Imagine you’re about to experience your first dance with your newly-wed spouse.
The lights are just right, all of your friends and family are watching, waiting. The dance floor is calling your names. You and your spouse meet each other in the middle of the floor, stare into each other’s eyes, and softly put your hands together. You’re feeling all the feels at this point.
And then the DJ turns on “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer.
Yeah, that DJ is fired. The moment is ruined. This is your only first dance — the song you choose is crucial.
If you’re going to be slow dancing, whether it’s your new husband or wife, or your special someone of 20 years, the music matters. It just does.
If you’re a country person, you’ll probably gravitate toward country music. We’ve got you covered. Below are the best songs for slow dancing.
“Forever and Ever Amen” — Randy Travis
This song has permeated country music to such an extent that people love covering it. The Avett Brothers covered it on the VIP campground at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, La., on October 26, 2012.
“Keeper of the Stars” — Tracy Byrd
The lyrics to this one really get to you. They get to you where you feel it.
“Soft moonlight on your face oh how you shine / It takes my breath away / Just to look into your eyes / I know I don’t deserve a treasure like you / There really are no words / To show my gratitude”
“Whatever it is” – Zac Brown Band
“Zac was playing at a little bar called Thunderbirds [in Atlanta, Ga.],” said Wyatt Durrette, co-writer of this song. “We’d known each other for a while. We were sitting around talking, and I said something that was a compliment to him: I told him that he had whatever ‘it’ is on stage, that people love to listen to and watch him play. I told him they were drawn to him.
Zac said, ‘That’s a great title for a song, but we should write it about a woman.'”
“She’s Everything” — Brad Paisley
“The Nashville songwriter Wil Nance wrote this song about his wife, Holly,” songfacts.com says. “When Paisley heard the demo, he loved it, but he wanted to change the lyrics so they were about his wife — a pretty big deal since she’s a famous actress.
“In the original version, the girl has auburn hair and drives a Chrysler LeBaron convertible. Paisley changed the hair color to brown and has her driving a Saturn with a sunroof, customizing the song for Kimberly. He also changed the color of the tennis shoes from red to yellow.”
“Love Story” — Taylor Swift
“The line ‘Romeo, take me some place we can be alone’ relates to how [she and Joe Jonas] were never alone due to their popularity,” says songfacts.com. “‘I sneak out to the garden’ is symbolic of how they had to sneak around to have dates due to the paparazzi.
“The song also talks about Swift’s father and his objection to Joe, but Taylor ignored her father’s advice and continued to date him until their breakup…”