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Top Wedding Songs - Our Favourites

26 September 2018
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Check out our favourite weddings songs!

Planning a wedding is a super exciting time for many couples. From getting the perfect wedding rings to finding your dream wedding dress or suit, there's so much to do, but you should have fun while you're doing it. Discussing (and agreeing) on a wedding song is one of the most exciting and overwhelming parts of the wedding planning process. There are so many factors to consider; do you want a high tempo or low tempo song? Do you and your future husband/wife want a song that's truly personal to you as a couple, or a song that your guests will enjoy as well? Will you be slow dancing, or having your own little dance routine? At Diamond Heaven, we know the first dance is a pivotal moment in a couple's life - it's one that they'll remember for the rest of their lives. The song you play for your first dance as a married couple is more than a song - it is a nostalgic moment that's shared between everyone in the reception room! We've gathered a list of some of our favourite wedding songs together, creating a perfect first dance!

Most Recent Popular First Dance Songs

2015: Sugar - Maroon 5

When Maroon 5 released ‘Sugar' in 2015, the whole world fell in love with Adam Levine for the billionth time. This lovely little upbeat number is a perfect first dance song for couples who don't want to have a serious first dance, and want to put their own twist on this tradition. What makes this song even better is the music video! Maroon 5 travelled across America and surprised newly weds by performing this song!

2014: Thinking out Loud - Ed Sheeran  

Obviously this list would be futile without ‘Thinking Out Loud' by Ed Sheeran. If you and your partner want a romantic slow dance, this song is perfect. Released in the UK, this track spent 19 weeks within the top 40 before peaking at number one. It also took the number one spot in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands, Slovakia and South Africa, and peaked at number two on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100.  It also when triple platinum in the UK and in October 2015, the song became the first to be streamed over 500 million times on the streaming service, Spotify. This song is about being in the moment and feeling like you and your partner are the only people in the world. You could even try and recreate Ed Sheeran's iconic dance moves... your guests won't know whether to laugh or cry!

2013:  All of Me - John Legend

Another great shout, ‘All of Me' by John Legend is a beautiful first dance song! What makes this song so perfect is that John Legend wrote this for his wife, Chrissy Teigen and they are the OGs when it comes to couple goals! When the song was released, it peaked to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It became the best-selling single of 2014 with 4.67 million copies sold that year. This is a great a first dance song that creates a warm and wonderful atmosphere.

2011: A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

When Christina Perri released ‘A Thousand Years' in 2011, it took the world by a storm. Written for the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's ‘Twilight' saga, the music video shows Christina Perri surrounded by candles and singing into the sunset. It has over 990 million views and 6.1 million likes on YouTube. This romantic track also went certified platinum six times! If you and your beau are irrevocably in love like Bella and Edward, then this song is sure to make an incredible first dance.

Classic Popular First Dance Songs

1987: (I've Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

What's a first dance song list without ‘Time of My Life' by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes? The ‘80's was a wonderful time for wedding songs, and this one is probably one of our favourites. Used as the backing track for Baby (Jennifer Grey) and Jonny's (Patrick Swayze) iconic dance routine, it is a super romantic and fun first dance track! This song has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Grammy Award! Should you and your partner choose this beautiful song, we don't recommend you try the lift at the end... (unless you've practised it of course!)

1982:  Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

Another song written for a film, ‘Up Where We Belong' was written for the classic 1982 film, ‘An Officer and a Gentleman', starring Debra Winger and Richard Gere. The song  reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. and topped the charts many other countries. It also sold one million copies in the U.S. The lyrics of the song are incredibly romantic (what more do you need for your first dance song?), and you and your new husband/wife could even recreate the iconic ending scene in ‘An Officer and a Gentleman'...

1966: God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

God Only Knows is a wonderful song that holds a lot of meaning - perfect for a couple's first dance!  Released during the ‘60s by The Beach Boys, this song isn't specific to any God, and was going to be called ‘Fred Only Knows' as it was risky to have ‘God' on the title at the time. This beautiful song was voted 25th in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and was chosen by Pitchfork Media as the greatest song of the 1960s.

1961: Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley

If you and your partner are after a classic love song, then why not consider a song from the King of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley? ‘Can't Help Falling in Love' is a wonderful song that's been covered by numerous artists in the last five decades, so if you don't necessarily want your first dance to be an Elvis track, then consider going for a cover. We love the ukulele cover by 21 Pilots, and the reggae cover by Birmingham group UB40? You can't help falling in love with this first dance song!

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