One thing that is constantly left to a last-minute decision is the reception music, especially the chosen songs for the traditional dances that take place. One particular dance that can be difficult to choose is a song for the father-daughter dance. Depending on the type of relationship you have with your dad, some of the traditional choices could be considered cheesy or out of character. If you're on the hunt for a sweet and sentimental song to dance with your father to at your wedding reception, we hope this list of favorites helps you narrow down your decision.
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This song from Ray Charles is a regular as a father-daughter dance song because of its sweet lyrics:
If you ever (If you ever)
Ever need a friend
I'll be with you (Be with you)
Yes, until the end
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This sweet and sentimental song takes the listener through a father's viewpoint of his daughter's life throughout the years. It's a touching and emotional song that is ever popular for weddings, leaving guests without a dry eye.
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Child of Mine is a great song for a father daughter dance, even though it's performed by a woman. It gives a sweet take on what a parent experiences watching their child grow, and also offers advice for living a happy life.
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Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman is another lovely sentimental song for the dads who are softies. It tells the story of a dad who dances with his daughter throughout her life from the age of a little girl to a bride on her wedding day, reminding the listener that life is short and you should always choose to dance.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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Daughters by John Mayer has turned into quite the popular father-daughter dance song. It reminds us all that a father makes a big impact and impression on his daughter and their relationship can shape all others that she has in the future. That's pretty deep stuff!
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This song by Paul Simon spells out the father-daughter relationship in a perfect way: No one can love a girl like her father. This fact is made clear within the lyrics:
I'm gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father
Love his daughter more than I love you
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Forever Young serves as a prayer or series of wishes from a father to his children. It is a simple and beautiful sentiment for a father and daughter to share a dance to on the wedding day.
May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
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Here Comes the Sun is a song of hope and joy, in finding the good in every new day. It's a perfect message for a father to share with his daughter through song during their dance at her wedding.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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This song by James Taylor offers up a sweet message for a father to share with his daughter: that his life has been made sweeter since she came into it.
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This song by John Fogerty expresses the love and companionship a father offers to his daughter in a sweet and simple way.
I will walk with you
Every step of the way
Love you all my life
Love you everyday
No matter where you wander
No matter what you do
Come what may I will walk with you
I will walk with you
And treasure every smile
No matter what the fashion
You'll always be my style
My pretty little princess
An angel dressed in blue
Come what may I will walk with you
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This song by Heather Headley is an expression of a daughter's feelings of love and gratitude for her father in such a beautiful way. It's a nice twist on the typical male narrated father-daughter songs.
Would I be standing here
After all these years
Among the stars above?
If it wasn't for your love
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This song by Stevie Wonder is a popular father-daughter dance song due to its sappy sweetness about a father and his baby girl.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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This classic by The Temptations is another great option for a father-daughter dance. The lyrics are tame enough that they could just as easily be used for a romantic love or a fatherly type love, so no embarrassment here.
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The lyrics from this Rascal Flatts hit are absolutely perfect for a father's wishes for his daughter as she begins her new life in marriage.
I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you wanna go,
And if you're faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin' till you find the window,
If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile.
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This tune first found fame in the movie classic The Wizard of Oz, and this version by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole is legendary in its own right.
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This classic song by Frank Sinatra is an excellent choice for a father-daughter dance, as it strikes the perfect notes of intentionally ambiguous love and admiration.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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This song is definitely more sung from the daughter's point of view than the father's, so if you've got big love for your pops then consider this sweet tune.
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Another absolute classic, this ubiquitous hit by Louis Armstrong is a consistent favorite for wedding dances, including the father-daughter dance.
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This heartfelt song by Stevie Wonder is a perfect choice for the father-daughter dance. Aren't these lyrics just the sweetest way for a dad to express his love for his daughter on her wedding day?
You are the sunshine of my life
That's why I'll always be around,
You are the apple of my eye,
Forever you'll stay in my heart
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Finally, this sweet song, as covered by James Taylor, is another fantastic choice for this important moment.