The most popular first dance songs of 2018

The first dance is an iconic part of most weddings. Whether you choose to share a basic but beautiful two-step with your new spouse or opt for a more elaborate routine with the help of a dance teacher, it’s not just your moves that are set to be enjoyed by your guests.

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Your song choice is particularly important and should not only suit your wedding style but tell the story of your relationship. We know what you’re thinking, how can one song possibly achieve all this? Match your fancy footwork with the perfect tune by exploring the most popular first dance songs of 2018 right here.

‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran

He’s the master of the modern day love song, which is why Ed Sheeran is a popular artist among marrying couples. His song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ was the go-to track for many wishing to toast married life in style. Sheeran’s song ’Perfect’ plus his collaboration with Beyoncé, aptly entitled ‘Perfect Duet’, are also widespread choices for those looking for the perfect first dance song.

‘At Last’ by Etta James

From modern to traditional, Etta James’ 1960 song earned her entry into the Grammy Hall of Fame and a place at many couples’ wedding celebrations. The classic track has been relentlessly covered, with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Jason Mraz and Beyoncé – who famously performed it at Obama’s Inaugural Ball – offering their take on the signature tune to provide countless options for couples with varying musical tastes. Like Elvis’ ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ and Nat King Cole’s ‘Unforgettable’, ‘At Last’ is made for traditionalists as The Knot explains:

“For the traditionalists, the first dance is no small matter. In fact, many by-the-book brides and grooms regard their dance-floor debuts as the ultimate opportunity to drive home a display of grace and good taste. There’s a reason ‘classic’ songs are so popular—they never go out of style. Consider booking a couple of dance lessons to ensure you have the moves to do the moment justice.”

‘All of Me’ by John Legend

Another modern classic, ‘All of Me’ is the hit song from American singer John Legend’s fourth album. The song is said to be inspired by and dedicated to his then-fiancée, model and author Chrissy Teigen, who married Legend back in 2013. It was also the first single from Legend to reach number one in the United States. Since the song’s release, it’s been covered by legions of musicians and was among the top first dance songs of last year.

Love John Legend? There are tons of soulful love songs to choose from in John Legend’s back catalogue. Discover 12 John Legend love songs for your wedding, whether you’re planning your first dance or compiling your wedding reception playlist.

Now your first dance song has been picked, make sure the rest of your reception is on point by exploring your wedding entertainment options. We have links to a number of wedding entertainment suppliers to make your selection even simpler. Find out more about our recommended services today.

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