If you and your dad have a special song that you’ve both loved since you were small, choosing a father-daughter dance song may be a no-brainer. If not, it can be a challenge to find the perfect song to dance to. Finding that ideal choice that is meaningful but not too sappy is a task that can take months. To help inspire some ideas we created this list of 105 father-daughter dance songs.
Whether you’re throwing a country bash or a suit and tie soirée, there is sure to be a song that you and your dad can dance the night away to. Check out our Spotify playlist or jump to one of our song sections below:
If you and your dad want to skip the classics and look for something special, use this list of unique father-daughter dance songs to find something that reflects your relationship. To make your choice easier, look for a song that compliments your wedding style. For example, you are throwing a fancy soiree, choose something like “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.
“If I go a million miles away/I'd write a letter each and every day/'Cause honey, nothin',/Nothin' can ever change this love/I have for you.”
So many recommended father-daughter dance songs are classics or country. If you’re looking for something modern, choose one of these newer numbers to dance to. For some of the longer or more romantic songs, have your wedding band or DJ customize a mix. This way you and your dad can dance for the perfect amount of time.
“How long will I love you/As long as stars are above you/And longer if I can.”
For rustic and barn weddings, a country-themed father-daughter dance song is a perfect choice. If you’re looking for a country or western song, you’re in luck. There are endless options that are ideal for a father-daughter dance. Whether you want a song written to a daughter, or to a father, there is something for everyone.
“If you need a frown turned to a grin/Or you need a hand just to hold your hand/Need a daddy or you just need a friend/I'll be there.”
The sweet and slow father-daughter dance doesn’t fit every family. If you have a fun relationship with your dad and you would rather move and groove instead of sway, choose a funky, upbeat song to dance to. Use your wedding theme to guide your decision if you’re stuck between two choices.
“You just call out my name/And you know wherever I am/I'll come running to see you again, oh baby, don't you know/Winter, spring, summer or fall/Hey now, all you have to do is call/And I'll be there, yes I will.”
If your childhood is filled with memories of you and your dad belting out the words to “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John or "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison, why not dance to it at your wedding? These classic rock choices are a great way to personalize your wedding and honor the memories of your childhood. Plus, these songs are sure to please dads that are classic rock fans.
“I'm gonna watch you shine/Gonna watch you grow/Gonna paint a sign/So you always know/As long as one and one is two/Ooh ooh/There could never be a father/Love his daughter more than I love you”
There is just something magical about a father and daughter swaying to “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole, or “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle during their wedding reception. These sweet classics are popular for a reason. They do a beautiful job of capturing the love between dad and daughter and provide an excellent backdrop for this special moment. You can’t go wrong with any of these timeless tunes.
“He always was a rock when I needed one/He gave me good advice when I needed some/I want you to know that when It's said and done/He's one of the best friends I ever had.”
Sometimes it can feel like the parents’ dances can drag on. If you want to limit your dance, choose one of these songs that pack the sweetest lyrics and beautiful melody all in under two minutes. No matter your wedding theme, there is sure to be one that is meaningful to you and your dad.
Our top pick: “Ain’t That Love” by Ray Charles
“Now when you walk (when you walk)/I want to walk with you/When you talk (when you talk)/Want to talk some, too/Now, ain't that love? (ain't that love?)/Oh, ain't that love that I feel (that I feel)/In my heart for you.”
The processional song, recessional song, and first dance song are so meaningful that making the right choice can be difficult. If you’re having a hard time making a decision, use these songs to find inspiration. If you want to take a listen, visit our Spotify playlist below. Listen through some of these modern, unique, and classic songs to choose the perfect option to dance with your dad.