Favorite first dance songs by generation

Favorite first dance songs by generationBrides Magazine put an interesting list together of favorite first dance songs by generation. What is interesting about the list is that one song, “Unchained Melody,” was a favorite with two generations. Another, “At Last,” made the top three with two different generations.

Here are the lists:


  • “All of Me,” by John Legend
  • “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” by Aerosmith
  • “Amazed,” by Lonestar

Generation X

  • “Unchained Melody,” by The Righteous Brothers
  • “At Last,” by Etta James
  • “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” by Aerosmith

Baby Boomers

  • “Unchained Melody,” by The Righteous Brothers
  • “The Way You Look Tonight,” by Frank Sinatra
  • “At Last,” by Etta James

This blog has looked at a number of these songs in the past, but not “Unchained Melody.” This monster hit has been recorded over 1500 times by some of the greatest singers of all time.

Alex North wrote the music back in 1955 for a little-know movie called “Unchained,” and Hy Zaret added the lyrics. The Righteous Brother’s 1965 cover of the song became the ‘jukebox standard’ for this song. Their version gained new life when it was featured in the 1990 hit movie, “Ghost:”

Freddie Mercury unleashed his own dramatic cover of the song:

For a more classical take on the song, listen to British Got Talent star, Jonathan Antoine sing it:

One of the last songs Elvis Presley ever sang in public was Unchained Melody, which took place in Rapid City, SD, on June 21st, 1977.

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