Father/Daughter Dance Songs For Every Bride

I often hear from brides who have unique situations or requests for the father/daughter dance. Some brides are especially sentimental, and want to avoid balling like a baby during the dance with their father, so they want something sweet, but not overly emotional. Other brides think all that sappy stuff is just plain gross, and want to avoid it all costs. A few brides have mentioned to me that they will be dancing with their step-father, their father-in-law,  their uncle, or their grandpa, and they want a song that’s not all about fatherhood, but still suits the occasion. Some want to do the waltz, others want to keep some pep in their step with an upbeat song. So I have a few lists for you today, to help you find the type of song you’re looking for for your father/daughter dance. (There are a few overlaps.) Each song will take you to Spotify so you can give it a listen Hope it helps!

Jeffrey & Julia Woods via Style Me Pretty

Popular & Classic Choices

Bob Carlisle – Butterfly Kisses

Steven Curtis Chapman – Cinderella

The Country Dance Kings – I Loved Her First (Cover of Heartland)

The Beatles Recovered Band – In My Life (Cover of The Beatles

Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely

Billy Joel – Just The Way You Are

The Temptations – My Girl

Tim McGraw – My Little Girl

Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole – Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World

Nat King Cole – Unforgettable (Duet with Natalie Cole)

Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World

Sweet & Sentimental

Carole King – Child Of Mine

Paul Simon – Father And Daughter

Bob Dylan – Forever Young

The Beach Boys – God Only Knows

Billy Joel – Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)

The Ultimate Beatles Cover Band – I Will (Cover of The Beatles)

Darius Rucker – It Won’t Be Like This For Long

Natalie Merchant – Kind & Generous

Jimmy Buffett – Little Miss Magic

World Party – She’s The One

Dixie Chicks – Lullaby

Rascal Flatts – My Wish

Elvis Costello – She

Bruce Springsteen – When You Need Me

John Fogerty – I Will Walk With You

Ben E King – Stand By Me

Elvis Presley – The Wonder Of You

Fleetwood Mac – Songbird

Kenny Chesney – There Goes My Life

Faith Hill – There You’ll Be

Kenny Rogers – Through The Years

Nickel Creek – When You Come Back Down

Stevie Wonder – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

Joe Cocker – Darling Be Home Soon

James Taylor – You’ve Got A Friend

Clem Snide – Find Love

Clark Richard – Red Robin

Bon Jovi – Thank You For Loving Me

Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is

Lulu – To Sir With Love

Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey

Rod Stewart – Forever Young

Déjà Vu – You’ll Always Be My Baby (Cover of Sara Evans)

Neil Young – Here For You

Sisters watch on as their father dances with the bride, Ryan Flynn via Moment Junkie

Endearing But Not Overly Emotional

Loudon Wainwright III – Daughter

Frank Sinatra – Always

Dean Martin – I Wish You Love

Van Morrison – Moondance

Tom Petty – Wildflowers

Bad English – When I See You Smile

Andy Williams – Moon River

James Taylor – Shower The People

Crosby, Still, Nash & Young – Teach Your Children

Five For Fighting – 100 Years

Upbeat & Fun

Marvin Gaye – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

The Temptations – The Way You Do The Things You Do

The Cars – Just What I Needed

Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl

Slash – Sweet Child O’ Mine

Louis Armstrong – I Won’t Dance

Spiral Staircase – More Today Than Yesterday

Sam Cooke – Nothing Can Change This Love

Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – I Wanna Be Just Like You

Van Morrison – Jackie Wilson Said

Queen – You’re My Best Friend

Ray Charles – Ain’t That Love

Frank Sinatra – Too Marvelous For Words

Bread – Daughter

Studio 99 – Two of Us (Cover of The Beatles)

Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow

James Taylor – Your Smiling Face

The Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow

Stacy Reeves Photography via Style Me Pretty

For Stepdads/Dads-In-Law/Uncles/Grandpas/Etc.

Bob Dylan – Forever Young

The Beach Boys – God Only Knows

The Beatles Recovered Band – In My Life (Cover of The Beatles)

John Fogerty – I Will Walk With You

Billy Joel – Just The Way You Are

Natalie Merchant – Kind & Generous

The Temptations – My Girl

The Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow

Rascal Flatts – My Wish

Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole – Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World

World Party – She’s The One

Faith Hill – There You’ll Be

James Taylor – You’ve Got A Friend

Dean Martin – I Wish You Love

James Taylor – Shower The People

Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is

Out-Of-The-Box

Fleetwood Mac – Landslide

Staind – Zoe Jane

Cary Brothers – Blue Eyes

Sarah McLachlan – Ordinary Miracle

Great White – Thank You (Cover of Led Zeppelin)

The Muppets – Rainbow Connection

Wilco – My Darling

Tom Petty – American Girl

John Denver – Sunshine On My Shoulders

10,000 Maniacs – How You’ve Grown

The Cars – Just What I Needed

The Beatles Recovered Band – Blackbird (Cover of The Beatles

Journey – Lights

Warrant – Heaven

Priscilla Ahn – Dream

Vitamin String Quartet – Sweet Child O’ Mine

Queen – You’re My Best Friend

Ben Folds – Gracie

Keb’ Mo’ – Life Is Beautiful

Déjà Vu – Nightingale (Cover of Norah Jones)

Rufus Wainwright – Across The Universe

The Beach Boys – Surfer Girl

Cat Stevens – Wild World

Frankie Avalon – Bobby Sox To Stockings

Tori Amos – Winter

The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)

Norman Blake – You Are My Sunshine

The Stylistics – You’re a Big Girl Now

bree [capitolromance] - May 7, 2012 - 5:50 pm

LOVE this post – and some seriously awesome songs. I think i would love to dance to “american girl” as a fun upbeat father-daughter dance song!

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Elizabeth | Bridal Musings - May 9, 2012 - 4:08 pm

What a great selection of songs, love the variety!

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Darlene - May 22, 2012 - 3:50 am

What a great list! Although I would never choose Moondance by Van Morrison to dance to with my father…the lyrics are about making love and not being able to wait until the sun comes up to do it. My dad and I just aren’t that close!!

Jennie K - October 24, 2012 - 2:13 pm

These are great songs! So many if them would have been great for wedding. The song I ultimately chose was “Rope the Moon” by John Michael Montgomery. It was perfect…

barry - December 29, 2013 - 8:31 pm

great list thank you for the work here

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