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Top 30 Father/Daughter Dances

Updated: Feb 25, 2023

Luxury Weddings - AURA by Scott Michaels

The father/daughter dance is truly a special moment in what is no doubt, one of the most epic days of your life. We are here to offer insight and perspective from our 20+ years in the luxury wedding market that will help guide you down the right path as you work towards making the perfect selection for this piece of music. If you have another special person in your family, you can share this with them instead. This could be the person who gives you away if this is the right decision for you.

In most cases, this piece of music is placed directly after the first dance or between courses. Your wedding planner knows best in this instance (and all instances) where this should fall. This will set you up for the best flow of your event possible and work towards what you and your guests came to do, and that is to dance the night aways and celebrate the evening on the dance floor!

A few other key points to keep in mind as you begin to brainstorm on picking the perfect piece of music...

  1. As you go down memory lane, perhaps there is a special moment from childhood between you and dad, or a favorite family movie that showcased a classic song that is near and dear to you. We have found over the years that sticking with a classic song from past decades of hit ballads is a wonderful place to start. As the years go on this song and when it shows up in your Spotify list or in a Hollywood feature film, all of the beautiful memories of this special moment will come flooding back to you.

  2. Make special note of the lyrics. This goes without saying, but due to the fact that this is not a romantic moment, but a gesture of love between you and your father, you'll want to be sure that the lyrics of the song play to this appropriately.

  3. Tempo, tempo, tempo! You may want to consider how fast or slow this song is. This will play a part in the feel and energy of the moment. If you are searching for a classic slow dance, try to picture yourself on the dance floor and what this will feel like as everything is playing out. Many of our clients over the years have elected to bring in a professional dance instructor to help guide you with any of the special dances and depending on how elaborate you decide to go, this is a wonderful option.

  4. Are you considering a custom mash-up or outside of the box original idea? We are here to help! The options are endless whatever we can do to make this moment to credible including having our in-house production team create special arrangements, edits or revisions to an original version of your song, we have your back. This is our area of expertise.

  5. Lastly, lean on your wedding planner and our entertainment staff for guidance and suggestions. It is our goal to help create an impactful and memorable moment for you and your family.

Here is a list of our 30 most requested father daughter dances over the years;

Lyrics of Love: "Someday, when I'm awfully low/When the world is cold/I will feel a glow just thinking of you/And the way you look tonight/Yes, you're lovely, with your smile so warm"

"Unforgettable," by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole

Lyrics: "Unforgettable in every way/And forever more/That's how you'll stay/That's why, darling, it's incredible/That someone so unforgettable/Thinks that I am unforgettable, too"

"What a Wonderful World," by Louis Armstrong

Lyrics: "I see trees of green, red roses, too/I see them bloom for me and you/And I think to myself what a wonderful world"

"How Sweet It Is," by James Taylor

Lyrics: "I close my eyes at night/Wondering where would I be without you in my life/Everything I did was just a bore/Everywhere I went it seems I'd been there before/But you brighten up for me all of my days"

"Forever Young," by Rod Stewart

Lyrics: "And when you finally fly away, I'll be hoping that I served you well/For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell/But whatever road you choose, I'm right behind you win or lose"

Lyrics: "You are the sunshine of my life/That's why I'll always be around/You are the apple of my eye/Forever you'll stay in my heart"

"My Girl," by The Temptations

Lyrics: "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day/When it's cold outside I've got the month of May/Well I guess you'd say/What can make me feel this way?/My girl/Talkin' 'bout my girl"

Lyrics: "From the first breath she breathed/When she first smiled at me/I knew the love of a father runs deep/And I prayed that she'd find you someday/But it's still hard to give her away/I loved her first"

"Brown Eyed Girl," by Van Morrison

Lyrics: "So hard to find my way/Now that I'm all on my own/I saw you just the other day/My, how you have grown/Cast my memory back there, Lord"

