Newlyweds listening to their first dance song

Song Lists and Advice to Help You Make the Best Choice

Being a DJ is an interesting and fun job, and even more so living and working in the Smoky Mountains. As couples get married in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and East Tennessee, we have the pleasure of entertaining guests. Furthermore, Ron optimizes the flow of a wedding reception by acting as master of ceremonies. It’s truly an honor! We love providing an exceptional service for brides, on the wedding day and also before the wedding. As a courtesy, we have put together a song list from various genres to help you find the best first dance song for your wedding.

One aspect of the job that makes it so interesting is that each couple has a different music preference. We work with couples to create a custom playlist via a convenient and user friendly mobile app. That way, our receptions are filled with meaningful music. The most meaningful song is, of course, the first dance song.

We get requests for all types of songs for the first dance. If you are having trouble choosing a first dance song, relax. We are here to help! We’re sharing advice and a recommended song list. Here is an easy way to make the right decision:

How to Choose a First Dance Song for your Wedding Reception

  • To get started, share the list below with your fiance.
  • Separately, study the list and mark your individual favorites.
  • Afterwards, compare your lists to determine which songs you both like.
  • As a couple, listen to the songs.
  • Finally, discuss each one as you decide on the perfect fit for your first dance.

When you have made your decision, share it with us. We can’t wait to hear what you’ve picked!

Think about how the song best represents you as a couple and your love for one another. Your decision is a thoughtful and memorable way to display your love to your wedding guests. Additionally, the song will stand out as one of your top memories from your wedding day. For the rest of your lives, you’ll be transported back to that first dance every time you hear the song play. Altogether, you’ll treasure it always. So, choose your first dance song wisely.

Another key point, making the wrong decision can be embarrassing.

Equally important to share, here is a list of songs not to choose for your first dance. The list even mentions our hometown girl, Dolly Parton! While you may think I Will Always Love You is a sweet choice, especially for a Smoky Mountain Wedding, it’s actually not. The song sounds like a love song. However, it’s actually a beautiful song about saying goodbye to a loved one. If you take the time to make the right decision, then an embarrassing situation can be avoided. All things considered, choosing Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye is not a good idea (even if it is your favorite song).


Van Morrison – Crazy Love, or Into the Mystic

Ben E King – Stand By Me

Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody

Elvis – Can’t Help Falling In Love

The Beatles- All You Need is Love , or In My Life

Frankie Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

Neil Young – Harvest Moon


Michael Bublé – You and I, or Close Your Eyes, or Everything

Etta James – At Last

Louis Armstrong – A Kiss To Build A Dream On, or What a Wonderful World

Ella Fitzgerald – Heart and Soul

Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight

Soul,  R & B, & Motown

Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Freddie Scott – You Got What I Need

K-Ci & JoJo – All My Life

Lauryn Hill – I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

Al Green – Let’s Stay Together

Stevie Wonder – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

Ray Charles – Hallelujah (I Just Love Her So)

Sam Cooke – Nothing Can Change This Love


Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Christina Perri – A Thousand Years

Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend – Like I’m Gonna Lose You

Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up

Savage Garden – Truly, Madly Deeply

John Legend – All Of Me

Train – Marry Me

Sara Bareilles – I Choose You


Jack Johnson – Better Together

Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing

Queen – You’re My Best Friend

Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me

Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

Foo Fighters – Everlong

Lifehouse – You and Me

Bryan Adams – Everything I Do, I Do It For You

Indie & Alternative

Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – Home

Kodaline – The One

City and Colour – The Girl

Edwin McCain – I’ll Be

Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life

Ingrid Michaelson – Can’t Help Falling In Love

Tracy Chapman – The Promise


Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – It’s Your Love, or I Need You

Keith Urban – Making Memories Of Us

Lee Brice – I Don’t Dance

Lonestar – Amazed

Blake Shelton – God Gave Me You

Dixie Chicks – Cowboy Take Me Away

Rascal Flatts – Bless the Broken Road

George Strait – I Cross My Heart

Thomas Rhett – Die a Happy Man

Your Next Steps

Now that you’ve chosen your first dance song, it’s time to have fun filling out the playlist for your wedding reception! As a valued client of Smokey Mountain Sounds, you have the ability to organize your playlist via a mobile app. The app connects you directly with Ron, your DJ and wedding officiant, so you can work together to create the perfect playlist.

Haven’t hired us yet? Let’s discuss your wedding today; contact us to get started. We can’t wait to help you plan a fun and memorable reception to celebrate your wedding in the Smoky Mountains!

Written by Ellen Crivellone of Smokey Mountain Sounds and the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association– We would love to DJ for your celebration! 1-865-712-1854

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