57 Best Slow Dance Songs For Your Wedding

Slow dance songs and weddings go perfectly together. I mean, what better genre than the one that’s known as the music of love?!

Here are the best slow dance wedding songs to play on your big day.


“All My Tomorrows” by Frank Sinatra

Song year: 1969

Frank Sinatra's “All My Tomorrows” is one of the best slow dance songs ever written. This ballad is ideal if you want a first dance with a wow factor.

“All of Me” by John Legend

Song year: 2013

The music that best describes your feelings for your partner is the one you should be swaying to with them. John Legend's “All of Me,” a contemporary pop ballad, adds realism to the conventional love song format.

The underlying meaning of love is shown in his sweet voice of confession and acceptance of all of his partner's faults and perfections.

“Amazed” by Lonestar

Song year: 2000

This country classic marks a shift into power ballad territory, and it couldn't be more full of passion and love. Chris Lindsey and Aimee Mayo, the song's co-writers, were in the early stages of their own developing relationship when they penned it.

“At Last” by Etta James

Song year: 1960

“At Last” is unquestionably one of the most iconic first dance soundtracks of all time. Those moving first chords are sure to enchant guests at a slow dance.

Beyoncé successfully covered this song, but the original is the most enduring.

“Best Part” by Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R.

Song year: 2017

The duet “Best Part,” featuring H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar, is a wonderful example of a non-corny love song. It has an infectious energy and a positive message well-suited for a wedding.

“Better Together” by Jack Johnson

Song year: 2006

The harmonica notes and hums that drive the verses of “Better Together” make for a breezy, uncomplicated love tune perfect for a beach wedding.

It's understated but doesn’t hold back about the affection typical of a loving relationship.

“Big Jet Plane” by Angus & Julia Stone

Song year: 2009

“Big Jet Plane” might not seem like an obvious wedding song. However, it’s one you’ll enjoy hearing as you take those first steps onto the dance floor.

“Blessed” by Thomas Rhett

Song year: 2019

This soulful country song, including a backing gospel choir, is a favorite of DJ Tommy Elliott's and is often requested for a wedding's first dance.

“Bound to You” by Christina Aguilera

Song year: 2010

Movie soundtracks might not be the first thing we think of when it comes to romance. Yet, Christina Aguilera’s “Bound to You” from the 2010 film Burlesque will enchant your significant other (and guests!) with its captivating vocals and haunting lyrics.

Guests will be mesmerized by the happy pair dancing to this slow, romantic tune.

“By Your Side” by Sade

Song year: 2000

By leaning in with her distinctive calm, Sade will remove any nerves about embracing your love in front of everyone at your wedding. It remains one of the best slow dance songs today.

“Can't Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley

Song year: 1961

Although other musicians have covered this love song, Elvis' rendition stands out. The song's melody was inspired by Jean-Paul-Egide Martini's 1784 powerful love story “Plaisir d'amour,” making it far older than you might expect.

“Can't Take My Eyes Off of You” by Lauryn Hill

Song year: 1998

Hill’s performance of “Can't Take My Eyes Off of You” is laid-back, hip, sensual, and undeniably seductive. It's perfect for your first dance.

“Coming Home” by Leon Bridges

Song year: 2015

This Motown-influenced slow dance track will be just the ticket for someone who wishes to strike a chord between the new and the old.

Though Leon Bridges's recorded version is fantastic, a live jazz band's rendition would be the icing on the cake.

“Conversations in the Dark” by John Legend

Song year: 2020

This concluding track from John Legend's seventh studio album, Bigger Love, is a sultry and profound alternative to the performer’s more prominent, “All of Me.”

“Dontchange” by Musiq Soulchild

Song year: 2002

“Dontchange” is a classic from the early 2000s. It’s bound to put everyone at ease and get people dancing at your wedding.

“Enchanted” by Taylor Swift

Song year: 2010

Swift’s legendary song from the album Speak Now is the perfect way to cap off your dream wedding day. You’ll want to choose this track if you’re looking to show your guests you knew your significant other was “the one” from the moment you met them.

“Endless Love” by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross

Song year: 1981

This epic love song features the dynamic vocals of Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. It’s a must for a couple wanting to make a grand entrance at a slow dance.

“For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder

Song year: 1968

This Motown classic, arranged by the great Stevie Wonder, is a joyous celebration of love. Wonder’s track will set the mood at your wedding with its irresistible rhythm.

“Forever Like That” by Ben Rector

Song year: 2011

As the title suggests, this song is about remaining together through good times and bad. The guitar strums and the pleasant instrumentals in the background make the sluggish pace sound energetic and joyful.

“God Only Knows” by Beach Boys

Song year: 1966

A Beach Boys classic, “God Only Knows” has become a firm favorite as one of the best slow dance songs around. It's passionate and a perfect choice for a loving wedding dance.

“Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison

Song year: 1989

While we think Rod Stewart's rendition is excellent, the original by Van Morrison remains the standout version. Since its first release, “Have I Told You Lately” has established itself as a favorite for weddings.

“How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding

Song year: 2013

The Waterboys released the original version of this song in 1990, but Ellie's rendition is exceptionally breathtaking. This inspirational track was used in the romantic comedy About Time and will be a surefire hit for an emotional slow dance.

“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by Marvin Gaye

Song year: 1964

It wouldn’t be surprising if this classic Motown makes everyone at your wedding eager to jump out of their seats and onto the dance floor. What’s more, Gaye’s track has beautiful lyrics, perfect to sing along to during a slow dance.

“I Don't Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith

Song year: 1998

Whether you select this chart-topping song by Aerosmith for your first dance or your reception, the underlying message—that you should make the most of every moment you have with your spouse—is made for a wedding.

“I Found You” by Alabama Shakes

Song year: 2012

Alabama Shakes deliver a laid-back, one-of-a-kind tone and a soulful vibe with “I Found You.” Its lyrics match well with the ambiance of the first dance.

“I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder

Song year: 1984

Taking your spouse for granted in a marriage is easy, so don't neglect the simple pleasure of picking up the phone and phoning each other to share a kind message.

This song is a match made in heaven for slow dance music. It’s all about loving each other every day, not only on special occasions.

“If I Ain't Got You” by Alicia Keys

Song year: 2003

Key’s groovy R&B tune is hard to beat. “If I Ain't Got You” is a love-filled track that always goes down well with guests at a wedding.

“Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison

Song year: 1970

There's just something about this gentle rock music that gives off such a warm and fuzzy feeling of romance. If you don't use it for your first dance, you could always play it during the reception and ask other couples to join you on the dance floor.

“It Must Be Love” by Labi Siffre

Song year: 1972

Siffre celebrates love and all that comes with it in this track. “It Must Be Love” has a little more of an animated feel than other entries on this list. You may be more familiar with Madness' rendition, but Siffre’s original has an endearing quality.

“Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel

Song year: 1977

One of the most-loved songs for the slow dance at weddings is “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel. It’s an evocative classic from the 1970s with a straightforward message: to accept and love someone for precisely who they are.

“Let's Stay Together” by Al Green

"Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

Song year: 1972

“Let's Stay Together” is an ever-present classic featuring Al Green's vocals and a steady drum line that leads the song. It’s an appropriate option for the first dance since it doesn't sacrifice its rhythm for its idealistic romanticism.

“Like I'm Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor

Song year: 2015

In “Like I'm Gonna Lose You,” Meghan Trainer and John Legend combine their soulful singing styles to create a unified and passionate declaration of love for one another.

“Love You for a Long Time” by Maggie Rogers

Song year: 2019

This track is perfect for a couple searching for an optimistic country-meets-pop atmosphere, The lyrics focus on devotion and enduring love, making it a top choice for a slow wedding dance song.

“Lovin' You” by Minnie Riperton

Song year: 1975

Minnie Riperton's most well-known record, “Lovin' You,” has her distinctive singing style, which will surely win your heart. It’s well-suited for a spring wedding since it has just the right amount of light spirit and emotional lyrics.

“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele

Song year: 2008

Adele's song “Make You Feel My Love” will make you choke up with emotion. Her vocals are so strong that they might move the whole crowd during a wedding reception.

This chart-topping tune is a must-have if you're seeking the ideal accompaniment to an intimate or reflective time at your wedding.

“Marry Me” by Train

Song year: 2010

What could be a more appropriate way to convey your emotions at a wedding than to sing a song with the title “Marry Me?”

The deeply emotional “Marry Me” features Train's mesmerizing vocals and a gentle guitar melody, creating the ideal atmosphere for the newlyweds to shine as they dance the night away on a candlelight dance floor.

“Maybe I'm Amazed” by Paul McCartney

Song year: 1970

Paul McCartney released the nostalgic love song “Maybe I'm Amazed” about his beloved wife.

Many couples have found this entry nearly as perfect for their slow wedding dance as their love for one another.

“Mirrorball” by Elbow

Song year: 2008

“Mirrorball” is about the simple joy of waking up next to someone you love the morning after you've met them. It's a classic tale of true love. The first dance to this music would be unforgettable.

“Only You” by Yazoo

Song year: 1982

There's nothing insincere with this torch ballad. Its lyrics are lovely, if quaint, and are ideal for an immersive, romantic dance. You could also consider the Joshua Radin cover for a more up-to-date take.

“Put It All on Me” by Ed Sheeran featuring Ella Mai

Song year: 2019

Since Sheeran's “Perfect” has run its course as a wedding staple, you might find this track to be a welcome change of pace. If you're looking for a seductive but high-energy first dance song, consider this duet with soulful singer Ella Mai.

