8 Modern Wedding Songs for First Dance

Out of ideas about which song to slow dance to as your wedding day’s first dance? We’ve selected 8 great wedding songs for your first dance. Check them out below.

  1. All of Me by John Legend

This song is undoubtedly the most romantic song of 2014. With a piano accompaniment to John Legend’s thick and handsome vocals, the song has become the perfect formula to a first dance wedding song. If your wedding is to be held within the year or, if this song was in you and your beau’s playlist during courtship, we suggest having this song up for your first dance.

Lyrics you’ll love:

'Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning

  1. Adore You by Miley Cyrus

You either love or hate Miley Cyrus. In this case, you can’t help but love this blissful declaration of loving somebody even more than they do. To add on to that the romantic song has a soothing effect on listeners - perfect for your wedding day. If you don’t mind our generation’s version of “social stigma” that comes with liking Miley, go for it.

Lyrics you’ll love:

When you say you love me
Know I love you more
And when you say you need me
Know I need you more
Boy, I adore you, I adore you

  1. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

The one good thing that came from the Twilight Saga has to be its soundtrack music. From Paramore’s Decode to Lykke Li’s Possibility, the soundtrack of all the movies feature some of our time’s best songs, with one of them being A Thousand Years. The song, which singer-songwriter and Twihard Christina Perri penned on her own, depicts the wedding that Edward and Bella finally undergo. If your love is as intense as a human loving a 109 year-old vampire beyond all sense, then this song is for you. Jokes aside, if you and your bride/groom have had to overcome many obstacles together, consider this melodious song as a serious contender.

Lyrics you’ll love:

I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

  1. Promise by Ciara

Ciara’s Promise is a slow-paced song that will send chills down everyone’s spine. This sultry R&B song has everything to make it the perfect first dance song: slow rhythm, sincere lyrics and music that makes you want to sway along.

Lyrics you’ll love:                               

There's nothing I won't do
To spend my life with you
I'll give my all to you
I promise that I will never lie to you boy

  1. XO by Beyoncé

An uplifting song with a chilling arrangement of music and lyrics, XO is yet another pop love song that displays Queen Bey’s brilliant, raw vocals. The song was also co-written by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic amongst others who also brought us other romantic songs like Apologize and Leona Lewis’s Bleeding Love – another reason to love the song.

For a mellower but just as enchanting alternative to this upbeat song, you can go for John Mayer’s cover of XO.

Lyrics you’ll love:

Nobody sees what we see
They're just hopelessly gazing

  1. Make You Feel My Love by Adele

Another song that isn’t an original but still a monumental success is Adele’s Make You Feel My Love. The ballad, a Bob Dylan song, features earnest song lyrics that are bound to make anyone in the room melt. Adele’s power vocals accompanied by piano and violins also make this intimate song the perfect wedding song for you and your other half to slow-dance to.

Lyrics you’ll love:

I could make you happy, make your dreams come true
Nothing that I wouldn't do
Go to the ends of the Earth for you
To make you feel my love

  1. Your Song by Ellie Goulding

Originally by Sir Elton John, Ellie Goulding’s rendition of Your Song is so simple that it’s a haunting masterpiece. Her crystal clear vocals with only the piano, cello and backup vocals in select places will give your first dance a very intimate feel. If you’re looking for a song that embodies innocent, sweet love, you have found it.

Lyrics you’ll love:

I hope you don't mind
That I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you're in the world

  1. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith

If it wasn’t clear already, the entire list of wedding songs in this page has one major characteristic: lyrics that will convey the love that you and your other half feel for each other. And Aerosmith’s power ballad, I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing, is no different. The song was written by Diane Warren, a song-writer who’s barely a stranger to writing eventual hits like Celine Dion’s Because You Loved Me and JoJo’s Note To God (later performed and popularized by Charice). What sets it apart from the rest of the songs in this list is that this is a rock song. If the rock genre is something the two of you enjoy, do give this song a chance on your wedding day.

Lyrics you’ll love:

Then I kiss your eyes and thank God we're together
And I just wanna stay with you
In this moment forever, forever and ever

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