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10 Best Wedding Songs for the First Dance

The best wedding songs for the first dance, in fact, represent the most romantic part of the reception and celebration for the bride and groom. Covering tunes from the '60s up to the last decade -- and several of them fittingly duets – here are our top first dance wedding songs, featured on AOL Radio's First Dance station.
'Everything I Do (I Do It for You)'
This was the most successful song of 1991, reaching the No. 1 spot in 18 countries. Written specifically for 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,' the love song classic was originally offered to Kate Bush, Annie Lennox and Lisa Stansfield, all of whom declined.
Bryan Adams Everything I Do (I Do It for You)
'Wonderful Tonight'
A first dance favorite, this single was written for Clapton's then-wife Pattie Boyd, a model who was previously married to the Beatles' George Harrison. For the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute, Clapton and Dire Straits played a rendition of this song.
Eric Clapton Wonderful Tonight
'At Last'
'At Last' has been recorded more than 30 times, two of which occurred before Etta James cut her famous version. James' rendition was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, though it reached only No. 47 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Singles Chart. When Demi Moore married Ashton Kutcher, this song played as she walked down the aisle.
Etta James At Last
'Bless the Broken Road'
Originally released in 1994 by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, this wedding song was not covered by Rascal Flatts until over a decade later. Their version proved to be the most successful, topping the Billboard Country Music charts for five straight weeks. The band even appeared as themselves in 'Hannah Montana: The Movie,' performing an acoustic rendition of the track.
Rascal Flatts Bless the Broken Road
'Open Arms'
'Open Arms' almost didn't make it on Journey's album because guitarist Neal Schon disliked the song, commenting that it sounded "kinda Mary Poppins." In a 2005 article from 'Lumino' magazine, the song was referred to as a "wedding anthem."
Journey Open Arms
Originally featured on Brickman's 1997 album 'Picture This,' the song went platinum and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart -- making it one of McBride's first hits on contemporary radio.
Jim BrickmanValentine
'I Finally Found Someone'
Perfect for a first dance, this wedding song was co-composed by Streisand and Adams for the 1996 film 'The Mirror Has Two Faces.' The song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Streisand's first hit in nearly a decade.
Bryan Adams and Barbra Streisand I Finally Found Someone
'Don't Know Much'
This song was recorded by Bill Medley and Bette Midler in 1981 -- under the title 'All I Need to Know.' Neville and Ronstadt's version won a 1990 Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal.
Linda Ronstadt Aaron Neville Don't Know Much
'Faithfully' was the song Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen danced to on their wedding day. The song also made it to the top of AOL Radio's Top 10 Power Ballads.
Journey Faithfully
'Unchained Melody'
Why not dance to the same number Kevin Costner and his wife, Christine Baumgartner chose for their first dance? 'Unchained Melody' is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, with a reported 500 versions in various languages. Six weeks before his death, Elvis Presley performed a cover of 'Unchained Melody' in an exclusive -- and what would be his last -- T.V. performance 'Elvis in Concert.'
The Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody

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