Best 25 Father Daughter Dance Songs

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Father daughter dance songs are written and sung to celebrate the special bond between fathers and daughters. These songs are perfect for the father-daughter wedding dance at wedding receptions. These father daughter dance songs include many different types dance styles including waltzes, foxtrots, slow dance, nightclub two steps, swings, Latin dance, V

In recent times, there are also, Daddy-Daughter Dances, at schools and Purity Balls, held by some faiths, where father daughter dance songs are popular. Still, father-daughter dance songs hold a special significance for father’s and daughters at the bride and groom’s wedding day reception. Here are 25 of DanceTime’s favorite Father Daughter Dance Songs!

Father Daughter Dance Songs

Butterfly Kisses (Lyrics)

Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle 1997, Ballad (Slow dance)

Father daughter dance songs are written and performed by many famous songwriters and singers including: Steven Curtis Chapman, Beyonce, John Mayer, Paul Simon, Ben Folds, Beatles, Tim McGraw and many others.  There are hundreds of father daughter dance songs to choose from when trying to decide on a song for the very special father-daughter wedding dance, or a daddy-daughter dance or purity ball.

Cinderella (Lyrics)

Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman, (Fast Waltz)

Daddy (Lyrics)

Daddy by Kendall Payne (Slow Dance)

The father-daughter wedding dance is a very important part of the wedding day celebration.  It acts as a metaphor for the transition of the daughter’s life from the care of the first family into the arms of her husband and the building of her own family. This transition is both sad and joyful for the father’s changing role in his relationship with his daughter. While she will always be daddy’s little girl, she is stepping into the rest of her life as a wife and possibly a mother with her own family.

Daddy (Lyrics)

Daddy by Beyonce (Nightclub Two Step)

Daddy Dance With Me (Lyrics)

 Daddy Dance With Me by Krystal Keith (Slow Dance)

Historically, the father daughter dance came first in the wedding dance line-up symbolizing the transition from the care of the father to the husband.  In recent times, the bride and groom’s wedding first dance is performed first followed by the father daughter dance and the mother son dance, which are sometime done at the same time but can also be done separately.

Daddy’s Hands (Lyrics)

Daddy’s Hands by Holly Dunn (Country Western Two Step)

Daddy’s Angel (Lyrics)

Daddy’s Angel by T Carter Music (Slow or Nightclub Two Step)

Daddy’s Little Girl (Lyrics)

Daddy’s Little Girl by Al Martino (Classic Slow Waltz)

Daughter  (Lyrics)

 Daughter by Loudon Wainwright III (Slow Dance)

The old tradition of the father daughter dancing first and symbolically giving his daughter to her husband has diminished with current day customs and changing ideology about gender roles in society. At times, when a father has passed or is not present, the bride will choose another person to participate in the father daughter dance like an uncle, grandfather, step-father or friend.

Daughters (Lyrics)

 Daughters by John Mayer (Fast Waltz)

Father and Daughter (Lyrics)

 Father and Daughter by Paul Simon (Foxtrot or Swing)

Gracie (Lyrics)

 Gracie by Ben Folds (Foxtrot)

How You’ve Grown (Lyrics)

 How You’ve Grown by 10,000 Maniacs (Slow Dance)

Often, the entire wedding party including the parents, family and wedding guests are all invited to join the wedding first dance either during the wedding couple’s song or after to a different song that is chosen for the wedding party.

I Hope You Dance (Lyrics)

I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack (Nightclub Two Step)

I Just Called To Say I Love You (Lyrics)

I Just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder (Foxtrot or Swing)

I Loved Her First (Lyrics)

I Loved Her First by Heartland (Waltz)

In My Life (Lyrics)

 In My Life by The Beatles (Swing or Foxtrot)

All of the wedding dances are important including the wedding first dance, father daughter, mother son, wedding party and wedding reception dancing. The most important dance at the wedding should be the bride and groom’s first dance but second only to it is the father-daughter wedding dance. This is why it is important to carefully choose father daughter dance songs for this special dance. Planning and preparation are important for all the dancing on the wedding day.

My Little Girl (Lyrics)

My Little Girl Tim McGraw 2006 (Country Western)

Red Robin (Lyrics)

Red Robin by Clark Richard (Foxtrot)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Lyrics)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole (Foxtrot)

A Song For My Daughter (Lyrics)

 A Song For My Daughter by Ray Allaire (Nightclub Two Step)

Some fathers and daughters choose a simple slow dance that is short and sweet but others prefer to put some time and energy into this important part of the wedding and opt for father daughter dance lessons to prepare for their dance. Some families share the wedding dance lessons splitting them up for the first dance, father-daughter dance and mother son dance. There are some important considerations when planning for the father daughter wedding dance. Here are a few helpful hints for planning the father daughter dance. First, the father and daughter should choose a song they both love … (continued below).

Sunrise Sunset (Lyrics)

Sunrise Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof Movie (Waltz) 

Sweet Child O’Mine (Lyrics)

Sweet Child O’Mine by Guns N’ Roses (Swing)

The father daughter dance song could be a song that father sang to daughter when as a toddler or just a song she heard as a youth that brings back fond memories. Or it could be a recent favorite of theirs or one that the father has always admired or that the daughter likes. Perhaps, choose a few then have a wedding dance teacher  listen to it to determine the style of dance that works best for the song. Next …(continued below).

Sweet Child O’Mine (Lyrics)

Sweet Child O’Mine Taken By Trees, (Slow Dance or Foxtrot)

Sweet Pea (Lyrics)

Sweet Pea by Amos Lee, (Foxtrot)

The Angel in My Arms (Lyrics)

 The Angel in My Arms @ Wedding Music Central 

Listen to a few father daughter dance songs to choose one with appropriate lyrics, a comfortable tempo (speed), a dance genre that works and to create the type of mood that is desirable for the wedding. A good question to ask might be; does it fit the style or theme of the wedding?

Here are some additional articles about the wedding dances.

father-daughter dance songs

Additional Wedding Dance Information Links

Father Daughter Wedding Songs
(Photo of Hillary & CJ Wedding – Father Daughter Video, 2012, YouTube)
Father Daughter dance
(Father Daughter Video of Kathryn & Mike Alderman, 2011, Lewisburg, WV)

Sources

  • Wedj.com “Top Father/ Daughter Dance Songs”
  • Pop Sugar “Father Daughter Wedding Dance Songs”
  • The Women’s Journal “The Tradition of the Father-Daughter Dance”
  • Wikipedia “Father-daughter dance”
  • wiseGEEK “What is a Father Daughter Dance?”

About the Author:

Pattie Wells
Pattie Wells is a dance educator, writer, poet and is web content writer, SEO, social media specialist for her website, DanceTime.com. Pattie spends her time on writing, online marketing and teaching a few private dance lessons. She resides in San Diego, California where she is working on a linked stories novel and translating a book of poems by Eugenio Montale titled Xenia, while looking for a publisher for her book of poems, Fire In Rain.

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