Top 50 Father Daughter Dance Songs

by in — Updated December 27, 2017

We analyzed more than 250 wedding playlists to come up with the most requested father daughter dance songs 2016. These weddings took place in Wilmington, North Carolina and Corolla, Duck, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head in the Outer Banks. Songs by Billy Joel, The Beatles, Kenny Chesney, Van Morrison, Frank Sinatra and Brad Paisley were all chosen as tributes to fathers and daughters.

I Loved her First” by Heartland, “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw and “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle made the top of the wedding songs father daughter dance list. “My Girl” by The Temptations and “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong are always classic choices for father daughter dance songs.

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The 5 Most Popular Artists and Their Songs

We also looked at which artists were the most requested for father-daughter dances, and which of their songs were most popular, and Van Morrison leads the pack with 3 songs:

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About The Analysis

To come up with this father daughter dance songs list, we looked at more than 250 wedding song selections to discover the top 50 listed above. While we expected the likes of traditional tunes like “My Little Girl,” “Daughters” and “Brown-Eyed Girl,” we were really surprised by the hard rock ballad “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” We just have to applaud the dads and daughters who took on that one.

We hope this song list helps you with father daughter dance song ideas. Do you have any recommendations for good father daughter dance songs that aren’t on our list? Feel free to let us know in the comments.


About the Author
George Wainwright has been a DJ since 1988 and is the owner of Coastal DJ & Video, a team of DJs and videographers serving pretty much all of NC. His music favorites include Beach Classics, Old School, Disco, Top 40, and Club.


I Loved Her First – Heartland

My Little Girl – Tim McGraw

Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle

My Girl – The Temptations

My Wish – Rascal Flatts

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

Cinderella – Steven Curtis Chapman

The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

In My Life – The Beatles

Somewhere Over the Rainbow & What A Beautiful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Father And Daughter – Paul Simon

Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw

Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

Landslide – Fleetwood Mac

Stand By Me – Ben E. King

Unforgettable – Natalie Cole and Nat Cole

It Won’t Be Like This For Long – Darius Rucker

Just Fishin’ – Trace Adkins

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Daughters – John Mayer

Walk With You – Edwin McCain

I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

Stealing Cinderella – Chuck Wicks

Wildflowers – Tom Petty

You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins

Sweet Heart O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

Lullabye – Billy Joel

You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
God Only Knows – Beach Boys
Forever Young – Rod Stewart

Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross

Your Song – Elton John

How Sweet It Is – James Taylor

Daughter – Loudon Wainwright III

Daddy’s Little Girl – Al Martino

There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney

Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel

Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison

Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison

The Way You Look Tonight – Steve Tyrell

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Tough Little Boys – Gary Allan

Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles

He Didn’t Have To Be – Brad Presley

Then They Do – Trace Adkins
There You’ll Be – Faith Hill

Tiny Dancer – Elton John

To Sir With Love – Lulu

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