The Top 10 First Dance Songs For 2020 – No. 7 Might Surprise You!

October 2020 | Oana Gheorghiu

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What are the top 10 first dance songs for 2020?

 

Here are the top 10 first dance songs for 2020! However you are planning to celebrate your wedding this year, let me take the hard work out of picking a first dance by showing you the most popular songs of 2020 – number 7 may surprise you too… I crammed in a lot of research and put in some serious hours to compile this list, so I hope you enjoy it!

 

If you love an infographic may I present in no particular order, our top 10 first dance songs of 2020 infographic!

 

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How did I come up with this top 10 list of first dances?

Like our other super popular top 10 and handpicked song lists, I went the extra mile to prepare the ultimate top 10 first dance songs for 2020. No half measures here, I wanted to bring you the best list I could so your wedding song choices are perfect for you! I don’t just copy and paste some songs from a YouTube top 10 or borrow suggestions from a Spotify playlist as what’s the point in that?! Nope, here are the resources I used to put together this ultimate top 10 list…

 

  • The numerous first dance song requests our wedding couples have asked for over the years and especially during 2020
  • Everyone at Seventh Seconds combined experience and insight performing first dances week in week out for 15 years
  • Quality Spotify, YouTube and iTunes lists
  • Other good articles and blog post lists

 

Put that all together and distil the results through our special first dance filter and you get the most popular top 10 first dance songs for 2020. Funny, romantic, epic, tear-jerking, fast or slow, I’ve got first dances to suit all tastes here!

 

Going the extra mile – Seventh Second style

We like to go the extra mile here at Seventh Second so as well as listing my carefully selected top 10 first dances, I’ll let you in on some insider info for each song plus some useful ratings too. Here’s what I’ll go through.

 

  • The popularity of each song with our wedding couples
  • A bit of song trivia or background info
  • Our take as professional wedding musicians on how the song goes down live
  • A romance score out of 10
  • A fun score out of 10
  • A dance difficulty out of 10

 

My scoring system is simple. 1 is low and 10 is high and so I hope you love all this info as much as I loved putting it together for you all!

 

Here are my top 10 first dance songs of 2020 in list form

If you love a list, here you go! Keep scrolling to get all the juicy info on each of these songs plus much more!

 

  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
  • All Of Me – John Legend
  • Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon
  • You’ve Got The Love – Florence And The Machine
  • How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  • Your Song – Elton John
  • Riptide – Vance Joy
  • I Will Wait – Mumford And Sons
  • Shallow – Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper
  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

 

1. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

Who doesn’t love a bit of Queen?! Crazy Little Thing Called Love is the perfect fun time first dance even though it’s one that isn’t always commonly chosen. We love performing this song and I can’t think of a single wedding party that hasn’t loved dancing along to it too. Our popular live wedding band The Usual Suspects perform it regularly and firmly agree! It’s just a fantastic feel-good first dance song and did you know that Freddie wrote this song while having a bath! You never know when inspiration is going to hit and with 296 million streams on Spotify, it was some inspiration!

Romance score

6 out of 10

Fun score

9 out of 10

Dance difficulty

7 out of 10

 

2. All of Me – John Legend

John Legends All of Me is a massively popular first dance and all-round wedding song because it’s so dam romantic! About as romantic as it gets to be honest! It sounds great performed live when you have a wedding band with a fantastic vocalist and pianist like Night and Day do. Even though the song only took Mr Legend three hours to write it has amassed over a billion streams on Spotify. Wow!

Romance score

10 out of 10

Fun score

4 out of 10

Dance difficulty

5 out of 10

 

3. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon

Love a bit of energy in your first dance? Walk the Moon’s Shut Up and Dance would be a good choice then. Modern, energetic and loads of fun, it’s simply a blast having your live wedding band perform this for you. We love it’s fun, rocky vibes which will be popular right into 2021 for sure. Even though Walk the Moon’s favourite accent is, err… Christopher Walken, their monster song has still amassed 838 million streams on Spotify!

Romance score

4 out of 10

Fun score

9 out of 10

Dance difficulty

5 out of 10

 

4. You’ve Got the Love – Florence And The Machine

Who doesn’t know this tune?! Another wedding classic with our female fronted wedding band Flowers having performed it for plenty of couples first dances. Why? Because it’s a perfectly epic, folk stylised song wrapped up in modern romance. It sounds fantastic live and should be at the top of your first dance list especially if you are having a festival, folk or barn stylised wedding. Not convinced? Well 282 million streams on Spotify don’t lie and do you remember the original ’80s version by Candi Stanton? It’s a dance classic, well worth a listen!

Romance score

8 out of 10

Fun score

7 out of 10

Dance difficulty

5 out of 10

 

5. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding

Romance is the name of the game again here with Ellie Goulding’s cover of the Waterboy’s classic, How Long Will I Love You. 278 million streams on Spotify shows how popular this tune is and we can testify to that with it being many couples first dance choice. Slow, stunning and romantic, this tune is easy to dance too and perfect as your first dance as a married couple. If you fancy something a bit more up-tempo give the Waterboy’s original version a listen.

