best father daughter songs for dance

Father-Daughter Dance Songs For Love Dedication

 

 
The most special moment in a father’s life is his daughter’s wedding, second only to the day she was born. Father-daughter dance songs celebrate this beautiful bond between the bride and her dad. We hand-picked the best 101 songs for the Father-Daughter Dance to inspire you.

best father daughter songs for dance

 

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Father-Daughter Dance Songs For A Special Moment

The songs we’ve chosen tell a story about the love between a dad and daughter. The songs can be dedicated to dad from daughter or for daughter from dad. Wedding vendors commonly call the dance between a dad and his daughter the father-daughter dance which is formal.

In a less formal title, it can be called the dad-daughter dance. When you think about it, how many daughters call their male parent father over dad? We should change the name to dad-daughter dance!

Father-Daughter dance song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: March 25, 2021

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SongAmazon Link
10,000 Maniacs
How You've Grown
1992, Pop Rock
Abby Anderson
Daddy
2014, Country
Adele
Make You Feel My Love
2008, Soul
Amos Lee
Sweet Pea
2006, Folk
Andrea von Kampen
Forever Young
2019, Folk
Ashley Marina
You'll Always Be My Hero
2018, Pop
Ben E. King
Stand By Me
1961, Soul
Ben Folds
Gracie
2005, Rock
Bette Midler
Wind Beneath My Wings
1988, Pop
Beyonce
Daddy
2003, R&B
Big & Rich
Lost In This Moment
2007, Country
Billy Joel
Just The Way You Are
1977, Rock
Billy Joel
Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
1994, Rock
Billy Ray Cyrus feat. Miley Cyrus
Ready, Set, Don’t Go
2007, Country
Bob Carlisle
Butterfly Kisses
1997, Pop
Bob Marley
Three Little Birds
1977, Reggae
Bon Jovi
Story Of Love
2020, Rock
Brad Paisley
He Didn’t Have To Be
1999, Country
Brandon Davis
Step by Step
2021, Country
Camila Cabello
First Man
2019, Pop
Celine Dion
Because You Loved Me
1996, Pop
Charlie Puth
One Call Away
2015, Pop
Chrisette Michele
Your Joy
2007, R&B
Chuck Wicks
Stealing Cinderella
2007, Country
Conway Twitty
That’s My Job
1987, Country
Craig Cardiff
Father Daughter Dance
2018, Folk
Crystal Shawanda
You Can Let Go
2008, Country
Darius Rucker
It Won’t Be Like This For Long
2008, Country
Dave Barnes
We're Gonna Miss These Days
2020, Pop
David "Ace" Cannon
Maggie May Dreams
2019, Country
Edwin McCain
Walk With You
2010, Rock
Ellie Goulding
Your Song
2010, Pop Rock
Elton John
Tiny Dancer
1971, Pop
Elvie Shane
My Boy (My Girl Version)
2020, Country
Eric Clapton
Wonderful Tonight
1977, Rock
Faith Hill
There You’ll Be
2001, Country
Fleetwood Mac
Landslide
1975, Rock
Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight
1964, Jazz
Gary Allan
Tough Little Boys
2003, Country
Guns N’ Roses
Sweet Child O’ Mine
1988, Rock
Heartland
I Loved Her First
2006, Country
Holly Dunn
Daddy’s Hands
1986, Country
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Over The Rainbow
1990, World
Jackson 5
I'll Be There
1969, R&B
James Taylor
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
1975, Rock
James Taylor
You’ve Got A Friend
1971, Rock
Jason Blaine
Dance With My Daughter
2016, Country
Jennifer Smestad
Half the Man
2020, Country
Jim Brickman Feat. Lady Antebellum
Never Alone
2010, Pop
Joe Cocker
You Are So Beautiful
1974, Rock
John Legend
Right by You (For Luna)
2016, R&B
John Mayer
Daughters
2004, Rock
Josh Groban
You Raise Me Up
2002, Inspirational
Kaitlin Huwe
The Old Man & His Daughter
2018, Folk
Kane Brown
For My Daughter
2019, Country
Kenny Chesney
There Goes My Life
2003, Country
Kenny Rogers
Through The Years
1982, Country
Krystal Keith
Daddy Dance With Me
2013, Country
Lee Ann Womack
I Hope You Dance
2000, Country
Lenasia Tyson
Like My Daddy
2018, R&B
Logan Mize
Prettiest Girl in the World
2020, Country
Loudon Wainwright III
Daughter
2007, Folk
Louis Armstrong
What A Wonderful World
1967, Pop
Luther Vandross
Dance With My Father
2003, R&B
Mark Harris
Find Your Wings
2005, Christian
Martina McBride
In My Daughter’s Eyes
2003, Country
MaRynn Taylor
Dads and Daughters
2020, Country
Michael Bolton
Soul Of My Soul
1993, Pop
Michael Bublé
Forever Now
2018, Pop
Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
Unforgettable
1991, R&B
Natalie Grant
Always Be Your Baby
2003, Christian
Owl City
Not All Heroes Wear Capes
2017, Pop
Paul Simon
Father And Daughter
2002, Folk
Phil Collins
You’ll Be In My Heart
1999, Pop
Quando Rondo
Letter To My Daughter
2020, Hip Hop
Quixotic Sound
Time to Let Me Go
2020, Pop
Rascal Flatts
My Wish
2006, Country
Ray Allaire
A Song For My Daughter
2000, Pop
Rod Stewart
Forever Young
1988, Rock
Sade
Babyfather
2010, Soul
Scott Keo
Beautiful Memory
2018, Pop
Scott Thomas Laughridge
This Dance
2018, Pop
Sheryl Crow
Sweet Child O' Mine
1998, Rock
Shires
Daddy's Little Girl
2016, Country
Steven Curtis Chapman
Cinderella
2007, Christian
Stevie Wonder
Isn’t She Lovely
1976, R&B
Stevie Wonder
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
1972, Soul
Temptations
My Girl
1964, Soul
Tim McGraw
Humble And Kind
2015, Country
Tim McGraw
My Little Girl
2006, Country
Tom Petty
Wildflowers
1994, Rock
Trace Adkins
Just Fishin’
2011, Country
Trace Adkins
Then They Do
2003, Country
Trace Adkins
You’re Gonna Miss This
2008, Country
Tyler Wood
Dad
2018, Country
Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl
1967, Rock
Van Morrison
Tupelo Honey
1971, Rock
Wedding Music Central
You’re My Hero
2012, Pop
Zac Brown Band
I’ll Be Your Man (Song For A Daughter)
2015, Country
Zac Brown Band
The Man Who Loves You the Most
2020, Country

