Parent Dance Songs

What are the best songs for the father and bride or mother and groom dances?

The tradition of the bride dancing with her father and the groom dancing with his mother is supposed to acknowledge that special relationship between a parent and child. The wedding day is the day that the child takes a step away from his or her family while taking a big step toward creating his own family. It is only natural that you want to take a moment to acknowledge this change while reflecting on all the events that brought you to this point.

Consider this a moment where you can pause and take a deep breath before moving on to the rest of your reception. It is also an event that signals the start of the dancing–which will help take the focus off of you!

While traditionally the father-daughter and mother-son dances are separate, many people are now choosing to combine the two dances into one. Usually, this is done to help speed the reception along. Because of this change in wedding tradition, we decided to create five distinct pages for these songs. While we still have pages devoted to the traditional father of the bride and mother of the groom dances, we’ve taken any songs that are generic enough that they could work for either dance (or a combined dance) and have listed them here. In doing so, 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.

Listed below are some of the best parent dance songs for the wedding reception. 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 Mother of the Groom or Father of the Bride Dances

  1. “A Whole New World” (Aladdin’s Theme) performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Bell
  2. “As I Lay Me Down” by Sophie B. Hawkins
  3. “Beautiful in My Eyes” performed Joshua Kadison
  4. “Because You Loved Me” performed by Celine Dion
  5. “Blessed” performed by Elton John
  6. “Butterfly Kisses” performed by Bob Carlisle
  7. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” performed by Elton John
  8. “Don’t Cry” by Guns N’ Roses
  9. “Fire and Rain” performed by James Taylor
  10. “Flying Without Wings” performed by Ruben Studdard
  11. “Forever Young” by Youth Group and Alphaville
  12. “Forever Young” performed by Rod Stewart or Bob Dylan
  13. “Friends” performed by Elton John
  14. “God Only Knows” by Beach Boys
  15. “Goodbye’s the Saddest Word” by Done Again
  16. “Greatest Love of All” performed Whitney Houston
  17. “Have I Told You Lately” performed by Rod Stewart or Van Morrison
  18. “Hero” performed by Mariah Carey
  19. “I Am Your Child” by Barry Manilow
  20. “I Believe” performed by Diamond Rio
  21. “I Hope You Dance” performed by Lee Ann Womack
  22. “I.O.U.” performed Jimmy Dean
  23. “I Turn to You” performed by Christina Aguilara
  24. “I Will Be There For You” by Jessica Andrews
  25. “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan
  26. “If There Hadn’t Been You” by Billy Dean
  27. “I’ll Remember” performed by Madonna
  28. “I’ll Stand By You” performed by Pretenders
  29. “I’m Moving On” by Rascal Flatts
  30. “I’m Your Angel” performed by Celine Dion and R. Kelly
  31. “In My Life” performed by The Beatles or Bette Midler
  32. “In This Life” performed by Colin Raye or Bette Midler
  33. “Just the Way You Are” performed by Billy Joel
  34. “Keeper of the Stars” performed by Tracy Byrd
  35. “Kind and Generous” performed by Natalie Merchant
  36. “Less than the Song” performed by Joan Baez
  37. “Let Them be Little”  performed by Lonestar
  38. “Letting Go” performed by Suzy Bogguss
  39. “Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)” performed by Billy Joel
  40. “Memories” performed by Elvis Presley
  41. “Moon River” performed by Henry Mancini and Barbra Streisand
  42. “Music of My Heart” performed by Gloria Estefan and N’ Sync
  43. “My Heart Will Go On” performed by Celine Dion
  44. Oh How the Years Go By” performed by Vanessa Williams or Amy Grant
  45. “Say Once More” performed by Amy Grant
  46. “Stand by Me” performed by Ben E. King
  47. “Summer Wind” performed by Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow and others
  48. “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler On The Roof
  49. “Thank God For Kids” performed by The Oak Ridge Boys
  50. “Thank You” performed by Boyz II Men
  51. “Thank You” performed by Dido
  52. “Thank You For Loving Me” performed by Bon Jovi
  53. “Thanks Again” performed by Ricky Skaggs
  54. “The Dance” performed by Garth Brooks
  55. “The Things We’ve Handed Down” performed by Marc Cohn
  56. “The Way You Do the Things You Do” performed by The Temptations
  57. “The Way You Look Tonight” performed by Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett
  58. “There’s a Hero” performed by Billy Gilman
  59. “Times of Your Life” performed by Paul Anka or Clueless
  60. “Then They Do” performed by Trace Adkins
  61. “Unforgettable” performed by Nat King Cole or Natalie Cole
  62. “Universe” performed by Mark Wills
  63. “What a Wonderful World” performed by Louis Armstrong
  64. “When I Need You” performed by Leo Sayer
  65. “When You Come Back Down” performed by Nickle Creek
  66. “When You Say Nothing At All” performed by Keith Whitley, Ronan Keating and Alison Krauss
  67. “Who Knows Where the Time Goes” performed by Judy Collins
  68. “Wind Beneath My Wings” performed by Bette Midler
  69. “Wonderful Tonight” performed by Eric Clapton
  70. “You Raise Me Up” performed by Josh Groban
  71. “You’ll Be in My Heart” performed by Phil Collins
  72. “You’re Gonna Miss This” performed by Trace Adkins






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