11 modern waltzes for your first dance #Reception Advice#first dance#music#wedding songs Updated Mar 15 2021 (Posted Apr 8 2014) Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin Photo by Honeysuckle Photography. The first dance is something I'm particularly excited about, but here is the issue — the groom only knows how to waltz in 3/4 time. So here's the deal… I'd like to know your favorite modern songs in 3/4 time — i.e., Waltzin' Songs. My groom and I would like something sweet and peppy, and not too "classic." Got any ideas? -Saturdayjane This question is near and dear to my heart, because that guy I married and I wanted to do a waltz for our first dance. Only… we couldn't agree on which modern waltz song to use! So here are a few of our favorite modern waltz choices: Related Post When your stunning pink wedding dress is a $90 Amazon find We featured this gorgeous bride, Skyler, on our Instagram and people went a little wild. Her en fuego hair, that elegant venue, and her fab... Read more "Here We Go" by Jon Brion — This was my tippy-top choice for a first dance song. "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog "Dark Waltz" by Haley Westenra "Gravity" by John Mayer The Edward Scissorhands theme, by Danny Elfman "If I Knew Then" by Lady Antebellum "You And Me," by Lifehouse "Never Tear Us Apart," by INXS "Neville's Waltz" from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by Patrick Doyle "Come Away With Me." by Nora Jones "First And Last Waltz" by Nickel Creek Your turn! What are your favorite modern waltzes? Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS Give your guests "dog biscuits" NEXT Mint & Mirth: Portland's favorite queer bartenders are bringing their cat-themed cocktails to the entire West Coast Show/Hide comments [ 58 ] "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls Reply Iris actually swaps between 6/8 and 8/8 timing. You could still waltz to it, I think, but a waltz wouldn't work for the 8/8 parts. I agree that it's an awesome song, though! Reply "I follow You" by Shinedown. Omg awesome rock love song and 3/4 time. Even a little dark. I almost made this my walk down the aisle song. Check it out, http://youtu.be/2IF5TfnmV0k Reply My Dad and I danced to Rainbow connection at my wedding, I recommend it because the 3/4 is really obvious! Reply Snuggles and I are doing the Viennese Waltz to Flora's Secret by Enya, it's too fast to do the regular waltz too though. Reply david bryan – netherworld waltz i've always dreamt to use this song for the wedding because it holds so much meaning for me and is just so breathtakingly beautiful Reply We danced to "Can't help falling in love" by Elvis Presley played in the Blue Hawaii movie. It was fitting because I grew up in Hawaii. I wanted "Eternity" by Dreams Come True but he won with Elvis's song. Reply I was so excited to see this topic! My fiancé and I big into ballroom dance and the waltz is our favorite. We were considering Kiss From A Rose– Seal, I Won't Give Up– Jason Mraz, or Michael Buble's version of Can't Help Falling In Love. There are a lot of other great options if you search on ballroom dance forums (if you search mostly wedding sites, they often call all slow dances waltz regardless of the time signature). Reply We've decided on I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz Reply Open Arms– Journey. 🙂 So easy to dance to! Reply You Are by Charlie Wilson Reply My partner knows how to swing and hustle (the partner dance not the line dance). I'm shootin' for a hustle to Lady Gaga's Disco Stick, but for some reason he's not biting… Reply I'm torn for what to do for our "first" dance. We're getting weddinged on our 4th anniversary, but we met country dancing. Part of me wants a nice country song. Part of me wants "our" song (Calling You by Blue October). Part of me wants to lead a line dance to Cupid Shuffle, because that's the very first thing we danced to. I have to admit the last option is pulling me the strongest. We'll start it by ourselves, then cue friends and family to join us. Which also serves the purpose of getting everyone out on the dance floor at least once. Reply You could do "your" song, or a country song, then break out into the cupid shuffle. Reply I can't believe no one's suggested A Thousand Years by Christina Perri yet. It's soooo beautiful, and absolutely perfect for a wedding. Reply We did this as our first dance! We didn't choreograph purposefully; we both learned to waltz before we met (him for a musical, me for ballroom lessons) so we danced normally and went into a waltz at the chorus. It went well but it was hard to do in flip flops! (my shoes broke lol). Reply Thank you for bringing my attention to "Here we go" – I really like that song, and I think I'm now totally going to try to do a cover just for fun. Reply INXS as a waltz. ***INXS AS A WALTZ*** I'm sorry. My mind was just blown. I'm following this post because this is phenomenal. Reply I'm Sticking With You by The Velvet Underground. It does switch to 4/4 about halfway through, but if you're looking for something a little lighter, it's got that perfect cutesy/cheesy/adorable quality. Reply Transylvanian Concubine by Rasputina