Country Father Daughter Dance Songs
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10 Country Father Daughter Dance Songs


So you and your dad love country music… And so do I! If you’re thinking about a Country father daughter dance, you’ll want to take a peek at this Country wedding songs playlist. First are some tips on how to pick a father daughter dance song, next are 10 songs for you and Dad that range from sweet to silly, and lastly we got some songs you can include in your reception playlist.

  • Length– How long do you want to dance with Pops for? If you want a long song so you can really savor the moment, go for it. But, I also know that not every dad is, like, the best dancer ever. Consider shortening a song or having another close family member switch out with him during a lull. After you book your wedding makeup, your makeup artist is going to reach out to you and ask if you would like to schedule a trial.
  • Vibes– Are you going for something emotional or upbeat? There is no wrong answer to this question. Consider the kind of relationship you and your dad have and what would feel the most natural to both of you. 
  • Communication– Hey, your dad is a part of this dance too! Maybe you want something really emotional but he doesn’t want to get all weepy in front of the whole reception (totally understandable). Talk to Dad about whether he wants to do something slow, upbeat, or choreographed. Come back to him with some songs to choose from. Then all you need to do is practice!

Ok, here are our 10 ultimate Country father-daughter dance songs


Van Morrison

“Tupelo Honey”

If you and your dad are feeling emotional, “Tupelo Honey” might be perfect. It’s slow and would be great for a serene dance with Dad. It’s an older, very raw-sounding song that’s sweet and a little sad. It also has a musical part in the middle that would be a great opportunity to end early or bring in a grandparent, mother, or other special person for the second half (which gets a little more musically robust). 

“She’s as sweet as tupelo honey
She’s an angel of the first degree
She’s as sweet, she’s as sweet as tupelo honey
Just like honey, baby, from the bee”


Hank Williams, Jr.

“Family Tradition”

This one is definitely a country classic that your dad already knows. It’s a little silly, so this is perfect for a rowdier crowd or a father daughter pair who likes to joke around. It’s fast but forgiving, so maybe choose this one if your dad is not the best dancer.

“Over and over
Everybody makes my prediction
So if I get stoned, I’m just carrying on
An old family tradition”


The Chicks


I think that this is the most sentimental song ever written. It’s reflective, slow, and everyone knows it. This song is personal and a total early 2000s throwback that will get everyone tearing up. It’s slow and beautiful both in the music and the lyrics. 

“Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’
‘Cause I built my life around you
But time makes you bolder, children get older
I’m getting older too, well”


Waylon Jennings (feat. Willie Nelson)

“Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)”

If your dad is a country music lover, this one will be a welcome suggestion. It’s not too heavy or sentimental, if that’s not your thing. It has a fun intro to the song, too, that could lead to a choreographed beginning of the dance. It’s slow, but has a strong beat to it. 

“I don’t need my name in the marquee lights
I got my song and I got you with me tonight
Maybe it’s time we got back to the basics of love
Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas”


Lilly Hiatt

“Brightest Star”

This song is truly uplifting. It’s fast and has a lot of guitar, so it’s good for a high energy dance with Dad. It’s an encouraging song from one friend to another, and gives off less of a sad vibe than some other classic father daughter dance songs.

“You give ’em your best, you never get rest
But still they don’t know who you are
I just wanted to say on any given day
To me, you’re the brightest of stars”


Randy Newman

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”

That’s right, it’s the song from Toy Story–but hear me out. Songs about friendship for the father daughter dance are kind of perfect. Maybe this doesn’t feel like a loss for your dad but instead is a real celebration, and he wants to communicate that he’s always there for you. I know this isn’t totally Country and I’m cheating a little here, but I promise this is adorable.

“There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you
We stick together and see it through
‘Cause you’ve got a friend in me”


Johnny Cash

“Ring of Fire”

Another Dad classic–need I say more? Fast, simple, everyone can sing along. For the silly bride and her goofy dad.  

“I fell into a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns”


Kacey Musgraves

“Happy & Sad”

I think there is no other artist that nails the melancholy vibe like Kacey Musgraves does. This so captures the feeling of being sad for the end of something but happy for the beginning of another chapter. It’s slow, so if you want a moment with your dad this is a great choice.

“Is there a word for the way that I’m feeling tonight?
Happy and sad at the same time
You got me smiling with tears in my eyes
I never felt so high”


Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton

“You Can’t Make Old Friends”

A sweet duet with Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, this song is sentimental and captures the melancholy of the passing of time. It’s slow and tender, laying out a friendship between two people that seems truly special. If you and Dad are “old friends,” this might be perfect for you. 

“Can’t make old friends
It was you and me, since way back when
You can’t make old friends”


George Strait

“I Just Want To Dance With You”

Do you like to two-step? Consider this sweet song by George Strait. It has a catchy rhythm that you and Dad can two step around the floor to. Show your southern credentials and wow people with a simple dance that is easy to learn.

