The “father daughter” dance is a traditional part of the wedding ceremony in certain cultures, during which the father of the bride dances with her and they share a dance during her special day. Along with the mother son dance songs, this is one of the most emotional part of a wedding.
This list is composed of the Best Songs for Father Daughter Dance that you’ll find anywhere. The love between a father and his daughter is deep and powerful, so it’s no wonder that these songs speak volumes about the bond between them while being both captivating and fun to listen to.
Lean on me/When you’re not strong/And I’ll be your friend/I’ll help you carry on…For it won’t be long/Till I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.
You tucked me in, turned out the lights/Kept me safe and sound at night/Little girls depend on things like that/Brushed my teeth and combed my hair had to drive me everywhere/You were always there when I looked back.
You’ll be in my heart / No matter what they say / You’ll be here in my heart / Always
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens,/ Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,/And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
Nobody’s gonna kill your dreams / Or tell you how to live your life / There’ll always be people to make it hard for a while / But you’ll change their heads when they see you smile.
But you brighten up for me all of my days / With a love so sweet in so many ways / I wanna stop and thank you, baby / I just wanna stop and thank you baby, oh yes.
I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day / When it’s cold outside / I’ve got the month of May / I guess you’d say /What can make me feel this way
Somewhere over the rainbow / Bluebirds fly / And the dreams that you dream of / Dreams really do come true-ooh-ooh.
I see skies so blue and clouds so white. / The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night. / And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.
I was enough for her not long ago / I was her number one, she told me so / And she still means the world to me, just so you know / So be careful when you hold my girl / Time changes everything, life must go on /And I’m not gonna stand in your way.
There goes my life / There goes my future, my everything / I love you Daddy, good night / There goes my life
If I could get another chance / Another walk, another dance with him / I’d play a song that would never ever end /How I’d love, love, love to dance with my father again.
I still remember you as a child / Holding you in my arms / The way you looked up to me / I thought that I’d always be / I’d be there beside you / For always, in all ways.
“Because you loved me I overcome, yeah / And I’m so proud of what you’ve become, yeah / You’ve given me such security / No matter what mistakes I make you’re there for me / You cure my disappointments and you heal my pain / You understood my biz and you protected me / I treasure every irreplaceable memory and that’s why.”
Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’ / ‘Cause I’ve built my life around you / But time makes you bolder / Even children get older / And I’m getting older too / Oh! I’m getting older too.
She’s got a smile that it seems to me / Reminds me of childhood memories / Where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky / Now and then when I see her face / She takes me away to that special place / And if I stare too long, I’d probably break down and cry.
May the good Lord be with you / Down every road you roam / And may sunshine and happiness / Surround you when you’re far from home / And may you grow to be proud, dignified and true / And do unto others as you’d have done to you.
I will walk with you / Every step of the way / Love you all my life / Love you everyday / No matter where you wander / No matter what you do / Come what may I will walk with you.
Gonna dance with my daughter / Spin her around under the lights / ‘Cause I’m just a father / Making the most of this moment in time / Before she lets me go, I’ll hold her close / Caught in this race against time / Right now all I want is to dance with my daughter tonight.
“I’ll be there to save the day / Superman got nothing on me / I’m only one call away / Come along with me and don’t be scared.”
Hey, sweet peaApple of my eye / Don’t know when, and I don’t know why / But you’re the only reason I keep on coming home / You’re the reason, yes, you’re the reason / Hey
That’s why, darling, it’s incredible / That someone so unforgettable / Thinks that I am / Unforgettable too.
Gone are the days when he could take me on his knee / And with a smile he’d change my tears to laughter /Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so wonderful / Deep in my heart I love him so today / Oh, my pa-pa / Oh, my pa-pa!
I feel like this is the beginning / Though I’ve loved you for a million years / And if I thought our love was ending / I’d find myself drowning in my own tears
When your summer days come tumbling down / And you find yourself alone / Then you can come back and be with me / Just close your eyes and I’ll be there / Listen to the soundOf this old heart beating for you / Yes I’d miss you / But I never want to hold you down / You might say I’m here for you.
Because we made you, my darling / With the love in each of our hearts / We were a family, my darling / Right from the start
For all those times you stood by me / For all the truth that you made me see / For all the joy you brought to my life / For all the wrong that you made right / For every dream you made come true / For all the love I found in you / I’ll be forever thankful baby / You’re the one who held me up / Never let me fall / You’re the one who saw me through through it all.
