Father Daughter Dance Songs

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It is not easy to choose a father/bride song. I personally like it when brides pick songs from their childhood that mean something to them and their dads. If you’re drawing a blank or want some inspiration, I’ve compiled a list of the best that there is to offer.

If you happen to look through some other sites for ideas, be careful that you don’t pick a song that has an incestuous or inappropriate feel to it. There are a lot of bad suggestions out there for this category of songs.

Not Sappy

If your dad likes classic rock then these might be perfect for you


No lyrics

Booker T. & The MG’s – Green Onions (motown)
Glenn Miller – Moonlight Serenade (Classic slow dance song without lyrics)
Dick Dale & The Del-Tones – Miserlou (surf rock)

Some happy slower songs

The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun

Simon and Garfunkel – 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin Groovy)
The Beatles – All You Need Is Love

Slightly Sappy

Ray Charles – Ain’t That Love
The Beatles – Here There and Everywhere
The Temptations – Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch
Neil Young – Here For You

Sappy but Happy

Johnny Cash – You Are My Sunshine

Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight (this one could be a considered a little creepy)

Led Zeppelin – Thank You (Please note that Thank You could also be considered a little creepy if you listen close to the lyrics)

Paul Simon’s “Father and Daughter”

Otis Redding – That’s How Strong My Love Is

O.V. Wright – That’s How Strong My Love Is
Neil Young – Here for You

Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Teach Your Children Well

The Beach Boys – God Only Knows

The Temptations – My Girl

or Ben E. King – Stand By Me

Marvin Gaye – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely


Sappy but a Little Sad (either the lyrics or the tempo)

Personally I think that you should pick a happy sounding song so that if there are tears that they are tears of joy not sorrow but here are some options in case you disagree.

Natalie Merchant – Kind and Generous

James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend

Do not use as their lyrics are inappropriate:

Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl

Elton John – Tiny Dancer

John Mayer – Daughters