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The Best Slow First-Dance Songs

There’s so much pressure to get your first-dance song JUST right. It’s your first time in the spotlight as husband and wife, with all eyes on you. So you want to pick the perfect song. Some couples choose a sentimental tune that means something to the two of them, some choose a popular wedding song (such as Etta James’s “At Last”), and some make a choice based on nothing other than liking the beat!

We spoke to Jason Jani of SCE Event Group to get his take on this all-important musical decision. He’s hosted thousands of weddings and events in New Jersey and throughout the world, and loves to work with his couples to find their perfect first-dance song. Rather than play the version you hear popularly played on the radio, he often suggests to switch it up and go with an acoustic version or something that isn’t quite as expected.

DJ Jason Jani
Jason Jani of SCE Event Group

Here he shares with us his favorite slow first-dance songs. He even put them in a Spotify playlist so you can sample to see if any resonate with you. Good luck…and have fun narrowing it down!

  1. Beyond by Leon Bridges
  2. All of Me by John Legend
  3. Perfect by Ed Sheeran
  4. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
  5. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
  6. Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur
  7. At Last by Etta James
  8. You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne
  9. Then by Brad Paisley
  10. Can’t Help Falling In Love by Haley Reinhart
  11. Marry Me by Train
  12. Speechless by Dan + Shay
  13. Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett
  14. From the Ground Up by Dan + Shay
  15. The One by Kodaline
  16. Perfect Duet by Ed Sheeran & Beyonce
  17. You Are the Reason by Calum Scott
  18. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz
  19. Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran
  20. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
  21. I Don’t Dance by Lee Brice
  22. Beautiful Crazy by Luke Combs
  23. Lucky by Jason Mark, Colbie Caillat
  24. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
  25. Conversations in the Dark by John Legend
  26. Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts
  27. How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding
  28. Yours – Wedding Edition by Russell Dickerson
  29. I Get to Love You by Ruelle
  30. Crazy Love – 2013 Remaster by Van Morrison
  31. Make You Feel My Love by Adele
  32. If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys
  33. You and Me by Lifehouse
  34. I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz
  35. 10,000 Hours (with Justin Bieber) by Dan + Shay
  36. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing -From Armegeddon by Aerosmith
  37. I’ll Be by Edwin McCain
  38. In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young
  39. I Choose You by Sara Bareilles
  40. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
  41. Tennesse Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
  42. Making Memories of Us by Keith Urban
  43. Wanted by Hunter Hayes
  44. Speechless by Dan + Shay
  45. Amazed by Lonestar
  46. Forever Like That by Ben Rector
  47. How Long Will I Love You – Bonus Track by Ellie Goulding
  48. Lover by Taylor Swift
  49. Hold You in My Arms by Ray LaMontagne
  50. Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers
  51. God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton
  52. From the Ground Up – Single Version by Dan + Shay
  53. She’s Everything by Brad Paisley
  54. Better Together by Luke Combs
  55. I Am Yours by Andy Grammer
  56. Lover – First Dance Remix by Taylor Swift
  57. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Kina Grannis
  58. The Luckiest by Ben Folds
  59. Nobody But You by Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani
  60. At Last – Single Version by Etta James
  61. Into the Mystic- 2013 Remaster by Van Morrison
  62. My Best Friend by Tim McGraw
  63. Falling Like the Stars by James Arthur
  64. Blessed by Thomas Rhett
  65. You Make it Easy by Jason Aldean
  66. I was Made for Loving You by Tori Kelly, Ed Sheeran
  67. Grow Old by Georgia Florida Line
  68. Joy of My Life by Chris Stapleton
  69. The Kind of Love We Make by Luke Combs
  70. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Kacey Musgraves
  71. The Scientist by Coldplay
  72. Always Remember Us This Way by Lady Gaga
  73. Can We Kiss Forever by Kina, Adriana Proenza
  74. Falling Like the Stars by James Arthur
  75. Georgia by Vance Joy
  76. Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
  77. XO by John Mayer
  78. Best Part (feat. H.E.R.) by Daniel Caesar
  79. Your Song – Acoustic Live Lounge by Matt Johnson
  80. Cinema by Jason Evigan
  81. Come to Me by The Goo Goo Dolls
  82. History in the Making by Darius Rucker
  83. Me and You by Kenny Chesney
  84. Nothing Can Change This Love by Sam Cooke
  85. Rather Be by Jasmine Thompson
  86. Feels Like Home – Acoustic Version by Matt Johnson
  87. Imagine by Ben Platt
  88. Beautiful Crazy – Acoustic by Luke Combs
  89. Unchained Melody by Boyce Avenue
  90. Conversations in the Dark by John Legend
  91. Firestone – Live Acoustic Version by Kygo, Conrad Sewell
  92. First Try by Johnnyswim
  93. Never Stop (Wedding Version) by SafetySuit

Top photo by Idalia Photography; taken at Park Chateau Estate and Gardens in East Brunswick.

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