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First Dance Songs for 2021

Posted on August 12 by Molly Gregor

Whether a slow jam or an upbeat classic, the first dance song is incredibly important to any wedding. It is the first time the happy couple will take to the dance floor as newlyweds. But what are the most popular?
The team at jewellerybox.co.uk took a look at user-created playlists on Spotify to find out which songs are the most popular choices for the first dance, and sent them over to us. Maybe you’ll find your 2021 wedding song in the results….

The World’s Favorite First-Dance Songs

Rank

Song

Artist

No. of Playlists

1

A Thousand Years

Christina Perri

46

2

Amazed

Lonestar

44

3

All of Me

John Legend

41

4

Marry Me

Train

39

5

At Last

Etta James

36

5

Make You Feel My Love

Adele

36

5

Perfect

Ed Sheeran

36

6

Can’t Help Falling in Love

Elvis Presley

35

7

Thinking Out Loud

Ed Sheeran

34

7

You Are the Best Thing

Ray LaMontagne

34

8

First Day Of My Life

Bright Eyes

32

8

I Won’t Give Up

Jason Mraz

32

9

Better Together

Jack Johnson

31

10

Everything

Michael Bublé

30

Christina Perri’s hit, “A Thousand Years” takes the top spot of first dance songs, a rather fitting choice as this song featured on the soundtrack for the Twilight franchise in the film Breaking Dawn Part 1, which saw the (spoiler alert!) wedding of Edward and Bella. This track currently has 655,217,828 plays and features on 46 of the 133 playlists.
This song is closely followed by the ’90s classic, “Amazed,” by Lonestar. This song appeared on 44 playlists and has 82,400,189 plays on Spotify.

Top 5 First Dance Artists

  1. Ed Sheeran

  2. Jason Mraz

  3. Michael Bublé

  4. John Legend

  5. Adele

King of pop, Ed Sheeran takes the top spot, appearing 133 times across these playlists, with tracks including Perfect, Thinking Out Loud and Tenerife Sea.
Jason Mraz follows Ed Sheeran, appearing 79 times across the playlists with songs such as I Won’t Give Up, Lucky and I’m Yours.
While lots of couples opt for a traditional classic to share their first dance, there are some out there who choose something slightly more unusual…

Top 5 Alternative First Dance Hits

Rank

Song

Artist

1

Nothing Else Matters

Metallica

2

You’re in Love with a Psycho

Kasabian

3

YMCA

Village People

4

Who Do You Think You Are?

Spice Girls

5

Fix Up, Look Sharp

Dizzee Rascal

“Unfortunately at the moment, weddings, and celebrations in general, are very different, with many couples having to wait until 2021 to tie the knot. Whilst many are opting for a low-key, smaller gathering because of the pandemic, those who are waiting until 2021 have the benefit of extra planning time and hopefully a safer and more secure wedding next year,” says Nathan Amery, head of digital marketing at Jewellry Box.
“The first dance song is one of the most important parts of wedding planning. It may not be a key part of the structure such as transport or dresses, but your first dance song can define the first moments of marriage and will be a trigger for the rest of your married lives.  Be sure to stay true to you and your partner and your past together, but most of all don’t forget to have fun and show your personalities. You will recall your first dance for the rest of your lives so make your song choice a memorable one…”

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