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DJs Tell All: Top 10 First Dance Song Picks

Posted by Alexandra on Mar 28, 2013

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While many brides and grooms opt for a traditional tune to accompany their first dance, DJs have reported an increasing number of newlyweds choosing current hits for the occasion. To get a closer look, we turned to the experts. Today, some of our favorite DJs share their recommendations for couples looking for a modern spin on that special first dance (see our picks here).

Joe Bunn of Joe Bunn DJ Company (North Carolina)

  1. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  2. “Marry Me” by Train
  3. “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne
  4. “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes
  5. “Stubborn Love” by The Lumineers
  6. “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran
  7. “Adorn” by Miguel
  8. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  9. “Crazy Girl” by Eli Young Band
  10. “You and Me” by Dave Matthews Band

DJ Jimmie Espo of Move It Music DJ and Lighting (Boston):

  1. “You’ve Got What it Takes” by Michael Buble
  2. “Parachute” by Train
  3. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  4. “Overjoyed” by Matchbox Twenty
  5. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
  6. “Someone Like You” by Adele
  7. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  8. “Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum
  9. “You Are My Rock” by Beyonce
  10. “2 Luv Birds” by Robin Thicke

DJ Pat of Sound Prodigy (San Diego):

  1. “Mario Cart Love Song” by San Hart
  2. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  3. “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
  4. “Home to Me” by Tyrone Wells
  5. “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
  6. “Drunk on You” by Luke Bryan
  7. “Love is a Verb” by John Mayer
  8. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  9. “Precious Love” by James Morrison
  10. “You and Me” by Dave Matthews

The Team at Sounds Unlimited (Seattle):

  1. “Marry Me” by Train
  2. “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas
  3. “Two is Better Than One” by Boys Like Girls ft. Taylor Swift
  4. “Everything” by Michael Bublé
  5. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele (cover of original by Bob Dylan)
  6. “Honey and the Moon” by Joseph Arthur
  7. “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
  8. “Lucky” by Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Caillat
  9. “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  10. “5 Years Time” by Noah and the Whale
Michael Edwards of AllStar Entertainment & UpLighting (Boston):
  1. “Stay With You” by John Legend
  2. “You and Me” by Dave Matthews
  3. “At Last” by Beyonce
  4. “Then” by Brad Paisley
  5. “(I Think I Wanna) Marry You”  (slow remix) by Bruno Mars
  6. “ I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  7. “ Marry Me” by Train
  8. “God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
  9. “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver
  10. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

DJ GilT of Unique Style Productions (Houston):

  1. “Old Fashioned” by Cee-Lo Green
  2. “Lucky” by Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Caillat
  3. “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland
  4. “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore
  5. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  6. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  7. “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
  8. “Marry Me” by Train
  9. “Crazy Like You” by Josh Grider
  10. “Stuck On You” by Meiko

Ray Jarrell & DJ Matty of Jarrell Entertainment (New York City):

  1. “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
  2. “As” by Stevie Wonder
  3. “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
  4. “All I Need” by Awolnation
  5. “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
  6. “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke
  7. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  8. “Cheek to Cheek” by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
  9. “Ou-Es-Tu, Mon Amour” by Charlie Haden Quartet
  10. “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone

Mixmaster Zev of Scratch Weddings (Nationwide):

  1. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  2. “Never Let Me Go” by Florence and the Machine
  3. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  4. “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes
  5. “Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran
  6. “That’s When I Knew” by Alicia Keys
  7. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
  8. “Sure Be Cool If You Did” by Blake Shelton
  9. “If I Didn’t Have You” by Thompson Square
  10. “Home” by Phillip Phillips

Check out more first dance song ideas in our songs gallery. And share your first dance song in the comments!

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