9 Best First Dance Wedding Songs of 2022-2023

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One aspect of wedding planning that couples have a lot of fun doing together is creating a playlist for the big day. And that’s because the music you choose is yet another way to show the world who you are as a couple.


In addition to the music your guests will dance to at your reception, you’ll want to choose a processional song to play at the start of your wedding ceremony and a bridal party entrance song to kick off the wedding reception.

And you’ll definitely want to pick out some sentimental numbers for your mother-son and father-daughter dances.


But the song that matters the most (and the one that’s often the hardest to pick) is your first dance song.


Don’t want your first dance song to be one that a million other couples have danced to in the past?

If you’re looking for a brand new tune, here’s our roundup of the nine best first dance wedding songs for 2022 and 2023.


1. “Black and White” by Niall Horan


You don’t have to be a One Direction fan to love “Black and White” by Niall Horan. This song was just released in 2020, so you could very well be the first of your friends to dance to it.


With the lyrics “see you standing in your dress, swear in front of all our friends, there’ll never be another, I promise that I’ll love you for the rest of my life,” it’s the perfect song for a wedding.


Hit the dance floor to this lovely tune and there won’t be a dry eye in the house.


2. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and Beyonce


Love Ed Sheeran but don’t want to pick the obvious choice of “Thinking Out Loud”? Add “Perfect,” Ed’s duet with Beyonce, to your wedding playlist instead. This song has been around for a few years, but it’s soooo good we had to include it on this list.


Like most Sheeran songs, these lyrics touch the heart. The line “we were just kids when we fell in love” makes it an ideal choice for the couple who’s been together since they were in their teens or early twenties.  


Hit the dance floor to this duet and it’ll be obvious to all of your guests that you’ve found the one and that the two of you feel like the luckiest people in the world.


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3. “You Are the Reason” by Calum Scott and Leona Lewis



If you and your beloved have had some ups and downs in your relationship, consider dancing your first dance to “You Are the Reason” by Calum Scott. This duet with Leona Lewis starts with a perfect piano intro and soars, just like every great male/female duet should.


The line “you are the reason that I’m still breathing” sums up the entire sentiment of this song.


4. “Conversations in the Dark” by John Legend


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Over the past decade, John Legend’s “All of Me” has become one of the most popular first dance songs.


But now it has some competition.


“Conversations in the Dark” is John Legend’s newest make-you-cry/make-your-heart-explode ballad, complete with impeccable piano playing and lyrics that resonate.


The line “I will never try to change you, I will always want the same you” makes it perfect for any newlywed couple planning to spend a long, happy, and healthy life together.


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5. “Lover” by Taylor Swift


There’s no doubt that “Lover” is destined to become one of the most popular first dance wedding songs of this year and next. 


With the lyric “my heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue,” this Taylor gem makes for great wedding music!


6. “Speechless” by Dan + Shay


For a diehard country music fan, it can be hard not to choose a ballad from Tim McGraw or Lonestar as your first dance song. But if you’re looking for a country tune that’s a bit more modern, one of the best wedding songs for 2022-2023 is “Speechless” by Dan + Shay.


The lyric “I’m speechless, starin’ at you, standin’ there in that dress” will perfectly capture the moment!


7. “Stuck With U” by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber


Ariana Grande’s “Stuck With U” is a fun and unexpected first dance song, plus it’s a great excuse to enjoy some smooth and breathy Bieber falsettos!


The lyric “all this lovin’ you, hatin’ you, wantin’ you” sums up exactly how we all felt last year when we were stuck in quarantine with our significant others.


8. “Anything For You” by Ledisi featuring PJ Morton


With cool, jazzy vibes, “Anything For You” by Ledisi and PJ Morton could easily be mistaken as an oldies tune, but it was just released in 2020.


It’s not a common or expected choice, so there’s a good chance that many of your wedding guests will be hearing it for the first time at your wedding.


If you don’t choose it as your first dance song, play it during the reception for all of your guests and wedding party to dance to. 


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9. “I Am Yours” by Andy Grammer


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Your wedding day should be all about love and romance, and “I Am Yours” by Andy Grammer definitely has that vibe.


With the lyric “I was put here to love you … I am yours now and always, wouldn’t dream to be anything more,” it’s a sweet yet memorable choice that can work for any couple, no matter what your favorite genre of music may be.


This ballad is also easy to dance to, so it’s a good choice even if you’re not a great dancer or don’t plan to practice any first dance choreography.


How to Choose a First Dance Wedding Song


When it’s time to choose a first dance song, there’s one and only one rule:


Choose a song that you both love!


Maybe it’s your favorite oldies tune from the Righteous Brothers, Marvin Gaye, or Stevie Wonder.


Perhaps it’s a classic from The Beatles or Frank Sinatra, or a modern classic love song from Whitney Houston, Michael Buble, or Bruno Mars.


If “your song” as a couple is “At Last” by Etta James, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley, or “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, dance to it!


And if you want to get the party started with a reggae-inspired tune like “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz or “Better Together” by Jack Johnson, go for it!


Do not worry about being unoriginal or choosing a song that’s been played at other weddings. The reason why other couples have chosen these ballads is that they’re great songs!


Whatever song you choose, let it be one that you love and one that has lyrics that mean something to you.


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Conclusion


For the modern couple looking to choose a brand new song, there are plenty to pick from.


So open your Spotify or Apple Music app and give these love songs a listen. Even if none of them make the cut as your first dance song, they’re still great songs that you can play throughout your wedding reception!


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