A big part of wedding planning is choosing the music – especially the songs you’re going to dance to with the main men in your life. Your first dance choice probably came easily, maybe it’s the first song you and your beau bonded over or one by an artist you both love.
But what tune can you dance to with the man who has been there for you since the beginning, the one who wiped your tears and bandaged your skinned knees? Or the one who put up with your teenage drama, sent you off on your first date, and still loved you through all the broken hearts? What song can possibly be special enough for your dad?
Here are the father daughter dance songs that came to mind for their beautiful melodies, touching lyrics, and summation of that unforgettable wedding day.
1. Best Day – Taylor Swift
The story of a girl looking back on her life and thanking her father for everything he has done, for supporting her and providing some of her favorite memories.
2. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
This classic song acknowledges that you have become who you are today because of your dad’s strength, inspiration, and faith.
3. My Little Girl – Tim McGraw
This one is from the father’s point of view, as he remembers his daughter as a little girl, wonders how she has grown so quickly, and gives her advice for the rest of her life.
4. Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole “Iz”
We all know the song that references Dorothy’s journey to a far-off land and her longing to return home, but this version makes it so much more than that.
5. Daughters – John Mayer
John Mayer’s tribute to daughters and the impact they have throughout their lives is a perfect way for your dad to show you how much he appreciates you.
6. You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins
Try not to cry as you dance to this song that you probably remember from Disney’s Tarzan, or the oldies station in your town.
7. There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney
A dad tells the story of how he started out nervous to have a little girl, how he fell in love with her right away, and how he hates to see her, his everything, leave.
8. My Girl – Temptations
If you’re looking for a more lighthearted song, dance to the Temptations tune about how you make your dad’s life brighter and happier whenever you’re around.
9. I Loved Her First – Heartland
This beautiful song was written for a wedding and comes from the father’s point of view as he says how much he appreciates his daughter’s new love, but warns her husband to be careful with her heart.
10. Daddy – Beyonce
In this more modern song, Beyonce recounts her memories of her dad and says she wants her husband and future son to be just like him.
11. Walk With You – Edwin McCain
In another song written for a wedding, a father describes this last dance as a walk where he lets go of your hand to give you to your new husband.
12. Gracie – Ben Folds
Ben Folds wrote this song for his own daughter, Gracie, and his high hopes for her future and their special relationship, likely the same feelings your dad has for you.
These father daughter songs are just a few suggestions for the one melody that will sum up all your feelings in that moment when you’re dancing with your dad on your wedding night. If you have your own ideas, we’d love to hear them! Leave a song and artist in the comments below.