20 Unique First Dance Songs in 2022 by Genre

Wedding planning can feel like you’re always making decisions. So by the last touches, you’re probably experiencing a bit of decision fatigue. But before you get to that point, we want to help you make one of the most important decisions: your first dance song.


While you may have a few ideas, we’ve put together a list of 20 unique first dance songs by genre so you can guarantee that your first dance song will hold a special place in your heart. Even if it’s unexpected and different than you had imagined.


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Unique First Dance Songs in 2022


Classic Love and Romance

Crazy Love by Van Morrison

You’re All I Need to Get By by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

When You’re Smiling by Louis Armstrong

Someone to Watch Over Me by Frank Sinatra

The Very Thought Of You by Nat King Cole


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Folk

The Wedding Song by Angus & Julia Stone

Mess Is Mine by Vance Joy

Like Real People Do by Hozier

And I Love Her by Passenger

You Are The Best Thing by Ray Montagne


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R&B

Really Love by D’Angelo

If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys

By Your Side by Sade

A Couple of Forevers by Chrisette Michele

Back At One by Brian McKnight


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Pop

Halo by Beyonce

Adore You by Miley Cyrus

Make You Feel My Love by Adele

Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran

Latch (Acoustic) by Sam Smith


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Common First Dance Song Questions


How do you pick a first dance song?

For some, their first dance song symbolises a special moment in their relationship. This is a great place to start, or you can narrow your search by choosing your favourite genre or artist. Bonus tip: look for your wedding song in your favourite movie soundtrack.


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When is the first dance?

Typically, the first dance happens after dinner and kicks off the rest of the dancing for the evening. Some couples may also choose to do their first dance after their grand entrance or cake cutting. It’s your special day, so make sure to choose a time that works for you.


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How long should the first dance be?

Depending on the type of first dance you and your partner choose, you should aim for it to be no longer than 2:30 to 3:00 minutes. Any longer, and it might start to feel awkward. But if it’s too short, your photographer and videographer may not have enough time to capture the moment.


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How do you dance for the first dance?

The classic first wedding dance is known as the Sway. However, the waltz and foxtrot are great options to pair with your unique first dance song. Another great option (which could affect the time) is an original, choreographed dance.


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If there’s anything we’ve seen during the 2022 wedding season, it’s noteworthy trends that reflect the personalities and love stories of the bride and groom. Of course, these unique first dance wedding songs are the cherry on top. Now if you want to scroll through ring trends set by the celebs, it's here.


Esther xx


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