105 Father-Daughter Dance Songs Ideas for Your Wedding Day

Check out our Spotify playlist or jump to one of our song sections to find the perfect father daughter dance song for you and your dad.

dad and daughter smiling at the camera.
Photo by Zola

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:

Unique Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Modern Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Upbeat Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Country Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Rock Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Classic Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Short Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Father-Daughter Dance Song Playlist

Unique Father-Daughter Dance Songs

01-unique-father-daughter-songs

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.

  1. “Home” by Michael Buble
  2. “One Call Away" by Charlie Puth
  3. “Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay
  4. “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
  5. “Sunrise, Sunset” by Fiddler on the Roof
  6. “Cecilia and the Satellite” by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
  7. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  8. “You’ll Be in My Heart” by Phil Collins
  9. “Nothing Can Change This Love” by Sam Cooke
  10. "I Lived" by OneRepublic
  11. “My Little Girl” by Jack Johnson

Our top pick: “Nothing Can Change This Love” by Sam Cooke

“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.”

Modern Father-Daughter Dance Songs

02-modern-father-daughter-songs

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.

  1. "Moon River" by Frank Ocean
  2. "How Long Will I Love You" by Ellie Goulding
  3. “Walk With You” by Edwin McCain
  4. “Your Joy” by Chrisette Michele
  5. “Daughters” by John Mayer
  6. “Love Me Now” by John Legend
  7. “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Amy Winehouse
  8. “Emmylou” by Vance Joy
  9. “I Turn to You” by Christina Aguilera
  10. “The Best Day” by Taylor Swift
  11. “Always Be Your Baby” by Natalie Grant
  12. “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban

Our top pick: "How Long Will I Love You" by Ellie Goulding

“How long will I love you/As long as stars are above you/And longer if I can.”

Country Father-Daughter Dance Songs

03-country-father-daughter-songs

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.

  1. "Don't Blink" by Kenny Chesney
  2. "God Gave Me You" by Blake Shelton
  3. "I Loved Her First" by Heartland
  4. "It Won't Be Like This for Long" by Darius Rucker
  5. “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
  6. “He Didn’t Have to Be” by Brad Paisley
  7. “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney
  8. "My Little Girl" by Tim McGraw
  9. "Wide Open Spaces" by The Chicks
  10. "I'll Be There" by Josh Turner
  11. “Little Miss Magic” by Jimmy Buffett
  12. “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice
  13. "Never Grow Up" by Taylor Swift
  14. "Stealing Cinderella" by Chuck Wicks
  15. "Just Fishin'" by Trace Adkins
  16. “My Old Man” by Zac Brown Band
  17. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
  18. “There'll You'll Be” by Faith Hill
  19. "I'll Be Your Man" by Zac Brown Band
  20. “Through the Years” by Kenney Rogers
  21. “Then They Do” by Trace Adkins
  22. “All American Girl” by Carrie Underwood
  23. “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw
  24. "Daddy Dance With Me" by Krystal Keith
  25. "Daddy's Hands" by Holly Dunn
  26. “Dance with My Daughter” by Jason Blaine

Our top pick: "I'll Be There" by Josh Turner

“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.”

Upbeat Father-Daughter Dance Songs

04-upbeat-father-daughter-songs

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.

  1. "How Sweet It Is" by James Taylor
  2. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
  3. "Dance Like Yo Daddy" by Meghan Trainor
  4. "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses
  5. “You're My Best Friend” by Queen
  6. "Come Fly With Me" by Frank Sinatra
  7. “Cinderella” Steven Curtis Chapman
  8. “When You Need Me” by Bruce Springsteen
  9. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by James Taylor
  10. "Glory" by Jay-Z ft. Blue Ivy

Our top pick: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by James Taylor

“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.”

Rock Father-Daughter Dance Songs

05-rock-father-daughter-songs

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.

  1. "She's a Rainbow" by The Rolling Stones
  2. “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin
  3. “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel
  4. “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
  5. "Wildflowers" by Tom Petty
  6. “Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel)” by Billy Joel
  7. “Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison
  8. “I Will Walk With You” by John Fogerty
  9. "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison
  10. “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker
  11. “My Darling” by Wilco
  12. “You Got It ” by Roy Orbison
  13. “Hold My Hand” by Hootie and the Blowfish
  14. “She’s Leaving Home” by The Beatles
  15. “Here for You” by Neil Young
  16. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
  17. "Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon
  18. “I'll Stand By You” by The Pretenders
  19. “How You've Grown” by 10,000 Maniacs

Our top pick: "Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon

“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”

Classic Father-Daughter Dance Songs

06-classsic-father-daughter-songs

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.

  1. “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle
  2. “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion
  3. "You Are My Sunshine" by Johnny Cash
  4. “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
  5. “They Can't Take That Away From Me” by Ella Fitzgerald
  6. “To Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan
  7. “Dance with My Father” by Luther Vandross
  8. "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra
  9. “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III
  10. “Child of Mine” by Carole King
  11. “It’s For My Dad” by Nancy Sinatra
  12. “Stand By Me” by Ben E King
  13. “One in a Million” by Larry Graham
  14. “It’s All in the Game” by Tommy Edwards
    1. “Kind & Generous” by Natalie Merchant

Our top pick: “It's for My Dad” by Nancy Sinatra

“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.”

Short Father-Daughter Dance Songs

07-short-father-daughter-songs

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.

  1. "Sweet Pea" by Amos Lee
  2. "Daddy's Little Girl" by Michael Bolton
  3. “Forever ” by The Beach Boys
  4. “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys
  5. “Gracie” by Ben Folds
  6. “Stairway to the Stars” by Ella Fitzgerald
  7. “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke
  8. “Ain’t That Love” by Ray Charles
  9. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
  10. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  11. “It’s All in the Game” by Tommy Edwards
  12. "My Girl" by The Temptations

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.