103 Sweet Father-Daughter Dance Songs You Need for Your Wedding

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Chapelle Johnson
chapelle johnson the knot associate editor
Chapelle Johnson
Associate Editor
  • Chapelle writes articles for The Knot Worldwide. She covers all things wedding-related and has a personal interest in covering celebrity engagements and fashion.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Chapelle was an editorial intern for Subvrt Magazine.
  • Chapelle has a degree in English writing from Loyola University New Orleans.
Updated Nov 03, 2023

Father-daughter dance songs need to hit all the right notes. That's why it's important to find the best sweet, personal and great to dance to selection. These daddy-daughter dance tunes are traditionally picked by the father or daughter, but it can also become a team effort. Just remember to choose a heartfelt song about love that doesn't dip into romantic territory. But if you find a song you adore with an iffy line (we're talking to you, "Butterfly Kisses" fans), you can work with your musicians to cut it out.

Once you've found a few of your favorites, talk with your DJ or live band (which you can book through The Knot) about creating a playlist and see if they have any input. Then prepare to dance the night away, after entrees are served, of course, to one of these sweet father-daughter wedding dance songs.

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Country Father-Daughter Dance Songs

There's no denying country songs can pull at your heartstrings. If that's your preferred music genre, you'll adore all of these daddy-daughter dance ballads.

1. "My Wish," by Rascal Flatts

    Lyrics you'll love: "My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to / Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small"

      Lyrics you'll love: "So I've been tryna slow it down / I've been tryna take it in / In this here today gone tomorrow world we're livin' in"

      3. "Daddy's Hands," by Holly Dunn

        Lyrics you'll love: "Daddy's hands / Were soft and kind when I was crying"

        4. "God Gave Me You," by Blake Shelton

          Lyrics you'll love: "God gave me you for the ups and downs / God gave me you for the days of doubt"

          5. "I Loved Her First," by Heartland

            Lyrics you'll love: "I was enough for her not long ago / I was number one, she told me so / And she stills means the world to me, just so you know"

            6. "It Won't Be Like This for Long," by Darius Rucker

              Lyrics you'll love: "This phase is going to fly by / If you could just hold on / It won't be like this for long"

              7. "My Little Girl," by Tim McGraw

                Lyrics you'll love: "Gotta hold on easy I let you go / Gonna tell you how much I love you, though you think you already know"

                8. "Stealing Cinderella," by Chuck Wicks

                  Lyrics you'll love: "In her eyes I'm Prince Charming / But to him I'm just some fellow / Riding in and stealing Cinderella"

                  9. "Daughter's Wedding Song," by Dale Watson

                    Lyrics you'll love: "Today I'm giving my daughter away / It's her time to make a new start"

                    10. "Wide Open Spaces," by The Chicks

                      Lyrics you'll love: "She needs, wide open spaces / Room to make her big mistakes / She needs, new faces / She knows the high stakes"

                      11. "You Are My Sunshine," by Johnny Cash

                        Lyrics you'll love: "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine / You make me happy when skies are gray"

                        12. "I'll Be There," by Josh Turner

                          Lyrics you'll love: "When you need a coach or you need a fan / Need a castle built out of ocean sand / Or a rainbow chaser / I'm your man"

                          13. "Just Fishin'," by Trace Adkins

                            Lyrics you'll love: "I say, 'Daddy loves you, baby' one more time / She says, 'I know. I think I got a bite.'"

                            14. "I'll Be Your Man (Song for a Daughter)," by Zac Brown Band

                              Lyrics you'll love: "There was a time when I thought I knew love / Until you came into this world / Time keeps on flying / But you're always gonna be my baby girl"

                              15. "Daddy's Little Girl," by The Shires

                                Lyrics you'll love: "He said 'You can be anything you want to in this great big world' / But I'm always gonna be daddy's little girl, daddy's little girl"

                                Unique Father-Daughter Dance Songs

                                Want to surprise the wedding guests with non-traditional father-daughter dance songs? Then pick any of these tunes from this showstopping list.

