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Father-Daughter Dance Songs

No pressure Ladies, but your father-daughter dance is among the most iconic moments of your wedding. It’s your symbolic ‘goodbye’ and a way to say ‘thanks for everything, Dad’ (especially if he’s footing the bill!), so it’s got to be on point and something you love. Take inspiration from our list of father-daughter dance songs below.

Are you choosing a song on your own or calling in Pops to choose a track together? You and your dad are uniquely positioned to know which songs will work best to capture your relationship. Just forget those door-slamming teenage years; this is about how you really feel about each other, deep down.

If you’re picking a surprise track for Dad, choose something he’ll enjoy dancing to with you – is he a big Sinatra fan, or a Foo Fighters guy? Your fiancé might have some ideas too, so don’t be afraid to ask, but don’t expect them to totally nail it – no one knows your unique father-daughter vibe better than you and your dad.

Think about the feel of your day to pitch the tone and help choose between an unconventional track and something more traditional. From emotional songs that remind you of the time he taught you to ride your bike, or taxi-ed you to your first school disco *mascara alert!* to upbeat songs celebrating his dad dancing and all those in-jokes that prompt a side-eye from mum. Pore over these father-daughter picks to help you decide.

We’ve also included song lyrics so you can ensure you’re picking a track that evokes father-daughter love, and doesn’t take a weird, inappropriate turn part-way through... Plus see Alive artists performing tracks live, and listen to our Spotify playlist, pick your favourites and share them with your partner in crime.

For my dance with Dad, the song we chose really means something to us,
so I got a bit emotional.

Gemma, Alive Network Bride

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My Girl cover by Carol Garcia

“I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day”

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Wonderful Tonight cover by Robert Brock

Wonderful Tonight cover by Alex Colman

“And the wonder of it all
Is that you just don’t realize
how much I love you”

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“You are the apple of my eye
Forever you'll stay in my heart”

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Hold My Girl cover by Steve Young

“I've got time, I've got love
Got confidence you'll rise above
Give me a minute to hold my girl”

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How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) cover by Jeremy James

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) cover by The Joneses

“With sweet love and devotion
deeply touching my emotion
I want to stop and thank you baby”

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Your Song cover by The Child

Your Song cover by Florence Smith

“I hope you don't mind
that I put down in words
How wonderful life is
now you're in the world”

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“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”

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8. Father and Daughter – Paul Simon

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“I'm gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you'll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father
Who loved his daughter more than I love you”

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“If you ever forget
how much you really mean to me
Every day I will remind you”

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Good Rockin' Daddy cover by Elaina and The West Coast Stompers

“You're a good rockin' daddy
Up on your feet you can't be beat
You're a good rockin' daddy”

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