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100 Alternative First Dance Songs For Your Wedding [The Complete List]

Alternative first dance song ideas

Sick of the same old first dance songs you see placed in every wedding song list online?

Us too.

This is why we’ve created the ultimate list of alternative first dance song ideas that you won’t have come across before. 

This wedding song list has everything. Upbeat first dance tracks, unusual songs that will ensure your first dance is unique, funny wedding songs and some of the most beautiful love songs in the world that haven’t been played to death. 

We guarantee that you will find your perfect wedding song somewhere in this list of 100.

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1. Africa – Toto

This song is so iconic that they even named a whole continent after it.

It must be one of the most cathartic songs in existence and boasts one of the greatest choruses ever written. Bless the rains and have your first dance to a defining song from the 80’s.

toto band

2. Lovesong – The Cure

It doesn’t get more gothic than a moody Robert Smith singing a melancholy fuelled love song in a dark cave.

Even though he looks like he eats bats for breakfast, this song is actually brilliant and is one the most underrated love songs around. Goth rock for your first dance? Why not.

robert smith the cure

3. Nine Million Bicycles – Katie Melua

Who really knows how many bicycles are actually in Beijing? Apparently, Katie Melua does.

Even though she presents absolutely no bicycle based evidence to support her claim, we’re still inclined to believe her because she writes amazing music. This is one of the most romantic songs in existence and we wish more people chose it for their first dance!

katie melua

4. Last Night On Earth – Green Day

“You are the moonlight of my life, every night. Giving all my love to you”.

Possibly the most unapologetic love song ever written by Green Day, and every word of this rock ballad is so heartfelt.

We’ve seen ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’ as a first dance choice more times than we can count, but if anything ‘Last Night On Earth’ is an even more perfect and different choice for a first dance.


5. The Reason – Hoobastank

Even though they have the worst band name ever, they still managed to pen this classic pop/rock ballad back in 2003.

Drenched in nostalgia and perfect lyrics for a wedding, it’s definitely a unique and fitting first dance choice.

hoobastank band

6. Scrapbook – The Rocket Summer

Bryce Avary from The Rocket Summer has one of those incredible voices that will absolutely melt you.

‘Scrapbook’ is a piano rock ballad that shows this off perfectly. Building up to an epic conclusion, this is a romantic but unique first dance song that will have your guests in awe.


7. All I Do Is Dream Of You – Michael Bublé

“You’re every thought, you’re everything. You’re every song I ever sing”.

It doesn’t get much smoother than Buble, and it’s well known that the legend has the voice of a buttery angel. This is an alternative love song for a wedding as most people would opt for something more well known by Michael. This song is so happy though and its lyrics are so fitting for a wedding.

michael buble

8. Little Hands - Charlie Simpson

Yes, Charlie Simpson is the dude from Busted with the eyebrows.

He is also an absolutely fantastic songwriter. His various musical projects have seen him create some beautiful songs, and ‘Little Hands’ is one of his best. His voice soars throughout and this track makes for an amazing first dance song.

charlie simpson little hands

9. Crazy In Love – Beyoncé (ft. Jay Z)

‘Crazy In Love’ is a collaborative effort between Jay-Z and Beyoncé (who were dating at the time of release and now happily married), and is perfect for an unexpected first dance song and great wedding entertainment.

beyonce and jay z

10. Bodies – Drowning Pool

Want to start a mosh pit with your first dance song? Look no further. Incite your guests to go a little bit mental once this one kicks in.

“Let the bodies hit the… FLOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRR!”.

drowning pool band

11. Summer Nights – Grease Soundtrack

If your wedding is Rock ‘n’ Roll 50’s or retro themed then this would be such a fun first dance song! If you were going to go full flash mob, you could even recreate the scene from the movie in a musical theatre style with surprise dancers.

grease song

12. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Lead singer Karen O had clear ambitions when composing this song.

“To write a love song that stands the test of time… that’s all I ever wanted to do. Especially as I’m a hopeless romantic.”

We think she definitely succeeded. ‘Maps’ is an emotionally driven song that works really well as a unique first dance song idea.


13. May I Have This Dance – Francis And The Lights (ft. Chance The Rapper)

This song is like Peter Gabriel or Phil Collins mixed with modern day rap and R&B. It’s so cool and is one of our favourite alternative first dance song ideas for those looking to shake things up.

