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Folk and Indie Father Daughter Dance Songs

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Father and Daughter – Paul Simon

I almost included this song in the "classics that might be overplayed" section, but I think it's still fresh enough that your guests will enjoy it. (Confession time: The lyrics make me cry a bit when I think about my dad.)


Daughter – Loudon Wainwright III

You may already know this quirky sweet song from the "Knocked Up" soundtrack. I like it because it's not too fast, not too slow, and it honors all the things dad has taught you.


Gracie – Ben Folds

The sweetness of Ben Folds love songs make several of them work as father daughter dance songs.



Rock/Pop Father Daughter Dance Songs

Sweet Child o' Mine – Sheryl Crow. You may get a few laughs when people realize that this is a cover of the Guns n' Roses classic hit, but for rock and metal lovers, this is a great way of including GnR in your wedding without alienating the grandparents.


Daughters – John Mayer

Particularly good for daughters who haven't always had smooth relationships with their fathers, Daughters tells fathers to be good to their daughters, and mothers to be good to them too.


I'll Stand By You - The Pretenders


How You've Grown - 10,000 Maniacs


You Got It – Roy Orbison


Thank You – Led Zeppelin.

The dads of todays brides are more likely to be Led Zeppelin fans than swing music fans. Appeal to your dad's music taste with a little classic rock.


Dancing on Daddy's Shoes - Leon Redbone.

It's hard to say exactly what genre Redbone's music belongs to. His interpretations of early 20th-century music cover rock, folk, jazz, and bluegrass. It's old fashioned while being just a teesy bit modern too.



R & B and Jazz Father Daughter Dance Songs

That's How Strong My Love Is Otis Redding

Otis always makes me swoon, and this is a particularly great song for fathers and daughters.


Stand By Me – Ben E. King


Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder


Daddy – Beyonce



Country Father Daughter Dance Songs

I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

This New Country song captures the best of a parent's advice to their child


Through the Years – Kenny Rogers


Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks


There'll You'll Be – Faith Hill

Take a listen to the lyrics of this song. It's got a touching sentiment, but I believe it is about a father who has passed away. Still, that's far from overt so it could be used as a father-daughter dance.


I Loved Her First – Heartland



Classic Father Daughter Dance Songs

These are tried, true songs for the Father Daughter Dance that are a perhaps a bit clichéd, and on the cheesy side, but well-loved


Unforgettable by Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole


Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof


My Girl – The Temptations


Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle


The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett


Isn't She Lovely – Stevie Wonder


What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

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