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In all the weddings we’ve played in, the father and daughter dance song is always one of the most memorable. It keeps the guests both excited and sentimental which is always an unforgettable scene even behind the DJ booth.

So, if you’re struggling to find the best father daughter dance song to add to your reception, then we’ve got you covered!

We’ve compiled a list of the top father and daughter wedding dance songs based on the following genres: Pop, Country, Jazz, R&B, Ballads, and Soft Rock.

We can’t wait to share this list with you as we cherry-picked them carefully from our many years of experience. And of course, we might have added some personal faves as well!

Table of Contents:
1. Heartfelt Pop Songs
2. Sentimental Country Songs
3. Jazzy Tunes
4. Soulful R&B Tracks
5. Modern Ballads
6. Melodic Soft Rock Songs
7. How to Choose the Right Father and Daughter Dance Songs
8. What to Avoid When Choosing Father and Daughter Dance Songs
9. Final Thoughts

Pop Songs

As I’ve been to countless weddings, I’ve seen tears, laughter, and love on the dance floor. For father-daughter dances, the right song makes all the difference. From classics like “My Girl” to modern gems like “Count on Me,” these tracks, carefully selected as father and daughter dance songs, carry a timeless charm that turns a simple dance into a cherished memory. Get ready to celebrate love and family on the dance floor!

  1. “My Girl” – The Temptations (1964)
  2. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses (1987)
  3. “Dance with My Father” – Luther Vandross (2003)
  4. “Butterfly Kisses” – Bob Carlisle (1997)
  5. “I Loved Her First” – Heartland (2006)
  6. “Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder (1976)
  7. “Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole (1951, 1991)
  8. “You’ll Be in My Heart” – Phil Collins (1999)
  9. “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Bette Midler (1988)
  10. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong (1967)
  11. “Count on Me” – Bruno Mars (2010)
  12. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” – Stevie Wonder (1972)
  13. “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack (2000)
  14. “Daughters” – John Mayer (2003)
  15. “Father and Daughter” – Paul Simon (2002)

Country Songs

Howdy 🤠! There’s something magical about a father-daughter dance set to country melodies. From Tim McGraw’s “My Little Girl” to Krystal Keith’s “Daddy Dance With Me,” these sentimental country songs tug on the heartstrings. Trust me, these tracks will turn your father-daughter dance into a country-fueled memory that lasts a lifetime.

  1. “My Little Girl” – Tim McGraw (2006)
  2. “I Loved Her First” – Heartland (2006)
  3. “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts (2006)
  4. “The Best Day” – Taylor Swift (2008)
  5. “My Front Porch Looking In” – Lonestar (2003)
  6. “Stealing Cinderella” – Chuck Wicks (2007)
  7. “It Won’t Be Like This for Long” – Darius Rucker (2008)
  8. “Just Fishin'” – Trace Adkins (2011)
  9. “In My Daughter’s Eyes” – Martina McBride (2003)
  10. “Daddy Dance With Me” – Krystal Keith (2013)
  11. “There Goes My Life” – Kenny Chesney (2003)
  12. “My Angel” – Kellie Pickler (2008)
  13. “Walk With You” – Edwin McCain (2003)
  14. “The Man You’ve Become” – Molly Pasutti (2002)
  15. “When You Come Back Down” – Nickel Creek (2000)

Jazzy Tunes

Picture this: soft lights, a hint of nostalgia, and the perfect jazzy tune. These tracks, spanning from 1935 to 2002, add a touch of class to your dance floor. Trust me, nothing beats the smooth moves and sweet moments when jazz meets a father and his daughter on the dance floor. Get ready to swing!

  1. 1. What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong (1967)
  2. “Fly Me to the Moon” – Frank Sinatra (1964)
  3. “The Way You Look Tonight” – Tony Bennett (1962)
  4. “L-O-V-E” – Nat King Cole (1965)
  5. “Cheek to Cheek” – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (1935)
  6. “Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole (1951, 1991)
  7. “Moon River” – Andy Williams (1961)
  8. “At Last” – Etta James (1960)
  9. “It Had to Be You” – Harry Connick Jr. (1989)
  10. “Our Love is Here to Stay” – Billie Holiday (1937)
  11. “When I Fall in Love” – Nat King Cole (1957)
  12. “The Nearness of You” – Norah Jones (2002)
  13. “S’Wonderful” – Diana Krall (2001)
  14. “Beyond the Sea” – Bobby Darin (1946)
  15. “La Vie En Rose” – Louis Armstrong (1947)
DJ playing father and daughter dance songs in a wedding reception

R&B Tracks

There’s something magical about an R&B-infused father-daughter dance. Watch as fathers and daughters dance in sync, making memories as the daughter enters a new chapter in life. Get ready for a dance that’s as smooth as it is sentimental!

  1. “A Song for You” – Donny Hathaway (1971)
  2. “Lovely Day” – Bill Withers (1977)
  3. “Stand By Me” – Ben E. King (1960)
  4. “My Girl” – The Temptations (1964)
  5. “Just the Two of Us” – Bill Withers (1981)
  6. “I’ll Be There” – Jackson 5 (1970)
  7. “Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder (1976)
  8. “You Are My Sunshine” – Ray Charles (1962)
  9. “Endless Love” – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (1981)
  10. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” – Stevie Wonder (1972)
  11. “What’s Going On” – Marvin Gaye (1971)
  12. “I Can’t Help It” – Michael Jackson (1979)
  13. “Always and Forever” – Heatwave (1976)
  14. “Superstition” – Stevie Wonder (1972)
  15. “If I Ain’t Got You” – Alicia Keys (2003)

Modern Ballads

Having curated playlists for countless weddings, I can vouch for the emotional power of contemporary ballads for father-daughter dances. These modern ballads paint a picture of family, growth, and shared moments. Witness the bride and her father twirl across the floor, creating a dance that’s as current as it is timeless. Get ready for tears, smiles, and a dance-floor connection that’ll leave everyone in awe!

