Unique First Dance Songs for Unique Couples

One of the biggest problems my husband and I had when planning our wedding was deciding what our first dance song should be. We both have very different tastes in music and are quite specific about what we like and what we don’t like. We also wanted to choose something that hadn’t already been done by a million other couples at a million other weddings. We chose unusual flowers. We had a strange theme. I wore a somewhat non-traditional dress. He wore jeans and a t-shirt. It seemed silly to dance our first dance to something traditional because, while tradition can be great, there is nothing traditional about my husband and I. We needed a unique first dance song so I hit the internet to find a list to go through. I discovered there is a shocking lack of info out there about unique first dance songs so I decided I’d come up with my own list. I’m going to share that list with you now. Remember though, your first dance should be to a song that says something about how you feel about each other.

*Please note: because these videos are from YouTube, there is always the chance the videos will be pulled. If you come across a video that has been pulled, let me know in the comments section and I’ll do my best to replace it. It might take me a while though, so I encourage you to look it up on your own. All these songs are fantastic and well worth checking out.


40: Air – Playground Love

Album: The Virgin Suicide (score for the motion picture, The Virgin Suicides)
Released: 1999

39: Al Green – Love and Happiness

Album: I’m Still In Love With You
Released: 1972


38: Beach Boys – God Only Knows

Album: Pet Sounds
Released: 1966

37: Ben Folds – The Luckiest

Album: Rockin’ the Suburbs 
Released: 2001

36: Bird and the Bee – My Love

Album: Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future
Released: 2009

35: Blue Rodeo – Lost Together

Album: Lost Together
Released: 1992

34: Blues Traveler – Yours

Album: Straight On Till Morning
Released: 1997

33: Bob Dylan – ‘Til I Fell in Love with You

Album: Time Out of Mind
Released: 1997

32: Bright Eyes – The First Day of My Life

Album: I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
Released: 2005

31: Captain Beefheart – I’m Glad

Album: Safe as Milk 
Released: 1967

30: Cat Power – Sea of Love

Album: The Covers Record
Released: 2000

*Also available on the soundtrack for the motion picture Juno

29: City and Colour – We Found Each Other in the Dark

Album: Little Hell
Released: 2011

28: Counting Crows – Colorblind

Album: This Desert Life
Released: 1998

*Also available on the soundtrack for the motion picture Cruel Intentions

27: Cure – Friday, I’m in Love

Album: Wish
Released: 1992

26: Florence and the Machine – Cosmic Love

Album: Lungs
Released: 2009

25: Fruit Bats – When U Love Somebody

Album: Mouthfuls
Released: 2003

24: Hawksley Workman – Safe and Sound

Album: For Him and the Girls
Released: 1999

23: HIM – In Joy and Sorrow

Album: Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights
Released: 2001

22: Iron & Wine – Naked As We Came

Album: Our Endless Numbered Days
Released: 2004

21: Jamie Cullum – I Think, I Love

Album: The Pursuit
Released: 2009


20: Joseph Arthur – Honey and the Moon

Album: Redemption’s Son
Released: 2002

19: Massive Attack – One Love

Album: Blue Lines
Released: 1991

18: Mazzy Star – Fade Into You

Album: So Tonight That I Might See
Released: 1993

17: Me’Shell Ndegeocello – Love Song #1

Album: Comfort Woman
Released: 2003

16: Melissa Etheridge – Nowhere to Go

Album: Your Little Secret
Released: 1995

15: Michelle Featherstone – We Are Man and Wife

Album: unknown
Released: not applicable

14: Neko Case – This Tornado Loves You

Album: Middle Cyclone 
Released: 2009

13: Nick Drake – Northern Sky

Album: Bryter Layter
Released: 1970

12: Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is

Album: The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
Released: 1965

11: Pavement – We Dance

Album: Wowee Zowee
Released: 1995

10: Pixies – La La Love You

Album: Doolittle
Released: 1989

09: Portishead – All Mine

Album: Portishead 
Released: 1997

08: Renee Olstead – A Love that Will Last

Album: Renee Olstead
Released: 2004

07: Serena Ryder – Weak in the Knees

Album: If Your Memory Serves You Well
Released: 2006

06: She & Him – I Was Made For You

Album: Volume 1
Released: 2008

05: Snow Patrol feat. Martha Wainwright – Set Fire to the Third Bar

Album: Eyes Open
Released: 2006

04: Sufjan Stevens – The Dress Looks Nice On You

Album: Seven Swans
Released: 2004

03: Van Morrison – Sweet Thing

Album: Astral Weeks 
Released: 1968


02: Wilco – I’m the Man Who Loves You

Album: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Released: 2002

01: Zombies – This Will Be Our Year

Album: Odessey and Oracle
Released: 1968