21 Alternative Wedding First Dance Songs

Wedding Photographer United Kingdom, Andrew Keher

With the season now well under way, the chances are you will be going to at least a couple of weddings over the next few months. We all, of course, love a good wedding, and one of the highlights of the day is seeing the loved up couple share their first dance together as husband and wife. But one thing we’ve noticed recently is that couples so often seem to choose from the same old slightly predictable songs for their first dance, so we have put together a collection of different, but cool options for you to stand out from the crowd.


1. Bob Marley – Is This Love

The King Of Reggae at his finest. “I wanna love ya and treat you right”. A beautiful love song.

2. The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

A song encompassing everything about being madly in love.

3. Candi Staton – You Got The Love

A club classic. “I know I can count on you”. What more can you ask for?

4. Gregory Porter – Real Good Hands

I defy you not to cry when you listen to this. Just perfect.

5. Pulp – Something Changed

A beautiful story of the power of fate. Love it.

6. Kool & The Gang – Cherish

A slow love song, oozing smooth romance.

7. Daft Punk – Something About Us

Surprisingly touching lyrics from this electronic duo.

8. Tom Waites – Little Trip To Heaven

A breathtakingly heartfelt song of love.

9. Abba – I do I do I do

The title says it all.

10. Paloma Faith – Just Be

A beautifully realistic portrayal of a couple in love.

11. Barry White – Just The Way You Are

The ultimate crooner – Barry says it how it is.

12. Love – You Set The Scene

Taken from the ‘Forever Changes’ album (considered to be one of the best albums of all time), this fine song is ’60’s rock at it’s best.

13. Tina Charles – I Love To Love

“I love to love but my baby just loves to dance…” Why not giggle your way through your first dance with this classic..

14. Goldie – Single Petal Of A Rose

Even Drum and Bass fans can enjoy their first dance, with this love song from British star Goldie.

15. Labi Siffre – It Must Be Love

Later covered by Madness, this touching classic won’t leave a dry eye in the house.

16. Guns N Roses – November Rain

Maybe Guns N Roses can displace fellow rockers Aerosmith’s ‘Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing’ as one of the most popular first dance songs?

17. Michael Bolton – Said I Loved You But I Lied

He may be cheesy, but we love him. And this song is actually a love song – don’t be fooled by the title…

18. Blue October – Sway

“I only wanna dance with you”. American rock with sweet lyrics.

19. Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence

An absolute classic, and with lines like “All I ever wanted, All I ever needed, Is here in my arms’ – perfect.

20. Japan – I Second That Emotion

British new-wave band Japan’s cover of the Smokey Robinson track is something wonderfully different.

21. Sade – Your Love Is King

Silky smooth ballad from the British singer-songwriter. “Your love is king, You’re making me dance”.

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