Looking for the perfect track for the first dance at your wedding? To inspire your song choice for this special moment, we’ve filtered through hundreds of songs to find our favourites.

When considering a track with your partner, our advice is to pick something that aligns with the mood you’re aiming for. Ask yourselves; are you wanting a slow, romantic dance infused with emotion; or an uplifting, toe-tapping tune to get the party started? The atmosphere you’re hoping to achieve will be a big factor when weighing up your options.

Either way, we’ve picked out the best of the bunch for you to peruse below (minus the ‘cheese’ factor!).

If you’re looking for more options, head to the HOORAY! Spotify account to see the full playlist, with over 70 tracks to inspire your choice.First-Dance-Wedding-Songs-That-Arent-Cheesy

Image: Bethany + Ricky’s Wedding, HOORAY! Photographed by Adrian Tuazon 

1. Real Love – Regina Spektor (Cover)

“All my little plans and schemes
Lost like some forgotten dreams
Seems like all I really was doing
Was waiting for you”

2. Brighter Than Sunshine – Aqualung

“What a feeling in my soul
Love burns brighter than sunshine
It’s brighter than sunshine
Let the rain fall I don’t care
I’m yours and suddenly you’re mine” 

3. Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson

“Oh, baby, love never felt so fine
And I’d die if it ever mine
Not like you hold me, hold me
Baby, love never felt so good.”

4. Somewhere Only We Know – Lily Allen (Cover)

“Oh simple thing, where have you gone?
I’m getting old and I need something to rely on
And if you have a minute why don’t we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?”

5. Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys (Cover)

“Baby, I’m yours
And I’ll be yours until the stars fall from the sky,
Yours until the rivers all run dry
In other words, until I die.”

6. Wedding Song – Angus and Julia Stone

“You and I for ever and ever
And we’ll, we’ll make babies on the beach
Under the stardust
And I’ll hear your voice come through the door
A thousand times, maybe more
And I’ll smile inside to know you’re mine
Completely mine.”

7. This Old Love – Lior

“We’ll grow old together
We’ll grow old together
And this love will never
This old love will never die.”

8. Clean White Love – Lisa Mitchell

“Woah, ah, oh, you’re my clean white love
Woah, ah, oh, you’re too clean white love
What are you doing? What you doing?
What ya doing to me? What are you doing to my head, my head?”

9. Save Room – John Legend

“Save room for my love
Save room for a moment to be with me
Save room for my love
Save a little, save a little for me”

10. Lovers’ Carvings – Bibio

“The words have gone
But the meaning will never disappear
From the wall”

11. Sea Creatures – SOAK

“I don’t get this town
Neither do you
We should run away
Just me and you.”

12. Moondance – Van Morrison

“Well, it’s a marvellous night for a Moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
‘Neath the cover of October skies”

13. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

“Long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I’ll make you so sure about it
God only knows what I’d be without you”

14. The Look Of Love – Dusty Springfield

“I can hardly wait to hold you
Feel my arms around you
How long I have waited
Waited just to love you
Now that I have found you
You’ve got the look of love.”

15. Like a Star – Corinne Bailey Rae

“Just like a star across my sky
Just like an angel off the page
You have appeared to my life
Feel like I’ll never be the same
Just like a song in my heart
Just like oil on my hands
Oh, I do love you”

16. I Would Do Anything For You – Foster The People

“And I listen, open up my heart and
I must say that I love you, so
Oo la love, I’ve fallen in love, and it’s better this time than ever before
Oo la love, I’ve fallen in love, and it’s better this time than I’ve ever known.”

17. Angels – The XX

“You move through the room
Like breathing was easy
If someone believed me
They would be
As in love with you as I am.”

18. Is This Love – Bob Marley

“I wanna love you and treat you right
I wanna love you every day and every night
We’ll be together with a roof right over our heads
We’ll share the shelter of my single bed.”

19. Every Other Freckle – alt-J

“You’re the first and last of your kind
Hold me like an animal untaffable
I wanna be every lever you’ve pulled
And all showers that shower you”

20. (There Is) No Greater Love – Amy Winehouse

“You’re the sweetest thing
I have ever known
And to think that you are mine alone
There is no greater love
In all the world, it’s true
No greater love
Than what I feel for you.”

21. Higher Love – James Vincent McMorrow

“Think about it, there must be higher love
Down in the heart and in the stars above,
Without it, life is wasted time.
Look inside your heart, I’ll look inside mine.”

22. Angel – Jack Johnson

“I’ve got an angel
She doesn’t wear any wings
She wears a heart that can melt my own
She wears a smile that can make me wanna sing.”

23. Stay Alive – Jose Gonzales

“And I will wait for you tonight
You’re here forever and you’re by my side
I’ve been waiting all my life
To feel your heart as it’s keeping time.” 

24. Only Love – Ben Howard

“Darling you’re with me, always around me.
Only love, only love.
Darling I feel you, under my body.
Only love, only love.”

25. Crazy In Love – Daniela Andrade (Cover)

“It’s the way that you know what I thought I knew
It’s the beat that my heart skips when I’m with you
Cause I still don’t understand
Just how your love can do what no one else can.”

26. Harmony To My Heartbeat – Sally Seltman

“We can do this together, we can, yeah me and you
When you hold me I can see
This is exactly where I wanna be
You’re the harmony to my heartbeat, baby.”

27. Rely On Me – Seeker Lover Keeper

“When you’re gone
I always leave a light on (light on)
When you’re gone from me.
You know you can rely on
You know you can rely, on me.”

28. Latch – Sam Smith (Acoustic)

“You lift my heart up when the rest of me is down
You, you enchant me even when you’re not around
If there are boundaries, I will try to knock them down
I’m latching on, babe, now I know what I have found.”

29. Open – Rhye

“I’m a fool for that shake in your thighs
I’m a fool for that sound in your sighs
I’m a fool for your belly
I’m a fool for your love.”

30. The Only Exception – Paramore

“And up until now I have sworn to myself
That I’m content with loneliness.
Because none of it was ever worth the risk.
Well, you are the only exception.”

Do you have any others to suggest? Comment your fave suggestions below!