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100 of the best first dance wedding songs

From all-time classics and slow-swaying ballads to upbeat dance hits and rock 'n' roll anthems, SoBristolWeddings has rounded up 100 first dance songs to fall in love with.

After walking down the aisle and saying ‘I do’, your first dance as a married couple is one of the most memorable moments of any big day, with the song choice proving to be a tricky decision for many couples.

Whether you want to sway to Elvis Presley, strut your stuff to Michael Bublé, or enjoy something a little bit different with Blink 182, SoBristolWeddings has rounded up 100 of the best first dance songs.

Timeless wedding songs

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1. ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri

Romantic lyric: And all along I believed I would find you, time has brought your heart to me, I have loved you for a thousand years, I'll love you for a thousand more.

2. ‘At Last’ by Etta James

Romantic lyric: And here we are in heaven, for you are mine at last.

3. ‘Amazed’ by Lonestar

Romantic lyric: I wanna spend the rest of my life with you by my side, forever and ever. Every little thing that you do, baby I'm amazed by you.

4. ‘Falling in Love with You’ by Elvis Presley

Romantic lyric: Take my hand - take my whole life too, but I can't help falling in love with you.

5. ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E. King

Romantic lyric: Oh, I won't be afraid, just as long as you stand, stand by me.

6. ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong

Romantic lyric: I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

7. ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’ by Aerosmith

Romantic lyric: I don't wanna miss one smile, I don't wanna miss one kiss, well, I just wanna be with you, right here with you, just like this.

8. ‘You’re Still The One’ by Shania Twain

Romantic lyric: You're still the one that I love, the only one I dream of, you're still the one I kiss good night, you're still the one.

9. ‘You Are The Sunshine of my Life’ by Stevie Wonder

Romantic lyric: I feel like this is the beginning, though I've loved you for a million years.

10. L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole

Romantic lyric: Take my heart and please don't break it, love was made for me and you.

11. ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green

Romantic lyric: I'm so in love with you, whatever you want to do as all right with me, 'cause you make me feel so brand new and I want to spend my life with you.

12. ‘All You Need is Love’ by The Beatles

Romantic lyric: All you need is love, all you need is love, all you need is love, love. Love is all you need.

13. ‘Iris’ by Goo Goo Dolls

Romantic lyric: You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be, and I don't wanna go home right now.

14. ‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys

Romantic lyric: I may not always love you, but long as there are stars above you, you never need to doubt it.

15. ‘It Had to be You’ by Harry Connick Jr

Romantic lyric: For nobody else gave me a thrill, with all your faults I love you still, it had to be you, wonderful you, it had to be you.

16. ‘These Arms of Mine’ by Otis Redding

Romantic lyric: These arms of mine, they are yearning, yearning from wanting you. And if you would let them hold you, oh how grateful I will be.

17. ‘Wonderful Tonight’ by Eric Clapton

Romantic lyric: I feel wonderful because I see the love light in your eyes. And the wonder of it all is that you just don't realise how much I love you.

Current favourites

18. ‘All of Me’ by John Legend

Romantic lyric: 'Cause all of me loves all of you, love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections.

19. ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran

Romantic lyric: People fall in love in mysterious ways, maybe just the touch of a hand. Well, me, I fall in love with you every single day, and I just wanna tell you I am.

20. ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Romantic lyric: Home, let me come home, home is wherever I'm with you.

21. ‘Greatest Day’ by Take That

Romantic lyric: The future is ours to find, can you see it, can you see it in my eyes, can you feel it now, can you hold it in your arms tonight.

22. ‘You Make It Real’ by James Morrisson

Romantic lyric: When I can't find the words, you teach my heart to speak. You make it real for me.

23. ‘I Won’t Give Up’ by Jason Mraz

Romantic lyric: Well, I won't give up on us, even if the skies get rough. I'm giving you all my love, I'm still looking up.

