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20 Wedding First Dance Songs You’ll Definitely Hear in 2014

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A couple’s first song choice is one of the most important parts of any wedding: how should you musically express your feelings for your partner? Certain classics will always play at weddings — Etta James’ “At Last” being a prime example — but what about more contemporary love songs? We’ve assembled a pitch-perfect list of possible first dance songs (some hot off the Billboard charts, others you’ve never heard before) released in the past year to give your ceremony a uniquely modern feel. We guarantee you’ll start seeing lovebirds grooving to these songs within the first few weeks of wedding season.

“All of Me” – John Legend

‘Cause all of me / Loves all of you / Love your curves and all your edges / All your perfect imperfections / Give your all to me

“Gunshot” – Lykke Li

I am sire, I am ivy / I am no one, I’m nobody / I am longing for your honey / I am longing for your love

“Adore You” – Miley Cyrus

I love lying next to you / I could do this for eternity / You and me — we’re meant to be / In holy matrimony

“XO” – Beyoncé

Your love is bright as ever (ever, ever, ever) / Even in the shadows (shadows, shadows, shadows) / Baby, kiss me (kiss me, kiss me, kiss me) / Before they turn the lights out (lights out, lights out, lights out) / Your heart is glowing (glowing, glowing, glowing) / And I’m crashing into you

“Happy” – Pharrell

Bring me down / Can’t nothing bring me down / My level’s too high

“Still Into You” – Paramore

I should be over all the butterflies / But I’m into you (I’m into you) / And baby, even on our worst nights / I’m into you (I’m into you)

“Mine” – Beyoncé (feat. Drake)

All that I can think of is, we should get married / We should get married / Let’s stop holding back on this and let’s get carried away

“Bring Your Love to Me” – The Avett Brothers

Bring your love to me / I will hold it like a dandelion / One I want to save, one I want to keep from the breeze that follows me and no one else

“Unconditionally” – Katy Perry

Come just as you are to me / Don’t need apologies / Know that you are worthy / I’ll take your bad days with your good / Walk through the storm I would / I do it all because I love you, I love you

“Let It Go” – Idina Menzel

I don’t care / What they’re going to say / Let the storm rage on / The cold never bothered me anyway

“Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake

‘Cause I don’t wanna lose you now / I’m lookin’ right at the other half of me / The vacancy that sat in my heart / Is a space that now you hold

“West Coast” – Lana Del Rey

I can see my baby swingin’ / His Parliament’s on fire and his hands are up / On the balcony and I’m singing / Ooh, baby, ooh, baby, I’m in love

“Hey Pretty Girl” – Kip Moore

Hey pretty girl, let’s build some dreams / And a house on a piece of land / We’ll plant some roots and some apple trees / Hey pretty girl, let’s build some dreams

“Crash My Party” – Luke Bryan

This is a drop everything kind of thing / Swing on by I’ll pour you a drink / The door’s unlocked. I’ll leave on the lights / Baby, you can crash my party anytime

“Summer” – Calvin Harris

When I met you in the summer / To my heartbeat sound / We fell in love / As the leaves turned brown

“Love Never Felt So Good” – Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake

Baby, love never felt so good / And I doubt if it ever could / Not like you hold me, hold me / Oh baby, love never felt so fine

“I Won” – Future

I just want to take you out and show you off / You already know that you the perfect one

“Story of My Life” – One Direction

And I been waiting for this time to come around / But baby, running after you is like chasing the clouds

“Rewind” – Rascal Flatts

Untouch your skin / Unkiss your lips and kiss ’em again / So good so right this is one night I’m wishing I could rewind

“Lanterns” – Birds of Tokyo (PS 22 Chorus)

We never carried days on our own / But now it’s up to us to know / The weight of being so much more / We will find ourselves on the road