Father Daughter Dance Songs

What are the best songs for the bride’s dance with her father?

The tradition of the bride dancing with her father is supposed to acknowledge that special relationship between a father and daughter, so picking the right song is important. There are several factors you want to consider including the tempo of the song (fast or slow) and the style (country, rock, jazz). Then there is the message of the song. You want a song that reflect the honor and love shared between you and your father.

When selecting the right song, don’t forget to talk to your father. After all, he is good for more than writing a check! Ask him if he has any ideas. If not, browse through this page and select a few songs and let him pick one. Use this as an opportunity to connect with your father and create a special wedding memory for later when things get so hectic.

Your wedding day is the day that the father lets go of his daughter and forever changes their lives. The bride has one last special moment with her father. There are memories of happy times and of precious times to come. You can quietly share this special wedding dance together or talk about many things; it really doesn’t matter. What does matter is the music selected for the father of the bride dance.

As you browse through the songs you will find that some of the songs listed seem written specifically for the father-bride dance. Perry Como’s “The Father of Girls,” John McDermott’s “Daughter of Mine,” Jimmy Buffet’s “Little Miss Magic” and Heartland’s “I Loved Her First” are a few examples of this. Other songs, such as “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” are popular songs that simply work well for this dance.

We’ve tried to find some of the best and most popular father and daughter dance songs to list here. We’ve avoided any songs that are more about romantic love or are traditional love songs (you can find them on either our Best First Dance Songs page or our Best Wedding Love Songs page.

Although traditionally the mother and groom dance separately from the bride and her father, many couples elect to combine these two dances in order to keep the reception moving. For that reason, we’ve broken down our list of songs into five major categories.

We have not duplicated any songs on the father of the bride, mother of the groom, and parent dance pages. For your convenience, we have compiled the songs in a playlist, making it easy for you to listen to a sample or purchase a song. A detailed listing of the songs is provided below the playlist.

Best Wedding Songs for the Father of the Bride Dance

  1. “A Father’s Love” by Bob Carisle
  2. “Always Be Your Baby” by Natalie Grant
  3. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
  4. “Butterfly Kisses” performed by Bob Carlisle
  5. “Changes” by Kelly and Ozzy Osbourne
  6. “Dad” by K’s Choice
  7. “Daddy” by Beyoncé
  8. “Daddy’s Girl” by Curtis Clay
  9. “Daddy’s Girl” performed by Katey Sagal
  10. “Daddy’s Hands” performed by Holly Dunn
  11. “Daddy’s Little Girl” performed by Karla Bonoff
  12. “Dance with My Father” performed by Luther Vandross
  13. “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III
  14. “Daughter of Mine” by John McDermott
  15. “Daughters” performed by John Mayer
  16. “Drive (for Daddy Gene)” by Alan Jackson
  17. “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon
  18. “Heaven’s Missing an Angel” by 98 Degrees
  19. “How Do You Fall In Love” by Alabama
  20. “How Much Do You Love Me” by John Berry
  21. “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
  22. “I Wish I Could” by Collin Raye
  23. “I Wish You Love” by Frank Sinatra
  24. “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” by Britney Spears
  25. “In My Arms” by Mark Wills
  26. “In My Daughter’s Eyes” performed by Martina McBride
  27. “Isn’t She Lovely” performed by Stevie Wonder
  28. “It’s for My Dad” by Nancy Sinatra
  29. “Landslide” performed by Fleetwood Mac or the Dixie Chicks
  30. “Little Miss Magic” by Jimmy Buffet
  31. “Love Without End, Amen” performed by George Strait
  32. “May Each Day” by Andy Williams
  33. “My Dad” by Chris Kilbride
  34. “My Father’s Eyes” performed by Amy Grant
  35. “My Girl” performed by the Temptations
  36. “My Little Girl” performed by Tim McGraw
  37. ” No Place that Far” by Sara Evans
  38. “She Walks With Me” by Michael W. Smith
  39. “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” by Maurice Chevalier
  40. “The Father of Girls” by Perry Como
  41. “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney
  42. “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
  43. “Tough Little Boys” by Gary Allan
  44. “Turn Around” by Perry Como
  45. “Wind World” performed by Cat Stevens
  46. “Winter” by Tori Amos
  47. “You Look So Good in Love” by George Strait
  48. “You Needed Me” by Anne Murray
  49. “You’re a Big Girl Now” by Bob Dylan and Sylistics
  50. “Zoe Jane” by Staind



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