Let's Dance! Listen to Our Playlist of the Best Celebrity First-Dance Songs


Even if you can't have your favorite celebrity's wedding dress, venue, or any other crazy over-the-top detail they had (we're looking at you, Kimye and George and Amal Clooney), you can certainly have their first-dance song! Though superstar couples seem to be unattainably cool and glamorous, some have had downright traditional tunes play during their weddings. For your listening and inspiration pleasure, we curated a playlist of some of the best choices, from classic to downright unexpected.

But first, Kimye. Love them or hate them, they had a truly inspired idea for their moment in the dance floor spotlight: They made a mashup of Otis Redding's "These Arms of Mine" and "Tenderness" with Etta James' "At Last." As for George and Amal, they went with a good, old-fashioned standard — Cole Porter's "Why Shouldn't I?".

Lest you think Kimye were the only ones to take a spin as James' song played, you're mistaken. Known to be one of the most popular first-dance songs in existence, it was also played during Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman's wedding, as well as Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed's nuptials.

Some other, less common choices include Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman's pick, Band of Horses' "No One's Gonna Love You," Kate Middleton and Prince William's pick of Ellie Goulding's cover of "Your Song," and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's idea to dance to Green Day's "Last Night on Earth." And in one of the most delightful selections of all, Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell swayed to one of his non-Beatles songs, "My Valentine." How adorable!

As you hit play and listen to the playlist, below, refer to the list of songs arranged by couple. We know you'll love imagining your favorite celebrities dancing to them. Enjoy!

Lauren Conrad and William Tell: "You're My Best Friend" by Once

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel: "A Song for You" by Donny Hathaway

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth: "Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo: "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" by Steve Tyrell

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince: "If There Is Something" by Roxy Music

President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama: "You and I" by Stevie Wonder

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher: "Love Never Fails" by Brandon Heath

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi: "Ribbon in the Sky" by Stevie Wonder

David and Victoria Beckham: "It Had To Be You" by The Starlight Orchestra

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend: "Origin of Love" from Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Fergie and Josh Duhamel: "Sweethearts Together" by The Rolling Stones

Joel Madden and Nicole Richie: "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert: "No Doubt About It" by Neal McCoy

Give a Subscription to Brides Magazine as a Gift

Get personalized planning advice, exclusive offers and must-read wedding news.

Thank You
for Signing Up!

Check your e-mail inbox for the latest updates from brides.com