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Your first dance as a married couple can be either exciting or nerve-wracking, depending on how confident you are. The right choice of music can make all the difference, but how do you choose the soundtrack to this momentous occasion if “your song” is something entirely inappropriate, like Eminem at his most sweary, or – even worse – One Direction or Celine Dion? You want music you can dance to and which won’t offend, but not a ballad that is so cheesy it has been played at every other wedding your guests have been to that year.
Not that we want to freak you out, but this is possibly the most important song of your life, so here is a list of first dance songs which will make you fall in love all over again.
One of the most popular eras for first dance songs is the 1940s and 1950s. This was a time when people danced for pleasure, and there is a wealth of appropriate tunes to choose from. Frank Sinatra is an obvious choice. While lovely, “The Way You Look Tonight” has been used so often it has almost become a cliché. Instead, have a listen to “You Do Something to Me”, “Fly Me to the Moon”, and “The Best is yet to Come”. These are all romantic and easy to dance to, making those with two left feet look good and allowing more accomplished brides and grooms room for a few dance floor flourishes.
If those tunes don’t get your feet tapping, what about some R&B? Barry White is the king of the romantic lyric, as you can hear in “My First, My Last, My Everything”, and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Baby”. Marvin Gaye is another good choice, though we’d recommend leaving “Sexual Healing” for later in the night and going for “You’re All I Need to Get By” or “How Sweet It Is”. If you want a female singer, listen to Sade’s “By Your Side”, Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love”, and “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keyes. Mariah Carey sounds fantastic on “My All”, “When I Saw You”, and the slightly poppier “Always Be My Baby”.
Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Ellie Goulding have all released incredible tunes that will become some of the best wedding songs of 2015. Starting with Ed Sheeran, why not consider “Thinking Out Loud”, “One”, and “Wake Me Up”. “Everything Has Changed”, the duet Sheeran did with Taylor Swift, is beautiful, while Ellie Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You” and “Love Me Like You Do” will bring a tear to the most cynical eye.
Cool and Quirky
It is possible to choose a cool first dance tune. How about “The Universal” by Blur, or “Friday I’m in Love” by the Cure? “You Make Loving Fun”, by Fleetwood Mac, is romantically retro, as is Blondie’s “I’m Always Touched by Your Presence”.
Whatever you decide on your first wedding song, do it early enough to practice your moves. There are dance teachers in Australia who offer wedding dance lessons, but even smooching your way around the kitchen will help increase your confidence and enjoyment as you take to the dance floor for the first time as Mr and Mrs.