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Bandleader's Favorite Dance Songs

Bandleader Deanna Jones offers her top 20 song suggestions

The Best First-Dance Songs

1. "Sway" by the Pussycat Dolls (classic cha-cha revitalized in the recent film Shall We Dance?); a great choice if you want to wow guests with your skills.

2. "By Your Side" by Sade (A slow song with touching lyrics: "When you're cold/I'll be there to hold you close to me")

3. "'S Wonderful" by Ella Fitzgerald (great for showing off your new fox-trot talent)

4. "As" by Stevie Wonder (fun tempo with beautiful lyrics)

5. "Lovin' You" by Minnie Riperton (Simple and sexy; played live, it requires an excellent singer to pull off the high notes.)

6. "I Belong to You" by Lenny Kravitz (This song has a unique sound, plus dramatic lyrics.)

7. "All I Want Is You" by U2 (A romantic rock tune—just know that it's roughly six minutes long.)

8. "You Bring Me Joy" by Anita Baker (a contemporary song with a classic feeling)

9. "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker (For a cool twist, have it performed as a duet.)

10. "Ain't That a Kick In the Head" by Dean Martin (a fun alternative)

Songs for the Bride and Her Father

1. "Angel" by Lionel Richie (upbeat with a great message)

2. "Empty Nest" by Jacob's Journey (an excellent alternative to traditional choices like "Butterfly Kisses")

3. "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" by Louis Armstrong (just as beautiful a choice as "What a Wonderful World")

4. "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder (a fun song to capture the mood)

5. "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong (frequently played—and for good reason)

...and for the Groom and His Mother

1. "Oh How the Years Go By" by Vanessa Williams (a new choice for those who love Paul Anka's "Times of Your Life")

2. "Your Smiling Face" by James Taylor (ultrameaningful lyrics)

3. "Longer" by Dan Fogelberg (very nostalgic and sentimental)

4. "In My Life" by The Beatles (Its light-rock feel makes it perfect for grooms who want a song that's not supersappy.)

5. "Say a Little Prayer" by Diana King (This disco-style remake of the Dionne Warwick song is a good option for guys who like to go against the grain.)

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