Centuries ago, a list of the 10 best wedding waltz songs would have been deemed indecent. In the early years of the 19th century, dancing any closer than arms length in polite society was simply not acceptable. By the turn of the century, ballroom dancing and its strict adherence to genteelism was nothing more than a memory of the Old Guard. Nevertheless, the wedding waltz still holds a place of honor in society. It is a traditional, symbolic first presentation of a young couple as husband and wife. Naturally, as times change, couples have replaced the wedding waltz with the First Dance and incorporated their favorite songs. However, those looking for a spark of tradition will find the following list of songs have the required three step needed for a traditional waltz.
- "Fascination" (Nat King Cole, 1957.) A perfect choice for best wedding waltz songs, this Nat King Cole hit blends traditional with touching. The song tells how fascination for the right person, eventually becomes love.
- "At Last" (Etta James, 1961.) Not only does this song have the needed three count, but it is also a beautiful wedding waltz song. The lyrics illustrate the joy of finally finding your dream love.
- "Take It To The Limit" (Eagles, 1975.) For classic rock fans, this Eagles hit surprisingly has the necessary three count for a traditional waltz. For those looking for more modern wedding waltz songs, this would be an excellent choice.
- "Could I Have This Dance" (Anne Murray, 1980.) The lyrics say it all, “could I have this dance, for the rest of my life?” Given its popularity, apt lyrics, and required three step timing, this 80’s classic is one of the best wedding waltz songs.
- "Caribbean Blue" (Enya, 1991.) A blend of new age and traditional three step, this choice for best wedding waltz songs would be considered a fast waltz.
- "Only One Road" (Celine Dion, 1994.) Finding the courage to promise someone the rest of your life is not always easy, as the lyrics of this song illustrate. It’s also a perfect three step, landing it squarely on the best wedding waltz songs list.
- "I’ll Be" (Edwin McCain, 1998.) “I’ll be your crying shoulder. I’ll be better when I’m older. I’ll be the greatest fan of your life.” A favorite of couples for more than a decade, this Edwin McCain hit provides the right timing and perfect lyrics to make it one of the most popular wedding waltz songs.
- "When I Say I Do" (Clint Black, 1999.) Are you a fan of country? If so, this could be the perfect choice. It has the needed three count, the right lyrics, and has been a favorite of bridal parties for over a decade.
- "Come Away With Me" (Norah Jones, 2002.) Do you love the classic sounds of Nat King Cole and Etta James, but want something more modern? Not only does Come Away With Me have the required three step beat, but it also has a classic slow jazzy sound by a modern artist.
- "So She Dances" (Josh Groban, 2006.) A slow waltz would be the perfect match for this entry for best wedding waltz songs.
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