Seven Great Songs for Your Father Daughter Wedding Dance

by jaime on June 6, 2012

It’s almost as important as your first dance. He’s your Daddy, and you want it to be perfect. So here are a few that I recommend (as well as a cute reader recommendation!) you try on for size. And this time around, try not to dance on his feet too much.

“I Love” by Tom T. Hall – this was a reader-recommended song that actually made me a little girly. I thought it was such a cute song for a Father Daughter dance. Great recommendation, Nicole!

“Daddy, Dance With Me” by Chris Keith – it’s claimed that this is better than Butterfly Kisses. I think it’s a cute song, though not right for me… but I do agree, it’s an adorable song!

“I Loved Her First” by Heartland – I won’t lie, this song tends to get me a bit choked up.

“Gracie” by Ben Folds – finally, a non-country song! This is such a cute Ben Folds song, and I could see it being doubly awesome for a girl named Grace – but I think we could all pull it off.

“In the Heart of Every Girl” by Elton John – part of me wants to just go crazy unorthodox and play a song that my father and I used to dance to. This would be a compromise (we used to jam out to Elton John) that’s still cute.

“It Won’t Be Like This for Long” by Darius Rucker – this is a newer song, but I really expect it to become a classic Father Daughter Dance song. It’s a tearjerker!

And finally…

“Secret Garden” by Bruce Springsteen – a song that I love. A musician that both my father and I adore. And it’s kind of darling. This could be construed as a little too “romantic,” but I think it’s gorgeous.

So, what I really want to know is what did YOU dance to with your father? And, if you’re planning a wedding, what are your Father Daughter dance song ideas?



Erica June 6, 2012 at 10:47 am

There is a little known song by the name of “Good Morning Again” by Midnight to Twelve ( that I want to dance to with my dad. My entire family loves this song but not many other people know it so it seems special to me. I also really like “I Wish You Peace” by The Eagles ( as a father/daugher or mother/son dance :) I think that is what my guy and his mother are going to dance to…

Sarah September 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Hi Erica, I realize this is late but I just came across this blog. Its so bizarre you pick M212 as your band of choice. Jon is my cousin! I told him I read this and he thinks it is really awesome! I was so excited to see you picked that song. Great choice :) Good luck on your wedding!

Anna June 6, 2012 at 11:47 am

My dad and I had our father daughter dance choreographed and we danced to Frank Sinatra, “The Way You Look Tonight.” It was nice to spend some quality time with my dad before the big day and we will forever have wonderful memories of our father daughter dance!

Blair June 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm

You forgot Father and Daughter by Paul Simon–definitely the greatest out of these options.

jaime June 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

See, my readers always know better than I do! Thanks so much for sharing this, Blair!

Tamrine June 7, 2012 at 2:25 am

i love the song “to dance with my father again” i recommened it for a friend of mines wedding and them dancing to that song had every one in tears

Megan June 8, 2012 at 10:34 am

“Daddy’s hands” by Holly Dunn has made me tear up since I was a little girl. I’m not sure what my dad and I will dance to, but this is a great one.

Maria June 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm

My dad and I danced to Aint Too Proud to Beg… We’re kinda goofy and wanted something funny and fun and upbeat. It was awesome and everyone joined in!

Kristin June 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

This is the song my dad and I danced to:

Natalie Grant
“I’ll Always Be Your Baby”

Heather June 10, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Originally I had thought to use “You Make Me Smile” by Uncle Kracker, since it’s sweet and upbeat and not overtly romantic (and not country!) but then my father suggested some Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, so we may be doing that instead.

Our father-daughter dance is going to be doubly special because my new husband will be dancing with our daughter at the same time, in their first “daddy-daughter” dance.

Sarah June 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Another great father/daughter dance, at least in my opinion, is “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney. But I am using “I Loved Her First” by Heartland for me and my dad. And then “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw for me and my step-dad.

