The Most Popular First Dance Songs of 2016

Where do you even begin to choose your first dance song? It’s kind of an important decision to make as a couple… but if he’s into Frank Turner and you’re more Take That, who gets to decide?! How about a little inspiration from other couples to help you choose…  Join Adam from Bands for Hire for a proper nosey into the top first dance songs of the last year – it’s all kinds of fascinating!

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Images in this feature all by the fabulous, highly recommended Vickerstaff Photography in Cheshire.

Having been in the wedding industry for the best part of twelve years, first dance songs are a big part of the conversation with many brides and grooms-to-be. With infinite choices and other factors such as song length, tempo and dance routines to consider, it’s not a decision to be taken lightly.

There are certain songs that become the go-to ballad for a particular year, and then fall out of favour and are never to be heard again, but, there are also hundreds of golden oldies that are here to stay… and some that just won’t go away however much we wish they would! (Amazed by Lonestar anyone?).

With 2016 coming to a close, I took it upon myself to (painstakingly) trawl through hundreds of wedding band bookings from the past 12 months to find out exactly which songs have been the soundtrack to weddings in 2016. It wasn’t surprising to find artists such as Ed Sheeran and John Legend high up the list, but there were certainly a good number of unexpected results, including songs that I have to admit to having never heard before. In fact, the vast majority of songs were completely unique and only came up once in our list.

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One thing I will say is that whilst this list is real data based on hundreds of weddings, it’s worth noting that all of these songs were performed by bands and there may be factors that skew the data a little; for example, some songs may be a popular occurrence in our band’s playlists (they all tend to copy each other you know!) or could have already been recorded as a demo by the band in question.

Top 10 Most Popular First Dance songs of 2016

1. All of Me – John Legend
2. Grow old with me – Tom Odell
3. Stand By Me – Ben E King
4. Thinking Out Loud -Ed Sheeran
5. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
6. At Last – Etta James
7. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
8. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
9. Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran
10. Over and over again – Nathan Sykes

Other Popular First Dance songs in 2016

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Greatest Day – Take That
Ho Hey – The Lumineers
Grow Old With You – Wedding Singer Soundtrack
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
La vie en rose – Louis Armstrong
Moon River – Andy Williams
Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran
The One – Kodaline
Can’t Take My Eyes of You – Andy Williams
Rule the World – Take That
Sky Full Of Star – Coldplay
Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
This Old Heart of Mine – The Isley Brothers
What a Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Yellow – Coldplay
You & Me song – The Wannadies
You Got The Love – Florence and the Machine
L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole
Green Eyes – Coldplay
Moonlight in Vermont – Frank Sinatra

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Love this list? Have you even considered your last dance yet? Oh yes – it’s a thing. You want your guests to be dancing their socks off and singing their hearts out to the best song ever at the end of your night, right? There’s a cracking list for you here: The ultimate list of last dance wedding songs (love it!)

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With thanks to the lovely, super talented Cheshire wedding photographer Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography for all of the images used on this blog post:

We’ll share the full wedding (from Arley Hall) on the 7th of February… and it’s soooo beautiful. See you then!

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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