Are you opting to have a father-daughter dance at your wedding? Whilst your wedding day is so much about you and your partner, there are lots of lovely moments for the bride to share with her father too – walking down the aisle, the father of the bride speech… why not round it off with a father of the bride dance too?
We’ve picked out 17 songs that are perfect for a father-daughter dance – which one will you and your dad go for?
1. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
This song is the perfect choice if you are your dad’s brown-eyed girl. Whilst the original lyrics do refer to ‘making love in the green grass’, you can use the radio edit which omits this line and replaces it with ‘laughing and a-running, hey hey’.
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2. Dance with My Father – Luther Vandross
This cute song by Luther Vandross focuses on his own memories of dancing with his father when he was a child. Celine Dion has also covered the song, if you wanted something a bit different to the original to dance to.
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3. You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
Did you know this dreamy song is actually a cover? Joe Cocker recorded a slowed down version of the original by Billy Preston. The lyrics are so simple, but if you’re the apple of your dad’s eye, this could be the perfect choice of song.
4. You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
Could there be a cuter sentiment? It’s the perfect soundtrack for a girl and her father as it says he’ll always love her and always be around, because she is the sunshine of his life. If you want a quirkier version, check out Jack White’s cover, which he recorded with the Muppets – ideal if you want to have a laugh with your dad!
5. How Sweet It Is (To be Loved by You) – James Taylor
There’s something about dads and James Taylor – they love him! And this sweet song has a wonderfully upbeat tempo making it very easy to dance around the room to with your dad, especially if the pair of you aren’t really given to public displays of affection or dancing.
6. I’ll Stand by You – Pretenders
This lovely song about love and assistance in times of trouble sums up a dad’s role in his adult daughter’s life. It’s also been covered by Girls Aloud, Carrie Underwood, Rod Stewart and Shakira, amongst others, giving you plenty of options if you want to mix it up with a cover version.
7. I Loved Her First – Heartland
This is a super popular choice of song for father-daughter dances – mainly because it is literally about a father giving away his daughter to be married. The song tells the story of a proud father explaining to his daughter’s groom that he ‘loved her first’.
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8. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
This song is all about how beautiful the world is when you are loved and you love someone. Such a perfect choice to dance with your dad to – especially when you think about the lyric ‘I hear babies crying, I watch them grow/They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know’. If you want something a little different, how about the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version, which is a medley with ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’?
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9. It’s For My Dad – Nancy Sinatra
This gorgeous song by Nancy Sinatra is the perfect choice for a bride who counts her dad amongst one of her heroes. It’s about a dad who is a playmate and a teacher, who is their rock and gives them advice. Show your dad how much he means to you by choosing this song.
10. Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
This song is essentially about unconditional love – ‘I could not love you any better/I love you just the way you are’ – which makes it a great choice of song for a father-daughter dance. Billy Joel’s daughter Alexa Ray Joel has also covered it, which gives it an extra lovely touch as a father daughter dance song.
11. Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
If you’re the sentimental type you’ll adore ‘Butterfly Kisses’, a song that Bob Carlisle penned for his daughter’s sweet sixteenth birthday. It’s all about a dad fondly remembering his grown up daughter as an adorable little girl.
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12. Always Be Your Baby – Natalie Grant
This song is similar to the one above, except it’s from a daughter’s perspective and is a song addressed to her dad about all the things he’s taught her and how he’ll always be her hero and she’ll always be his baby girl.
13. My Girl – The Temptations
If you’re a daddy’s girl it makes sense to share your father daughter dance to ‘My Girl’ by the Temptations – it’ll create a memory the two of you will cherish forever.
14. Fly Away Butterfly – Miley Cyrus & Billy Ray Cyrus
This is a coming of age song for girls and their dads and is the perfect choice for brides who want as much Disney wedding music on their special day as possible. Even if you aren’t a Miley fan you’ll have to smile at this sweet song.
15. Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
If you’ve got an old-school dad, share a dance to this classic swing tune by Frank Sinatra. It’s easy to dance to and the upbeat rhythm will have all your guests surging on to the dance floor to join in.
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16. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
This lovely song was remixed to create a duet between Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie Cole. The lovely lyrics and the fact it’s a father-daughter duet make it an ideal choice for your dance with your dad.
17. Daddy Cool – Boney M
Not the sentimental type? Give everyone a laugh by taking to the dancefloor with your dad to dance to this disco classic by Boney M. Choreograph a dance routine to it and you’ll probably go viral.
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