Picking the perfect song for you and your future spouse’s first dance can be anxiety inducing… to say the least. It can be hard to pin point a song that captures a lifetime of memories, past, present and future, into a single moment. We all know the classics. You know which ones I’m talking about. Who hasn’t been to a wedding where the first dance was “At Last” by the late-great Etta James. Or heard countless renditions of Al Greens classic “Let’s Stay Together.” To help on your search for a more modern and current first dance song, we’ve compiled a list of TEN songs on our radar for the 2019 wedding season. At the very least, maybe these songs will spark some inspiration as you make the final touches on your special day.
1. Dan + Shay – “Speechless”
This follow-up hit from country duo Dan & Shay was literally made for weddings. No. Literally. Check out the video featuring footage from both of their weddings to the special women in their lives.
2. Leon Bridges – “Beyond”
Recalling the magic of classic soul and Motown, “Beyond” stands out as an unexpectedly obvious choice for the couple who wants to stick to that classic sounds while also catering to the modern crowd.
3. Lady Gaga – “Always Remember Us This Way”
The movie A STAR IS BORN was an absolute smash with the soundtrack’s lead single, “Shallow,” topping the billboard charts after it’s Oscar win. But it is the more subtle “Always Remember Us This Way” that gets us in our feels for wedding season.
4. Florence + The Machine – “The End Of Love”
An unconventional choice for the unconventional couple. Dealing with love from a different angle, it’s not an expected first dance song but will move everyone just the same.
5. Jason Aldean – “You Make It Easy”
Quintessential and reliable. This Jason Aldean #1 country song will most definitely join the ranks of Rascal Flatts “My Wish” and even Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be.”
6. James Bay – “Us”
Equal parts soul and early 2000s Coldplay. The build of this power ballad is perfect for the bride and groom who wants to milk the drama of the moment.
7. Calum Scott & Leona Lewis – “You Are The Reason”
Originally released early 2018, this duet holds up as a stunning first moment between the newlyweds.
8. Kacey Musgraves – “Butterflies”
What would be more 2019 than a romantic country ballad as a first dance sung by a female star? (A GRAMMY winning female star at that)
9. Kelly Clarkson – “Move You”
This stunning cut from Clarkson’s latest album, Meaning Of Life, successfully marries old with new and country with pop without being cliché.
10. Mariah Carey – “With You”
Known for painting pictures of unrequited love, Mariah’s “With You” is the perfect twist on a romance meant to be.