The most popular first dance wedding songs for 2023

Ask any newlywed couple what the most memorable part of their wedding day is, and chances are, they’ll be spoilt for choice. From seeing your other half standing at the altar or walking down the aisle, to saying your vows, and of course, there’s the reception afterwards.

But when it comes to picking the most romantic moments of your big day, few can compare to the first dance.

Intimately magical, for many newlyweds, their first dance is the memory that will stay with them the longest.

So, naturally, a perfect first dance means picking the right song to set the tone. Not only do you want a song that the two of you both love, but you want something that will completely capture the moment, bringing memories flooding back whenever you hear it.

Of course, with that being said, picking the right song can come with a lot of pressure, which is why we’ve put together a list of the top 30 first dance songs of 2023 to help inspire you.

We conducted a study using Spotify data to identify the most popular first dance wedding songs.

Based on data collected from 998 playlists titled ‘Wedding First Dance’ on 21/04/2023, we can now reveal our findings…

The top 5 first dance wedding songs

Coming in at number one, and stepping up from last year’s second place, we have Ed Sheeran’s beautiful track “Perfect”.

Replacing “Thinking Out Loud” at number one, this is testament to Ed Sheeran’s enduring popularity that he has secured the top spot for the second year in a row.

As for our second-place song, we have John Legend’s, “All of Me”, which, much like “Perfect” has risen up the rankings to take a higher position. A touching classic, it’s really not hard to see why this song is still a go-to choice for many couples.

In fact, when looking at the top five first dance songs of 2023, the only significant change is that “Thinking Out Loud” has moved to the fourth spot, with Etta James’, “At Last” taking third place and Elvis Presley sitting in fifth with “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, which both appeared in last year’s top five and continue to show the power of old-school love ballads.

And last, but not least, while they didn’t make the top five, Taylor Swift’s, “Lover”, Michael Buble’s, “Everything”, and Elton John’s, “Your Song”, all managed to rank on our overall list.

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Spotify playlist: Top 30 first dance wedding songs

The most popular first dance wedding artists

So, with the most popular first dance songs covered, which artist made the most appearances in our top 30 list?

Well, unlike last year where we had a definitive answer, the spot for the most popular first dance artist of 2023 is tied between Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Dan + Shay.

This is a marked difference from last year’s first dance list, where Ed Sheeran appeared three times, while Dan + Shay was the only other artist to get at least two songs featured.

The addition of Taylor Swift to this year’s list is a clear indication that her popularity is only growing ever stronger.

But, regardless of how many artists got multiple mentions, it’s very touching to see the variety of first dance songs people have chosen, giving you plenty of options to consider before your big day.


There you have it; these are the top 30 most popular first dance wedding songs of 2023, according to Spotify data.

With so many songs to choose from, finding ‘the one’ can be overwhelming. Rest assured, any of the songs mentioned on our list are guaranteed to be a sure-fire hit.

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Research is based on analysing 998 playlists on 21/04/23 with the title 'Wedding First Dance' to reveal the top first dance tracks for weddings.


Please note, the data displayed in this article is correct at the point of publication 15/05/23

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