14 Songs for an Upbeat Father-Daughter Dance

It doesn't have to be slow and sappy to be meaningful.

upbeat songs for father-daughter dance
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Finding the right song for a father-daughter dance can be difficult. Ideally, you want something that both you and your father enjoy, but it also has to be appropriate. With so many tunes written about romance, a lot of potential options might be unintentionally creepy. Even songs specifically written about parental relationships – of which there are not a lot – can come across as overly possessive. Those that do express the right sentiment can make both the bride and her father very emotional during the dance. This is obviously fine for a lot of people, but others might prefer a more upbeat song to keep their spirits up and emotions in check. Check out our suggestions below!

“Isn’t She Lovely” - Stevie Wonder

“Forever Young” - Rod Stewart

“Daddy Lessons” - Beyoncé

“Brown-Eyed Girl” - Van Morrison

“Let’s Go Crazy” - Prince

“Here Comes the Sun” - The Beatles

“Sweet Child O’ Mine" - Sheryl Crow (or the original Guns N' Roses version)

“American Girl” - Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” - Michael Bublé

“Dance Like Yo Daddy” - Meghan Trainor

“Father and Daughter” - Paul Simon

“She’s a Rainbow” - The Rolling Stones

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” - Cyndi Lauper

“Cecilia and the Satellite” - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Listen to instrumental versions of pop songs for your ceremony and discover a playlist to use for your engagement party

Authored by: Emily Lasnier