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101+ Best Father-Daughter Dance Songs for Your Wedding

The father-daughter dance is a touching tribute to your relationship with your dad and can also be a fun expression of your personality. Depending on your wedding-day timeline, the father-daughter dance often takes place between meal courses or following the wedding couple's first dance; it can also be combined with the mother-son dance.

Here's a list of fun, classic, and sweet father-daughter dance songs to help inspire your song choice for your wedding dance with Dad.

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Classic Father-daughter Dance Songs

These are some all-time classic father-daughter dance songs that never go out of style.


"Wildflowers" by Tom Petty:

"You belong among the wildflowers / You belong somewhere close to me / Far away from your trouble and worries / You belong somewhere you feel free."


"You'll Be In My Heart" by Phil Collins:

"You'll be in my heart / Yes, you'll be in my heart / From this day on / Now and forever more."


"Kind And Generous" by Natalie Merchant:

"Oh, I want to thank you for so many gifts you gave / The love, the tenderness, I want to thank you / I want to thank you for your generosity, the love / And the honesty that you gave me."


"Wind Beneath My Wings" BY Bette Midler:

"Did you ever know that you're my hero / And everything I would like to be? / I can fly higher than an eagle / For you are the wind beneath my wings."

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"I'll Be There" by Jackson 5

"I'll reach out my hand to you / I'll have faith in all you do / Just call my name and I'll be there."


"They Can't Take That Away from Me Me" by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong:

The way you wear your hat, / The way you sip your tea, / The memory of all that, / No, no! They can't take that away from me!"


"Moon River" by Andy Williams:

"Two drifters off to see the world / There's such a lot of world to see / We're after the same rainbow's end, waitin' 'round the bend / My huckleberry friend, Moon River, and me."


"My Wish" by Rascal Flatts:

"And my wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to / Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small / You never need to carry more than you can hold."


“Lean On Me” by Bill Withers:

"Sometimes in our lives / We all have pain / We all have sorrow / But if we are wise / We know that there's always tomorrow."


"Forever Young" by Bob Dylan:

"May God bless and keep you always / May your wishes all come true / May you always do for others / And let others do for you / May you build a ladder to the stars / And climb on every rung."


"It's For My Dad" by Nancy Sinatra:

"I'm going to make it all worthwhile / I'm going to show him that I love him / So much more than words can say."

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"Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion:

"You were my strength when I was weak / You were my voice when I couldn't speak / You were my eyes when I couldn't see / You saw the best there was in me."


"Here Comes The Sun" by The Beatles:

"Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting / Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear / Here comes the sun, here comes the sun / And I say it's all right."


"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Judy Garland:

"Somewhere over the rainbow / Way up high / There's a land that I heard of / Once in a lullaby"


"My Father's Eyes" by Eric Clapton:

"It's been so long since I've seen the sun / I wonder if it's still shining / Somewhere out there beyond the rain."


"Forever" by The Beach Boys:

"And if you wonder how long I'll be faithful / I'll be loving you forever / As far as I can see, forever is as far as I will go.""


"Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond:

"Good times never seemed so good / Look at the night and it don't seem so lonely / We filled it up with only two."


"Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations:

"Why do you build me up / Buttercup, baby / Just to let me down? / And mess me around?"


"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" by The Four Tops:

"I can't help myself / I love you and nobody else."


"Sweet Pea" by Amos Lee:

"Sweet pea, apple of my eye / Don't know when and I don't know why / You're the only reason I keep on coming home."


"I've Had The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes:

"Yes I've had the time of my life / And I owe it all to you."


"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston:

"I wanna dance with somebody / I wanna feel the heat with somebody / Yeah!"


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Unique Father-daughter Dance Songs

If you’re looking for a unique song to truly capture the bond you and your father share on your big day, we have a great selection for you:


"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 / There could never be a father / Love his daughter more than I love you."


"Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison:

"So hard to find my way / Now that I'm all on my own / I saw you just the other day / My, how you have grown / Cast my memory back there, Lord."


"I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack:

"Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens / Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance / And when you get the choice to sit it out, or dance / I hope you dance."


"In My Life" by The Beatles:

"There are places I'll remember / All my life, though some have changed / Some forever, not for better / Some have gone and some remain / All these places have their moments / With lovers and friends I still can recall."<


"Daughter" by Loudon Wainwright III:

"I'm gonna stand by you, daughter / Even if nobody else does / I'm gonna love you, daughter / Even if nobody else does."


"My Wish" by Rascal Flatts:

"So I made a wish / That your heart would always stay open / I made a wish for you that one day all your dreams will come true."


"Here For You" by Neil Young:

"I'm here for you / When the sun shines / I'm here for you / When it rains."

If you're looking for a father-daughter dance song that's been featured in a movie, look no further. These songs are sure to make your dance special.


"Learn Me Right" by Birdy and Mumford & Sons from Brave.


"Prettiest Girls" by Pharrell from Despicable Me.


"Somewhere Out There" by Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram from An American Tail.


