When you choose the music for your first dance, there are plenty of options to pick from. There are beautiful love songs in almost every genre of music (with the possible exception of heavy metal). Are you more of a twee indie-rock type, or will you take the dance floor with your new spouse to vintage Johnny Cash? It does come down to personal taste, of course. But with so many different demographics represented at a typical wedding, you might want to opt for one of these timeless, classic, hopelessly romantic songs.
“The Best is Yet to Come,” Frank Sinatra
No one did it quite like Frankie did it. This song has a nice be-bop swing to it, with Frank’s velvet vocals providing a counterpoint to the hip-swaying rhythm section. And the lyrics couldn’t be more suited for a wedding day–it’s all about the excitement of knowing you get to spend the rest of your life with your perfect someone, and as good as you feel right now, well; see the title.
“Fly Me to the Moon,” Tony Bennett
If you’re in the mood for a slow-dance for that first trip around the dance floor, Tony’s 1965 recording of this classic tune fits the bill. It’s all tinkling piano and subdued strings, with Tony’s incomparable voice floating above it all. There are bouncier versions of this tune out there, but this version’s perfect for holding your partner close and swaying.
“Volare,” Dean Martin
Add a little bit of poly-lingual flair with this tune from the ultimate swinger, Dean Martin. Sung half in English and half in Italian, it’s adorable in any language, with a lively little two-step tempo to kick off your evening right. Plus, it’s got a slow bit in the middle that’s the perfect time to steal a kiss or two.
“It Had to Be You,” Harry Connick Jr.
What better sentiment for a wedding day than “it had to be you?” If you’re willing to admit, of course, that you’ve had a few false starts on the road to love, the lyrics are perfect for a newlywed couple. There are plenty of versions of this song out there, but we love Harry’s for the fanfare at the beginning, the lively brass, the plunk of the upright bass, and of course Harry’s dreamy vocals.
“The Way You Look Tonight,” Michael Buble
Michael Buble is kind of a love-him-or-hate-him kind of guy. But even the Buble-haters have to admit his version of this song is absolutely lovely. It has a little bossa nova in the mix, just enough to get your feet shuffling, with a hint of Spanish guitar in the background. And Michael doesn’t over-sell it; it’s a light, intimate take on the song, oozing class and sophistication as well as romance. This is the perfect song if you picked up some sparklers for weddings to hand them out and get your guests involved in the magic.
“Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley
Okay, so Elvis wasn’t exactly a crooner. But on this tune, he definitely is channeling the Rat Pack. With angelic harmony from an army of backup singers, the King pours his heart into the deep yearning in the lyrics. It’s a little overstuffed, sure, and just a little bit cheesy–and altogether perfect.
If you’d like to add some sophistication to your first dance, you can’t go wrong with these classic tunes. They’re sure to be adored by your hipster friends and your grandparents alike.