                                16. "You'll Be in My Heart," by Phil Collins

                                  Lyrics you'll love: "I will protect you / From all around you / I will be here / Don't you cry"

                                  17. "Forever," by The Beach Boys

                                    Lyrics you'll love: "If the song I sing to you / Could fill your heart with joy / I'd sing forever (Together, my love"

                                    18. "To Sir With Love," by Lulu

                                      Lyrics you'll love: "A friend who taught me right from wrong / And weak from strong, that's a lot to learn"

                                      19. "It Had to Be You," by Ray Charles

                                        Lyrics you'll love: "It had to be you, it had to be you / I wandered around, finally found / Somebody who could make me be true"

                                        20. "You've Got a Friend," by James Taylor

                                          Lyrics you'll love: "Close your eyes and think of me / And soon I will be there / To brighten up even your darkest nights"

                                          21. "Glory," by Jay-Z (feat. Blue Ivy Carter)

                                            Lyrics you'll love: "Words can't describe the feeling, for real / Baby, I paint the sky blue (Uh) / My greatest creation was you"

                                            22. "To Know Him Is To Love Him," by Amy Winehouse

                                              Lyrics you'll love: "To know, know, know him / Is to love, love, love him"

                                              23. "Papá, Quiero Decirte," by Lali Torres

                                                Lyrics you'll love: "Tu ejemplo seguiré / Tus consejos, yo recordaré / Pido a Dios por tu ser / Que te guarde para siempre"

                                                24. "Not All Heroes Wear Capes," by Owl City

                                                  Lyrics you'll love: "He doesn't fight crime or wear a cape / He doesn't read minds or levitate / But every time my wold needs saving / He's my Superman"

                                                  25. "I'll Be There," by The Jackson 5

                                                    Lyrics you'll love: "Let me fill your heart with joy and laughter / Togetherness, girl, is all I'm after / Whenever you need me, I'll be there (I'll be there)"

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                                                    26. "Stand By Me," by Ben E. King

                                                      Lyrics you'll love: "I won't cry, I won't cry / No, I won't shed a tear / Just as long as you stand, stand by me"

                                                      Sentimental Father-Daughter Dance Songs

                                                      If causing happy tears from the guests is on your wedding to-do list, use one of these father-daughter wedding songs. We can't promise you and your dance partner won't shed a few tears yourselves.

                                                      27. "Father's Eyes," by Amy Grant

                                                        Lyrics you'll love: "She's got her father's eyes / Her father's eyes / Eyes that find the good in things / When good is not around"

                                                        28. "Unforgettable," by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

                                                          Lyrics you'll love: "Unforgettable / In every way / And forevermore / That's how you'll stay"

                                                          29. "Wind Beneath My Wings," by Bette Midler

                                                            Lyrics you'll love: "Did you ever know that you're my hero / And everything I would like to be? / I can fly higher than an eagle / For you are the wind beneath my wings"

                                                            30. "What a Wonderful World," by Louis Armstrong

                                                              Lyrics you'll love: "I see trees of green, red roses too / I see them bloom for me and you / And I think to myself / What a wonderful world"

                                                              31. "You Are So Beautiful," by Joe Crocker

                                                                Lyrics you'll love: "You are so beautiful / To me / You are so beautiful / Can't you see"

                                                                32. "Your Song," by Elton John

                                                                  Lyrics you'll love: "I hope you don't mind / That I put down in the words / How wonderful life is while you're in the world"

                                                                  33. "Gracie," by Ben Folds

                                                                    Lyrics you'll love: "You will always have a part of me / Nobody else is ever gonna see / Gracie girl"

                                                                    34. "Daughter," by Loudon Wainwright III

                                                                      Lyrics you'll love: "Everything she sees / She says she wants / Everything she wants / I see she gets"

                                                                      35. "Landslide," by Fleetwood Mac

                                                                        Lyrics you'll love: "'Cause I've built my life around you / But time makes you bolder / Even children get older / And I'm getting older too"

                                                                        36. "Over the Rainbow," by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

                                                                          Lyrics you'll love: "Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly / And the dream that you dare to, oh why, oh why can't I, I?"

                                                                          37. "I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack

                                                                            Lyrics you'll love: "Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance / And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance / I hope you dance"

                                                                            Fun Father-Daughter Dance Songs

                                                                            Just because it's a father-daughter dance doesn't mean the song selection has to be sentimental. Play one of these fun tunes and boogie on down with your loved one.

                                                                            38. "Dance Like Yo Daddy," by Meghan Trainor

                                                                              Lyrics you'll love: "Don't worry 'bout the way you look / There ain't nobody judging you (Wanna dance with you) / I want you to dance like yo daddy (Come on)"

                                                                              39. "Do You Believe in Magic," by The Lovin' Spoonful

                                                                                Lyrics you'll love: "Do you believe in magic in a young girl's heart / How the music can free her whenever it starts?"

