How to Pick a First Dance Song – Dance Lessons in Orange County, CA


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Picking a song to use for your first dance may seem overwhelming. With so many songs to choose from, you might be torn between several options. Here are some helpful hints to help narrow down your options:

Choose a Genre:

Is there a genre or era of music that you both love and want to use? We’ve had couples use rock, country, big band, and more for their first dance song. If you both know you want the same genre or “feel” from your song, then you’ve narrowed it down!

What’s Your Story with Your Partner:

Is there a song that makes you think of each other? Maybe there is a song that was playing during your first date, or a song that feels like it describes your relationship story. If it embodies your relationship, it’s sure to be a great choice.

Do You Want Something Sweet, Fun, Romantic, Humorous:

There is no wrong song choice here. Some people want something less traditional and go with an upbeat, faster, or even silly first song and dance, while others want a more classic option for a timeless looking dance. Similarly, decide if you want to use a more popular song or something heard less often.

If You Are Using a Band, Can They Play Your Dance Song:

If you’ve hired a band for the reception, make sure they can play your song choice (and play it to your liking)! If they can’t, you can always opt to play your first dance song from a sound system, but it’s best to be on the same page with your band.

Some Popular First Dance Songs:

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Choosing your first dance song can be a fun activity to do together! So are dance lessons for your wedding dance!

Ray LaMontagne “You are the Best Thing”

Christina Perri “A Thousand Years”

Sam Smith “Stay With Me”

Rachel Platten “Stand By You”

Adele “Make You Feel My Love”

Maroon 5 “Sugar”

Rascal Flatts “My Wish”

Less Popular Wedding Dance Songs:

Van Morrison “Into the Mystic”

Corinne Bailey Rae “Is This Love”

Lennon & Maisy “I Won’t Give Up”

Louis Armstrong “When You’re Smiling”

Frank Sinatra “Someone to Watch Over Me”

Sade “By Your Side”

Nelly Furtado “Feel So Close”

Chris Stapleton “Tennessee Whiskey”

Van Morrison “Sweet Thing”

Neil Young “Harvest Moon”

Cat Power “Sea of Love”

INXS “Never Tear Us Apart”

Faith Evans “Love Like This”

Lykke Li “Unchained Melody”


If you and your partner still want completely different songs, you can also always use two songs! It’s becoming more common to have the first dance be a mashup of two (or more) songs, so there is room to cater to both you and your partners preferences!