10 Father Daughter Dance Songs

By Kim •  Updated: 11/06/21 •  6 min read

There are a few traditional dances that happen after a wedding. In particular, everyone looks forward to the couple’s first dance. All eyes are on the bride and groom as they enjoy this special moment together. The next special day is the one with the father and daughter. This happens next and it is the moment that everyone cherishes.

Since the father daughter dance is so special, you will want to choose the perfect song for the moment. But, this is a lot more difficult than it sounds. It can be very hard to narrow down the song you want for this moment. So, we have found 10 father daughter dance songs we love to give you some inspiration.

Through the Years

Let’s start off with a country song, which is sure to bring a tear to your eye during the father daughter dance. We are talking about Through the Years by Kenny Rogers. This is a popular song since it is emotional and slow. The lyrics are very sweet and it can create a special moment for the daughter and father during the dance. What’s more, all of the guests from the wedding can share the special moment and smile too.

You Raise Me Up

The father daughter dance is an emotional moment. In particular, brides are going to be appreciating their fathers that have raised them. Likewise, fathers are emotional to see their little girl growing up. The song You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban is one that everybody knows and loves, representing this moment perfectly.

What a Wonderful World

A wedding day is a huge moment and one that everyone can enjoy together. So, for the father daughter dance, you want a song that is going to capture this moment and share a message of love. We think that a good song would be What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. This is a song that everyone knows, which means that people can sing along. It has lovely lyrics and it is the right beat to slow dance to. Make sure that you enjoy this special moment!

Count on Me

If you are looking for a modern father daughter dance song, we recommend listening to Count on Me. This is a song by Bruno Mars and while it is upbeat, it can also bring a tear to your eyes. It is all about loving someone else and how much you would do for them. This is perfect for a wedding. Here are some of the lyrics:

‘if you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can’t see,

I’ll be the light to guide you’.

The Way You Look Tonight

A lot of people like to slow dance for the father daughter moment. But, if you are someone that wants to keep it fun and upbeat, we suggest choosing The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra. This is a song that everyone knows and you can all have some fun. Of course, it still fits into the wedding theme as the father is going to appreciate how their daughter presents herself on the special day. You can enjoy a swing dance for the father daughter dance.

Butterfly Kisses

The next song that you should consider for the father daughter dance is Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle. This has a slow and lovely beat that is going to be good to dance to, as well as sweet lyrics. This comes from a dad’s heart and shows how proud he is of his little girl. For example, some of the lyrics are:

‘For butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer;

sticking little white flowers all up in her hair;

Walk beside the pony, Daddy, it’s my first ride.

I know the cake looks funny, Daddy, but I sure tried.

Oh, with all that I’ve done wrong, I must have done something right

To deserve a hug every morning and butterfly kisses at night’.

Always Be Your Baby

For the bride, the wedding is a celebration and it is a time to look forward to your future with a new partner. But, for the father, this is an emotional moment when they realize their daughter is all grown up. Sometimes, it can be a good idea to make the father daughter dance special so that the father knows that they are not losing their little girl. To make the dance memorable, we suggest choosing Always Be Your Baby for the song. This is sung by Natalie Grant and we will be surprised if there is a dry eye in the room after this one! It is very emotional and it can make sure that the father knows his little girl loves him.


Another classic song that everyone loves is Hero by Mariah Carey. This song will make sure that everyone is swaying and singing along as you enjoy your father daughter dance at the wedding reception. It is good for this moment, as a lot of daughters view their father as their hero. As they get older, they will take all their father has taught them and apply it in their lives and for their families.

The Best Day

For a modern father daughter dance, check out The Best Day by Taylor Swift. This is a country pop song that has sweet lyrics and it was first released in 2008. While the song was originally written by Taylor for her mom, the lyrics are beautiful and can refer to your relationship with your father.


John Mayer is known for being a blues rock singer-songwriter and this means he has some fantastic songs for weddings. In particular, you may like the song called Daughters, which has lovely lyrics that are going to be a great bonding moment for a father daughter dance. For example, here are some of the lyrics:

‘So fathers be good to your daughters

Daughters will love like you do

Girls become lovers who turn into mothers

So mothers be good to your daughters too’

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Right off we have to say that Kim loves weddings! Kim is a writer and editor who focuses on various aspects of how to make your wedding both unique and special. She loves dogs and is the pet parent of a Miniature Schnauzer named Finley. Together, Kim and her dog enjoy hiking across the countryside of the Sangre de Cristo range in New Mexico. She especially loves the area around Red River, which is referred to as the Enchanted Circle. When she’s home, Kim is excited to try redecorating her home, binge watching Netflix (Romcoms, of course), baking, and spending time with friends.