As huge music fans and seasoned wedding planners, we love nothing more than a good first dance. The song a couple chooses says so much about their tastes and interests. As much as we love traditional first dance songs, though, nothing makes our heart happier than a couple who goes against the status quo and picks something a little different for that all-important dance of theirs.


Today, then, we’ve consulted age-old playlists, turned on our favorite Sirius stations, Spotified, Apple Music’d and Pandora’d ourselves half to death to bring you the ultimate roundup of non-traditional first dance songs. So kick back, put on a good pair of headphones, and have a listen to our top picks for first dance songs you probably haven’t considered.


For Indie Music Lovers


  • Veins by Palace
  • Into the Deep by Galactic, Featuring Macy Grey
  • Carry You by Dispatch
  • When I Get My Hands On You by Various Artists from The New Basement Tapes
  • Indian Moon by State Radio
  • Out Loud by Dispatch
  • Silver Joy by Damien Jurado
  • Lost in the Light by Bahamas
  • Two Coins by Dispatch


For Hopeless Romantics


  • Wait Wait Wait by Hanni El Khatib
  • Pretty Things by TFDI
  • The Dreamer by The Tallest Man on Earth
  • Sideways by Citizen Cope
  • Diamonds on the Inside by Ben Harper
  • Currently by Keaton Simons


Blues & Soul


  • Things Are Changin’ (Live Solo Acoustic Version) by Gary Clark Jr.
  • River by Leon Bridges
  • Your Love Will Blow Me Away by Son Little
  • Soulfight by the Revivalists
  • Lay Down by Son Little
  • Blue Honey by Jimi Charles Moody
  • This Feeling by Alabama Shakes


Folk


  • Imposters (Little by Little - Acoustic Version) by The Fratellis
  • I Can’t Wait (Live Acoustic) by Star & Micey
  • Hold On by The Gospel Whiskey Runners
  • Luckiest Man by the Wood Brothers
  • I and Love and You by The Avett Brothers
  • Lady on the Water by Blitzen Trapper


Covers Worth Considering


  • Lay Lady Lay by Magnet (originally by Bob Dylan)
  • This Must be the Place by Iron & Wine (originally by Talking Heads)
  • Fire & Rain by Birdy (originally by James Taylor)
  • Rocket Man by My Morning Jacket (originally by Elton John)
  • Graceland by The Tallest Man on Earth (originally by Paul Simon)
  • Hey Ya by Obadiah Parker (originally by OutKast)

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