What song would you choose for your first dance?

When the big day finally rolls around, there are many memorable moments newlyweds have to look forward to. Seeing their other half standing at the altar or walking down the aisle, the ceremony itself, and of course, the reception afterwards.

But for plenty of newlyweds, their most memorable wedding day moment is often their first dance as a married couple. There’s something especially magical about that moment, gazing into your partner's eyes as you glide across the dance floor in time to the music.

So, naturally, a perfect first dance means that picking the right song is beyond important. Not only do you want a song that the two of you love, but you want something that will completely capture the moment.

You could opt for one of the all-time classic first dance songs, such as “Fly Me to the Moon,” by Frank Sinatra or “Always on My Mind” by Elvis Presley, but, nowadays, we’re seeing increasing numbers of modern artists making the cut; the likes of Ed Sheeran and Haley Reinhart are becoming increasingly popular with newlyweds across the globe.

To work out just how much the first dance music scene has changed, we conducted a study using Spotify data and identified the most popular first dance wedding songs.

Based on the data collected from 998 playlists titled ‘Wedding First Dance’ on 18/02/2022, we can now reveal the most popular dance tracks for weddings around the world...

Wedding first dance infographic

The top first dance wedding songs

The first thing we noticed when examining these playlists was the sheer variety of different musical artists people appreciate. That being said, one artist came up more than any other.

Sitting right at the top of the list of our most popular first dance songs is Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking out Loud”. And he didn’t just take the top spot, but second as well, with “Perfect” being another clear favourite.

In fact, Ed Sheeran is such a popular artist choice for first dance songs that he appeared in our list three separate times!

Coming in at a close third is the American singer-songwriter, John Legend, with “All of Me”. This is a clear personal favourite for many, but some old-school classics also make the cut; “At Last,” by Etta James, and “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” by Elvis Presley came in fourth and fifth, proving that you still can’t beat a traditional love song or ballad.

And while they don’t make the top five, many other famous artists are present as well. Frank Sinatra, Taylor Swift, and Michael Bublé all feature in varying positions, making for a well-rounded selection of song options.

The most popular first dance wedding artists

Now that you know what the most popular first dance wedding songs are, you might also be interested to find out who the most popular artists are in general.

As we mentioned, Ed Sheeran was the most common artist to appear on our list, with three songs making our list. But surprisingly, there was only one other artist that had a second song appear.

American country pop music duo, Dan + Shay, managed to make the list twice, with “From the Ground Up” in 13th spot and “Speechless” in 19th position. Besides these two artists, though, no other contender for the top first dance songs makes more than one appearance.

Surprising? Maybe, but that only gives you even more choice when it comes to picking your first dance wedding song!

Other popular first dance wedding songs

So, what are the other favourite first dance wedding songs present on our list?

Naturally, Elton John appeared with his always welcome hit “Your Song” and we also saw mention of American Legend, Eric Clapton, with his excellent song, “Wonderful Tonight”.

Meanwhile, for modern artists, we had Haley Reinhart’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, as well as Leon Bridges' “Beyond”.


There are, of course, many, many more that we could mention, and you can check out our top 30 list below:

RankSongArtist
1Thinking out LoudEd Sheeran
2PerfectEd Sheeran
3All of MeJohn Legend
4At LastEtta James
5Can't Help Falling in LoveElvis Presley
6Say You Won't Let GoJames Arthur
7You Are the Best ThingRay LaMontagne
8Can't Help Falling in LoveHaley Reinhart
9Your SongElton John
10Perfect Duet (Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé)Ed Sheeran
11You Are The ReasonCalum Scott
12A Thousand YearsChristina Perri
13From the Ground UpDan + Shay
14EverythingMichael Bublé
15I Get to Love YouRuelle
16Marry MeTrain
17Stand by MeBen E. King
18Die A Happy ManThomas Rhett
19SpeechlessDan + Shay
20BeyondLeon Bridges
21Wonderful TonightEric Clapton
22I Won't Give UpJason Mraz
23The OneKodaline
24The Way You Look TonightFrank Sinatra
25Bless The Broken RoadRascal Flatts
26Tennessee WhiskeyChris Stapleton
27ThenBrad Paisley
28This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)Natalie Cole
29LoverTaylor Swift
30In Case You Didn't KnowBrett Young


There you have it; these are the top 30 most popular first dance wedding songs from around the world according to Spotify. If you’re still struggling for choice, then any one of these is guaranteed to be a sure-fire hit- just make sure it’s the right song for you.

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Methodology

Research is based on analysing 998 playlists on 18/02/2022 with the title 'Wedding First Dance' to reveal the top first dance tracks for weddings.

Source: http://playlistminer.playlistmachinery.com/

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