Newlyweds share their first dance at wedding reception, surrounded by love and joy.

Melodies of Love: Crafting Your Perfect First Dance Playlist

Finding the perfect first dance song for your wedding day

Your first dance as newlyweds is an incredibly special and memorable moment that you’ll cherish forever. The song you choose will be tied to the memories of that romantic dance you share with your spouse on your wedding night.

With so many beautiful love songs to pick from across genres and decades, it can feel overwhelming trying to find the perfect first dance tune.

At Port393, we’re here to help with some tips and recommendations to guide you toward a song that will make your first dance unforgettable.

Listen to our curated wedding day playlist on Spotify!

Consider the Lyrics

When selecting a first dance, the lyrics are arguably the most crucial part. You want words that perfectly capture the deep love, lifelong commitment,m and overflowing joy you feel as newlyweds.

Looking for positive, romantic lyrics about being together forever is a safe and meaningful choice. Here are some great lyrical options:

  • “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
  • “From This Moment On” by Shania Twain
  • “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Your Song” by Elton John”
  • “At Last” by Etta James
Newlyweds share their first dance at wedding reception, surrounded by love and joy.

Pick a Meaningful Melody

While lyrics are important, a memorable, beautiful melody can make a first dance song truly special and unforgettable. Songs that have beautiful instrumentals and melodies tend to be more romantic and emotional.

When selecting your first dance song, give the melody serious consideration and think about instrumentals that give you all the feelings. Some classic options with gorgeous melodies include:

  • “Unchained Melody” by Righteous Brothers
  • “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presely
  • “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
  • “The Way You Look Tonight” by Tony Bennett
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Go for Sentimental Value

For many couples, some of the most meaningful first dance songs are ones with personal significance to the newlyweds couple. Was there a special song playing during your first date or other milestone moments during your time together?

Using such a song with such beautiful memories attached can make your first dance exponentially more romantic and sentimental. Popular sentimental picks that are perfect for first dances include:

  • “Your Body Is a Wonderland” by John Mayer
  • “God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
  • “You and Me” by Lifehouse
  • “The Luckiest” By Ben Folds”
  • “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol
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Don’t Be Afraid to Go Upbeat

While most first dance songs are slow and romantic, some couples prefer an upbeat, fun song that better fits their personalities. As long as the lyrics are meaningful to you and your spouse, you can definitely pick a more lively tune! Consider the following:

  • “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies
  • “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
  • “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  • “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon
  • “Marry Me” by Bruno Mars

No matter what song you ultimately choose, your first dance will be a beautiful, joyful celebration of the love you’ve committed to one another. Pick a tune that has profound meaning and resonates with you as a couple.

When you hear those opening notes on the dance floor, let the world fall away as you hold your new spouse close and move together to a song you’ll forever associate with one of the happiest days of your lives.

Listen to our curated wedding day playlist on Spotify!