9 Father-Daughter Dance Songs from Movies

In honor of Father's Day, discover some more options for your dance with dad.

Selecting a song for your father-daughter dance can be tough. Often, a bride will choose to let her dad make the decision, but many times he won’t have a strong preference. If music isn’t his thing, perhaps he can draw inspiration from a film.

We’ve gathered together nine songs used in popular motion pictures that would work perfectly for a father-daughter dance. One way to add more sentiment is by picking a tune from a movie you and your dad enjoyed together, which is why many of the below are from children’s films. However, the most important thing to note with any choice is that it invokes the familial love between you and your father. 

"You've Got a Friend in Me" - Randy Newman, from Toy Story
Perfect for especially close relationships between father and daughter, this song shows you can always count on your best friend – your dad.  

"My Girl" - The Temptations, from Father of the Bride
This tune may seem like a cliché, but it's a classic for a reason. Not to mention the scene it’s used in showcases the touching bond between a father and daughter. 

"Learn Me Right" - Birdy and Mumford & Sons from Brave
The film may be more about a girl’s relationship with her mother, but the sentiment of the song still applies. Plus Merida’s father was always very supportive of her. 

"Prettiest Girls" - Pharrell from Despicable Me 
Perhaps most apt for a father with multiple daughters, this number shows how Gru changes for the better following the adoption of his girls.

"Somewhere Out There" - Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram from An American Tail
In the movie, this song represents the feelings of a separated brother and sister, but it can work for any family member – especially if you’re moving far away after the wedding. 

"Circle of Life" - Elton John from The Lion King
The version used in the Disney classic may seem like too much of a novelty, but the rendition by Elton John strikes the right tone.

"Sunrise, Sunset" - Cast Recording from Fiddler on the Roof
Particularly fitting for Jewish weddings, this melody about watching your children grow up is relatable for parents of any faith. 

"Remember Me This Way" - Jordan Hill from Casper
As much of a father-daughter movie as a ghost movie, Casper has more resonance for single dads

"You'll Be In My Heart" - Phil Collins from Tarzan 
The song may be meant from the perspective of Tarzan’s mom, but with the vocals of Phil Collins, it’s still a lovely choice for a father to sway to with his daughter.

If you love the idea of using songs from movies in your wedding, see our suggestions for your first dance. Discover popular tunes for father-daughter dances used in real weddings here

Authored by: Emily Lasnier