wedding first dance
Elizabeth Fogarty

Couples looking for a contemporary way to start their reception should definitely consider 2019 first dance songs, as suggested by DJs from around the country. These 2019 first dance songs range from R&B to country, so no matter what your musical taste may be, you’re sure to find a tune to suit your style. And because they’re so new, it’s unlikely that they’ve been played at millions of receptions before yours (Ed Sheeran, we’re looking at you!).

Check out these DJ-approved 2019 first dance songs and choose your top tune.

“Speechless” by Dan + Shay

This 2019 first dance song comes recommended by several music pros. While the emotional and super-sweet was released in 2018, it was more recently re-released as an acoustic version, specifically to play at weddings. “Stripped down from the original release, this version is more intimate but keeps that foot-tapping beat,” says Michael Bjoralt of Team B Mobile Entertainment in White House, Tennessee. Adds Alex Ramey of DJ Cutt Entertainment in Portland, Oregon, “This is one wedding song that will leave most people in tears of happiness.”

“Beyond” by Leon Bridges

R&B fans will love the smooth vocals and romantic lyrics on this track. “This song is a tasteful choice for a first dance,” says James Thomas of Peach & Gold in Culver City, California. "The lyrics detail the excitement of discovering true love, and Bridges' musical style will please friends, parents and grandparents alike.”

“Little Moon” by Mackenzie Bourg

Couples who want a 2019 first dance song with a lighthearted feel a la Jack Johnson or John Mayer may want to check out this sweet tune. “It’s a great, acoustic song that is accented by both fun and quirky lyrics,” says Matt Martindale of Amore' DJ Entertainment, Lighting and Photo Booth in Estes Park, Colorado. “You can almost smile out loud as you hear the lyrics and envision a room of guests smiling!”

“I Got Away with You” by Luke Combs

A newer country tune, this song has been a bit more under-the-radar—until now. “You can’t go wrong by selecting this as a first dance, especially for future grooms who are a bit rough around the edges while their significant other wants to have that certain vulnerability highlighted,” says Michael Bjoralt. “ The Slow tempo plus the powerful words equal a perfect mix that can be played for the full time or through the first chorus if the couple wants to keep it short and sweet.”

“ILYSB (Stripped)” by LANY

Hip couples looking for a tune with a unique, edgy vibe should take a listen to this song which, according to Kristin Cole of Sound Wave Events in Boise, Idaho, is a worthy replacement to the oft-heard “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran.

“Good As You” by Kane Brown

There are lots of aspects to a song that make it ideal for a first dance. Of course it needs a good beat, romantic lyrics—but it also shouldn’t be too long or else your guests may get a little bored. This song is especially ideal if you don’t want the spotlight to be on you for too long. Says Michael Bjoralt: “Coming in at two minutes and 12 seconds, this song will be remembered as the one played at your wedding before it hit the radio.”

“Robarte un Beso” by Carlos Vives

Couples who want to add some Latin flair to their first dance will love this upbeat song with a joyful beat. “This song has a great vibe,” says Nicole Otero of TCM DJ Events in Brooklyn, New York. “The Latin market has really crossed over so I see this song being big for Latin and non-Latin couples alike.

“Where You Are” by Tenille Townes

Many couples with varying musical tastes might struggle with coming up with a song for their big moment. However, this 2019 first dance song will work for fans of country, soul, and New Age music alike, says Michael Bjoralt.

“One Hundred Ways (New Version)” by James Ingram

The recent passing of this R&B song has brought his classic tunes to the forefront once more. A new version of his 1980s classic was re-released a few years back, and may make a comeback as a 2019 first dance song this year. Says Nicole Otero: “This song is a classic and the new version sounds amazing.”

"Love Someone" by Lukas Graham

This is a personal favorite of the WeddingWire team—we love the lighthearted feel and the sweet, romantic lyrics that aren't too sappy. It also has a great rhythm—not too fast and not too slow—that makes it relatively easy to dance to.