  1. “Dance with My Father” – Luther Vandross (2003)
  2. “My Little Girl” – Tim McGraw (2006)
  3. “Daughters” – John Mayer (2003)
  4. “You’ll Be in My Heart” – Phil Collins (1999)
  5. “Father and Daughter” – Paul Simon (2002)
  6. “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack (2000)
  7. “My Wish” – Rascal Flatts (2006)
  8. “Daddy Dance With Me” – Krystal Keith (2013)
  9. “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Bette Midler (1988)
  10. “My Angel” – Kellie Pickler (2008)
  11. “Walk With You” – Edwin McCain (2003)
  12. “The Best Day” – Taylor Swift (2008)
  13. “My Front Porch Looking In” – Lonestar (2003)
  14. “The Man You’ve Become” – Molly Pasutti (2002)
  15. “When You Come Back Down” – Nickel Creek (2000)

Soft Rock Songs

I’ve found soft rock to be the perfect backdrop for a heartfelt father-daughter dance. It’s just the right balance of familiarity and sentiment. Sometimes the guests sing along and other times the bride gets lost in the moment – the true sign of being present! You can also get people singing (or even crying – a good cry, I promise 😂) with this list of songs.

  1. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses (1987)
  2. “You’re My Best Friend” – Queen (1975)
  3. “Thank You for Loving Me” – Bon Jovi (2000)
  4. “Forever Young” – Rod Stewart (1988)
  5. “Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)
  6. “Your Song” – Elton John (1970)
  7. “In My Life” – The Beatles (1965)
  8. “Wild Horses” – The Rolling Stones (1971)
  9. “Father and Son” – Cat Stevens (1970)
  10. “To Sir, With Love” – Lulu (1967)
  11. “Through the Years” – Kenny Rogers (1981)
  12. “Teach Your Children” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970)
  13. “I Will Remember You” – Sarah McLachlan (1995)
  14. “Have I Told You Lately” – Van Morrison (1989)
  15. “You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban (2002)
A father and the bride dancing to father and daughter dance songs

How to Choose the Right Father and Daughter Dance Songs

Picking the perfect father and daughter wedding songs isn’t always a walk in the park. Here are some tips we’ve compiled to help you get started:

  • Consider the lyrics: Pay attention to the lyrics of potential songs. Look for ones that resonate with your relationship, conveying love, and appreciation. Lyrics that evoke emotional connections often make for the most memorable dances. For instance, you can opt for a song that talks about fatherly love or sacrifice to really match the theme.
  • Balance genre preferences: Take into account both you and your father’s musical preferences. Whether it’s pop, country, or anything in between, choose a genre that aligns with both of your tastes. You can even refer back to a time when your dad was blasting his favourite song on the car stereo and choose that song for your dance.
  • Remember shared memories: Think about songs that hold sentimental value. For example, consider tunes that were playing during significant moments in your life together, like family vacations, special occasions, or even your favourite road trip soundtrack.
  • Consult your father: Seek input from your father. They might have songs in mind that hold special significance for them – and who knows, maybe they’ve already been thinking about the perfect song since the day you were born. Involving your father in the decision-making process ensures the song chosen resonates with both of you.

What to Avoid When Choosing Father and Daughter Dance Songs

Father and daughter wedding dance songs should encourage smiles, not raised eyebrows! Avoid mishaps with these tips:

  • Inappropriate Lyrics: Watch out for songs with lyrics that might not align with the sentiments of a father-daughter dance. Avoid any inappropriate language like !@#$ or @#$% or themes that don’t suit the occasion.
  • Excessive Length: Long father daughter wedding songs can make the dance feel drawn out. Choose a song with a moderate length to keep the moment sweet and enjoyable without becoming tiresome. Tip: consider fading the song in at the right verse and fading out after the right chorus.
  • Ignoring Tempo: Ensure that the tempo of the song aligns with your comfort level. If you’re planning a choreographed dance, a song with a consistent and manageable tempo will make practicing and performing much smoother. After all, you probably don’t want a song so fast that you’ll start breaking a sweat in your dress.
  • Ignoring Your Father’s Input: It’s crucial to involve your father in the decision-making process. Ignoring his preferences may result in a song that doesn’t hold the same sentimental value for him. You don’t want your dad to feel left out during the dance, do you?

Final Thoughts

We’re happy to help you narrow down your options for top father daughter wedding songs to play!

Choosing the right song isn’t just about music; it’s about creating a memory that’ll stick. So, whether you’re twirling to a pop hit, swaying to a country melody, or grooving to an R&B rhythm, make it personal.

And hey, if you’re gearing up for the big day and thinking about the perfect tunes, we’re here for you. If you’re looking to start talking to DJ companies, you can reach out to us at DJing.ca! We’re Canada’s largest DJ company, and we’ve found the top 1% of DJs out of over 5,000+.

With over 1,000 events under our belt and a shiny 5-star rating, we’re not just about music – we’re about making memories. We even offer videography and photography services too! Let’s make your father-daughter dance unforgettable!

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