Choosing a first dance song can be one of the fun parts when it comes to wedding planning, however, it can also be pretty tricky too. You definitely want something you can dance to and a song that represents your relationship. But are you looking for something one step further? Something that not only has a good beat and seems like it was made for you, but also isn’t heard at every other wedding you’ve been to in the last six months. If that’s the case, look no further! Cue our 15 unique, non-traditional first dance songs below!

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I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Artist: Sleeping at Last

Special Lyrics: “When I wake up, well I know I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be the man who wakes up next to you.”

Why We Love It: Originally by The Proclaimers, 500 Miles is one of those songs that are so good you just can’t help to belt along. Sleeping At Last’s cover brings a more modern tempo and feel to make it truly unique. This couple (pictured above) used it as their first dance, and let me tell you it was truly magical!

You Are the Best Thing

Artist: Ray LaMontagne

Special Lyrics: “You know I hope and I pray, That you believe me when I say, This love will never fade away.”

Why We Love It: For something a little more fast tempo that keeps those sweet lyrics we all want paired Ray’s raspy voice, this song is a wonderful choice! And the title could not hit it more on the head for how you feel about the love of your life.

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Kelly Ginn Photography

Late To The Party

Artist: Kacey Musgraves

Special Lyrics: “The world can wait, ‘Cause I’m never late to the party if I’m late to the party with you.”

Why We Love It: Besides Kacey’s beautiful voice and catchy lyrics, this just nails how you feel when you finally find your person and the rest just doesn’t seem to matter anymore.


Artist: Sam Smith

Special Lyrics: “You lift my heart up, When the rest of me is down, You, you enchant me, even when you’re not around.”

Why We Love It: For one, who doesn’t love Sam Smith’s voice?! Partnered with Disclosure’s romantic lyrics, this acoustic cover is absolutely heart melting.

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Rachel Moore Photography


Artist: Ben Folds Five

Special Lyrics: “I love you more then have, Ever found the way to say, To you.”

Why We Love It: Ben’s beautiful piano is enough to make you love this song, however, the sweet lyrics will push it right over the edge. Everyone should feel like the luckiest on their wedding day.

Better Together

Artist: Jack Johnson

Special Lyrics: “And there is no, no song I could sing, And there is no combination of words I could say, But I will still tell you one thing, We’re better together.”

Why We Love It: Perfect for a beach wedding or just for the chill couple, this song gets it right. You’re better together.

How Long Will I Love You

Artist: Ellie Goulding

Special Lyrics: “How long will I love you, As long as stars are above you, And longer if I may.”

Why We Love It: Another amazing cover! Ellie Goulding’s version brings a whimsical vibe to this 90’s tune.

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You Are My Sunshine

Artist: Morgane and Chris Stapleton

Special Lyrics: “You’ll never know, dear, How much I love you.”

Why We Love It: This husband-wife duo totally transformed this childhood tune into a country classic that is sure to bring a few tears from your guests.

Is This Love

Artist: Corinne Bailey Rae

Special Lyrics: “I want to love you, and treat you right, I want to love you, every day and every night.”

Why We Love It: For this Bob Marley classic, Corinne Bailey Rae definitely put a new R&B spin to the reggae tune. From her soulful voice to the honest lyrics, we will be swooning all day.

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Shutter Sprite Photography

I Found You

Artist: Alabama Shakes

Special Lyrics: “Well, I traveled a long way and it took a long time to find you, But I finally found you.”

Why We Love It: This upbeat song by Alabama Shakes will definitely start the dance floor off right, and the lyrics are so perfect for when you’ve found the one.

Sweet Thing

Artist: Hozier

Special Lyrics: “And I will raise my hand up, Into the night time sky, And count the stars, That’s shining in your eye.”

Why We Love It: This Van Morrision cover by Hosier is so hauntingly beautiful and the beat is an absolutely wonderful choice for a first dance.

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Waldorf Photographic Art


Artist: Russell Dickerson

Special Lyrics: “I came to life when I first kissed you, The best me has his arms around you, You make me better than I was before, Thank God I’m yours.”

Why We Love It: When you realize the cliche, “You make me want to be a better person” is totally true. This song brings that to life perfectly!

Grow Old With You

Artist: Adam Sandler

Special Lyrics: “So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink, Put you to bed when you had too much to drink, oh I could be the man who grows old with you, I wanna grow old with you.”

Why We Love It: Any Wedding Singer fans out there? While this song isn’t your typical first dance song or your typical recording artist either for that matter, you have to admit it is super sweet! And since it is on the shorter side, you can dance to the whole song instead of just a clip.

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Finch Photo

When I Get My Hands on You

Artist: Marcus Mumford (Lyrics by Bob Dylan)

Special Lyrics: “And now you know, everywhere on earth you go, you’re gonna have me as your man.”

Why We Love It: Marcus’s cover of these classic Bob Dylan lyrics is stunning and shows that from then on, you’re one.


Artist: Dan + Shay

Special Lyrics: “You already know that you’re my weakness, After all this time I’m just as nervous, Every time you walk into the room, I’m speechless.”

Why We Love It: This may just become one of those songs you hear it every wedding because of how perfect it is! Not to mention, the video is from Dan & Shay’s actual weddings.

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Kadee’s Approach Photography

What unique first dance songs have you heard or are thinking of?