As the traditional “Wedding Season” for dance studios comes to a close, let’s look back on the most used songs of 2017. This is by no means a national trend list, simply the songs that were most used by my clients, and clients of the studio where I teach.
Goo Goo Dolls – “Come to Me”
I’ve mentioned my thoughts on this song previously. It took me by surprise that several clients this year chose it as their first dance. The song itself is lovely and the lyrics are very romantic, however as a dance song it can be a challenge to work with. For both clients that chose to use this song, I used a combination of Nightclub, Rumba, and Foxtrot in order to address the tempo changes throughout the song.
Michael Buble – “Everything“
This is a classic choice for wedding dances. I tend to use a combination of Rumba and Swing depending on the couple’s personalities and the style of the wedding. This year, my clients were more advanced dancers (meaning they had some previous ballroom experience) so we were really able to make the choreography varied and interesting. My hope is that in a future post I will be able to share their dance video.
Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat – “Lucky”
Another classic wedding song. I’ve worked with this song in past years, but was so happy to have the opportunity to re-visit it again this year. “Lucky” is perfect for Swing or Rumba. One of my clients this year chose to use this song for a Rumba based dance that we kept extremely simple and clean.
Ed Sheeran “Perfect”
While not the most popular Ed Sheeran song on the radio, “Perfect” has become a runaway success for wedding couples looking for something special. The song is a classic Viennese Waltz, so for couples that are willing to put in the time and practice, they will be rewarded with a sweeping, dynamic first-dance. For couples that are more limited in time and resources, a single-time variation can offer the same magical feel, with slightly less effort.