May I have the “First Dance”?

A popular American tradition showcases a bride and groom beginning their marriage on the reception dance floor. The stage is set for a couples’ first dance with a song that is meaningful and sweet . . . but not too sappy. While the tradition may be old, quite often the songs that couples choose to dance to are quite modern.

Spotify analyzed 12,000 single-track playlists that were named “First Dance” and determined the most popular first dances for weddings around the world. The top spot goes to the classic love song, “At Last” by Etta James. Most of the others in the top 10 are more current hits. Look at the list below and see how your choices would match up with Spotify’s list.

  1. “At Last” by Etta James
  2. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  3. “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
  4. “All of Me” by John Legend
  5. “Better Together” by Jack Johnson
  6. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  7. “Everything” by Michael Bublé
  8. “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes
  9. “Then” by Brad Paisley
  10. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele

In the Wedding Neighborhood at the library, we have many CDs of wedding songs as well as printed music for weddings.  We even have a DVD to help you with your dance “moves” at the reception. Come see our selections in the West Wing and let us know what your favorite “First Dance” song is.

At Last by Etta James“At Last” by Etta James

Musical CD in the Wedding Neighborhood


Wedding Songs“Great Songs For Weddings” edited by Milton Okun

Printed Music in the Wedding Neighborhood



Wedding Album“The #1 Wedding Album” (2 complete discs)

Musical CD in the Wedding Neighborhood


Wedding Day Dancing DVDWedding Day Dancing” DVD Starring veteran dance instructors Christopher Reilly and Elaine Bayless. Each step is broken down into three simple parts: demonstration with music, men’s and ladies’ footwork individually repeated 4 times, then a review. Includes a dance list of 137 romantic love songs and 50 Big Band tunes.

“You smiled and then the spell was cast  . . .

And here we are in Heaven.”  ~ Etta James