7 First Dance Songs You Don’t Hear at Every Wedding

All couples want a first dance song that is romantic and meaningful, but sometimes the popular favorites get over-played. We are not knocking the classics – they are widely used and loved for a reason. We could listen to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran all day long! However, if you are looking for a first dance song that is a little more unique, we hope this list serves as some inspiration.

First Dance Songs For Couples With a Desire to be Unique!

1) “Like a Star” by Corinne Bailey Rae


Like a Star written by Corinne Bailey Rae is perfect for a sweet, soulful and passionate couple.

“Just like a star across my sky
Just like an angel off the page
You have appeared in my life
Feel like I’ll never be the same…”

2) “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole

We love the story behind this song. Nat King Cole recorded “Unforgettable” in 1951. Cole passed away in 1965 at only 45 years old. In 1991, Cole’s original recording was edited to create a duet with his daughter, Natalie Cole.

“That’s why darling, it’s incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am unforgettable too…”

3) “I Was Made For Loving You” by Tori Kelly feat. Ed Sheeran

Can you tell we love duets as first dance songs? Tori Kelly and Ed Sheeran compliment each other in this youthful love song.

“I was made for loving you
Even though we may be hopeless hearts just passing through
Every bone is screaming, I don’t know what we should do
All I know is, darling, I was made for loving you…”

4) “Have You Ever Been in Love” by Celine Dion

first-dance-songs-celine-dionWe just can’t get enough of this soft yet powerful ballad from Celine Dion’s 2002 album, A New Day Has Come. We’d probably put “My Heart Will Go On” in the over-played category. However, we think this less commonly known track is a perfect first dance song.

“Have you ever been in love
You could touch the moonlight
When your heart’s shooting stars
You’re holding heaven in your arms
Have you ever been so in love…”

5) “She’s Got a Way” by Billy Joel

This song has the sentiment of “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett, with a more old-school feel.

“She’s got a way about her
I don’t know what it is
But I know that I can’t live without her…”

6) “River” by Leon Bridges

Fun fact: Leon Bridges grew up in Fort Worth, TX! You can hear this song on Big Little Lies, Season 1.

“Take me to your river
I wanna go
I’ll go, take me to your river
I wanna know”

7) “Butterflies” by Kacey Musgraves

first-dance-songs-kacey-musgraves“Butterflies” is a fresh, modern love song from the 2019 Album of the Year, Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves. (We also love the aesthetic of the music video.) Call us unconventional, but we think it would be such a beautiful first dance song.

“Untangled all the strings round my wings that were tied
I didn’t know him and I didn’t know me
Cloud nine was always out of reach
Now I remember what it feels like to fly
You give me butterflies…”