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Classic & Unique Father-Daughter Dance Song Ideas

Danny Chaimson of Gold Coast Events shares tried-and-true favorites, as well as some gems you may not have heard yet!

Whether you're looking for a timeless father-daughter dance song that's been selected by hundreds of brides – for good reason! – or you want a tune that's a bit more unique, this playlist has you covered.

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Happy Father's Day! If you have a good relationship with your father, chances are, you'll be taking part in the tradition of a father-daughter dance at your wedding reception. It's always a touching moment that we love to witness in person, as well as in wedding videos and, of course, in wedding photos featured in our real weddings.

While you and your dad may already have a song in mind that you've wanted to dance to since before you even started planning a wedding, many brides and their fathers may have no idea where to start. For those pairs, we asked Danny Chaimson, founder of premier entertainment company Gold Coast Events, to share some of his favorite father-daughter dance songs. With five all-star bands – including The Gold Coast All Stars, The Chicago Players, The Lakeshore Encores, Rush Street Rhythm in Chicago, as well as The Golden Coast All Stars in Los Angeles – Danny is an expert in the industry, so we're sure you'll love at least one of these tunes for your dance with your dad!

"There are a bunch that are used a lot, but they're used a lot because they actually are good," Danny smiles – like "My Girl" by Temptations, for example. "[I put] some good, yet not well-known, ones in too... there are some gems," he shares of the father-daughter dance song playlist. Read on to see Danny's picks!

Father-Daughter Dance with Lakeshore Encores Band
Photo by Brittany Bekas Photography; Entertainment by Lakeshore Encores for Gold Coast Events

Take a look at the father-daughter dance songs for your wedding below & click to add them to your own wedding playlist!

"Daughter" by Loudon Wainwright III

"Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison

"Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon 

"Forever Young" by Bob Dylan

"In My Life" by The Beatles

"Vienna" by Billy Joel

"God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys

Father-Daughter Dance with The Gold Coast All Stars
Photo by Tim Tab Studios; Entertainment by The Gold Coast All Stars for Gold Coast Events

"Tiny Dancer" by Elton John 

"Wildflowers" by Tom Petty

"Teach Your Children" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

"Stand By Me" by John Lennon

"You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" by Stevie Wonder

"My Girl" by The Temptations

"Love Story" by Taylor Swift

"Ooh La La" by Faces 

"Sweet Virginia" by The Rolling Stones

"All Your Favorite Bands" by Dawes