From classic tunes to today's hottest hits, choosing a first dance song can be a challenging task, because, well, there are so many amazing songs out there it can seem impossible to pick only one. Need some help? We checked in with some of the best in the wedding entertainment world to see what made their most-requested song lists this year and here's what we found out!
It's no secret that Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" was a top choice for a first dance song in 2017. It also was the most requested for wedding DJs Jason Fioto of Generation Events and Mary Nisi of Toast and Jam DJs. But for DJ Ray Jarrell of Jarrell Entertainment, Ed Sheehan's "Perfect" was the song his couples wanted to hear. Shout out to Ed for creating such romantic music!
Some other popular picks this year included "How Long Will I Love You" by Ellie Goudling, "Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur, and "You Are the Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne. For Michael Tinio of Behind the DJ Booth, it was the bachata version of Ben E. King's timeless track "Stand by Me" by Prince Royce, which is a newer song but fused with tradition.
But while these chart-topping songs made the cut, the classics are here to stay too. Traditional choices like "At Last" by Etta James and "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong still remained most requested for wedding band Roman Street.
Top 25 first dance songs of 2017
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
At Last – Etta James
You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
Stand by Me - Prince Royce
What A Wonderful Life - Louis Armstrong
In My Arms - Johnnyswim
Coming Home – Leon Bridges
Electric Love - BØRNS
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
I Found You - Alabama Shakes
Stay With You - John Legend
Come and Get Your Love - Redbone
Always and Forever - Heatwave
Till There Was You - The Beatles
My Girl - Temptations
Can't Take My Eyes Off of You - Lauryn Hill
Have I Told You Lately How Much I Love You - Van Morrison
I and Love and You - the Avett Brothers
Forever - Ben Harper
Wildflowers - Tom Petty
Sugar Dumpling - Sam Cooke
You're All I Need To Get By - Marvin Gaye
Style Me Pretty Contributor - Heather Hall Galle is a freelance writer, content creator, and PR consultant splitting time between NYC & Fairhope, AL. When she isn't traveling, planning an event, or scouring wedding trends on social media you can find her practicing yoga by the beach, discovering new music, and enjoying time with her family and friends.