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17 Non-Cliche First Dance Songs That Won't Bore Your Guests...Or You

David Morgan - Wednesday, February 25, 2015
17 Non-Cliche First Dance Songs That Won't Bore Your Guests...Or You

We love music over here at Fusion. One could say that it may actually be an obsession...to the point of snobbery some may argue. And we LOVE the photos that can be created from the first dance moments at our clients' receptions. From the couple's first dance to family dances, these snippets of time often evoke the most emotion. That being said, why do the same-ol', same ol' when it comes to choosing the soundtrack for one of the most important moments in your lives?

 Here is a short list of some songs off the top of our head(iPod) that we think would make killer first dances:

  1. "No One's Gonna Love You" - Band of Horses
  2. "Gimme Love" - Collie Buddz
  3. "Arizona" - Kings of Leon...no, wait. "Pyro" by Kings of Leon. On the other hand, "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon. Not fans over here. Nope, not us.
  4. "Ghosts That We Knew" - Mumford & Sons
  5. "Walking on a Dream" - Empire of the Sun
  6. "All I Need" - AWOLNATION
  7. "Just Breathe" - Pearl Jam (oh I'm a lucky man to count on both hands the ones I love...such a perfect lyric)
  8. "Say Hey(I Love You)" - Michael Franti & Spearhead (nothing wrong with something a lil more upbeat, right?)
  9. "Bushwick Blues" - Delta Spirit
  10. "I'm Sticking With You" - The Velvet Underground
  11. "Thank You Too" - My Morning Jacket
  12. "It's Only Time" - Magnetic Fields
  13. "Together" - The Raconteurs
  14. "Never Tear Us Apart" - INXS (how ironically retro)
  15. "Lover, You Should've Come Over" - Jeff Buckley
  16. "You & I" - Wilco
  17. "Here Comes Your Man" - The Pixies

And what about father/daughter and mother/son dances? If you choose to highlight these for your reception, where do you begin in selecting a song without falling into the complete wedding-cliche trap? In addition to some of the song choices above, how about thinking along the lines of Johnny Cash, Allman Brothers, Fleetwood or the Stones for parent dances? 

This was one of the sweetest, most sentimental mother-son dances we have ever seen. Look at how much he loves his dear mama.

Or maybe there is just a song that you and your family have had that the lyrics may not be your typical wedding-y kind of jam but simply has meaning and elicits memories for you. One ol' dad we know LOVES The Who's "Pinball Wizard." He goes bonkers for it, air guitar and everything. Why couldn't that song be used? And currently, Deevo dances with his girls to Jay-Z's rendition of "Forever Young" ALL DAY LONG...so when he is 93 and his girls get married, don't be surprised if that's a contender. If he allows them to get married, that is...

Another choreographed father-daughter masterpiece dance!

Bottom line is, be YOU when it comes to selecting the music for your wedding. Don't be afraid to push the envelope a little. You don't have to do what people expect. In fact, it will be even more memorable if you don't. So there you have our expert opinion. What are some non-conventional contenders for your upcoming wedding?    


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