Yes, the groom and bride may take center stage during the entirety of their wedding. But the moment the bride honors her father, traditionally with a dance, is an event highlight that often brings a spark of emotion to everyone in attendance.
Since you’re going to remember the father-daughter dance for the rest of your life, it’s probably best to give it an excellent soundtrack.
If you don’t know where to start, we’ve compiled a list of father daughter wedding songs you can choose from. First, pick a category that matches the theme of your big day. Then look at the suggested tracks to see if there’s anything you like.
Most titles falling into this category represent a father’s hopes and dreams, shared with his daughter through a slow song. Below are a few classic examples:
Here’s a phenomenal song deserving of the spot on many wedding playlists, even if the singer’s implying he’s received more than what he actually deserves: the love of his daughter and the wonders of fatherhood.
Oh, with all that I’ve done wrong
I must have done something right
To deserve a hug every morning
And butterfly kisses at night
In one concert after losing one of his girls, Chapman changed the last line to “the dance will go on”. So, while the back story may be a tearjerker, the lyrics can be reassuring for daughters. Dad will still be around when you need him after the wedding day.
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone
You can go for any of the available renditions of this timeless masterpiece, and it will still make for a beautiful slow-dance moment.
We’re after the same rainbow’s end
Waitin’ ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend
Moon river and me
There are tunes people loved when they were little, and this could be it for you. So why not dance to it on your big day as you reminisce the good old days with dad?
Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you
Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you
But in your dreams whatever they be
Dream a little dream of me
These father daughter dance songs aren’t too complicated to choreograph – something your dad might appreciate:
A joyful song, with an upbeat tune that will be sure to get the crowd joining in the fun.
Isn’t she lovely
Life and love are the same
Here’s something short, light and sweet for you and your dad. It’s a catchy rhythm, so don’t be surprised if it hooks everyone in the entire venue and makes them want to dance with you.
Keeper of my soul
I know sometimes I’m out of control
You’re the only reason I keep on coming
You’re the only reason I keep on coming, yeah
You’re the only reason I keep on coming home
No matter how old children get, parents may always see them as their babies. This anthem perfectly captures that sentiment.
And when you fin’lly fly away, I’ll be hoping that I served you well
For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell
But whatever road you choose, I’m right behind you win or lose
Here’s a song both father and daughter can enjoy – one of Petty’s most honest and purest, too
Far away from your trouble and worries
You belong somewhere you feel free
For the father and daughter who share a love of country music, here are some songs to play during the dance:
The country superstar penned the lyrics with hit songwriter Tom Douglas, which was said to be the first time he had a hand at writing. McGraw’s open letter to his little girl – or girls, he has three – is the ideal sendoff song from dad on his daughter’s wedding day.
Go on, take on this whole world
But to me you know you’ll always be
My little girl
While this was originally dedicated by a father to his teenage daughter, the message also applies to a woman who’s found out or is just about to find out how crazy the world is.
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
This is one of those father daughter wedding songs that speak directly to the groom and yet manage to relay the love and tenderness the father has for the bride at the same time. You might want to pass the Kleenex while this one plays, as emotions can soar with the violin toward the end.
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
Children usually pay tribute to their parents at their weddings. But who says a father can’t celebrate his daughter and how she has inspired him to become better in this life? McBride’s song says you can.
I realize what life is all about
It’s hanging on when your heart is had enough
It’s giving more when you feel like giving up
I’ve seen the light
It’s in my daughter’s eyes
Last but not least, here are some modern father daughter wedding songs to choose from for a more contemporary vibe:
This soulful melody expresses love and gratitude. But at the same time, it’s a touching tribute to a father who has done so much for his child despite being imperfect.
My unborn son
To be like my daddy
I want my husband to be like my daddy
There is no one else like my daddy
And I thank you (thank you)
For lovin’ me (daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy)
This modern tune contains a beautiful message from a daughter to a dad who has loved her unconditionally.
You’re looking at me, while walking down the aisle
With tears in your eyes, maybe he deserves me
You don’t even know how much it means to me now
That you were the first man that really loved me, that really loved me
You really love me
Swift wrote this for her mom. But if you have a dad who you’ve spent your best days with, you might as well play this for him on this remarkable occasion.
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
McMahon was open about this being a love letter to his then-unborn daughter. This song bares the emotions of a first-time father. But it can also be a timely reminder that some things remain true even after so many years.
For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you
If I could fly, then I would know
What life looks like from up above and down below
I’d keep you safe, I’d keep you dry
Don’t be afraid, Cecilia, I’m the satellite
And you’re the sky
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