Top 10 Songs for Father and Daughter Dance

Top 10 Songs for Father and Daughter Dance

One of my favorite moments as a wedding photographer is getting to witness the first dances. None are usually as emotional as the father and daughter dance and because of that, so much thought goes into picking the perfect song for that once in a lifetime moment.

As a father of three daughters myself, I’m fairly certain I will ugly cry when this moment arrives. I won’t be able to help it and I don’t know that I would if I could. It’s really a special moment because it’s at this moment when dad knows that he is no longer the most important man in his daughter’s world and it’s a hard title to give up.

Besides the outpouring of emotion, it’s also very common for the daughter and the father to be a bit sillier during their dance. Maybe it’s a way to deal with the tension and to keep everyone from crying or maybe that’s just how they were when she was growing up. It can be anything from funny musical choices to over the top dance moves, but it’s never a boring time!

Top 10 List of Songs

I’ve researched a number of publications and their poll data to find out what songs are most often requested as songs for the bride and her father. While we see a number of repeats, there are also a number of more unique song ideas to keep in mind when choosing your song. I’ve also chosen lists from a couple of different recent years so we don’t forget about some previously awesome songs. I’ve also tried to link each song back to iTunes if it were availble so you can listen to the song and even purchase it if you decide to use it.


  1. Sweet Pea,” by Amos Lee
  2. How Sweet It Is,” by James Taylor
  3. Come Fly With Me,” by Frank Sinatra
  4. Times of Your Life,” by Paul Anka
  5. Unforgettable,” by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole
  6. The Way You Look Tonight,” by Frank Sinatra
  7. Butterfly Kisses,” by Bob Carlisle
  8. Father and Daughter,” by Paul Simon
  9. Forever Young,” by Rod Stewart
  10. What a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong

The Spruce

  1. Butterfly Kisses,” by Bob Carlisle
  2. “When Angles Fly,” by Tony Ransom & Heavenly Light Orchestra
  3. I Loved Her First,” by Heartland
  4. Through the Years,” by Kenny Rodgers
  5. Always Be Your Baby,” by Natalie Grant
  6. How Sweet It Is,” by James Taylor
  7. The Way You Look Tonight,” by Frank Sinatra
  8. Unforgettable,” by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole
  9. Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel),” by Billy Joel
  10. My Father’s Eyes,” by Eric Clapton

The Knot

  1. A Song for My Daughter” by Ray Allaire
  2. Always Be Your Baby” by Natalie Grant
  3. Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle
  4. Daddy” by Beyoncé
  5. Daddy Dance With Me” by Krystal Keith
  6. Daddy’s Hands” by Holly Dunn
  7. “Daddy’s Little Girl” Michael Bublé
  8. Daughters” by John Mayer
  9. Dream” by Priscilla Ahn
  10. Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon

Bridal Musings

  1. When You Need Me,” by Bruce Springsteen
  2. “Wallflowers,” by Tom Petty
  3. Gracie,” by Ben Folds
  4. My Darling,” by Wilco
  5. Kind and Generous,” by Natalie Merchant
  6. Daughter,” by Loudon Wainwright
  7. Father and Daughter,” by Paul Simon
  8. My Girl,” by The Temptations
  9. Isn’t She Lovely,” by Stevie Wonder
  10. Ain’t the Love,” by Ray Charles

Wedding Forward

  1. I Loved Her First,” by Heartland
  2. Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” by Elton John
  3. You Are So Beautiful,” by Joe Cocker
  4. Wind Beneath My Wings,” by Bette Midler
  5. You Look So Good In Love,” by George Strait
  6. Cinderella,” by Steven Curtis Chapman
  7. You Raise Me Up,” by Josh Groban
  8. A Whole New World,” by Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle
  9. When You Say Noting At All,” by Alison Krauss
  10. Make You Feel My Love,” by Adele

I hope these couple of lists help you to decide which song to use for the father and daughter dance. Keep in mind though, it is your wedding day and you certainly can use any song you like.

Don’t forget your tissue.