Alternative first dance songs

Alternative First Dance Songs

Do ya like good music???

Not into Ed Sheeran? Westlife not really doing it for ya? First dance’s are tricky enough without having to shuffle to a song that doesn’t get you in the mood to party. Alternative first dance songs are a great idea for couples who want to be a little more themselves! Music is a big deal for us so when we were planning our wedding this was a big one. What should be our first dance. All the songs we liked were about drugs or breakups. All Dee’s songs were indie brit-pop and I wasn’t dancing to Oasis. all mine were glam rock cheese and he wasn’t willing to grow a mullet. Neither of us can dance so in the end we picked Chuck Berry Teenage Wedding (and yes we did the pulp fiction dance)

All this really did get me thinking about first dance songs if you’re not into pop music and mushy tunes. We have fairly eclectic tastes as this list will show. After doing all that research through our record collection, I feel like it’d be a waste not to share it so here’s my Crazy Happy Love Top Ten picks for alternative first dance songs (in no particular order)


I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty

This is a song about mad love – mad, desperate, misanthropic and possibly a little drug fuelled love. Sure everyone will be watching you dance they won’t figure out the lyrics if you don’t tell them!!


You never can tell by Chuck Berry

disclaimer : We did not look anywhere near this cool


Time After Time by Cindy Lauper

this was also in our wedding playlist, though a rather heartbreakingly beautiful cover played by a group of friends that made me cry my eyes out!


I Was Made For Loving You by Kiss

I can’t help it I know Gene Simmons would sell his own granny for money but this is an epic tune. Air guitar your first dance, throw about that bouquet and give it stacks!


Make it Wit Chu by QOTSA

Can’t even listen to this without wanting to dance, it’ll totally fill the dancefloor after ya!


Such Great Heights by Postal Service

This one brings me back -I listened to this song so much at first I risked ruining it forever!! Released (terrifyingly) in 2003!


Stand Inside Your Love by the Smashing Pumpkins

I saw the Smashing Pumpkins at a tiny show in SXSW in 2013. Having spent most of my teenage years playing their back catalogue on repeat it was so good I actually cried. That may have been caused by the heat exhaustion after queuing outside a tiny venue for the guts of 14hours to get in but it was worth it! this one’s a long one though – are you prepared for 4 and a half minutes up there

King Of Spain by The Tallest Man on Earth

I am a huge fan of this tiny man 😀


Make my Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates

I’ve seen this a few times as wedding exit music and it is the best!!!


and last but by no means least

I Like by The Divine Comedy

This was a reading at our wedding made perfect by our buddy Sam’s great Oldham accent.

So there ya go some fab alternative first dance songs to choose from – if you have any more ideas please comment them below so others can see or send me an email so I can update this post! Hope you enjoyed the tunes!!

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