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These 50 Father-Daughter Dance Songs Get Us Right in the Feels

March 1, 2022 | nicole

Is there anything more heartwarming than the father-daughter dance at a wedding? We don’t think so! With all of the music that’s out there, we know how hard it can be to choose the right song that perfectly describes your relationship with your dad. That’s why we’re rounding up 50 father-daughter dance songs that we think are perfect for your special moment together. There won’t be a dry eye in the room by the time you’re done.

Soft Rock Father Daughter Songs

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

And then she asks me / “Do I look all right?” / And I say, “Yes, you look wonderful tonight”

I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders

I’ll stand by you / I’ll stand by you / Won’t let nobody hurt you / I’ll stand by you

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

And whatever happened / To Tuesday and so slow? / Going down the old mine with a / Transistor radio / Standing in the sunlight laughing / Hiding ‘hind a rainbow’s wall / Slipping and sliding / All along the waterfall with you

Landslide – Fleetwood Mac

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

Wildflowers – Tom Petty

Run away, find you a lover / Go away somewhere all bright and new / I have seen no other / Who compares with you

Tiny Dancer – Elton John

Ballerina / You must’ve seen her / Dancing in the sand / And now she’s in me / Always with me / Tiny dancer in my hand

You’re My Best Friend – Queen

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

Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison

She’s as sweet as tupelo honey / She’s an angel of the first degree / She’s as sweet as tupelo honey / Just like honey from the bee

Vienna – Billy Joel

Slow down, you’re doin’ fine / You can’t be everything you wanna be before your time / Although it’s so romantic on the borderline / Tonight, tonight / Too bad, but it’s the life you lead / You’re so ahead of yourself that you forgot what you need

When You Need Me – Bruce Springsteen

When you need me, call my name / ‘Cause without you, my life just wouldn’t be the same / If you want me come sunny skies or rain / When you need me, just call my name

My Darling – Wilco

Because we made you, my darling / With the love in each of our hearts / We were a family, my darling / Right from the start

Country Father Daughter Dance Songs

You are My Sunshine – Johnny Cash

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine / You make me happy when skies are gray / You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you / Please don’t take my sunshine away

I Don’t Dance – Lee Brice

Spinnin’ you ’round and ’round in circles / It ain’t my style, but I don’t care / I’d do anything with you anywhere / Yes, you got me in the palm of your hand / ‘Cause I don’t dance

There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney

He smiles / “There goes my life / There goes my future, my everything / I love you Daddy, good night / There goes my life”

Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw

Hold the door, say “please”, say “thank you” / Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie / I know you got mountains to climb / But always stay humble and kind / When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you

Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney

Don’t blink, ’cause just like that you’re six years old / And you take a nap / And you wake up and you’re twenty-five / And your high school sweetheart becomes your wife / Don’t blink, you just might miss / Your babies growing like mine did

I’ll Be Your Man – Zac Brown Band

There was a time when I thought I knew love / Until you came into this world / Time keeps on flying / But your always gonna be my baby girl

I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder / You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger /May you never take one single breath for granted /God forbid love ever leave you empty handed

Dance With My Daughter – Jason Blaine

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

Half The Man – Jennifer Smestad

Daddy set the bar real high / Showed me what a real man looks like / It’s gonna take one to fill those shoes / In his eyes nothing less will do

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Vintage Father Daughter Dance Songs

God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

God only knows what I’d be without you / If you should ever leave me / Well life would still go on believe me / The world could show nothing to me / So what good would living do me

She’s Leaving Home – The Beatles

She, … (we gave her most of our lives) / Is leaving (sacrificed most of our lives) / Home (we gave her everything money could buy)

Stand By Me – Ben E. King

If the sky that we look upon / Should tumble and fall / Or the mountains should crumble to the sea / I won’t cry, I won’t cry / No, I won’t shed a tear / Just as long as you stand, stand by me

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder

You are the sunshine of my life / That’s why I’ll always stay around / You are the apple of my eye / Forever you’ll stay in my heart

The Way You Look Tonight – France Sinatra

Yes, you’re lovely, with your smile so warm / And your cheeks so soft / There is nothing for me but to love you / And the way you look tonight

My Girl – The Temptations

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 / My girl, my girl, my girl / Talkin’ ’bout my girl

