12 Best Alternative First Dance Songs for Weddings (Updated May 2020)

31 OCTOBER 2019
Blog post by Zazie Claris
Estimated read time: 3 minutes

Tired of hearing the same old first dance songs? Had enough of Ed Sheeran?

We’ve got the perfect list for you.

FixTheMusic has handpicked twelve of the best alternative first dance songs for you to play at your wedding. These hits will have your guests talking about your first dance for years to come.

Our talented musicians can rearrange any song and will transform your fave hits into the ideal first dance soundtrack.

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Take a look at the list below for some epic first dance inspiration:

2 Become 1 - Spice Girls

This iconic 90s tune will give your wedding that hit of pure nostalgia and is the perfect choice for anyone looking to add a bit of spice to their wedding day.

Cheerleader - OMI

In 2012 OMI gave us the anthem that is ‘Cheerleader’, and a guaranteed way to give that added spark to your first dance. This tune will have all the crowds on the dance floor and no can resist belting out the famous lyrics: ‘Oh I think that I found myself a cheerleader’.

7 days - Craig David

Craig David’s 7 days is the ultimate Y2K love song and will be the perfect selection for any naughties loving couple. You can celebrate any day of the week with this hit.

Adventure of A Lifetime - Coldplay

Coldplay has released tonnes of potential first dance songs, but we recommend ‘Adventure of A Lifetime’ for something a bit different and more exciting than your standard rendition of ‘Yellow’.

Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan

The goddess of soul herself, Chaka Khan. Nobody can resist this absolute hit, with the iconic lyrics giving everyone that buzz of nostalgia. This is one of the coolest first dance songs out there, and the number of possible musical arrangements are endless.

Everlong - Foo Fighters

For the rock-loving couple, this Foo Fighters track is the definition of a rock love song and will provide the perfect soundtrack for your alternative first dance.

Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus

This year 2000 track from the famous pop-rock band, Wheatus is an unquestionable banger. This will be the first dance choice that nobody expects but everybody loves.

What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction

This One Direction classic might be a little cheesy, but is definitely one of the most fun love songs out there. Care-free, low-key and irresistible, this hit is a great choice for any fun-loving couple.

Wake Me Up – Avicii

Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ is the ideal song for any duo looking for that wanderlust spirit in their first dance. The lyrics never cease to enchant and will inject that little bit of magic into your dance.

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths

Another 90s hit, this Smiths tune will ensure that your first dance is effortlessly cool and different to all other weddings. Truly unique, this song will give your wedding an edge like no other.

Joker - Steve Miller Band

We’re throwing it way back with this 1973 classic from the American Steve Miller Band, this excellent tune and its captivating musical arrangement will have everyone on the dance floor. Completely irresistible, it is impossible to stay still while this song plays.

Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen

Another vintage classic, Born To Run is the epitome of the alternative love song, how can you resist a declaration like ‘baby, we’re born to run?’. An undeniable tune, an even better first dance.


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