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Save The First Dance
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When it comes to the first dance, brides that can work a dance floor from bubblegum-top to rawk-out bottom, may want to croon and swoon to something with a little more cuddle in it, but avoid a sleep-inducing soundscape à la any number of grey-overcoated and anatomical mis-en-scènes out there. This potential tremolo of quibble can be avoided by sticking to an up ‘n’ unbeatable sample of sticky-pop starlets and classic cannon fodder both past and present, where suave and impish come together to form a head-to-toe hybrid ensemble of ooo’s and aww’s, elbow-length gloves, white-turtle doves, and all the bells and whistles imaginable in the land of 45’s and turn-tables.
jazz-aged out
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These timeless nuggets, boasting superior vocals and composition impresarios, assuage pre-dance floor jitters and turn the infamous first dance into an all-around spectator sport of heart-melting. These are the voices that grandparents fell in love to, parents made their own, and itty bitty future couplings are sure to treasure, once they discover them in some moon-rock nook down the line.
At Last – Etta James
Cheek to Cheek – Fred Astaire
Dream a Little Dream of Me – Ella Fitzgerald
Fascination, Our Love is Here to Stay – Nat King Cole
Love is Here to Stay - Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) – Cole Porter
When I Fall In Love – Natalie Cole
A Kiss To Build a Dream On - Louis Armstrong
born to folk
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Hauntingly reminiscent of a first love’s artsed-out loft on Boho Street, nothing pulls at the heartstrings like some episodic moody-blues finger-picking and an aptly dropped A minor. Channeling a scattered sprawl of chipped espresso cups, bawled-up midnight confessionals, and pledges of allegiance to every corner of your curvature with wide-eyed, wine-fueled idoling, these thorn ‘n’ thistle, silken sachets of napkin-penned emotin’ will leave him pleading, ‘baby, let me follow you down’ over and over.
Shelter From the Storm - Bob Dylan
I Want You - Bob Dylan
Wedding Song – Bob Dylan
Lotta Love – Neil Young
Catch the Wind – Donovan
The Dress Looks Nice on You – Sufjan Stevens
The First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
Lost Together - Blue Rodeo
good rockin’ tonight
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Whether you’re a be-bopper, classic FM’er, or psychy shoe-gazer, a little kick to the punchbowl never hurt anybody. Shimmy shimmy shake, slip slide’n away, or go tripping the light fantastic in a pearly pear of holy-moly converse and a couple of lapel pins and patches ‘cross your heart. Never was an alt-shmaltz fest sooo awesome.
Here, There, and Everywhere - The Beatles
Something - The Beatles
Because – The Dave Clark Five
The Wonder of You – Elvis Presley
Love – John Lennon
Sweet Thing - Van Morrison
Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
Thank You – Led Zeppelin
Juliet – Dire Straits
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
age of innocence
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These pet sounds are treble clefs of endearment to any little darling’s ear. Harkening back to surf ‘n’ turf bedhead hair, one sundae two spoons ‘tude, and rose colored glasses of the carnation pink variety, these unchained melodies serve ear-to-ear smiles on a silver platter, and leave pitch-perfect stolen kisses like mints on a pillow.
My Girl – The Temptations
When a Man Love a Woman - Percy Sledge
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
All I Have To Do is Dream – The Everly Brothers
If I Loved You – Richard Rodgers, from ‘Carousel’
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Frankie Valli
Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus - Serge Gainsbourg
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder
pop goes the 80’s
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A song and dance decade like no other, shoulder-padded with lottsa love and copious cans of aerosol spray, theses saccharine gems are seeped in the sweetest of kitsch culture. Make your first dance something truly footloose and fancy-free with mega-star theatrics, epic power ballads, and wedding favor leg warmers.
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – Michael Jackson
Crazy For You – Madonna
Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
Against All Odds – Phil Collins
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship
The Rose – Bette Midler
In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
I Melt With You – Modern English
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
Let My Love Open The Door - Pete Townshed
smells like kindred spirit
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Toss out the mosh, and forget the safety-pinned plaid – rise above with a first dance set to the soaring lilt of an effortlessly composed, treble-cleffed love letter. These butterfly kisses ruled the roost with their chart-topping numbers, and for good reason, heart-wrenching vibrato, synthy singing strings, and spine-shivery lyrics, these nineteen-ninety really-somethings know how to seal a deal.
Patience - Guns N' Roses
I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden
I’ll Always Be Right There – Bryan Adams
More Than Words - Extreme
One - U2
At My Most Beautiful - R.E.M.
Secret Garden – Bruce Springsteen
Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
Kiss From A Rose - Seal
Yellow - Coldplay
modern love
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Stop the clocks and boost the I-Po-tential – couples that saw a whole century turn deserve to savor the momentous context of their loving, if only a moment. Undercurrents of alt-whatnots fused with MTV strongholds create an eclectic mix of may-I-have-this reverberation and pure, incontestable adoration.
By Your Side - Sade
The Reason - Hoobastank
From This Moment - Shania Twain
Ice Cream – Sarah McLaughlin
Halo – Beyonce
The Luckiest – Ben Folds
Stay With You – John Legend
Lucky – Jason Mraz
Wedding Vows Song – Jamie Foxx
The Scientist – Coldplay
Such Great Heights – The Postal Service