Essex Wedding Photographer: 25 Alternative First Dance Songs

As a UK wedding photographer, I hear a lot of first dance songs! If anyone knows me or follows my Instagram account, they will also know I am a huge music fan. Rock and indie makes my heart glow. Having witnessed plenty of first dances,  I often wonder what I would pick as my own. I know a lot of couples I chat to don’t want to go for a traditional cheesey love song… or Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran (the most popular first dance song of the last few years). If these types of songs just don’t feel like you, I’ve compiled a little list of  alternative first dance songs to get your inspiration flowing.

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First dances may also be a tradition that you don’t want at your wedding, so you can also use this list as a starter for your wedding playlist!

25 Alternative First Dance Songs:

  1. Yellow – Coldplay

  2. Angels – The XX

  3. You’ve Got The Love – Florence and the Machine

  4. Toothpaste Kisses – The Maccabees

  5. Everlong – The Foo Fighters

  6. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World – Prince

  7.   You Always Make me Smile – Kyle Andrews

  8.   I could Die For You – RHCP

  9.  Anyone Else But You – The Moldy Peaches

  10.  All I Want Is You  – Barry Louis Polisar

  11.  I Would Do Anything For You – Foster the People

  12. Only love – Ben Howard

  13.  I’ll Be Yours – Those Dancing Days

  14. You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall & John Oates

  15. Higher Love – Kygo

  16.  Everlasting Light – The Black Keys

  17. You and I (Forever) – Jessie Ware

  18. Still Into You – Paramore

  19. She’s Got You High – Mumm-Ra

  20.  Wonderwall – Oasis

  21. Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
  22. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  23. Born to be yours – Imagine Dragons / Kygo
  24. XO – John Mayer
  25. Biffy Clyro – Mountains

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You can listen to these songs on my ‘Alternative First Dance Songs’ Spotify playlist. Let me know in the comments what you think and if you have any other songs to add. This could totally become a collaborative playlist!

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