When you step out onto the dancefloor with your father on the evening of your wedding, you want to dance to a song that has that perfect combination of overjoyed happiness and heartfelt emotions. These are 20 of the best songs for your father daughter dance, from recent pop hits to classic oldies, that will leave you feeling the love. (songs featured in no particular order)
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1. Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
For a heart-felt, melodic tune that has some spiritual sweetness to it, this song is a great choice. It truly captures the love that is shared between a father and daughter and is sure to leave everyone feeling a bundle of emotions. The song also specifically mentions the momentous day of a daughter’s wedding and the bittersweet joy that a father feels.
2. My Girl by The Temptations
For a more upbeat, happy tune, this song is the perfect pick for a father daughter dance. It has a cheerful melody that is great for dancing to and is a classic tune that all your guests will love.
3. When You Come Back Down by Nickel Creek
You may not have heard this song before, but it has a lovely folk melody and endearing lyrics that make it a unique song for your father daughter dance. Give it a listen and we’re sure you’ll be convinced.
4. Unforgettable by Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
A father-daughter duet sung by the notable Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole, this song is a great father daughter dance song due to its meaningful lyrics and rhythmic blues tune.
5. Shine by Benjamin Francis Leftwich
This song has a different sound from most of the others on this list, but nonetheless it’s still a wonderful tune that has a lighthearted tone that is the perfect song choice if you don’t want to go with something as sad and serious. It has just the sound to fit into your wedding day playlist and is a delightful way to start your night.
6. Daughters by John Mayer
For another tune that will be a great hit on the dancefloor, Daughters is the way to go. If you’re a John Mayer fan, this song has the perfect beat to sway to and will surely be a crowd-pleaser.
7. First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
A calm, sweet melody, this tune is one for your father daughter dance that will set a great tone to your wedding reception. It’s simple and heart-felt which makes it the perfect fit.
8. Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
Another classic song by another well-known artist, this tune finds a strong spot on our top list of father daughter dance songs. For a more cheerful and upbeat song, this one is a great choice to fill everyone with joy and happiness in your celebration.
9. In My Life by The Beatles
For a song that isn’t too direct with lyrics about a father daughter relationship, this track is perfect for any fan of The Beatles (a.k.a your dad) and is a wonderful choice for its heartfelt, lovely massage.
10. There She Goes by The La’s
This song has a great beat that you can sway along to on the dancefloor and has whimsical qualities that make it feel as if it’s right out of a movie. It will surely add the joy-filled atmosphere to your father daughter dance that you’re looking for.
11. Tiny Dancer by Elton John
A very popular tune for father daughter dances, Tiny Dancer is a classic that everyone loves.
12. My Little Girl by Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw brings a great tune for a father daughter dance with lyrics that expresses the immense love that a father feels for his daughter. It even mentions the journey of finding a husband that can match the high standards of a father. It’s a great tune for the father daughter dance with just enough emotion.
13. You’ll Be In My Heart by Phil Collins
Regardless of how big of a Disney fan you are, this song is a great choice for a father daughter dance. The song has that perfect blend of joyful optimism for love and heartfelt connection that a father shares with his daughter on her big day.
14. There Goes My Life by Kenny Chesney
A great choice for any country music lover, this song touches on the emotions that fathers experience along the journey of raising a daughter, watching her grow up, and sharing her love.
15. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
This beautiful piano ballad tells an emotional story that is just the right fit for a father daughter dance. It’s tune and lyrics are very heartfelt as it alludes to singing a child a good night lullaby.
16. Shower the People by James Taylor
This song is a great one to have at your wedding in general. It captures the great emotion of such an important, joy-filled day and emphasizes the power of sharing your love openly with those who mean the world to you.
17. Night Changes by One Direction
This song is a popular hit that tells a story of how quickly a single night can change everything, which strongly represents the day of your wedding. For all the moments that your father has been there with you for, this one tells of all the ones in the future that he’ll stay by your side for, no matter what.
18. Dancing Queen by Abba
For a happy-go-lucky song that will make you feel the joy of your special day, this is the perfect tune for your father daughter dance. It doesn’t have the serious tone that most of these other songs do, so if you’re looking for something light-hearted, this is the one. If you don’t choose it for your father daughter dance, it’s surely a song that needs to make it onto your dancefloor hit playlist.
19. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
Another classic, this Van Morrison is a great hit that will keep everyone singing and clapping along. It’s sweet lyrics and cheery rhythm make it the perfect tune for your father daughter dance.
20. Wherever You Will Go by Charlene Soraia
This acoustic version of this song originally by The Calling is a wonderful song for your father daughter dance. It has a sentimental message that expresses the deep love you share for your father.