Short Songs for Those Who Hate To Dance

Posted by ereitmeyer on Apr 09, 2009
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Many brides have asked for suggestions on first dance songs that are extremely short — often because they, or their groom, simply don’t feel comfortable dancing in front of an audience.  Choosing the right song, especially for a formal dance like the mother-son dance, is very important – see Chris’ WeddingAces post for some great advice on picking the perfect parents’ dance.

Here’s a list of 10 songs that definitely fit the bill for your short first dance, in no particular order.  Some of them are also appropriate for a father/daughter or mother/son dance as well!

Jason Mraz w/ Colbie Caillat: Lucky  (3:09)

Norah Jones: The Nearness of You (3:08)

Elvis Presley: Can’t Help Falling in Love (3:01)

Lifehouse: You Belong to Me (2:42)

Beatles: In My Life (2:35)

Nat King Cole: L-O-V-E (2:33)

Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World (2:30)

Tony Bennett: The Best Is Yet To Come (2:30)

Otis Redding: That’s How Strong My Love Is (2:25)

Ingrid Michaelson: The Way I Am (2:15)

Also, remember that you can also ask your DJ to fade a song out early or start a song after the intro – good DJs will often also be able to edit a longer song to make it shorter.  I’ve had quite a few couples who have asked me to do this because they are taking dance lessons and are working with a choreographer, and I’ve been able to edit their song down and email them a copy to practice with.  It never hurts to ask!


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