9 Wedding First dance songs from the ’60s

9 Wedding First dance songs from the ’60s

9 Wedding First dance songs from the '60s

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When it comes to your wedding day there can often be a lot of elements that you find tricky, and choosing your first dance song can be one of them. After all, it is an important part of the wedding reception so you want to make sure that you get it right. You also need to consider your taste in music so often the usual suspects you hear as first dance songs are just not going to cut it.

Many people turn to a specific era for inspiration, and if you thought the 60s were swinging then here are some of the best first dance song options from those years gone by. 

Wedding first dance songs from the ’60s

9 Wedding First dance songs from the '60s

At last – Etta James 

“At last, my love has come along. My lonely days are over, And life is like a song”

This is one of those well-known songs that we all just love and it is a hugely popular wedding dance song. You will find that this song is quite slow in pace, so it is perfect for you and your partner don’t have too much confidence on the dance floor. A perfect song for a blossoming couple

God only knows – The Beach Boys 

God only knows what I’d be without you. If you should ever leave me. Though life would still go on, believe me. The world could show nothing to me, So what good would living do me?”

This is a little more upbeat and can be classed as a great song for a first dance. It isn’t too long either and can be seen as being straight to the point. Perfect for couples who are never too keen on being the centre of attention. The song is well-known for being in many romantic films, so ideal if you like that sort of thing. 

Can’t help falling in love with you – Elvis Presley

“Take my hand, Take my whole life, too. For I can’t help falling in love with you”

This is a slow number and one of the classics sung by Elvis Presley. It is the ideal song if you are a fan of the icon, and it is also not too long so ideal if you want to get on with the party. The words have real sentiment and meaning, and it is the perfect choice if you don’t feel confident in dancing and just want to move to the music while looking into each other’s eyes. 

9 Wedding First dance songs from the '60s

Can’t take my eyes off you – Frankie Valli 

“You’re just too good to be true. Can’t take my eyes off of you. You’d be like Heaven to touch. I wanna hold you so much. At long last, love has arrived. And I thank God I’m alive”

A great first dance song that has a bit more of an upbeat tempo than some of the others suggested. However, it is still a song that you can sway from side to side with if dancing is just not your thing. It has great words with hidden meanings and it could resonate with any couple. A perfect all-rounder song choice when looking for a memorable first dance number. 

Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers 

“Woah, my love, my darling. I’ve hungered for your touch. A long, lonely time And time goes by so slowly, And time can do so much, Are you still mine? I need your love, I need your love. God speed your love to me”

When you think of that song, you probably think of that iconic scene in the film Ghost. Am I right? Now while you aren’t about to play with clay, this can be a great song as a first dance. It has meaning and is romantic, but it is slow enough for people who are just not fans of dancing. It also isn’t too long, so you can get on with filling the dance floor straight after. 

L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole

“L is for the way you look at me, O is for the only one I see, V is very, very extraordinary, E is even more than anyone that you adore can”

This is such a lovely song and is a bit more upbeat that you dance about to it but short enough to not be too overwhelming. It is simple but a very effective first dance choice that would suit any couple. 

9 Wedding First dance songs from the '60s

Here, there and everywhere – The Beatles

“Here, Making each day of the year. Changing my life with a wave of her hand. Nobody can deny that there’s something there”

The Beatles are an iconic band from this era, and this song is a great choice for a more unique couple. It isn’t the usual song choice, but it is slow enough to enjoy each other’s moment, and also has a lot of sentiment with the lyrics.

Ain’t no mountain high enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

“Listen, baby, ain’t no mountain high, Ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough, baby. If you need me, call me, no matter where you are, No matter how far, don’t worry, baby.”

This is a great first dance song. It is well-known and upbeat and is likely to pull everyone onto the dancefloor. Most people know the words to this one, and any couple can relate to the lyrics. A great choice. 

Stand By Me – Ben E King

“When the night has come, And the land is dark, And the moon is the only light we’ll see. No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid, Just as long as you stand, stand by me

Finally, this is another iconic choice that most people will know. The words can be relatable to most couples and it is more upbeat if you want to do a little more than just sway. You will likely be able to encourage everyone onto the dance floor with this number. 

I hope this has given you plenty of inspiration if you are choosing your first dance song for your wedding day. 

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