172 Perfect Father-Daughter Dance Songs for Your Wedding Day

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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 from so many different dance styles and a wide array of types of music from Oldies, Country, Christian, Traditional, Contemporary, Upbeat, Indie, Rock, Songs from Musicals, and more.

Whatever dance style and song 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. Remember, make this dance as unique and special, as you and your father are!

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 wedding dance song.

Think about the song


Think about what song you can imagine you and your father dancing to on your wedding day.

evaluate dance skills


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. 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 It!


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 it 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 who attend your wedding.


When in doubt, keep it simple.  If one or both of you are not much of a dancer, that's ok. Everyone will be watching the sentimental value of you dancing with your father. Simple can be beautiful.

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 makes 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, paso doble, salsa, mambo, merengue, rumba, bachata, bomba plena, and also the jive.

Swing

A style 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

This dance style is most often danced to with country western music.

Indie

An alternative style of dance that relies heavily on electropop, house, and EBM. The performers of alternative Indie 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 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.

172 Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Most Popular Father-Daughter Songs 

father daughter dance songs

My Little Girl ( Tim McGraw)


Butterfly Kisses (Bob Carlisle)


The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)


When You Need Me (Bruce Springsteen)


Daddy’s Little Girl (Al Martino)


Little Miss Magic (Jimmy Buffet)


Stand By Me (Ben E. King)


Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Milder)


My Girl (Temptations)


What A Wonderful World (Louie Armstrong)


 

Oldies for a Father-Daughter Dance Song

father daughter dance songs


Isn’t She Lovely (Bob Dylan)


Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)


Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John)


Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart)


Tiny Dancer (Elton John)


Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion)


You’ll Be In My Heart (Phil Collins)


My Funny Valentine (Frank Sinatra)


How Sweet It Is( To Be Loved By You)  (James Taylor)


You Are So Beautiful To Me (Joe Cocker)


Have I Told You Lately ( Van Morrison)


You’re Still The One ( Shania Twain)


Country Father-Daughter Dance Songs

father daughter dance song


I Loved Her First (Heartland)


You Look So Good In Love (George Strait)


My Wish (Rascal Flatts)


I Hope You Dance (Lee Ann Womack)


There Goes My Life (Kenny Chesney)


Ready, Set, Don’t Go (Billy Ray Cyrus)


Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)


You’re Gonna Miss This (Trace Adkins)


Cowgirls Don’t Cry (Brooks and Dunn)


Daddy Dance With Me (Krystal Keith)


Daddy’s Hands (Holly Dunn)


You Can Let Go Now, Daddy (Crystal Shawanda)


It Won’t Be Like This For Long (Darius Rucker)


God Gave Me You (Blake Shelton)


I’ll Be There (Josh Turner)


Stealing Cinderella (Chuck Wicks)


I Love You This Big (Scotty McCreery)


Daddy’s Angel (Tony Carter)


He Didn’t Have To Be (Brad Paisley)


Through The Years (Kenny Rogers)


Christian Father-Daughter Dance Songs

father daughter dance songs


Cinderella (Stephen Curtis Chapman)


Through The Eyes of my Father (Holly Starr)


When God Made You (Newsong and Natalie Grant)


Bless The Broken Road (Rascal Flatts)


You Belong To Me (Michael W. Smith)


When I Say I Do (Matthew West)


I’ll Always Be Your Baby (Natalie Grant)


Oceans (Hillsong United)


Father’s Love (Bob Carlisle)


She Walks with Me (Michael W. Smith)


Traditional Father-Daughter Dance Songs

father daughter dance songs


Unforgettable (Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole)


You Are The Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder)


Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan)


The Wonder Of You (Elvis Presley)


It Had To Be You (Ray Charles)


I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher)


A Wink and a Smile (Harry Connick Jr)


Sunshine of My Life (Stevie wonder)


They Can’t Take That Away From Me (Ella Fitzgerald)


Thank You (Led Zeppelin)


Forever (Beach Boys)


You Are My Sunshine (Johnny Cash)


L-O-V-E (Nat King Cole)


Dream A Little Dream of Me ( Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong)


Modern Father-Daughter Dance Songs

father daughter dance songs

Daughters (John Mayer)


Make You Feel My Love (Adele)


The Luckiest (Ben Folds)


