From upbeat classics to heartfelt country ballads, father-daughter dance songs never fail to add a timeless touch to any wedding reception. Stumped about which one to pick? Here’s a look at just seven of my all-time favorite father-daughter dance songs. Give them a listen, share them with your dad, and get ready to make some amazing memories together.
1. I Loved Her First
Topping my list of fabulous father-daughter dance songs is country favorite “I Loved Her First” by Heartland, which perfectly describes the bittersweet feelings a father experiences upon seeing his little girl get married. Thinking about choosing this song for your own father-daughter dance? Be sure to keep a pack of tissues at the ready, since this is one song that’s guaranteed to be a huge tearjerker!
2. My Girl
Looking for a more upbeat song that still perfectly captures a father’s love? “My Girl” by The Temptations is a classic father-daughter dance song that will have everyone else singing along in their heads as you and dad spin around the floor. Let the catchy beat carry you away and help set the tone for all the fun that’s still to come throughout the evening.
3. My Wish
Another country favorite is Rascal Flatt’s “My Wish,” which symbolizes all of your dad’s hopes and dreams for you. The touching lyrics and fast-paced melody make this the perfect choice for brides looking to choose a song that’s both heartfelt and incredibly uplifting. With a song this special, there’s hardly any doubt your dad will love it every bit as much as you do.
4. The Way You Look Tonight
When it comes to classic father-daughter dance songs, you can’t go wrong with Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.” Thinking about putting together a routine? This song is definitely a popular choice for brides and dads who have a knack for ballroom dancing. Not into the choreographed foxtrot idea? Even if you choose to simply dance freestyle, you’re sure to have a moment with dad you’ll both never forget.
I first heard Elton John’s “Blessed” played as a father-daughter dance song a couple years ago, and it’s definitely been a top favorite ever since. The lyrics are simply beautiful, and since this song may not be quite as common a choice as some of the others on the list, it also adds an unexpected touch of uniqueness. Choose it for an inspiring, moving song everyone will love.
Yet another beloved classic is Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” Perfect for a formal affair, this song certainly lives up to its name for being timelessly beautiful. Want to help your dad remember this special moment forever? After the wedding’s over, have a custom canvas print created featuring a picture of you and him together, along with the lyrics from the song.
7. Isn’t She Lovely
Last but not least, Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” is by far one of the sweetest father-daughter dance songs out there, giving dad the perfect chance to show the world just how proud he is of the beautiful woman you’ve become. While your photographer captures you and your dad’s huge smiles, your guests will surely be grinning just as big, since they of course love you, too!
Which other amazing father-daughter dance songs are especially close to your heart? Are you planning to choose one of the songs on this list for your own wedding?