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Spotify’s odd list of upbeat first dance songs

By October 18, 2021Dance

upbeat first dance songs

Spotify features an interesting list of upbeat first dance songs compiled by Bridal Musings. The list features some lively first dance songs we’ve blogged on in the past. But it also includes a rather odd choice, odd because of the subject matter of the lyrics.

#1 on the list is Marvin Gaye’s timeless, “How Sweet It is (To Be Loved By You).” This song may have been written 56 years, but it’s so good, it’ll still be played at weddings another 56 years from now!

Good choice by Bridal Musings!

Fast, rhythmic tunes energize a party

Although most couples lean towards slow, dreamy first dance songs, fast, rhythmic tunes energize a party. They’re a great way to get hearts racing and legs itching to join you on the dance floor.

#2 on the list is Hall & Oates’ very danceable “You Make My Dreams (Come True)”. The song features functional lyrics for your first dance:

“Me you me and you

I’ve been waiting for waiting for you girl

(ooh ooh ooh ooh) all my life.

You make my dreams come true,

(you you) whoa (you you),

Whoa whoa I’ve been waiting for waiting for waiting,

For waiting for waiting,

For waiting for waiting for,

(You make my dreams) ooh ooh ooh ooh

I’ve been waiting for you girl (you you you you)

(You make my dream you you you you)

Take a listen:

This is a song you’ll select because of its beat more than its sentiment. On the other hand, the #7 song of the list “Locked Out of Heaven” just doesn’t seem like a good fit. Granted, it’s by Bruno Mars who knows how to write catchy, danceable music, as you can hear below:

But do you really want words like these being sung at your wedding?

‘Cause your sex takes me to paradise,

Yeah your sex takes me to paradise.

And it shows, yeah, yeah, yeah,

‘Cause you make me feel like, I’ve been locked out of Heaven

For too long, for too long.

Yeah you make me feel like, I’ve been locked out of Heaven

For too long, for too long.

The answer is no. Save the sex talk for the honeymoon.


The list includes a song called Lisztomania by Phoenix, #10 on the list. It features a strong backbeat which makes it very danceable:

But what in the heck are the lyrics saying? What does this have to do with you?

A Lisztomania,

Think less but see it grow,

Like a riot like a riot, oh.

Not easily offended,

Know how to let it go,

From the mess to the masses.

The best first dance songs seamlessly fuse great music with great words, and the message of these songs has something to do with your love story, like Marvin Gaye did it.

Listen to Natalie Cole’s smash hit, “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love):

When you think of upbeat first dance songs, this fits the bill. AND … it offers great lyrics that talk about love, rather than sex:

Loving you

Is some kind of wonderful,

Because you’ve shown me

Just how much you care.

You’ve given me the thrill of a lifetime,

And made me believe you’ve got more thrills to spare.

Bridal Musings has done you a great service by compiling a truly interesting list of upbeat first dance songs. You’ve got new songs and old songs to check out on their list. We recommend that you really study the lyrics to come up with a song that totally works for you.

Columbus Pro DJs loves a great song. Why do you think I started this business! We can play just about any song you’d like for your first wedding dance, whatever it is. Playing it, though, is just the beginning! We’ll honor it by playing it on top equipment so it sounds so clear, it’ll sound live. And then we’ll  design the lighting to amplify the mood of the song.

Great music. Great lighting. Great DJ. These are the building blocks to a great Columbus wedding celebration. And Columbus Pro DJs has ‘em all!