The 9 most popular first dance songs for weddings in 2017

16 FEBRUARY 2017
Blog post by Adam Southall
Estimated read time: 4 minutes

To devise this list, we conducted extensive research on the weddings in 2017 booked via FixTheMusic, but we also created our own survey which was completed by several hundred brides in the UK. Although many of the weddings have not yet taken place, nearly all the couples have decided on their first dance song. Here we present the most 9 most popular wedding first dance songs of 2017.

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9. Sugar by Maroon 5

Released in January 2015, Sugar by Maroon 5 is the 9th most requested first dance song at weddings in the UK in 2017. The song has an uplifting disco-pop-soul feel to it and the music video is certainly wedding-themed. Based on the 2005 film Wedding Crashers, it features Adam Levine and the rest of the band driving around Los Angeles, crashing several weddings and delighting ecstatic guests in the process.

8. Marry Me by Train

"Marry Me" is a song authored by Pat Monahan and performed by the group Train, for their fifth studio album Save Me, San Francisco. The song was released in 2010 as the album's third single. Lead singer and songwriter of Train, Pat Monahan said interviews that the ballad was originally a very short tune, comprising only a verse and a chorus, but he was encouraged by friends to expand upon it.

7. Stay With Me by Sam Smith

Released in 2014, this song has a soulful feel with clear gospel influences. Stay With Me peaked at no. 1 of the UK singles chart. It was revealed in 2015 that Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra) and Tom Petty were awarded songwriting credits due to its similarity to their 1989 song I Won't Back Down. The agreement was amicable, with Smith stating that he had not intentionally plagiarised, but acknowledged the similarities nonetheless.

6. Make You Feel My Love, sung by Adele

"Make You Feel My Love" is a song originally written by Bob Dylan that featured on his 1997 album Time Out of Mind. It has since been covered by several musicians including Adele, Garth Brooks, Bryan Ferry and Kelly Clarkson. Adele’s version is in the key of B flat major – piano and strings combine to create a rich harmonic background for Dylan’s lyrics.

5. At Last by Etta James

This timeless classic was written in 1941 by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren. The version that we know and love was recorded in 1960 by American blues singer Etta James. At Last has featured in the soundtrack to several films, including Rain Man and Pleasantville. Beyoncé Knowles performed the song in 2009 at the first inaugural ball of President Barack Obama, and since then it has surged in popularity which continues to this day. In 2017, it was the 5th most performed first dance song at UK weddings.

4. All Of Me by John Legend

Written by German music producer/songwriter Toby Gad and Legend himself, All Of Me was released in 2013 and became the 3rd best selling song of 2014. It has a lyrical R&B/soul style with a video shot in Italy, a few days before Legend's wedding, and featuring his fiancé Chrissy Teigen. This was the 4th most played first dance song at UK weddings in 2017.

3. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

This soft-rock song was written by Christina Perri and David Hodges, and featured in the soundtrack to movie The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. At FixTheMusic, we’ve found that arrangements of the song for the harp, piano and string quartet are particularly popular at wedding ceremonies, but it’s also the 3rd most popular first dance song at wedding receptions this year.

2. Everything by Michael Bublé

"Everything" is a song performed by Canadian crooner Michael Bublé, and debutted on April 23, 2007, as the lead single from his third major-label studio album, Call Me Irresponsible. Bublé penned the lyrics of "Everything" for his then girlfriend Emily Blunt. Unlike Bublé's other ballads, this song strays away from the big band Rat Pack style (it’s guitar driven with no horn section), carrying many elements of pop and rock.

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1. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

This 2015 soft-rock hit was co-written by Sheeran and Amy Wadge, a Welsh singer songwriter. It peaked at number 1 in several countries, and became the first song to spend a full year within the UK’s Top 40. The music video was shot at the Crystal Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, and features Sheeran ballroom dancing with Brittany Cherry, a contestant from an American TV dance show. Thinking Out Loud is a soulful and romantic ballad, and with a video displaying beautifully-choreographed ballroom dance moves, it’s easy to see why this is the most popular first dance song at UK weddings in 2017.

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About Adam Southall — Adam is a co-founder of FixTheMusic and works on everything from copywriting and marketing to design and user experience. He studied Music at Cambridge University. Adam is a keen pianist and also learned cello and trumpet from an early age.