Gracie (Ben Folds)


Walk With You (Edwin McCain)


Daddy (Beyonce)


Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)


Perfect (Ed Sheeran)


All of Me (John Legend)


XO (Beyonce)


How Long Will I Love You (Ellie Goulding)


A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)


Only Love (Ben Howard)


I’m Yours (Jason Mraz)


Rather Be (Clean Bandit, ft Jess Glynne)


Your Song (Ellie Goulding)


One and Only (Teitur)


I Won’t Give Up (Jason Mraz)


Time After Time (Iron and Wine)


The Way I Am (Ingrid Michaelson)


Poison and Wine (The Civil Wars)


Hero (Mariah Carey)


Upbeat Father-Daughter Dance Songs

father daughter dance songs


Shut Up and Dance (Walk the Moon)


Finesse (Bruno Mars)


Marry You (Bruno Mars)


Crazy in Love (Beyonce)


You Make My Dreams Come True (Hal and Oates)


Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)


Happy (Pharrell Wiliams)


Love On Top (Beyonce)


Locked Out of Heaven (Bruno Mars)


Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell)


Signed, Sealed, Delivered ( I’m Yours)  (Stevie Wonder)


Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Beach Boys)


Kiss Me (Sixpence None The Richer)


Kiss (Prince)


Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)


With A Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles)


Sugar (Maroon 5)


Do You Believe In Magic (The Lovin Spoonful)


Treasure (Bruno Mars)


Gimme Some Lovin' (Spencer Davis Group)


The Way You Make Me Feel (Michael Jackson)


Good Life (OneRepbulic)


Lovely Day (Bill Withers)


I Feel Good( I Got You) (James Brown)


Can’t Hold Us (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis)


Can’t Stop The Feeling (Justin Timberlake)


Closer (Chainsmokers)


Feel So Close (Calvin Harris)

 

Cake By The Ocean (DNCE)


Best Day Of My Life (American Authors)


I’ve Had ( The Time of My Life) (Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes)


I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)


Yeah 3x (Chris Brown)


The Twist (Chubby Checker)


September (Earth, Wind, and Fire)


Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars)


Say Hey( I Love You) (Michael Franti and Spearhead)


Dance With Me Tonight (Olly Murs)


We Are Family (Sister Sledge)


Dynamite (Taio Cruz)


Indie Father-Daughter Dance Songs

father daughter dance songs

Ho Hey (Lumineers)


Forever Young (Alphaville)


Home (Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros)


Daughter (Loudon Wainwright the 3rd)


Sweet Peas (Amos Lee)


My Darling (Wilco)


Love Song (The Cure)


Harvest Moon (Neil Young)


Love They Say (Tegan and Sara)


I Will Wait (Mumford and Sons)


Into The Mystic (Van Morrison)


Heroes (David Bowie)


I Will Follow You Into the Dark (Death Cab for Cutie)


Sleepwalking (Modest Mouse)


I Would Do Anything for You (Foster the People)


Everlong (Foo Fighters)


Hold My hand (Hootie and Blowfish)


500 Miles (Sleeping at Last)


Never Gonna Give You Up (The Black Keys)


Us (Regina Spektor) 


Rock Father-Daughter Songs

father daughter dance songs

God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)


Your Song (Elton John)

You and Me (Lifehouse)


You Are the Best Thing (Ray Lamontague)


I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing (Aerosmith)


Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)


True Love waits (Radiohead)


I Just Died in Your Arms (Cutting Crew)


Everything I Do, I Do It For You (Bryan Adams)


Sweet Child Of Mine (Guns and Roses)


Iris (Goo Goo Dolls)


All I Want Is You (U2)


Crash Into Me (Dave Matthews Band)


Photograph (Nickelback)


Songs from Musicals for Father-Daughter Dance Songs

father daughter dance songs

Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler on the Roof)


That’s All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera)


The Music of the Night (Andrew Lloyd Weber)


Seasons of Love (rent)


On The Street Where You Live (Vic Damone)


No One is Alone (Into the Woods)


For Good (Wicked)


Soft Place To Land (Waitress)


I Have a Dream (Mamma Mia)


All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera)



I hope that our list of 172 Father-Daughter dance songs can help you pick the perfect song for your big day! Feel free to share your selection with us in the comments below!

 

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