First Dance songs that aren't cheesy.
Getting married but don't want anything too cheesy for your first dance? Here's some cool first dance song ideas for your first spin as husband and wife.
Picking a first dance song for your wedding is the easiest thing in the world - but only if you and your fiancé have a song that's unofficially 'yours'.
If you don't happen to be one of those couples then it can be a bit of a self-conscious process. Do you keep it safe with classic first dance song territory or impress the music snobs with something a little bit off-beat? Do you slow dance your way through a John Legend ballad - see Kim and Kanye's slightly awkward first dance, where they actually had John Legend singing live (if only) - or book in some first dance lessons so you can impress a faintly alarmed crowd of guests with a Dirty Dancing lift? Decisions, decisions...
Whatever your preference, we've gathered up a few non-cheesy first dance songs to get you started.
1) Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
Good for: soft, romantic vocals that you can still dance to
2) Blur - Tender
Good for: that beautiful lyric 'love's the greatest thing... that we have' (first dance heaven)
3) Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats
Good for: a really beautiful slow dance
4) Love On Top – Beyonce
Good for: serious pointy-finger-lip-synch stuff
5) By Your Side - Sade
Good for: a moving, soft, beautiful first dance
6) Hoppipolla - Sigur Ros
Good for: those euphoric arpeggios you can spin around the dancefloor to
7) You Got the Love – Candi Staton
Good for: those very appropriate lyrics "sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air, I know I can count on you"
8) Coming Home - Leon Bridges
Good for: a modern first dance song that already feels like an old classic
9) Gotta Get You Into My Life - The Beatles
Good for: a Beatles track that's not too obvious
10) Candy - Paolo Nutini
Good for: romantic and whimsical. 'I'll even wash your clothes' croons Paolo - start as you mean to go on and all that...
11) The Luckiest - Ben Folds
Good for: a simple, beautiful piano ballad
12) Wonderwall - Ryan Adams
Good for: a little bit softer and more romantic than the Oasis original (sorry, Liam!)
13) Madness - It Must Be Love
Good for: a happy tune that's so easy to dance to
14) I've Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison
Good for: really-getting-into-it dancing
15) Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Lauren Hill
Good for: someone who wants a classic first dance song with a cool, updated twist (and Lauren Hill's voice is amazing)
16) God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Good for: Beach Boys / Love Actually fans
17) Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
Good for: 'I wanna be with you everywhere' is surely the best wedding song lyric ever?
18) If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys
Good for: romantic slow dancing
19) Heroes - David Bowie
Good for: anyone! Who doesn't love a bit of Bowie?
20) Four Five Seconds - Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney
Good for: just a really great track - "if I go to jail tonight, promise you'll pay my bail" has a certain, er, romance to it we suppose...
21) Sky Full Of Stars - Coldplay
Good for: beautiful, raw romantic lyrics
22) All Of Me - John Legend
Good for: slow, romantic with John Legend's honey vocals
23) Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Good for: a nice slice of pop music everyone can sing along to
24) All I Want Is You - U2
Good for: raw romance
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