Modern Father-Daughter Wedding Dance Songs

Father of the bride dancing with his daughter at a wedding reception

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The father-daughter dance is a touching moment during a wedding reception. However, you don't necessarily need a sappy or trite tune nor does it have to be the same old-time song that you've heard dozens of times. Instead, choose a modern father-daughter dance song that hasn't been around long enough to be overplayed (yet).

  • "Perfect," by Ed Sheeran: Although this might be more traditional as a first dance song, the overall sentiment applies to fathers and daughters, too. After all, what father doesn't think his daughter is perfect? Choose from the solo Ed Sheeran version or the duet with Queen B herself, Beyonce.
  • "Make You Feel My Love," by Adele: This is an ideal father-daughter wedding dance song for the man who wants his daughter to know that he would move heaven and earth for her: "I'd go hungry; I'd go black and blue/And I'd go crawling down the avenue/No, there's nothing that I wouldn't do/To make you feel my love."
  • "Growing Up (Sloane's Song)," By Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Feat. Ed Sheeran): This contemporary, blues-inspired tune is all about everything a dad would do for his child.
  • "Cecelia and the Satellite," by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness: This upbeat song is an option for the non-traditional father and daughter who would rather cut a rug than sway slowly back and forth. The lyrics, too, have deep meaning for parents: "Through all the things my eyes have seen/The best by far is you."
  • "A Life That's Good," by Lennon & Maisy: Originally debuting in the TV show "Nashville," this song is for the father and daughter who want to celebrate the wonders of their life together.

Uncommon Throwbacks

It's great to reach back in a musician's repertoire to find the perfect father-daughter dance. If you're looking for a throwback song that's not overplayed, though, you'll have to look a little harder. Consider some of these less-common tunes:

  • "Thank You," by Led Zeppelin: The dads of today's brides are more likely to be Led Zeppelin fans than swing music fans. Appeal to your dad's music taste with a little classic rock.
  • "Dancing on Daddy's Shoes," by Leon Redbone: This song has influences of early 20th-century music cover rock, folk, jazz, and bluegrass. It's old-fashioned while being just a teensy bit modern, too, so it's great for a bride who wants something classic without being overdone.
  • "Songbird," by Fleetwood Mac: This lovely song is a classic yet isn't heard at wedding receptions very often. The lyrics—"To you, I'll give the world" — display the love that a parent has for their child.
  • "Daddy," by Beyonce: Both sweet and soulful, this song that reminisces a little girl's memories of her daddy is perfect for a father-daughter dance at a wedding reception.
  • "I'll Be Loving You Always," by Frank Sinatra: Go way, way back with the crooner himself with this song that shares the mutual sentiment that father and daughter will love each other "always."