30 Father-Daughter Dance Song Ideas from Real Brides

Gather inspiration from these 30 songs from real weddings.

As soon as many brides begin planning their weddings, they have an immediate idea of what song they'd like to use for their father-daughter dance. Perhaps its a tune that they listened to throughout childhood with their dad, or maybe it's a recent favorite that they both loved when they went to a concert together. Other brides may have no idea where to start. To provide inspiration for these women, we gathered the father-daughter dance tunes selected by the brides who were featured in some of the latest issues of Inside Weddings

There are a few main categories of music that our past brides have selected for their father-daughter dance songs. Many chose childhood favorites – such as popular tunes from Disney films such as Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, and The Lion King – while others selected timeless classics by Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and The Temptations. Other brides swayed to country ballads like “I Loved Her First” by Heartland and a number of tunes by Tim McGraw – one couple even had a live performance of "My Little Girl" by the country star.

For more ideas, take a listen to the father-daughter dance songs chosen by the couples featured in the latest issues of Inside Weddings, below. To see these celebrations, subscribe to Inside Weddings and gain access to past issues via Issuu.

Bride in Oleg Cassini wedding dress dancing with father during father daughter dance
Photo by Ahava Studios; Bridal Gown by Oleg Cassini

1. “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon

2. “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw

3. “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle

4. “In My Life” by The Beatles

5. “My Special Angel” by Bobby Vinton

6. “I Loved Her First” by Heartland

7. “Daddy’s Angel” by T Carter Music

8. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

9. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole

10. “You’re Gonna Miss This” by Trace Adkins

11. “Daddy Dance with Me” by Krystal Keith

12. “Gracie” by Ben Folds

13. “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong

14. “The Way You Do the Things You Do” by The Temptations

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

16. “Take Good Care of My Baby” by Bobby Vee

17. “I Wanna Be Like You” from the The Jungle Book

18. “Rock Away” by Beres Hammond

19. “My Girl” by The Temptations

20. “Ain’t That Love” by Ray Charles

21. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

22. “Ballerina Girl” by Lionel Richie

23. “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel

24. “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” by Bryan Adams

25. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

26. “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra

27. “Cheek to Cheek” by Ella Fitzgerald

28. “Growing Up” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ed Sheeran)

39. “Circle of Life” by Elton John

30. “Once Upon a Dream” from Sleeping Beauty 

For more wedding song ideas, discover the most popular first dance songs from last year, see our predictions for the tunes that will be used at weddings this year, and be inspired by the ceremony processional music selected by real brides.

Authored by: Kelcy Christy