Top 10 Father-Daughter Dance Songs for a Wedding Reception

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Is there a more emotional moment in a father's or a daughter's life than when they dance at her wedding or reception? Maybe, but we can't think of one. Here are, based on my informal survey of other fathers of the bride, the top wedding dance songs for that father-daughter dance at the wedding celebration.

If you are looking for father-daughter wedding dance songs with a specific theme, check out our list of country wedding dance songs and our list of favorite traditional wedding dance songs as well.

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    Butterfly Kisses

    Bob Carlisle, Butterfly Kisses

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    Bob Carlisle's Butterfly Kisses is one of the all-time favorites. The message is loved by dads and daughters alike and the tempo makes dancing easy. Not sure what butterfly kisses are? It's when you cuddle up with your daughter and her eyelashes tickle your cheek as she bats her eyes. It happens to almost all dads and daughters a lot as she grows up. So the song has a fun message for a daughter's wedding. 

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    When Angels Fly

    When Angels Fly

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    When Angels Fly is a new addition to our top ten list of father-daughter wedding songs. Performed by Tony Ransom & The Heavenly Light Orchestra, it is at once inspiring and memorable.  

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    I Loved Her First

    Heartland, I Loved Her First

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    What a great song for a father-daughter wedding dance! By the country/pop group Heartland, this song will melt the heart of daughter, father, and every onlooker. The music is wonderful, the message sender and the reminder of what a dad means to his daughter at her wedding is the focus of this song. 

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    Through the Years

    Kenny Rogers, Through the Years

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    Through the Years by Kenny Rogers is a timeless song of love and is a favorite of many of my friends. It is a little bit country, which appeals to many dads and daughters, but is sweet and memorable.

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    Always Be Your Baby

    Natalie Grant, Deeper Life

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    Natalie Grant's Always Be Your Baby has been recommended by many dads and brides. One bride told us "It is the most tearjerking father/daughter song I have ever heard! My father and I danced to this song at my wedding, and I cried the entire time!" 

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    How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)

    The Best of James Taylor

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    This classic hit is a great but less often used wedding dance choice, but wonderful for that James Taylor father-daughter dance moment. Many dads remember it from their youth and it is a lot of fun to dance to. This is not your classic waltz, but it is still memorable. 

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    The Way You Look Tonight

    Frank Sinatra, Nothing but the Best

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    An old Frank Sinatra tune (with the Count Basie orchestra) is a wonderful dad and daughter dance number. It has a fun beat and is well crafted for a little swing dance at a wedding or reception.  

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    Natalie Cole, Unforgettable

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    You can't listen to Natalie Cole's version of her father's hit Unforgettable without feeling the warm affection between a father and a daughter. It is easy to dance to and it tugs at the heartstrings for any bride and her daddy. 

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    Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel)

    Billy Joel, River of Dreams

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    One of Billy Joel's soulful songs sings a lullaby to his daughter and provides a favorite dance song for weddings. This is a unique song—not one you'll hear at every wedding—and still is meaningful to a dad and his newlywed daughter.  

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    My Father's Eyes

    Eric Clapton, My Father's Eyes

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    Eric Clapton's performance of My Father's Eyes is sweet and soulful and will be loved by both you and your daughter.  

Make It Special

At the end of the wedding experience, one of the things that your daughter will remember the most is the way the father-daughter wedding dance went and how she felt about it. Make it a special experience; smile a lot, tell her how much you love her, and express confidence in her and in her future. It will be an experience that neither of you will ever forget.