Upbeat Father Daughter Dance Songs

Recently, I have contacted by a few of my clients (and gal pals) for my thoughts on upbeat, fun loving father/daughter dance song ideas. While some wedding guests may love getting misty to the tune of “Unforgettable” as the bride takes a spin on the dance floor with her dad, not all brides are in love with that idea. When it comes to selecting a fun faughter/daughter dance song, my advice for brides is to think about the following three factors:

1. Do you have any favorite artists together, or does a style of music remind you of your dad? In many cases, I hear from my clients that classic rock reminds them of riding in the car with their dads while growing up. (So cute, right?!). Many of the songs on the list below are from the 60s, and 70s for that reason.

2. Do you want to slow dance or bop around the dance floor? This will obviously affect the pace of the song that is selected. If your dad is totally uncomfortable dancing, a slow song is not always the best option. Picking a fun, upbeat tune and taking dance lessons will inevitably lead to laughing and smiling during the dance, even if you two don’t end up looking like you just stepped off the set of Dancing with the Stars.

3. Do you want your guests to experience the moment with you? If the answer is yes, then it is a good idea to select a song that is easily recognized. I always say that engaging the crowd is a key element in creating a beautiful, memorable wedding. Yes, the father/daughter dance is about the bride and her dad, but many guests (particularly your Mom) will be looking forward to witnessing and reveling in the moment.

The list below consists of my top ten song suggestions for a fun loving father/daughter dance that still captures the spirit of a father’s love for his daughter. (And if you are wondering if I looked up all of the song lyrics to ensure no awkward moments, the answer is yes.) Cue the music!

Photo Credit: Hunter McRae

Here it the list: 

“Your Smiling Face” James Taylor

“Into the Mystic” Van Morrison

“You’re My Best Friend” Queen

“Isn’t She Lovely” Stevie Wonder

“Wildflowers” Tom Petty

“Delaney Talks to Statues” Jimmy Buffet (for the beachy brides)

“When You Need Me” Bruce Springsteen

“My Girl” Temptations

“In My Life” The Beatles

“Father and Daughter” Paul Simon