Stepdad & Stepdaughter Songs: Bridging Hearts for a Wedding Dance

Top songs for a stepdad and stepdaughter relationship. A wedding couple can choose to have a special dance with their stepdad during the reception.

A stepdad-with-stepdaughter dance does arise for many couples when a man fills the shoes of a biological father. You may even consider the songs below for a father figure in your life for a special dance or dedication.

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Quick Tips

Select a song that fits your relationship. If you are dancing consider:
1. The tempo of the song – do you want a fun uptempo song or slow dance and
2. The song length – a DJ can mix a shorter version if you don’t wish to dance the complete three to four minutes.

As a wedding DJ with years of experience and music knowledge, below is a curated list of my favorite songs to play for stepdads & stepdaughters.

Stepdad & Stepdaughter Wedding Songs

Songs About Stepdads

Songs that talk about being a stepdad from the perspective of the stepdad or the child.

Step by Step – Brandon Davis

A song about a stepparent being thankful for God sending his stepchild/children into his life as they have made it meaningful.

Meaningful Lyrics:

Call it stepping up or stepping in
But step by step my world went spinning
Around that little heart and angel face

My Boy (My Girl Version)– Elvie Shane

A song about a father figure raising a daughter as his own even though she is not his biological daughter.

Meaningful Lyrics:

She ain’t my blood, ain’t got my name
But if she did, I’d feel the same

He Didn’t Have To Be – Brad Paisley

Even though the song talks about a stepdad and stepson, it fits any stepchild for a man who took you under his wing.

Meaningful Lyrics:

Looking back, all I can say about all the things he did for me
Is, I hope I’m at least half the dad that he didn’t have to be

Songs About Daughters Growing Up

Songs that talk about a man watching and loving his daughter grow up. The songs are not talking about a love between a father and daughter but rather more generic.

Story Of Love – Bon Jovi

A song about a parent figure being there for you and having nothing but pride and joy for you on your wedding day.

Meaningful Lyrics:

From the day you arrive, ’til you walk, ’til you run
There is nothing but pride, there is nothing but love

Then They Do – Trace Adkins

A song about children growing up too fast and enjoying them while they last.

Meaningful Lyrics:

I swear I can’t wait ’til they grow up
Then they do

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

A song about enjoying the moments as you grew up together as they don’t last long.

Meaningful Lyrics:

One day soon we’ll look back laughin’
At the week we brought her home
This phase is gonna fly by

Gracie – Ben Folds

This is a song about you growing up and him teaching you how to dance and how to be independent.

Meaningful Lyrics:

And I would never try to make you be
Anything you didn’t really want to be
Gracie girl

Songs About Loving Dad-Daughter Relationship

If the stepdad and stepdaughter had a loving relationship, consider these songs.

Sweet Pea – Amos Lee

This is a happy song to play with your stepdaddy about how he loves you.

Meaningful Lyrics:

Hey, sweet pea
Apple of my eye
Don’t know when, and I don’t know why
But you’re the only reason I keep on coming home

My Little Girl – Tim McGraw

This track is a slow remembrance for a father figure about how you are his whole life and how he cherishes your relationship.

Meaningful Lyrics:

Go on, take on this whole world
But to me you know you’ll always be
My little girl

I Loved Her First – Heartland

If your stepfather raised you, then this song represents how he was there for you and he is the first man to love you and is giving you away to your new life partner.

Meaningful Lyrics:

Time changes everything, life must go on
And I’m not gonna stand in your way
But I loved her first, I held her first

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

A song dedicated to a girl child and about how happy you are that she came into your life. A fun-loving song too!

Meaningful Lyrics:

Isn’t she pretty
Truly the angel’s best
Boy, I’m so happy
We have been heaven blessed

Beautiful Memory – Scott Keo

An indie song that talks about a father describing how beautiful she is and remembering her growing up.

Meaningful Lyrics:

You married a good one Such a perfect fit So excited for you But I must admit
I never thought that this dance would come You brighten my life, brighter than the sun

Wishing Your Stepdaughter The Best

If a stepdad wants to send well wishes to the newlyweds with a song, listen to these selections.

Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw

This track represents a parent figure hoping that their child is a good person and treats others with kindness and respect.

