13 First Dance Songs That Aren't Lame

January 25, 2016 by Linda DiProperzio
shefinds | Weddings

Don’t get us wrong–“At Last” is a beautiful song, but once you’ve heard it played at just about every wedding, it loses its luster. So we asked around to entertainers, planners and recent brides to find out what first dance songs haven’t run their course.

1. I’ll Be Your Shelter by Luther Ingram. “My husband is DJ and has a vast record collection so needless to say, music was a huge part of our wedding,” says bride Madeline Janning. For our first dance, we played this oldie. My husband framed the 45 of the record which is now hanging by our bed, so now every time I look at it I’m reminded of that special day.”

2. Come Away with Me by Norah Jones. Vincent James from chose this as one song that isn’t a cliché wedding song.

3. The Way You Love to Love Me by Jesse Christiansen. “It really captures the playful and adventurous side of my fiancé and I’s relationship,” says soon-to-be-bride Allison Boyle.

4. Something About Us by Daft Punk. “Beautiful, yet minimal lyrics coupled with a soulful piano solo make this a deeply personal track to start off with,” says DJ Mercurius FM.

5. You’re The First, The Last, My Everything by Barry White. “I’m a big fan of funk/disco style music so much of our intro songs at the beginning of our reception were old school,” says Dorian Smith-Garcia of The Anti Bridezilla.

6. Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen. “This is just one of the favorites we’ve been asked to play,” says Mark Weiser of Shake Rattle & Roll Pianos.

7. Ribbon in the Sky by Stevie Wonder. A classic love song that many couples don’t play, ensuring your dance will stand out.

8. In My Life by the Beatles. A simple sentiment: You love each other more than anything else.

9. My Wish by Rascal Flatts. For the country-inspired bride and groom.

10. For Once in My Life by Stevie Wonder. A sweet love song set to a fast beat–perfect for couples who want to stick the slow dance.

11. Everything by Michael Buble. Buble reportedly wrote this for ex-girlfriend Emily Blunt. But don’t let their failed relationship deter you from choosing this peppy song for your first dance.

12. Without You by David Guetta. This more modern song is a favorite of the pros at

13. Dakota by the Stereophonics. “It’s such an uplifting song and it got everyone singing along, which is always such a special thing to be a part of as a musician,” says Tom Sandall of Eight Tray Music.

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[Photo: Sam Blake]





Linda DiProperzio is a weddings expert and freelance writer based in New York.

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