"Sweet Child O' Mine," by Guns N' Roses

Lyrics: "She's got a smile it seems to me/Reminds me of childhood memories/Where everything/Was as fresh as the bright blue sky/Now and then when I see her face/She takes me away to that special place"

"Lean on Me," by Bill Withers

Lyrics: "Lean on me, when you're not strong/And I'll be your friend/I'll help you carry on/For it won't be long/'Til I'm gonna need/Somebody to lean on"

Lyrics: "Have I told you lately that I love you?/Have I told you there's no one else above you?/Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness/Ease my troubles, that's what you do"

"Wildflowers," by Tom Petty

Lyrics: "You belong among the wildflowers/You belong somewhere close to me/Far away from your trouble and worries/You belong somewhere you feel free"

Lyrics: "Goodnight my angel, now it's time to dream/And dream how wonderful your life will be/Someday your child may cry, and if you sing this lullaby/Then in your heart there will always be a part of me"

"My Little Girl," by Tim McGraw

Lyrics: "I turned around and you've almost grown/Sometimes when you're asleep/I whisper I love you in the moonlight at your door/As I walk away, I hear you say/Daddy love you more"

"There Goes My Life," by Kenny Chesney

Lyrics: "Sleep tight, blue eyes and bouncing curls/He smiles/There goes my life/There goes my future my everything/I love you, daddy goodnight/There goes my life"

"I Got You Babe," by Sonny & Cher

Lyrics: "Don't let them say your hair's too long/'Cause I don't care, with you I can't go wrong/Then put your little hand in mine/There ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb"

Lyrics: "You are so beautiful/To me/You are so beautiful/To me/Can't you see/You're everything I hoped for/You're everything I need/You are so beautiful/To me"

"A Wink and a Smile," by Harry Connick Jr.

Lyrics: "Just the sound of your voice/The light in your eyes/We're so far away from yesterday/Together, with a wink and a smile"

"Isn't She Lovely," by Stevie Wonder

Lyrics: "Isn't she lovely?/Isn't she wonderful?/Isn't she precious?/Less than one-minute old/I never thought through love/We'd be making one as lovely as she/But isn't she lovely made from love?"

"Daughters," by John Mayer

Lyrics: "On behalf of every man/Looking out for every girl/You are the God and weight of her world/So fathers, be good to your daughters/Daughters will love like you do"

"I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack

Lyrics: "Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens/Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance/And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance/I hope you dance"

"My Wish," by Rascal Flatts

Lyrics: "I hope you never look back, but you never forget/All the ones who love you, in the place you live/I hope you always forgive, and you never regret/And you help somebody every chance you get"

"You Raise Me Up," by Josh Groban

Lyrics: "You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains/You raise me up to walk on stormy seas/I am strong when I am on your shoulders/You raise me up to more than I can be"

"Your Song," by Elton John

Lyrics: "Oh I know it's not much but it's the best I can do/My gift is my song/And this one's for you/And you can tell everybody this is your song/It may be quite simple but now that it's done/I hope you don't mind"

"Because You Loved Me," by Céline Dion

Lyrics: "You were my strength when I was weak/You were my voice when I couldn't speak/You were my eyes when I couldn't see/You saw the best there was in me/Lifted me up when I couldn't reach"

"Wind Beneath My Wings," by Bette Midler

Lyrics: "Did you ever know that you're my hero/And everything I would like to be?/I can fly higher than an eagle/For you are the wind beneath my wings"

"In My Life," by The Beatles

Lyrics: "Though I know I'll never lose affection/For people and things that went before/I know I'll often stop and think about them/In my life, I'll love you more"

"My Little Girl," by Tim McGraw

Lyrics: "You're beautiful baby, from the outside in/Chase your dreams but always know/The road that will lead you home again/Go on, take on this old world but to me/You know you'll always be my little girl"

"Landslide," by Fleetwood Mac

Lyrics: "Well, I've been afraid of changin'/'Cause I've built my life around you/But time makes you bolder/Even children get older/And I'm getting older too"


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