Forever – The Beach Boys

If every word I said / Could make you laugh / I’d talk forever (together my love) / I ask the sky just what we had / Mmm It shone forever

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye

Listen, baby, ain’t no mountain high / Ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough, baby / If you need me, call me, no matter where you are / No matter how far, don’t worry, baby

Indie Father Daughter Dance Songs

Dream – Priscilla Ahn

I was a little girl alone in my little world / Who dreamed of a little home for me / I played pretend between the trees / And fed my houseguests, bark and leaves / And laughed in my pretty bed of green

Be There – Andrew Simple

I’ll be there to help you/  I’ll be right there by your side / Every time I will be your shelter / When you need a place to hide

Indie/Alternative Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Kind and Generous – Natalie Merchant

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

Gracie – Ben Folds

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

Yellow (Acoustic Cover) – Noah Gundersen

Look at the stars / Look how they shine for you / And everything you do / Yeah, they were all yellow

The Way That I Love You – Passenger

How many times can I tell you / You’re lovely just the way you are / Don’t let the world come and change you / Don’t let life break your heart

Girl – SYML

I’ll wear your pain / Heal what I can in your troubled mind / Sometimes our bodies will hurt for some time / And the beauty in that can be hard to find / I want you to find it

Pop Father Daughter Dance Songs

To Make You Feel My Love – Adele

When the evening shadows and the stars appear / And there is no one there to dry your tears / I could hold you for a million years / To make you feel my love

Daughters – John Mayer

I know a girl / She puts the color inside of my world / She’s just like a maze / Where all of the walls all continually change / And I’ve done all I can / To stand on her steps with my heart in my hands

Slipping Through My Fingers – ABBA

The feeling that I’m losing her forever / And without really entering her world / I’m glad whenever I can share her laughter / That funny little girl

If You Love Her – Forest Blakk

Take it / If she gives you her heart / Don’t you break it / Let your arms be a place / She feels safe in / She’s the best thing that you’ll ever have

First Man – Camilla Cabello

I swear on my heart / That he’s a good man / I know you’ll stay up late / Just waiting for me / You held me so tight / Now someone else can / But you were the first man that really loved me

Like My Father – Jax

And if he lives up to my father / Maybe he could teach our daughter / What it takes to love a queen / She should know she’s royalty

Count on Me – Bruno Mars

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

Singer/Songwriter Father Daughter Dance Songs

You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins

‘Cause you’ll be in my heart / Yes, you’ll be in my heart / From this day on / Now and forever more

My Little Girl – Jack Johnson

You don’t ever have to feel lonely / You will never lose any tears / You don’t have to feel any sadness / When you look back on the years / How can I look you in the eyes / And tell you such big lies / The best I can do is try to show you / How to love with no fear

You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor

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

Sweet Pea – Amos Lee

Hey, sweet pea / Apple 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 Raise Me Up – Josh Groban

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

You Are My Sunshine – Jasmine Thompson

You are my sunshine / My only sunshine / You make me happy / When skies are gray / You’ll never know, dear / How much I love you

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You – Michael Buble

My heart would break in two if I should lose you / It’s no good without you anyhow / Oh, have I told you lately that I love you? / Well darling, I’m telling you now

Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

Someday I’ll wish upon a star / And wake up where the clouds are far behind me / Where troubles melt like lemon drops / Away above the chimney tops / That’s where you’ll find me

Now that you’ve got your father-daughter song nailed down, get ready for your reception with these songs guaranteed to get guests on the dance floor!

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8 Comments

  1. Amazing tunes, i don’t get many father daughter dances but it seems that the request for them is increasing, awsome inspiration.

  2. Nice post. Its really good.

  3. Such a unique post.

  4. My father wrote an original song for our dance at my wedding. Its a beautiful song and would work for any bride who is looking for something that nobody has heard yet!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy6w96OtD6A&t=2s

    • What is the name of that great song ?

    • I am getting Married March 7th and really love your dads original song… is there any chance i could possibly get the audio sent to me to use for my father/daughter dance

  5. Astounding tunes, i don’t get many father little girl moves yet it appears that the demand for them is expanding, awsome motivation.

  6. A wedding is an event full of father-daughter emotions.

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