7 Best First Dance Jazz Songs

Looking for a list of the Best First Dance Jazz Songs for your NYC Wedding?

Alex Levin Music’s bands are hopeless romantics, and we know how important it is to choose a first dance song. In many ways, it can be the married couple’s first foray into the world as a wedded pair.  It can be rather difficult choosing the best song since there are tons of First Dance Jazz Songs out there.  So we have done out best to provide you a list of our favorites.

Here are some of the First Dance Jazz Songs some of our couples chose, and why we loved playing them:

1. “Young at Heart”

This classic song begins with the famous lines, “Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you, if you’re young at heart.” The lilting melody and elegant arrangement by Street of Dreams Jazz Band make for a world-class choice.


2. “I Can’t Help Falling in Love”

Elvis made it famous the first time, but with close to 16,000 views on YoutubeThe Lovesome’s version of this classic love song is everything you could hope for in a first dance choice. Our version starts off with guitar and vocal as a duo, and then the band joins in for the second half of the tune. Enjoy!


3. “It Had to Be You”

Ukulele strumming, swinging bass and drums underpin…check out this gorgeous version of the old standard by Love, Charley. It’s hard to forget Harry Connick’s version from “When Harry Met Sally,” and many fans of the movie have chosen “It Had to Be You” as a perfect New York City Wedding choice.


4. ‘Til There Was You

There is nothing like a simple melody: the charm and romance of a great old song can’t be beaten, especially when it comes to choosing from a long list of first dance jazz songs. The Smoke Rings, here as a trio of vocals, bass, and piano, play this song as only they can: balancing sophistication with fun and naivete all at once.


5. “Our Love Is Here to Stay”

The Smoke Rings recorded this great song on their debut album, and now look–someone’s gone and posted it on YouTube! The upbeat charmer can make a superb choice from a list of first dance jazz songs.  This song sets an optimistic, loving tone…with a Gershwin flair!


6. “A New World”

One couple asked The Lovesome to cover this gorgeous song by Bjork, which she composed for the movie “Dancer in the Dark.” Not a typical first dance choice by any means, this song is perfect for the retro hipster couple looking to make a statement with their first dance choice.


7. “Stars Fell on Alabama”

This remarkable song is sure to leave your family and friends longing to join you on the dance floor. It’s a real statement in the hands of Love, Charley. A timeless choice for your wedding, for sure.

There you have it! Our top seven First Dance Jazz Songs. If you book a wedding with Alex Levin Music, we will entertain your requests.  So please feel free to choose your own favorite song to cut a rug to…we’ll be right with you from the downbeat to the dip and smooch!

Need additional help choosing your First Dance Song?  Check out another article we wrote, that provides some priceless advice.

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