I’ll always be your baby / No matter how the years fly by / The way you loved me / Made me who I am in this world / I’m a woman now / Not a little girl / Wherever this life takes me / I’ll always be your baby
I remember I thought you looked like an angel / Wrapped in pink, so soft and warm / You’ve had me wrapped around your finger / Since the day you were born.
You are so beautiful / To me / Can’t you see / You’re everything I hoped for / You’re everything I need / You are so beautiful / To me.
I have an excellent father / His strength is making me stronger / God smiles on my little brother / Inside and out he’s better than I am / I grew up in a pretty house / And I had space to run and I / had the best days with you.
It’s a little bit funny / This feeling inside / I’m not one of those who can easily hide / I don’t have much money, but boy if I did / I’d buy a big house where we both could live.
And then a hero comes along / With the strength to carry on / And you cast your fears aside / And you know you can survive / So when you feel like hope is gone / Look inside you and be strong / And you’ll finally see the truth / That a hero lies in you.
If you ever find yourself stuck in the middle of the sea / I’ll sail the world to find you / If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can’t see / I’ll be the light to guide you.
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains / You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas / I am strong, when I am on your shoulders / You raise me up to more than I can be.
I remember daddy’s hands folded silently in prayer / And reachin’ out to hold me, when I had a nightmare / You could read quite a story in the callous’ and lines / Years of work and worry had left their mark behind.
You must’ve seen her / Dancing in the sand / And now she’s in me / Always with me / Tiny dancer in my hand.
There’s two things I know for sure: / She was sent here from heaven and she’s daddy’s little girl. / As I drop to my knees by her bed at night / She talks to Jesus and I close my eyes / And I thank god for all of the joy in my life / Oh, but most of all / For butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer.
Looks like she’s all ready to leave / Nothing left to pack / Ain’t no room for me in that car / Even if she asked me to tag along / God, I gotta be strong.
If the sky that we look upon / Should tumble and fall / All the mountains should crumble to the seaI won’t cry, I won’t cry / No, I won’t shed a tear / Just as long as you stand, stand by me.
When the rain is blowing in your face / And the whole world is on your case / I could offer you a warm embrace / To make you feel my love.
Many a tear has to fall but it’s all in the game / All in the wonderful game that we know as love / You have words with him and your future’s looking dim / But these things your hearts can rise above.
I wanna say goodbye / It doesn’t feel right / Read my my Lullaby / One last time.
It wont be like this for long / One day soon we’ll look back laughin’ / At the week we brought her home / This phase is gonna fly by / So baby just hold on / It wont be like this for long.
She comes in colours everywhere / She combs her hair / She’s like a rainbow / Coming, colours in the air / Oh, everywhere / She comes in colours.
Isn’t she pretty? Truly the angel’s best / Boy, I’m so happy / We have been heaven blessed / I can’t believe what God has done / Through us He’s given life to one / But isn’t she lovely made from love?
I raise my glass / On a Saturday night / I thank the Lord above / On my Sunday drive / For Daddy’s hands / And Mama’s dreams / He gave me roots / She gave me wings.
I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow / And each road leads you where you want to go / And if you’re faced with a choice, and you have to choose / I hope you choose the one that means the most to you / And if one door opens to another door closed / I hope you keep on walkin’ ’till you find the window / If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile.
Fathers be good to your daughters / Daughters will love like you do / Girls become lovers who turn into mothers / So mothers be good to your daughters too…
I say, “Daddy loves you, baby” one more time / She says, “I know. I think I’ve got a bite” / And all this laughin’, cryin, smilin’ dyin’ here inside’s / Is what I call, livin’.
I remember the days / Of just keeping time / Of hanging around in sleepy towns, forever / Back roads empty for milesWell you can’t have a dream / And cut it to fit / But when I saw you, I knew / We go together, like a wink and a smile.
Many times I’ve been alone / And many times I’ve cried / Anyway, you’ll never know / The many ways I’ve tried
I’m gonna watch you shine / Gonna watch you grow / Gonna paint a sign / So you always know / As long as one and one is two / Ooh ooh / There could never be a father / Love his daughter more than I love you
I may not be every mother’s dream for her little girl / And my face may not grace the mind of everyone in the world / But that’s all right, as long as I can have one wish I pray / When people look inside my life, I want to hear them say
So I will dance with Cinderella / While she is here in my arms / ‘Cause I know something the prince never knew / Oh, I will dance with Cinderella / I don’t wanna miss even one song / ‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight / And she’ll be gone
The laughter and the tears / The shadows of misty yesteryears / The good times and the bad you’ve seen / And all the others in between / Remember, do you remember / The times of your life? (do you remember?).
