First dance songs for every type of couple

Many couples choose a song that’s meaningful to them for their first dance – whether it’s the song that played on their first date, the soundtrack that accompanied their first kiss or a long-time favourite that makes them smile every time they hear it. If you don’t happen to have a special song of your own, or don’t know exactly which track to choose, we came up with a list of just a few of our favourite first dance songs for every type of couple – whether you’ve dreamed of a traditional slow waltz or want to surprise your guests with a choreographed routine.

No matter which song you choose, your first dance will be nothing short of magical with a tropical sunset and breathtaking beach as your backdrop.

Bride and groom dancing on the beach Photo: Adventure Photos
For the traditional couple

These tried-and-true ballads are perfect for more traditional couples who want to stick to a swaying slow dance on the sparkling white-sand shores.

  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley (1969)
  • All of Me – John Legend (2013)
  • At Last – Elta James (1960)
  • Make You Feel My Love – Adele (2008)

For a tropical twist: Is This Love – Bob Marley and The Wailers (1978)

Our resort pick: Nothing says classic beach wedding like a reception by the sea! Traditional couples can share their first dance on the pristine white sands of Punta Cana at Sanctuary Cap Cana.

Bride and groom dancing at their wedding reception Photo: Romanza Photography
For the rock-n-roll couple

Rock star brides and grooms can take to the poolside dance floor with these rocking – but still wedding-appropriate – song picks.

  • I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith (1998)
  • Every Breath You Take – The Police (1983)
  • Wonderwall – Oasis (1995)
  • Everything I Do (I Do It for You) – Bryan Adams (1991)

For a tropical twist: Kokomo – The Beach Boys (1988)

Our resort pick: Rock-n-roll couples will love taking to the dance floor on the Sunset Terrace at the raving Hard Rock Hotel Cancun.

Bride and groom dancing at their wedding reception Photo: Monica Lopez Photography
For the party animal couple

Want to surprise your guests with a fun choreographed routine under swaying palms? These upbeat tracks are perfect for couples looking to get the party started.

  • Crazy in Love – Beyoncé (2003)
  • Forever – Chris Brown (2007)
  • Happy – Pharrell (2013)
  • Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake (2016)

For a tropical twist: Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves (1983)

Our resort pick: Party-loving couples looking to dance til’ they drop can dance the night away on the Sky Terrace at the entertainment-themed Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica.

Bride and groom dancing at their wedding reception with fireworks in the background Photo: Photography by Elvira
For the pop-loving couple

If you and your new bride and groom appreciate a good pop ballad, you’ll love these popular (and romantic) melodies that pair perfectly with tropical sunsets.

  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran (2014)
  • Marry Me – Train (2009)
  • Anything Can Happen – Elie Goulding (2013)
  • I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boys (1999)

For a tropical twist: Lucky – Jason Mraz feat. Colbie Caillat (2008)

Our resort pick: Couples can sway to their favourite pop ballad under shimmering fairy lights at Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. The coastal landscapes of Los Cabos provide a dreamy backdrop that’s worthy of a love song!

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