The father-daughter dance at a wedding is a very special moment and it’s up to you to make it fun, sentimental and a combination of your personalities. Unless you woke up knowing the perfect song, there are a couple of brilliant ways to get started narrowing down the vast selection of musical possibilities.
- Ask your dad
Maybe he’ll surprise you with something from the year you were born, a retro number, or a modern ballad with a meaningful sentiment
- Pick a genre
This will help you dismiss 90% of options and concentrate on your favorite music
- Consider classic choices
Many father-daughter songs become popular for good reason: the lyricist perfect captures your relationship and happiness.
The list below contains some of our favorite father-daughter dance tunes. Some you’ll know, some will surprise you — but each will get you thinking about how to celebrate your father-daughter bond
What type of dance are you planning? We love to see a tightly choreographed number that amazes guests, but this dance is your opportunity to enjoy a moment with your dad so a slow number that lets you share memories during the dance is a great choice too. Or maybe you want something that spans the decades from when he was young through to present day?
The good news is that there are only right choices, and this is all about you and your dad. You can choose a heartfelt song that leaves the crowd in tears or select a father-daughter song that elicits warm laughter as you both gets down with the tune. Here are some father-daughter songs that you should consider because the lyrics are meaningful, the melodies are joyful, and there are a range of tempos, so you’ll feel at home on the dancefloor.
BY STEVIE WONDER
BY MARVIN GAYE OR JAMES TAYLOR
BY LED ZEPPELIN
BY THE TEMPTATIONS, OR OTIS REDDING, OR THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS
BY TOM PETTY
BY RASCALL FLATTS
BY VAN MORRISON
BY LOUIS ARMSTRONG
BY GUNS N’ ROSES
There are thousands of beautiful love songs that are relevant for fathers and daughters – you’ll make the right choice for you. We must also share a few of the classics like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, “My little Girl” by Tim Mcgraw, “Daughters” by John Mayer, “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle, A Song For My Daughter by Ray Allaire, which are all almost guaranteed to pull the heartstrings.
Then there are modern-feeling songs you could consider like:
- “Never Alone” by Lady Antebellum
- “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
- “Cecelia and the Satellite” by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
- “A Life That’s Good,” by Lennon & Maisy
- “Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift
The father and daughter dance are a wonderful way to show your appreciation to your dad and celebrate your special day with him in a personal and memorable way. Many still think of the father-daughter dance as a symbolic gesture of the bride celebrating her younger life with her family, as she now begins life with her new spouse.
Make this significant moment fit your life by inviting stepparents to cut in, switching to other significant family members, sharing the dancefloor with your brand-new spouse and their VIP family member, or asking your guests to join you on the dance floor.
Whatever music you choose for your father-daughter dance, we’re sure it will be exactly right for your wedding.