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!