Whenever I go to a wedding, there is always one thing I try and guess – and that’s the first dance song. It’s one of my favourite parts of the whole day because whichever track is chosen by the newlyweds is a representation of them as a couple and it's such a happy and romantic moment.
Another thing that adds to the excitement and anticipation is that every couple does it differently, some have a funny dance routine, some learn a posh waltz, and some just enjoy a slow dance to their favourite single.
In July last year Spotify released the UK’s 10 most popular ‘first dance’ songs to give you some inspiration if you’re stuck for a choice.
Here is the whole countdown…
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
I am so not surprised to see this man at the top of the list. Thinking Out Loud was a phenomenon of a song and broke records, spending a whole year inside the UK’s top 40. It can reduce even a macho man to tears and that's saying something.
Etta James – At Last
This song is incredibly romantic and full of emotion. It was recorded all the way back in 1961 and is still your second most popular wedding song. What an achievement to still be so popular in 2016. I love old music, it's my favourite era and she is one of the best singers of all time.
John Legend – All of Me
This is the modern day love song and took the UK by a storm when it was released. John Legend wrote this song about his fiancée Chrissy Teigen, and sung it to her during their nuptials – how romantic.
Lonestar – Amazed
If I had to have one song on this list at my own wedding, it would be this one. Lonestar himself has admitted he feels pressure when performing this song live as it is such a popular wedding song for many couples - but don't worry Lonestar, I think you do a fabulous job!
Jack Johnsosn – Better Together
This song has a cute melody and was written for a special woman in Jack Johnsons life. “It was really just a song that I wrote for my wife. The love songs always start out for her.” – My heart is literally melting as I’m typing…
Al Greene - let's stay together
Scarily enough, this song was almost never released because Al Green despised the so called ‘thin’ sound of his falsetto – we thank our lucky stars that he saw the light because it truly is a stunning song to listen to - and to dance your first dance to.
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
Twilight fans and loving couples everywhere will be able to appreciate the pure emotion that oozes from this song. I can completely see why so many loved-up pairs want to enter their new marriage to this particular track.
Adele – Make You Feel My Love
After just headlining Glastonbury, it is safe to say that Adele has become our nation’s sweetheart and her talent for singing/songwriting is unarguable. She is so well known for portraying situations of love and heartbreak through her music and this song is about as love-felt as you can get.
Jason Mraz – I’m yours
Jason Mraz told The Sun that the song is about “generosity. About giving yourself or your time to someone or something else.” What better way to represent a marriage? I can’t think of one…
The Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
If it’s good enough for Avril Lavigne’s first dance with Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley, then it’s good enough for us. This song is such a classic and can mean so many different things to so many different people and I think that is the beauty of it.
My song for my own wedding which was not included in the list was the amazing jamie Lawson with the song "I wasn't expecting that" because the lyrics were so relevant to us as a couple and when we heard it for the first time it became our song so we didn't really have to pick one it was already something we loved, and I suppose that's the secret to any good wedding song is make sure you pick it because it means something to you!
And finally I must point out that the images I have used in this blog are not mine, they are from shutterstock images, 👍🏼