                                                                                40. "Jump On It," by Sir Mix-a-Lot

                                                                                  Lyrics you'll love: "What's up Atlanta, what's up (x2) / Atlanta jump on it, jump on it, jump on it"

                                                                                  41. "Let's Groove," by Earth, Wind & Fire

                                                                                    Lyrics you'll love: "Let's groove tonight (down down, up and down) / Share the spice of life"

                                                                                    42. "U Can't Touch This," by M.C. Hammer

                                                                                      Lyrics you'll love: "Fresh new kicks, and pants / You gotta like that, now you know you wanna dance"

                                                                                      43. "Footloose," by Kenny Loggins

                                                                                        Lyrics you'll love: "So now I gotta cut loose / Footloose / Kick off the Sunday shoes"

                                                                                        44. "Stayin' Alive," by Bee Gees

                                                                                          Lyrics you'll love: "You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive / Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin'"

                                                                                          45. "Dancing in the Moonlight," by Toploader

                                                                                            Lyrics you'll love: "Dancing in the moonlight / Everybody's feelin' warm and bright"

                                                                                            46. "You've Got a Friend in Me," by Randy Newman

                                                                                              Lyrics you'll love: "You've got troubles, and I've got 'em, too / There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you"

                                                                                              47. "You Are the Best Thing," by Ray LaMontagne

                                                                                                Lyrics you'll love: "You are the best thing / That ever happened to me"

                                                                                                48. "Tiny Dancer," by Elton John

                                                                                                  Lyrics you'll love: "Hold me closer, tiny dancer / Count the headlights on the highway"

                                                                                                  Rock Father-Daughter Dance Songs

                                                                                                  Rock, roll and lose control with one of these classic rock father-daughter dance songs. We have all the greats, from Queen to Led Zeppelin.

                                                                                                  49. "Home Sweet Home," by Mötley Crüe

                                                                                                    Lyrics you'll love: "I'm on my way / Home sweet home / Tonight, tonight"

                                                                                                    50. "Sweet Child O' Mine," by Guns N' Roses

                                                                                                      Lyrics you'll love: "Woah-woah-woah / Sweet child of mine / Woah, oh-oh-oh / Sweet love of mine"

                                                                                                      51. "Tupelo Honey," by Van Morrison

                                                                                                        Lyrics you'll love: "She's as sweet of tupelo honey / She's an angel of the first degree"

                                                                                                        52. "Thank You," by Led Zeppelin

                                                                                                          Lyrics you'll love: "If the sun refused to shine / I would still be loving you / When mountains crumble to the sea / There will still be you and me"

                                                                                                          53. "I'll Stand By You," by The Pretenders

                                                                                                            Lyrics you'll love: "I'll stand by you, I'll stand by you / Won't let nobody hurt you / I'll stand by you"

                                                                                                            54. "Wildflowers," by Tom Petty

                                                                                                              Lyrics you'll love: "You belong with your love on your arm / You belong somewhere you feel free"

                                                                                                              55. "My Darling," by Wilco

                                                                                                                Lyrics you'll love: "Because we made you, my darling / With the love in each of our hearts / We were a family, my darling / Right from the start"

                                                                                                                56. "Teach Your Children," by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

                                                                                                                  Lyrics you'll love: "Teach your children well / Your father's hell did slowly go by / And feed them on your dreams / The one they pick's the one you'll know by"

                                                                                                                  57. "You're My Best Friend," by Queen

                                                                                                                    Lyrics you'll love: "Ooh, you make me live / Whatever this world can give to me / It's you, you're all I see"

                                                                                                                    58. "Here for You," by Neil Young

                                                                                                                      Lyrics you'll love: "Just close your eyes and I'll be there / Listen to the sound / Of this old heart beating for you"

                                                                                                                      59. "When I See You Smile," by Bad English

                                                                                                                        Lyrics you'll love: "When I see you smile / I can face the world"

                                                                                                                        Modern Father-Daughter Dance Songs

                                                                                                                        If you're a fan of chart-toppers, you'll love these father-daughter wedding songs. You've likely heard a few of these on the radio or in movies and TV shows, meaning everyone will recognize them once you start dancing.

