Find and preview great father daughter dance song ideas in this sortable list

Father and daughter dance at their wedding

Father-daughter dances date back to early parts of the 18th and 19th centuries. In the 2020’s, however, the father-daughter dance is being updated with new traditions. Instead of a father, maybe it’s your grandfather, or a father-figure that’s someone extra special and close to you, like a mentor. Grooms getting married sometimes substitute a mother-son dance at their weddings.

Typically the father-daughter dance is the second of the ceremony, immediately following the first dance between newlyweds. We’ve covered songs across half a dozen genres and helped people plan for their wedding. One thing that’s clear is that choosing the best song for a father-daughter dance is among the hardest to choose. Newlyweds often have a favorite song, such as one they heard when they were first dating. But father-daughter dance songs need to be heartfelt, not creepy, and useful to dance to.

We have some ideas sorted by genre with lyrics for each.

Browse father-daughter/mother-son song ideas by genre

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Top 40

“The Best Day,” by Taylor Swift

“Tongue Tied” by Grouplove

“Daddy,” by Beyoncé

“Like My Father,” by Jax

“Ready, Steady, Don’t Go” by Billy Ray Cyrus

“Tightrope” by Walk the Moon


“Count on Me,” by Bruno Mars 🔥

“How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding

“You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Michael Bublé 🔥

“Hero,” by Mariah Carey

“Because You Loved Me,” by Céline Dion

“Wind Beneath My Wings,” by Bette Midler

“Daddy’s Little Girl,” by The Shires

Rock and Classic Rock

“Have I Told You Lately,” by Rod Stewart

“American Girl” by Tom Petty

“You Are My Sunshine” by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan 🔥

“You Are So Beautiful,” by Joe Cocker 🔥

“Michelle,” by the Beatles

“When You Need Me,” by Bruce Springsteen

“All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles

“Landslide,” by Fleetwood Mac

“Isn’t She Lovely,” by Stevie Wonder 🔥

“Two Steps Behind,” by Def Leppard

“Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones

“Your Song,” by Elton John

Classics & Instrumental

Pairs well with Encore Entertainment’s Candlewood Strings and Cocktail Sax artists

“I wish you love” by Frank Sinatra

“Canon in D” by Pachelbel

“Ain’t that Love” by Ray Charles

“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

You are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder

“Air on G -String” by Bach

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