The Best 18 Father and Daughter Wedding Dance Songs

Updated on June 16, 2016
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Music touches my soul, when I am not singing, dancing or playing an instrument, I am writing articles about the songs that I hold dear.

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To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.

— Euripides

A wedding day is one filled with intense, but mixed emotions, especially for the father of the bride when he ‘gives the hand’ his daughter to begin a new stage of her life. The father and daughter dance celebrates this rite of passage on the wedding day. This is a beautiful, singular moment in time, but choosing the ‘perfect’ song for this moment may not be easy. To assist you in your search, I have put together a collection of some of what I feel are the best songs for your father and daughter wedding dance.

The connection between a father and his daughter is tender and magical. The father grown used to being her protector, while giving her everything she could wish for, all the time knowing that one day she will depart to the arms of another, a bittersweet reality. The daughter, while wanting to remain under the loving protection of her dad will at the same time strive, grow and become a woman all her own and will inevitably leave his protection for that next stage as a woman.

Choosing a song that signifies this rite of passage doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and the lyrics of the song don’t have to exactly describe the occasion. The feel and the rhythm of the music, as well as the energy and emotions it conveys, can matter just as much, if not more than the lyrics themselves.

The songs in this collection have been chosen based not only on their appropriate lyrics but on their musicality as well. I hope you find something here that touches and resonates with you!

When You Need Me – Bruce Springsteen

When it comes to expressing emotion in a gritty and soulful way, it seems that Bruce Springsteen wrote the book (or in this case, the song). “When you Need Me” doesn’t need to grow on you; it is a song you love on your first listen. With his signature rock, and melodic folk sound, Bruce sings about being there for you “if you need me.” It is simply a beautiful song that is a perfect choice for this dance.

Lyrics to watch for:

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

Rascal Flatts – My Wish for You

This song was written by song writer Jeffrey Steele to his youngest daughter when she was a teenager. The song is written as a wish that she hold on to her dreams, no matter what challenges she may face and know that she is always loved.

Lyrics to watch for:

I hope you never look back, but ya never forget,

All the ones who love you, in the place you left,

May your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small

The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra

This standard, originally released in 1936, offers a classy sound that is simply perfect for a song to be dancing to when you are dressed for such a formal occasion. The song itself has been covered by many artists over the years, but this version, by Frank Sinatra, is the most popular, and for good reason, it strikes all the right cords.

Lyrics to watch for:

There is nothing for me but to love you

And the way you look tonight

Daddy Dance with Me - Krystal Keith

Krystal Keith wrote this song as a surprise to her father, country music star Toby Keith, and performed it for the first time on her own wedding day. That is one of the benefits of being part of a musical family. It is a touching song that couldn’t be more appropriate for that magical wedding.

Lyrics to watch for:

Daddy dance with me

I want you to see the woman I've become.

Daddy don't let go

I want you to know I'll always need your love.

The Best is Yet to Come – Michael Buble

Here is a song that celebrates and ushers in the hope of tomorrow with a lively big band sound and classic music style that perfectly suits the wedding day. A wedding signifies a new chapter, and this song touches on the inherent hope that the future will be more than you could ever have dreamed of. This is a cover version done by Michael Buble of a song made wildly popular by Frank Sinatra.

Lyrics to watch for:

Best is yet to come

And babe won't that be fine?

You think you've seen the sun

But you ain't seen it shine

A Bird Without Wings – Damian McGinty

With his angelic voice, young Irish singer, Damian McGinty sings about the deep sadness we feel when someone we love is away and we realize just how important and meaningful they are to our lives. This sentiment expresses the bittersweet feelings that a father and daughter anticipate feeling after the wedding day.

Lyrics to watch for:

You're my guardian angel

My light and my guide

I'd be lost without you

Watchin' over me

Daddy’s Little Girl – Michael Buble

This is a slow, sweet, tender and gentle song, sung here by Michael Buble about how special “daddy’s little girl” is. Many consider this the “perfect” father and daughter dance song choice. There is no rushing the lyrics of this classic song from 1906 and sung in with such perfection by Buble in this version.

Lyrics to watch for:

You're the treasure I cherish, so sparkling and bright;

You were touched by the Holy and beautiful light.

