50 Best First Dance Songs | 2021 Wedding First Dance Songs

2021 Wedding First Dance Songs: As the 2020 wedding season ended, and the 2021 wedding season is approaching, we wanted to write a new blog about the top 50 most-requested 2021 first dance wedding songs. We also updated the blog to include song lyrics from each song. We included 2020 first dance songs since many of the first dance songs are still very popular for this year and couples still love these hit songs.

Yes, there are plenty of overachievers who already planned out their 2021 wedding first dance song several months ago! 🙂 It’s completely understandable, though, since love songs are often timeless! There is no need to wait for a new song to come out if you already reviewed the lyrics and chose your perfect song.

We know that many people choose similar 2020 wedding first dance songs or similar wedding dance songs. If you’re looking for songs that are different, and perhaps, not overdone, check out our 15 not overplayed wedding songs article. We wroth this focusing on the ceremony processional/recessional songs, but you can certainly use these song ideas for your first dance, too! 

So here is our list of the most-requested first dance wedding songs from Austin/central Texas and as chosen by couples around the US.

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50. “How Would You Feel” by Ed Sheeran. 

Lyrics about Love: “How would you feel, if I told you I loved you? It’s just something that I want to do. I’ll be taking my time, spending my life, falling deeper in love with you. So tell me that you love me too…”

49. “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds.

Lyrics about Love: “… and where was I before the day that I first saw your lovely face? Now I see it every day. and I know that I am, I am, I am, the luckiest…”

48. “The Keeper of the Stars” by Tracy Byrd. 

Lyrics about Love: “I hold everything when I hold you in my arms. I’ve got all I’ll ever need. Thanks to the keeper of the stars…”

47. “The Rest of Our Life” by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill.

Lyrics about Love: “I got something to run past you. I just hope I say it right. So I take your hand and ask you, have you made plans for the rest of your life?”

46. “From This Moment On” by Shania Twain.

Lyrics about Love: “From this moment, I have been blessed. I live only for your happiness and for your love, I’d give my last breath. From this moment on…”

45. “The One” by Kodaline.

Lyrics about Love: “You make my heart feel like it’s summer when the rain is pouring down. You make my whole world feel so right when it’s wrong. That’s how I know you are the one. That’s why I know you are the one…”

44. “Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban.

Lyrics about Love: “And I’m gonna love you like nobody loves you. And I’ll earn your trust making memories of us…”

43. “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes.

Lyrics about Love: “‘Cause I wanna wrap you up. Wanna kiss your lips. I wanna make you feel wanted and I wanna call you mine. Wanna hold your hand forever and never let you forget it. Yeah I wanna make you feel wanted…”

42. “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas.

Lyrics About Love: n/a, but this song is played for couples who don’t want the spotlight on them. They’ll just invite everyone to dance with them!

41. “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding.

Lyrics about Love: “How long will I love you? As long as stars are above you and longer if I can…”

40. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.

Lyrics about Love: “I have died every day waiting for you. Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you for a thousand years. I’ll love you for a thousand more…”

39/38. “You Are The Reason” by Calum Scott, Leona Lewis.

This is number 39 and 38 because the version with Leona Lewis is popular, as well as the version with just Calum Scott (two different songs).

Lyrics about Love: “I’d climb every mountain and swim every ocean just to be with you. And fix what I’ve broken, oh, ’cause I need you to see that you are the reason…”

37. “Let’s Get it Started” by Black Eyed Peas.

Lyrics About Love: n/a This is another song that just opens the dance floor. Some couples don’t want to be in the spotlight.

36. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King.

Lyrics about Love: “No I won’t be afraid. Oh, I won’t be afraid, just as long as you stand, stand by me…”

35. “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar and H.E.R.

Lyrics about Love: “Where you go I follow. No matter how far. If life is a movie, oh you’re the best part…”

34. “Unchained Melody” by Righteous Brothers.

Lyrics about Love: “Woah, my love, my darling, I’ve hungered for your touch…”

33. “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw.

Lyrics about Love: “I don’t know where I’d be without you here with me. Life with you makes perfect sense. You’re my best friend…”

32. “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett.

Lyrics about Love: “If I never get to see the Northern Lights, or if I never get to see the Eiffel Tower at night. Oh, if all I got is your hand in my hand, baby, I could die a happy man…”

31. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra.

Lyrics about Love: “Yes, you’re lovely, with your smile so warm and your cheeks so soft. There is nothing for me but to love you and the way you look tonight…”

30. “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra.

Lyrics about Love: “Fill my heart with song and let me sing forever more. You are all I long for. All I worship and adore…”

29. “Your Song” by Elton John.