Casey June 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

My father/daughter dance will be to Dave Matthews Band, “You and Me”. Him and I both love DMB and have been to a few DMB shows together so this song is light and sweet and reminds me of my daddy. <3

Casey June 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

My father/daughter dance will be to Dave Matthews Band, “You and Me”. Him and I both love DMB and have been to a few DMB shows together so this song is light and sweet and reminds me of my daddy. <3

Angela June 15, 2012 at 7:13 am

I’m getting married next Saturday and let my dad pick the song we’re dancing to. He chose My Wish by Rascal Flatts. It couldn’t be more perfect.

Jes June 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I’m getting married in October and that is the song that my step-dad and I will be dancing to. It makes me tear up whenever I hear it!

Tori June 15, 2012 at 7:40 am

My wedding’s in October and my father/daughter dance will be to Audra Mae’s version of “Forever Young” :)

Madison June 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I am dancing with my dad to “My Girl” by The Temptations

Leanne June 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I’m getting married on November 3rd and my dad and I will be dancing to Paramore’s cover of “Hero” by the Foo Fighters

Jamie August 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I want to dance to My Hero by Foo Fighters with my dad as well!!

Niki June 19, 2012 at 9:53 am

I love the song Red Robin by Clark Richard…

Kim June 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I have not been one of those girls that has dreamed of her wedding since she was young, but I have always known that I will dance to “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle with my dad. I can’t wait!

Amy September 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Me too! its such a beautiful song, and when i was younger my dad bought me the “butterfly kisses” book, so its always been the plan!

Nicole June 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Although I’m giving my father complete control over the song we dance to, I personally have a few favorites:
My little girl- Tim McGraw (we’re a country family)
Wind Beneath my Wings- Bette Midler … although this may be “typical,” it makes me cry everytime I hear it.
You Raise Me Up- Josh Groban…a more modern “twist” to wind beneath my wings…I also suggested this for my fiance and his mother since it’s gender neutral and doesn’t require a father-daughter dance due to specific lyrics.

Erin June 20, 2012 at 1:08 am

My dad and I are dancing to Bob Dylan’s Daughter in the Water! It really describes our relationship, and is untraditional and upbeat! So perfect for us!

KC August 12, 2012 at 7:00 am

Great tune! But that song is actually by Loudon Wainwright.

Courtney June 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm

My dad used to play the guitar and sing “When I’m With You” by Sheriff. It’s supposed to be a love song, but it has special meaning for us. Another great one is “Little Miss Magic” by Jimmy Buffett – if you haven’t heard it, you should really take a listen!

I want to have a special dance with my brother as well, and for that I’ve chosen “A Friend to Me” by Garth Brooks.

Brooke June 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Butterfly Kisses

Nicole June 23, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I suggested “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney for my sisters wedding as she wanted a song for both Father/daughter and mother/son dance. It’s like the parents are giving their kids advice for the future. They ended up using it and it was awesome!

Mariah June 25, 2012 at 12:22 am

A love without end, amen by George Strait

Mollie June 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

“Daddy” by Kendall Payne

Abel June 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I am your child by Barry Manilow

Lyndsay June 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I’ve been considering a few, my dad is a classic rock fan and neither of us is very sentimental, so I don’t want anything too cheesy/mushy. The best I’ve found so far is “I Wish You Peace” by The Eagles. It’s a beautiful song and would work well for a father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, or both.

Kim June 27, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Forever My Father by Go Radio will definitely be my daddy’s and my dance.

Liz November 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Mine too. It (unfortunately) sums up my Dad and I’s sometimes rocky relationship, while still expressing how much I love him and miss being closer to him. I tried searching for a video of a Dad and daughter dancing to this song, but couldn’t find anything.

Cassie June 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm

My sister danced to “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle, so I wanted to leave that as a special song for them. My sister then found a gorgeous song called “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman… it gets me teary the whole way through. Absolutely beautiful… my Dad is an amazing dancer & I’ve always loved dancing with him, so it fits perfectly for me I think =)

Keri July 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm

My college roommate danced with her dad to Cinderella. I cried the whole time because of the story behind the song (he wrote it for his little girl who was killed soon after it was written).