But of all these friends and lovers / There is no one compares with you / And these memories lose their meaning / When I think of love as something new.
It was no accident me finding you / Someone had a hand in it / Long before we ever knew / Now I just can’t believe you’re in my life / Heaven’s smilin’ down on me / As I look at you tonight.
Did you ever know that you’re my hero / And everything I would like to be? / I can fly higher than an eagle / For you are the wind beneath my wings
When I wake up in the morning, love / And the sunlight hurts my eyes / And something without warning, love / Bears heavy on my mind
Now, baby when you sigh (when you sigh) / I want to sigh with you / When you cry (when you cry) / I want to cry some, too / Now, ain’t that love? (ain’t that love?) / Oh, ain’t that love that I feel (that I feel) / In my heart for you
“When you cry, be sure to dry your eyes, / Cause better days are sure to come. / And when you smile, be sure to smile wide, / And don’t let them know that they have won. / And when you walk, walk with pride, / And don’t show the hurt inside, / Because the pain sill soon be gone.”
“May you build a ladder to the stars / And climb on every rung / May you stay forever young.”
Come fly with me, let’s float down to Peru / In llama-land there’s a one-man band / And he’ll toot his flute for you / Come fly with me, let’s take off in the blue
When the rain is blowing in your face / And the whole world is on your case / I could offer you a warm embrace / To make you feel my love
Oh, you’re the best friend that I ever had / I’ve been with you such a long time / You’re my sunshine and I want you to know / That my feelings are true / I really love you / Oh, you’re my best friend
You just call out my name / And you know, wherever I am / I’ll come runnin’ / To see you again / Winter, spring, summer or fall / All you have to do is call / And I’ll be there / You’ve got a friend
Those school girl days of telling tales and biting nails are gone, / But in my mind I know they will still live on and on, / But how do you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume. / It isn’t easy but I’ll try, / If you wanted the sky I’d write across the sky in letters.
Each time I see a little girl / Of five or six or seven / I can’t resist a joyous urge / To smile and say / Thank heaven for little girls / For little girls get / Bigger every day / Thank heaven for little girls / They grow up in / The most delightful way.
Ahh, the first, my last, my everything / And the answer to all my dreams / You’re my sun, my moon, my guiding star / My kind of wonderful, that’s what you are
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter / Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here / Here comes the sun do, do, do / Here comes the sun / And I say it’s all right
When I’m lost, in the rain, in your eyes / I know I’ll find the light to light my way. / When I’m scared, losing ground, when my world is going crazy,You can turn it all around yes / And when I’m down you’re there pushing me to the top.You’re always there givin’ me all you’ve got.
Lovely, never, never change / Keep that breathless charm / Won’t you please arrange it? / ‘Cause I love you / A-just the way you look tonight
She is my baby / I love her so / But it’s too late now / I’ve let her go
If you miss me, I’ll be there / To brush the sunlight from your hair / I’ll be there to guide you when trouble walks beside you / If you need me I’ll be there
Michelle, ma belle / These are words that go together well / My Michelle / Michelle, ma belle / Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
They say we’re young and we don’t knowWe won’t find out until we grow / Well I don’t know if all that’s true / Cause you got me, and baby I got you
Why do stars fall down from the sky / Every time you walk by? / Just like me, they long to be / Close to you
Nothing’s gonna harm you, not while I’m around / Nothing’s gonna harm you, no sir, not while I’m around / Demons are prowling everywhere nowadays / I’ll send ’em howling, I don’t care, I’ve got ways
She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes / And I knew, without askin’, she was into the blues / She wore scarlet begonias tucked into her curls / I knew right away she was not like other girls, other girls
You belong among the wildflowers / You belong in a boat out at sea / Sail away, kill off the hours / You belong somewhere you feel free
It was just another night with the sunset and / The moon rise not so far behind / To give us just enough light / To lay down underneath the stars listening to / Papa’s translations of the stories across the sky, we drew our own constellations
Used to wrap my hands around his little finger / Turns out he was wrapped around mine / He said, “You can be anything you want to in this great big world” / But I’m always gonna be daddy’s little girl
You can’t fool me, I saw you when you came out / You got your momma’s taste but you got my mouth / And you will always have a part of me / Nobody else is ever going to see / Gracie girl
Every step that we take / Brings back the memories / Winter snows and horse shows / Dancing on the beach / I can’t help thinking that I’m the lucky one / You’re still my baby daughter / And now I’ve gained a son
When my little girl is smiling / There’s nothing more I can say. / I see those big bright eyes / And then I realize / That girl is gonna get her way
You’ve been so kind and generous / I don’t know how you keep on giving / For your kindness I’m in debt to you / And I never could have come this far without you
There’s a man who always stood right by me / Tall and proud and good when times were bad / To much heart, is the only fault that I see / This song’s not for you folks / It’s for my dad
I found a way to be everything / I’ve dreamed of / And I know it’s in me / That I will become / Who I want to be / And I finally found it and I’m taking the long way out / ‘Cause it’s going to be, something special to me / Something special to me
Everything she sees / She says she wants / Everything she wants / I see she gets / That’s my daughter in the water / Everything she owns, I bought her / Everything she owns
“My, how you’ve grown.” / I remember that phrase from my childhood days too. / “Just wait and see.”
