Are you planning to include a father/daughter dance during your wedding reception? This tradition is both beautiful and touching. Just like the mother/son dance, it’s an opportunity for the bride to have a moment in the spotlight with her father, who has played a very important role in her life. Typically, these moments are tear-jerkers, the songs filled with lyrics describing the sweet love between a father and his daughter. This slow, inching toward sad, music isn’t for everyone, however.
If you and your father are the type that like to shake things up a little, your father/daughter song selection is the perfect way to do it. Instead of opting for a slower song, go for something upbeat and fun. In fact, while you’re at it, consider throwing in some simple choreography to really show off your quirks! Consider these exciting and upbeat songs for the father/daughter dance at your wedding.
“100 Years” by Five for Fighting
If you’re looking for a song from the perspective of a father who has seen a bit in his life, but will always consider you his little girl, then this is the one for you. Five for Fighting captures a love that spans a lifetime with this beautiful chorus:
“And I’m just dreaming,
Counting the ways to where you are.
Fifteen there’s still time for you.
Twenty-two I feel her too.
Thirty three you’re on your way.
Every day’s a new day.”
“Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman
Looking for a song about a father watching as his baby girl grows into a woman ready to get married? Look no further! “Cinderella” tells a story from a father’s perspective as he watches his little girl growing up. It even includes a segment where she asks him to help her practice dancing for her wedding! A truly beautiful song, it also has a steady rhythm which would allow for some fancy footwork.
“But she came home today with a ring on her hand,
Just glowing and telling us all they had planned.
She says, “Dad, the wedding’s still six months away
But I need to practice my dancin’.”
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Michael Bublé
Everyone has heard “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” at one time or another, but likely never at a wedding. But why not? In actuality, this song by is perfect for a father/daughter dance, especially for a pair who likes to have a little fun. The lyrics can easily be interpreted as describing the love of a father and daughter. After all, who’s a better friend than your father?
“Now, some other boys might be little bit smarter than I am,
Are bigger and stronger too,
Maybe, but none of them,
Will ever love you the way I do.”
“Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
This Stevie Wonder classic will have your guests enraptured the moment it starts playing. Just about every line is perfect for that father who simply adores his daughter and sees her above all others. Additionally, the rhythm in this song lends itself very nicely to some fun dance moves that will keep you and your father moving all over the dance floor.
“Isn’t she pretty, truly the angel’s best?
Boy, I’m so happy,
We have been heaven blessed.
I can’t believe what God has done.
Through us he’s given life to one,
But isn’t she lovely made from love?”
“Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns and Roses
Love Guns and Roses? The consider kicking your reception off the right way with their song, “Sweet Child of Mine.” The title says it all! This number has a great rock beat and joyful feeling, as well as lyrics that are simple and loving.
“She’s got eyes of the bluest skies,
As if they thought of rain.
I hate to look into those eyes,
And see an ounce of pain.”
“American Girl” by Tom Petty
If your father loves classic rock, then Tom Petty has the perfect song for your wedding. “American Girl” captures the essence of a daughter who always knew she was meant for great things out in the world.
“Well she was an American girl,
Raised on promises.
She couldn’t help thinkin’,
That there was a little more to life somewhere else.”
“You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
Another great song for a best friend father/daughter duo, Queen delivers an upbeat tune that begs for some dancing. This one will be a guest favorite for sure.
“Ooh you’re the best friend that I ever had.
I’ve been with you such a long time.
You’re my sunshine and I want you to know,
That my feelings are true.”
“Dance Like Yo Daddy” by Meghan Trainor
Looking for a song that’s perfect for a particularly silly father/daughter pair? Meghan Trainor hits the mark with “Dance Like Yo Daddy.” This song talks all about how dads dance… well, a bit strange. If your dad is goofy, then he’ll love showing off his dance moves with you to this song.
“My daddy told me how to do my own thing.
He said to let it out, long as you find your groove.
Go ahead and find your groove.
Make sure you stand out in the crowd and show them all what you can do.”
“The Time (Dirty Bit) by Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas took a spin on an old classic, which most of your guests will recognize from the movie Dirty Dancing. It’s got the same lyrics, but Black Eyed Peas added some great dance elements. This song is another upbeat spectacle song, so make sure you whip up some fun choreography.
“I had the time of my life,
And I’ve never felt this way before.
And I swear this is true,
And I owe it all to you!”
“Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
If fun is your goal, check out this Steppenwolf classic. Everyone knows it, and you’re likely to have your guests clamoring to get on the dance floor with you. The hook has nice lyrics that lend themselves to a father’s wish for his daughter’s life.
“Yeah darlin’ go make it happen,
Take the world in a love embrace.
Fire all of your guns at once,
And explode into space.”