50 Top First Dance Songs

Choosing a first dance song can be tough. The music landscape has changed so much in recent years with the emergence of online streaming and satellite radio. It used to be that your song was one of the top 40 you heard played on the radio. Now, music is so plentiful and readily available, that choosing just one song can be like finding a needle in a haystack.

If you happened upon this list as a result of a Google search, you probably found that there are many, many lists of songs for first dance song ideas out there. When I was preparing for this article, I knew that we wanted to present a list of songs that maybe weren’t featured on most Top First Dance Songs lists.

As a band leader, I thought back to some of the most memorable and thoughtful song choices we had encountered and I polled our musicians to put together this list. I tried to exclude things we had all played too many times to count so that our list would be unique and focused on music quality and the message. I hope this proves helpful to you on your search.


50 Top first dance songs according to Jukeboxx Media musicians.


50 Top First Dance Songs (on Spotify)

50 Top First Dance Songs (on YouTube)

50 Top First Dance Songs (according to some awesome musicians)

We polled the team and here is a list of beautifully written first dance songs (that not all of your friends are using!)

  1. Crazy Love – Van Morrison
  2. Lovesong – Adele
  3. Something – The Beatles
  4. Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
  5. Coming Home – Leon Bridges
  6. You Send Me – Sam Cooke
  7. The Luckiest – Ben Folds
  8. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  9. Can’t Help Falling – Ingrid Michaelson
  10. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  11. Latch (Acoustic) – Sam Smith
  12. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  13. Let It Go – James Bay
  14. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor
  15. Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
  16. Rhythm of Love – Plain White T’s
  17. Feet Don’t Touch The Ground – Stoney LaRue
  18. Good and Slow – John Goolsby
  19. From The Ground Up – Dan + Shay
  20. You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  21. Let It Be Me – Ray LaMontagne
  22. If I Ain’t Got You – James Bay
  23. At Last – Etta James
  24. Poison & Wine – Civil Wars
  25. Stand By Me – Ben E King
  26. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  27. Dream A Little Dream of Me – Mamas & The Papas
  28. Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney
  29. Photograph – Ed Sheeran
  30. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
  31. Collide – Howie Day
  32. Stay With You – John Legend
  33. You Got What I Need – Joshua Radin
  34. September Song (Piano Acoustic) – JP Cooper
  35. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
  36. Wherever You Will Go – Charlene Soraia
  37. Sail Away – David Gray
  38. In Your Eyes – John Wesley
  39. Time After Time – Iron & Wine
  40. This Must Be The Place – Iron & Wine
  41. The Beauty of Who You Are – Marc Broussard
  42. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  43. Perfect To Me – Marc Broussard
  44. The Only Exception – Paramore
  45. Love and Happiness – Marc Broussard
  46. Into The Mystic – Van Morrison
  47. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  48. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Rai Thistlethwayte
  49. On A Night Like This – Dave Barnes
  50. Hard To Believe – Andy Davis

Some of these – our favorites – have been performed by our musicians. See below.

Jukeboxx Media Soloists

Favorite First Dance Songs

Ashley Reynolds - "I Won't Give Up" Jason Mraz Cover

John Goolsby - "Into The Mystic" Van Morrison Cover

Sean McNown - "Let's Stay Together" Al Green Cover

“Entertainment is an extremely important part of any great event. A great DJ or Band is one who can read a room, make energetic announcements and carefully execute a timeline. 

Great music, dancing, smiles, laughs and so forth – these are the things that make for great memories.”

All the best!

About Amanda

Amanda McNeal is a wedding DJ of 14 years, DJ director for Jukeboxx Media and lead singer & director of the band, Twice On Sunday.

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