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50 Of The Best Parent Dance Songs For Your Big Wedding Day

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The parent dance song is a traditional part of weddings.

Introduction

Word on the block is you’re getting married, so congrats on this huge milestone! 

But before you finish all of the preparations for the upcoming day of the big “I do,” have you already picked out your songs for the parents dance? 

Now, we totally get if you don’t have it picked out yet, as planning a wedding can be very overwhelming when you’re in the thick of it. 

But that’s exactly why we’re here! As an undeniably special time between parents and their children, picking the perfect parent dance song is crucial, especially if you’re also a big fan of rarely leaving a dry eye around the dance floor like us 🫣

So, we went ahead and listed 50 of the best parent dance songs for your wedding, categorized by these genres: classic, modern, country, rock ballads, and soulful R&B, so you can be sure there’s something for everyone. 

Let’s get started! 

Table of Contents

Classic Picks

Of course, we need to start with the classics! That parent dance is a great opportunity to walk down memory lane with your old folks, so now’s the best time to play some songs that have aged like fine wine. Expect melodies that everybody loves, timeless lyrics, and a parent schooling you with dance moves like they did “back in the day!” 

  1. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  2. “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
  3. “In My Life” by The Beatles
  4. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  5. “Moon River” by Andy Williams
  6. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
  7. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
  8. “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel
  9. “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
  10. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley

Modern Melodies

Who says parents only know old-school stuff? If you want something more contemporary and modern for your wedding’s parent dance, then how about a sprinkling of these hits? Best thing is, these are crowd-pleasers too, so everyone should have a good time tuning in.

  1. “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride
  2. “Everything” – MIchael Buble
  3. “You’ll Be in My Heart” by Phil Collins
  4. “What a Difference a Day Made” by Jamie Cullum
  5. “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban
  6. “Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee
  7. “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
  8. “Daughters” by John Mayer
  9. “Kind and Generous” by Natalie Merchant
  10. “Gracie” by Ben Folds

Heartfelt Country Tunes

Hey, you can’t go wrong with some good ol’ country, especially as a parent dance song. It’s a parent staple too (looking at you dad!), so our list of these twangy and toe-tapping anthems should ignite the dance floor and get the party started… in a parent-approved way. 

  1. “My Front Porch Looking In” by Lonestar
  2. “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
  3. “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
  4. “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
  5. “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle
  6. “The Best Day” by Taylor Swift
  7. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
  8. “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” by Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus
  9. “The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  10. “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney
Picking the right parent dance song will make all the difference in your wedding reception.

Timeless Rock Ballads

What can we say? We love our timeless rock ballads, and we’re pretty sure your parents grew up with them too! So, if you’re looking to add some (read: parent-approved) rebellion to your wedding playlist, then these hard hits should be the perfect backdrop for your parent dance, because who says your old folks don’t know a thing or two about rocking out? 

  1. “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  2. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
  3. “Your Song” by Elton John
  4. “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty
  5. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
  6. “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart
  7. “You’ll Be in My Heart” by Phil Collins
  8. “Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison
  9. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
  10. “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen

Soulful R&B

If your parents grew up listening to soulful music instead, then we’re sure they’ll feel right at home with these R&B essentials. The parent dance song is a great opportunity to showcase familial love after all, so why not go for a song that’s all about soul connection, while also offering moments for slow and intimate moments. Get ready to hear a collective “Awww!” from the crowd. 

  1. “A Song for Mama” by Boyz II Men
  2. “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
  3. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
  4. “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
  5. “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
  6. “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys
  7. “Dance with My Father” by Luther Vandross
  8. “Just the Two of Us” by Bill Withers
  9. “Un-break My Heart” by Toni Braxton
  10. “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Parent Dances

Have a question in mind? Check out our insights right below.

Why is the parent dance important? 

For many people getting married, not only is the parent dance an important expression of familial love to their old folks, but it’s also a symbol of honoring the people they grew up with, before starting a new chapter with their partner.

When does the parent dance typically occur during a wedding reception?

The parent dance usually takes place after the first dance between the newlyweds and before other group dances. It’s a special and endearing moment that signifies the relationship between parents and the couple.

Can we choose different songs for the mother-son and father-daughter dances?

Absolutely! Many couples opt for different songs for each parent dance to reflect the unique relationships they share with their mothers and fathers.

Are there any specific dance styles for the parent dance?

There are no strict rules for the parent dance. This means that you are free to pick a style that you think will best suit your parents, or at least their dancing level. Many people go for a slow dance or waltz, while there are some who go more all-out with choreography. 

What if our parents are no longer with us?

In situations where parents are absent, you can always consider honoring their memory by playing a song that holds sentimental value or dedicating a moment of silence in their honor.

Parents dancing to a parent dance song at a wedding.

Tips For Choosing The Best Parent Dance Wedding Song

  • Consider Personal Preferences: Take into account your parents’ musical preferences when selecting a song to ensure it resonates with them as well. We’re sure they’ll appreciate that you thought of them first.

  • Explore Different Genres: It can be easy to only stick to genres you’re familiar with. However, you might end up limiting the pool of songs you can pick from, so make sure you explore various genres until you find that perfect song.

     

  • Pay Attention To Lyrics: Of course, it’s always a good idea to pay attention to the song lyrics. For example, you don’t want any songs that have inappropriate context or lyrics. That’s not the kind of surprise you want at your wedding!

     

  • Ask Your Parents: If you want to find a song that you’re sure your old folks will feel comfortable with, why not ask them for song suggestions? You never know, you might find some hidden gems that you can also add to your personal playlist long after your big day.

     

  • Test the Song’s Length: A good parent dance song should be between 3-4 minutes. Not only will this give you ample time to enjoy the moment with your parents, but it will also give the photographer enough leeway to capture all of the special moments between you and your old folks.

     

  • Practice Together: Once you’ve selected the perfect song, practice with your parents! Not only will this make you feel more comfortable for the big day, but it will also serve as an extra bonding moment.

Final Thoughts

As you gear up for your big day, we hope our list of the best parent dance songs helped you zero in on the final tune for that important dance. And by the end, we’re sure you’ll have made new memories with them that will last long after that song has ended. 

But just in case you don’t have a wizard behind the booth (DJ, we mean a wedding DJ) to play that parent dance song, why not hit us up at DJing.ca

As Canada’s largest DJ company, we at DJing.ca has cherry-picked the top 1% of DJs from a pool of over 5,000+, making sure you only get the best of the best when it comes to wedding music. We’ve also played more than 1,000 events, and have maintained a stellar 5-star rating through it all.

So, hit us up by filling out the form below, and we’ll get back to you with a quote immediately. Congratulations on the upcoming wedding and we can’t wait to hear from you! 

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