How to Choose Your First Dance Song

How to Choose Your First Dance Song - Storm DJs

How to choose your first dance song. What on earth do you choose for the most important dance of your life? That eagerly-anticipated (at least for the guests!), much speculated-upon, damp eye-inducing moment when – a hundred plus pairs of eyes upon you – you take to the dancefloor for your first sway as husband and wife?

It can be tough. Not, perhaps, if you’re one of those couples – who have been together for ever – who already have “our song”. But they’re the lucky few, I reckon. Most of us probably have to search a bit harder, dig a bit deeper into the recesses of our relationship history before we have that lightbulb moment when we realise we do have song after all, or maybe even a few…

Maybe it was the song playing when you first said “I love you”? The most played track of the summer you went on your first holiday together? Lyrics that epitomise your relationship, or with a certain line one of you is always saying to the other? The song you had on repeat throughout your most memorable road trip? The ballad always guaranteed to have you both welling up? The golden oldie family favourite you know means your dad, the groom’s mum, or whoever won’t need to be asked twice to join you on the dancefloor?

But if you’re still drawing a blank about how to choose your first dance song, why not take inspiration from others? Below you’ll find arguably the Top 100 First Dance Tracks of all time (list courtesy of Plan Your Perfect Wedding)

Now we love a list here at Storm DJs, but do bear in mind the following tips when making your choice:

  1. Before you start trawling through lists, stop to think about what kind or song you actually want to dance to. What sums you up as a couple? What fits with the style of the wedding? Do you want it to be romantic, sexy, fun or sophisticated? Or just different?
  2. When to go for something slow? An emotional ballad or slow song lends itself to a gentle sway (no practice necessary!), and is perhaps the best bet for shy types or those with two left feet. After all, a choreographed spectacle à la Strictly isn’t everyone’s idea of fun!
  3. When to go for the up-tempo?  If you quite fancy the idea of a few dance lessons, and love the idea of 5 minutes in the spotlight wowing your guests with moves mastered in secret, then what better opportunity than now to pick a real show-stopper…
  4. Study the lyrics, please. You might love the melody, the pace, the artist or what the track means to you, but now is not the best time to be swaying to a song about unrequited love, cheating, breaking up…or something inappropriate!
  5. Think about your dress. This might be a key consideration if it’s short, very restrictive or heavy. The last thing you want is a rip! That said, you could always think about a change of outfit to leave you free and unfettered for the big performance, if you are set on incorporating fancy footwork.
  6. How long do you want it to last? Asked how to choose a first dance song, most wedding planners recommend something around the 3-minute mark. If, in truth, the idea of all eyes on (judging!) you while you dance is enough to make you want to forgo the wedding altogether, why not opt for a fun classic and get everyone to join you on the dance floor after the first 60 seconds?
  7. Consider the size of the dancefloor: if it’s small, you can’t be doing Dirty-Dancing-esque lifts, and you don’t want to be waltzing and spinning into things (or people!). It may sound obvious, but it was probably ages ago you visited the venue by the time you get round to picking a first dance, and even then you may not have seen the dance floor set up. So it’s worth finding out the dimensions if you’re not sure.
  8. Top Tip: Don’t be afraid to be unconventional. If you can’t decide between two or even three or more songs; you love the melody of one track but have your heart set on particular lyrics from another; you just have to have the chorus of that song but aren’t fussed about the rest of it; or you want to speed up a ballad or slow down something up-tempo, ask your DJ to prepare a customised rendition or record a completely bespoke mix. Because that’s really unique.
  9. Lastly, remember that it’s your wedding, your moment, and should be about you as a couple. Forget about everyone else. Try to enjoy the process of choosing something, and certainly don’t let it become an ordeal!

Plan Your Perfect Wedding’s Top 100 First Dance Tracks of all time.


1) At Last, Etta James

2) First Day Of My L

3) It Had To Be You, Harry Connick Jr.

