Music is pretty darn important to most Rock n Roll Brides, and some of you will have had a dream first dance song picked since before you even got engaged. Be it a number from the nights out you used to go on together, what was playing on the radio during your first date or a song from one of your joint favourite bands. But if you have wildly different music tastes, or the thought of slow-dancing to yet another Ed Sheeran song makes your toes curl, it can be difficult to know where to strike a balance. We reached out to the amazing Rock n Roll Bride community to see what they’ve chosen and compiled them into this handy list – why not listen to the Spotify playlist with your love over a bottle of something cold one night and see if one resonates?
Of course the starting point for any Rock n Roll Bride playlist would be rock songs, but your favourite Slayer number might not be suitable for slow-dancing to. While we whole-heartedly approve of a first-dance mosh pit, here are some more family-friendly options to keep Grandma happy while still being true to who you are:
Foo Fighters – Everlong (acoustic) The Cure – Just Like Heaven You Me At Six – Take On The World Biffy Clyro – Rearrange Foo Fighters – Best of You Killswitch Engage – Always The Hunna – Lover Sum 41 – With Me Led Zeppelin – Thank You A Perfect Circle – The Nurse Who Loved Me Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
If you’re more disco that deathmetal, you’re still worthy of an alternative first dance – despite what a lot of wedding DJs will tell you, there are more options than Lonestar! Here are some off-beat pop options:
Yellowcard – Only One Picture This – Saviour Randy Newman – We Belong Together Queen – You’re My Best Friend Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere Elton John – Tiny Dancer P!nk – True Love
No shade to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, but Home has, in our humble opinion, been done to absolute death as an indie first dance option. If it’s the soundtrack to your love story, crack on! Some other options, though…
Jack Penate – Be The One Of Mice and Men – Another You Artic Monkeys – Baby I’m Yours Father John Misty – Real Love Baby Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life Gerry Cinnamon – Canter Tom Petty – Free Fallin’
If the thought of slow dancing to ANYTHING brings you out in hives, no matter – there’s nothing to say you can’t have a good jig to something a bit more upbeat! This is particularly fun for your guests… let’s be honest, we all need a bit more champs to formally slow dance, and if you want to get the party started, getting silly on the dancefloor is a sure fire way to loosen those collars. Some favourites…
Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance Tenacious D – F*ck Her Gently The Killers – Mr Brightside Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag Adam Sandler – Grow Old With You Say Anything – Alive with the Glory of Love Toto – Africa
Check out the full playlist below (find it on Spotify here!) and let us know if we’ve helped you find your perfect jig! Is there anything else you’d add?