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One of the hardest song choices you’ll make during wedding planning will be choosing your First Dance song. After all, it’s a song that will forever represent the two of you and will always bring back fond memories of your wedding day. If you haven’t already, be sure to read our post on “How to Choose Your First Dance Song.” It lays out some strategies you can use to get in a productive mindset for choosing the perfect song!

In the meantime, we’ve been working hard to bring you what comes next: more than 150 first dance song ideas listed by genre! AND, because we love you, we made each song playable via Spotify (which is a great wedding song research tool, and we definitely recommend you snag either a free account or a free trial of a premium account). If you sign into Spotify, you’ll be able to listen to the entire song, add it to your wedding playlist and share it! If you don’t have Spotify (or aren’t signed in), you’ll still be able to listen to a preview of each track. These are in no particular order. Are we missing any must-have songs here? What are you choosing for your First Dance? Hit us up in the comments and let us know!

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Pop/Rock

Lover – Taylor Swift
Never Stop (Wedding Version) – SafetySuit
How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
I Won’t Give Up On Us – Jason Mraz
Better Together – Jack Johnson
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
The Luckiest – Ben Folds
I Do – Ashlee + Evan
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Lucky – Jason Mraz
You & Me – Dave Matthews Band
Now Comes the Night – Rob Thomas
I’ll Be – Edwin McCain
You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
Heaven – Boyce Avenue, Megan Nicole
XO – John Mayer
Sweet Pea – Amos Lee
Bright – Echosmith
Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
Like i’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor, John Legend
Home – Michael Bublé
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
You and Me – Lifehouse

RnB

greatestlove – Musiq Soulchild
Blessed – Daniel Casesar
Share My Life – Kem
Versace on the Floor – Bruno Mars
All of Me – John Legend
Let’s Get Married – Jagged Edge
I Found Love (Cindy’s Song) – Bebe & Cece Winans
All My Life – K-Ci & Jojo
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
You Are – Charlie Wilson
Always and Forever – Luther Vandross
Latch – Acoustic – Sam Smith
Like You’ll Never See Me Again – Alicia Keys
Your Precious Love – D’Angelo, Erykah Badu
You & I – Avant, Keke Wyatt
Spend My Life with You – Eric Benét, Tamia, Kevin “K.D.” Davis
I’m In Love – Ginuwine
Love – Musiq Soulchild
Stay With You – John Legend
Back at One – Brian McKnight
XO – Beyoncé
Lady – D’Angelo
Fortunate – Maxwell
Never – Jaheim
My First Love – Avant Keke Wyatt
Real Love – Eric Benét
The Sweetest Love – Robin Thicke
The Point of It All – Anthony Hamilton
Angel of Mine – Monica
Made to Love Ya – Gerald Levert
Giving Myself – Jennifer Hudson
More Than You’ll Ever Know – Boyz II Men feat. Charlie Wilson

Old School/Timeless

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge
Endless Love – Lionel Richie, Diana Ross
Bring it On Home to Me – Sam Cooke
Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
These Arms of Mine – Otis Redding
My Girl – The Temptations
La Vie en Rose – Louis Armstrong
Come Rain or Shine – Ray Charles
That’s Where It’s At – Sam Cooke
You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
Faithfully – Journey
At Last – Etta James
You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
Lean on Me – Bill Withers

Country

Speechless – Dan + Shay
Free – Zac Brown Band
Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
I Cross My Heart – George Strait
Tennessee Whiskey – Christ Stapleton
You Make It Easy – Jason Aldean
In Case You Didn’t Know – Brett Young
Yours – Wedding Edition – Russell Dickerson
Soulmate – Josh Turner
Wanted – Hunter Hayes
From the Ground Up – Dan + Shay
I Got Away With You – Luke Combs
Then – Brad Paisley
Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
Amazed – Lonestar
It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw with Faith Hill
When You Say Nothing At All – Alison Krauss
Come Kiss Me – Tyron
God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton
From This Moment On – Shania Twain
I Just Want to Dance With You – George Strait
Today Was a Fairytale – Taylor Swift
Valentine – Martina McBride, Jim Brickman

Jazz

At Last – Etta James
La Vie en Rose – Louis Armstrong
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darin
I Only Have Eyes For You – Harry Connick, Jr.
L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) – Frank Sinatra, Count Basie
A Sunday Kind of Love – Etta James
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
As Time Goes By – Dooley Wilson
Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
Cheek to Cheek – Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
A Kiss to Build a Dream On – Louis Armstrong
When I Fall In Love – Nat King Cole
You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me – Peggy Lee
Unforgettable – Natalie Cole, Nat King Cole

Indie/Indie-ish

First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
The Girl – City and Colour
Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Sleeping At Last
Flightless Bird, American Mouth – Iron & Wine
Overwhelmed – Tim McMorris
Perfect for Me – Ron Pope
Oh, It Is Love – Hellogoodbye
Forever Like That – Ben Rector
Green Eyes – Coldplay
Sweetest Thing – Allman Brown
Keep Me Crazy – Acoustic – Sheppard
By My Side – David Choi
Arms of a Woman – Amos Lee
Take the World – Johnnyswim
Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop – Landon Pigg
Love – Matt White
Hey Jude – Imaginary Future

Off the Beaten Path

While We’re Young (Clean Version) – Jhene Aiko
By Your Side – The 1975
I Wanna Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler OR ortoPilot
We Are Young – The Mayries
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Ingrid Michaelson OR Haley Reinhart OR Kina Grannis
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Sleeping At Last
Unchained Melody – Norah Jones
May I Have This Dance (Remix) – Francis and the Lights, Chance the Rapper
Only Thing Missing Was You – Michael Franti & Spearhead

Ed Sheeran

(because, yeah, almost every Ed Sheeran song was basically written for a first dance lol)

Thinking Out Loud
Perfect Symphony (with Andrea Bocelli)
Perfect
I Was Made for Loving You (with Tori Kelly)
Tenerife Sea
Perfect Duet (with Beyoncé)

Bonus: Pop Punk

Check out the Pop Punk playlist here!