20 Best Rock Wedding First Dance Songs
If you're looking for a rock song for your first dance, we've selected the 25 best for you including the best versions of them.
If you're about to get married, we don't need to tell you how difficult it is preparing everything, let alone trying to figure out a playlist. You only get one first dance, so why should you settle for a cliché song that everyone else plays at their weddings? You're a bit rock 'n roll and so is she, you deserve better, so have a listen to our favorite first dance rock songs. If you can't settle on just one, scatter them across the night.
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Journey - When You Love a Woman
We start off our list with a song from Journey that isn't Don't Stop Believin', can you believe it? When You Love A Woman is a beautiful piano piece.
Hootie & The Blowfish - Hold My Hand
All four members of Hootie & The Blowfish helped write this tune. It has a very "good times" feel to it.
The Beatles - Something (Acoustic by George Harrison)
If you're a fan of The Beatles, then you're in luck. Most of their songs can work quite well at weddings; whether it's for a entrance song, dance song or in this case, when you're ready to have your toe to toe with your new significant other. We went with this version of Something because we found it worked the best.
Radiohead - True Love Waits
If you're looking for a Radiohead song for your wedding, you're gonna have a hard time finding one. Their repertoire doesn't bode well for weddings (Punch up at a Wedding is NOT a good choice!). Don't worry though, we found one. When True Love Waits ends, you might want to grab the mic and say "But I don't need to wait anymore".
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
Bittersweet Symphony never gets old, despite being overplayed back in its day. It's more about changing your ways but hey, you're starting a new life so why not go with it.
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Oasis has a ton of songs that can be hits at weddings, Champagne Supernova works best for your first dance together.
Cutting Crew - (I Just) Died In Your Arms
This one works better with an older crowd as it's a bit too eighties. Still, I Just Died In Your Arms is a good first dance song.
The Doors - Love Street
Be remembered as the cool couple be going with The Doors' classic Love Street.
The Cure - Love Song (Acoustic Version)
It won't really be slow dance but it's a damn great song to start things off. If you can keep up, go for it. Alternatively, you can try 311's cover of this The Cure song.
Guns 'N Roses - November Rain
He might be a bit of a douche, but Axl Rose was a legend in the 80s. November Rain is an epic wedding song, but you might want to cut it down a bit, it's over eight minutes long.
Bryan Adams - Everything I Do, I Do it For You
Just read the title of the track, it's perfect for a wedding reception.
David Grey - The One I Love
Anything from David Grey really, this guy is a wedding song machine. We went with The One I Love for the sake of the article.
Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes
He might not be able to dance, but his song lends well to a wedding first dance.
Aerosmith - I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
I never understood why a song titled "I don't Want To Miss A Thing" would be the lead track for a movie about an asteroid that's on route to collide with earth. Either way, it's a bit overplayed but can still make for a good first dancer.
Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
Cheesy 90s rock song? Yes. Good first dance song? Absolutely!
Led Zeppelin - Thank You
Thank you Led Zeppelin for this wonderful love song. You might also want to consider Chris Cornell's cover of this song.
U2- All I Want Is You
U2 is always a safe bet, and All I Want Is You is the perfect first dance song.
Pearl Jam - Just Breathe
This little gem emerged from Pearl Jam's latest studio album, Backspacer. It's such a beautiful tune.
Dave Matthews Band - Crash Into Me (Boyce Avenue acoustic cover)
This rendition of Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews Band is perfect for a first dance. It will make her cry, and who knows, maybe he'll shed a tear too.
Foo Fighters - Everlong (acoustic)
Everlong is a beautiful rock song with simplistic yet powerful lyrics. Unfortunately, it doesn't lend well for a first dance. On the flip side, Dave Grohl records his music acoustically before giving them the rock treatment and finding an acoustic version of Everlong is easy. Foo Fighters tend to finish their sets with this rendition of Everlong but that doesn't mean that you can't use it as your first.