Top 7 Father-Daughter Dance Songs for a Wedding Reception

The father-daughter dance can be a very emotional moment in a father’s or a daughter’s life. Many fathers think back to the day their baby girl was born, and many daughters think about how dad is always there for comfort or support. A song that evokes the power of that special family bond is what many fathers and daughters like to think about when dancing on the bride’s big day.

Based on an informal survey of fathers of the bride, take a look at the top wedding dance songs for that father-daughter dance at the wedding celebration.

  • 01. “Butterfly Kisses” AmazonBob Carlisle’s “Butterfly Kisses” is one of many dads’ all-time favorites. The message is loved by dads and daughters alike and the tempo makes dancing easy. Not sure what butterfly kisses are? It is when you cuddle up with your daughter and her eyelashes tickle your cheek as she bats her eyes. It happens to almost all dads and daughters a lot as she grows up. So the song has a fun message for a daughter’s wedding. 
  • 02. When Angels Fly” Amazon”When Angels Fly” is a new addition to our top 10 list of father-daughter wedding songs. Performed by Tony Ransom and The Heavenly Light Orchestra, it is at once inspiring and memorable.  
  • 03. “I Loved Her First” Amazon”I Loved Her First” is a great song for a father-daughter wedding dance. By the country/pop group Heartland, this song will melt the heart of daughter, father, and every onlooker. The music is wonderful, and the message is a reminder of what a dad means to his daughter at her wedding. 
  • 04. “Through the Years” Amazon”Through the Years” by Kenny Rogers is a timeless song of love and is a favorite of many. It is a little bit country but is also sweet and memorable.
  • 05. “Always Be Your Baby” AmazonNatalie Grant’s “Always Be Your Baby” has been recommended by many dads and brides. One bride said, “It is the most tearjerking father/daughter song I have ever heard! My father and I danced to this song at my wedding, and I cried the entire time!” 
  • 06. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” Amazon”How Sweet It Is” is a classic hit that is used less often as a wedding dance choice, but it is wonderful for a father-daughter dance moment. Many dads remember James Taylor from their youth and it is a lot of fun to dance to. This is not your classic waltz, but it is still memorable. 
  • 07. “The Way You Look Tonight” AmazonAn old Frank Sinatra tune (with the Count Basie orchestra) is a wonderful dad and daughter dance number. It has a fun beat and is well crafted for a little swing dance at a wedding or reception.  

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