After the newly wedded couple has enjoyed their first dance together on their wedding day, the bride and her father (or father figure) will step up and take what is a very poignant part of the day, the father-daughter dance.
It’s typically a very emotional moment, for both the bride, her father, and everyone around as they share a dance to a song that encapsulates their relationship and the bond between them both.
If you don’t already have a song that’s personal to you both, then you could always go with some popular songs that are used for father-daughter dances.
These songs are not just love songs, but also songs that have the lyrics talk about the special relationship that a daughter has with her father (or her father figure).
However, it can be a struggle knowing where to start. You should try deciding what genre of music suits your relationship - is it very emotional and special, or is it more lighthearted and joyous? From there you can find a song that has lyrics that speak to you and your relationship.
If you’re still unsure about what father-daughter song to use for your special dance, then here are a few recommendations for your wedding day.
We’ve gathered some real tear-jerkers that’ll guarantee to get your guests reaching for tissues and then also some more cheerful numbers that’ll encourage others to get up with you on the dance floor.
So here are 22 of the best father-daughter dance songs for your wedding day.
Emotional Father Daughter Dance Songs
If you’re looking for a song that has a deeper meaning and beautiful lyrics that you can relate to you and your father’s relationship, then give this list of songs a listen.
Some of these are written from the point of view of a daughter whereas some are written from a father’s point of view.
At least one of these is guaranteed to make everyone in your wedding party tear up watching you and your father figure dance together.
“Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift
“Oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up/It could stay this simple/I won't let nobody hurt you/Won't let no one break your heart”
“The Best Day” by Taylor Swift
“I know you were on my side/Even when I was wrong/And I love you for giving me your eyes/Staying back and watching me shine and/I didn't know if you knew/So I'm taking this chance to say/That I had the best day with you today”
“When You Need Me” by Bruce Springstein
“If you miss me, I'll be there/To brush the sunlight from your hair/I'll be there to guide you when trouble walks beside you/If you need me I'll be there”
“Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon
“Your Song” by Elton John
“And you can tell everybody this is your song/It may be quite simple, but now that it's done/I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind/That I put down in words/How wonderful life is while you're in the world”
“Daughters” by John Mayer
“So fathers, be good to your daughters/Daughters will love like you do/Girls become lovers who turn into mothers/So mothers, be good to your daughters too”
“My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
“You're a beautiful baby from the outside in/Chase your dreams but always know the road, that'll lead you home again/Go on, take on this whole world/But to me you know you'll always be,my little girl”
“Dance With My Father” Luther Vandross
“If I could steal one final glance/One final step/One final dance with him/I'd play a song that would never ever end/Cause I'd love love love to/Dance with my father again”
“Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
“Well, I've been afraid of changing/Cause I've built my life around you/But time makes you bolder, even children get older/And I'm getting older too”
“I’ll Stand by You” by Pretenders
“I'll stand by you/I'll stand by you/Won't let nobody hurt you/I'll stand by you/Take me in, into your darkest hour/And I'll never desert you/I'll stand by you”
“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams
“Look into my eyes/You will see/What you mean to me/Search your heart/Search your soul/And when you find me there/You'll search no more”
Cheerful Father Daughter Dance Songs
If something overly emotional is not really suited to you and your father’s style or relationship, then having a more upbeat song can create a memorable moment at your wedding.
Some of these songs are not just about a father-daughter relationship, but also just about love and friendship.
If you’re someone who doesn't like the idea of slow dancing then some of these songs can be a great alternative to spring around the dancefloor with your father and get everyone joining in.
“My Girl” by The Temptations
“I don't need no money, fortune, or fame/I've got all the riches, baby, one man can claim/Well, I guess you'd say/What can make me feel this way?”
“Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
“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 O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
“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/Her hair reminds me of a warm, safe place/Where as a child I'd hide/And pray for the thunder and the rain to quietly pass me by”
“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
“Yes, you're lovely, with your smile so warm/And your cheeks so soft/There is nothing for me, but to love you/And the way you look tonight”
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman
“You've got a friend in me/You've got a friend in me/When the road looks rough ahead/And you're miles and miles from your nice warm bed/You just remember what your old pal said/Boy, you've got a friend in me/Yeah, you've got a friend in me”
“Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee
“Sweet pea/Apple of my eye/Don't know when and I don't know why/You're the only reason I keep on coming home”
“What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
“I see trees of green, red roses too/I see them bloom, for me and you/And I think to myself/What a wonderful world”
“Lean on Me” by Bill Withers
“Lean on me when you're not strong/And I'll be your friend/I'll help you carry on/For it won't be long/'Til I'm gonna need/Somebody to lean on”
“You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
“Oh, 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/I really love you/(Ooh) Oh, you're my best friend”
“Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles
“Little darling, the smile's returning to the faces/Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here/Here comes the sun/Here comes the sun, and I say/It's all right”
“Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
Favorite Lyrics: “Pretty-eyed, pirate smile/You'll marry a music man/Ballerina, you must've seen her/Dancing in the sand/And now she's in me, always with me/Tiny dancer in my hand”