The First Dance. Have you begun to picture it? Taking your new spouse in your arms, gliding around the floor, letting the world melt away as you hear your song come over the speakers… Starting to feel the pressure? No, not about the dancing—that’ll be awesome no matter what. I mean about the song! The one that’ll make you give each other a loving, nostalgic look every time you hear it. The one that’ll bring tears to your guests’ eyes as they watch you dance in awed silence. THE SONG. If you’re sick and tired of the cliché, overplayed options, you’re not alone. That’s why I’ve come up with 51 unique first dance wedding songs for you to listen to. Take a listen, then check out 10 essential tips to help you decide on ‘the one.’\nUnique First Dance Wedding Songs \u0026amp; How to Pick Yours\n51 First Dance Songs\n\n\n\n“Into the Mystic” – Van Morrison\n\n\n“At Last” – Joni Mitchell\n\n\n“Is This Love” – Corinne Bailey Rae\n\n\n“I Want to Hold Your Hand” – Al Green\n\n\n“Wonderwall” – Ryan Adams\n\n\n“God Only Knows” – She \u0026amp; Him\n\n\n“Higher Love” – James Vincent McMorrow\n\n\n“That’s What’s Up” – Lennon \u0026amp; Maisy\n\n\n“I Won’t Give Up” – Lennon \u0026amp; Maisy\n\n\n“Cross That Line” – Joshua Radin\n\n\n“I Found You” – Alabama Shakes\n\n\n“Only You” –Anderson East\n\n\n“How Long Will I Love You” – Ellie Goulding\n\n\n“Love On Top” – Beyoncé\n\n\n“Coming Home” – Leon Bridges\n\n\n“If I Ain’t Go You” – James Bay\n\n\n“The Book of Love” – Gavin James\n\n\n“Like I’m Gonna Lose You” – Jasmine Thompson\n\n\n“Salted Wound” – Sia\n\n\n“Young and Beautiful” – Lana Del Rey\n\n\n“Simplest Love” – Edward Sharpe \u0026amp; The Magnetic Zeros\n\n\n“How Deep is Your Love” – the bird and the bee\n\n\n“Ballad for My One True Love” – Mason Jennings\n\n\n“Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” – Sleeping At Last\n\n\n“This Year’s Love” – David Gray\n\n\n“Turning Page” – Sleeping At Last\n\n\n“Something in the Way She Moves” – James Taylor\n\n\n“Lost Stars” – Adam Levine\n\n\n“You and I” – Ingrid Michaelson\n\n\n“Skinny Love” – Birdy\n\n\n“Latch” – Sam Smith\n\n\n“Falling Slowly” – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova\n\n\n“Hold You in My Arms” – Ray LaMontagne\n\n\n“Let It Be Me” – Ray LaMontagne\n\n\n“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – Sleeping At Last\n\n\n“Over the Rainbow” – Ingrid Michaelson\n\n\n“First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes\n\n\n“Grow Old With You” – Adam Sandler\n\n\n“Lovesong” – Adele\n\n\n“Wherever Is Your Heart” – Brandi Carlile\n\n\n“I Belong to You” – Brandi Carlile\n\n\nPrimetime (feat. Miguel)” – Janelle Monáe and Miguel\n\n\n“XO” – John Mayer\n\n\n“Mirrors” – Jason Chen\n\n\n“Home To Mama” – Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson\n\n\n“Dead Sea” – The Lumineers\n\n\n“Let’s Stay Together” – Obadiah Parker\n\n\n“You’re My Best Friend” – The Once\n\n\n“I Will Follow You Into The Dark” – Jasmine Thompson\n\n\n“1 + 1” – Beyoncé\n\n\n“Feels Like Home” – Diana Krall and Bryan Adams\n\n\n\n\n10 Tips for Picking the Perfect First Dance Song \nNow that you’ve got a plethora of unique first dance wedding songs to pick from, you need to narrow it down! Here are 10 tips to help you decide.\n\n1. First, decide what type of couple you are…\nClassic: Your big day is pretty traditional but timeless. You’ve taken a few dance lessons and want to show off your moves, but keep it elegant. 