At the start of the new year, I like to look back at the year that was and review the songs that my couples selected for the six most common formalities of their wedding reception: The Grand Entrance, The First Dance, The Father/Bride Dance, The Mother/Groom Dance, Cake Cutting, and The Last Dance. While there are several wedding music guides available, I find the real pulse of the best First Dance songs for 2016 come from my clients: real Pacific Northwest couples planning and hosting real Pacific Northwest weddings. So, without further ado…

Here are the top First Dance Songs of 2016, as selected by my couples:

Electric Light Orchestra – “Strange Magic”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Elvis Presley – “Can’t Help Falling in Love”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Mariah Carey – “Always Be My Baby”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

George Harrison – “If Not For You”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Big & Rich – “Lost In This Moment”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Ray Charles – “Come Rain or Come Shine”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Zella Day – “Compass”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Brett Eldridge – “Mean to Me”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

The Beatles – “In My Life”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Eric Church – “Love Your Love The Most”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Thomas Rhett – “Die A Happy Man”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Ed Sheeran – “Thinking out Loud”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

The Flamingos – “I Only Have Eyes for You”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Newsong – “The Way You Smile”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Coldplay – “Sparks”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Chris Stapleton – “Tennessee Whiskey”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Heatwave – “Always and Forever”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Frank Sinatra – “Fly Me To The Moon”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Bright Eyes – “First Day Of My Life”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Anne & Pete Sibley – “Will You Walk With Me”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Kodaline – “The One”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

John Legend – “All of Me”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Brian McKnight – “Back At One”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Eric Clapton – “Wonderful Tonight”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Ray LaMontagne – “You Are the Best Thing”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Leon Bridges – “Coming Home”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Haley & Michaels – “Giving It All (To You)”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Michael Bublé – “Everything”  |  PURCHASE: Amazon MP3

Looking for more great First Dance song suggestions? Visit my ultimate Wedding Music Guide for more First Dance song picks!

Previous Best First Dance Songs By Year:

Other 2011 Best Of Lists: