Slow dance songs can change an entire mood. If you’ve had a fight with your partner, the right slow song might even be a peace offering.

You may have even noticed that listening to certain songs can encourage relaxation and can calm you when you’re stressed, too.

When you have a wedding, slow dances are par for the course, but did you ever stop to wonder why that is the case?

Slow Dances and Weddings

Are you having problems picking the best slow dances for your first dance as a newlywed couple?

While slow dance songs might be difficult for some people to hear, this night is all about you and your significant other, especially since weddings are meant to be a time for celebrating a new union founded in love.

When you think about it, slow songs have had so much meaning to couples everywhere. Many even help resolve a fight or offer an anchor to remember a loved one that might be gone.

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Newlyweds are typically responsible for coming up with a list of slow songs that they feel are acceptable to be played at their wedding. The romance behind the music adds to the ambiance, which is why you need to make sure you get the list right.

With that said, here is a list of the top slow songs of all time listed in no specific order. You can play them at your wedding, or you can even just listen to them when you need a night of relaxation and quiet bliss away from everyone and everything else.

The Most Comprehensive Slow Dance Song List of All Time

  • At Last – Etta James
  • Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  • When I Fall in Love – Nat King Cole
  • Come Away with Me – Norah Jones
  • Endless Love – Lionel Richie
  • Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  • Come Rain or Come Shine – Ray Charles
  • That's How Strong My Love Is – Alicia Keys
  • The Man I Love – Billie Holiday
  • Thank God I Found You – Mariah Carey
  • So In Love – Ella Fitzgerald
  • P.S. I Love You – Billie Holiday
  • God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton
  • (They Long to Be) Close to You – The Carpenters
  • Hey There Delilah – Plain White T's
  • I Don't Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
  • This Year's Love – David Gray
  • Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
  • Can't Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • Lady In Red – Chris De Burgh
  • Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
  • Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  • Unforgettable – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
  • Amazed – Lonestar
  • God Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
  • Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
  • Into The Mystic – Van Morrison
  • When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
  • You and Me – Lifehouse
  • Faithfully – Journey
  • Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
  • You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
  • You’re Still the One – Shania Twain
  • If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  • Remember When – Alan Jackson
  • Coming Home – Leon Bridges
  • Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
  • Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  • You & Me – Dave Matthews Band
  • My Best Friend – Tim McGraw
  • Forever – The Beach Boys
  • All My Tomorrows – Frank Sinatra
  • From the Ground Up – Dan + Shay
  • Forever Like That – Ben Rector
  • Stuck On You – Lionel Richie
  • To the Moon and Back – Eric Clapton
  • Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
  • I'll Be Seeing You – Billie Holiday
  • Hold You in My Arms – Ray Lamontagne
  • God, Your Mama, and Me – Florida Georgia Line ft. Backstreet Boys
  • Memories of Us – Keith Urban
  • Nothings Gonna Change My love for You – George Benson
  • Annie’s Song – John Denver
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • In My Life – The Beatles
  • Love Will Keep Us Alive – The Eagles
  • Faithfully – Journey
  • Walk Through This World with Me – George Jones
  • I Swear – All– 4– One
  • We Belong Together – Richie Valens
  • I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
  • Always on My Mind – Willie Nelson
  • How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees
  • You Mean Everything to Me – Neil Sedaka
  • (Everything I do) I do it for You – Bryan Adams
  • Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
  • My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
  • I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden
  • And I Love Her – The Beatles
  • Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
  • Take my Breath Away – Berlin
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
  • Endless Love – Lionel Richie/Diana Ross
  • Power of Love – Jenifer Rush
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • Sealed with a Kiss – Bobby Vinton
  • Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins
  • Baby I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton
  • Feelings – Morris Albert
  • She’s Got a Way – Billy Joel
  • If – Bread
  • Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
  • Because You loved Me – Celene Dion
  • Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx
  • I’d Love You to Want Me – Lobo
  • Lay Lady Lay – Bob Dylan
  • Fallin’ – Alicia Keys
  • A Whole New World – Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle
  • Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  • Valentine – Martina McBride
  • Little Moments – Brad Paisley
  • Fields of Gold – Sting
  • Luckiest – Ben Folds
  • Kiss From A Rose – Seal
  • Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
  • I’ll Make Love to You – Boyz 2 Men
  • Truly – Lionel Richie
  • I’m Yours – Jason Marz
  • You had Me from Hello – Kenny Chesney
  • Your Song – Elton John
  • Is This Love – Whitesnake
  • Strangers In The Night – Frank Sinatra
  • Something – The Beatles
  • Chasing Cars – Snow patrol
  • I’ll Never Break Your Heart – Backstreet Boys
  • Open Arms – Journey
  • Then – Brad Paisley
  • Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
  • Save The Best for Last – Vanessa Williams
  • Don’t Dream Its Over – Crowded House
  • You are the Sunshine of my Life – Stevie Wonder
  • Sweet Thing – Van Morrison
  • Yellow – Coldplay
  • Better Together – Jack Johnson
  • Don’t Know Much – Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
  • With or Without You – U2
  • Like a Star – Corrine Bailey Rae
  • More Than I can Say – Leo Sayer
  • More Than Words – Extreme
  • All I Have To Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers
  • Cherish – Kool and the Gang
  • You Give Me Something – James Morrison
  • Tonight I Celebrate My Love – Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack
  • She’s Everything – Brad Paisley
  • Up Where We Belong – Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker
  • I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5
  • When I need You – Leo Sayer
  • Let’s Make Love – Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
  • Always – Atlantic Starr
  • I Won’t Let Go – Rascal Flatts
  • This I Promise You – N Sync
  • I don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Bryan Adams
  • Here and Now – Luther Vandross
  • I’ll Stand by You – The Pretenders
  • We’ve Got Tonight – Bob Seger
  • Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  • When the Girl in Your Arms Is the Girl in Your Heart – Cliff Richard
  • You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
  • How Do I Live – LeAnn Rimes
  • Almost Paradise – Mark Reno and Ann Wilson
  • As – Stevie Wonder
  • As Time Goes By – Dooley Wilson
  • A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  • By Your Side – Sade
  • Everything – Michael Buble
  • First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
  • Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
  • Grow Old with Me – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Here and Now – Luther Vandross
  • How Sweet It Is – James Taylor
  • I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingoes
  • It Had to Be You – Dooley Wilson
  • That's Where It's At – Same Cooke
  • The Luckiest – Ben Folds
  • Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
  • Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
  • Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
  • Wonderwall – Oasis
  • You're My Best Friend – Queen
  • Hawaiian Wedding Song – Elvis Presley
  • 100 Years – Five for Fighting
  • A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
  • Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray
  • I Finally Found Someone – Barbara Streisand & Bryan Adams
  • I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
  • Miracle of the Moment – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • On Bended Knee – Boyz II Men
  • So This Is Love – James Ingram
  • Someone to Watch Over Me – Ella Fitzgerald
  • Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
  • When You Say Nothing at All – Alison Krauss
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • I Choose You – Sara Bareilles
  • Harvest Moon – Neil Young
  • The Promise – Tracy Chapman
  • XO – Beyonce
  • Strangers – The Kinks
  • Cover Me Up – Jason Isbell
  • What I Have to Offer – The Eels
  • That's How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding
  • Love – Musiq Soulchild

