Father-daughter wedding dances have been around for many years, but recently they are gaining in popularity because there are more and more songs and dance styles to choose from. In years gone by, most of the dances were oldies or traditional, but nowadays, brides and their fathers have ignited a whole new flare to this long-standing tradition. You can choose father-daughter dance songs from so many different dance styles and a wide array of types of music from Most Popular, Oldies, Country, Christian, Traditional, Contemporary, Upbeat, Indie, Rock, Songs from Musicals and more.
Whatever dance style and song that you pick, make sure that it’s unique to both you and your dad. Make it meaningful. I’ve put together a very long list of songs (172 to be exact) separated into different categories, along with a suggested memorable quote to go along with it. The quote is only a suggestion. Remember, make this dance as unique and special, as you and your father are!
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Tips for Choosing Your Song
When choosing a song, make sure that you don’t just like the song, but that you really love the song. You will be making a memory to last a lifetime so take some time to think this through while listening to your heart. Have fun with it and make it special. I’ve put together a few tips to think about when choosing your father-daughter dance songs.
- Think about what song you’d like to watch you and your dad to on a video for years to come. That’s what you’ll be doing, so try to imagine that.
- Evaluate the dance skills of you and your father. If you are picking a waltz, make sure that you know how to do the waltz, or better yet ask your dad if he’s willing to learn new dance steps with you. Maybe one of you already knows a dance style that you could teach the other one. This will all depend on if you will be able to practice together. For fathers and daughters not living in close proximity, this may not be possible. You can make this as simple or skill-driven as you want.
- Discuss the song and dance style with your father. Make sure that he’s ok with your dance style and song. Don’t become a bridezilla and take if all over without involving your father. Make sure to involve your dad and get his approval so that it will be just as special for him as it will be for you and all those that attend your wedding.
- When in doubt, keep it simple. If one or neither of you are much of a dancer, that’s ok. Everyone will be watching the sentimental value of you dancing with your father. Simple can be beautiful.
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Popular Dance Styles
Here are some dance styles to consider. If you don’t know any, or maybe are intrigued by a style but don’t know how to do it, consider taking dance lessons for that style. Maybe you and your dad could take a dance class together. You might just make some great memories in a dance class with your dad. Here are some dance styles to consider.
Latin – consists of the cha-cha-cha, rumba, samba, pasodoble, salsa, mambo, merengue, rumba, bachata, bomba plena and also the jive.
Swing – a group of dance that developed with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s-1940s. Examples of swing dances are the jitterbug, lindy hop, and shag.
Ballroom – a set of partner dances which are enjoyed around the world. Examples include the Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, and Quickstep.
Country -also called country and western dance includes many dance styles, which are most often danced to country western music, and which are associated with American country and/or western traditions.
Indie – An alternative style of dance that relies heavily on electropop, house, and EBM. The performers of alternative India dance are closely identified with their music through a signature style, texture, or fusion of specific musical elements.
Street Dance – a dance style that evolved outside of dance studios in any available open space such as streets, parties, block parties, parks, school yards, raves, and nightclubs.
Freestyle – a style of dance with improvisation or without instrumental beats, in which lyrics are recited with no particular subject or structure.
Disco – a musical style originating in the early 1970s that has several components, such as four on the floor beat, an eighth note, or 16th note.
Folk – dances developed by people that reflect the life in a certain country or region. Examples include polka, waltz and square dance.
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172 Father-Daughter Dance Songs
Most Popular Father-Daughter Songs
My Little Girl (Tim McGraw)
Quote: You’ll always be my little girl.
Butterfly Kisses (Bob Carlisle)
Quote: She was sent here from heaven,And she’s daddy’s little girl.
The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
Quote: My beautiful daughter.
When You Need Me (Bruce Springsteen)
Quote: I’ll always need you.
Daddy’s Little Girl (Al Martino)
Quote: I’ll always be your little girl.
Little Miss Magic (Jimmy Buffet)
Quote: My little miss.
Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
Quote: No, I won’t be afraid, as long as you stand by me
Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Milder)
Quote: Did you know that you are my hero?
