|If you and your partner don’t already have a favorite song together, now is the perfect time to start looking for a tune that symbolizes your relationship. Start listening to your favorite bands and genres of music together to find songs that reflect your own love. Ask yourselves what kind of couple you are: Adventurous? Romantic? Laid-back? Are you nature-lovers or sports fans? Are you season-ticket holders for the symphony or regulars at a punk club? Are you the type to put on a Fleetwood Mac record and tend your garden or blast AC/DC when you wash your car? A little bit country or a little bit rock ‘n’ roll?The music that will represent your relationship best is the music that you actually listen to and love the most. One of the easiest ways to find a perfect first-dance song is to listen to the lyrics of great love songs and choose songs that you can relate to as a couple.Before choosing your song, listen carefully to the words and and the underlying meanings each song represents. There are plenty of songs that have romantic melodies, but they may not always promote healthy, loving relationship behaviors. For starters, here are nine worthy songs that reflect true love with non-traditional love-song melodies.
1. “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash
What it’s About: This simple love song is about a man who cannot contain his love for his special lady. Cash himself “walked the line” for a woman he credits for getting him off the wrong tracks of life and onto the right ones. Coincidentally, the rhythm of this song is very much like the rhythm of a train rollicking along the tracks.
2. “Umbrella” by Rihanna, featuring Jay Z
What it’s About: Standing up for the one you love and sharing the burdens of life, no matter how big or small. Rihanna sings about inspiration and motivation: “You raise me up so I can stand on mountains, you raise me up to walk on stormy seas, I am strong when I am on your shoulders, you raise me up to more than I can be.” And the chorus of the song—“You can stand under my umbrella”—symbolizes how a couple shelters each other and the strength they have together.
3. “Changes” by David Bowie
What it’s About: This classic tells the tale of how you fall in love and go through changes together, how each of you will have to roll with the punches, good or bad, for a lifetime together. As you ‘turn the face of time,’ you’ll grow together, evolve together and share the years together.
4. “Faith” by George Michael
What it’s About: Having faith in love, in each other, and in your love. Yes, it has a sexual undertone, but at the end of the day, it’s a great song that everyone can dance to.
5. “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
What it’s About: It’s an island song, a rebuilding song and a strengthening song. Mraz sings, “our
name is our virtue”—the only thing we have of value is who we are and what we do with our lives, particularly if we spend our lives loving others.
6. “You’re Nobody Until Somebody Loves You” by Dean Martin
What it’s About: Material things will not fill the void in your life like true love. Sometimes we feel as though we’re wandering the earth without purpose. As crooned in this timeless standard, love gives us a purpose, it gives us motivation and the will to strive for a better existence.
7. “The Flame” by Cheap Trick
What it’s About: Undying loyalty as a result of unconditional love. When you meet the person you plan on spending the rest of your life with, you devote yourself to that love in a way that triumphs over every obstacle.
8. “Change the World” by Eric Clapton and Babyface
What it’s About: Love often makes you think you can change the world, that your love can make the world a better place. When you fall in love, you want to make the world a better place so that your family will have the best possible life.
9. “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees
What It’s About: Love at first sight. The Monkees sing, “Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer!” True, lasting love builds slowly and grows gradually, but when you meet the love of your life, often times you just know, you feel it. Slow, romantic first dance songs are more traditional, this is a fun alternative you can really boogie to.
10. “At Last” by Etta James
My personal favourite, as it as my first song at my wedding….here’s why:
My love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a songOh yeah yeah
The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clover
The night I looked at you
I found a dream, that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to press my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known
Oh yeah yeah
You smiled, you smiled
Oh and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
for you are mine…