would be an awesome waltz for a goth wedding. Reply By the Way They Dance, by Jump, Little Children. (I don't know how to embed links. I lose!) Reply Ooh! Iron and Wine- Flightless Bird, American Mouth Neutral Milk Hotel- In the Aeroplane over the Sea She & Him- Christmas Waltz (bonus non-wedding waltz that I looove..unless Christmas wedding!) Reply I have no idea if this is 3/4 but Rufus Wainwright's song from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack is a beautiful waltz. Reply OOO! and As the World Falls Down by David Bowie! Yay! Bubble Song! Reply I was coming here just to say As the World Falls Down xD Reply It is! It's called "Complainte De La Butte" and it's beautiful! Reply That is a lovely song, but in case it matters to you, be warned that the lyrics are about a poet falling in love with a feverish sex worker whom he never sees again. Reply It Is You (I Have Loved) – Dana Glover Reply It's a little up-tempo, but SYTYCD did a really pretty waltz to Vanessa Carlton's Ordinary Day a few years ago. In fact, searching youtube for SYTYCD waltz comes up with a bunch of interesting options. Reply Ok, I just wanted to point out that "You and Me" by Lifehouse is our song!!! AND WE'RE DOING A WALTZ TO IT!!! Just a little fyi, we're doing to Viennese Waltz to it because it's a REALLY fast tempo and that makes it a little easier to keep up with the beat. That probably holds true for a lot of modern waltz songs. We actually took up lessons for our first dance! It's been amazingly fun and, if you have the budget, I completely recommend it. It's something fun, that the FH and I like to do together. Plus, the fact that it's a little exercise in my week doesn't hurt either. 🙂 Reply Even though it's technically in 6/8, "Getaway" by Train feels very much like a 3/4 piece. (It also appears to be in A Major, but I can't confirm that since I don't know the note it ends on. I just happen to love that key.) The same goes for "Nights in White Satin" by The Moody Blues. (By the way, go for the radio edit with the. It's shorter, and I think the extended version does change meter after the song most people will know.) Reply http://youtu.be/2-nZKkfMj0w Running Through Rivers by Carrie Hope Fletcher. Sister to Tom Fletcher of McFly. Current Eponine in Les Mis in the West End. Beautiful human being, grade-A youtuber. Reply It should be noted that even though I thoroughly enjoy Norah Jones, "Come Away with Me" is in 4/4 time. It's not modern, but "So This is Love" from Disney's Cinderella is a waltz. A song that I really, really like and I've never heard from a wedding. An instrumental version would be lovely. Reply I'm sorry to have to correct you, it's an annoying habit of mine that I have to correct everything, especially grammar for some reason. But "Come away with me" is actually in 3/4 😉 Reply Nothing Else Matters – Metallica ^ Always imagined the looks we'd get for waltzing to it… 😉 Waltzes aren't my thing, but here's a tip for anyone who's looking for one: If you can say "rashers and sausages" in time with the beat (or be boring and count 1-2-3-4-5-6) it's suitably waltzy! "Our song" is probably Ralph Wiggum by the Bloodhound Gang. Yeahhhh……. Reply 🙂 I'm actually highly considering Nothing Else Matters, but for my Father/Daughter dance. Reply Apocalyptica does covers of Metallica songs – might be worth checking out Reply I used the S&M version in my first wedding – highly recommend! Our friends even started singing along! I think we had a friend play with the tempo to speed it up a little. Reply Our wedding is offbeat-lite because my poor groom is quite traditional and we have completely different tastes in music, but we did agree on Nothing Else Matters performed on cellos by Apocalyptica. It's the perfect kind of surreptitiously offbeat that certain people will recognize, but mostly people will just think "what a beautiful instrumental piece". Reply I'm guessing that Ms. Finley meant to suggest 'Turn Me On' by Norah Jones, which strikes me as a wonderful rough-equivalent (in terms of mood) to the more common choice of 'At Last'. When I saw this question, the first artist that came to mind was CAKE. They make a point of including a few songs in 3/4 (or 6/8) time on most of their albums, and the lead singer likes to lecture live audiences about 3/4 time's waning popularity. Granted, their songs tend to be less than romantic (even their love songs), but here are a few worth mentioning: 'Where Would I Be?' – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v3OVDXZDf4 'Mexico' – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZItvCgsMMgI 'Bound Away' – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUSlBuEynQ4 'Teenage Pregnancy' – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAklPRS0HOg 'Sad Songs and Waltzes' – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK-DcAcQ-7Y And then there is the impossibly lovely ' Valse d'Amelie' from the eponymous film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD3WwM6l1J0 More great suggestions here: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/archive/index.php/t-497789.html Reply Cradle of Filth – Nymphetamine Girl. We're putting that on our wedding