Best First Dance Songs For Weddings

A playlist of beautiful and quirky songs for your first dance as a married couple


Three years ago, when my wife and I landed in Toronto for the first time, we needed to spend some time in an Airbnb for a few days until our apartment was ready. It was a big industrial building, and we had an empty studio apartment with huge windows and only a sofa and a turntable as furniture. The following day I googled “best vinyl stores in Toronto” and saw a nice-looking store called “Rotate This” (now on Ossington Ave, but back then, it was on Queen St West). A few weeks before our arrival, I saw the movie Searching For Sugarman, and I was just blown away by Rodriguez’s story and music, so I decided to buy his record Cold Fact. Ever since that day, for my wife and I, Rodriguez has been our soundtrack of coming to Canada and our days in that Airbnb, our first home in Canada.

Music can bring back memories and can take you back in time exactly like a good photo does. For a long time now, I thought it could be useful for future brides and grooms to have best first dance songs for weddings playlist. So, with that in mind, I’ve made a playlist of beautiful and quirky love songs for your first dance as a married couple.

This is an ongoing playlist, and I would love to hear your thoughts on the perfect love song for a wedding. If you think I missed something, just write me a comment, and I might add it to the list!

1. Band Of Horses – Part One

Why: “To the bottom, dear, I had to fall,
But you really caught me
You really caught me, dear,
At the bottom where I’d fallen.”

2.Billy Bob Thornton (feat. Holly Lamar) – Starlight Lounge

Why: Because love is more than butterflies and kisses and sometimes it is drinks and smoke in a red booth

3. Richard Hawley – Open Up Your Door

Why: This song sounds like someone is telling you a fairytale

4. José Gonzales – Heartbeats (The Knife Cover)

Why: His guitar and his voice are a match made in heaven

5. Johnny Cash And June Carter – If I Were A Carpenter

Why: Because a love like Johnny Cash and June Carter shared comes once in a few lifetimes and hearing them together make you believe in love

6. Blind Pilot – 3 Rounds And A Sound 

Why: “They’re playing our song
They’re playing our song
Can you see the lights?
Can you hear the hum,
of our song?”

7. Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is

Why: Otis Redding means every single word in this beautiful song and when your spouse will ask you how much do you love me? Just play her/him this song.

8. She & Him – I Was Made For You

Why: Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward aka She & Him making music that has the vibes of the 1960’s.
Sometimes you just need to get to the point: “I thought I saw you lookin’ my way
So I thought I’d give you a try”

9. Beck and Annie (St. Vincent) – Never Tear Us Apart (INXS Cover)

Why: Some covers are better than the original

10. Foo Fighters – Everlong (Acoustic)

Why: Because when Monica and Chandler kissing after their wedding ceremony the string quartet is playing this beautiful song.

11. The Alabama Shakes – I Found You

Why: “Well, I travelled a long way
And it took a long time to find you…
But I finally found you…”

12.You+Me – You and Me

Why: Vibe of a road trip with your loved one

13. David Bowie – Wild Is The Wind

Why: David Bowie (Do I need to say more?)

14. Radiohead – True Love Waits

Why: Because true love can often be quirky and weird just like this song

15. James Blake – A Case Of You (Joni Mitchell Cover)

Why: Probably the most beautiful song ever written. James Blake had to be very brave to even just try and sing it but the result is no less than stunning.

16. Iron and Wine – Such Great Heights

Why: “I am thinking it’s a sign
That the freckles in our eyes
Are mirror images and when we kiss
They’re perfectly aligned”

17. Alexi Murdoch – Song for you 

Why: “So I’m trying to put it right
Cause I want to love you with my heart
All this trying has made me tired
And I don’t know even where to start

Maybe that’s a start”

18. The XX – Our Song

Why: Because it is a perfect song to listen while hugging your loved one

Future brides and grooms, Please let me make it easy for you.
Open a bottle of wine, sit down comfortably and listen to this complete playlist HERE.



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