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