Top 10 Romantic Wedding First Dance Songs

This is probably the most contentious and controversial of all our Top 10 Wedding Song lists so far. We’ve tried to narrow down the thousands of classic popular love-songs into the ten finest romantic ballads to be centrally featured at a wedding. Shortly after starting the list we came to the inevitable realisation that the whole process is absolutely impossible – but we pressed on regardless.

The list we’ve come up with is completely subjective. There are hundreds of other superb ballads that could have made it, and we’re sure they will be some furious protests about those that we have inadvertently left out.

Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye at his silky-smooth best; his velvet-textured voice really expresses a world of emotion in this slow jam.

Nothing Compares To You – Sinaed O’Connor

This song is still remembered today by its hugely powerful video. The song isn’t half bad either!

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

The title of the song says it all. As the major song in the 1980’s smash hit movie ‘The Bodyguard’, this Whitney classic has hugely positive connotations.

Your Song – Elton John

Elton at his lyrical best. Your Song was repopularised by its feature in ‘Moulin Rouge’ and again more recently by Ellie Goulding, although we think the original is the best.

Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley

How can we leave The King of Rock‘n’Roll off this list? Elvis’ distinctive smoochy baritone really conveys the true meaning of this song.

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

“Loving you whether times are good or bad, happy or sad…” – It’s almost as if the song was specially written for a wedding day!

I Got You Babe – Sonny and Cher

It might be cheesy, but everybody secretly loves singing along to this 1965 smash hit. Those haunting oboe offbeats…

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith

Rock Gods Aerosmith tone things down a bit for this romantic ballad. Both the lyrics and the tune are extremely powerful – expect a few tears from your guests if you choose this one!

Iris – Goo Goo Dolls

Not everyone will have heard this song, but there is little doubting the emotion expressed in the lyrics. A lovely slow dance too!

All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

The Beatles had to make it onto this list somewhere. It might not be the easiest to dance to (1-2, 1-2, 1-2-3), but the sentiment of the song is perfect for a wedding!

Any of these classic romantic songs would be a suitable First Dance choice at any wedding. However, we are aware that many people choose their special song for very personal sentimental reasons – we’d love to hear what choice you made (or are making) for your big day.

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