Father-Daughter Dance Songs

One of the most tender and touching moments of a wedding reception is the classic Father-Daughter dance. Although it has become a staple of modern day wedding receptions, the old tradition once started as having a much more significant meaning than it holds now. The dance symbolizes a father’s last moments of being the only man in his daughter’s life, and as he passes her over to the groom. The tradition would typically begin with the father and daughter taking the floor at the beginning of the song, and end with the groom whisking his bride away into their first dance alone together.

Nowadays, the Father Daughter dance has evolved into a fun, yet often tearful, way for daughters to have their last few moments as “daddy’s little girl.” However, the moment means something different to every family. Some may choreograph a big number and practice for months; others may just step into it, right foot, left foot, and repeat: simple! Some brides choose a song that the guests will recognize, but many choose songs that hold special significance between her and her father. Regardless, those three or so minutes should be something you and your family can cherish forever. To help you pick out the perfect song for you and your father, here is a list of some excellent Father-Daughter dance songs to choose from.

1. “Daughters” by John Mayer

Most memorable lyric: “On behalf of every man, Looking out for every girl, You are the God and the weight of her world. So fathers, be good to your daughters, daughters will love like you do.”

2. “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw

Most memorable lyric: “Someday, some boy will come and ask me for your hand. But I won’t say “yes” to him unless I know, He’s the half that makes you whole, he has a poet’s soul, And the heart of a man’s man.”

3. “My Girl” by the Temptations

Most memorable lyric: “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day, when it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May …”

4. “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon

Most memorable lyric: “As long as one and one is two, there could never be a father, who loved his daughter more than I love you.”

5. “If I Could” by Ray Charles

Most memorable lyric: “If I could, I would try to shield your innocence from time. But the part of life I gave you isn’t mine. I’ve watched you grow, so I could let you go.”

6. “It’s For My Dad” by Nancy Sinatra

Most memorable lyric: “He was always a rock when I needed one, he gave me good advice when I needed some. I want you to know that when it’s said and done, he’s one of the best friends I ever had. This song’s not for you folks, it’s for my dad.”

7. “I Loved Her First” by Heartland

Most memorable lyric: “From the first breath she breathed, when she first smiled at me, I knew the love of a father runs deep. And I prayed she’d find you someday, but it’s still hard to give her away. I loved her first.”

8. “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart

Most memorable lyric: “Have I told you lately that I love you? Have I told you there’s no one else above you? Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness. Ease my troubles that’s what you do.”

9. “When You Need Me” by Bruce Springsteen

Most memorable lyric: “I’ll be there to guide you when trouble walks beside you. If you need me I’ll be there. And when this dirty world has been cold to you, I got two strong arms waitin’ to hold you. and when those mean days come along. We’ll stand together and we’ll take ’em on, so if you need me just call my name.”

10. “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder

Most memorable lyric: “Isn’t she lovely, isn’t she wonderful, isn’t she precious, from less than one minute old.”

If you are lucky enough to have a healthy father in your life to partake in a Father-Daughter dance, make the most of it! While there are a number of aspects of the wedding you may be worrying about first, this will be the most important part to him. Whether he is bopping to Stevie Wonder or fighting back tears during Heartland, spinning his little girl around on her special day will be a moment both he and you will treasure for years to come.

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We hope you enjoyed this informative list put together by our intern, Elizabeth Corbett.

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