4) Iris, The Goo Goo Dolls

5) Marry You, Bruno Mars

6) Into My Arms, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

7) All You Need Is Love, The Beatles

8) Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Andy Williams

9) These Arms Of Mine, Otis Redding

10) Can’t Help Falling In Love, Elvis Presley

11) Make You Feel My Love, Adele

12) I’m Yours, Jason Mraz

13) Let’s Stay Together, Al Green

14) Greatest Day, Take That

15) Amazed, Lonestar

16) Unforgettable, Nat King Cole

17) Stand By Me, Ben E. King

18) Turn Your Lights Down Low, Bob Marley & The Wailers

19) The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack

20) You Got The Love, Candi Staton

21) I’ll Be There, Jackson 5

22) You Make My Dreams, Hall & Oates

23) Such Great Heights, The Postal Service

24) Dog Days Are Over, Florence + The Machine

25) By Your Side, Sade

26) Heroes, David Bowie

27) I Will Wait, Mumford & Sons

28) For Once In My Life, Stevie Wonder

29) You Do Something To Me, Paul Weller

30) Closing Time, Semisonic

31) She’s So Lovely, Scouting For Girls

32) Crazy In Love, Beyoncé & Jay-Z

33) Something, The Beatles

34) Tiny Dancer, Elton John

35) Loving You, Paolo Nutini

36) Turn Me On, Norah Jones

37) I Say A Little Prayer, Aretha Franklin

38) Reet Petite, Jackie Wilson

39) My Baby Just Cares For Me, Nina Simone

40) I Believe In A Thing Called Love, The Darkness

41) The Way You Look Tonight, Tony Bennett

42) Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, Van Morrison

43) You Are The Best Thing, Ray LaMontagne

44) My Lady’s House, Iron & Wine

45) Fidelity, Regina Spektor

46) I Only Have Eyes For You, The Flamingoes

47) Keep Your Heart, TV On The Radio

48) For Lovers, Wolfman & Pete Doherty

49) You Turn Me On I’m A Radio, Joni Mitchell

50) God Only Knows, The Beach Boys


51) Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks

52) I Was Made For You, She & Him

53) Dance Me To The End Of Love, Leonard Cohen

54) (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You, UB40

55) Accidentally In Love, Counting Crows

56) Straight To Love, Nick Cave

57) So Beautiful, Darren Hayes

58) Somebody Loved, The Weepies

59) You And Me Song, The Wannadies

60) What A Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong

61) All Of Me, John Legend

62) Your Song, Elton John

63) Why Shouldn’t I? Cole Porter

64) Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran

65) How Sweet it is (to be Loved by You), James Taylor

66) Only Love, Ben Howard

67) How Long Will I Love You, Ellie Goulding

68) Real Love, Tom Odell

69) I Won’t Give Up, Jason Mraz

70) Ho Hey, The Lumineers

71) Anyone Else But You, The Moldy Peaches

72) Everlong, Foo Fighters

73) Beyonce, XO

74) Pharrell Williams, Happy

75) Imagine Dragons, On Top of The World

76) James Blunt, Bonfire Heart

77) Let’s Get It On, Marvin Gaye

78) Groovy Kind of Love, Phil Collins

79) Des’ree, Kissing You

80) Colorblind, Counting Crows

81) Five Years Time, Noah and the Whale

82) Home, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

83) She’s the One, Robbie Williams

84) I Only Want To Be With You, Dusty Springfield

85) Moon River, Andy WIlliams

86) You’ve Got The Love, Florence + The Machine

87) Better Together, Jack Johnson

88) You’re My Best Friend, Queen

89) You Do Something To Me, Paul Weller

88) One Day Like This, Elbow

89) Still Into You, Paramore

90) A Thousand Years, Christina Perri

91) Run, Leona Lewis

92) Truly, Madly, Deeply, Savage Garden

93) Love You Till The End, The Pogues

94) Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol

95) Just The Way You Are, Bruno Mars

96) Kiss Me, Ed Sheeran

97) The Blower’s Daughter, Damien Rice

98) Songbird, Eva Cassidy

99) It Must Be Love, Madness

100) You Are So Beautiful, Joe Cocker





How to Choose Your First Dance Song - Storm DJs
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