Best 25 Sentimental Father Daughter Songs Perfect For Your Big Day

Father Daughter Songs

What is the father daughter dance?

The father-daughter dance is one of the most emotional moments of any wedding reception when daddy dances with his girl about to embark on the adventure of her life.

On a regular basis we are being asked the following questions:

What is a good song to dedicate to your father? Is Daughters by John Mayer a good father-daughter dance song? Does the father daughter dance come first? Who picks the mom and son wedding song?

Find the answer to that question and more in this article.

We asked DJs and wedding planners for their father daughter dance songs recommendations. They’ll help you pick a title that will make your dance unforgettable. Take a moment to relax, as this fabulous playlist includes everything from R&B classics to freshly-released music.


1 “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole has some of the sweetest lyrics around to describe a father’s love for his daughter. It’s been covered by artists, but this cover by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole might be the most memorable song on your wedding day.

Favorite Lyrics:

Somewhere over the rainbow / Bluebirds fly / And the dreams that you dream of / Dreams really do come true-ooh-ooh.


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2 “Daughters” by John Mayer

“Daughters” by John Mayer makes for a romantic pick and who doesn’t love romance on her big day? This beautiful slow song is soft and sweet, yet easy enough for a father to dance with his daughter without doing the complex footwork. It’s probably the most adorable song ever written about a father-daughter dance.

Favorite Lyrics:

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…


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

“You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder is more upbeat than our previous choices. This splendid R&B dance tune will put some sass in your dance.

Favorite Lyrics:

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.


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4 “Make you Feel My Love” by Adele

“Make you Feel My Love” by Adele is powerful. There’s no way you’ll be able to help yourselves from crying when Adele belts out this father daughter wedding dance song.

Favorite Lyrics:

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.


5 “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker

“You Are So Beautiful,” by Joe Cocker is one of the most touching songs on the list. It’s a romantic ballad that’s simple enough for anyone’s dance. The lyrics will make your father feel as though he is the most important person in the world and truth be told, he is.

Favorite Lyrics:

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.


6 “I Turn to You” by Christina Aguilera

“I Turn to You” by Christina Aguilera is a heartwarming ballad that you and your father will definitely love. This song is more current than some of the others and truly touches the heart.

Favorite Lyrics:

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.


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7 “Daddy” by Beyoncé

“Daddy” by Beyoncé is the perfect song for a your dance. It’s a sweet song that will bring out the emotions of everyone attending your special day, including the bride and her daddy.

Favorite Lyrics:

“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.”


8 “Unforgettable” by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole

“Unforgettable” by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole is a classic beautiful song that’s sure to bring out the emotional side in those in attendance. This song is a perfect mixture of the smooth melody and lyrics.

Favorite Lyrics:

That’s why, darling, it’s incredible / That someone so unforgettable / Thinks that I am / Unforgettable too.


9 “My Girl” by The Temptations

“My Girl” by The Temptations is not only a fun song, but it’s also a sweet one. It has a sound that’s raw and soulful, making it a great choice for a your dance.

Favorite Lyrics:

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


10 “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

This is a classic. This song encompasses everything that’s good in this world. It helps to remember that there’s always something to be thankful for, especially the love you share with your father.

Favorite Lyrics:

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.


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11 “I Loved Her First” by Heartland

“I Loved Her First” by Heartland is a sweet country song about a man who loves his daughter. It’s a father-daughter dance favorite and cheesy in the best way possible.

Favorite Lyrics:

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.


12 “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac

“Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac is a classic oldie that’s reminiscent of wonderful memories. It’s a song hat most daughters will love to dance to with their dads.

Favorite Lyrics:

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.


13 “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth

“One Call Away” by Charlie Puth features undeniably romantic song that will be a guaranteed hit at your father-daughter dance with these lyrics that are sure to touch your heart!

Favorite Lyrics:

“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.”


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14 “Emmylou” by Vance Joy

“Emmylou” by Vance Joy will take you back to your childhood. The lyrics describe a father’s love for his daughter and his daughter asking him to carry on through the years.

Favorite Lyrics:

Oh if you’re losing sleep… / Oh if you’re losing sleep, scared of shadows. / See it’s just a chair, see the clothes hang there. / Oh don’t go losing sleep, scared of shadows.


15 “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw

“My Little Girl,” by Tim McGraw features stunning lyrics to describe the love between a father and his daughter.