 

Do you have a favorite father-daughter dance song, not on our list? Please share it below so that we can add your song!

What is the Father-Daughter Dance?

The Father-Daughter Dance or the Daddy-Daughter Dance is formally the dance between the father of the bride and the bride herself. The bride should choose one of her favorite melodies to act as the father-daughter dance songs. There are many father-daughter wedding songs to choose from.

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What if I have a Stepdad?

Remember, this is your wedding and you can honor the people that matter to you most in the way that makes sense to you. Brides, if you have more than one father in your life, one can tap the other on the shoulder in the middle of the dance so you can dance with both of them. We’ve even seen this happen with one biological dad and two step-fathers.

Or, choose two father-daughter wedding songs and reserve a special dance for each of your fathers. That way you can choose a song for each man, that will fit his personality and be representative of your relationship. Talk to your professional wedding coordinator and DJ so they can take it into account.

What if Our Wedding Falls on Father’s Day?

Many weddings occur in the summer which makes sense — especially for outdoor weddings. Even in social distancing because of COVID, most of the immediate family are available and masked. If your wedding reception falls during one of the father-centered holidays, make an extra effort to honor your dad with the father-daughter dance.

 

Interesting fact: The only song performed by a father daughter combo to chart as a Top 10 song on Billboard is Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra’s Somethin’ Stupid (Album Version).

What If I Don’t Have a Father?

It could feel awkward if your new spouse dances with their mom and you don’t have a dad. It’s okay, If you do not have a father, a common substitute is a father figure or even your brother would make a very nice gesture. Then, you can have a special brother bride song.

This also goes for same-sex couples. You can honor the parent of your choosing with each dance. Your wedding is for you — as a new couple. Don’t let anyone else bully you.

 

I Don’t Want Too Many Formal Dances

Hey if the step-parent situation is complicated or slightly adversarial, you can always skip it. Or, keep it to a minimum. Some bridal couples combine the father-daughter dance with the mother-groom dance into just one song to dance.

In this case, a bride and groom should agree on a song that is memorable to everyone involved. There are plenty of songs that are ambiguous enough to allow for both the bride and the groom to dance with their parental figures. Whatever helps you celebrate your special day the best is what you should do.

The songs aren’t required to be about a daddy giving away his little girl (especially if you’re down with the patriarchy, right?). They don’t even have to be about a father or a daughter! They can simply be songs about love, dedication, or even something silly.

 

Does the Father-Daughter Dance Have to Be Serious?

Absolutely not! The point of the father-daughter dance is to honor your relationship. If you have a history of goofing off, then make your dance a fun one!

A lot of people choose funny songs instead of serious father-daughter songs. This gives the dance a light-hearted feel. Many fathers and daughters would rather do something fun than something serious.

And if you can’t decide on what song to use, you can always choose an instrumental number such as a jazz tune, classical waltz, or contemporary dance music. The most important thing is to not rush your decision. You can even discuss it with your father or the man you will dance with if you like. It can be super fun to make the song a surprise and see his reaction (be sure to tell the photographer and videographer to look for it). We cannot name all the great father-daughter songs; that would be impossible.

 

Father-Daughter Song Dedications

Dad and daughter songs can also be commonly used as dedication songs to honor that special bond. A dad can dedicate a song to his daughter for events like her birth, special birthday (sweet sixteen), teaching her how to dance as a little girl, and also as a dad’s dedication to his daughter at her wedding.

Daughters can also dedicate songs to her dad in special moments such as at her wedding, his retirement party, and special dances at school events. Daughters can dedicate some of the above songs for not only dads but also those who have filled the role like the song “He Didn’t Have To Be” by Brad Paisley.

Daddy-Daughter Dance Songs

Another need for dad and daughter songs is for the special Daddy-Daughter dances that schools host. The night usually includes dinner, too. It is time for your dad to take his best suit to the dry cleaners. He can also take you shopping (yay!) for a new dress to wear for the Daddy-Daughter date night.

Final thoughts. If you have a father who passed away before your wedding day, check out this song. “Would Have Loved Her” by Chris Bandi.

 

Popular Father Holidays

  • June (Third Sunday) – Father’s Day
  • July 7 – Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day
  • July 30 – Father-In-Law Day

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2 responses to “Father Daughter Dance Songs”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Great list! Another favorite father daughter dance song Watch video

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