15 Most Popular First Dance Songs of the Year

You've probably heard these before—for good reason!

Updated 08/06/19

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Your first dance on your wedding day is romantic, personal and unforgettable. So, of course you need to find the perfect tune to mark the special occasion. But choosing that one song to fill just three minutes of your entire wedding day is a tough task.

But when it comes to weddings, we know some of the best inspiration can come from married couples who have been in your shoes before. So why not follow the same advice when it comes to deciding on your first dance song? Thanks to the The Black Tux, who recently surveyed over 900 married people on the songs they chose for their first dances, we now know exactly what real couples are swaying to on the dancefloor.

Unsurprisingly, 6.4% of respondents chose "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers as their first dance song—making it the most popular choice—while classic love songs by Etta James and Elvis Presley also earned a spot on the list.

The survey also indicated the three most popular songs by generations and it's no shock that millennials love "All of Me" by John Legend—even Kimye had the singer perform the song live at their nuptials! What is surprising, however, is the steady rise in popularity of country music. Turns out, 23% of respondents opted for a country tune for their first dance!

There's nothing wrong with choosing a popular song for your soirée as a married couple. Sure, guests have heard these songs before, but there's a reason for that! For romantic tunes sure to get you (and your guests) all up in their feels on your wedding day, read on to see what newlyweds are dancing to these days.

The Most Popular Songs

  1. "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers
  2. "All of Me" by John Legend
  3. "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith
  4. "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra
  5. "At Last" by Etta James
  6. "Amazed" by Lonestar
  7. "My Best Friend" by Tim McGraw
  8. "Your Song" by Elton John
  9. "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
  10. "Marry Me" by Train
  11. "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
  12. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli
  13. "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley
  14. "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele
  15. "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz

The Most Popular Songs by Generation

Millennials

  1. "All of Me" by John Legend
  2. "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith
  3. "Amazed" by Lonestar

Generation X

  1. "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers
  2. "At Last" by Etta James
  3. "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith

Baby Boomers

  1. "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers
  2. "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra
  3. "At Last" by Etta James

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