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14. Vermilion Pt. 2 – Slipknot

“Whoah, Slipknot? Are you serious?” is what you’re thinking right now.

Hey, this is an alternative wedding song list after all and we’re not pulling any punches. Don’t be fooled though, Slipknot aren’t heavy metal 100% of the time. This track is a hauntingly beautiful and stripped back hidden gem for the rockier couples.


15. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

We know it’s not 2007 anymore but ‘Rickrolling’ is still as popular as ever.

What you should really do is begin the first few notes with something super obvious like an Ed Sheeran track, and then cut straight into this Rick Astley classic to Rickroll your guests!

rick astley

16. Love They Say – Tegan and Sara

“The first time I saw your face, I knew I was meant for you. The first time you said my name, I knew I was meant for you”.

This song will give you butterflies. The Canadian twin sisters, Tegan and Sara are worth listening to anyway. But if you’re looking for your own special first dance song, this is one of the best around that hasn’t been done to death.


17. When The Day Met The Night – Panic! At The Disco

“When the moon fell in love with the sun, all was golden in the sky. All was golden when the day met the night”.

A stunning love song here from Panic! At The Disco and it narrates a love story in such a compelling way. Fall into its themes and imagery and discover why this could be the perfect first dance song that no one has chosen yet.

panic at the disco

18. Unison – Björk

Björk has some incredibly poignant songs that and her performance style is unique to say the least. For something different, check out ‘Unison’ and it’s beautifully captivating quirkiness and charm from the Icelandic goddess of music.


19. Angel – Shaggy (ft. Rayvon)

A classic from Shaggy here and a real feel good first dance song with a fun reggae/pop vibe. Most people go for something much slower so you can set the mood with this unusual choice!

shaggy singer

20. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel

If you haven’t come across Neutral Milk Hotel yet, then you are in for a treat.

The indie rock outfit have gained cult acclaim, and sit firmly in the late 90’s obsession with a style of psychedelic folk and sombre songs.


21. I’ll Be There – Jess Glynne

“You’ll never be alone, I’ll be there for you”.

This song is so positive, popular for wedding singers to perform and we love it. Jess Glynne has an incredible voice and this song has absolutely everything you need for an upbeat and alternative first dance song!

22. 100 Suns – 30 Seconds To Mars

“I believe in nothing but the beating of our hearts, I believe in nothing, 100 suns until we part”

Jared Leto and co. are usually known for their epic and outlandish rock songs. ‘100 Suns’ however features only Jared’s amazing voice and an acoustic guitar. Incredibly stripped back and perfect for a unique first dance song.

23. You Make It Easy – Air

“You make it easy to watch the world with love”.

For easy listening, it doesn’t get much better than Air. Feel the calming breeze come over as you chill to this beautiful song on your wedding day.

24. 2 Hearts – Kylie Minogue

“Two hearts are beating, together. I’m in love”.

Once the queen of pop, Kylie Minogue has a catalogue of infectious hits that could work well for a first dance. Our pick is ‘2 Hearts’, an often forgotten song from Kylie, but one that really encapsulates the perfect first dance moment.

25. Above The Clouds Of Pompeii – Bear’s Den

This track is so beautiful and is just begging to be used as a first dance song. The song carries a lot of weight emotionally, so if you’re looking for something obscure but still romantic – this is the first dance song for you.

bears den band

26. Cannonball – Damien Rice

In the age of Ed Sheeran’s firm grip on the most popular first dance song lists that you see plastered all over the web, sometimes the best songs from the past get forgotten.

Cannonball is definitely one of those songs. It is a timeless choice and still a perfect first dance song.

27. Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

The dizzy feeling of falling in love for the first time is captured magically in Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’. A pop classic and a unique first dance song in the way it expresses true, wide eyed love in its own upbeat way!

28. Accidentally In Love – Counting Crows

Counting Crows are legendary and this hit comes straight out of Shrek 2. A buoyant song to begin the night and a really fun first dance song idea!

29. Waiting For A Girl Like You – Foreigner

“I’ve been waiting for a girl like you, to come into my life. I’ve been waiting for a girl like you,
a love that will survive”.

Ripped straight out of the heart of the 80’s, this one is a classic. A unique first dance song that most people won’t have seen at a wedding before.

30. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

This one is great for anyone that wants a really short first dance, or a really fun last dance wedding song. With a little planning, you can fill the dance floor straight away. Dance with your partner for the slow piano intro and then invite your guests to join you as the song kicks in!

Queen Band

31. Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations

Aww. This song is really cute to be fair and such a wholesome first dance song idea. It’s a bit of an unusual choice and one we don’t see very often from brides and grooms!

32. Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Remix) – Cornershop

If you want a track to remind you of childhood summers on your wedding day, this is one of the best remixes around. Arguably better than the original track (it was certainly more popular), spin this British one hit wonder for your first dance.

33. My Boo – Usher (ft. Alicia Keys)

A great R&B hit here from Usher featuring Alicia Keys. ‘My Boo’ is really unexpected as a first dance song and has awesome potential to be a memorable opener to your night.

34. Hackensack – Fountains Of Wayne

Yes, this is the band that sang ‘Stacy’s Mom’ but Fountains Of Wayne aren’t just about power pop and quirky rock songs. Their songwriting hits deeper notes in slower and more emotional tracks such as ‘Hackensack’.

35. Feeling A Moment – Feeder

A legendary song by a legendary band. When the song kicks in, it really is quite euphoric.

We could have picked any number of bangers from Feeder’s library of songs, but ‘Feeling A Moment’ is one of the most epic and perfect songs for a first dance in our opinion.

feeder band

36. Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake

Synth soaked, deep house music from Drake and a great opportunity to have one of the coolest first dance songs out there. This song is unbelievable chill, enticing and has all the elements of a modern first dance song.

37. Here (In Your Arms) – Hellogoodbye

This song is just good times all round. It’s a little bit nerdy and is a massive throwback high school! Enjoy the powerpop and light rock culture that surrounded the mid 2000’s with this geeky love song.

38. I’m With You – Avril Lavigne

Forget Sk8er Boi. This has to be Avril Lavigne’s best song, right?

Her voice sounds amazing in it and it has the ideal feel for a romantic – but not too obvious first dance song.

39. My Beautiful Rescue – This Providence

“I’m falling more in love with every single word you say, I’m falling head over heels for you again”.

An amazing love song that is sweet and simple. The song isn’t extremely well known, so choosing it for your first dance will allow you to have a special moment that not many people have had before.

40. Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix

“When I’m sad, she comes to me, with a thousand smiles she gives to me free”.

One of the best guitar intros ever here. Bring out your inner hippie with this wonderful Jimi Hendrix track for your wedding.

Jimi Hendrix

41. About You Now – Sugababes

Remember the days when Sugababes reigned supreme in the UK pop world? ‘About You Now’ is such a great tune and it brings back memories of the late 2000’s instantly. One of the more upbeat first dance songs on this list and an unusual addition to your wedding!

42. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

This is probably one of the most popular ‘alternative’ first dance choices. It sits on the edge for us as quite a lot of people have actually chosen it for their own weddings! It’s still great if you’re a rock couple at heart and want one of the most recognisable rock songs for your wedding day.

43. Finally – CeCe Peniston

“Meeting Mr. Right, the man of my dreams, the one who shows me true love”.

If this song doesn’t get you moving then my friend, you are broken! An awesome track from the 90s and one that is usually reserved for your wedding DJ later on in the night. Nothing wrong with having this love song for your first dance though.

44. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane

Melancholic indie rock at its best.

Keane have a habit of creating these wonderful and timeless songs that seem to convey some kind of deeper meaning. ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ is a prime example of how their writing can pull at your heartstrings which makes this song ideal for an alternative first wedding dance.

45. Now That We Found Love - Heavy D & The Boyz

They just don’t make songs like this anymore. This is one of the most unexpected first dance songs on the list but also one of the most fun! Such a bouncy hip hop beat and the song is lyrically on point too. Pick this one to really surprise your guests with your first dance.

heavy d and the boyz

46. The Scientist – Coldplay

There are loads of fantastic Coldplay songs that you could choose for your first dance. A lot of people have chosen ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ or ‘Yellow’ for their first dance, but we think ‘The Scientist’ deserves a mention as well if you want something a bit different!

47. Islands – The xx

“I am yours now”.

This peaceful indie bop is all about commitment, making it ideal for a first dance. Alternative in its feel and potent in its lyrical themes, you are sure to have one of the more interesting first dances out there.

