There’s nothing quite as special and romantic as that first slow dance on your wedding day or prom night. Holding each other close and enjoying sweet songs together makes for the perfect moment! Finding the right first dance song might be tricky, though, since there’s an overwhelming list of songs to wade through.
But this list could do the trick if you’re looking for a little help to get there faster with some of the best slow dance songs. We’ve pulled together the sweetest songs to help celebrate true love.
You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
“Things ain’t been going my way. You know I need you here; You clear my mind all the time.” If you’ve ever been in love, you know this thought from ‘You Are the Best Thing.’ The song by Ray LaMontagne is a simple love song with a perfect mid-range groove for dancing to at your wedding. But the lyrics are what really sell it, playing the truth every couple knows on their wedding day, “You are the best thing ever happened to me.”
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Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Sometimes, the only thing that matters is being together and this sweet song from Norah Jones’s debut album, ‘Come Away with Me,’ is all about that feeling you get when you’re alone together, the world left behind. It’s the perfect song for a slow dance on your wedding day, to help set you apart from the madness of the day, the crowds. Lean into the lyrics and just dance together, letting the world melt away around you.
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Harvest Moon – Neil Young
Neil Young’s distinctive vocal style lends a certain something extra to the song ‘Harvest Moon’ that takes it from a sweet song to a truly incredible slow dance song. The song has a rural motif, exploring intimate moments shared by romantic partners out under the harvest moon. The song was written for Young’s wife, Pegi Young, a fellow singer/songwriter and environmental advocate. It’s not just about new love, either, but long-lasting love. “I want to see you dance again because I’m still in love with you on this harvest moon.”
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Til Kingdom Come – Coldplay
Coming from British band Coldplay, ‘Til Kingdom Come’ was originally written to be sung by Coldplay with Johnny Cash. While the song has religious overtones (the phrase is linked to the second coming of Jesus), the song is actually a romantic pledge and plea for someone who understands. “For you, I’d wait ’til kingdom come, and say you’ll come and set me free. Just say you’ll wait, you’ll wait for me.” It’s not a traditional slow dance, but it’s a uniquely sweet song.
First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
The transformative power of love—romantic or otherwise—is celebrated in this unique song that’s become a wedding slow dance staple over the last several years. ‘The First Day of My Life’ reflects on what it means to connect with someone at that deeper level. Life changes anew like it’s the first day of your life. “You said everything changed. You felt as if you’d just woke up. And you said, ‘This is the first day of my life. I could go anywhere with you, and I’d probably be happy.”
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You’re the Best Thing – The Style Council
The English band, The Style Council, released this funky, bluesy pop song ‘You’re the Best Thing’ in 1984. The song seems to reference some societal commentary, but for many folks, that makes the song all the more perfect for their commitment to each other. The thoughts about society reflect the depth of love in contrast through some unique phrasings. And if you’re socially conscious, this might be the perfect way to express your commitment and love to one another.
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Perfect – Ed Sheeran
If you’re high school or childhood sweethearts tying the knot, you might just find your perfect slow dance song in ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran. The song is a sweet slow-rhythm pop song about falling in love as kids and growing up to know that love is still strong and true and knowing you’re perfect for each other. “Well, I found a woman stronger than anyone I know. She shares my dreams; I hope that someday I’ll share her home.”
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Lover – Taylor Swift
The sweet romantic ballad by Taylor Swift, ‘Lover,’ is an incredibly beautiful way to express your love on a special day. “Can I go where you go? Can we always be this close forever and ever? And take me out, and take me home forever and ever. You’re my lover.” The song reflects on current and future plans as living together in “our place.” It’s the perfect song for daydreaming together as you dance together for the first time as spouses.
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How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye
Coming from one of Motown’s most famous romantic artists, Marvin Gaye, ‘How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)’ is potentially one of the best love songs ever for a slow dance on your wedding day. The song was written as “wishful thinking” by the writer, longing to be loved in return by the woman he was infatuated with at the time. And when it comes to your wedding day, you can truly sing and dance along to this song sentiment—you know how truly sweet it is!