My Girl (Temptations)
Quote: Nothing you can say will tear me away from my girl.
What A Wonderful World (Louie Armstrong)
Quotes: I see them bloom, for me and for you
Isn’t She Lovely (Bob Dylan)
Quote: Isn’t she beautiful
Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
Quote: I love you just the way you are
Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John)
Quote: Our trio’s down to two
Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart)
Quote: Have I told you lately that I love you
Tiny Dancer (Elton John)
Quote: Hold me closer tiny dancer
Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion)
Quote: You were my strength when I was weak
You’ll Be In My Heart (Phil Collins)
Quote: I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)
My Funny Valentine (Frank Sinatra)
Quote: Be mine
How Sweet It Is( To Be Loved By You) (James Taylor)
Quote: But you brightened up all of my days,With a love so sweet in so many ways
You Are So Beautiful To Me (Joe Cocker)
Quote: My beautiful daughter
Have I Told You Lately ( Van Morrison)
Quote: I love you
You’re Still The One ( Shania Twain)
Quote: You’re still the one who makes me glad
Country Father-Daughter Dance Songs
I Loved Her First (Heartland)
Quote: A place in my heart will always be hers
You Look So Good In Love (George Strait)
Quote: I wish you still wanted me
My Wish (Rascal Flatts)
Quote: My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to
I Hope You Dance (Lee Ann Womack)
Quote: I hope you always dance, my sweet daughter
There Goes My Life (Kenny Chesney)
Quote: There goes my everything
Ready, Set, Don’t Go (Billy Ray Cyrus)
Quote: Stay for just one more dance
Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)
Quote: You took my love and you took it down
You’re Gonna Miss This (Trace Adkins)
Quote: I’ll miss you
Cowgirls Don’t Cry (Brooks and Dunn)
Quote: But daddies do
Daddy Dance With Me (Krystal Keith)
Quote: I will dance with you
Daddy’s Hands (Holly Dunn)
Quote: You may hold my hand for a while, but you hold my heart forever.
You Can Let Go Now, Daddy (Crystal Shawanda)
Quote: I don’t want to let you go
It Won’t Be Like This For Long (Darius Rucker)
Quote: Where did the time go?
God Gave Me You (Blake Shelton)
Quote: Thank you Lord for my little girl
I’ll Be There (Josh Turner)
Quote: I’ll always be there for you
Stealing Cinderella (Chuck Wicks)
Quote: You are my princess
I Love You This Big (Scotty McCreery)
Quote: I love you to the moon and back
Daddy’s Angel (Tony Carter)
Quote: You will always be daddy’s angel
He Didn’t Have To Be (Brad Paisley)
Quote: You are my dad
Through The Years (Kenny Rogers)
Quote: You’ve kissed my tears away
Cinderella (Stephen Curtis Chapman)
Quote: My beautiful princess
Through The Eyes of my Father (Holly Starr)
Quote: Through my eyes you are beautiful in every way
When God Made You (Newsong and Natalie Grant)
Quote: God made you beautiful inside and out
Bless The Broken Road (Rascal Flatts)
Quote: I thank God for you every day and every road we go down along the way
You Belong To Me (Michael W. Smith)
Quote: You are mine
When I Say I Do (Matthew West)
Quote: Forever in love
I’ll Always Be Your Baby (Natalie Grant)
Quote: You’ll always be my daddy
Oceans (Hillsong United)
Quote: Guide my feet daddy
Father’s Love (Bob Carlisile)
Quote: Thank you father for your love
She Walks with Me (Michael W. Smith)
Quote: Thank you for being by my side
Traditional Father-Daughter Dance Songs
Unforgettable (Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole)
Quote: You are unforgettable
You Are The Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder)
Quote: You are the apple of my eye
Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan)
Quote: I love you
The Wonder Of You (Elvis Presley)
Quote: You are so special to me
It Had To Be You (Ray Charles)
Quote: I’m glad it was you
I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher)
Quote: Thank goodness I have you babe
A Wink and a Smile (Harry Connick Jr)
Quote: We go together like a wink and a smile
Sunshine of my Life (Stevie wonder)
Quote: Forever you’ll stay in my heart
They Can’t Take That Away From Me (Ella Fitzgerald)
Quote: No one will take you from my heart
Thank You(Led Zeppelin)
Quote: I’m thankful for the love we’ve shared
Forever (Beach Boys)
Quote: Our love has no end in site
You Are My Sunshine (Johnny Cash)
Quote: My only sunshine
L-O-V-E (Nat King Cole)
Quote: My Love for you is never-ending
Dream A Little Dream of Me( Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong)
Quote: I will always hold you in my dreams
Modern Father-Daughter Dance Songs
Daughters (John Mayer)
Quote: Thank God for daughters
Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
Quote: I will always love you and be there for you.