48. Sex Bomb – Tom Jones

It’s pretty much your call whether you think you can get away with this one not… it will be funny either way. If you do take the risk and use this as your first dance song, let us know how it went down!

49. Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flatts

If you’ve ever seen the Disney Pixar classic movie ‘Cars’ then you will recognise this song instantly. It leans into country territory and is unbelievably catchy and feel good for a first dance song!

50. Beating Heart Baby – Head Automatica

“Baby is this love for real? Let me in your arms to feel the beating of your heart, baby”.

Head Automatica nailed the sound of 2000’s Kerrang! pop rock with their love song, Beating Heart Baby. A few of our live wedding bands have had this requested. 

You can’t help but smile when hearing this track and it’s such an awesome song to have your first dance to.


51. Into You – Fabolous

R&B first dance songs are awesome, and extremely nostalgic. Consider these sub-genres as you look for unusual first dance song ideas. Tracks like ‘Into You’ are still bangers today and will take your guests back to the early 2000’s in an instant!

52. Parting Gift – InMe

“You make me faint but you are worth it. I’ll walk you home if you’ll ask it”.

This might be one of the most obscure first dance songs on this list but once you hear it, you’ll be glad you came across it. InMe frontman Dave McPherson is a solo artist in his own right now, but he showed glimpses of the beautiful soundscapes he could make with just his voice and an acoustic guitar during his days with InMe.

53. Fell In Love With A Girl – The White Stripes

This song is full of energy and is actually super short. Most first dance songs have to be cut down so they don’t drag on too long. For this White Stripes banger, you can get away with doing the whole thing and having a real upbeat first dance song.

54. You’re In Love With A Psycho – Kasabian

We’re all a bit crazy sometimes. Finding someone as crazy as you is part of discovering the perfect partner to spend your life with! This one is sure to cause a few laughs on the night and is a funny first dance song idea that people won’t have seen before.

55. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

Usually a song reserved for the end of the night when the party is in full flow, but this anthem is still a love song at heart. Surprise your guests by beginning the night with this Scottish sing-a-long!

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56. Young Blood – The Naked And Famous

“We lie beneath the stars at night, Our hands gripping each other tight”

This indie outfit from New Zealand broke the charts in 2010 with this nostalgic hit that embodies the excitement of young love.

57. Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys

This track is originally from the 60’s by Barbara Lewis, and Arctic Monkeys do a fantastic job with their cover. They pay homage to the original with the lyrics and feel, but of course add their own twist to it.

58. I Believe In A Thing Called Love – The Darkness

Not all wedding love songs have to be ballads. The Darkness turned things up a notch with this catchy power rock anthem, and still stay on theme. It’s always so fun to listen and rock out to.

59. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Ray

After featuring in The Great Gatsby, this wonderful song is perfect for any Gatsby themed wedding. The song fits so well in the movie and really creates a memorable experience for a first dance.

60. Tonight, Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins

This song is timeless and it treads the line perfectly between a ballad a grungy rock tune. An awesome first dance song idea for the rockier brides, without the worry of alienating your guests.

61. Paint My Love – Michael Learns To Rock

Underrated song from an underrated Danish band. An awesome pop/rock ballad, we can definitely imagine this one as a first dance track that no one will have heard before!

62. Dark Blue – Jack’s Mannequin

“Have you ever been alone in a crowded room? Well I’m here with you”.

True love is something you carry around with you, wherever you go. Even if you are not physically with your partner, a piece of them is always with you! Dark Blue brings this idea to life in a fantastic way and is an obscure first dance choice.

63. Lone Digger – Caravan Palace

Jazz and Electro Swing is massive at the moment for weddings. Do the Charleston with your partner to this fast paced track from French electronic music group, Caravan Palace.

64. Another Heart Calls – All American Rejects

One of the most awesome pop/rock duets out there. All American Rejects teamed up with The Pierces to create this masterpiece, and its energy is certainly something that can be translated into a really fun first dance song.

65. Salty Eyes – The Matches

“Do you belong to a song? Does it drag you along by the tongue at the top of your lungs?”

