My Eyes Off of You” is a Garden State favorite. On a similar tip, Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, is another surefire hit as “Fly Me Over The Moon” will resonate with every generation in your reception hall.
Finally, let’s cover the classic rock hits, soft or otherwise, that have been scoring first dances for decades and tend to be the top choices amongst older couples tying the knot. James Taylor’s “How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)” is an upbeat yet soulful number while “I Will” by the Beatles or “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green both sing the song of everlasting love.
No matter which song you choose, as long as it has some significant meaning for you and your spouse, you’re guaranteed to light up the dance floor.