One of the best parts of weddings for me is the father-daughter dance because it tells me a lot about the music preference of (at least) the bride, the relationship between the father and daughter, and much more.
Father-daughter dances are a timeless tradition at weddings that capture the love between a daughter and her father: the special bond that they have shared for years. The daughter is leaving her father to start a new life with her husband and the father is losing his baby girl. There are so many emotions to process in those few moments that need to be captured perfectly in a meaningful song.
In situations where the bride’s father is no longer in her life for whatever reason, she can share the father-daughter dance with another male that has played a big part in her life. This could be a male cousin, a brother, an uncle, grandfather or even a best male friend. All that matters is that she is sharing that one moment with the man in her life who means the most to her, other than her husband and there are many special songs that could fit these special relationships as well.
From songs that could provoke everyone to become fountains of tears to funny songs, there are plenty of songs that you can choose for your special father-daughter dance song. Here is a list of some of the most popular and meaningful father-daughter dance songs that will describe your love for your father (or father figure).
- Luther Vandross: Dance With My Father
- Stevie Wonder: Isn’t She Lovely
- Paul Simon: Father And Daughter
- The Temptations: My Girl
- Tim McGraw: My Little Girl
- Abba: Dancing Queen
- Mariah Carey: Hero
- Frank Sinatra: The Way You Look Tonight
- Ben E King: Stand By Me
- Phil Collins: You’ll Be In My Heart
- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
- Faith Hill: There You’ll Be
- Beyonce: Daddy
- Adele: Make You Feel My Love
- Taylor Swift: The Best Day
I hope these songs help you narrow down your choice. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a father-daughter song. You only need to find the song that really speaks to you and conveys how you feel. Remember, this is a moment you want to reflect back upon year after year so you want to select the perfect song to express how you feel about your father. Whether you want an emotional song, or an upbeat, fun song, you want to make memories that will last a lifetime.