Like angels that sing, a hea-ven-ly thing,

And you're daddy's little girl.

My Little Girl – Tim Mcgraw

This song perfectly captures the deep love a father has for his daughter while acknowledging the mixed feelings he has about letting her go as she grows up.

Lyrics to watch for:

Someday, some boy will come and ask me for your hand.

But I won't say "yes" to him unless I know, he's the half

that makes you whole

You are My Sunshine – Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash adds a mature edge to this vintage favorite, one that every child will likely have heard and always remember fondly. It is hard to tire of this sweet melody because it goes straight to the heart and so beautifully reflects the sentiment of undying love that a father feels towards his daughter.

Lyrics to watch for:

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine

You make me happy when skies are gray

You never know, dear, how much I love you

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Sung from the soul, this song conveys the deepest, most intimate feelings of love that so aptly allude to the love of a father for his daughter. The power of Adele’s voice draws you in, inviting us in, beckoning us to embrace the unique and awesome feelings of loving someone so dearly.

Lyrics to watch for:

And the whole world is on your case,

I could offer you a warm embrace

To make you feel my love.

I’ll Be There – Jackson 5

Here is a sweet classic song sung by the young Michael Jackson. A song whose lyrics speak of always being there for those we love. This popular song has seen covered by many artists, which you may also want to consider, including an especially memorable version performed by Mariah Carey.

Lyrics to watch for:

Whenever you need me, I'll be there

I'll be there to protect you, with an unselfish love I respect you

Just call my name and I'll be there

Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke

Among the greatest singers and songwriters of all time, Sam Cooke uses his distinctive voice, as only he can, to interpret this song about a never changing kind of love.

Lyrics to watch for:

if you wanted, to leave me and roam

When you got back, I'd just say welcome home

'Cause honey nothing, nothing, nothing can ever change this, love I have, for you

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

This song beautifully expresses the joy a father feels upon receiving the ‘gift’ of his lovely daughter. The song is a celebration of the fatherhood and the sense of awe that the experience brings to him.

Lyrics to watch for:

Isn't she pretty

Truly the angel's best

Boy, I'm so happy

We have been heaven blessed

You’ve got a Friend – James Taylor

“You’ve got a Friend” is a smooth, soothing and now, classic favorite from the 1970’s, written and originally sung by Carol King. Here it is sung by the stylistic, James Taylor. There is a simplicity about the song with James Taylor singing along while accompanying himself on guitar. The song is about the warmth and reassurance of knowing that you always have a friend, simple words with a profound meaning.

Lyrics to watch for:

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, and I'll be there.

Walk With you - Edwin McCain

Unlike most of the songs on this list, this one was written specifically for the wedding day, sung by the father to his beloved daughter. A celebration of the love he feels towards the daughter he was so blessed to receive. Edwin McCain emphasizes each note with sweet love and devotion.

Lyrics to watch for:

I can't help thinking that I'm the lucky one

You're still my baby daughter, and now I've gained a son

I Will – Ben Taylor

“I Will” is a perfect song written by the Beatles, about always being there for someone your love, no matter what. “I Will” is sung here by the charmingly smooth voice of Ben Taylor, son of music greats James Taylor and Carly Simon. You might also want to consider the original Beatles version.

Lyrics to watch for:

I'll Love you forever and forever

Love you with all my heart

Love you whenever we're together

Love you when we're apart.

True Colors – Eva Cassidy

Sadly, the great Eva Cassidy passed away before she could record more beautiful songs like this cover version of “True Colors.” This is touching song about loving someone for who they truly are, which applies to a lucky number of fathers and daughters out there.

Lyrics to watch for:

I see your true colors

And that's why I love you

You Raise me Up – Celtic Woman

The music of this inspirational song is so beautiful that it can stand on its own since it was originally written as an instrumental. Here “Celtic Woman” sing about how others can bring out the best in us, which certainly holds true in a strong father and daughter relationship.

Lyrics to watch for:

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.

© 2015 Tracy Lynn Conway


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      Bryan Mathew 23 months ago from Hawaii

      I love the song.."Daddy Dance with Me" by Krystal Keith. This song is ful of emotion.