If you’re not a fan of awkwardly swaying on the spot and would rather see your guests singing, dancing and clapping along rather than sobbing into their hankies check out our list of fun and upbeat first dance songs that are perfect for the couple who don’t take themselves too seriously.
And remember, nothing is more upbeat than live entertainment, so if you really want to get things going make sure you view our amazing lineup of live acts.
#1 Happy – Pharrell Williams
If this song doesn’t encapsulate the way you feel on your wedding day we don’t know what does!
#2 Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m yours) – Stevie Wonder
This is an absolute classic love song that everyone knows and you can guarantee all of your guests will be shaking their hips and singing along with you! Its one of Motown Golds most requested songs.
#3 Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
This nostalgic love song has a fun festival vibe about it, perfect for boogying on down at a relaxed summer wedding.
#4 Heroes – David Bowie
This empowering song is about how amazing falling in love makes you feel “I will be king and you, you will be queen…We can be heroes, just for one day”
#5 Ain’t Nothing Like a Real Thing – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
‘No other sound is quite the same as your name…’ What else quite sums up the feeling of being in love? This duet is upbeat, funky and full of love.
#6 Love On Top – Beyonce
If you really want to get the party started, this song by Queen Bey is a great choice. It’s a fun, upbeat song whose lyrics say it all – “Baby it’s you/You’re the one I love/You’re the only one I need/You’re the only one I see”. Our female-led pop band Black & Gold just love to perform this song!
#7 If There Is Something – Roxy Music
Lovers of 70’s glam rock will appreciate this smooth upbeat love song by Roxy Music. It was the song that Kate Moss and Jamie Hince danced to at their wedding.
#8 You’ve Got The Love – Candi Staton
This funky song typifies the realities of life and what a relationship is really about “sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air, I know I can count on you”
#9 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
We admit this is an unusual choice for a first dance song, especially on a list of fun & upbeat first dance songs, as music by The Smiths is generally quite depressing. This song, while still slightly depressing, is about loving someone so much that even dying by them is a privilege.
#10 It Must Be Love – Madness
This happy tune is so easy to dance to and will have the whole room singing along in elation!
#11 Song 2 – Blur
Whoo-hoo! OK, so it’s maybe not an obvious first-dance pick, but if you want upbeat, you can’t get better than this. Blur’s Song 2 is the epitome of bounciness, and it will bring an enormous sense of fun to your first dance… Which is particularly great if the ‘Ickey Shuffle’ is your idea of expert shape-throwing.
#12 Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
A modern soft, romantic love song that you can still dance too.