You’re about to start a new life with your love on the biggest day of your life. You’ve gone through the ceremony, walked down the aisle, and now it’s time to join all your guests at the reception. There will be food, and drinks, a big cake to cut, big bowls of punch, and men with their neckties loosened. The formalities are over: it’s time to party!
You can’t have a great wedding reception without music, and the music you play has to be great. But the most important song is the very first one. Will it be slow or fast? A ballad or an up tempo hit to get the party started?
Well, you have many choices. But we’ve done our research and whittled a mighty big list down to a select few.
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- So here they are, our Top Ten Best First Dance Wedding Songs Of All Time for your Wedding Day in 2018.
- 10. AT LAST – Etta James
- 9. CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT – Elton John
- 8. UNFORGETTABLE – Nat King Cole
- 7. COME AWAY WITH ME – Norah Jones
- 6. ALL OF ME – John Legend
- 5. JUST THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT – Frank Sinatra
- 4. JUST THE WAY YOU ARE – Bruno Mars
- 3. WONDERFUL TONIGHT – Eric Clapton
- 2. WHATEVER IT IS – ZAC BROWN BAND
- 1. TRULY MADLY DEEPLY – Savage Garden
So here they are, our Top Ten Best First Dance Wedding Songs Of All Time for your Wedding Day in 2018.
10. AT LAST – Etta James
At last / My love has come along / My lonely days are over / And life is like a song. So goes the lyrics to the classic tune first penned for the 1941 musical Sun Valley Serenade. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra performed the song as well, but it was blues singer Etta James who resurrected At Last in 1960, ultimately sending it to the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999. The song was a crossover hit on R&B and pop charts for James, and has become a wedding reception staple.
9. CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT – Elton John
In 1994, Disney released the epic animated film The Lion King, as well as a soundtrack filled with catchy tunes. By far the most commercially successful song was Can You Feel The Love Tonight by pop superstar Elton John. A worldwide hit, the song sold 11 million copies, and was number one in France. The very title acknowledges what has happened on your special day.
8. UNFORGETTABLE – Nat King Cole
Silky-voiced crooner Nat King Cole recorded the Irving Gordon song in 1951 with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. The popular tune has been covered by dozens of artists including Sammy Davis Jr., Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls, and King’s own daughter Natalie, who recorded an interactive duet with her late father. Natalie Cole’s version became a hit, and sold over seven million copies.
7. COME AWAY WITH ME – Norah Jones
2002 was a breakthrough year for pop-jazz singer Norah Jones, whose debut album produced the huge number one hit Come Away With Me. The sultry singer has sold over 26 million copies of the hit song worldwide, and the album received eight Grammy awards. The big hit makes for the perfect first dance song for the newly wedded couple.
6. ALL OF ME – John Legend
Hitting the top spot on Billboard’s Top 100 charts in 2014 was this beautiful love song crooner John Legend dedicated to his wife, Chrissy Teigen. Selling 12.3 million copies worldwide, All Of Me landed at the number one spot in seven other nations, and number two in the U.K. Legend debuted the piano ballad on Oprah Winfrey’s Oprah’s Next Chapter in 2013. His wife was his fiancee when he recorded the song, so we’re left wondering whether he sang it at their wedding. It would be perfect at yours!
5. JUST THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT – Frank Sinatra
Countless artists have recorded this classic, originally sung by Fred Astaire in the film Swing Time. Since then, it has been covered by crooners such as Bing Crosby, Billy Holiday, Michael Buble and Maroon Five. But we love this version by Old Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, who sang it on his 1964 album. It is smooth, lovely, well orchestrated, and a perfect wedding dance. Better make sure to invite the Chairman Of The Board!
4. JUST THE WAY YOU ARE – Bruno Mars
Doo-Wops And Hooligans was released in 2010, and pop star Bruno Mars’ first hit single from his debut album was the catchy Just The Way You Are, which made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and went on to sell 13.7 million copies worldwide, establishing Mars as a force to be reckoned with the the pop music world. It’s the perfect tune for the new groom to lip sync to his bride as they step onto the dance floor. You’re amazing…just the way you are.
3. WONDERFUL TONIGHT – Eric Clapton
Imagine being serenaded as you dance by the soulful sounds of master guitarist and rock legend Eric Clapton on your dance floor. From his epic 1977 album Slow Hand, Clapton penned the lyrics for his wife, Patti Boyd. The acclaimed artist was waiting for his wife to get ready so that they could attend Paul and Linda McCartney’s annual Buddy Holly party, and as he waited, he wrote the song. Wonderful Tonight became a worldwide hit, and sold over four million copies.
2. WHATEVER IT IS – ZAC BROWN BAND
From their second album, The Foundation, Whatever It Is became the second top three hit for the Zach Brown Band. It acknowledges that she’s got “it”…..whatever “it” is. And whatever “it” is…it blows me away. Whatever It Is helped propel The Foundation to Grammy awards and sales of 3.4 million. Its smooth, soulful, affectionate country-tinged sound makes for an easy going dance number, and a great choice for your wedding reception.
1. TRULY MADLY DEEPLY – Savage Garden
This single of the year for Australian pop band Savage Garden rocketed up the charts in 1997, landing at number one in Australia, and number one in the U.S. in 1998. The song is full of love, dedication and devotion, and makes for a perfect dance for the newlyweds. Truly Madly Deeply spent an incredible 123 weeks on the U.S Adult Contemporary charts.
The perfect wedding song can be the highlight of the reception on your perfect day. Whether it’s a dance for the first couple, or a party song to get everybody in the groove, our top ten wedding songs will add the perfect mix to the greatest day of your new life as a couple.