40 Awesome Modern First Dance Songs

Choosing your first dance song is a biggie! It’s one of those wedding moments that you’ll look back on for years to come (maybe even on a weekly basis if the kids get their hands on the wedding DVD) so it’s one you want to remember for the right reasons. When it comes to choosing your song, certain factors come in to play. Lots of loved up couples have ‘their’ song which is an obvious choice for a first dance number. For the Arabic bride, tradition and the area you come from will probably dictate which first dance song is most close to the hearts of you and your family. The Levantine might be fans of the soft tones of Fairouz with Ana La Habibi or Amir Yazbek’s El R’sah el Oula. The Egyptian brides might melt over Amr Diab with the super popular El Laila or We Malo. For other couples, some romantic and timeless classics like Al Green and Etta James have a place in their hearts.But if you’re not in to your oldies and you want something fresh and modern for your big moment on the dance floor, there are lots of great contenders around now and over the past few years too. More and more couples choose a song that was around when they got together or was a hit during their planning or when they got engaged as a little nod to this nostalgic time. Modern love songs by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Beyonce and Take That can be often heard on UAE radio stations and these international love songs would make perfect first dance material. From romantic ballads to fun up tempo tunes, check out 40 of these great modern first dance songs…

1. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

2. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

3. Stay With Me – Sam Smith

4. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding

5. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon

6. Yours – Ella Henderson

7. Coming Home – Leon Bridges

8. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

9. Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake

10. Make You Feel My Love – Adele

11. Better – Tom Baxter

12. All of Me – John Legend

13. Sweet Darlin’ – She & Him

14. Marry You – Bruno Mars

15. Ho Hey – The Lumineers

16. Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran

17. Real Love – Tom Odell

18. Higher Love – James Vincent McMorrow

19. Your Song – Ellie Goulding

20. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

21. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

22. Come To Me – Goo Goo Dolls

23. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

24. Greatest Day – Take That

25. Everything – Michael Bublé

26. She Keeps Me Warm – Mary Lamber

27. XO – Beyonce

28. Never Seen Anything Quite Like You Tonight – The Script

29. Lay Me Down – Sam Smith

30. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding

31. Love You Like That – Canaan Smith

32. Lucky – Jason Mraz & Cobie Caillat

33. Better Together – Jack Johnson

34. Only Love – Ben Howard

35. Budapest – George Ezra

36. Love Song – Adele

37. Unconditionally – Katy Perry

38. West Coast – Lana Del Ray

39. Adore You – Mily Cyrus

40.You’re the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

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