Boy bands are known for their heartfelt ballads, so its no wonder many of these love songs are first-dance staples. If you’re a fan of cult favorites like the Backstreets Boys and *NSYNC, this week’s Top 10 list is for you. Some of these songs might be cheesy, but let’s face it: More than one has brought a tear to your eye at some point.

With lyrics such as, “I do/Cherish you/For the rest of my life/You don’t have to think twice,” this song is the ultimate boy band first-dance pick. Country music artist Mark Wills first released this hit in 1998. One year later, boy band 98 Degrees covered the song and released it as its fourth single from “98 Degrees and Rising.” It hit No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is featured on the soundtrack for “Notting Hill.”

Irish boy band Westlife released “Swear It Again” in the United States in 2000. It is the best-selling debut single of all time from an Irish citizen and is the band’s only single to make the charts in the United States. “Swear It Again” alludes to wedding vows, saying, “I’m never gonna say goodbye/’Cause I never want to see you cry/I swore to you my love would remain/And I swear it all over again.”


Jordan Knight sings lead vocals on this 1989 hit from New Kids On The Block. The third single from the group’s second album, “Hangin’ Tough,” it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. A perfect reminder of the vows you took earlier in the day, “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” is as popular now as it was almost three decades ago.

1999 was the year for boy band ballads! “(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You” was the third single from *NSYNC’s self-titled album. If you’re looking for religious themes, this song mentions both God and angels. (Fun fact: Country band Alabama recorded the song with backing vocals from *NSYNC and released it as a single from its 18th studio album!)

5. All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo (1997)

Joel (JoJo) Hailey originally wrote “All My Life” for a female artist, using his daughter as inspiration. However, he liked the song so much, he decided to keep it for himself! It was nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song at the 1999 Grammy Awards, although it didn’t win. However, the song is a winner in our hearts and certainly perfect for a romantic first dance.

6. Little Things – One Direction (2012)


Written by Ed Sheeran and Fiona Bevan and performed by One Direction, “Little Things” talks about the endearing nuances of your partner, such as their freckles, dimples or quirky habits. In a September 2012 interview with MTV News, Sheeran said the song “is about the best things about someone, kind of like the things you wouldn’t expect.”

7. Let’s Get Married – Jagged Edge (2000)

If you’re looking for a more upbeat first-dance song, “Let’s Get Married” is a great choice. Produced by Jermaine Dupri, this song spent three weeks at the top of the U.S. R&B chart in 2000. Check out the lyrics: “Meet me in the altar in your white dress/We ain’t getting no younger, we might as well do it/Been feeling all the while girl I must confess/Girl let’s just get married/I just wanna get married.”

8. I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden (1999))

Australian duo Savage Garden released this song in 1999, and it hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100. “I Knew I Loved You” was the band’s second No. 1 hit in the United States following “Truly Madly Deeply” (another stellar first-dance choice!)


9. I’ll Make Love to You – Boyz II Men (1994)

This No. 1 hit single was written by Babyface and won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. It also won two American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Single and Favorite Soul/R&B Single and is No. 19 on Billboard’s All-Time Top 100 Songs. Even more than 20 years later, this sweet song is perfect for a memorable first dance.


10. I’ll Never Break Your Heart – Backstreet Boys (1995)

A boy band list would be remiss without a Backstreet Boys hit. “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” was the second single from the Backstreet Boys’ self-titled debut album. The lyrics (I’ll never break your heart/I’ll never make you cry/I’d rather die than live without you/I’ll give you all of me/Honey, that’s no lie”) are a suitable promise for your wedding day.

To discuss the songs you’d like to hear at your wedding, contact Sound Precision Entertainment at (216) 870-4513 or scott@spedj.com.

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