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Coming Home – Leon Bridges
With an old-school Motown R&B vibe, ‘Coming Home’ is a stunning slow dance option. The incredible love lyrics to the sweet rhythms naturally make your heart beat faster, and your hips sway to the beat. The singer pledges his eternal love and hope to the woman of the song. What better sentiment could you have for your wedding day? “You’re my one and only woman. I’m coming home to your tender, sweet loving.”
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If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
‘If I Ain’t Got You’ is all about recognizing that the material things of this world just don’t matter—it’s love that matters. “Some people want it all, but I don’t want nothing at all if it ain’t you, baby.” The slow movement to the song, with up kicks in the refrain, make it a fantastic choice for a romantic dance for your special night, whether you want to dance with everyone on the floor with you, as your first dance alone, or maybe even at your first look moment.
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Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
‘Wonderful Tonight’ is a slow-rocking love song that lends the perfect slow dance vibe, whether you’ve taken dance lessons for the big day or plan to glide around the dance floor. Eric Clapton wrote the song for his future wife, Pattie, the same woman who inspired the song ‘Layla,’ Clapton’s most famous song. From the first strains of humming electric guitar to the final lyric, this song is the perfect way to express love through a slow dance. “Oh, my darling, you were wonderful tonight.”
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Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli
There have been many covers of ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,’ but the version by Frankie Valli (the original) is probably the best one for a truly romantic, sweet slow dance for your wedding. The instrumentation adds a bit of a Big Band swing vibe in the middle and transitions into a more upbeat refrain. It’s the perfect blend of fun and slow rhythmic music. “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. At long last, love has arrived.”
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All of Me – John Legend
If you’ve ever been in a relationship in which you’ve felt invisible, the emotion and passion in this song by John Legend are like a balm to the soul. “All of me loves all of you. All your perfect imperfections. Love your curves and all your edges. You’re my end and my beginning.” When you can give everything of yourself to someone safe and loving, there’s nothing that you can’t face together. It’s the perfect song for your first dance together when you officially say “I do,” proclaiming to the world that you’ve done just that: given all of you to each other.
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Into the Mystic -Van Morrison
Back on land, the sailor’s love awaits, and ‘Into the Mystic’ he sails to find her once more. Sung by Van Morrison, this stunning slower love song is full of the imagery of hope, love, and romance, and that home is where your love is. The lyrics depict mariner terms like the foghorn signaling port and home and a lasting love back “home.” It’s a great, rhythmic choice for a slow dance song for the wedding as you celebrate finding your final port of call: each other.
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
Recorded for his Blue Hawaii album, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ is one of the most romantic slow songs you could ever dance to. The sweet lyrics, the sentiment, and, of course, Elvis’s velvety tones make it the perfect love song. “Take my hand, take my whole life, too. For I can’t help falling in love with you.” You know your love is meant to be, and this song declares it for all who are present!
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The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
A Sinatra classic love song, you couldn’t pick a better dance than the romantic, upbeat slow dance ‘The Way You Look Tonight.’ The jazzy rendition of this honest love song from one of the most famous crooners of all evokes all the hope we have in love: “When the world is cold, I will feel a glow just thinking of you. Yes, you’re lovely, with your smile so warm, ’cause I love you.”
At Last – Etta James
At pretty much every wedding, there is at least a little sense of the title in this song, ‘At Last.’ There’s something you’ve been waiting on: that moment when you officially become one with each other—at last! And Etta James’s delivery in this stunning jazz romance song couldn’t express this sentiment any better than the hearts of two lovers finally united forever and always as one. “At last, my love has come along. My lonely days are over, and life is like a song.”
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Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
“Oh, my love, my darling, I hunger for your touch.” The romantic, slow sway-to song is one of the most romantic classics ever made. The song evokes the passage of time and how love, true love, lasts forever, no matter what a lifetime puts a couple through. No matter what you face together, your love for each other is what sustains you. And what better message to dance to for your special day than that?
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