The Best Celebrity First Dance Songs
From power ballads to upbeat numbers, these celebrity wedding songs were major hits.
Since there's an endless number of options to choose from, picking your first dance song can prove more difficult than you'd think. Luckily, you have your favorite celebrities to guide you on your way. Here, you'll find a list of stars' first dance songs that you just might be inspired to steal. We have a feeling that Beyoncé, Meghan Markle, Amal Clooney, Serena Williams, and Carrie Underwood won't mind!
These A-lister's wedding songs also reiterate the fact that stars really are just like us—they just also happen to have some of the best taste in music, since so many of them create it. We think that makes them a pretty reliable source of authority. And since no famous couple is the same, neither was their song selection. From romantic power ballads, to fast numbers made for bold choreography, and soft, and sweet love tunes, this list is sure to have something for every couple, regardless of your wedding style. You'll also enjoy the diverse mix of recognizable classic rock and contemporary hits—proof that a jam doesn't have to be niche to feel perfect for your big day.
Of course, you don't have to totally copy these celebrity's song choices. Maybe they'll spark an idea or remind you of a song from the same artist. Ultimately, you probably won't be able to hire the original singer like some of these celebs did (looking at you, Kate Middleton!), but your band or DJ will be able to recreate these love-filled tunes. And even for us in-love non-royal, non-celebrities, that's still pretty close to perfect.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose an unexpected, upbeat song (Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody") for their first married spin, which took place at Prince Charles' residence, Frogmore House.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
This high-profile duo's wedding took place at Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. Though little is known about their big day, we do know that they chose a classic ballad for their dance floor debut: Judy Garland's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," which was performed by Florence Welch.
Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook
At their tented stable wedding—a testament to the bride and groom's joint love for horses—Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook's wedding band sang a live rendition of Tracy Byrd's "The Keeper of the Stars" as they held each other close on the dance floor. Luckily, one of the couple's guests posted footage of the moment on Instagram for the Big Bang Theory actress' fans to see.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian
The tennis champion and Reddit co-founder's Beauty and the Beast-themed wedding definitely inspired their wedding song: Celine Dion's "Tale as Old as Time."
Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley
The former Grey's Anatomy star might have walked down the aisle to a song that her musician husband had personally written for the occasion, but the duo decided to outsource their first dance song. They swayed to "Heavenly Day" by Patty Griffin at their Park City, Utah, reception. Fun fact: The actress' blog, Those Heavenly Days, is a reference to the tune.
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello
Several celebrities, including Channing Tatum and Reese Witherspoon, witnessed the Modern Family actress and Teen Wolf star's first dance, which was set to the classic "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra.
Kate Upton and Justin Verlander
True story: Kate Upton and Justin Verlander actually missed the front end of their wedding weekend in Tuscany (the Houston Astros pitcher had just won the World Series). They made up for lost time at reception, though, which included a surprise firework show, two bands, and late-night karaoke—and a first married dance to Michael Bublé's "Everything," of course.
Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli
For Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli, their brightly-hued party was all about their guests. That's why they invited all of their friends and family to join them on their dance floor for their upbeat spin to "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.
Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich
It was no surprise that dancer and actress Julianne Hough's lakeside C'oeur d'Alene, Idaho, reception was defined by music. After her bridesmaids (including Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev!) surprised her and her husband, hockey player Brooks Laich, with a choreographed number to Sia's "Chandelier," the newlyweds made the dance floor their own to one of their favorite hits—OneRepublic's "All This Time."
Beth Behrs and Michael Gladis
The 2 Broke Girls actress and Mad Men star fell in love with their wedding band, Showdown Band, before they were even engaged (they'd listened them play at a New Years Eve celebration a few years prior). The group's rendition of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" for the couple's first dance was a highlight of the Jackson Hole, Wyoming, reception.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.
The teenage heartthrobs wed in a bohemian ceremony in Mexico in 2002, five years after meeting on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer. The couple kicked off their reception, which overlooked Playa Blanca, with a spin to "Someone to Watch Over Me" by Gertrude Lawrence—the dancing didn't stop, though, until 3 a.m.
Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson
The Olympic swimmer and model have tied the knot not once, not twice, but three times. Following their first wedding—an intimate backyard ceremony in Arizona, which was attended by just five people—they threw another small party in Cabo San Lucas a few weeks later. Though their third celebration, a Gatsby-themed affair, was the largest, their official first dance took place in Cabo to the tune of "Die a Happy Man" by Thomas Rhett.
Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell
Following a London courthouse wedding, the musician pulled a song from one of his solo albums for his first dance with Nancy Shevell. The couple, who tied the knot in 2011, swayed to his soothing ballad "My Valentine."
Beyoncé and Jay Z
We're not surprised that Bey and Jay danced to "Crazy in Love" at their secret wedding, as it was the first collaboration by the power couple. You and your husband-to-be may not have made a chart-topping hit together, but you two can definitely dance the night away to this super fun song.
Lauren Conrad and William Tell
Conrad and husband William Tell danced to the happy and sing-songy "You're My Best Friend" by The Once.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Victoria and David Beckham
You may not be to able to hire the Starlight Orchestra to play "It Had to Be You" like the Beckhams did, but the original, Harry Connick Jr. version is still a classic.
Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo
Nick and Vanessa danced to Steve Tyrell's cover of the classic "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" after tying the knot.
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama
The former President and First Lady have always been the definition of marriage goals, and their choice of the super-romantic song "You and I" by Stevie Wonder is no exception.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher
The gorgeous country crooner and her hockey-playing husband danced to "Love Never Fails" for their first dance. Try not to tear up when you listen to the lyrics of this lovey-dovey song.
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth
Nothing is better than the original Bob Dylan version of "Make You Feel My Love," which is probably why Reese and Jim chose it as their first dance song.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
The couple now best known for their awesome family Halloween costumes danced to "A Moment Like This" by Kelly Clarkson.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kimye went all out for their first dance with a mashup of Otis Redding's "These Arms of Mine" and "Tenderness" with Etta James' "At Last." (We're surprised Kanye didn't throw one of his own songs into the mix, too!)
Joel Madden and Nicole Richie
For a couple as edgy as Joel and Nicole, choosing the traditional "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong came as a little bit of a surprise, but hey, that doesn't mean we don't love it!
Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney
Leave it to the Clooneys to pick such a romantic and swoon-worthy song like "Why Shouldn't I?" by Cole Porter. We can totally picture them swaying to this timeless song.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
Of course, "At Last" by Etta James had to make this list, at none other than Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's wedding.
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