The Luckiest (Ben Folds)
Quote: Your smile reminds me I’m the luckiest person in the world.
Gracie (Ben Folds)
Quote: I will love you forever
Walk With You (Edwin McCain)
Quote: Thank you for walking with me through life
Quote: I’m glad you are my dad
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
Quote: Can you hear what my hearts says about my love for you?
Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
Quote: You may not always be perfect, but you’ll always be perfect for me.
All of Me (John Legend)
Quote: Take all of me
Quote: Hugs and kisses to you
How Long Will I Love You(Ellie Goulding)
Quote: I will love you forever
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
Quote: I have loved you for a thousand years. I’ll love you for a thousand more.
Only Love (Ben Howard)
Quote: Love will remain always
I’m Yours (Jason Mraz)
Quote: I’ll always be yours
Rather Be (Clean Bandit, ft Jess Glynne)
Quote: I’d rather be with you
Your Song (Ellie Goulding)
Quote: This is your song
One and Only (Teitur)
Quote: You are my one and only
I Won’t Give Up (Jason Mraz)
Quote: I’ll never give up on us
Time After Time (Iron and Wine)
Quote: I’ve love you to the end of time
The Way I Am (Ingrid Michaelson)
Quote: I love you just the way you are
Poison and Wine (The Civil Wars)
Quote: My love for you will never die
Hero (Mariah Carey)
Quote: You are my hero
Upbeat Father-Daughter Dance Songs
Shut up and dance (Walk the moon)
Quote: Just dance
Finesse (Bruno Mars)
Quote: My love for you continues to grow
Marry You (Bruno Mars)
Quote: I knew this day would come
Crazy in Love (Beyonce)
Quote: I love you like crazy
You Make my dreams come true (Hal and Oates)
Quote: You’ve always made my dreams come true
Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)
Quote: I believe in you
Happy (Pharrell Wiliams)
Quote: I’m happy for you
Love On Top (Beyonce)
Quote: My love for you is to the moon and back
Locked out of heaven (Bruno Mars)
Quote: I’m thankful for you
Ain’t no mountain high enough (Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell)
Quote: Nothing can keep me away from you
Signed, Sealed, Delivered ( I’m Yours) (Stevie Wonder)
Quote: You’ll always be mine
Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys)
Quote: Being with you is nice
Kiss Me (Sixpence None The Richer)
Quote: I love you
Quote: Forever my love will remain for you
Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
Quote: Oh my sweet (insert brides’ name)
With A Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles)
Quote: I get by with a little help from my friends
Sugar (Maroon 5)
Quote: You are my sweetheart
Do You Believe In Magic (The Lovin Spoonful)
Quote: I do!
Treasure (Bruno Mars)
Quote: You are my treasure.
Gimme Some Lovin (Spencer Davis Group)
Quote: I can’t get enough of your love.
The Way You Make Me Feel (Michael Jackson)
Quote: You make me feel in love.
Good Life (OneRepublic)
Quote: Life is good with you.
Lovely Day (Bill Withers)
Quote: Any day is lovely with you.
I Feel Good( I Got You) (James Brown)
Quote: No matter what we go through, remember I always got you.
Can’t Hold Us (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis)
Quote: No one can hold us down.
Can’t Stop The Feeling (Justin Timberlake)
Quote: You take my breath away. Always.
Quote: When your closer, I’m happier.
Feel So Close (Calvin Harris)
Quote: Being close to you is like a dream come true.
