5 Fabulous First Dance Songs You've (Probably) Never Heard

November 30, 2016

I love first dances.  I truly do.  They are such spectacular moments in which, despite a room full of people watching, you feel like the bride and groom are the only ones around.

Now, don't get me wrong, I will still cry when you sway with your true love to "At Last" by Etta James or "God Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts.  I will smile like an absolute goon if you spin around to "You are the Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne or "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz.  And of course, I will wish I was dancing with my forever love when you play "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong.
But if you're looking for something new, something meaningful or just having a hard time choosing a song, I'd love to help.  Here is a list (in no particular order) of five my favorite songs I wish couples would give a another listen.

#1 - Fallen by Bombs Over Nowhere

 This song makes my heart just want to sing.  The fact that this band is fronted by my longtime friend and musical genius Aaron Espe makes it even better.  As you will see, I like simple love songs.  I think Aaron's side project with busbee music is one of those hidden gems that you cannot help but share.  My favorite lyrics are:
I have fallen like an anchor
In the middle of a hurricane
Just looking for an answer
Searching for a little grace
I have fallen, fallen for you

#2 - Heaven's Knife by Josh Garrels

Josh Garrel's music is sometimes gritty and sometimes ethereal and sometimes electronic but no matter what it is always poetic.  I find it odd sometimes that people who get branded as "Christian" artists, or at least artists who are Christians don't write more love songs to their spouses.  This ballad is an epically beautiful tale of how he feels about his better half.  Listen and tell me you don't want to go fall deeper in love.  My favorite lyrics are:
Like the first man
I was cut so deep by heaven's knife
When I awoke from my sleep
Oh my Lord, she's beautiful
She's a part of me
She's my wife

# 3 - A Page is Turned by Bebo Norman

Now I may be a little bit biased on this one.  It could be because my husband sent this song to me when we were dating.  It could be because parts of this song made it into our wedding vows, vows we wrote separately but still had some of the same words.  I think songs that tell a story are often reserved for country music and sad loss but I think this is a beautiful story of becoming who we are supposed to be, both ourselves and with someone else.  My favorite lyrics are:
Where the God of second chance
Will pick them up and let them dance
Through a world that is not kind
And all this time, they're sharing with the one
Who holds them up when they come undone
Beneath the stars, beneath the sun
Once again, here you stand
Your day has come

#4 - Kingdom Come by Coldplay

OK, yes this is definitely the second song I'm super biased on, because this is "our song."  I walked down the aisle to this song,  But I am still astonished at how many people have never heard this song.  It isn't flashy and never hit major charts.  It's the bonus song on Coldplay's X&Y album that contained other top hits like "Fix You" and "Talk."  But truthfully this song holds together simple words and extraordinary potential.  My favorite lyrics are:
In your tears and in your blood
In your fears and in your flood
I hear you laugh, I heard you sing
"I wouldn't change a single thing."

#5 - Rose of my Heart by Johnny Cash

If you want to surprise and impress the older guests at your wedding, or just those with great taste in old music, dance to this lesser known love song Johnny Cash wrote for his wife June.  I know it might sound silly but I find it incredible that this couple, through all their trials, couldn't stay apart more than a few months because three months after June died, so did Johnny Cash, leaving behind a legacy that taught the world that music can heal a broken heart.

So there they are.  I hope you feel like dancing and even if you don't have a first dance coming up or if you've already got a song, I hope I introduced you to some great new music.  Happy dancing.

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