"Sunrise, Sunset" by Cast Recording from Fiddler on the Roof.


"You'll Be In My Heart" by Collins from Tarzan.

Funny Father-daughter Dance Songs

These songs are playful and lighthearted, making them perfect for a funny father-daughter dance.


"Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley:

"Don't worry about a thing / 'Cause every little thing is gonna be alright."


"My Girl" by The Temptations:

"I've got sunshine / On a cloudy day / When it's cold outside / I've got the month of May/My girl, my girl, my girl."


"You Are My Sunshine" by Johnny Cash:

"The other night, dear / As I lay sleeping / I dreamed I held you in my arms/You are my sunshine, my only sunshine/You make me happy when skies are gray."


"Let's Dance" by David Bowie:

"Let's dance / Put on your red shoes and dance the blues/Because my love for you/Would break my heart in two."


"She's A Rainbow" by Rolling Stones:

""She comes in colors everywhere/She combs her hair/She's like a rainbow/Have you seen a lady fairer?"


"Let Your Love Flow" by Bellamy Brothers:

"Let your love flow like a mountain stream/And let your love grow with the smallest of dreams/And let your love show and you will know what I mean."


"Dance Like Yo Daddy" by Meghan Trainor:

"I wanna dance like yo daddy/I wanna swing from the chandelier/I wanna wear a pretty dress and get down on the floor."


"The Best Of You" by Andy Grammar feat. Train:

I want the best of you / The best of you / I want the best of you tonight."

Upbeat, Rock, R&B, and Country Father-daughter Dance Songs

Big fan of rock music? These electric songs are sure to get you both to rock and roll on the dancefloor!


I Wanna Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles:

"Oh yeah, I'll tell you something / I think you'll understand / When I say that something / I wanna hold your hand."


"Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses:

"She's got eyes of the bluest skies / As if they thought of rain / I hate to look into those eyes and see an ounce of pain."


"Stand By Me" by Ben E. King:

"When the night has come, and the land is dark / And the moon is the only light we'll see."


"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton:

"I feel wonderful because I see / The love light in your eyes / And the wonder of it all / Is that you just don't realize how much I love you."


"Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac:

"I took my love, I took it down/Climbed a mountain and I turned around / And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills."


"Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi:

"Oh, we're halfway there / Oh, oh, livin' on a prayer / Take my hand, and we'll make it - I swear."


""You've Got A Friend" by Carole King:

"Ain't it good to know that you've got a friend / When people can be so cold."


"My Hero" by Foo Fighters:

"There goes my hero / Watch him as he goes / And I feel alright."


"A Song For My Daughter" by Ray Allaire:

"On the day you were born the angels sighed in relief / And knew that all of heaven's work was finally complete."


"Dance With My Father" by Luther Vandross:

"Back when I was a child / Before life removed all the innocence / My father would lift me high / And dance with my mother and me."


"Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion:

"You were my strength when I was weak / You were my voice when I couldn't speak / You were my eyes when I couldn't see."


"Daddy's Little Girl" by Michael Buble:

"I'm so glad that you're my girl / And I hope that one day you'll look back and say / Hey, daddy's pretty cool."


"Ballerina Girl" by Lionel Richie:

"You could have been a ballerina / But you dance around my heart instead."


"Color Him Father" by The Winstons:

"Color him Father, because he sure is mine / He's the one who taught me right from wrong."

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"Your Joy" by Chrisette Michele:

"My prayer is that you find your joy / In everything that you do / That you live each day to the fullest."


"My Little Girl" by Tim McGraw:

"You're beautiful baby, from the outside in / Chase your dreams but always know / The road that will lead you home again."


"In My Daughter's Eyes" by Martina McBride:

"In my daughter's eyes I am a hero / I am strong and I am brave / And I know nothing's gonna harm you / Cause the love in me will save you."


"Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle:

"There's two things I know for sure/She loves me and I love her / And if you asked me how much I loved her/I'd say enough to fill up a river."


"My Wish" by Rascal Flatts:

"So many roads to choose/But they all lead back to you/I'm so glad I found you, I'm not gonna lose you/This is my wish."


"Daughters" by John Mayer:

"On behalf of every man / Looking out for every girl / You are the God and weight of her world / So fathers, be good to your daughters / Daughters will love like you do."


"I Loved Her First" by Heartland:

"'Cause I loved her first, and I held her first / And a place in my heart will always be hers."


"My Little Girl" by Jack Johnson:

"Oh, you know how much I love you / Don't need to tell me every day / So let's just slow down the time enough so we can grow up together."


"Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle:

"There's two things I know for sure / She loves me and I love her / And if you asked me how much I loved her / I'd say enough to fill up a river."


"Butterfly Fly Away" by Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus:

"If I could, butterfly / I'd ask the world to stop / And turn around for you."


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Slow Father-daughter Dance Songs

These songs are perfect for a slow and sentimental father-daughter dance.


"The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra:

"Some day, when I'm awfully low / When the world is cold / I will feel a glow just thinking of you / And the way you look tonight."


"Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole:

"Unforgettable, that's what you are / Unforgettable though near or far."


"Walk With You" by Edwin McCain:

"I'll take this slow sweet walk with you / You'll let go of my hand to say I do / And he will discover just how blessed a life can be / I know 'cause all those years ago someone handed you to me."

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"Daddy" by Beyonce:

"Can't stop my tears from falling / I love you so much, daddy / Thank you (my unborn son to be like my daddy) / You've done so much for me (want my husband to be like my daddy) / I love you, daddy."


"Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder:

"Isn't she lovely? / Isn't she wonderful? / Isn't she precious? / Less than one-minute old / I never thought through love / We'd be making one as lovely as she / But isn't she lovely made from love?"

Modern Father-daughter Wedding Songs

These songs are more recent but capture the same sentiment as the classics.


"One Call Away" by Charlie Puth:

"I'm only one call away / I'll be there to save the day / Superman got nothing on me / I'm only one call away.


"I Lived" by OneRepublic:

"Maybe I am not the greatest / But I am trying to be better than I was yesterday / That's all that anybody can ask for anyway."


"Strawberry Swing" by Coldplay:

"And if you close your eyes, / Then the world will disappear." "First Man" by Camila Cabello: "You're the first man that I loved / And I know you're the last one / That I will ever need."


"Cecilia and the Satellite" by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness:

"So let the lights burn brighter on Broadway / Sing hallelujah, Cecilia / You're the satellite that I've been tracking / All my life was waiting for you."

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"Count on Me" by Bruno Mars:

"If you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of the sea / I'll sail the world to find you / If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can't see / I'll be the light to guide you.


“Never Grow Up“ by Taylor Swift:

"“Oh, darlin', don't you ever grow up / Don't you ever grow up / Just stay this little.”


"The Luckiest" by Ben Folds:

"I'm the luckiest / I've ever known."


"Sea of Love" by Cat Power:

"I want to tell you how much I love you / Do you remember when we met?/ That's the day I knew you were my pet."


"Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls:

"And I'd give up forever to touch you / 'Cause I know that you feel me somehow."


"Simple Gifts" by Joseph Brackett:

"'Tis the gift to be simple / 'Tis the gift to be free."


"Forever Young" by Bob Dylan:

"May God bless and keep you always / May your wishes all come true."


"You Are The Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne:

"You are the best thing / (you're the best thing) / You are the best thing / (you're the best thing, baby) / Ever happened to me."


“Can't Stop the Feeling!" by Justin Timberlake:

"I got this feeling / inside my bones / It goes electric, wavey when I turn it on."

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Short Father-daughter Dance Songs

Not all father-daughter dances have to be slow and sentimental. If you're looking for a shorter, faster-paced song, try one of these:


"God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys:

"You never need to doubt it / I'll make you so sure about it / God only knows what I'd be without you."


"Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses:

"She's got eyes of the bluest skies / As if they thought of rain."


"You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" by Stevie Wonder:

"You are the sunshine of my life / That's why I'll always be around."


"Stairway To The Stars" by Ella Fitzgerald:

"Stars shining bright above you / Night breezes seem to whisper 'I love you."


"What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong:

"I see trees of green / Red roses too / They're really saying I love you / I hear babies crying, I watch them grow."


"Ain't That Love" by Ray Charles:

"Ain't that love, / Ain't that love, / I just can't stop thinking about her face. / Ain't that love, / Ain't that love, / I just can't stop thinking about her face."

Instrumental Father-daughter Dance Songs

Sometimes, a song is so special that the words get in the way. These instrumental songs are perfect for a father-daughter dance that is all about the music.


Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel


“The four seasons, Op. 8 - Violin Concerto No. 4 in F Minor, RV 297 'L'inverno': I. Allegro non molto” by Antonio Vivaldi


“Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 'Elvira Madigan': II. Andante” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


"Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert


“Gymnopédies: No. 1: Lent et doloreux” by Erik Satie


“Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy


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“Arabesque No. 1” by Claude Debussy


“Reverie, L. 68” by Claude Debussy


"The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


"Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture (after Shakespeare)" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


"Swan Lake, Op. 20, Act II: No. 10, Scene: Moderato - Allegro" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


"The Planets, Op. 32: IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity" by Gustav Holst

Father Daughter Dance Song FAQs

When is the father-daughter dance?

The father-daughter dance takes place during the reception, usually after the first dance but before dinner is served. This is a time for fathers and daughters to have a special moment together on the dance floor.

Who picks the father-daughter dance song?

The bride and her father typically pick the song together. It can be a song that is sentimental to them, or it can be a fun song that they both enjoy.

How long should the father-daughter dance last?

The father-daughter dance usually lasts 1-2 minutes. However, it can last longer – or be shorter – depending on the bride's choice. This is a time for the father and daughter to have a special moment together, but also be aware that your guests are watching patiently, so try to strike a balance!

No matter what song length or title you choose, make sure it is special to you and your dad.

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