24. ‘You Are the Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne

Romantic lyric: Baby, we've come a long way, baby, you know I hope and I pray that you believe me when I say this love will never fade away.

25. ‘Same Love’ by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Romantic lyric: And I can't change, even if I tried, even if I wanted to, my love, my love, my love, she keeps me warm.

26. ‘One Call Away’ by Charlie Puth

Romantic lyric: You and me can make it anywhere, for now, we can stay here for a while, cause you know, I just wanna see you smile.

27. ‘Lionheart’ by Demi Lovato

Romantic lyric: And we walk together into the light, and my love will be your armour tonight.

28. ‘Coming Home’ by Leon Bridges

Romantic lyric: Baby, baby, baby, I'm coming home to your tender sweet loving you're my one and only woman.

29. ‘Soldier’ by Gavin DeGraw

Romantic lyric: I'll get it if you need it, I'll search if you don't see it, you're thirsty, I'll be rain, you get hurt, I'll take your pain.

30. ‘Nothing Without Love’ by Nate Ruess

Romantic lyric: I don't wanna lose this one, she made me feel hope, you know, I am, I'm nothing without love.

31. ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol

Romantic lyric: If I lay here, if I just lay here, would you lie with me and just forget the world.

32. ‘Real Love’ by Tom Odell

Romantic lyric: Seems like all we really were doing was waiting for love, don't need to be alone, it's real love.

33. ‘Beneath your Beautiful’ by Labrinth and Emeli Sandé

Romantic lyric: I'll hold your hand and then we'll jump right out, we'll be falling, falling but that's okay 'cause I'll be right here.

34. ‘Little Things’ by One Direction

Romantic lyric: Your hand fits in mine like it's made just for me, but bear this in mind, it was meant to be.

Songs to boogie on down to

35. ‘Cheerleader’ by Omi

Romantic lyric: You're the only girl for me, no, I don't need a next one. Mama loves you too, she thinks I made the right selection.

36. ‘Everything’ by Michael Bublé

Romantic lyric: And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times it's you, it's you, you make me sing. You're every line, you're every word, you're everything.

37. ‘Let’s Dance’ by David Bowie

Romantic lyric: Let's sway while colour lights up your face, let's sway, sway through the crowd to an empty space.

38. ‘Happy’ by Pharrel Williams

Romantic lyric: It might seem crazy what I'm about to say, sunshine, she's here, you can take a break.

39. ‘Love on Top’ by Beyoncé

Romantic lyric: Baby it's you, you're the one I love, you're the one I need, you're the only one I see.

40. ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ by Grand Funk Railroad

Romantic lyric: I don't need a whole lots 'a money, I don't need a big, fine car, I got everything that a man could want, I got more than I could ask for.

41. ‘Hold My Hand’ by Jess Glynne

Romantic lyric: I'm ready for this, there's no denying, I'm ready for this, you stop me falling, I'm ready for this, I need you all in.

42. ‘Sugar’ by Maroon 5

Romantic lyric: When I'm without you, I'm so insecure. You are the one thing, one thing I'm living for.

43. ‘She’s So Lovely’ by Scouting for Girls

Romantic lyric: I love the way she plays it cool, I think that she is beautiful, she's so lovely.

44. ‘I Say a Little Prayer for You’ by Aretha Franklin

Romantic lyric: Forever and ever, you'll stay in my heart and I will love you. Forever and ever, we never will part, oh, how I love you.

45. ‘I Was Made For You’ by She and Him

Romantic lyric: Cause I have been waiting' for a long, long time for a boy like you. I won't be waiting anymore cause I know baby, baby, I was made for you.

46. ‘Accidentally in Love’ by Counting Crows

Romantic lyric: Come on, come on, if you feel a little lighter. Come on, come on, We were once upon a time in love, we're accidentally in love.

47. ‘You’ve Got The Love’ by Florence and the Machine

Romantic lyric: Now and then it seems that life is just too much, but you've got the love I need to see me through.

48. ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ by Toploader

Romantic lyric: Dancing in the moonlight, everybody's feeling warm and bright, it's such a fine and natural sight.

49. ‘Is This Love’ by Bob Marley

Romantic lyric: I wanna love you and treat you right, I wanna love you every day and every night.

50. ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ by Michael Jackson

Romantic lyric: I never felt so in love before, promise baby, you'll love me forevermore. I swear I'm keeping you satisfied, 'cause you're the one for me.'

51. ‘Shut Up and Dance’ by Walk the Moon

Romantic lyric: I felt it in my chest as she looked at me, I knew we were bound to be together.

Songs to rock out to

52. ‘Make You Smile’ by Plus 44

Romantic lyric: If I could, I'd only want to make you smile, if you were to stay with me a while.

53. ‘Everlong’ by Foo Fighters

Romantic lyric: And I wonder when I sing along with you if everything could ever feel this real forever, if anything could ever be this good again.

54. ‘Time of Your Life’ by Greenday

Romantic lyric: It's something unpredictable, but in the end is right, I hope you had the time of your life.

55. ‘Today’ by Smashing Pumpkins

Romantic lyric: Today is the greatest day I've never known.

56. ‘First Date’ by Blink 182

Romantic lyric: Let's go, don't wait, this night's almost over. Honest, let's make this night last forever. Forever and ever, let's make this last forever.

57. ‘The Reason’ by Hoobastank

Romantic lyric: I've found a reason for me to change who I used to be, a reason to start over new, and the reason is you.

58. ‘Smother Me’ by The Used

Romantic lyric: I found my place in the world, could stare at your face for the rest of my days.

59. ‘Stolen’ by Dashboard Confessional

Romantic lyric: I watch you spin around in your highest heels, you are the best one, of the best ones.

60. ‘Starlight’ by Muse

Romantic lyric: Hold you in my arms, I just wanted to hold you in my arms.

61. ‘Kiss Me’ by Sixpence None the Richer

Romantic lyric: Swing, swing, swing the spinning step, you wear those shoes and I will wear that dress.

62. ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness

Romantic lyric: I believe in a thing called love, just listen to the rhythm of my heart. There's a chance we could make it now, we'll be rocking 'til the sun goes down.

63. ‘When The Day Met The Night’ by Panic! At the Disco

Romantic lyric: When the moon fell in love with the sun, all was golden in the sky. All was golden when the day met the night.

64. ‘With Me’ by Sum 41

Romantic lyric: I want you to know with everything I won't let this go. These words are my heart and soul. I'll hold on to this moment, you know.

65. ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ by Band of Horses

Romantic lyric: But no one is ever gonna love you more than I do. No one's gonna love you more than I do.

66. ‘Wild Horses’ by The Rolling Stones

Romantic lyric: You know I can't let you slide through my hands, wild horses couldn't drag me away.

67. ‘Use Somebody’ by Kings of Leon

Romantic lyric: You know that I could use somebody, someone like you.

Acoustic songs

68. ‘Better Together’ by Jack Johnson

Romantic lyric: It's not always easy, and sometimes life can be deceiving, I'll tell you one thing, it's always better when we're together.

69. ‘How Long Will I Love You’ by Ellie Golding

Romantic lyric: How long will I love you? As long as stars are above you, and longer, if I can.

70. ‘A Drop in the Ocean’ by Ron Pope

Romantic lyric: A drop in the ocean, a change in the weather, I was praying that you and me might end up together.

71. ‘First Day of my Life’ by Bright Eyes

Romantic lyric: Yours is the first face that I saw, I think I was blind before I met you.

72. ‘Hey There Delilah’ by Plain White Tees

Romantic lyric: If every simple song I wrote to you would take your breath away, I'd write it all, even more in love with me you'd fall, we'd have it all.

73. ‘A Million Faces’ by Paolo Nutini

Romantic lyric: Oh who knows just what the future holds, all I want to know is if it's with you.