play list for sure! Reply I know that its older… almost 60 years old… but "Once Upon a Dream" from Sleeping Beauty is a VERY obvious waltz so if you want one that's super easy to follow… its what one of my friends taught me to waltz to. Reply The cover of this by Lana Del Ray for Maleficent is dark, haunting, and downright lovely. Reply "Trouble" by Ray Lamontagne – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3pltmw6cmI One of my very very favorite songs. I might insist on it as a first dance at my own wedding. Reply Our first dance was swing (Nat King Cole's "Let There be Love), but my father-daughter dance was a waltz (Glenn Yarbrough's "More I Cannot Wish You"). Our couples' dance was a waltz version of Bruce Springsteen's "If I Should Fall Behind." We chose it because it's my parents' joint favorite – my mom is a huge Springsteen fan, my dad loves folk, and the version of the song blends a bit of both. I stumbled across it a few years ago and sent it to my dad; sometimes when my mom is really stressed, he'll ask her to dance to this song with him. And to add to the romance, this version's performed by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa (his wife). I get goosebumps when I listen to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrfIGgZeFXk Reply In Denmark we have a traditional wedding dance called "Brudevalsen" (the bridal waltz). The melody is composed by Niels W. Gade. The guests form a circle around the bride and groom and clap to the music while the couple is dancing. All the guests move closer and closer to the couple, until there's no more room for them to dance. Usually when the song is over, the men lift up the groom, take off his shoes and cut the tip off his socks, to prevent him from "making his hoses green" which is an expression for courting another woman. The women tear up the brides veil and the more it gets torn the more happiness she will have in her marriage. Every wedding guest may take home a little piece of the veil for good luck. Here's a video that shows the wedding waltz of the crown prince and princess of Denmark (not that i'm particularly royal, but this is the best version of the melody I could find). Although the bridal waltz is a pretty big part of a danish wedding, I've always thought that Coldplay's "Sparks" would be wonderful to dance to, so I might go with that for my wedding, when my boyfriend someday decides to propose. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmtpYAkYiX4&w=420&h=315%5D Reply http://youtu.be/UmtpYAkYiX4 Reply We are dancing to Lovesong by Coldplay covered by Adele. It is just beautiful. Reply Just a correction here: Adele´s cover of "Lovesong" is originally by The Cure, not Coldplay 🙂 Reply Lovesong is not a waltz… Rumba or Nightclub 2 step. Beautiful song though! The cure version is a swing. Reply Our first dance was to Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet." The time signatures alternate back and forth so it was a lot of fun changing up dance styles between waltz and foxtrot, or you could do swing in the 4/4 parts. Reply We just decided on millionaire waltz by queen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q3N2sVbolA Reply I am a big fan of the Kentish Town Waltz by Imelda May – it's a viennese waltz though, too fast to do a slow one. Here she is performing it with her husband, the album version is a bit faster still. Reply We love teaching wedding couples to dance for their first dance, but you can ask any dance instructor and they will tell you that the worst thing a couple can do is show up with a fast waltz (over 110 bpm or so) and expect to master the dance by their wedding. We know people who have been taking ballroom lessons for 3-4 years who won't even try it! Viennese Waltz is an advanced dance and will usually stress out the couple much more than they deserve during this fun and exciting time. So, please pare your list to only waltzes that will lead to a good outcome for everyone. Reply Came here to add "Married Life" from the Up soundtrack (Pixar!) Reply All these songs are beautiful and have beautiful messages in their words, but pale in comparison to their spanish counterparts. Please listen to Tiempo de Vals – by Chayanne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3ObHjm1fAE and let me know what you think about the melody and the feeling behind the song. Reply My FH and I met through our mutual love of social dance, and waltz is our favorite, so our first dance is most definitely going to be a waltz. Only The Music by Heather Alexander is going to be our first dance, since it's both a gorgeous waltz and a dancers' love song. And here are a few more of our favorite waltzes that will probably be on our wedding music list: Take It To The Limit by the Eagles Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore by The High Kings So She Dances by Josh Groban A Thousand Years (instrumental cover by The Piano Guys) Reply As for modern waltz (6/8) the GREATEST song that would be an appropriate and memorable and tear-jerking masterpiece Edwin McCain "I'll Be" takes the CAKE Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. 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