Ever fall so in love with a song that you feel like you belong whenever you hear it? The Matches encapsulate this feeling better than anyone with ‘Salty Eyes’. The waltz feel of this song is perfect for a choregraphed first dance routine.

the matches band

66. Us – Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor is so talented with both her writing and performances. ‘Us’ is a great example of a track that lends itself perfectly for a unique first dance song. It’s slightly quirky but still maintains an intimacy that works in a romantic setting.

67. The Boys Of Summer – Don Henley

Summer love at it’s finest. This 80’s hit from Don Henley is as cool as you like and is great for an unexpected summer first dance song.

68. Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna

This one is a little bit… saucy? For that reason, it deserves a place in our list of alternative first dance songs. Red headed Rihanna is a true marker of the 2010’s as an actual era of music, not just a forgettable blip in musical time. It’s also still a certified bop.

69. Look At Where We Are – Hot Chip

Those fleeting moments where you meet someone an instantly feel a connection.

‘Look At Where We Are’ has something genuine about its DNA that is hard to ignore. An unusual first dance choice but one that is beautifully addictive.

70. LOVE – Kendrick Lamar (ft. Zacari)

Definitely a modern first dance song for the couple that wants to stay up to date. Most couples tend to choose throwback songs for their first dances as it can remind them of simpler times or maybe when they would have met. Kendrick Lamar’s ‘LOVE’ is pretty heavenly and a very chill first dance idea.

71. Heaven By Your Side – A1

“When you’re next to me, I can see the greatest story love has ever told.”

What an amazing end to the 90s. Frosted tips and middle partings are the name of the game here with this cheesy and alternative first dance song.

72. Holocene – Bon Iver

This track is haunting and beautiful at the same time. ‘Holocene’ gives off such a cinematic vibe and it’s not overplayed at weddings by any means. Take a listen and add this unique wedding song to your list.

73. Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra

Mr. Blue Sky is a personification of good weather after a bout of rain and poor weather. A great metaphor for finding love and a song about the weather is quintessentially British at heart!

74. California – Phantom Planet

The O.C. popularised this nostalgic hit from Phantom Planet, and you can’t help but feel sunny vibes from the west coast state when you hear it. Its chorus ramps perfectly in its own anthemic way and it makes for a very cool first dance song.

75. Shine On – The Kooks

“About your hair, you needn’t care. You look beautiful all of the time”.

The Kooks are one of those bands that embody British indie rock from the noughties. ‘Shine On’ is a quirky and light tune from the boys. One that we’d love to see more couples choosing for their first dance!


76. Hush – Kula Shaker

Upbeat first dance songs are always so much fun. Kula Shaker are great for this and provide the perfect soundtrack for the coolest way to hit the dance floor with your significant other!

77. Fall For You – Secondhand Serenade

“Because tonight will be the night, that I will fall for you over again”.

The solo acoustic project of John Vesely brought up some amazing songs in his prime. ‘Fall For You’ is the perfect love song for your first dance without being too obvious.

78. Heart Like A Wheel – Eric Church

Not all country music is about pickup trucks and a nice cold beer. Eric Church is slowly moving away from mainstream country music, and in doing so has created some fantastic songs. ‘Heart Like A Wheel’ works great as an alternative first dance song and is obscure enough that no one will be expecting it.

79. Make It Wit Chu – Queen’s Of The Stone Age

A departure from Queen’s Of The Stone Age’s usual hard hitting sound, ‘Make It Wit Chu’ is a seductive rock song with such a cool vibe. Definitely one for the alternative bride.

80. L.O.V.E. – Jessie J

Jessie J says the word ‘love’ a hell of a lot in this song. Like, at least a million times. Jessie J usually arrives with a little bit of edge, but this one is a little bit different and romantic enough to be considered for your first dance.

jessie j

81. Mountains – Biffy Clyro

“Nothing lasts forever, except you and me. You are my mountain, you are my sea”.

Biffy Clyro hit the charts with this track in 2008 for a love that is everlasting. If you are after an indie first dance song, Biffy Clyro’s catalogue in general is an awesome place to start.

82. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls

Okay, ‘Iris’ is quite well known for weddings but we still see it as one of the more alternative choices for a first dance track. It really is epic and you have to love this first dance wedding song.

83. Oh – Dave Matthews

“I love you oh so well, like a kid loves candy and fresh snow”.

One of the most perfect wedding songs, yet it still sits under the radar for most when they are looking for first dance inspiration! Beautifully written and lyrically appropriate.