Lyrics about Love: “I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words, how wonderful life is while you’re in the world…”

28. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston.

This song is often chosen to kick off the party with some fun 80s songs. Some couples will skip the first dance and just get straight to the fun!

27. “This is It” by Scotty McCreery.

Lyrics about Love: “This is it, this is now. This is what I’ve been talkin’ ’bout. Lookin’ out, can’t you see forever?”

26. “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.

This song has been a wedding favorite for several years. Look up the lyrics video on YouTube, to read the rest of the lyrics and you’ll understand why!

Lyrics about Love: “That every long lost dream led me to where you are. Others who broke my heart, they were like Northern stars. Pointing me on my way into your loving arms…”

25. “Love Someone” by Lukas Graham.

Lyrics about Love: “Cause when you love someone you open up your heart. When you love someone, you make room…”

24. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton.

Lyrics about Love: “We go to a party and everyone turns to see, this beautiful lady that’s walking around with me. And then she asks me, “Do you feel all right?” And I say, “Yes, I feel wonderful tonight…”

23. “Amazed” by Lonestar.

Lyrics about Love: “I don’t know how you do what you do. I’m so in love with you. It just keeps gettin’ better. I wanna spend the rest of my life with you by my side, forever and ever…”

22. “Beyond” by Leon Bridges.

Lyrics about Love: “I’m scared to death that she might be it. That the love is real, that the shoe might fit. She might just be my everything and beyond (beyond)…”

21. “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait.

Lyrics about Love: “I cross my heart and promise to give all I’ve got to give to make all your dreams come true. In all the world you’ll never find a love as true as mine…”

20. “Millionaire” by Chris Stapleton,

We love Chris Stapleton!

Lyrics about Love: “I got a woman with eyes that shine down deep as a diamond mine. She’s my treasure so very rare. She’s made me a millionaire…”

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19. “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice.

Lyrics about Love: “Love’s never come my way, I’ve never been this far. But you took these two left feet and waltzed away with my heart…”

18. “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon.

Yes, it’s a faster, upbeat song, but it’s a great 2021 wedding first dance song for couples who want to just get the party started. Many couples have said that they don’t really like being the center of attention, so starting the dance with this song can be a good idea if you’re one of those couples! 

17. “Lover” by Taylor Swift.

Lyrics about Love: “We could let our friends crash in the living room. This is our place, we make the call. And I’m highly suspicious that everyone who sees you wants you. I’ve loved you three summers now, honey, but I want ’em all…”

16. “At Last” by Etta James.

This is still a great first dance song after so many years!

Lyrics about Love: “The skies above are blue. My heart was wrapped up in clover, the night I looked at you…”

15. “Prayed for You” by Matt Stell.

Lyrics about Love: “‘Cause every single day, before I knew your name. I couldn’t see your face, but I prayed for you. Every heartbreak trail when all hope failed, on the highway to hell, I prayed for you…”

14. “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur.

Since 2016, this song has been a great choice for couples, everywhere. It also went double platinum on the UK Charts. 

Lyrics about Love: “I knew I loved you then, but you’d never know, cause I played it cool when I was scared of letting go. I know I needed you…”

13. “Then” by Brad Paisley.

Lyrics about Love: “And now you’re my whole life, now you’re my whole world. I just can’t believe the way I feel about you, girl…”

12. “You Make it Easy” by Jason Aldean.

Lyrics about Love: “You make it easy, lovin’ up on you. Make it easy with every little thing you do. You’re my sunshine in the darkest days, my better half, my saving grace…”

11. “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne.

Lyrics about Love: “Baby, we’ve come a long way. And, baby, you know I hope and I pray that you believe me when I say this love will never fade away…”

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10. “Tennessee Whiskey” – Chris Stapleton.

We don’t play this song as much for the first dance, but it’s very popular for the reception. People don’t think of it as a love song, since you can’t quite tell from the main lyrics. It seems as though every weekend, we’ve been playing this song since it came out! 

Lyrics about Love: “You’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey. You’re as sweet as strawberry wine. You’re as warm as a glass of brandy, and honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time…”

9. “In Case You Didn’t Know” – Brett Young. Since 2017, this song has made it onto wedding playlists, every weekend, and understandably so. Be sure to consider this for your wedding playlist. It’s perfect for any time during the reception.

Lyrics about Love: “In case you didn’t know, baby I’m crazy ’bout you. And I would be lying if I said that I could live this life without you…”

8. “Yours” – Russell Dickerson (the wedding version) This song has been very popular for 2020/2021 weddings!