Favorite Lyrics:

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.


16 “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

“A Thousand Years” features a classic love story playing out before your eyes every time you hear it. It’s also a love song that’s perfect for your dance.

Favorite Lyrics:

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.


17 “If It Wasn’t For Your Love” by Heather Headley

“A Thousand Years” features a classic love story playing out before your eyes every time you hear it. It’s also a love song that’s perfect for any father-daughter duo.

Favorite Lyrics:

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.


18 “Ain’t That Love” by Ray Charles

“Ain’t That Love” by Ray Charles boasts the kind of warmth that only a father’s voice can deliver. This soulful song is guaranteed to make you cry.

Favorite Lyrics:

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


19 “To Sir With Love” by Lulu

“To Sir With Love” by Lulu is the quintessential father and daughter song. It’s impossible for the words to these lines to be heard without thinking of your own wonderful dad: “The time has come, / for closing books and long last looks must end, / And as I leave I know that I am Leaving my best friend, / A friend who taught me right from wrong, and weak from strong. / That’s a lot to learn.” 


20 “My First My Last My Everything” by Barry White

“My First My Last My Everything” by Barry White is an obvious choice for a father daughter dance. With lines like, “My kind of wonderful, that’s what you are” you can’t go wrong with this timeless romantic ballad.

Favorite Lyrics:

“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 / I know there’s only, only one like you / There’s no way, they could have made two / You’re all I’m living for / Your love I’ll keep for evermore / You’re the first, you’re the last, my everything.”


21 “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon

“Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon is a unique song and it will surely be a hit that will make your father and you think of the special moments spent together.

Favorite Lyrics:

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


22 “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts

“My Wish” by Rascal Flatts is a fantastic option for any wedding. The lyrics in this catchy song describe the special bond between a daughter and her father:

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.


23 “The Long and Winding Road” by The Beatles 

“The Long and Winding Road” by The Beatles is the perfect sentimental song and who doesn’t love romance?

It features lyrics that describe what your father means to you and reminds the newlyweds of the privilege they have to be spending the rest of their lives together.

Favorite Lyrics:

Many times I’ve been alone / And many times I’ve cried / Anyway, you’ll never know / The many ways I’ve tried


24 “Dream Big” by Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband

“Dream Big” by Ryan Shupe & the Rubberbandits features throwback lyrics about dreams and wishes for the future.

Favorite Lyrics:

“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.”


25 “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles is a great song for those looking for a calm and melodic sound.

Favorite Lyrics:

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


FAQs

What is a good song for a bride and her mom?

If the father of the bride passed away, it is not uncommon for the bride’s mom to dance with her daughter on the wedding day and this collection of songs is appropriate.

What are the best mom and son wedding songs?

This is a very simple question and we highly recommend that you read our article on the best mom and son dance songs.

How long is the father daughter dance?

The length of the dance can vary widely. For some couples, it lasts for over 5-6 minutes, while others keep things short and sweet. In our article The Best 100 Father Daughter Wedding Dance Songs we included the song “Isn’t she lovely” by Stevie Wonder and it lasts for 6 min and 34 seconds.

Does the bride have to dance with your father?

If you your father passed away, or you don’t have a good relationship with him or he simply doesn’t want to be the centre of attention, it is okay to skip the dance.

Does the father daughter dance come first?

Generally, the first dance of the newlyweds comes first and it is followed by the parents’ dances. The daddy daughter dance typically follows the first dance of the newlyweds but there is no hard rule when it comes to the parents dances.

Who picks the song?

Well every wedding is different, it is the bride who chooses the song.

How do you honor the bride’s mom? Is there a mother daughter dance at weddings?

While there is no hard rule regarding the mom and daughter dance, it is common for brides to dance with their moms during the evening. In our opinion we should honor our moms every day not only on Mother’s Day and your big day.

Does the dance have to be serious?

This is a chance for you to have a special time with your daughter in front of everyone at her wedding reception. You can have some fun with this, or you can be very traditional. There are many different ways to go, from doing a simple slow dance, to doing a very elaborate dance routine to a popular song, or even doing something a little silly.


Conclusion

The love and devotion between a father and a daughter creates a strong bond, one that can be seen across time and transcends the generations. We hope you enjoyed this collection of dance songs! What do you think about our selection? Do you like it? What are your thoughts? Are there any songs you want to see included here?

If you have any favorite wedding songs that we missed, please contact us and let us know!