Carolyn March 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Thanks! This song is very pretty. I’ve never heard of it before, and I know this isn’t the common song always picked for the father/daughter dance… I may use this! :)

Anna January 9, 2014 at 1:18 am

i’m glad i read the comments, i was gonna recommend Cinderella. Probably what i will use, but several good recommendations though.

Elizabeth kuhn June 29, 2012 at 1:36 am My father and i danced to “my little girl” by tim mcgraw

Kim July 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm

My dad and I danced to “cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman…I love that song!

dara July 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm

This one is from the groom’s point-of-view. I love this song. It would fit well b/c it could help remind the dad everyone understands, including the groom, haha.
“Stealing Cinderella” by Chuck Wicks

“She would always be

Playing Cinderella
Riding her first bike
Bouncing on the bed
And looking for a pillow fight

Running through the sprinkler
With a big popsicle grin
Dancing with her dad
Looking up at him”

Sarah July 6, 2012 at 6:59 am

I’m not married yet, and this isn’t really a “daddy-daughter” song, but my dad and I will be dancing to “Don’t Take the Girl” by Tim McGraw. He and I always listened to that song when I was little and we went to our favorite pizza place together.

Chaaron July 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

My dad and I danced to Jimmy Buffett’s “Little Miss Magic.” It was perfect for us!

Kelly July 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I surprised my Dad with “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac. My Dad always told me that we used to dance to that song on our front porch when I was little. When I was planning, I remembered that song and had my DJ play that right before “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. We also invited all of the Father/Daughters and Mother/Sons out to the dance floor for the last half of each dance. It was perfect!

Ally July 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I’m in between two songs to use for my father/daughter dance. They seem like rather odd choices to anyone that doesn’t know the story behind them, but they hold special meaning as they are the songs that I used to dance with my dad to when I was little. Even as a teenager when he would play those songs I would go out into the living room and dance with him. The songs are Tears of a Clown by the English Beat and Say That You Love Me by Loudon Wainwright III.

Angela July 13, 2012 at 1:24 am

My father and I danced to Nat & Natalie King Cole’s “Unforgettable” duet. We danced to that song at my hs graduation. (This is the only song we’ve ever danced to and we’ve only danced together twice.) My step-dad and I are closer. I wanted to dance to our favorite – Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” but felt it was too short. I had my dj insert the instrumental portion of Percy Jackson’s “Moon River.” It was unique and beautiful, sounding as one piece.

Angela July 13, 2012 at 1:26 am

Wow. Thanks insomnia! Percy Faith’s “Moon River.”. That’s what I get for doing Pinterest at 3:30 am! 😉

Kate July 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I was completely stumped on my daddy-daughter son for my wedding in November; I can’t believe I didn’t think of “My Girl”! My dad is a huge Motown fan, this will be absolutely perfect…thanks Madison, and everyone else for your awesome ideas!

Abbey July 19, 2012 at 10:07 pm

My dad and I are going to dance to butterfly kisses;)

Cora July 22, 2012 at 7:58 am

I’m getting married in December and not sure which song to use yet. Would really love to use Unforgettable – Duet by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole… afraid it might be a bit too romantic though???

Jillian July 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Hi Cora…
Not too romantic at all… it’s sung by Natalie Cole and her father, Nat “King” Cole. It’s got beautiful meaning for father and daughter…

Veronica July 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I have told my dad that when I get married, I’m going to use “I Loved Her First” by Heartland. I love it and it definitely chokes me up, but that’s just a cover up for the song I’m really going to use.
The actual song I’m going to use is “Love Without End, Amen” by George Strait. It may be considered a song for father and son since that’s how it was written, but it has special meaning for us. Since the song was pretty much brand new when I was born, my dad heard it after I was born when he left the hospital to take my brother home (poor guy was tired, but didn’t want to leave, haha). He also heard a few more times that day, I believe (since I was born at 3:34 am). I hope he likes the surprise.
Another good one would be “Daddy’s Girl” by Red Sovine. Whenever it came on (when I was older), he would turn it up and sing it to me. Of course, I’d just shake my head. Haha.

