Best Father/Daughter Dance Songs

Father/daughter dance

The father/daughter dance is always one of the best moments of the wedding reception. Whether you’re dancing with your dad, your step-dad, your uncle, your brother, or someone else special in your life, it’s a chance to recognize that person and share a sweet moment with them on the dance floor.

While some dad and daughter duos want to have that moment where everyone is grabbing for the nearest tissue, other father/daughter dances are more about showing off your amazing dance skills (and some even end up going viral). Whatever kind of father/daughter dance you want to have, you’ll of course need to pick out the perfect song. Here’s a list of some of our favorite songs for the occasion broken down into categories to help you find the one that is perfect for you and your dear old dad.

Songs for the Sweetest Moment

When it comes to your father/daughter dance, your dad advised you that he wants something sweet and sincere. These songs are sure to not only get your old man a little teary eyed, but also the entirety of your wedding guests.

Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

Wild World – Cat Stevens

Vienna – Billy Joel

In My Life – The Beatles

Father and Daughter – Paul Simon

Classic Father/Daughter Dance Songs (Minus the Ones that Make You Cringe)

When you think of a father/daughter dance, you might start to roll your eyes at how corny they are with their sappy lyrics. These songs, however, are classics that skip the cringe-worthy lines.

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

My Girl – The Temptations

Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder

Unforgettable – Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

For the Dad/Daughter Duo Who Like to Rock Out

If you’ve attended several concerts with your dad and even have a couple of shared Spotify playlists, these songs are for you. This is a group of songs for the dads who let their daughters sleep in their Rolling Stones concert t-shirts as a nightgown (and for those who absolutely cringe at cheesy dance songs).

She’s a Rainbow – The Rolling Stones

About a Girl – Nirvana

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns and Roses

Wildflowers – Tom Petty

Landslide – Fleetwood Mac

Songs for the Country Fans

This group of songs is for the dad who was born and raised on Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and has seen George Strait and Garth Brooks in concert more times than you can count. Whether you’re in the middle of nowhere wearing cowboy boots under your wedding dress or you’re in the middle of the city, these country songs are sure to pull on your heartstrings.

You Are My Sunshine – Johnny Cash

(You Are My) Special Angel – Bobby Helms

Holding On to You – Miranda Lambert

He Didn’t Have to Be – Brad Paisley

How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls – George Strait

When You Just Want to Break it Down with Your Dad

When you told your dad about your father/daughter dance, he most likely responded with, “I’m ready to bust a move.” Even though he may not have the moves to bust, let the old man try with one of these more up-tempo dance songs (and try not to laugh while he’s doing it).

You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

I’m Happy to Just Dance With You – The Beatles

Forever Young – Alphaville

For the Dad Who’s the Crooner

This group of songs is for the dad who is a fan of the classics. Give him a good singer, a piano, and some great lyrics, and that’s his kind of music. Here are some of the best crooner songs that are sure to get both you and your dad a little misty eyed.

I Wish You Love – Dean Martin

Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke

The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding

Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye

Tiny Dancer – Elton John

For Dads Who Try to Keep Up with Current Music

Your dad may not be the hippest guy around, but he still tries to keep up with what the kids are listening to these days (even though he may not know any of the band names or the song titles). Here are some of our favorite more recent father/daughter songs that will work well for your dance.

My Darling – Wilco

Daughters – John Mayer

Sweet Pea – Amos Lee

Daughter- Loudon Wainwright

Count On Me – Bruno Mars

Cat Power – Sea of Love

Stop This Train – John Mayer

You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

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