“I wanna dance with you
Twirl you all around the floor
That’s what they intended dancin’ for
I just wanna dance with you”

Those are the 10 ultimate Country father daughter first dance songs that you should consider for your wedding day! If you want some more ideas for songs, check out our article “Unforgettable Father-Daughter Dance Songs.” It has some great oldies selections if that’s more your vibe. 

Next up, some more song inspo. This time for your reception music.

Upbeat, appropriate, dace-worthy Country reception songs

  • Any Man of Mine – Shania Twain
  • Country Squire – Tyler Childers
  • Heartache On The Dance Floor – Jon Pardi
  • Homegrown – Zac Brown Band
  • 7&7 – Turnpike Troubadours
  • Brand New Man – Brooks & Dunn
  • Friday Night – Eric Paslay
  • Livin The Dream – Drake White
  • Kiss me – Casey Donahaw
  • Creek Don’t Rise – William Clark Green
  • You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift
  • Friends in Low Places – Brooks Jefferson
  • A Girl Like You – Easton Corbin
  • Head Over Boots  – Jon Pardi
  • Take Me Out To A Dancehall – Pat Green
  • Why Don’t We Just Dance – Josh Turner
  • Enchanted – Taylor Swift
  • Something Like That – Tim McGraw
  • Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
  • Write This Down – George Strait
  • I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised) – Johnny Paycheck
  • Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance – Jerry Jeff Walker
  • Cotton Fields – Credence Clearwater Revival
  • Daddy’s Money – Ricochet
  • If I Fall You’re Going Down with Me – The Chicks
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • Fishing In The Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Universal Sound  – Tyler Childers
  • My Maria – Brooks & Dunn

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20 Perfect Mother-Son Dance Songs for Weddings

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If you are looking for the perfect song to celebrate the connection between a mother and her son on his wedding day, then you are sure to fall head over heels for one of these mother-son dance songs. This list contains a variety of different song types with the first six being the most requested mother and son wedding dance songs according to Hipster Mama Productions. Picking the perfect mother-son wedding dance song is just as important as the father-daughter dance song, so get on your feet and get ready to dance around to any one of these songs!

1. “Forever Now” by Michael Bublé

This three minute song is perfect to show any wedding guest how deep a connection the mother-son pair share. The song describes the love between a parent and their child, which creates the perfect environment for a mother and her son to dance through. Bublé’s lyric, “as time flies by I hope you realize that I love you forever now,” is sure to bring tears to anyone’s eye. Bublé’s slow paced sound with a few pick-up beats is great for slow dancing and long embraces on the dance floor.

2. “Days Like This” by Van Morrison

Morrison sings about “days like this” where he mentions small pieces of advice his mother has given him. This song is mellow but also holds place for the saxophone to add some jazz to the song. Morrison has created the perfect up-beat song that any mother-son pair can slow dance to while also smiling wide. 

3. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womback

A song with a country and folk feel, “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womback is the perfect song that is sung from the mother’s point of view. Womback details all of her aspirations for her child, which is sure to touch any mother’s heart. While any mother is sure to resonate with the words of Womback, any son is sure to feel them as well as he holds his mother while they dance.

4. “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts

In the melody, the Rascal Flatts sing, “my wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to,” which will touch the souls of the mother-son pair as well as anyone in attendance at the wedding because of the newly wedded couple. A country song, Rascal Flatts creates a beat coupled with lyrics that will leave any mother and son floating in a pool of nostalgia. 

5. “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins 

A song about keeping another in their heart with a melody that will make you want to sing and shout. This song gives the son the perfect opportunity to slow dance, hug, and spin his mother around the dance floor. Collins sings from the heart and it is easy to feel the genuine love that exists in the song, “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins. 

A song that will cause any mother to reminisce on the days when her son was just a baby, “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart takes the listener on a journey of the times that existed long ago. If you are looking to do more than slow dance, Stewart provides the ability to do so with this rock-like feel song. The beat will make anyone’s shoulders sway side to side and may even bring a tear to an eye. 

7. “Mother” by Michael Bublé

“Mother” by Michael Bublé encapsulates Bublé singing to his own mother. Bublé’s lyrics seem to function as a “thank you” for all that his own mother has done for him. This song is the perfect tribute to any mother with catchy and meaningful lyrics. Get your tissues ready because both the mother and son will be in tears after dancing to this song.

8.“Mother Like Mine” by The Band Perry

With another tribute to a mother, The Band Perry sings about a mother and the qualities that they have gathered from their own mothers. The lyric, “we walk on grass that’s greener, and our cares would all be freer if the world had a mother like mine,” stands out. This song is great for showing others how magnificent your mother is while also making sure your mother knows how much she means to you. The beat of this song is slow and soft which is perfect for a calm vibe. 

9. “Extraordinary Magic” by Ben Rector 

Another tearjerker, this slow song does not directly address a mother, but the singer talks about seeing, “extraordinary magic in you,” which is a beautiful lyric for any son to convey to his mother. The slow sound of the piano also creates an element of beauty that is perfect to dance to. If you are looking for a slow song that is sure to tell your mother how much she means to you without the song’s lyrics directly addressing a mother, then this song is perfect. 

