Thursday, June 18, 2020

The 10 Best Father/Daughter Wedding Dance Song Ideas

One of my favorite parts of a wedding is the father/daughter dance. Just watching a dad and his little girl -- who is not so little but will always be a little girl to him -- oh. my. heart. It just gets me every time. But honestly, no one is really listening to the father/daughter wedding dance song.

I know. I know. You spend so much time picking the right song for every moment of your wedding, but no one is really listening. Everyone just gets swept up in the emotion of the moment.

And if you actually pick the right songs, they bring up those emotions. They make your wedding guests feel that moment. And that's why picking the perfect father/daughter dance song is so important. You don't need anyone to listen; you need everyone to feel.

A few months after our wedding, while at another, my dad asked me what song we even danced to. Even he wasn't listening.

But I promise you, he was in that moment.

So to help you out, I put together a list of the 10 best father/daughter wedding dance song ideas.

I added a YouTube video of each song so you could play it and listen to it, a link to where you can purchase the song (so you can practice dancing and so you can assure your band or DJ has the song), and a lyric from each song that showcases why it's the perfect father/daughter wedding dance song choice.

Except for the song I picked for me and my dad. I couldn't just put a lyric. It's, like, a third of the song. But really, that's not bad. I could have pasted the whole entire darn song there because every lyrics is absolutely perfect.

That's why I picked it. Even if no one was really listening.

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The 10 Best Father/Daughter Dance Song Ideas

The top song is the one we danced to, so of course, that's number one. None of the other songs are actually in order.

Cinderella - Steven Curtis Chapman

Cinderella - Steven Curtis Chapman mp3

Top lyrics for a father daughter dance:

Well, 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 dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?"

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
'Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don't wanna miss even one song
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she'll be gone

I Loved Her First - Heartland

I Loved Her First - Heartland mp3

Top lyrics for a father daughter dance:

From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
And I prayed that she'd find you someday
But it's still hard to give her away
I loved her first

Unforgettable - Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole

Top lyrics for a father daughter dance:

Never before has someone been more
Unforgettable in every way
And forever more, that's how you'll stay

Landslide -- Fleetwood Mac

Top lyrics for a father daughter dance:

Well, I've been 'fraid of changin'
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I'm gettin' older, too

Dance With My Father - Celine Dion

So, Dance With My Father is originally done by Luther Vandross, but the Celine Dion version is so perfect for weddings since it is a woman singing about her father.

Top lyrics for a father daughter dance:

Back when I was a child
Before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high
And dance with my mother and me
And then spin me around 'til I fell asleep

Never Grow Up - Taylor Swift

Top lyrics for a father daughter dance:

Oh darling don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up
Just stay this little

My Wish - Rascal Flatts

Top lyrics for a father daughter dance:

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too

My Girl - The Temptations

Top lyrics for a father daughter dance:

Well I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)

You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker

You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker mp3

Top lyrics for a father daughter dance:

You are so beautiful
To me
Can't you see
You're everything I hoped for

My Little Girl - Tim McGraw

My Little Girl - Tim McGraw mp3

Top lyric for a father daughter dance:

Go on, take on this old world but to me
You know you'll always be my little girl

Other Father/Daughter Dance Songs To Consider:

There are a bunch of other father daughter dance songs out there that are good too, but not considered to be my top ten.

So, to give you a couple more ideas, here are an additional ten songs that are really popular with brides and fathers ... just not ones that are my top ten.

  • Stealing Cinderella by Chuck Wicks
  • Soulshine by The Allman Brothers
  • Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
  • Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
  • Isn't She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
  • God Only Knows by The Beach Boys
  • Daughters by John Meyer
  • You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban
  • How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by James Taylor
  • In My Life by The Beatles

BRIDAL BABBLE: What are you choosing as your father/daughter dance song? Be sure to leave it for us in the comments.

Speaking of your dad ...

Check out our Father Of The Bride & Groom Gift Ideas post.



  1. Beautiful songs..The father-daughter dance is the most special time during the wedding. Your list is prefect to choose the special song to have the perfect dance with your father on the big day.

  2. I'm going with Soulshine by the Warren Haynes / Allman Brothers