(Worst) Wedding First Dance Songs


You have your groom. You have the date written in red on every calendar from here to California, but you just can’t figure out what your first dance song should be. This is a tough decision, but manageable. Pick something that’s sentimental and won’t make you feel uncomfortable in front of all of your guests.

And whatever you do, don’t pick any of these songs for your wedding first dance song:

(For the record, all of these songs were found on websites and playlist suggestions for first dance songs.)

“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” // Aerosmith

In your head you think this means you don’t want to miss a thing about this night, but remember– this song became popular after Bruce Willis took the place of Ben Affleck on some space mission involving an aestroid. Also, you don’t want to listen to Steven Tyler scream on your wedding night.

“Marry Me” // Train

This is a great song for a lot of things, but not for your first dance. First, you’re already married during this dance. Second, it’s kind of creepy when you think about the lyrics enough.

“Stickwitu” // Pussycat Dolls

Here’s the thing about this song– it’s catchy and really sweet. It’s also by the Pussycat Dolls and you cannot dance to it at your wedding.

“A Moment Like This” // Kelly Clarkson

There are so many songs in the world, why dance to one featured on “American Idol”? Not even featured, written for “American Idol.”

“Young and Beautiful” // Lana Del Ray

At first listen it’s sweet. Lana asks a great question, but it’s also about dying and stuff. No one wants to think about dying and going to Heaven without their husband or wife on their wedding day! No one!

“Can’t Hold Us” // Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

I can only imagine the elation a bride and groom must be feeling when dancing their first dance together as husband and wife. I’m sure couples have even thought, “I’m so happy the ceiling can’t even contain me!” That is not the feeling to base your song choice on. No song with the lyrics “pimp straight walking,” should be involved in such a happy moment.

“I’m With You” // Avril

Just, no. You can only dance to an Avril Lavigne if you’re having your wedding reception at a restaurant with the word “sizzler” in its name.

“With Arms Wide Open” // Creed

You are more than welcome to dance to this song as your first dance song if Hell has completely frozen over. Or when pigs fly. Whichever comes first.

“Underneath Your Clothes” // Shakira

I love this song as much as any other human out there, but you will make every single one of your guests incredibly uncomfortable if you dance to this. When you really listen to the lyrics, you know it’s not as dirty as it sounds. However, your grandmother won’t be able to confirm that while she’s hanging her head into shame.

Don’t let the task of picking out a song get in the way of enjoying wedding planning! Stay away from anything on the Top 40 list (almost ever) and try to not pick something you thought was a really sweet song in middle school. It probably wasn’t.