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62 Father And Daughter Wedding Dance Songs For 2021

Published date: 19th January 2021 | Author: Hollie Bond


Looking for a song to sum up the special relationship you have with your dad? We’ve rounded up the most touching and perfect songs for a dance that you’ll never forget.

Your dad (or stepdad or another significant parent figure) is a key part of your wedding. Not only do they traditionally ‘give the bride away’ or, in more modern speak, walk you down the aisle, but they often give the first speech of the day and have pride of place at the top table.

At the evening reception though, there’s another lovely and touching opportunity to honour your father and to highlight how important they’ve been in your life – with a dad-daughter dance. This dance usually takes place after the first dance between the newly married couple, either directly afterward or at some point later on in the evening (although best not to leave it too late in case the free-flowing drinks make dancing elegantly a little difficult!).

Choosing a song for this particular dance can be much harder than choosing one for your first dance. You’re less likely to have a ‘special song’ with your dad or share the same musical tastes due to your difference in ages. Plus, a lot of love songs are intended for couples and make much better first dance songs, so the lyrics aren’t apt for dads and daughters (make sure to listen to all the lyrics of a song before you choose it!).

You’re essentially looking for a song that sums up your special father and daughter relationship, that unique love that only a parent and their child can have. The good news is that there are plenty of beautiful options out there, spanning all sorts of genres. We’ve compiled a list of the very best father-daughter dance songs that will bring a tear to your guests’ eyes as they watch you twirl around the dance floor on your wedding day.

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What To Look For In a Father Daughter Dance Song

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Tempo

You need to think about the sort of tempo you want for your dance. A lot of brides and their fathers choose a slow song for a heartfelt sway, and touching lyrics that sum up their status as daddy’s little girl. However, that might not work for your specific father and daughter relationship.

Mood

Perhaps you have more of a light-hearted and jokey bond with your dad or whoever you want to do this dance with, and therefore a song that’s more upbeat, faster, and with fun lyrics would be best. If you’ve chosen a slow, romantic song for your first dance, you might want to choose something completely different for your father-daughter dance too.

Sentiment

As mentioned before, you also need to make sure to listen to all the lyrics to ensure you are happy with all the sentiments that are expressed and that they don’t make you cringe or sound odd when applied to fathers and daughters.

Length

And finally, choose a song that is a good length or that you’re able to edit to suit your dancing needs. You don’t want a song that has the longest intro ever and so you’ve exhausted all your dance steps before you even get to the lyrics.

The only other thing to consider is whether you want to just wing it and see where the music takes you on the night or if you’d prefer to have some lessons and learn a simple (or more complex if you’re both good movers) choreographed dance. There are lots of dance studios around the country that offer wedding dance lessons for complete amateurs. They will be able to choreograph a simple waltz, foxtrot, or quickstep to help you earn some whoops of approval from your audience or perhaps even a Strictly 10!

 

62 Of The Best Father Daughter Dance Songs

1. Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder

This song is such a feel-good choice and includes perfect lyrics like “Isn’t She Lovely?/Isn’t She Wonderful?/ Isn’t She Precious?”

2. Daddy’s Girl by Katey Sagal

If you’re really close to your dad this song is ideal, with reassuring lyrics like “Guess I’ll always be my daddy’s girl.”

3. Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses

Everyone loves this song and it’ll be a fabulous choice for a more upbeat and fun father-daughter dance song.

4. My Little Girl by Tim McGraw

This country song by Tim McGraw is a beautiful choice and has some gorgeous lyrics like “You’re beautiful, baby, from the outside in/ Chase your dreams, but always know the road/ That’ll lead you home again.”

5. Sweet Pea by Amos Lee

Sweet Pea by Amos Lee has a brilliant tempo for dancing and is a natural toe tapper, so even if you or your dad aren’t the best dancers, you’ll find this easy to sway around to. It’s nice and short too.

6. Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross

The title of this song makes it a natural choice for a bride and her father. While the lyrics are about a father who has passed away, they can work in a more positive light for this dance if you interpret them in your own way.

7. You’ll Be In My Heart by Phil Collins

This song is from Disney’s Tarzan and has some beautiful phrases like “This bond between us can’t be broken.”

8. How Sweet It Is by James Taylor

“You brighten up for me all of my days/ With a love so sweet, so many ways” are just some of the father daughter dance perfect lyrics in this James Taylor song.

9. My Girl by The Temptations

All your guests will know and love this song. It has a great beat and tempo and guests will be swaying along from the first few notes.

10. Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion

This is a really heart-warming and touching choice. If you and your father have supported each other through hard times and have a close relationship, this is the one for you.