Carla July 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

My father and I danced to “Daughters” by John Mayer

Kelly August 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

My Dad and my sister danced to “You’re Gonna Miss This” by Trace Adkins. That song has always made me tear up :’)

Sharon August 12, 2012 at 5:58 am

My Dad loves his Irish heritage…we danced to “My Wild Irish Rose”.

Amber Reese August 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

We’re dancing to “Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison–perfect length, perfect message.

Rene September 3, 2012 at 6:41 am

I was married in 1999, and that’s the song my dad and I danced to! It was perfect-especially because I’m not very good at letting him know how much he means to me.

allie September 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

“I will take you home” by The Greatful Dead. It’s such a sweet and heartfelt song about a father’s love and life long devotion to his daughter :)

Carolyn March 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm

wow, I hadn’t thought of that one! great song!…thanks!

Becca September 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I’m getting married in January and usin Daddy’s angel by T-Carter, I’m the youngest of my family and has always been a daddy’s girl

Desirae October 5, 2012 at 9:16 am

“Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon and “Little Miss Magic” by Jimmy Buffet

Jess October 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

When I was little my dad used to sing Butterfly kisses to me, and a my sweet 16th he learned how to play it on the guitar and sang it for me. We cried like babies, and it was very special. I have every intention to dance at my wedding to that song as well. :)

Britne October 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

You should do a mother son list too, that would be great! My fiancé and his mom will be dancing to simple man by shine down <3

flossie wood November 9, 2012 at 4:34 am

I have written quite a popular song on youtube (over 200,000 hits) which seems to be popular with brides. It is called You’re my hero. Here is the link.
I hope you all have a wonderful day


Ania November 12, 2012 at 8:25 am

I haven’t read all the comments, for there are too much to read! But my all-time favorite father daughter song is “Butterfly kisses” by Bob Carlisle. I used it for my Sweet 16 and will also be using it for my wedding day! The best song ever!!!

Ruth November 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

My father and I danced to “daughter of mine” by John McDermott but my father will be dancing to Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman. I would recommend both choices. My hubby danced to “baby” by Blake Shelton which was also good

kara December 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm

i grew up listening to 80s country music (because of my dad) & although i had a tiny wedding with no reception, if there had been a daddy/daughter dance it def would’ve been to ‘wouldn’t have missed it for the world’ by ronnie milsap. the lyrics are super sweet.

Sierra January 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Butterfly Kisses

Ashley January 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I am getting married in April and have no idea what song to dance to with my dad, but my sister just got engaged and found a slow rendition of sweet child of mine that she wants to dance to with my dad. I think its really cute, obviously not gonna copy her though :)

Deona January 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm

My mom sang “in my daughter’s eyes” by Martina McBride during my father daughter dance. For my sister’s father daughter dance I sang “daddy” by Beyonce.

Ariel March 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Butterfly Kisses will be my song we dance to because it is want we use to always do everynight.

Shyla Marie April 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm

My Papa doesn’t know it yet, but he and I will probably end up dancing to landslide by Fleetwood Mac when I get married. When I was little, and learning how to play guitar, he would sit next to me with his guitar and play it over and over while I tried to mimic him, and as I got older, he would do the solo licks, while I played the chords and we sing it together every year on Christmas. He’s always told me it reminds him of me, and in turn I always think of him when it come on. If ya’ll can’t tell, I’m a bit of a daddy’s girl haha.