84. You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate

Do you believe in miracles? Believe in the funk from this absolute classic tune by Hot Chocolate. You would think that this would be a risky one to use, but there’s something about how cool the song is that covers up the frisky nature of it!

85. All The Small Things – Blink 182

“She left me roses by the stairs, surprises let me know she cares”.

A staple pop-punk hit here from Blink 182. Tom Delonge actually wrote this about his girlfriend (now wife), and swears that the lines about leaving flowers on the stairs are true!

blink 182

86. Feeling Good – Muse

The original track was of course from the legendary Nina Simone, but why not put a unique and rocky twist on it with the awesome Muse cover of ‘Feeling Good’? It is one of the freshest covers we’ve ever heard and they definitely give the iconic track a new lease of life.

87. Medicine – The 1975

“Yeah you rid me of the blues, Ever since you came into my life”.

There is something therapeutic about ‘Medicine’. For many, falling in love with the ideal partner can be the cure to all their woes! If you feel this way, The 1975 have you covered.

88. Stop Crying Your Heart Out – Oasis

There are so many songs you could choose from the deep catalogue of iconic Oasis tunes for your first dance. Our favourite is ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’. It’s an unexpected Oasis choice and is the perfect tempo for a slow dance.

89. Cupid’s Chokehold – Gym Class Heroes

“I mean, she even cooks me pancakes / If that ain’t love then I don’t know what love is”.

Ain’t that the truth. Gym Class Heroes released one of the defining songs of the 2000’s featuring none other than Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump on vocals. A fun song for your wedding first dance.

90. I’ll Follow You – Shinedown

The opening to this song will have your guests thinking this is just another typical first dance song. In typical Shinedown fashion however, they get things in moving with an epic and rocky chorus. A great alternative song for a first dance and it definitely remains danceable even with its modern rock vibe.


91. Walking The Wire – Imagine Dragons

“Do you feel the same when I’m away from you? Do you know the line that I’d walk for you?”.

Imagine Dragons are one of the biggest bands in the world right now, but we don’t see many people choosing their tracks as a first dance song. ‘Walking The Wire’ is one of their best songs to consider for adding to your wedding day.

92. Nothin’ On You – B.O.B (ft. Bruno Mars)

“Beautiful girls all over the world, I could be chasing but my time would be wasted, They got nothing on you baby”.

Bruno Mars can be heard on pretty much every wedding playlist ever. His inclusion in this alternative first dance list is a lesser known track from his feature with B.O.B.

93. She’s So Lovely – Scouting For Girls

Proper ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ era music here and some of the finest in UK pop rock. The way Scouting For Girls use the word ‘fitty’ in this song is a sure-fire way to tell the band is English. Great first dance track for those brides wanting something fun and upbeat.

94. Everlong – Foo Fighters

This is actually quite a popular first dance choice among couples recently, especially as alternative couples look to inject their personality into different parts of their wedding day.

95. Be Mine – Alabama Shakes

For those newlyweds that have a soft spot for a bit of edge, this is one classic that you might want to consider as an unexpected first dance song.

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96. You Really Got Me – The Kinks

The Kinks’ signature song perfectly expresses infatuation at its core. Show your guests how head over heels you are with your partner and kick things off in an upbeat way.

97. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad – Def Leppard

There are some top tracks from years past on this list, and Def Leppard provide one of our favourites. The long hair and epic guitar laced choruses would have you thinking this is an 80’s hit, but this rocky first dance song actually came out in the early 90’s!

98. Into The Mystic – Van Morrison

This song always induces chills and is a first dance choice that you won’t have considered before. It’s not too obvious lyrically or overly gushing with its references to love, which makes it a unique choice for wedding first dances.

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

“I’ve fallen in love, and it’s better this time than I’ve ever known”.

A beautiful love ballad and an unusual first dance choice for those that haven’t heard it before. This wedding song represents such a simple yet powerful portrait of love and its emotional pull on those that have experienced it.

100. Toothpaste Kisses – The Macabees

The Macabees were always so underrated as a band. Their tracks and videos are so effortlessly cool and they have some perfect first dance songs. ‘Toothpaste Kisses’ is our choice. The guys delve into acoustic territory on this one and it works so well.


So, what song are you choosing for your first dance?

We hope our list of 100 alternative first dance songs helped you find the perfect one for you.

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