The Most Requested Songs (By Year)!
2022: "Late Night Talking," by Harry Styles
Lyrics of Love: "We've been doin' all this late night talkin'/'Bout anythin' you want until the mornin'/Now you're in my life/I can't get you off my mind"
2021: "10,000 Hours," by Justin Bieber and Dan + Shay
Lyrics of Love: "I'd spend ten thousand hours and ten thousand more/Oh, if that's what it takes to learn that sweet heart of yours/And I might never get there, but I'm gonna try"
2020: "Conversations in the Dark," by John Legend and Lindsey Stirling
Lyrics of Love: "When no one seems to notice/And your days, they seem so hard/My darling, you should know this/My love is everywhere you are"
2019: "Sucker," by Jonas Brothers
Lyrics of Love: "We go together/Better than birds of a feather, you and me/We change the weather, yeah"
2018: "Speechless," by Dan + Shay
Lyrics of Love: "Starin' at you, standin' there, in that dress/What it's doin' to me, ain't a secret/'Cause watchin' you is all that I can do/And I'm speechless"
2017: "Perfect," by Ed Sheeran
Lyrics of Love: "I found a love for me/Oh darling, just dive right in and follow my lead/Well, I found a girl, beautiful and sweet/Oh, I never knew you were the someone waiting for me"
2016: "Can't Stop the Feeling!," by Justin Timberlake
Lyrics of Love: "Ooh, it's something magical/It's in the air, it's in my blood, it's rushin' on (rushin' on)"
2015: "Sugar," by Maroon 5
Lyrics of Love: "Yeah you show me good loving, make it alright/Need a little sweetness in my life"
2014: "Thinking Out Loud," by Ed Sheeran
Lyrics of Love: "And darling I will be loving you 'til we're 70/And baby my heart could still fall as hard at 23"
2013: "All of Me," by John Legend
Lyrics of Love: "Cause all of me/Loves all of you/Love your curves and all your edges/All your perfect imperfections"
2012: "Ho Hey," by The Lumineers
Lyrics of Love: "I belong with you, you belong with me/You're my sweetheart"
2011: “A Thousand Years,” by Christina Perri
Lyrics of Love: "I have loved you for a thousand years/I'll love you for a thousand more"
2010: "Just the Way You Are," by Bruno Mars
Lyrics of Love: "When I see your face/There's not a thing that I would change/'Cause you're amazing/Just the way you are"
2009: "I Gotta Feeling," by The Black Eyed Peas
Lyrics of Love: "Tonight's the night (hey), let's live it up (let's live it up)"
2008: "I'm Yours," by Jason Mraz
Lyrics of Love: "But I won't hesitate no more, no more/It cannot wait, I'm yours"
2007: “Everything,” by Michael Bublé
Lyrics of Love: "It's you, it's you, you make me sing/You're every line, you're every word, you're everything"
2006: "For You I Will (Confidence)," by Teddy Geiger
Lyrics of Love: "Oh, I'm gonna muster every ounce of confidence I have/And cannonball into the water/I'm gonna muster every ounce of confidence I have/For you, I will"
2005: "We Belong Together," by Mariah Carey
Lyrics of Love: "When you left I lost a part of me/It’s still so hard to believe/Come back baby, please/Cause we belong together"
2004: "If I Ain't Got You," by Alicia Keys
Lyrics of Love: "Some people want it all/But I don't want nothing at all/If it ain't you, baby"
2003: "Crazy in Love," by Beyoncé and Jay Z
Lyrics of Love: "I look and stare so deep in your eyes/I touch on you more and more every time"
2002: "A Moment Like This," by Kelly Clarkson
Lyrics of Love: "Can't we make this dream last forever?/And I'll cherish all the love we share"
2001: "Hero," by Enrique Iglesias
Lyrics of Love: "I can be your hero, baby/I can kiss away the pain/I will stand by you forever/You can take my very breath away"
2000: "By Your Side," by Sade
Lyrics of Love: "Oh, when you're cold/I'll be there/Hold you tight to me/Oh, when/you're low/I'll be there/By your side, baby"
1999: "Amazed," by Lonestar
Lyrics of Love: "Baby, when you touch me/I can feel how much you love me/And it just blows me away"
1998: "Don't Want to Miss a Thing," by Aerosmith
Lyrics of Love: "I could spend my life in this sweet surrender/I could stay lost in this moment forever/Every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure"
1997: "I'll Be," by Edwin McCain
Lyrics of Love: "And tell me that we belong together/And dress it up with the trappings of love"
1996: "Because You Loved Me," by Celine Dion
Lyrics of Love: "You were always there for me/The tender wind that carried me/A light in the dark shining your love into my life"
1995: "Kiss from a Rose," by Seal
Lyrics of Love: "Yes, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray/Ooh, the more I get of you, the stranger it feels, yeah"
1994: "Endless Love," by Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey
Lyrics of Love: "I want to share/All my love with you/No one else will do"
1993: "The Power of Love," by Celine Dion
Lyrics of Love: "Lost is how I'm feeling lying in your arms/When the world outside's too much to take/That all ends when I'm with you"
1992: "I Will Always Love You," by Whitney Houston
Lyrics of Love: "Darling, I love you/I'll always love you"
1991: "Save the Best for Last," by Vanessa Williams
Lyrics of Love: "And now we're standing face to face/Isn't this world a crazy place?"