                                                                                                                        60. "Butterfly Fly Away," by Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus

                                                                                                                          Lyrics you'll love: "Don't you worry, hold on tight / I promise you there will come a day / Butterfly fly away"

                                                                                                                          61. "One Call Away," by Charlie Puth

                                                                                                                            Lyrics you'll love: "I'm only one call away / I'll be there to save the day / Superman got nothing on me"

                                                                                                                            62. "Never Grow Up," by Taylor Swift

                                                                                                                              Lyrics you'll love: "Oh, darling, don't you ever grow up / Don't you ever grow up, just stay this little"

                                                                                                                              63. "Like My Father," by Jax

                                                                                                                                Lyrics you'll love: "I need a man who loves me like / My father loves my mom"

                                                                                                                                64. "First Man," by Camila Cabello

                                                                                                                                  Lyrics you'll love: "You held me so tight, now someone else can / But you were the first man that really loved me"

                                                                                                                                  65. "EmmyLou," by First Aid Kit

                                                                                                                                    Lyrics you'll love: "No, I'm not asking much of you / Just sing, little darling, sing with me"

                                                                                                                                    66. "I Lived," by OneRepublic

                                                                                                                                      Lyrics you'll love: "I, I did it all / I owned every second that this world could give / I saw so many places, the things that I did / With every broken bone I swear I lived"

                                                                                                                                      67. "Ready, Set, Don't Go," by Billy Ray Cyrus

                                                                                                                                        Lyrics you'll love: "She's at the starting line of the rest of her life / As ready as she's ever been"

                                                                                                                                        68. "Roots and Wings," by Miranda Lambert

                                                                                                                                          Lyrics you'll love: "I thank the Lord above / On my Sunday drive / For Daddy's hands"

                                                                                                                                          69. "Moon River," by Frank Ocean

                                                                                                                                            Lyrics you'll love: "Moon river, wider than a mile / Crossin' in style someday"

                                                                                                                                            70. "Hold My Girl," by George Ezra

                                                                                                                                              Lyrics you'll love: "Pick a place to rest your head / Give me a minute to hold my girl"

                                                                                                                                              71. "How Long Will I Love You," by Ellie Goulding

                                                                                                                                                Lyrics you'll love: "How long will I be with you? / As long as the sea is bound to / Wash up on the sand"

                                                                                                                                                72. "I Turn to You," by Christina Aguilera

                                                                                                                                                  Lyrics you'll love: "For everything you do / For everything that's true / I turn to you"

                                                                                                                                                  73. "Man That Hung the Moon," by Brantley Gilbert

                                                                                                                                                    Lyrics you'll love: "And it won't be long / 'Til I hear, 'Daddy's home' and / Footsteps running to / The man that hung the moon"

                                                                                                                                                    74. "Right By You (for Luna)," by John Legend

                                                                                                                                                      Lyrics you'll love: "Sanctify your answer not your prayer / Oh, I will be there, yeah, I will be there"

                                                                                                                                                      75. "Sweetest Devotion," by Adele

                                                                                                                                                        Lyrics you'll love: "The sweetest devotion / Hit me like an explosion / All of my life, I've been frozen / The sweetest devotion I know"

                                                                                                                                                        R&B Father-Daughter Dance Songs

                                                                                                                                                        What do Beyoncé, Lionel Richie and Sade have in common? They all have created some of the best father-daughter songs for your wedding––find those artists and more below.

                                                                                                                                                        76. "Daddy," by Beyoncé

                                                                                                                                                          Lyrics you'll love: "You've given me such security / No matter what mistakes I make, you're there for me"

                                                                                                                                                          77. "One in a Million," by Larry Graham

                                                                                                                                                            Lyrics you'll love: "I was a lonely man with empty arms to fill / Then I found a piece of happiness to call my own"

                                                                                                                                                            78. "Dance With My Father," by Luther Vandross

                                                                                                                                                              Lyrics you'll love: "If I could get another chance / Another walk / Another dance with him / I'd play a song that would never ever end"

                                                                                                                                                              79. "Hero," by Mariah Carey

                                                                                                                                                                Lyrics you'll love: "And then a hero comes along / With the strength to carry on"

                                                                                                                                                                80. "Ballerina Girl," by Lionel Richie

                                                                                                                                                                  Lyrics you'll love: "I'm so aware / Of how much I care for you / You are more than now / You are for always"

                                                                                                                                                                  81. "Footprints in the Sand," by Leona Lewis

                                                                                                                                                                    Lyrics you'll love: "I'll carry you when you need a friend / You'll find my footprints in the sand"

                                                                                                                                                                    82. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

                                                                                                                                                                      Lyrics you'll love: "Ain't no mountain high enough / Ain't no valley low enough / Ain't no river wide enough / To keep me from gettin' to you, babe"

                                                                                                                                                                      83. "Your Daddy Loves You," by Gil Scott-Heron

                                                                                                                                                                        Lyrics you'll love: "Your daddy loves you / Say your daddy loves his girl, hey now"