Kait April 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm

King of the World by Point of Grace, it’s an awesome song if you want something from the bride to her dad <3 I'm in love with this song :)

Melissa April 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

Walk with you by Edwin McCain

I’ll take this slow sweet walk with you
You’ll let go of my hand to say: I do
He will discover just how blessed a life can be
I know cuz all those years ago
Someone handed you to me

Every step that we take
Brings back the memories
Winter snows and horse shows
Dancing on the beach
I can’t help thinking that I’m the lucky one
You’re still my baby daughter
And now I’ve gained a son

I’ll take this slow sweet walk with you
You’ll let go of my hand to say : I do
He will discover just how blessed a life can be
I know ‘cause all those years ago
Your mom handed you to me

Don’t miss a chance to put each other first
Now that you’ve vowed for better or for worse
Don’t let the beauty of this life pass you by
In the times of trouble you’ll stand side by side

I’ll take this slow sweet walk with you
You’ll let go of my hand to say : I do

I picture a slow sweet walk yet to be
When you’ll take my hand and say : Daddy come see
Then you’ll know what it felt like
You won’t believe what it feels like
Then you’ll know what it felt like
When she handed you to me

She handed you to me

Ashley May 22, 2013 at 7:14 am

I am getting married in July, and I will be dancing with my dad to the song “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman. It makes me tear up every time I hear it because the lyrics are so perfect.

Vanessa May 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I’ll be getting married in December & think I’ve decided on “I Wish You Love” the Sam Cooke version. The last line “and when the snowflakes fall, I wish you love” will be perfect for the time of year.

Nadia Pshonyak October 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm

“Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman is an amazing song. It’s a bit of a tearjerker, too.

Carrie Beth October 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

My dad and I will be dancing to “Find Your Wings” by Mark Harris. It’s a wonderful song that always makes me cry.

Check out this awesome video:

Dee Wioland November 1, 2013 at 8:23 pm

My father has passed away, but for my father daughter dance, I am dancing with my new father-in-law and my step sons his memory since they are the other important men in my life. We are dancing to “I’ll be there” by The Escape Club.
I would love to find a song for my husband and daughter to dance to also and they first daddy-daughter song, but most are for the bride and stepdad….

Sarah December 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm

My Little Girl by Tim McGraw has to be one of the greatest father daughter songs there is. It chokes me up every time! It’s a beautiful song and makes the listeners reflect on their relationship with their dad. Comes from the dad’s perspective. Really, really fitting for me because it talks about always being daddy’s little girl no matter what and always knowing where home is, growing up fast, taking the world. It is such an axing song.. I love it so much. Even talks about a boy coming and asking for the girls hand and the dad making sure he’s right for her, but between the dad and daughter, no one will ever be good enough for her. Love love love!

Stephanie January 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

I chose Sweet child o’mine by Guns N Roses for my dad and I. I wanted something unique and fun to dance to but still sweet.

Sofia May 5, 2014 at 1:00 am

I danced to My Little Girl by Tim McGraw. It was a great song and had gotten many compliments on the song. One of my nieces will actually be doing it for her wedding also.

De May 5, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I’m considering “You Are My Sunshine” for the father daughter dance, but will probably end up dancing to that with my son. It has some significance to all three of us, because of my Mom (who passed away a little over a year ago), so it will definitely be a song we’ll use in some way during the wedding.

After seeing this list though, we’ll probably go with “I Loved Her First” by Heartland. I’m not a fan of country music, but my Dad is. It really isn’t a very twangy song, which is one of the things that bothers me about a lot of country music, so it doesn’t bother me. The lyrics are beautiful and touching and definitely make me think of my Dad.

Megan May 12, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I know this is really late to this post but my dad and I danced to “Watch Them Grow,” by Zach Gill. It’s a very sweet song that is not used a ton.

Jennifer June 12, 2014 at 7:38 am

I will be dancing to “daddy” by Kendall Payne
I cry everytime I hear it, so sweet!

Cassie September 1, 2014 at 11:48 am

I chose the song “Lullabye” by Billy Joel to dance with my dad on my wedding day. I grew up listening to Billy Joel with my dad, belting out songs in the car, and this song is beautiful and perfect. I just listened to it again and cried the entire time, imagining dancing with my dad. Ahhhhhh :)

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