1990: "More Than Words," by Extreme
Lyrics of Love: "All you have to do is close your eyes/And just reach out your hands/And touch me/Hold me close don't ever let me go"
1989: "If You Asked Me To," by Patti LaBelle
Lyrics of Love: "To you baby/I need you now/Ask me to and I'll do anything/For you baby"
1988: "Giving You the Best That I Got," by Anita Baker
Lyrics of Love: "I hope you see that you can lean on me/And together we can calm a stormy sea"
1987: "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Lyrics of Love: "I've been waiting for so long/Now I've finally found someone"
1986: "Greatest Love of All," by Whitney Houston
Lyrics of Love: "Because the greatest love of all/Is happening to me"
1985: "You Are My Lady," by Freddie Jackson
Lyrics of Love: "Everything I need and more/You are my lady/You're all I'm living for/You are my lady (my love)/You're everything I need/You are my lady/You're all I'm living for"
1984: "I Want to Know What Love Is," by Foreigner
Lyrics of Love: "I wanna know what love is/I want you to show me/I wanna feel what love is/I know you can show me"
1983: "Stuck on You," by Lionel Richie
Lyrics of Love: "I'm stuck on you/I've got this feeling down deep in my soul that I just can't lose"
1982: "Up Where We Belong," by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Lyrics of Love: "Love lifts us up where we belong/Far from the world below/Up where the clear winds blow"
1981: "Endless Love," by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
Lyrics of Love: "Two hearts/Two hearts that beat as one/Our lives have just begun"
1980: “The Biggest Part of Me,” by Ambrosia
Lyrics of Love: "You changed my life/You made it bright/And I'll be a savior to you/For the rest of my life"
1979: "You're the Only One," by Dolly Parton
Lyrics of Love: "You're the only one darlin'/They'll never be anyone else but you/I love you so much/You are my love, you've become my life"
1978: "Three Times a Lady," by Commodores
Lyrics of Love: "When we are together, the moments I cherish/With every beat of my heart/To touch you, to hold you, to feel you, to need you/There's nothing to keep us apart"
1977: "Wonderful Tonight," by Eric Clapton
Lyrics of Love: "I feel wonderful/Because I see the love light in your eyes/And the wonder of it all/Is that you just don't realize how much I love you"
1976: "Always and Forever," by Heatwave
Lyrics of Love: "Always and forever/Each moment with you/Is just like a dream to me/That somehow came true, yeah"
1975: "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)," by Natalie Cole
Lyrics of Love: "Loving you is some kind of wonderful/Because you showed me just how much you care"
1974: "You Are So Beautiful," by Joe Cocker
Lyrics of Love: "You're everything I hoped for/You're everything I need/You are so beautiful/To me"
1973: "Just You 'n' Me," by Chicago
Lyrics of Love: "Just you and me/Simple and free/Baby you're everything I've ever dreamed of"
1972: "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," by Stevie Wonder
Lyrics of Love: "You are the sunshine of my life/That's why I'll always stay around/You are the apple of my eye/Forever you'll stay in my heart"
1971: "I Feel the Earth Move," by Carole King
Lyrics of Love: "I feel the earth/Move/Under my feet/I feel the sky tumbling down/I feel my heart start to trembling/Whenever (you're around)"
1970: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)," by Stevie Wonder
Lyrics of Love: "Ooh baby, here I am/Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours"
1969: "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face," by Roberta Flack
Lyrics of Love: "The first time ever I saw your face/I thought the sun rose in your eyes"
1968: "You're All I Need to Get By," by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Lyrics of Love: "You're all I need to get by/Like the sweet morning dew, I took one look at you/And it was plain to see/You were my destiny"
1967: "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Lyrics of Love: "You're just too good to be true/Can't take my eyes off of you/You'd be like Heaven to touch/I wanna hold you so much"
1966: "When a Man Loves a Woman," by Percy Sledge
Lyrics of Love: "When a man loves a woman/Can't keep his mind on nothin' else/He'd trade the world/For the good thing he's found"
