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Top 8 First Dance Songs

Top 8 Most Popular First Dance Songs for 2023

If you’re struggling for first dance inspiration, there's no shame in choosing a tried-and-tested song that's guaranteed to put a smile on everyone's faces.

When choosing a first dance, some couples will already have a song in mind that unlocks magical memories together – perhaps the song which was playing when they first met, went on their first date, or first said "I love you".

But if you're not one of those, fear not – sometimes, just a damn good song will set the right tone, and after your wedding day will forever be "your song".

There are lots of first dances to choose from, so think about tempo, style, genre, and most importantly how a tune makes you feel when you hear it. Jump to our first dance FAQs for more guidance.

To get you inspired, we reveal the most popular first dance songs with our brides and grooms. In our updated list for 2023, Ed Sheeran and Adele are nudged out of the top spots, as old-school classics by Elvis, Etta James and Al Green re-take the lead. Listen to our complete list on Spotify here.

Once you've chosen your song, why not book a wedding band and ask them to perform it live.


Uplifting and elegant, At Last is an extraordinary paean to love that will be on this list for years to come. Etta James's gospel-tinged vocals are the perfect vehicle for the song's message: a final deliverance from loneliness. Expect more than a few tears.

















2. Baby I'm Yours – Arctic Monkeys

Sway sweetly to this lilting Arctic Monkeys cover of Barbara Lewis’ classic 1965 hit. It's only two and a half minutes long, so if you find the thought of a first dance awkward, this one's for you!


Iconic right from its first few notes, this 1961 classic will be both familiar and fun for both you and your guests. This cross-generational, sing-a-long, crowd-pleaser will set your evening off on the perfect footing.


Featured in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, A Thousand Years was American singer-songwriter Christina Perri’s second big UK hit. This modern and romantic song brings a bit of ethereal fantasy to your first dance. And younger guests will love it too.


5. Your Song – Elton John

Originally released in 1970, Your Song was given new leases of life by Moulin Rouge (2001) and Rocketman (2019). An enduringly popular first dance wedding song and a true song of the ages, it's a beautiful way to start your married life together.


6. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

This slow-building anthem from 2016 is sure to intensify the emotions the room. From its intimate beginnings to its euphoric final choruses, goosebumps are inevitable.



7. Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Originally released by Bob Dylan on his 1997 album Time Out of Mind, Make You Feel My Love has been covered by numerous famous faces including Billy Joel and Kelly Clarkson. But it's Adele's powerful version which may outlast them all. Easy to dance to, heartfelt and timeless, it's a perfect first dance choice.


Winner of Song Of The Year at The Grammys in 2016, this number 1 single from Ed Sheeran still delivers. The lyrics from this instant classic don't promise human perfection, but loving acceptance of each other's faults, and a beautiful sentiment for a strong marriage.




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