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Top 10 Daddy Daughter Wedding Dance Songs

They say that from the instant he lays eyes on her, a father adores his daughter. Whoever she grows up to be, she is always to him that little girl in pigtails. She makes him feel like Christmas… – Author Unknown

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Probably the most tear jerking part of a wedding is the Daddy/Daughter dance.  In all the weddings we have attended we have seen more brides shed tears, more mothers have to redo their makeup and more fathers break down and cry during this incredibly heart melting part of the day.

We thought it would be a fun idea to compile a list of favorite daddy/daughter wedding songs.  We also included what we saw as the top ten songs.  This is from our own personal attendance and from some other sources who had compiled their own top daddy/daughter songs.

If you have one that isn’t on here please share it with us.

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1 – Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle’s Butterfly Kisses is one of the 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’s 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 at a daughter’s wedding.

2 – I Loved Her First - What 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, the message tender and the reminder of what a dad means to his daughter at her wedding is the focus of this song.

3 – Through the Years by Kenny Rogers is a timeless song of love and is a favorite of many of my friends. It is a little bit country, which appeals to many dads and daughters, but is sweet and memorable.

4 – Always Be Your Baby – Natalie Grant’s Always Be Your Baby has been recommended by many dads and brides.  One bride told us “It is the most tear jerking father/daughter song I have ever heard! My father and I danced to this song at my wedding, and I cried the entire time!”

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5 – The Way You Look Tonight – An 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.

6 - Unforgettable – You can’t listen to Natalie Cole’s version of her father’s hit Unforgettable without feeling the warm affection between a father and a daughter. It is easy to dance to and it tugs at the heartstrings for any bride and her daddy.

7 – Lullaby – One of Billy Joel’s soulful songs sings a lullaby to his daughter and provides a favorite dance song for weddings. This is a unique song–not one you’ll hear at every wedding–and still is meaningful to a dad and his newlywed daughter.

8 -A Song For My Daughter – Nikki Viereck creates a beautifully moving song about a father’s (or mother’s) feelings on seeing their daughter as a bride on the wedding day. Good to dance to, not “cutesy”.

9 – Isn’t She Lovely - By Stevie Wonder, “‘Isn’t She Lovely’ by Stevie Wonder is tried and true with complete lyrical focus on the bride,”

10 – Forever Young – By Rod Stewart – It is tough for Dads to see their daughters grow up.  This song sums up how a dad will always look at his little girl, even when she is grown and out of the house.

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Other Great Songs For Daddy Daughter Dances – Not all of them are your traditional slow dance songs.

Sweet Pea by Amos Lee
How Sweet It Is by James Taylor
Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra
Times of Your Life by Paul Anka
My Little Girl by Tim McGraw
Father and Daughter by Paul Simon
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
You are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder
Daughter by Loudon Wainwright III
My Girl by The Temptations
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman
Daughters by John Mayer
My Funny Valentine by Frank Sinatra
Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses
The Way You Do The Things You Do by The Temptations
The Wonder of You by Elvis Presley
Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross
Have I Told You Lately by Rod Stewart
I’ve Got the World On a String by Frank Sinatra
It Had To Be You by Ray Charles
Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) by Billy Joel
Michelle by The Beatles
Not While I’m Around by Kat Jennings and Angela Lansbury
Oh! My Papa by Eddie Fisher
Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoole
The Long and Winding Road by The Beatles
There Goes My Life by Kenny Chesney
When You Need Me by Bruce Springsteen
I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher
You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
(The Long To Be) Close To You by The Carpenters
A Wink and a Smile by Harry Connick Jr.

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Sources – Ask.com, brides.com, bridalimage.com, bridalmusings.com, theknot.com, thehuffingtonpost.com

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