Top 50 Alternative First Dance Wedding Songs

Sick of hearing the same cliché first dance songs? Not everyone wants to dance to Ed Sheeran – and that’s cool too! We at the Irish Wedding DJ Association have put together our Top 50 Alternative First Dance Wedding Songs keeping your first dance upbeat, quirky and true to you… 

We guarantee that you will find your perfect wedding song somewhere in this list of Top 50 Alternative First Dance Wedding Songs – Enjoy!

  1.  Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

An obvious ‘alternative’ first dance choice. It’s still great if you’re a rock couple at heart, delivered by the Gods of Rock, Metallica.

  1.  Love Song – The Cure

Goth rock for your first dance? Why not. For those of you that know this track, know it is one the most underrated love songs around. 

  1.  All I Do Is Dream Of You – Michael Bublé

“You’re every thought, you’re everything. You’re every song I ever sing”.

Michael Bublé – Enough said!

  1.  Crazy In Love – Beyoncé Ft. Jay-Z

Catch your guests off guard with this dancefloor classic.

  1. Summer Nights – Grease Soundtrack

Bring the Rock ‘n’ Roll vibe to your wedding – Who doesn’t remember Grease?

  1.  Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley 

The clue is in the title.

  1. Love They Say – Tegan & Sara

“The first time I saw your face, I knew I was meant for you. The first time you said my name, I knew I was meant for you”. 

This song will give you butterflies. 

  1.  Angel – Shaggy

A classic. Shaggy always brings the reggae/pop vibe. 

  1. 2 Hearts – Kylie Minogue

“Two hearts are beating, together. I’m in love”. 

  1.  Cannonball – Damien Rice

A timeless acoustic classic – Not sung by Ed Sheeran.

  1.  Accidentally In Love – Counting Crows

You’re thinking of Shrek right now. We know you are.

  1.  Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

A slow starter that erupts – a guaranteed floor filler.

  1.  Here (In Your Arms) – Hellogoodbye

A  massive throwback to the mid 2000’s with this geeky love song.

  1.  I’m With You – Avril Lavigne

Not an obvious first dance song, but Avril Lavigne can carry a tune!

  1. Now That We Found Love – Heavy D & The Boyz

Will Smith & Eva Mendes – Hitch!!

  1.  Sex Bomb – Tom Jones

Risky, definitely risky. But if you call pull it off, your guests will remember it forever. 

  1.  I Believe In A Thing Called Love – The Darkness

A catchy power rock anthem. The Darkness always brings fun and energy to any dancefloor.

  1.  Us – Regina Spektor

It’s slightly quirky but still maintains an intimacy that works in a romantic setting

  1.  Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna

This one is a little bit… saucy?  It’s also still a certified belter.

  1.  Iris – Goo Goo Dolls

Instantly recognisable – It really is epic.

  1.  You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate

Do you believe in miracles? Believe in the funk from this absolute classic. A gutsy first dance choice.

  1. All The Small Things – Blink 182

“She left me roses by the stairs, surprises let me know she cares”.

A Pop-Punk classic. 

  1. Feeling Good – Muse

There have been hundreds of covers of this Nina Simone classic. Muse gave it their legendary rock twist.

  1.  She’s So Lovely – Scouting For Girls

Great first dance track for those brides wanting to kickstart the party with fun and energy.

  1.  Everlong – Foo Fighters

For alternative couples thinking of their first dance, this track will definitely be considered. A Timeless Classic.

  1.  Into The Mystic – Van Morrison

A beautiful track from the legendary Van Morrison. The first dance choice in American Pie: The Wedding.

  1. I’m Sticking With You – Velvet Underground

The lyrics are absolutely gorgeous and totally relatable for those couples who are head over heels in love.

  1. Noah and the Whale – Five Years’ Time

Just married. Imagine where you’ll be in 5 years’ time. The excitement! It’s certainly an unusual melody to dance to and this is where you can really have some fun together.

  1.  Toothpaste Kisses – Maccabees

“Cradle me, I’ll cradle you”. 

The beautiful lyrics in this song will give you a lump in your throat.

  1.  You and Me Song – The Wannadies

“You and me –always- and forever”.

This vibe introduces a fun atmosphere that pulls your guests onto the dancefloor.

  1. And I Love Her – The Beatles

“A love like ours could never die. As long as I have you near me”.

To be honest, we could dedicate an entire blog to The Beatles.

  1. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Ray

As quirky as first dances come. Del Ray’s voice carries this track. Appears in The Great Gatsby film.

  1. Dog Days Are Over – Florence & The Machine

A crowd-pleaser, if ever there was one.

  1. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The most heart-wrenching indie love song of them all. Full stop!

  1. First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes. 

“I think I was blind before I met you”.

  1. Share The Darkness – The Saw Doctors

A far cry from Tommy K & N17. This is a personal favourite of ours.

  1. Marry Me – Train

Obvious title but a beautiful track. 

  1.  Make You Feel My Love – Adele

You can’t go wrong with Adele. It’s a dramatic tearjerker full of emotion. Perfect for your first dance.

  1. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

If you love singer-songwriters like Taylor Swift, but want to keep the first dance original, then, Norah Jones is a must for you. 

  1. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

A Billboard chart topper in its day.  The voice of Al Green has been bring couples together on the dancefloor for years and years.

  1. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra 

One of the best wedding songs, this Academy Award winning tracks will be a wedding party staple for a thousand years.

  1.  From This Moment On – Shania Twain

Nothing will have you saying, “I’m Yours” like this classic country-pop love song.

  1. Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

Originally written to celebrate the birth of Stevie’s daughter, Aisha, This classic has become a classic alternative wedding dance.

  1. Can You Feel The Love Tonight? – Elton John 

This Grammy Award-winning hit  originally appeared in Disney’s 1994 box office The Lion King and has continued to melt hearts ever since.

  1. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

Queen’s second track on our list. Can be played at any stage of your wedding, this sure-fire dancefloor-filler will always get a reaction. 

  1. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis

A wedding without The King? Inexcusable! 

  1.  Your Song – Elton John

Elton John’s “Your Song” pretty much speaks for itself when it comes to romance. Although we’re partial to Ellie Goulding’s cover too.

  1. Come and Get Your Love – Redbone

This upbeat and albeit funky disposition is a true crowd pleaser.

  1. If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys 

As a big fan of Alicia Keys, we just love “If I Ain’t Got You”. Her iconic voice delivers on this vulnerable love song.

  1. Better Together – Jack Johnson 

 “Better Together” is a simple, beachy love song. It’s subtle, and speaks to the couple whose just as delicate in their love for one another.

Author: Ado Connell

Monaghan Wedding DJ Ado Connell – Although Ado hails from the hills of Monaghan, his name is synonymous with the Wedding DJ industry in all four corners of Ireland. Ado began his DJing career at just 16 years of age, which has lead him to become one of Ireland’s most in demand wedding entertainers. Best known for his party style approach and his ability to read the crowd, Elite DJs are recognised for their ability to get any dance floor rocking.

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