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.
"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.
"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.
"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.