74. ‘Sigh No More’ by Mumford and Sons

Romantic lyric: Love; it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, it will set you free.

75. ‘And I Love Her’ by The Beatles

Romantic lyric: I give her all my love, that's all I do. And if you saw my love, you'd love her too.

76. ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ by Damien Rice

Romantic lyric: I can't take my eyes off of you.

77. ‘My Lady’s House’ by Iron and Wine

Romantic lyric: Love is a fragile word in the air on the length we lay.

78. ‘Heartbeats’ by Jose Gonzales

Romantic lyric: We had a promise made, we were in love.

79. ‘Anyone Else But You’ by The Mouldy Peaches

Romantic lyric: I don't see what anyone can see in anyone else but you.

80. ‘If This Is It’ by Newton Faulkner

Romantic lyric: But if I had one chance to freeze time and stand still and soak in everything, I’d choose right now.

81. ‘My Love For You is Real’ by Ryan Adams

Romantic lyric: My love for you is real, it moves like the summer breeze. My love for you is strong, Lord, it brings me to my knees.

82. ‘Forever’ by Ben Harper

Romantic lyric: So give me your forever. Please your forever. Not a day less will do from you.

83. ‘Daughters’ by John Mayer

Romantic lyric: I know a girl, she puts the colour inside of my world.

84. ‘Your Song’ by Elton John

Romantic lyric: I hope you don't mind that I put down in words how wonderful life is while you're in the world.

Songs with wedding-perfect lyrics

85. ‘Chapel of Love’ by The Dixie Chicks

Romantic lyric: Today's the day we'll say, 'I do', and we'll never be lonely anymore because we're going to the chapel and we're gonna get married.

86. ‘Lost in this Moment’ by Big and Rich

Romantic lyric: I see your daddy walk his daughter down the aisle, I feel my knees start to tremble as I tell the preacher 'don't she look beautiful tonight'.

87. ‘I Do’ by 98 Degrees

Romantic lyric: I've waited so long to say this to you, If you're asking do I love you this much, I do.

88. ‘Today’ by Joshua Radin

Romantic lyric: I sat beside beside you and became myself today.

89. ‘Marry Me’ by Amanda Marshall

Romantic lyric: And when the day is finally over and we stumble home, before we sleep, baby marry me.

90. I Wanna Marry You’ by Bruce Springsteen

Romantic lyric: I wear my love darling, without shame, I'd be proud if you would wear my name.

91. ‘I Do’ by Colbie Calliat

Romantic lyric: I won't live without it, I won't let us go, just look at what we got ourselves into, you make me wanna say 'I do'.

92. ‘Marry Me’ by Train

Romantic lyric: Forever can never be long enough for me to feel like I've had long enough with you.

93. ‘Wedding Song’ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Romantic lyric: With every breath I breathe, I'm making history. With your name on my lips, the ages fall to bits.'

94. ‘The Girl’ by City and Colour

Romantic lyric: You don't ask for no diamond rings, no delicate string of pearls, that's why I wrote this song to sing, my beautiful girl.

95. ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars

Romantic lyric: Oh, it's a beautiful night, we're looking for something dumb to do. Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you.

96. ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift

Romantic lyric: I love you, and that's all I really know, I talked to your dad - go pick out a white dress. It's a love story, baby, just say, 'Yes'.

97. ‘Rude’ by Magic!

Romantic lyric: Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life? Say yes, say yes 'cause I need to know.

98. ‘The Book of Love’ by Peter Gabriel

Romantic lyric: But I love it when you give me things, and you, you ought to give me wedding rings.

99. ‘When I Say I Do’ by Matthew West

Romantic lyric: Take my hand, and take this ring and know that I will always love you through anything.

100. ‘Meet Me Where You’re Going’ by Cloud Cult

Romantic lyric: Run away with me, yeah, let's get married, will you be the rest of my life?

What will your first dance song be? Let us know in the comments below!

By Alice Lloyd

© SoBristolWeddings
Friday 03 June 2016

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