10 awesome father & daughter songs

Get your guests some tissues because these 10 awesome Father & Daughter dance songs are going to have everyone in floods of tears!

A bride dancing with her dad at her wedding

You ask any Dad about the one moment he is looking forward to most at his daughter’s wedding and will almost certainly always be the special dance he shares with her. It’s a real emotional moment that encapsulates the relationship between a Father and Daughter.

But what song to choose? There are so many to choose from. You want a song about love, but only the one-of-a-kind love that a Dad and his daughter share.

So, to help you choose that perfect track for that special moment with your Dad, I’ve compiled the top 10 best father/daughter songs out there. And don’t worry if none of them takes your fancy, I’ve also added a list of others at the bottom of this post that didn’t quite make the list!

  • The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra – It was always going to be my number one choice. A classic track perfect for that dance with your dad!
  • Unforgettable by Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole – One of the greatest ever (virtual) duets between a Dad and his Daughter.
  • Father & Daughter by Paul Simon – Easily one of the most adorable songs I’ve ever heard. Paul is a genius poet and this song is perfect for all Dads out there who love their Daughters.
  • My Girl by The Temptations – Written by the super-talented Smokey Robinson, My Girl is a Motown classic!
  • I Loved Her First by Heartland – A country classic and incredibly popular at weddings stateside, it was only a matter of time before it made its way over here. I cannot lie, the first time I heard this song it made me cry!
  • Hero by Mariah Carey – It’s true! Mariah actually recorded music other than “that” Christmas song! This is a great tune and this one is for all the dads out there who are seen as heroes in their kid’s eyes.
  • Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart – This cover of the Van Morrison classic was a massive hit in both the US and the UK and is a very popular choice for Father/Daughter dances.
  • You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker – One of the most popular tracks in the world yet it’s hard to believe it barely cracked the chart here in the UK. Such a beautiful track with beautiful words.
  • Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder – Stevie wrote this track to celebrate the birth of his daughter, Aisha. Little known fact time, if you listen to the longer six-minute version found on the album Songs In The Key Of Life Vol.2, at about 5 minutes into the track you’ll hear an actual recording of Stevie bathing his daughter and trying to get her out of the tub. The splashing and protests are really her as well!
  • Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion – A fantastic song with perfect lyrics that has been covered the world over. A very popular choice indeed!

It’s important to mention that you don’t even need a song that mentions the word “dad” or “father”, it can be something completely random.

A good DJ friend of mine told me about a song he played, David Bowie’s “Starman”. It was the song the Bride’s dad used to sing to her as he was putting her to bed…there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! When thinking about a song it could be something like that or a song you both sang along to whilst he was taking you to Brownies or whatever…just something special to both of you.

I think when my daughter eventually gets married I’d like to think the song will be You Can’t Stop The Beat from the musical Hairspray or maybe even Lay All Your Love On Me from the Mamma Mia! film. Both of those are definite car-aoke classics in our family!

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Tara!