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107 Unique Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Dec 23, 2021
By Wedding Spot

Selecting the music for the most important moments of your wedding can be stressful. From the pre-entrance ceremony songs to choosing music for your cocktail hour, crafting the perfect soundtrack can come with a lot of pressure — especially when attempting to pick the “right” music for traditional reception dances. If you’re looking for unique father-daughter dance songs for your wedding, however, look no further.

We’ve gone from genre to genre and selected the most fun, memorable, and unique father-daughter dance songs from every category. Whether you’re looking for a skillful dance number, a sentimental story song, or an upbeat tune to help get the party started, we’ve got you covered.

Discover 107 unique father-daughter dance songs

Songs for father-daughter duos who like to rock

Does your dad like to rock out? Is he a fan of classic, alternative, or even soft rock? If so, consider choosing a rock and roll number for the father-daughter dance at your wedding. Don’t let the drum solos fool you — even hair metal hits can hold deep meaning and express a powerful message. From upbeat and electric anthems to easy-listening vocal ballads, there’s something for every father-daughter duo in the expansive genre of rock.

1. “Here For You” - Neil Young

2. “You Are So Beautiful” - Joe Cocker

3. “My Father’s Eyes” - Eric Clapton

4. “Have I Told You Lately” - Van Morrison

5. “In My Life” - The Beatles

6. “When I See You Smile” - Bad English

7. “Wildflowers” - Tom Petty

8. “Teach Your Children” - Crosby Stills Nash & Young

9. “My Hero” - Foo Fighters

10. “You’re My Best Friend” - Queen

11. “Thank You” - Elton John

12. “Make You Feel My Love” - Bob Dylan

13. “When You Need Me” - Bruce Springsteen

14. “Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)” - Billy Joel

15. “I’ll Stand By You” - The Pretenders

16. “Here Comes The Sun” - The Beatles

17. “Landslide” - Fleetwood Mac

18. “Father And Daughter” - Paul Simon

19. “She’s A Rainbow” - The Rolling Stones

20. “Sweet Child O’Mine” - Guns N’ Roses

Pop, hip hop, and R&B songs for your father-daughter dance

Looking for something peppy and hip for your father-daughter dance? Pop, hip hop, and R&B music have provided us with some of the most fun wedding songs ever, and settling on one of these genres can add a lot of fun to the special moment. Choreograph a dance to modern hip hop, select a song from the Golden Age of Pop, or do a mash-up of different eras like the father-daughter duos below did. The choice is yours!

21. “One Call Away” - Charlie Puth

22. “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” - Owl City

23. “I Love You So Much” - DJ Khaled Ft. Chance The Rapper

24. “Dance Like Your Daddy” - Megan Trainor

25. “Daddy Lessons” - Beyoncé

26. “First Man” - Camila Cabello

27. “Wind Beneath My Wings” - Eddie & Gerald Levert

28. “Home” - Michael Bublé

29. “Daddy” - Beyoncé

30. “You Raise Me Up” - Josh Groban

31. “Stand By Me” - Ben E. King

32. “Right By You (For Luna)” - John Legend

33. “Hero” - Mariah Carey

34. “Lean On Me” - Bill Withers

35. “When My Little Girl Is Smiling” - The Drifters

36. “Your Song” - Ellie Goulding

37. “You’ll Be In My Heart” - Phil Collins

38. “Fathers & Daughters” - Michael Bolton

39. “93 Million Miles” - Jason Mraz

40. “U Can’t Touch This” - MC Hammer

41. “Times Of Your Life” - Paul Anka

42. “Glory” - Jay-Z Ft. Blue Ivy

43. “You Are The Sunshine of My Life” - Stevie Wonder

44. “You’re A Big Girl Now” - The Stylistics

45. “Just The Two Of Us” - Will Smith

46. “All You Need Is Love” - The Beatles

47. “Daddy” - Beyoncé

48. “Color Him Father” - The Winstons

49. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

50. “Dance With My Father” - Luther Vandross

51. “Ballerina Girl” - Lionel Richie

52. “I’ll Be There” - Jackson 5

53. “That’s How Strong My Love Is” - Otis Redding

Country song ideas for a father-daughter wedding dance

Adding a little country music isn’t just an idea for rustic weddings. Country music often centers on the importance of family, and the meaning behind many country songs packs a powerful punch. From classic country legends like Conway Twitty to modern marvels like Taylor Swift, our list of country song ideas for your father-daughter dance spans the ages.