3 classic melodies to consider: “At Last” by Joni Mitchell“Lovesong” by Adele“Over the Rainbow” by Ingrid Michaelson\nJokesters: You two are outgoing, full of laughs, and want your day to be one thing: fun. Your first dance should reflect your one-of-a-kind personality Throw those lessons aside and dance like no one’s watching to one of these three tracks:“Grow Old with You” by Adam Sandler“You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson“I Found You” by Alabama Shakes\nHipsters: Everything about your wedding screams UNIQUE. You two define “cool,” and set the trends, rather than follow them. While I may have found these three tracks, I guarantee the majority of your guests haven’t heard them:“I Belong to You” by Brandi Carlile“God Only Knows” by She \u0026amp; Him“Cross That Line” by Joshua Radin\n\nCountry: You’ve planned a romantic and rustic reception, with plenty of beer and country music blaring. You’re probably wearing tan suits, bowties, and cowboy boots. If that’s the case, choose one of these 3 country-inspired options:“Something in the Way She Moves” by James Taylor“That’s What’s Up” by Lennon \u0026amp; Maisy“Only You” by Anderson East\nHopeless Romantics: You two will be crying all day—and that’s OK. You’ve both been dreaming of this day forever, and not because it’s gonna be one very memorable party, but because you just promised to love someone for the rest of your life. If you want to cry even more, then these three tunes will do the trick:“The Book of Love” by Gavin James“Feels Like Home” by Diana Krall and Bryan Adams“Let It Be Me” by Ray LaMontagne\nDancers (Good or Bad): You two want to groove? Whether you’re gonna show them how it’s done on the dance floor or just show them how to have fun, these three songs will get those feet movin’ and groovin’:“Wherever is Your Heart I Call Home” by Brandi Carlile“Coming Home” by Leon Bridges“Love On Top” by Beyoncé\n\n2. Make sure you’re both involved.\nIt takes two to tango, so make sure you both love the first dance song you pick. Both of you should come to the table with a list of your favorite tracks, and narrow down from there. Or start from scratch together!\n3. Don’t be afraid to kick up the tempo.\nA first dance doesn’t have to be slow! If you want to kick up your feet and really groove out there, do it. Whatever reflects your love story is the perfect love song.\n4. Consider being unconventional.\nWant to reenact the last scene from Dirty Dancing? Been dying to take tango or salsa lessons? Screw traditions! Be you—it’s your big day, after all.\n5. Could someone you love sing it?\nOne way to make this wedding tradition memorable is to have a loved one sing it live! Just make sure you give them plenty of notice so they can do it justice.\n6. Pay attention to the lyrics.\nJust because a ballad sounds romantic and pretty, doesn’t mean it actually is. I recommend looking up the lyrics of your top picks and seeing which really tell your love story.\n\n7. Consider length.\nIf you’re sort of dreading this whole “dancing in front of everyone” thing, then make sure your pick is short. If you want to show off those moves as long as possible, go for it!\n8. Can your band play it?\nIf you’ve decided to hire a live band (awesome, by the way), then make sure they can actually play your tune of choice. Give them lots of notice and ask if you can approve the final arrangement.\n9. Keep it personal.\nThe #1 rule is to keep things personal. It doesn’t matter if your first dance song is unique, popular, old, new, slow, fast, or anything else. All that matters is that you and your fiancé think it’s the right one for you.\n\n10. Accept that no one will care as much as you.\nWhile I just rambled on forever discussing how to pick a unique first dance wedding song and ‘wow’ them all…the truth is your guests probably don’t care that much. They’ll get misty no matter what! What actually matters is whether or not you’re creating the moment you’ve been dreaming of. What’s your unique first dance wedding song going to be? Have suggestions for other brides- and grooms-to-be? Share your thoughts in a comment below!