Lyrics about Love: “I came to life when I first kissed you. The best me has his arms around you. You make me better than I was before, thank God I’m yours…”

7. “All of Me” – John Legend. This song dominated the first dance wedding songs list for a few years, but it’s not as popular, now, for first dances. It’s still a great song for any time during the wedding. 

Lyrics about Love: “‘Cause all of me, loves all of you. Love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections. Give your all to me, I’ll give my all to you…”

6. “Beautiful Crazy” – Luke Combs

Lyrics about Love: “Beautiful, crazy, she can’t help but amaze me. The way that she dances, ain’t afraid to take chances and wears her heart on her sleeve. Yeah, she’s crazy but her crazy’s beautiful to me…”

5. “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran. Though this song is older, it’s still a great choice among all of the first dance songs. You can also use it for any other moment of the night! 

Lyrics about Love: “So honey now, take me into your loving arms. Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars. Place your head on my beating heart. I’m thinking out loud. Maybe we found love right where we are…”

4. “Speechless” – Dan + Shay. This has been one of the top Country first dance songs since it was released in 2018. We certainly understand why, since it’s a great song with powerful lyrics! 

Lyrics about Love: “I’m speechless staring at you, standing there in that dress. What it’s doing to me, ain’t a secret ’cause watching you is all that I can do. And I’m speechless…”

3. “From the Ground Up” – Dan + Shay. Yes, this is another Dan + Shay song! 

Lyrics about Love: “And we’ll build this love from the ground up. Now ’til forever it’s all of me, all of you. Just take my hand and I’ll be the man your dad hoped that I’d be…”

2. “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran.

This is still a popular first dance song. It was released in 2017, and the second version of this song was released at the end of 2017, titled “Perfect Duet.” It was hard to make this song any better, but adding Beyonce did exactly that! Be sure to check out the version with Andrea Bocelli, too.

All three of these songs are the perfect wedding first dance song! (No pun intended) 🙂 Be sure to check out the lyrics video, too. We included some of the lyrics, below.

Lyrics about Love: “Baby, I’m dancing in the dark with you between my arms. Barefoot on the grass, we’re listenin’ to our favorite song. When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath, but you heard it, darling, you look perfect tonight…”

1. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley – This is a timeless song, that’s perfect for your first dance. Check out the remakes, too, which are just as good! 🙂 The most popular version is now the Haley Reinhart version, listen, here

Lyrics about Love: “Take my hand, take my whole life too. For I can’t help falling in love with you…” (We know you already knew the lyrics, but we thought we’d write the lyrics anyway). haha

Your Wedding, Your Love, Your Song

Remember, this is your special moment. The best first dance songs that work for some weddings, may not work for you. Your song should be about you and your partner’s love. There are thousands of love songs, but not all of the love songs, and their lyrics, will be perfect for you.

We recommend narrowing down the list to your favorite 4-5 songs. Then, listen to all of the love songs you really love and read the lyrics by looking them up on YouTube. Simply type in the name of the song + “lyrics,” or song name + “lyrics video.” Reading the lyrics will help you better understand the song’s meaning and how it will work for your special moment!

More 2021 First Dance Songs

We hope you found this list helpful and that we helped you pick your song! These are the top 2021 wedding first dance songs couples really love! We know there are so many more great wedding songs out there, though.

This list is the most-requested at the time of this writing. For other examples, feel free to visit our Austin’s Best DJs’ Spotify Lists. We’ll certainly update this list every quarter, to reflect the changes. 

Great Wedding Reception Songs You’ll Love

If you’re looking for great wedding reception songs, be sure to visit our Top Wedding & Party Songs article for the top 200 wedding reception songs! We’ve got tons of wedding planning tips and info in this blog. 

Contact Austin’s Best

As always, if you have any questions or need any help with your playlist, send us an email, or leave a comment, and we’ll certainly be happy to help you! Thanks for reading and happy wedding planning! 

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Jason Alexander Rubio

Jason has a Master's of Education (MEd), and a Master's of Public Affairs (MPAff). and has been in the DJ field for over 2 decades as a DJ, nightclub owner, radio show DJ/host, bar/club DJ, concert & festival organizer/promoter, and is the co-founder and owner of Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, and Radio DJ Drops. Jason is also a certified wedding/event planner and has written articles/been featured in The NY Times, Brides, Style Me Pretty, Bustle, Disc Jockey News, DJ Times, DJNTV, The DJ Insider, Mobile Beat, My Wedding Songs, Fox Business News, NBC, ABC, Telemundo, and Wedding Planner Magazine. He currently writes all of the wedding/event planning tips and blogs to help everyone plan their event, successfully!