New research shows that Britain’s favourite first dance song is Elvis Presley’s, Can’t Help Falling in Love
As Royal Wedding anticipation reaches fever pitch, speculation has been rife about who will serenade the couple for their first dance.
New research shows that Britain’s favourite first dance song is Elvis Presley’s, Can’t Help Falling in Love.
So could the King make the first dance a Royal Flush at Windsor Castle on Saturday?
Ms Markle’s rumoured go-to ‘happy song,’ Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me), did not make it on to Britains’ top 20 first dance list.
But there is still a chance it will play a part on the day with over half (58 per cent) of couples revealing they listen to their favourite song to settle their nerves before walking down the aisle.
The recent research, compiled by Sonos, a smart home sound systems manufacturer, reveals that more than half of couple’s polled (57 per cent) choose their first dance song based on the music they had listened to and reminded them of when they first got together, prompting almost one fifth of British music lovers to say ‘I Love you’ because of the music they heard.
Prince and Harry and Meghan Markle will marry at Windsor Castle on Saturday
It is not yet known what song Harry (left) and Meghan (right) will chose for their first dance
Over two thirds of Brits (69 per cent) also agreed that couples who listen to music together are much more likely to stay together.
Those surveyed believe that listening to music has definite benefits for couples and two out of every three people admitted they knew which song turns their partner on.
Brit’s top 20 first dance songs
1. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
2. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams
3. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
4. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
5. All of Me – John Legend
6. Can’t take My Eyes off You – Andy Williams
7. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
8. When a Man Loves a Women – Percy Sledge
9. Your Song – Elton John
10. Dancing Queen – ABBA
11. A Thousand Years – Christina Perry
12. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
13. Marry You – Bruno Mars
14. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
15. At Last – Etta James
16. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
17. Stand by Me – Ben E King
18. The Time of My Life – Bill Medley/Jennifer Warnes
19. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
20. Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran
While 36 per cent admitted to pretending to like a song because their partner loves it.
The pressure for the ultimate song selection on the big day can quickly start to mount for some couples as the significance of music in their relationship was deemed ‘important’ by 79 percent of Brits.
Half of Brits (49 per cent) confirmed the songs they chose made their big day feel more special with seven out of 10 music lovers agreeing that the right music can make someone more attractive.
And research backs up this assertion, showing that couples who listen to music out loud have sex more often than couples who do not.
Although almost one third of couples admitted if there was a choice between music and sex in a relationship, they would be willing to skip the sex.
However, some loved-up couples (69 percent) admit to combining the two – with music playing in the background for their more intimate moments.
Marvin Gaye’s 1973 classic – Let’s Get It On – remains the number one song, which gets British couples in the mood for love, followed by Barry White’s My First, My last, My Everything and Perfect by Ed Sheeran.
Vicki Pavitt, Relationship Expert and Co‐founder of Project Love comments: ‘Music plays a huge role in people’s lives, whether single or in a relationship. These findings show the impact from the early days of dating – to the special wedding day – and beyond!
‘Sharing music with a significant other can be incredibly bonding and can strengthen a couple’s sense of togetherness.
‘A clash in music tastes with a partner can cause some relationships to end on the wrong note but honesty is key – they will want to know the real you.’