1965: "Unchained Melody," by The Righteous Brothers
Lyrics of Love: "Woah, my love, my darling/I've hungered for your touch/A long, lonely time"
1964: "Be My Baby," by The Ronettes
Lyrics of Love: "I'll make you happy, baby, just wait and see/For every kiss you give me, I'll give you three"
1963: "Do You Want to Know a Secret," by The Beatles
Lyrics of Love: "You'll never know how much I really love you/You'll never know how much I really care"
1962: "Bring It on Home to Me," by Sam Cooke
Lyrics of Love: "Baby, bring it to me/Bring your sweet loving/Bring it on home to me"
1961: "Can't Help Falling in Love," by Elvis Presley
Lyrics of Love: "Take my hand/Take my whole life too/For I can't help falling in love with you"
1960: "At Last," by Etta James
Lyrics of Love: "At last/My love has come along/My lonely days are over/And life is like a song"
Alternative First Dance Tunes
"Five Years Time" by Noah and The Whale
The perfect combination of summer sounds and a ukulele, Noah and the Whale have the ultimate tune to accompany your first dance together. It’s certainly an unusual melody to dance to and this is where you can really have some fun together.
"Everlong" by Foo Fighters
The legend that is Dave Grohl perfectly reflects the feelings of having a deep connection with a partner in this song.Although an unusual wedding song, it was written when Dave Grohl fell hard for Louise Post which is echoed well in the lyrics ‘Breathe out, so I can breathe you in’.
"Only Love" by Ben Howard
This song is a wonderful alternative to Ed Sheeran. For those Ben Howard fans, you will understand how beautiful this singer’s lyrics and voice really is. He is probably one of the most underrated artists, but that might just be us being biased.As a personal favourite, this song couldn’t be left out of our list of unusual first dance songs! It’s the perfect melody that enables you to close your eyes and become lost in the moment together.
"Toothpaste Kisses" by the Macabees
This indie rock band has produced a fun and loveable song that has some really beautiful lyrics: ‘Cradle me, I’ll cradle you’.
"Is this Love" by Bob Marley
A great choice for the reggae loving couple, Bob Marley is a must and this song certainly is different enough to stand out to your guests. Although it sounds like love is being questioned in this song, it is the exact opposite ‘I want to love you every day and every night’. Cute.
"You and Me Song" by The Wannadies
Every couple can relate to this song on some level and the lyrics are charming: ‘You and me –always- and forever.’ Although this song is upbeat, it has a beautiful introduction which is perfect to sway to. It most certainly introduces a fun atmosphere and a great way to invite others on the dancefloor.
"The Resistance" by Muse
Although it’s not the typical love song for a first dance, this song is perfect for couples who have ever had to rebel against someone for their love.It’s all in the lyrics, ‘Love is our resistance, they’ll keep us apart and won’t stop breaking us down.’ It’s like sticking your middle finger up at everyone who disapproves of you. Why not!
"Angel" by Shaggy ft. Rayvon
To go for something completely different, this song by Shaggy and Rayvon is a blast from the millennium and will create a fun atmosphere.
"And I love her" by the Beatles
We are going way back with this song and The Beatles have a number of love songs ideal for weddings but this one is our absolute favourite.
"I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)" by the Proclaimers
Not the highest choice for some, but this is such a fun and enjoyable song especially if you’re a couple wanting to make a statement. You can be really quirky with this and come up with a dance routine to perform in front of your guests.
"Take Care" by Drake and Rhianna
For those RnB lovers, this song is a beautiful duet between Drake and Rihanna and really well executed. The heartfelt lyrics can bring a tear to your eye especially when you listen to them on a much deeper level.
"Young and Beautiful" by Lana Del Ray
This track subtly reflects a life growing old together really well. Lana’s quirky music style makes this track slightly different to your average first dance song.
