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Top 10 Father Daughter Dance Songs

If your looking for the top 10 father daughter dance songs for your wedding, I’ve compiled a short list here. Although the list could easily grow to 30 songs or more, the most requested ones have been selected for quick reference. I’ve added notes for each song so you can match your style with the song of your choice. Let’s go.

My Girl – The Temptations 


This oldie but Goldie Motown song is easily the most requested father daughter dance song. It has the right tempo, the right message and it’s easy on the ears. Some clients ask for this song to be played a little faster, so that it’s easier to dance to. This song was an easy choice for the Top 10 Father Daughter Dance Songs list.

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison


For those dads who like something a little more light hearted, this song is for you. It’s an old classic sing-along song that everyone knows. Dads who would rather not like to dance so slow with their daughter will find this song a perfect fit.

My Little Girl – Tim McGraw 


This song is slow and a bit of a tear jerker. The dads who are very emotional will love the message in this song. The song gives plenty of room for close conversation and even a few happy tears.

My Wish – Rascal Flatts 


This song is heavily requested, and if you follow the lyrics you will know why. The message exemplifies what every parent wants for their child, a happy, healthy and prosperous future. The song carries a little punch, which is great if you like a little muscle during the chorus. 

I Loved Her First – Heartland


Kind of an old folk song feel. Dads should definitely have a tissue on hand for this one. It’s a slower tempo  song with a message that says, I give my daughter to you, but I still got my eye on you! Which isn’t at all bad, after all, guys will be guys.

When You Need Me – Bruce Springsteen


Springsteen nails a simple song with a clear message. If you want to just come right out and say, I will always be here for you, then this song does just that. It’s a no frills classic and a heart warmer all in one.

Just The Way You look Tonight – Frank Sinatra


I get the feeling that the dads who choose this song are more of a renaissance man. Its got that ultra cool big band feel, with a timeless classic message, definitely no regrets on this song. If you are thinking choreography, this song is perfect.

Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart


The joy of being a proud parent can be summed up with this song. With a warm grateful tone, and a sincere heart, this song is just full of love. It can be played slower or a touch faster, either way, it’s one song you will never regret choosing.


Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle


Break out the hanky on this one. It’s the message that every dad who has sacrificed wants to dance to. It’s about treating her like a princess and emotionally being there. With a clear message of gratitude to the most high, this song was crafted to deliver a powerful message of love.


How Sweet It Is – James Taylor


Being a dad as well as a friend can be a tough balance, but this songs message speaks loud and clear. I love you and thank you for loving me back. The subtle message of love in this song can not be underestimated, it’s strong and gentle, the way only James Taylor can deliver. The patient dad who always listens will find this song to be a perfect fit.



A father daughter dance song is like picking out a card at the hallmark store. The words and song style tells your daughter what you are feeling inside. If the message doesn’t sum up the type of relationship you have, pick something that does. The music and lyrics will speak on your behalf, and give your daughter a priceless moment she will carry all her days.

If you found my list of the Top 10 Father Daughter Dance Songs helpful, let me know. Which song will you choose? Did you select a different one from the list? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

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written by: Peter Khan

Producer – The Elite Show Band

photo credit: Araujo Photography