Father-Daughter Dance Songs
The Father-Daughter song is a chance for the Bride to spend a special moment with her father (or a male who has taken the role of her father-figure). The Daddy Song, as it is otherwise known, is usually played and danced to subsequent to the Bride and Groom’s first dance as a married couple, and allows a few minutes to honor your father in front of your guests. Fathers & Daughters can select the song together by browsing the many pages of suggestions on this website, or go ahead and surprise your him by choosing a song (can also be multiple songs) that he sang to you, or meant connected you in some way when you were younger. This list also includes selections for those rocky father and daughter relationships. Instead of including lyrics, as many other sites do out there, we elected to describe every song suggestion and show you why we believe it deserves to be called a Father and Daughter song.
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This video contains a father/daughter dance during a Wedding we DJ’ed a few months ago. The bride selected this song to share with her father.
Background Information: The next big moment at most receptions comes when the father or important male figure has his dance with the bride. Traditionally, a father gave his daughter to her new husband on her wedding day, and the symbolism of that tradition continues in many of today’s wedding ceremonies. The father daughter dance is a moment for the wedding party and guests to celebrate the love a father has for his daughter as they share a special moment together. Great father daughter songs include Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle, Stand By Me by Ben E. King, My Girl by The Temptations, and Through the Years by Kenny Rogers.
|Song: Click for video||Released||Genre||Duration||More Info|
|A Dozen Roses - Tammy Graham A touching letter from a father who cannot be in attendance at his daughters wedding. In the selection, the mother delivers a dozen of roses with the fathers note attached. A Dozen Roses is perfect for brides dancing with an alternate because their fathers have passed away.||1997||Country||3:09 minutes||From the Album A Dozen Roses (A Tribute to Tammy Graham)|
|A Father Daughter Wedding Song (Ill Always Be Your Daughter-Lynn Leonti/Jim McShane) Lynn Leonti and Jim McShane are famous for their father/daughter and mother/son dance songs. In this rendition, a father and daughter are conversing. The central theme is that regardless of marriage, the bride will always be the apple of her fathers eye.||N/A||Contemporary||2:01 minutes||Available for purchase at Shop My Songs (dot) Com|
|A Fathers Love-John Fluker Classified as a contemporary wedding song, A Fathers Love is an expression of the affection that fathers have towards their daughters. The song creates a great atmosphere and is great for transitioning from party selections to more intimate moments. A DJ can easily go from a group song to A Fathers Love without giving the segment a long introduction.||2006||Gospel||4:44 minutes||From the Album The Sound of Peace|
|A Friend to Me-Garth Brooks Aside from having the traditional roles of parent and child, fathers and daughters are also friends. A Friend to Me discusses such friendship in a comical way. Although the two dont always agree, a father and daughter have an unshakable friendship that will last for ages.||1997||Country||3:02 minutes||From the Album 90's Male Country - Vol.5|
|A Gift of Love-Randy TravisRandy Travis describes children as a gift from God. The song is a reminisce about his daughter being born and how much he loved her then. Not surprisingly, that love has only grown and intensified making A Gift of Love the perfect father/daughter dance song.||1999||Country||4:12 minutes||Available only through the Baby Geniuses Soundtrack|
|A Song for My Daughter-Steve Moser, Mikki Viereck, Ray Allaire One of the more popular father/daughter songs, A Song for My Daughter is the perfect dance song. Similar to A Gift of Love, this song highlights special memories that a father has for his daughter. The song begins with birth and ends on her wedding day, making it a great song for every father who wants to share his love with guests through song.||2000||Pop|
|2:19 minutes||From the Album A Song For My Daughter|
|Carrie Underwood - All-American Girl The song begins with the mother pregnant and the father hoping for a boy. His hopes are annihilated when a girl is born. Although he originally wanted a boy for fishing and other outdoor activities, the father ends up wishing for a girl when his daughter is pregnant. Carrie Underwood is a newer American artist who specializes in country music so the song is perfect for a southern-themed wedding.||2008||Country||3:33 minutes||From the Album Carnival Ride|
|Always Be My Angel-Jake Owen The typical father/daughter dance song that speaks of a fathers relationship with his daughter during childhood. Always Be My Angel is perfect for fathers who view their daughters as immortally special. Reception guests will also enjoy the lyrics of the song as they describe the strong bond that a father has with his daughter.||Unknown||Country||3:57 minutes||Live version only|
|Always Be Your Baby-Natalie Grant While not solely meant to be a father/daughter song, Always Be Your Baby is a great way for the bride to express appreciation for her fathers love and support. Contrary to most father/daughter dance songs, the father is not talking about his memories. Instead, the bride is telling her father how much she loves him and that shell always be his little girl.||2003||Christian & Gospel, Music||4:14 minutes||From the Album Ultimate Wedding Hits|
|Always, In All Ways-Kenny Loggins A song about a father remembering his daughter as a child. Although he has a difficult time letting go, he eventually realizes that memories will always keep them together. This is the perfect wedding song for the father/daughter segment.||2006||Pop|
|4:07 minutes||From the Album More Songs From Pooh Corner|
|And Then They Do-Trace Adkins While not explicitly reserved for fathers, And Then They Do is the story of a parent who misses the noise of children. Although the speaker complains of constantly traveling to school events and having to play referee, he or she misses such involvement when the kids grow up. The song ends with the parent longing for the hectic days, making it a great father/daughter dance song.||2003||Country||4:31 minutes||From the Album Greatest Hits Collection, Volume 1|
|Angel in My Arms-Gloria Sklerov & Barbara Rostein The perfect wedding song that depicts the bride as an angel in her fathers eyesight. Similar to most father and daughter relationships, the father views his daughter as an angel sent from God. This song gives the same image and implies that regardless of crises, the daughter is still viewed as her fathers Heavenly gift.||2007||Contemporary||3:39 minutes||"The Angel in My Arms" is now available for download and on a Personalized Gift CD exclusively at Wedding Music Central.|
|Angels Among Us -Alabama A great song for honoring fathers. Angels Among Us talks about Heavenly beings in the midst of humans. Such beings come in all forms and always know how to bring happiness to a sad situation.||1994||Country||3:41 minutes||From the Album Greatest Hits Vol. III|
|Angels Lullaby-Richard Marx Written from a fathers perspective, Angels Lullaby is a reminisce about the bride as a child. Hoping to regain the years of innocence, the father remembers nights of fear and tears. In present day, he wishes that he can again wipe his daughters tears and sing angel lullabies.||1997||Pop||3:57 minutes||From the Album Greatest Hits|
|Annabel-Don Henley (aka Taking You Home) Annabel is the story of a girl born on a rainy day. Although she was born in poor weather, the child brings joy to the speaker who vows to always be accessible. The song is perfect for a father/daughter dance in which the father wants to express his devotion to his daughter even after marriage.||2009||Rock||5:32 minutes|| From the Album The Very Best Of|
aka Taking You Home
|As I Lay Me Down-Sophie B. Hawkins The ideal song for daughters whose fathers have passed away, As I Lay Me Down is a childs way of coping with death. Although the pain is still near, the memories of the person sooth wounds. The song is a great way to remember a father and ideal when dancing with an alternative.||2003||Pop||4:08 minutes||From the Album The Best Of Sophie B. Hawkins|
|As Time Goes By-Frank Sinatra A classic song that fits any reception party segment. Sinatra delivers a subtle song that speaks of love and kisses. As Time Goes By is the perfect transitional song into a father/daughter dance.||1931||Pop||3:19||From the Album Romance: Songs From The Heart|