20 first dance songs for your wedding that won't make you cringe. Promise.

Caroline Leaper
Caroline Leaper

There's not even a sniff of Michael Bublé...

Choosing your perfect first dance song is not an easy task. This is a track, a three minute moment where all of your friends and family have to watch you swaying (hopefully not too awkwardly) on the dancefloor, could well be one of the defining moments of your big day. No pressure, right?

So who better than Sarah-Jane Crawford, BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ, RedCarpetGreenDiet blogger and all-round cool girl, to help give us some wedding song ideas that are oh so lovely, but not totally cringe?

Plus, if that wasn't enough, we've got the details on what 10 celebrity couples chose to dance to on their big day. 

Sarah-Jane Crawford's First Dance Song Suggestions...

Jon B, They Don't Know
'You can't beat the 90s for RnB, and the lyrics are suited to the player who finally decided to settle down and asks their new wife / husband to not listen to what others think of them as despite the past they have something special.'


Luther Vandross, So Amazing
'Yes the Mum's and Dad's will know this but you'll stay vegan friendly with this one as I dare anyone to called the late great Luther cheesy.'


Sade, By Your Side
'Sade, what can you say other than absolutely timeless. This is of her comeback tracks from the Lovers Rock album in 2000. This is such a beautiful song that talks about never leaving someone no matter how touch things get.'


Maxwell, Ascension 
'This ones for the neo-soul fans. It's hard to find a more beautifully worded song with an equally beautiful vocal and melody. Just stunning and taken from Maxwell's debut album Urban Hang Suite.'


David Bowie, Heroes
'This year any Bowie song has to make its way into a rock infused wedding set but lyrically this is a perfect first dance song, for any couple who want to feel like together they can take over the world. RIP DB.'


Alina Baraz & Galimatias, Show Me
'Love this duo- Alina, vocalist now living in LA, and Matias the Danish electronist For the lovers of the new soul movement this one comes from her Urban Flora Ep which came out last year ( every song of which could be used) her obsessional ethereal songs are perfect for the cool but super romantic first dance song. And this one is so poetic. She sings "all that you are, is all that I need..."'


Adele, Make You Feel My Love
'From artist of the century - Not her big heartbreak tune of course but a favourite of mine from her debut 19. Will leave not a dry eye in the house.'


Lauryn Hill ft D'Angelo, Nothing Even Matters
'A song from one of the best RnB albums of our time from one of the most iconic female artists of our generation. This song describes pure Unadulterated love and because she duets it with the incredible D'Angelo, this song is perfect for the happy couple.'


Sleeping At Last, Chasing Cars
'This is an incredible cover of what is already an emotive song from Snow Patrol by the Illinois Rock band SAL. I heard this for the first time in a Soul Cycle class in LA once and was like, "this is special".'


James Bay, Running
'This man can do no wrong in my eyes and this song nearly moves me to tears. It is sure to provide the soundtrack to many an emotional first dance for years to come.'



The First Dance Songs That Celebrity Couples Chose...


Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux: Sia, Chandelier

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: Etta James, At Last, mixed with These Arms of Mine and Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel: Donny Hathaway, A Song For You 

The Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge: Ellie Goulding, Your Song 

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince: Roxy Music, If There Is Something

Beyoncé and Jay-Z: Their very own, Crazy in Love 

Barack and Michelle Obama: Stevie Wonder, You And I 

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan: Green Day, Last Night On Earth

Fergie and Josh Duhamel: The Rolling Stones, Sweethearts Together

David and Victoria Beckham: The Starlight Orchestra, It Had To Be You

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