11. Lean On Me by Bill Withers

If your dad is your rock and that won’t change even now you’re married, this song will put into words how important he is.

12. Forever Young by Bob Dylan

This song is full of wonderful wishes from a father to his daughter and will cement your place as always being young in his eyes.

13. Changes by Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne

There aren’t many bigger changes in life than getting married. Your father will feel this change keenly and the lyrics in this song will reflect this accurately.

14. Father’s Eyes by Amy Grant

Are you a chip off the old block? If you’re just like your dad, this song’s lyrics will be perfect: “She’s got her Father’s Eyes/ Her Father’s Eyes/ Eyes that find the good in things/ When good is not around.”

15. Unforgettable by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole

This is a much-loved wedding song and it can work really well for a father daughter dance too. The lyrics show that whatever happens, the bride and her father will never forget their special relationship.

16. My Girl by The Temptations

This is an upbeat but still extremely touching choice that is about a dad’s love for his daughter. It’s a real toe tapper that will get guests in the mood for dancing.

17. Daughters by John Mayer

Our favourite line from this John Mayer song has to be: “So fathers be good to your daughters/ Daughters will love like you do.”

18. Father and Daughter by Paul Simon

The title of this one says it all. We love the line: “There could never be a father love his daughter more than I love you.”

19. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

Does your dad call you his brown eyed girl? Then this is probably already your song and would make a magical choice for a father daughter dance.

20. The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

The Way You Look Tonight is a brilliant choice for a bride and her father because he’ll be in awe of how beautiful and grown up you look on your wedding day.

21. What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

It’ll certainly feel like a Wonderful World on your wedding day and this song will sum up the incredible feeling just perfectly.

22. Times Of Your Life by Paul Anka

This is a reflective piece that looks back on your life before marriage and has an excellent tempo for a father daughter dance.

23. Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers

A favourite from the film Notting Hill, this song is a good choice for dads and daughters who are really close.

24. Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart

Want to remind your daughter that you love them and always will even now they have a spouse? The lyrics of this love song will do the job.

25. When My Little Girl Is Smiling by The Drifters

You’ll be grinning from ear to ear on your wedding day so these lyrics will be rather apt: “When my little girl is smiling, there’s nothing more I can say.”

26. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder

If your dad or daughter is the sunshine of your life, let them know by choosing this upbeat love song.

27. Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel) by Billy Joel

This is a truly beautiful Billy Joel song that could easily be the words of a father to his daughter. Expect tears!

28. I’ll Be Your Man (Song for a daughter) by Zac Brown Band

This song is specifically for a daughter with brilliant lyrics like “There was a time when I thought I knew love/ Until you came into this world/ Time keeps on flying/ But you’re always gonna be my baby girl.”

29. Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler

Has your father or parent always put you first and let you shine? Then Wind Beneath My Wings will let them know how much you appreciate their sacrifices.

30. I Loved Her First by Heartland

I loved her first might sound like a challenge to your new spouse but it actually contains lovely lyrics for your new partner such as: “Time changes everything, life must go on and I’m not gonna stand in your way.”

31. The Blower’s Daughter by Damien Rice

This magical song would be perfect for a relaxed sway around the dance floor with your father.

32. I’ll Be There For You The Rembrandts

One of the most recognisable songs (thanks to Friends) is actually full of brilliant lyrics for a father-in-law daughter dance.

33. One Call Away by Charlie Puth

This song is a reminder that whatever happens a dad is always there for his daughter – a lovely sentiment.

34. I’ll Always Be Your Baby by Natalie Grant

The lyrics of this song are from the daughter to the father, which makes it unique and means you can tell your father exactly how you feel about your special relationship.

35. Right By You by John Legend

Lyrics from this song include: “And even when it all becomes too much/ When you’re growing old and feeling out of touch/ Listen to this song and just take care/ And know that I will be there.”

36. It Won’t Be Like This For Long by Darius Rucker

This dance song takes a look at how a daughter has grown up so quickly and how a father tries to hold on to the precious moments – pure wedding dance gold.

37. First Man by Camila Cabello

If you want to include your new husband and father in one song this is the choice for you. It talks about how your dad was the first man in your life but your new husband is a wonderful man too.

38. When You Need Me by Bruce Springsteen

This message from a dad to his daughter couldn’t be more ideal for a wedding dance song with lyrics like: “I got two strong arms waitin’ to hold you/ And when those mean days come along/ We’ll stand together and we’ll take ’em on/ So if you need me just call my name.”