Anything you want, you got it / Anything you need, you got it / Anything at all, you got it, baby
I may not always love you / But long as there are stars above you / You never need to doubt it / I’ll make you so sure about it / God only knows what I’d be without you
I’ll be there to comfort you / Build my world of dreams around you / I’m so glad that I found you / I’ll be there with a love that’s strong / I’ll be your strength / I’ll keep holding on
If I was the sun way up there / I’d go with love most everywhere / I’ll be the moon when the sun goes down / Just to let you know that I’m still around
If the sun refused to shine / I would still be loving you / If mountains crumble to the sea / There will still be you and me
I can’t remember when you weren’t there / When I didn’t care for anyone but you / I swear we’ve been through everything there is / Can’t imagine anything we’ve missed / Can’t imagine anything the two of us can’t do
When I think back on these times, / And the dreams we left behind, / I’ll be glad cause I was blessed to get, / To have you in my life
“Fathers be good to your daughters / Daughters will love like you do / Girls become lovers who turn into mothers / So mothers be good to your daughters too…”
You’re as bright as the sunshine, morning’s first light / You warm my day and brighten my night / You’re sugar, you’re spice, you’re everything nice / And you’re daddy’s little girl
Thank You for everything / Thank You for loving me / It don’t even matter what tomorrow brings / Well, I will sing my / Thank You for sun and rain / For what You give and take away / For all Your goodness, I will always say / Thank You, oh I say thank You.
If you were raised by your stepdad, you will need to make a decision wether to dance with your stepdad or/and your biological father. We asked a few brides and here are a few options: you could pick two songs from the list below and dance with both your stepdad and your biological father. If your relationship with your biological father is not great, you might want to dance only with your stepdad.
It is very difficult to pick only one father daughter dance song as the but we did a survey among wedding pros and the winners by genre are
“Just Fishin'” by Trace Adkins
“Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
“Daddy” by Beyoncé
“Stand by Me” by BB King.
“She’s a Rainbow” by The Rolling Stones
“What a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong
Father daughter dance songs are a symbol for a strong relationship between a father and daughter. The songs are meant to be a celebration of the love and respect that a father holds toward his daughter. The songs are meant to remind the bride and groom (and their guests) of the influence the bride’s father has had on her life.
Many wonder whether the father daughter dance comes first or the mother son dance. Most weddings today will follow the traditional rule of having the first dance first, followed by the father daughter dance then the mother son dance.
According to experts, Landslide is one of the top 100 songs you can pick for your daddy daughter dance.
Absolutely NOT! One of the best things about the father daughter dance is that it gives dads the chance to get a little silly with their daughters. While it’s common for these dances to be overly serious, you can really lighten the mood with some fun matching outfits, props, or entertainment.
Nowadays every wedding is unique and has its own style and you don’t have to have a dance if you don’t want it. There are a lot of way to express your love for your father. You can have a father daughter speech, read a poem dedicated to your dad or have a dance where your parents and siblings dance together as a group.
Another great idea is to organize a flash mob dance instead and you are limited only by your imagination.
It is not uncommon for the bride to dance with her mom. Other ideas include gifts, poems, a short movie featuring mom and so much more.
The father-daughter dance is one of the most emotional moments of a wedding reception and leaves to the couple a lifetime memory. There have been numerous songs sung about a father’s love for his daughter. Songs like the ones we mentioned above serve as favorite songs for the father-daughter dance. Although there are endless numbers of songs considered appropriate for your wedding day, we prepared this list to those that are the most popular and interesting.