54. “I Hope You Dance” - Lee Ann Womack

55. “Never Grow Up” - Taylor Swift

56. “I Loved Her First” - Heartland

57. “In My Daughter’s Eyes” - Martina McBride

58. “Wide Open Spaces” - The Dixie Chicks

59. “My Little Girl” - Tim McGraw

60. “Butterfly Fly Away” - Miley Cyrus & Billy Ray Cyrus

61. “My Wish” - Rascal Flatts

62. “Half The Man” - Jennifer Smestad

63. “For My Daughter” - Kane Brown

64. “Tough Little Boys” - Gary Allan

65. “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” - Darius Rucker

66. “I’ll Be Your Man (Song for a Daughter)” - Zac Brown Band

67. “Daddy” - Abby Anderson

68. “That’s My Job” - Conway Twitty

69. “Dance With My Daughter” - Jason Blaine

Unique father-daughter dance songs that are “all that jazz”

If you’re part of a father-daughter pair that enjoys a big brass band or an impressive saxophone solo, look to jazz for your spotlight dance. Whether you’re having a band or DJ at your wedding reception, adding a dash of jazz can freshen up any wedding song list.

70. “The Way You Look Tonight” - Frank Sinatra

71. “What A Wonderful World” - Louis Armstrong

72. “Come Fly With Me” - Frank Sinatra

73. “Come Rain Or Shine” - Ray Charles

74. “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” - Ella Fitzgerald Ft. Louis Armstrong

75. “Someone To Watch Over Me” - Ella Fitzgerald

76. “The Best Is Yet To Come” - Michael Bublé

77. “Unforgettable” - Natalie Cole, Nat King Cole

78. “God Bless This Child” - Billie Holiday

79. “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Folk and indie song ideas for a moving father-daughter dance

Are you a fan of more acoustic vibes? Choose a folk or indie number for the father-daughter dance if you’re interested in breaking down the music and showcasing a beautiful melody backed by meaningful lyrics.

80. “The Old Man & His Daughter” - Kaitlin Huwe

81. “Kind & Generous” - Natalie Merchant

82. “Father Daughter Dance” - Craig Cardiff

83. “Promise You’ll Stay” - Joshua Creek

84. “Sweet Pea” - Amos Lee

85. “Daughter” - Loudon Wainwright III

86. “Such Great Heights” - Iron & Wine

87. “My Little Girl” - Jack Johnson

Unique father-daughter dance song ideas for reggae and dancehall fans

Energetic and positive while expressing joy and love, choosing a reggae song for the father-daughter dance can help make this part of your wedding truly memorable. Bring in a live band if you’re looking for wedding entertainment ideas that will really wow your guests.

88. “Three Little Birds” - Bob Marley

89. “Could You Be Loved” - Bob Marley

90. “Over The Rainbow” - Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

91. “There For You” - Beres Hammond

92. “When I See You Smile” - Singing Sweet

93. “Red Red Wine” - UB40

94. “Real Father” - Jahmiel

Instrumental options for your wedding’s father-daughter dance

Some engaged couples opt to make their wedding reception an elegant affair to remember. If you’re looking for a father-daughter dance song with style and grace, consider forgoing the vocals altogether and waltz to a classical piece instead.

95. “Moonlight Sonata” - Beethoven

96. “Air On G String” - Bach

97. “Canon In D” - Pachelbel

98. “Don’t Stop Believing” - The Vitamin String Quartet

Showtunes, soundtracks, and other unique father-daughter dance songs

Last, but certainly not least, our final list holds a collection of songs that don’t fit neatly into another genre box. These are some fantastically unique song options for father-daughter duos that appreciate a bit of theatre. If you have an out-of-the-box style, are hosting a themed wedding, or are looking for a song idea that’s truly one-of-a-kind, consider choosing one of the options below.

99. “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” - Randy Newman

100. “Time Warp” - Rocky Horror Picture Show

101. “The Rainbow Connection” - Kermit the Frog

102. “Standing” - Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Musical

103. “Sunrise, Sunset” - Fiddler on the Roof

104. “Because You Loved Me” - Celine Dion

105. “I’ll Always Be Your Baby” - Natalie Grant

106. “It Had To Be You” - Ray Charles

107. “You Are My Sunshine” - Various artists (Johnny Cash is our favorite!)

Frequently asked questions about the father-daughter dance

How to choose a unique father-daughter dance song?

Choose your father-daughter dance song based on the kind of relationship you share, the tone you’d like to set, and what you’re trying to say with the song. Some brides may choose to dance a classical waltz with their father while others may choose to perform a choreographed dance to a modern hip hop song. Whether you choose a song that’s sentimental and sappy or upbeat and non-emotional, pick a song that captures the spirit of your relationship.

Does every wedding have a father-daughter dance?

There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” standard for weddings. While wedding guests may have certain expectations when attending, engaged couples have more freedom than ever when planning a wedding. There’s no rule dictating that couples must get married in a church, host a cocktail hour, or include the traditional dances at their wedding reception.

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