The first dance is one of the most anticipated moments of any wedding, as the happy couple walks out onto the dance for the first time in their married life.
It is most common for this to take place after the main meal following the wedding ceremony. However, some couples prefer to dance as soon as they arrive at the reception, “grand entrance” style.
It is commonly believed that the tradition of the “first dance” began in the 17th Century when formal dances – or balls – were a popular form of entertainment. These were usually opened by the “guests of honour” dancing together. At a wedding, the newlyweds take over this role!
So, if you’re due to get married in the next year, what should you pick to dance to? What are the best wedding first dance songs of 2021?
In this article, the team at Twisted Entertainment – a leading UK entertainment agency that has a long and successful history of providing high calibre professional musicians for weddings around the globe – offer some of the best first wedding dance song suggestions.
We’ve picked a handful of wonderfully popular tracks that never fail to appeal to the romantics among us, then thrown in something of a twist with some more old school or rock n’ roll choices.
Finally, we’ve topped it off with a few tunes for couples who love to have a laugh. So, without further ado, here are our best wedding first dance songs of 2021.
Top 10 Wedding First Dance Songs for 2021
All of Me – John Legend
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
These beautiful songs from the recent past (the oldest being released in 2008) are the ideal tracks to put into words all of the deep and wonderful feelings you have for your new spouse.
Vintage and alternative first dance songs
Tiny Dancer – Elton John
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
Are You Gonna By My Girl? – Jet
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
We adore a bit of old school lovin’ as described by Cyndi Lauper in Time After Time – and, thanks to the hit 2019 movie Rocketman, appreciation for Elton John, the eternal king of romance, has hit a new high!
Of course, many couples prefer something upbeat, with Jet and Queen providing an excellent rock n’ roll option.
Funny First Dance Songs
You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealer’s Wheel
WAP – Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion
For couples who want humour at the heart of their big day, The Supremes offer a bit of fun if your wedding was delayed due to COVID.
Stuck in the Middle with You by Stealer’s Wheel – or, indeed any of the more recent covers – offers a cheeky option for those who know their guests can take a joke, while the bravest and most progressive new spouses may dare to take on WAP (may we suggest the clean edit?).
Can I Book a Band to Play a First Dance?
The question “can a band play first dance songs?” is one we regularly hear.
It is absolutely possible to request a particular first dance song from your chosen live act as long as you give them enough time to rehearse. However, we always recommend that it is played by a DJ or through a PA system – something that Twisted Entertainment can also provide.
The reason for this is that even the very best performers may not be able to recreate the song exactly as it was recorded, which may leave you feeling unsatisfied if it is a particular favourite of yours – and might even throw you off if you are attempting a choreographed dance!
Take a look at what we think are the best wedding top dance songs for 2021 wedding receptions and feel free to choose any from our list – or use it as a starting point when picking your own.
To find out more about the wedding bands and artists on Twisted Entertainment’s roster, or to start the booking process for your own event, simply get in touch with our team today via 07946 850413 or by using our handy online contact form.