Unforgettable Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Unforgettable Father-Daughter Dance Songs

The father and daughter dance at every wedding is the one dance every guest, and father and daughter pair, look forward to the most. These moments shared between the father and daughter are ones to last a lifetime, which is why having the perfect song to dance to is important. While some might think that it is easy to overlook the music during the father and daughter dance, you will find that the lyrics and beat of the song can impact the moment for a lifetime. 

1. “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder

To kick off the list of father and daughter dance songs, Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” is the perfect place to start. This oldie makes any heart throb as they listen to Wonder’s lyrics and pure love for his daughter in this song. If you are looking for a father and daughter song that is smooth, heart warming, and a classic, then “Isn’t She Lovely” is the place to look. 

2. “My Girl” by The Temptations

Another oldie classic, “My Girl,” by the Temptations, is the perfect upbeat, short, and sweet song for any father-daughter pair. Rich with words and pure love, The Temptations have your back if you are in search of an easy, go-to father-daughter dance song. The song is also less than three minutes long, so if the father-daughter pair is looking for a quick dance, this song can provide just that. 

3. “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

To bring up the rear of the oldie train father-daughter dance songs, “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong is the perfect whole hearted father-daughter dance song. Armstrong’s song acts as a vessel for a father-daughter pair to truly appreciate one another. The song, “What A Wonderful World” can be the perfect waltzing music for a father-daughter pair purly looking to show to others just how much they appreciate one another. 

4. “Dancing Forever” by Old Dominion

To blast out of the past, Old Dominion’s song, “Dancing Forever,” is a country-rock song focusing on the singer’s ability to watch his love “dancing forever.” The song can be reflective of cherished love between two people, which can be what any father-daughter pair may want to reflect out to the audience. Not to mention, the beat of “Dancing Forever” is one that you can either dance quickly or slowly to, which can be great if you are looking to mix up the speed of your father-daughter dance.

5. “I’ll Be Your Man” by The Zac Brown Band

On the longer side of father-daughter dance songs, “I’ll Be Your Man” by the Zac Brown Band is a slow moving song which can be solely focused on the richness of the lyrics. The singer describes the upbringing of his own daughter and the love he has for her. The song can be perfect for any father who wants to express the beauty of raising his daughter from when she was young and into her adulthood.

6. “My Baby Girl” by Sol Knopf

If any of the previous songs did not shout “heart throb,” then “My Baby Girl” by Sol Knopf is the ultimate heart throbbing father-daughter song. Similarly to “I’ll Be Your Man” by The Zac Brown Band, Knopf sings about raising his daughter. Knopf also mentions how his daughter will one day “be the most beautiful bride,” which can make the father-daughter dance even more special since the lyrics help to reinforce the environment of the wedding.

7. “Fathers and Daughters” by Michael Bolton

If you are looking for a slow paced song, “Fathers and Daughters” by Michael Bolton is the perfect song. The lyrics are meaningful and will be sure to bring a tear to anyone’s eye. The lyric, “Fathers and Daughters never say goodbye,” is sure to display the bond that brings together the father-daughter pair. This slow song is perfect for any father and daughter that wants to show their loved ones what genuine connection that they may share. 

8. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morris

Straying away from slow songs, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morris is the perfect mix of an upbeat and medium paced melody. If you are looking to boogie with your father, while also slow dancing, then this song is for you. The beat of “Brown Eyed Girl” is great for any style of dance and is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Not to mention, if you have brown eyes then the song has become that much more personal!

9. “Constellations” by Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson introduces the song “Constellations” with a perfect and smooth guitar that is great for slow dancing. As Johnson begins to sing, his voice is calming and is great for tip-toeing around the dance floor as a father-daughter pair. Johnson mentions things like sunsets, stars, and moonshine which help take the listener into a nature-like oasis. 

10. “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars

“Count on Me” by Bruno Mars is the perfect combination between sweet lyrics and an upbeat song. The famous lyrics, “You can count on me like one, two, three,” is not only catchy, but meaningful and can perfectly describe any father-daughter pair. You can slow dance to this song, spin in circles, and smile at your loved ones while Mars sings during your father and daughter dance.

To find further song inspiration, “20 Best First Dance Film Songs To Say I Love You,” is a great resource to find the perfect songs to celebrate your wedding.

Overall, picking the right father-daughter dance song for you is about which song you may connect with the most. Listening to the beat of the music of each song is just as important as listening and connecting with the lyrics. Take the time to see what song resonates with you and how it may describe your specific father-daughter relationship. In the end, any father-daughter dance will be special regardless of the music. 

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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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