"Mr Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra
This is totally out of the ordinary and perfect for couples that just want fun, you cannot help but smile when you hear this tune.
Alternative First Dance Tunes #The Indie Collection
"The Only Exception" by Paramore
It wouldn’t be an alternative wedding song list without this classic.
"YOU HAD ME AT HELLO" by A DAY TO REMEMBER
The title and lyrics say it all… And you can’t go wrong with a classic ADTR tune.
"Always" by Blink 182
A little more upbeat, but the message is just as full of that love you have.
"Want You Bad" by The Offspring
This one’s for the groovers. It’s not a slow-dancer, but it is an absolute banger.
"All That I’ve Got" by The Used
Classic emo anyone? Just like Paramore, this one couldn’t not be included in our list of alternative wedding songs.
"I ONLY WANNA TALK TO YOU" by THE MAINE
The best part about this song is that you can have this version, or the slower acoustic version! They’re both perfect for your first dance song.
"Hear You Me" by Jimmy Eat World
If anyone else is a lover of the classic 90’s movie A Cinderella Story, this one has two reasons to be your first dance song.
"FOREVER YOURS" by GRAYSCALE
Perfect tempo, perfect lyrics.
"FOLLOW YOU" by BRING ME THE HORIZON
“You could drag me through hell if it meant I could hold your hand… I will follow you”.
What if I don't want a First Dance?
Simply don't have one
This is the simplest option of them all. Just skip the first dance altogether. Put on a banging party tune and get the party started straight away. Your guests will be more than happy to hit the dance floor, especially if you explain to them that you’d rather start partying than have them witness an epic fail of a dance.
Play a game
If you want to entertain your guests, why not opt for a game instead? You could play the wedding shoe game, a scavenger hunt or something totally different. Why not become famous couples and try to guess who you are using yes/no questions? There are so many options available, all of which are great alternatives to a first dance and will provide a fun experience for everyone.
A Wedding Party Dance
If you like the idea of a dance but can’t fathom the thought of it being just the two of you, why not ask your wedding party to dance along with you? You could choose a traditional first dance song and simply ask your wedding party to join you or inject some fun by choreographing a routine instead if everyone’s up for it!
Perhaps you and your partner are singers instead of dancers and would prefer to serenade your guests with a song instead? You could hire a karaoke machine or even better, book a live bandaoke band.
Indulge in your hobbies
Do you and your partner have something that you really enjoy doing together or a hobby that means a lot to you? Why not indulge in your passion as a first dance alternative? You could have a Lego building competition between you and your partner (or even include all your guests as well), a light saber fight, a Mario Kart competition or a Guitar Hero duel – whatever makes you tick as a couple can be incorporated in a fun and engaging way into your wedding and will make for a fantastic alternative to a first dance.
Have a sparkler party
Wait until it gets dark (easier said than done in the height of summer, we know!) and ask your guests to line up facing each other to create a pathway for you both to walk through. Give everyone a sparkler and take a glittering walk as a married couple towards your dance floor and get ready for some serious partying!
Have a first cocktail
If you like a drink, the idea of creating your own special cocktail for your wedding day is very appealing! You could have fun playing around with ingredients before your special day and create this delicacy yourself, or choose a tried and tested recipe and rename it in honour of your nuptials. becoming a really popular option to follow speeches and make for the perfect opportunity for this unusual alternative to a first dance. Be the first to sample your delicious concoction by linking arms and have a drink as your nearest and dearest cheer and clap. Then they can join you in a toast to your marriage!
Share a slideshow
Create a slideshow of your lives together, starting with your first date, all the way through to your wedding day! (You can always get a tech-savvy usher to take some photos of as much of your day as possible and add them into the show last-minute.) You can include images of important moments throughout your relationship, including photos from your engagement, holidays, family photos and anything else that shows how happy you are as a couple. You could even go back further and start with baby and childhood photos. By making a slide show you can still choose a sentimental song to play as the backing track. If you choose this option, keep the presentation to the same length as the song you’ve chosen, and don’t choose a song that’s too long! Otherwise you might get a few guests who get distracted and end up on their phones instead. Three to four minutes is ideal.
Have a special song performed
If you have a song that means something to you but just can’t bear to dance to it, you can still have it performed so you get that special moment without the embarrassment. Live music always feels more magical than the original recording and if you they will normally learn a special request for you free of charge, then play you through an exciting evening of unforgettable live entertainment. Perfect!