Why Music is Important for Your Wedding

With this list, you can find plenty of songs to listen to, especially where music for your wedding is concerned.

Having the music right for your wedding is extremely important if you plan on having entertainment for your guests. They will remember the music more than just about anything else because it will provide them with a way to have fun and enjoy the evening.


Selecting the right music for your wedding also sets the tone for your celebration. You can use this list to move forward with creating your own list of slow dance songs to start with.

Keep in mind that although slow dance songs are essential, they’re not the only songs you should play because other people will want to dance, too.

The best music will keep the energy flowing through your guests. You’ll want to splurge on an experienced DJ because they’ll have the know–how to keep your party going.

If you’re going to go for a live band, make sure you take the time to watch them perform before you hire them. Contact the band and ask them for references, too, if you can. But a live performance should tell you everything you need to know before hiring them.

Something else to remember is if you pick the music, you’re going to let your personality shine through with a quickness. Everything you and your fiancé listen to reflects who you are and what you enjoy, so the best list is going to be one that you pick together.

A Few Last Words on Slow Dance Songs

Entertainment for your crowd is quite possibly the most critical part of whether or not your celebration is going to be a success. Don’t put wedding music down at the bottom of your priority list as you’re figuring out your wedding plans.

Instead, make sure you consider music to be extremely important to how well your wedding celebration is remembered from now until forever.

It’s incredibly inspiring to know that your wedding is the one that your friends remember ten or fifteen years down the line, and it’s all because of the music you played.


Eventually, you’ll play the “remember when” game with friends, family, and your spouse as time goes one. This is one of those times that you’re going to want to remember from the time that you picked your first song you danced to as a happy couple to the one that your crazy Aunt Linda danced the night away to.

Lots of good times can be had if you pick the right songs, so make sure you pay attention and take the time to listen to as many as you can.

Compile a list on Spotify or listen to different channels on Pandora.

Eventually, you’ll find the right song or songs to add to your wedding playlist.


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