39. To Know Him Is To Love Him by Amy Winehouse

This Amy Winehouse version is beautiful and would make for a brilliant father daughter dance song.

40. My Little Girl by Kyle Johnson

The best lyrics from this American indie song include: “I will join you on your journey/ I will hold your hand and try to steer you true/ If you need advice or comfort/ You’re my little girl I’ll be there for you.”

41. Gracie by Ben Folds

If you’re called Grace this would be the obvious choice, however it can work just as well for any bride and her father with its charming lyrics.

42. Fathers and Daughters by Michael Bolton

Tissues at the ready, this is a deep and wonderful message delivered by a singer extraordinaire.

43. Only One by Kanye West feat. Paul McCartney

Kanye West might not be an obvious choice for this part of the wedding but this song is brilliant

44. Daddy by Beyoncé

This modern option is from pop fave Beyoncé and contains lyrics like “Because you loved me I overcome, yeah/ And I’m so proud of what you’ve become, yeah/ You’ve given me such security/ No matter what mistakes I make you’re there for me.”

45. Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle

Butterfly Kisses has a whole verse dedicated to wedding days and how dads feel about giving daughters away making it a brilliant choice for a father daughter dance.

46. I Turn To You by Christina Aguilera

Some of the best father daughter lyrics from this song are: “When I lose the will to win I just reach for you and I can reach the sky again. I can do anything, ’cause your love is so amazing.”

47. It’s For My Dad by Nancy Sinatra

The lyrics of this song work well for this special moment in a wedding because it’s a song specifically for a dad (in this case Frank Sinatra) and will ensure the dance is all about you two and no-one else.

48. Ready, Set, Don’t Go by Billy Ray Cyrus feat. Miley Cyrus

What could be better than a song sung by a father and daughter team for your own father daughter dance?

49. You’ve Got A Friend In Me by Randy Newman

This brilliant song from the Toy Story film is a fun and fabulous choice for a father daughter dance if you don’t want to go down the touching slow dance route with your father.

50. Winter by Tori Amos

Perfect for a winter wedding father daughter dance, this song will send shivers down guests spines with its beautiful piano accompaniment and lyrics.

51. Butterfly Fly Away by Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus

This Hannah Montana song has the perfect first verse lyrics for a father daughter dance: “You tucked me in, turned out the light/ Kept me safe and sound at night/ Little girls depend on things like that/ Brushed my teeth and combed my hair/ Had to drive me everywhere

52. Daddy’s Little Girl by The Shires

If you both love country music, this song by The Shires is one you’ll want to consider. The lyrics are loving but fun too for example: “Used to wrap my hands around his little finger/ Turns out he was wrapped around mine/ He said, ‘You can be anything you want to in this great big world’/But I’m always gonna be daddy’s little girl.”

53. You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban

Josh Groban’s version of this song is glorious and great for daughters and dads who truly feel blessed to have each other.

54. I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack

Another option for lovers of country music, this Lee Ann Womack song is a list of hopes and dreams for a daughter on her wedding day.

55. My Wish by Rascal Flatts

There’s a good tempo to this Rascal Flatts song making it easy for non-dancers and lovely lyrics to boot like: “My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to/ Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small

56. Make You Feel My Love by Adele

Make You Feel My Love has lots of sentiments that work for a father-daughter dance, plus no dance floor is complete without some Adele playing!

57. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys

If you can’t imagine a day without your dad as your main man then this is a brilliant choice.

58. The Best Day by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift lyrics are fabulous and the ones in this song are no exception: “I love you for giving me your eyes/ For staying back and watching me shine.”

59. You’re Gonna Miss This by Trace Adkins

This country song talks about becoming a bride and enjoying the magical moment before it’s all over.

60. My Old Man by Zac Brown Band

He might not like being called an old man but your dad will love the lyrics in this song that celebrates a truly special dad.

61. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole

This song is brilliant to dance to and is truly heartwarming. Everlasting love is an excellent sentiment for fathers and daughters too.

62. Dance With My Daughter by Jason Blaine

There are some beautiful lyrics in this song such as “Gonna dance with my daughter/ Spin her around under the lights/ ‘Cause I’m just a father/ Making the most of this moment in time”

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Written by

Hollie Bond

Hollie is a lifestyle journalist with over ten years’ experience working in the wedding industry as Lifestyle Editor for You & Your Wedding magazine Also a Regional Editor for Muddy Stilettos, Hollie has written for Square Meal magazine, Family History Monthly, BBC History magazine and Homes & Antiques. In her spare time you can find Hollie in a dance studio practising ballet…

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