There’s nothing quite like the first dance between the bride and groom. Aside from an unforgettable moment that you’ll remember for the rest of your life, the soundtrack that accompanies you will speak volumes about your personalities. While it’s nearly impossible to narrow down this list to just five songs, (especially if you’re considering an elaborate dance number!) here are a few first dance songs that will ensure that there’s not a dry eye in the house.


  1. Nick Drake – “Northern Sky”

An underappreciated indie songwriter who enjoyed a brief career in the UK, Nick Drake’s “Northern Sky” has been described as one of the most beautiful and soulful love songs ever written. “I’ve never melt magic crazy as this, I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea, I never held emotion in the palm of my hand or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree, but now you’re here, bright in my northern sky.”


  1. John Legend – “All of Me”

For a bit more of a contemporary take on the first dance song, John Legend’s smooth ballad is one that everyone will recognize and will say everything that you’ve ever wanted to say to your significant other! “’Cause all of me, loves all of you, loves your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections, give your all to me, I’ll give my all to you.


  1. Bright Eyes – “First Day of my Life”

As the alias of vocalist Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes has garnered a reputation for its gabby, emotionally-direct lyrics and smooth melodies. If you’re a couple who loves a great acoustic guitar ballad, you can’t look too much farther than this one. “You felt as if you’d just woke up and you said, “this is the first day of my life, I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you, but now I don’t care I could be anywhere with you, and I’d probably be happy.”


  1. Van Morrison – “Sweet Thing”

It’s an oldie, but definitely a goodie! As one of the most famous and distinct vocalists to emerge from the 20th century, “Sweet Thing’s” dynamic imagery and steady progression makes it a fabulous first dance song that will blend in with any type of ceremony. “And you shall take me strongly in your arms again, and I will not remember that I even felt the pain. We shall walk and talk in gardens all misty and wet with rain, and I will never, never, never grow so old again.”


  1. Chuck Berry – “You Can Never Tell”

Who says a first dance has to be a slow number? The enduring popularity of Chuck Berry will ensure that your wedding party and guests will get up and join in on the fun. Best of all, this is a fantastic song to plan a dance number with your significant other! “And now the young monsieur and madame have run the chapel bell, “C’est la vie,” say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell.”


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