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Tips for Great Father-Daughter Dance Songs

The Father-Daughter dance song for your wedding reception is a lovely tradition and a wonderful opportunity for you and your father to share a beautiful memory on your wedding day. Picking just one song that encapsulates your relationship and history though, can be challenging.

A Little Background

Originally, this dance was the last time a father and daughter would share so close a moment. It symbolized his farewell to his daughter after giving her away to her groom. The father would begin the dance with his daughter and then hand her off to her new husband symbolically passing her from his household to that of her new groom.

Choose a Song With Meaning For You Both

Do you want a sweet, sentimental song that brings everyone to tears? Would you prefer a rousing dance song so you and dad can cut a rug? Are you lovers of the classics? No matter which route you take, it’s best to choose a song you and your father can both relate to, with lyrics that have meaning for you both.

Tap the Internet

The Father-Daughter dance is a very well-known custom that has been around for a long time. When trying to narrow down your choices, the internet is a wonderful resource. There are many, many lists, suggestions and tips available online. To get you started, here are 20 popular choices.

  1. It Won’t Be Like This For Long – Darius Rucker
  2. Daughters – John Mayer
  3. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
  4. Dance With My Father –Luther Vandross
  5. Just Fishin’ – Trace Adkins
  6. Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  7. Unforgettable – Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole
  8. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  9. Over The Rainbow – Israil “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole
  10. Walk With You – Edwin McCain
  11. Father and Daughter – Paul Simon
  12. In My Life – The Beatles
  13. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  14. Cinderella – Steven Curtis Chapman
  15. My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  16. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  17. Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
  18. My Girl – Temptations
  19. My Little Girl – Tim McGraw
  20. I Loved Her First – Heartland