Cake By The Ocean (DNCE)
Quote: You are sweeter than cake.
Best Day Of My Life (American Authors)
Quote: Being with you makes it the best day of my life.
I’ve Had ( The Time of my life) (Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes)
Quote: You gave me the best times of my life.
I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)
Quote: My love will never end.
Yeah 3x (Chris Brown)
Quote: Yeah I love you.
The Twist (Chubby Checker)
Quote: We’ve had so many twist and turns.
September (Eart, Wind and Fire)
Quote: September love lasts forever.
Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars)
Quote: My uptown girl.
Say Hey( I Love You) (Michael Franti and Spearhead)
Quote: I really, really love you.
Dance with me tonight (Olly Murs)
Quote: Dancing with you is a dream come true.
We are family (Sister Sledge)
Quote: No matter how far we are, we are always family.
Dynamite (Taio Cruz)
Quote: My heart explodes for you
Indie Father-Daughter Dance Songs
Ho Hey (Lumineers)
Quote: Ho Hey You Are Mine To Stay
Forever Young (Alphaville)
Quote: We will always be forever young
Home (Edward Sharpe and magnetic zeros)
Quote: Home is where the heart is
Daughter (Loudon Wainwright the third)
Quote: Daughter, I love you
Sweet Peas (Amos Lee)
Quote: You are my sweet pea
My Darling (Wilco)
Quote: My darling daughter
Love Song (The Cure)
Quote: My love song is you
Harvest Moon (Neil Young)
Quote: You are beautiful under the moonlight
Love They Say (Tegan and Sara)
Quote: Love is here to stay
I Will Wait (Mumford and Sons)
Quote: I will wait for you
Into The Mystic (Van Morrison)
Quote: Together we will float into the mystic
Heroes (David Bowie)
Quote: My hero has always been you
I Will Follow You Into the Dark (Death cab for cutie)
Quote: I will follow you into the dark
Sleepwalking (Modest Mouse)
Quote: It’s a very full and rich Imaginary life
I would do anything for you (foster the people)
Quote: You know I would do anything for you
Everlong (Foo Fighters)
Quote: You are my forever everlong
Hold my hand (Hootie and blowfish)
Quote: Hold my hand sweetheart
500 Miles (Sleeping at Last)
Quote: I’d walk 500 miles for you.
Never gonna give you up (the black keys)
Quote: I’m never going to give you up. I’ll always be by your side.
Us (Regina Spektor)
Quote: Your love is contagious.
Rock Father-Daughter Songs
God Only Knows (the beach boys)
Quote: God only knows what I’d be without you.
Your Song (Elton John)
Quote: You are music to my ears.
You and me (Lifehouse)
Quote: You and me were meant to be.
You are the best thing (Ray Lamontague)
Quote: You are the best thing in my life.
I don’t want to miss a thing (Aerosmith)
Quote: I don’t want to miss out on you
Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)
Quote: This is a bittersweet moment
True Love Waits (radiohead)
Quote: You’ll always be my love.
I just died in your arms (cutting crew)
Quote: I feel safe in your arms.
Everything I do, I do it for you (Bryan Adams)
Quote: I love to love you.
Sweet child of mind (guns and roses)
Quote: My sweet daughter.
Iris (Goo Goo Dolls)
Quote: You are beautiful
All I want is you (U2)
Quote: All I’ve ever wanted was you
Crash into me (Dave Matthews Band)
Quote: You can always come back to me
Quote: I love your picture
Songs from Musicals for Father-Daughter Dance Songs
Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler on the roof)
Quote: To everything there is a season
That’s All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera)
Quote: Just love me forever
The Music of the night (Andrew Lloyd Weber)
Quote: You are the song in my heart
Seasons of Love (rent)
Quote: Love has no season
On The Street where you live (Vic Damone)
Quote: My heart lives where you live
No One is Alone (Into the Woods)
Quote: I’ll always be there for you
For Good (Wicked)
Quote: I love you for good
Soft Place To Land (Waitress)
Quote: Love is kind
I have a dream (Mamma Mia)
Quote: You are the daughter of my dreams
All I ask of you (Phantom of the opera)
Quote: I love you