10. “Thank You Mom” by Good Charlotte

A more upbeat song that would allow any mother-son pair to add their own spin on the traditional slow dance, Good Charlotte creates a shoulder-shaking beat tributed to mom. The lyrics thank mom and express their love and gratitude for her, which is perfect for letting your mom know how much she means to you. Get ready to slow dance, bob your head, and throw in a few spins with “Thank You Mom.”

11. “Mama Said” by The Shirelles

A funky and groovy song, “Mama Said” by the Shirelles is the best combo of old school music and an upbeat vibe. This song is best for adding in old school moves like twist, moonwalk, and lawn mower. The song is also fairly short, clocking in at two minutes, which is great for any pair that does not want to be out on the floor for too long. If you and your mother are looking for a spunky mother-son dance song, then this song has it all. 

12. “Forever And Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis

Randy Travis’ classic voice is exceptional as he sings, “I am going to love you forever.” The lyrics in “Forever And Ever, Amen” are meaningful and give the son in the mother-son pair the opportunity to tell his mother how much he loves her. This song is the obvious choice for your mother-son dance if your main goal is to make sure your mother walks off the floor knowing how much you appreciate and love her. 

13. “He Gets That From Me” by Reba McEntire

An early 2000s song, Reba McEntire describes what her son gets from her from physical features to characteristics. This song is from the mother’s point of view, which can be meaningful for any mother during the mother-son dance. The song’s essence is sweet and encapsulates the growth of McEntire’s own son, creating an overall meaningful and pure song that is great for any mother-son pair.

14. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by James Taylor

In another blast from the past, the 1975 release of “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by James Taylor is a song both the mother and son pair can sing to each other. The song focuses on “how sweet it is to be loved by you,” as given by the song title, but when it is combined with the tambourine and saxophone, any mother-son pair are sure to be dancing with ease out on the dance floor. 

15. “A Mother’s Prayer” by Céline Dion

“A Mother’s Prayer” by Céline Dion is a slow song sung from the mother’s point of view. The song is slow moving, but also magical because there is a focus on the symphony in the background. Dion sings about what she wishes for her baby, which ought to resonate with any mother. 

16. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler

A 1980s classic, Bette Midler’s song, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” is catchy and will make any mother-son pair sing loudly, “did you know you are my hero?” The song is a great tribute to any mother or son as it focuses on the value and effect that another person has on the other. This song is great for a classic old school slow dance. 

17. “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” by Stevie Wonder

A song that has both male and female voices, this gives the opportunity for the masculine and the feminine to be expressed in a single song. The song itself is positive and expresses love through words like, “you are the apple of my eye.” If you are looking to share an upbeat and quick dance with your mother on your big day, then this song is a great contender. 

18. “Dear Mama” by 2Pac

An old school hip-hop classic by 2Pac, “Dear Mama” is a tribute to any mother. This song is sung from the son’s point of view. As 2Pac sings about his mother, the listener is able to feel how much love 2Pac has for his mother. This song is great for making sure your mother knows how much you love and appreciate her in classic hip-hop style. If you and your mother are lovers of old school hip-hop, then dancing around to this song on your wedding day is great for the mother-son pair. 

19.  “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac

One of the most played songs by Fleetwood Mac, it is clear that “Landslide” is a fan favorite. A smooth and classic slow song, this beat is perfect for a mother-son pair looking to glide across the dance floor. The lyric, “children get older, and I am getting older too,” is perfect to represent the coming of age of the major life event of marriage for the son in the mother-son pair.  

20. “Mom” by Garth Brooks

To wrap the countdown up, Garth Brook’s voice allows any listener to drift away. The song is sung from the son’s point of view and describes how there is nothing better than mother’s love. Each lyric in the song is well crafted and beyond meaningful for any mother-son pair. If you are looking for a song where each word sung is meant for a mother’s ear, then this song is great for your mother-son dance. 

When dancing on your big day with your mother, it is important to have a song that is… 

  1. Meaningful to you both. 
  2. A song that is correlated with your dancing style. Think about whether or not you want to slow dance or add in a mixed style of dancing. This will help you choose which song you want to boogie to with your mother on your big day. 
  3. Consider song length. If the dance floor scares you, be on the lookout for songs that aren’t as long!
  4. One where the lyrics speak to you. It is important to have a song that is meaningful to you both, so choose wisely. 
  5. A tearjerker. Get your tissues ready because regardless of the song you choose, it is sure that you will shed a tear as you remember this moment for years to come. 

You now have a selection of songs to choose from! There are songs sung from the mother’s point of view, the son’s point of view, a mix of both, and songs purely about love. If you find yourself not resonating with many of the songs listed, take a glance at these father-daughter dance songs and see if one of those calls to you. Now, prepare yourself to share an experience with your mother that you both will remember for the rest of your lives!

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