Father Daughter Dance Favorites

Mishelle Lamarand via Style Me Pretty

The father daughter dance is such a sweet and special tradition. Some fathers and daughters have a perfect song that means something to them or represents their relationship. If you don’t already have a song in mind for your father daughter dance, here is a list of some favorites that are often used because they fit the occasion so well. The songs are sentimental and sweet, and the lyrics have been carefully inspected for their relatedness to a father-daughter relationship, or to the sentiments of your wedding day, between a father and daughter. Enjoy!

As – Stevie Wonder
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
Blessed – Elton John
Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John
Child of Mine – Carole King
Cinderalla – Stephen Curtis Chapman
Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn
Daddy’s Little Girl – Al Martino or Michael Buble
Daughter – Loudon Wainwright III
Don’t Know Much – Linda Rondstadt and Aaron Neville
Father And Daughter – Paul Simon
Father’s Eyes – Amy Grant
Forever Young – Bob Dylan
Forever Young – Rod Stewart
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
Goodnight My Angel – Billy Joel
Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison or Rod Stewart
How Sweet It Is – Marvin Gaye or James Taylor
I Hope You Dance – Leann Womack
I Loved Her First – Heartland
I Will – The Beatles
I’ll Be – Reba McEntire
In My Arms – Mark Wills
In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride
In My Life – The Beatles
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
It Won’t Be Like This For Long – Darius Rucker
Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel
Kind And Generous – Natalie Merchant
Landslide – Fleetwood Mac or The Dixie Chicks
Let Them Be Little – Billy Dean or Lonestar
Little Miss Magic Jimmy Buffet
Lullaby – The Dixie Chicks
My Girl – The Temptations
My Little Girl – Tim McGraw
My Special Angel – Bobby Helms
My Wish – Rascal Flatts
Ordinary Miracle – Sarah McLachlan
Parent’s Prayer – Steven Curtis Chapman
Rainbow Connection – Kermit The Frog
She – Elvis Costello
Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Sunshine On My Shoulders – John Denver
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Thank Heaven For Little Girls – Maurice Chevalier or Merle Haggard
The Way You Do The Things You Do – The Temptations
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
The Wonder Of You – Elvis Presley
There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney
There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
Unforgettable – Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
When You Come Back Down – Nickel Creek
You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
You Belong To Me – Jason Wade
You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins
You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor

Need more options? See here.

Listen to these songs and more wedding playlists on our Listen To The Music page or go straight to the Father/Daughter playlist on Spotify here.

LindaFaye - May 20, 2011 - 6:49 am

This is a very original idea for a blog, way to be creative. Since your blog is all about music, maybe you should include links to music or youtube videos of the songs you are suggesting. I read somewhere that having more links helps with being found by various search engines….

Carly Anne - May 20, 2011 - 6:54 am

My father and I are dancing to “In My Life.” =)
Great post.

bonafidebride - May 20, 2011 - 6:55 am

Great blog! I am sure I will be directing my clients here! I love how many suggestions you give in each post.

lizzie - May 20, 2011 - 6:58 am

this is a great collection! i don’t know that we’ll have a father/daughter dance…but i LOVE your picks in case we do!

Mel {The Oceanside Bride} - May 20, 2011 - 6:58 am

Love your blog! What a great idea and perfectly on time. I will definitely reference this when it comes time to put our “soundtrack” together! =)

Colleen - May 20, 2011 - 7:02 am

@Linda: Thank you, that’s a great idea!! And congratulations on being the first person to comment on this blog. :) You are appreciated!

@CarlyAnne: Thank you! I love that song. Both my dogs are named after Beatles songs because I love them so much. (The Beatles, I mean… and also my dogs.)

@BonafideBride: Thank you that would be amazing!! Actually the inspiration for the blog was that there are so few sites out there with comprehensive, yet easy to navigate lists of music for weddings! So that’s the goal. :)

@Lizzie: Thanks!! Glad you like them. :)

@Mel: Thank you!! So glad to have people making use of the blog as a resource!

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I youtubed some of these songs and came across Red Robin by Clark Richard and thought it had to be added!!

Apryl - March 15, 2012 - 2:46 pm

I chose “What a wonderful world” by Louis Armstrong”. These are all wonderful songs!!!!

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TheWeddingSinger - December 7, 2012 - 8:17 pm

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