20 Sweet Songs for Your Father-Daughter Dance

Bride dancing with father at reception with twinkle lights on the ceiling.

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One wedding step 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 play at your wedding reception, use this list of favorites to help you narrow down your decision.

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    "Ain't That Love" by Ray Charles

    "Rock & Roll" album with song "Ain't That Love" by Ray Charles.


    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
  • 02 of 20

    "Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle

    "Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)" by Bob Carlisle


    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.

  • 03 of 20

    "Child of Mine" by Carole King

    "The Essential Carole King" album with "Child of Mine" by Carole King


    "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 parents experience while watching their child grow and offers advice for living a happy life.

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    "Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman

    "This Moment" album with "Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman


    "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.

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    "Daughters" by John Mayer

    "Heavier Things" album with "Daughters" by John Mayer


    "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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    "Father & Daughter" by Paul Simon

    "We'll Paint You a Rainbow" album featuring "Father & Daughter" by Paul Simon


    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
    Ooh ooh
    There could never be a father
    Love his daughter more than I love you
  • 07 of 20

    "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan

    "The Complete Album Collection: The 70s" album featuring "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan


    "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 on her 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" by The Beatles

    "Abbey Road" album featuring "Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles


    "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.

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    "How Sweet It Is (To be Loved by You)" by James Taylor

    "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" song by James Taylor


    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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    "I Will Walk With You" by John Fogerty

    "Deja Vu All Over Again" album featuring "I Will Walk With You" by John Fogerty


    This song by John Fogerty expresses the love and companionship a father offers to his daughter sweetly and simply.

    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
  • 11 of 20

    "If It Wasn't For Your Love" by Heather Headley

    "Hl" album featuring "If It Wasn't For Your Love" by Heather Headley


    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?
    Maybe not
    If it wasn't for your love
  • 12 of 20

    "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder

    "Songs In the Key of Life" album featuring "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder


    This song by Stevie Wonder is a popular father-daughter dance song due to its sappy sweetness about a father and his baby girl.

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    "My Girl" by The Temptations

    "The Best of Volume 1: The '60s" featuring "My Girl" by The Temptations


    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 romantic love or fatherly type love, so no embarrassment here.

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    "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts

    “Me and My Gang" album featuring "My Wish” by Rascal Flatts


    The lyrics from this Rascal Flatts hit are 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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    "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

    "Facing Future" album featuring "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole


    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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    "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra

    "Nothing But the Best" album featuring "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra


    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.

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    "To Sir With Love" by Lulu

    “To Sir With Love” by Lulu


    This song is 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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    "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong

    "What a Wonderful World" song by Louis Armstrong


    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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    "You Are The Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder

    "The Definitive Collection" featuring "You Are The Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder


    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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    "You've Got a Friend" by James Taylor

    “Mud Slide Slim" album featuring "You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor


    Finally, this sweet song, as covered by James Taylor, is another fantastic choice for this important moment.