Romance score

10 out of 10

Fun score

4 out of 10

Dance difficulty

4 out of 10

 

6. Your Song – Elton John

Put simply, this is a monster wedding tune. One of the most popular and perfect songs for those first dance photos and magic moments on the dance floor. We play this song at weddings a lot, believe me! Elton has racked up almost 400 million streams on Spotify but there’s plenty of different covers of this song out there for you to choose from. Almost like Freddie Mercury’s bathtub inspiration, Elton John wrote this song while having breakfast! Who would have thought?!

Romance score

8 out of 10

Fun score

4 out of 10

Dance difficulty

6 out of 10

 

7. Riptide – Vance Joy

A song that may surprise some of you for making my top 10 is Vance Joy’s Riptide. Don’t underestimate this tune especially if you love your foot stomping festival, folk vibes. Our talented acoustic folk band Paper Boats can’t get enough of this song and perform a pretty brilliant version for dance hungry wedding crowds. Fun, romance and great dancing opportunities await any couple that picks this song as their first dance. Did you know that Vance was obsessed with playing Metallica for years before he got his folk on? I think it was worth it considering he gets over 11 million streams a month on Spotify!

Romance score

8 out of 10

Fun score

8 out of 10

Dance difficulty

6 out of 10

 

8. I Will Wait – Mumford And Sons

Mumford and Sons. Need I say more? These guys have written songs that seemed destined for couples weddings and first dances and I Will Wait has to be one of the best. Our wedding band League of Gentlemen blast out a great version of this tune most weekends so choosing this song would be far from a bad choice. Fun and romantic, I Will Wait has racked up 413 million streams on Spotify and will be a big wedding hit for years to come. Did you know that our colleague and drummer James from Paper Boats has performed alongside Mumford and Sons at Glastonbury festival and on tour? I better get his autograph!

Romance score

7 out of 10

Fun score

8 out of 10

Dance difficulty

6 out of 10

 

9. Shallow – Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper

Hollywood glitz is a good way to go if you want something a little different for your first dance and Shallow, the hit song from Lady Gaga and Bradley Coopers huge romantic movie “A Star is Born” is a great choice. When Lady Gaga wrote this with top producer Mark Ronson, she never envisioned it would become a massive Hollywood hit but with over a billion streams on Spotify, we’d say it is! Romance and easy-going dancing are all part of this songs massive charm.

Romance score

10 out of 10

Fun score

4 out of 10

Dance difficulty

6 out of 10

 

10. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Last but by no means least is arguably the most popular first dance song of the last 6 years. Thinking Out Loud which Mr Sheeran never imagined would be that popular is simply massive and requested more than any other song as a first dance by our wedding couples. It’s romantic, easy to dance to and wedding guests simply love it. A solid and memorable choice for your first dance. Our live wedding band From the Top simply love performing this tune. Oh, and did I mention it has over 1.5 billion, yes billion streams on YouTube?!

Romance score

10 out of 10

Fun score

4 out of 10

Dance difficulty

 4 out of 10

 

There you have it!

Wow, some pretty amazing songs there. You truly are spoilt for choice, aren’t you?! If you need a fantastic live wedding band to perform one of these or any other first dance you had in mind why not check out all of ours here? They have bags of experience performing first dances and can even add a unique twist to your favourite tune to make your first dance memorable, unique and truly bespoke. You can’t ask for much more than that can you?!

 

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I couldn’t help but mention…

It was difficult to narrow down my top first dances for 2020 down to only 10 so here are some just as perfect and beautiful first dance ideas that didn’t quite make the cut. Each one has been performed many times by our wedding bands and is a worthy choice for your stunning wedding day.

 

Superstition – Stevie Wonder

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli

Better Together – Jack Johnson

The Luckiest – Ben Folds

My Girl – The Temptations

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

At Last – Etta James

Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis

You Are The Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne

The One – Kodaline

Iris – Goo Goo Dolls

Stand By Me – Ben E. King

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Perfect – Ed Sheeran

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

Everything – Michael Bublé

Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder

It’s bye from me!

I hope you enjoyed my 2020 first dance list and found it all super useful. I’d love to know what you thought! Before I go, I have to mention these guides as they are packed full of great information. I wish I’d had them by my side when I was choosing my first dance!

 

How to pick a first dance – the ultimate guide

25 handpicked first dance songs for 2021

 

If you have any suggestions let us know, we’d love to hear about your wedding ideas, inspirations and the wedding music you are choosing for your wedding day. We are open 7 days a week, 10 am to 10 pm via phone, text, email and live chat so come and say hello.

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Thanks,

Oana and the Seventh Second family



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