Father-Daughter Dance Song Ideas Chosen by Real Brides

Be inspired by these popular and unique tunes for your father-daughter dance.

While some brides have always envisioned dancing with their father to a special song that they've loved since childhood, others may be at a complete loss for which tune to choose. Just as father-daughter relationships vary, so too do the preferences of both the father of the bride and his daughter. To offer some assistance, we've gathered all of the father-daughter dance songs chosen by the brides featured in the 2018 and 2019 issues of Inside Weddings. 

More than one father-daughter pair selected classics like “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra“Isn’t She Lovely?” by Stevie Wonder“My Girl” by The Temptations, and “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. Others chose to go with touching country tunes, such as “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw“I Loved Her First” by Heartland, and “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack“Daughters” by John Mayer was also a popular choice for our 2018 couples, as was “In My Life” by The Beatles and the father-daughter duet “Unforgettable” by Nat "King" Cole & Natalie Cole

Whether you choose to go with one of these tried-and-true melodies or select a song that's meaningful to both you and your dad, we've gathered a number of father-daughter dance song ideas to help you decide.

Emotional father daughter dance at real wedding
Photo by Jennefer Wilson Photography; Floral Design by Bella Flora of Dallas

Take a look at 45 father-daughter dance songs chosen by real couples, below, and click the titles to listen to each tune:

“Unforgettable” by Nat "King" ColeNatalie Cole

“Daddy Dance with Me” by Krystal Keith

“In My Life” by The Beatles

“I Loved Her First” by Heartland

“Daughters” by John Mayer

“Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw

“It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones

“My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw

“You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” by Barry White

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

“A Ma Fille” by Charles Aznavour

“Isn’t She Lovely?” by Stevie Wonder

“Forever Young” by Joan Baez

“My Girl” by The Temptations

“Michelle” by The Beatles

“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion

“Heart of Gold” by Neil Young

“Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle

“Love of My Life” by Carly Simon

“Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

“Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon

“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers

“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King

“I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack

“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

“Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison

“You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder

“Cheek to Cheek” by Ella FitzgeraldLouis Armstrong

“I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders

"Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman

"You've Got a Friend" by James Taylor

"Dance with My Daughter" by Jason Blaine

"Never Alone" by Jim Brickman feat. Lady Antebellum

"You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban

"Daddy" by Beyoncé

"Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison

"Moon River" by Andy Williams

"Fly Me to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra

"Yellow" by Coldplay

"L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole

"Have It All" by Jason Mraz

"I Love You Always Forever" by Donna Lewis

"Your Song" by Elton John

"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher" by Jackie Wilson

"September" by Earth, Wind & Fire

For more ideas, discover first dance song ideas from real weddings, discover instrumental versions of pop songs perfect for the ceremony, and gather ideas for an upbeat father-daughter dance song.

Authored by: Kelcy Christy