                                                                                                                                                                        84. "Babyfather," by Sade

                                                                                                                                                                          Lyrics you'll love: "And so love grew a flower / A flower that is you / Your daddy knows you're a flame"

                                                                                                                                                                          85. "You're a Big Girl Now," by The Stylistics

                                                                                                                                                                            Lyrics you'll love: "You're a big girl now / No more daddy's little girl (Oh, ho, ho, ho)"

                                                                                                                                                                            86. "Before I Let Go," by Beyoncé

                                                                                                                                                                              Lyrics you'll love: "You know, I thank God sun rises and shines on you / You know there's nothing, nothin', nothin' I would not do, oh"

                                                                                                                                                                              Upbeat Father-Daughter Dance Songs

                                                                                                                                                                              Slow songs aren't for every father-daughter duo. Go for an upbeat song that'll get everyone on their feet. Consider a mashup of songs to surprise guests.

                                                                                                                                                                              87. "The Way You Look Tonight," by Frank Sinatra

                                                                                                                                                                                Lyrics you'll love: "And that laugh that wrinkles your nose / It touches my foolish heart"

                                                                                                                                                                                88. "Isn't She Lovely," by Stevie Wonder

                                                                                                                                                                                  Lyrics you'll love: "I never thought through love, we'd be / Making one as lovely as she / But isn't she lovely? Made from love"

                                                                                                                                                                                  89. "Father and Daughter," by Paul Simon

                                                                                                                                                                                    Lyrics you'll love: "As long as one and one is two / There could never be a father who loved his daughter more than / I love you"

                                                                                                                                                                                    90. "My Girl," by The Temptations

                                                                                                                                                                                      Lyrics you'll love: "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day / When it's cold outside, I've got the month of May"

                                                                                                                                                                                      91. "She's a Rainbow," by The Rolling Stones

                                                                                                                                                                                        Lyrics you'll love: "She comes in colors everywhere / She combs her hair / She's like a rainbow"

                                                                                                                                                                                        92. "Wildflowers," by Tom Petty

                                                                                                                                                                                          Lyrics you'll love: "You belong among the wildflowers / You belong in a boat out at sea / You belong with your love on your arm"

                                                                                                                                                                                          93. "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," by James Taylor

                                                                                                                                                                                            Lyrics you'll love: "How sweet it is to be loved by, feels so fine / How sweet it is to be loved by you"

                                                                                                                                                                                            94. "Come Fly With Me," by Frank Sinatra

                                                                                                                                                                                              Lyrics you'll love: "Once I get you up there, where the air is rarefied / We'll just glide, starry-eyed"

                                                                                                                                                                                              95. "Sweet Pea," by Amos Lee

                                                                                                                                                                                                Lyrics you'll love: "Sweet pea / Apple of my eye / Don't know when and I don't know why / You're the only reason I keep on coming home"

                                                                                                                                                                                                Slow Father-Daughter Dance Songs

                                                                                                                                                                                                If you want to keep things slow, pick a song from this list of mellow father-daughter jams. Your moment on the dance floor will shine with any of these choices—some are bittersweet, and others are iconic hits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                96. "A Song for My Daughter," by Ray Allaire

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lyrics you'll love: "I held you in my arms / You grew into a little girl / With lovely childhood charms"

                                                                                                                                                                                                  97. "Butterfly Kisses," by Bob Carlisle

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lyrics you'll love: "From ribbons and curls / Trying her wings out in a great big world / But I remember"

                                                                                                                                                                                                    98. "Always Be Your Baby," by Natalie Grant

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lyrics you'll love: "You are my hero / And that will never change"

                                                                                                                                                                                                      99. "Because You Loved Me," by Céline Dion

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lyrics you'll love: "You were my strength when i was weak / You were my voice when I couldn't speak"

                                                                                                                                                                                                        100. "When You Need Me," by Bruce Springsteen

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lyrics you'll love: "When you need me, call my name / 'Cause without you my life just wouldn't be the same"

                                                                                                                                                                                                          101. "Dream," by Priscilla Ahn

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lyrics you'll love: "I had a dream / That I could fly from the highest tree / I had a dream"

                                                                                                                                                                                                            102. "God Only Knows," by The Beach Boys

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lyrics you'll love: "God only knows what I'd be without you"

                                                                                                                                                                                                              103. "Goodnight My Angel (Lullaby)," by Billy Joel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lyrics you'll love: "And you should always know / Wherever you may go, no matter where you are / I never will be far away"

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