Meaningful Lyrics:

When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride
But always stay humble and kind

My Wish – Rascal Flatts

A song interpreted as a dedication from a stepdad to his stepdaughter hoping for only a life of happiness.

My wish for you
Is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small

I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

A song about a parent figure hoping that you go and enjoy life and live it to the fullest.

Meaningful Lyrics:

Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance

Songs About Being There

Songs about being there if you ever need me is a special song dedication from a stepdad to his stepdaughter.

Call My Name – Lukas Graham

A song about if you are down or feeling low you can reach out at any time and I will be there for you to help you through.

Meaningful Lyrics:

Don’t matter when or where
Just know that I’ll be right there
Call my name

You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor

Play this song for a meaningful dance or dedication for a special moment about friends who will always be there for each other.

Meaningful Lyrics:

You just call out my name
And, you know, wherever I am
I’ll come running

You’re My Best Friend – Queen

Are you best friends? This track is a fun mid-tempo song to celebrate your friendship and love for each other.

Meaningful Lyrics:

And I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
Oh, you’re my best friend

One Call Away – Charlie Puth

Do you frequently talk to your stepdad or stepdaughter on the phone to catch up on life happenings? Play this as you will always be there for each other in a phone call.

Meaningful Lyrics:

I’ll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I’m only one call away

Never Alone – Jim Brickman Feat. Lady Antebellum

A song about how you will love each other no matter where you end up in the world.

Meaningful Lyrics:

Wherever you fly this isn’t goodbye
My love will follow you, stay with you, baby, you’re never alone

Count On Me – Bruno Mars

A fun mid-tempo song to dance to about being there for each other into the future.

Meaningful Lyrics:

You can count on me like one, two, three
I’ll be there

Songs About Letting Go

Songs about a stepdad letting his stepdaughter go and letting her start her new life as a married woman.

Time to Let Me Go – Quixotic Sound

This is a folky indie track speaking from the voice of a daughter who is now a woman and its time for her to be her own person and live her life.

Meaningful Lyrics:

You’ll be there when I call
That much I know
But it’s time to let me go

You Can Let Go – Crystal Shawanda

A song about a daughter who is now a woman and her daddy can let her be her own woman as she is now all grown up.

Meaningful Lyrics:

You can let go
Oh, I think I’m ready
To do this on my own

You Don’t Have to Let Go – Jessica Simpson

A song about a daughter growing up and how her father figure and her close relationship can continue.

Meaningful Lyrics:

Praying for my life, sacrificed just to make me
Who I am on my own
You don’t have to let go

Songs About Superhero Dads

Songs from the stepdaughter’s perspective of putting her stepdad on a pedestal.

You’ll Always Be My Hero – Ashley Marina

Marina performed this song on the TV show America’s Got Talent. She dedicated it to her Dad as he is her hero.

Meaningful Lyrics:

Not a soul could ever replace you
That’s the one thing I know for sure
You’ll always be my hero, forever I’ll be yours

Hero – Mariah Carey

If your stepfather is a hero in your life, then this song will express that to him during your dance together.

Meaningful Lyrics:

Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

Gender-inclusive Songs

Nongender-specific songs to choose for a special moment at your wedding reception for a stepdad.

Forever Now – Michael Bublé

Meaningful Lyrics:

The song represents a parent figure loving you forever for who you are and being proud of you.

No matter what you do
I’m forever proud of you
I love you forever now

Stepdad Songs to Skip

Be sure to listen and know the lyrics of the songs. This is really important. Many songs listed on stepdad song lists are about a relationship between a loving couple and not a parent figure and a child relationship.

  • “Through The Years” by Kenny Rogers
  • “Every Breath You Take” by The Police
  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

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Do you have a favorite Stepdad & Stepdaughter song? Please share your song below in the comments.


If you want to have a special dance with your father-in-law, see our list of daughter-in-law and father-in-law songs.

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Deborah Harper
Deborah Harper
26 days ago

There is song about a stepdad and how he wasn’t there in being and she a father of her own but how it felt when call him dad . I found on YouTube but I can’t find now. It is a country song I have a video of my husband and my daughter dancing at her wedding. I would like send the video if figure out the name of and who sang it

Deborah Harper
Deborah Harper
26 days ago

I probably never find it again. All I know is the some of words in is I know she has Father of her own. It’s a song of a stepdad to his stepdaughter.