“Remember When” by Alan Jackson

Song year: 2003

Listen to Alan Jackson's “Remember When” if you want a deeply moving slow dance at your wedding. This traditional country song is about a couple who meet, fall in love, and spend the rest of their lives together.

“Send It On” by D'Angelo

Song year: 2000

Reserved couples don't often choose the first dance songs by D'Angelo. However, “Send It On,” with percussion by Questlove, is a classic that soars and sways in and out of rhythms while maintaining such a sensuality.

“Skin & Bones” by Eli Young Band

Song year: 2017

This heartfelt country smasher by the Eli Young Band is as gritty as it is romantic, describing the fundamental essentials of a loving relationship.

“Something” by The Beatles

Song year: 1969

The Beatles' “Something,” written by George Harrison, is often regarded as the group's finest love ballad.

Pattie Boyd, Harrison’s wife, had a significant influence on his music. Indeed, she was something special. She had a similar impact when she later married Eric Clapton.

“Stuck On You” by Lionel Richie

Song year: 1983

The Lionel Richie song “Stuck On You” is an '80s ballad classic. An oldie but a goodie, Richie’s track is ideal for a slow romantic dance with the one you love.

“That's How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding

Song year: 1965

With “That's How Strong My Love Is,” Otis Redding at times displays the excitement of a near-shout. Yet he always manages to bring himself back into his traditionally gentle and soft-spoken spirit with the sweetness of his lyrics.

“The One” by Shakira

Song year: 2002

A departure from her typical upbeat songs, this enchanting wedding slow dance track still has the trademark Shakira flare we know but with a more subdued, romantic atmosphere.

“The Makings of You” by Curtis Mayfield

Song year:

Dreamily paying tribute to love is Mayfield's one and only “The Makings of You.” It opens with brilliant piano ripples and is capped off with soft horns, capturing the essence of some of the finest songs of the 21st Century.

“The Point of It All” by Anthony Hamilton

Song year: 2008

This Anthony Hamilton song is perfect for the newlywed couple that wants to dance the night away on their first dance.

The song “The Point of It All,” which is bound to get people swaying and snapping, expands the options for a first dance beyond the traditional three-minute slow embrace.

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

Song year: 1964

As one of the most famous vocalists of the 20th Century, Frank Sinatra delivered another classic success with “The Way You Look Tonight.” It has romantic lyrics you'll want to hear as you gaze into your new spouse's eyes.

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

Song year: 2014

This Ed Sheeran track calls for a leisurely dance with plenty of swirling around the dance floor. When it comes to the first dance songs at weddings, “Thinking Out Loud” is still as popular as it was a few years ago.

“To Know Him Is to Love Him” by Amy Winehouse

Song year: 2006

Amy Winehouse may have sung about contaminated love a lot, but she also has a few songs that show why she still believes in it.

She selected one song that has been around since 1958 and gave it a hauntingly stripped-down, lullaby-like performance: “To Know Him Is to Love Him.”

“To the Moon and Back” by Luke Bryan

Song year: 2015

The mellow tempo of “To the Moon and Back” makes it a good choice for parent dances. However, its moving, relatable lyrics mean it also works well as a first dance selection.

“When I Fall in Love” by Michael Bublé

Song year: 2018

This 1950s melody, originally sung by Nat King Cole, got a modern makeover from Michael Bublé and is suitable for the first dance as a married couple. Its directness and simplicity will touch hearts at your wedding.

“Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton

Song year: 1977

Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight” may be one of the finest tunes ever written. This melody is perfect for a father-daughter dance and is also one of the best slow dance songs.

“You & Me” by Dave Matthews Band

Song year: 2009

Although the Dave Matthews Band is better known for its instrumental jams replete with brass instruments, the band's acoustic tunes are equally as enticing. “You & Me” is a mellow, romantic, and nostalgic love ballad that also has a bit of a quirky quality to it.

“You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

Song year: 2008

The catchy chorus of this song says it all, and Ray LaMontagne's voice has a silky quality that manages to be both seductive and refined.

“Your Song” by Elton John

Song year: 1970

This timeless masterpiece is sincere and straightforward in all the best ways. If you’re looking for a more up-to-date version, choose Ellie Goulding's more pared-down interpretation.

“You're Still the One” by Shania Twain

Song year: 1998

Some people's paths to marriage are more like a meandering country road than a quick drive down the interstate.

Shania Twain's “Still the One” is a beautiful slow dance tune that charts a relationship's development through time. This track is appropriate for a couple getting married after a long time together.

Top Slow Dance Songs For Your Wedding, Final Thoughts

Playing the best slow dance songs is an absolute must for any wedding. After all, newlyweds deserve to spend a special moment leaning close to their partners as they celebrate their love and commitment.

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