Any list of First Dances would be sorely lacking were it not to include “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. It’s certainly one of the most frequently requested songs. LaMontagne has the kind of soulful growl reminiscent of Joe Cocker or Van Morrison. The horns, as well as the “Ray Charles” backup singers, certainly add to the purposeful vintage feel. The lyrics are incredibly simple, universal, and perfect for your first dance together as husband & wife, “You are the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Baby, things ain’t been going my way and now I need you here
To clear my mind all the time
It’s like you see right through me and make it easier
Believe me, you don’t even have to try
You are the best thing (you’re the best thing, baby)
You are the best thing (you’re the best thing, ooh) that ever happened to me.
Fun fact: With the exception of separating the word “you’re” to ” you are,” LaMontagne appears to have borrowed the title from Gladys Knight & The Pips 1973 hit“You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me.”
They’re both great songs, and keep watching for a blog post on the Gladys Knight’s song very soon.
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