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I have long had a love affair with country music, and I'm not talking the "wife left me and the dog died" stuff that probably springs to mind when anyone mentions country music. I am talking about the good stuff, the stuff that has influenced countless numbers of artists from other genres, as well as the likes of the boy-bands and Adele.
I have been lucky enough to travel to the home of country music in Nashville Tennessee, and visited the likes of Nashville Palace, Wild Horse Saloon and Cotton Eyed Joes in Knoxville. Almost every bar we visited had a band who would play for tips and drinks, and despite being a little "wagon-wheeled" they were all extremely talented.
So I thought I would give you the rundown of my favourite 25 Country Music Songs that are suitable for your wedding day first dance.
So in no particular order...
1. Lee Brice - I Don't Dance
Funnily enough this song seems to be the top of the Country Music Charts at the moment. Lee is singing "I don't dance" but has to fall into the wedding first dance category when you listen further and discover that he will dance with his lover anywhere and anytime.
2. Lonestar - Amazed
Reaching number 21 in the British Singles Charts in 2000 and number 1 in the USA, this beautiful song, coincidentally was our song of choice for the first dance for our wedding. My wife and I met when this song was at its peak and became our song, could it be your song too?
3. Brad Paisley - She's Everything
Undoubtedly, Brad Paisley will appear further down this list. Brad is one of Country Musics greatest artists and the only thing that could make this more perfect for a romantic first dance is if he was to show up and sing it for you.
4. Chuck Wicks - Stealing Cinderella
Every girl dreams of her big day and her white dress. Twirling on the dance floor with her husband to this song will make her feel like a true princess.
5. Willie Nelson - Always on my Mind
This is a bit of an oldie, but take a moment to listen to a truly perfect love song.
6. John Michael Montgomery - I Swear
Again this is a bit of an oldie but a beautifully romantic song that contains the ever traditional vow "For better or worse, 'till death do us part". If you are not keen on this one, you could try the version from Boyz 2 Men (there is even a version with them both).
7. Kacey Musgraves - Late to the Party
Kacey Musgraves is one of country musics modern artists, winning no less than 4 Grammys this year. It was a bit of a tossup between this song and "Golden Hour" for me, but this song just tipped the balance. A gorgeous song perfect for any first dance.
8. Miranda Lambert - Holding on to You
Miranda Lambert has done to country music what butter does to dry toast, she has the most amazing voice and is surely going to be one of the greats. Again it was a bit of a tossup between this song and "Pushin' Time" and again this just tipped the scale. Not a fan of country music? , Miranda will change that.
9. Brad Paisley - We Danced
One of my favourites from Brad. I told you that we would hear more from him in this list. The world needs more songs like this. I'm going to go cry now. Excuse me.
10. Garth Brooks - To Make You Feel My Love
Both my wife and I agree that Garth Brooks is the greatest country artist ever. Garth has a wonderful sincerity in his voice that is bound to bring out the loving side of you both as you spin the boards.
11. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - It's Your Love
Both Tim and Faith are among the country greats. This duet is simply stunning and says everything that a song for your first dance should.
12. Shania Twain - Forever And Always
Believe it or not Shania Twain is a country music star. You may know her for the music that made the British singles and albums charts. Shania is one of the artists who captured my attention in country music and I shall proudly play her music for years to come. Always and Forever a Shania fan. Her song "From This Moment" is also an honourable mention suitable for a wedding and first dance.
13. Kieth Urban - Making Memories of Us
I'm not really a fan of Kieth Urban but this song made the list because out of his huge repertoire of love songs this one does strike a chord with me. A beautiful song, slow paced and perfect for a relaxed first dance where the song says it all.
14 & 15. Zac Brown Band - Whatever It is / Loving You Easy
Definitely my favourite band at the moment (and for the last several years), Zac Brown Band, although technically country, fit into so many other genres of music. These two really stand out for me, especially "Loving You Easy" which I wish had been around years ago. Maybe even worth getting married again (OK, maybe not get married again but renewing our vows could be an idea) so I can have this as my first dance.
16. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - The Rest of Our Life
Another gorgeous song from this husband and wife duo makes the list. A simply stunning song that will have you staring in one anothers eyes, forgetting there is a room full of family and friends watching you.
17. Josh Turner - Your Man
Josh has a voice from the gods, his sultry sound will set the tone for a perfect first dance.
18. Luke Combs - Beautiful Crazy
WOW! a stunning song, I cant stop singing (no where near as good as Luke sings it). A perfect song for a young at heart couple.
19. Kelsea Ballerini - I Hate Love Songs
This song probably will never appear on any "Top Wedding First Dance" lists, but its made this one. I have had to listen to it a few times to be convinced to share it with you all, but I think it deserves a spot. For the right couple this could be the perfect song. Have a listen and see what you think.
20. Alan Jackson - Remember When
In stark contrast to the previous song on this list, Alan Jackson's "Remember When" will appear on many many lists, but there is a simple reason for that... Its a stunning song, perfect for any first dance or anytime you feel like a dance.
21. John Michael Montgomery - I Love The Way You Love Me
It is no surprise that JMG made this list again... Such a beautiful song that has had couples slowly drifting across the dance floor at their weddings for many many years, thanks to the countless covers of this song.
22. Alison Krauss - When You Say Nothing All
Another first dance classic, covered by countless artists and bands, such a beautiful song. Slow paced and romantic, what more do you need? Also see Keith Whitley for the original version.
23. Dixie Chicks - Cowboy Take Me Away
No country music list would ever be complete without a song from the Dixie Chicks. Banned from US radio during the Bush administration but still ever present, producing great songs with awesome vocals. Not your typical first dance, but still a great choice for your shortlist.
24. Randy Travis - Forever And Ever, Amen
A country classic, a love song classic and a perfect wedding song. I'm gonna love this song forever and ever, Amen.
25. Kip Moore - Hey Pretty Girl
Last but not least we have this superbly beautiful song from Kip Moore. Standing in front of each other on the solid wood boards will be magical.
I could have easily listed at least another 50 songs but I think I have given you enough food for thought. Whatever song you choose, I wish you the very very best for your wedding day and hope you have a long and happy life together.
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