If you’re looking for Father/Daughter songs, check out our list of Favorites. If you need more inspiration, here are some other great choices.
A song may be on this list (as opposed to the favorites list) because it is lesser known or less popular, or because the lyrics don’t relate entirely to the father/daughter relationship or the sentiments on a wedding day. For example: My Little Girl, by Steve Kirwan, is not well known, but the lyrics are perfect for the father/daughter dance. Conversely, Daughters, by John Mayer, is a very popular song, which has been used often for the father/daughter dance, but the lyrics describe his relationship with a girl who is emotionally stunted because her father left her when she was young. This is NOT to say that songs like Daughters should not be chosen; if you love the song, or it has personal significance to you, use it! As for the less popular songs, you may find a gem, or if you just like to stay off the beaten path and choose a song that has not been chosen by many others, go for it. Check out these songs, check the lyrics, and find out if one of them is right for you. Also, if there is a certain verse that doesn’t quite fit, you can always have someone sing it live instead of playing the recorded version, and take out the part of the song that you don’t love. Enjoy!
A New Day Has Come – Celine Dion
Always – Frank Sinatra
Always Be Your Baby – Natalie Grant
Annabel – Don Henley
As I Lay Me Down – Sophie B. Hawkins
Beautiful In My Eyes – Joshua Kadison
Beside You – Tal Buchman
Blackbird – The Beatles
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
By Your Side – Sade
Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
Colour My World – Chicago
Daddy – Beyonce
Daddy’s Girl – Peter Cetera
Daddy’s Girl – Red Sovine
Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
Daughters – John Mayer
Dream – Pricilla Ahn
Father Daughter Harmony – Phil Keaggy
Father Of The Bride – Mike Douglas
Find Love – Clem Snide
First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes
Forever – Michael Bolton
Gracie – Ben Folds
He Didn’t Have To Be – Brad Paisley (For Step-Dads)
Hero – Mariah Carey
I Am Your Child – Barry Manilow
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
I Turn To You – Christina Aguilera
I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachlan
I Wish You Love – Dean Martin
I Won’t Dance – Louis Armstrong & Ella Ftizgerald
If I Could – Barbara Streisand
If It Wasn’t For Your Love – Heather Headley
If We Hold On Together – Diana Ross
I’ll Always Love You – Whitney Houston
I’ll Remember – Madonna
I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders, Carrie Underwood
I Wanna Be Like You – Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy
I Will Be There For You – Jessica Andrews
I Wish I Could – Collin Raye
I’m Your Angel – R. Kelly Featuring Celine Dion
Jackie Wilson Said – Van Morrison
Less Than The Song – Joan Baez
Life Is Beautiful – Keb’ Mo’
Love Can Build A Bridge – The Judds
Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
Love Without End, Amen – George Strait
Lullaby – Creed
May Each Day – Andy Williams
Memories – Elvis Presley
Moon Dance – Van Morrison
Moon River – Andy Williams
Moonlight Serenade – Frank Sinatra
My Dearest Darling – Etta James
My Father – Nina Simone
My Heart Belongs To Daddy – Ella Fitzgerald
My Little Girl – Steve Kirwan
My One True Friend – Bette Midler
Nightingale – Norah Roberts
No Place That Far – Sara Evans Featuring Vince Gill
Return To Pooh Corner – Kenny Loggins
Shining Star – Manhattans
Ships – Barry Manilow
Shower The People – James Taylor
Someone To Fall Back On – Jason Robert Brown
Somewhere Out There – Knights Bridge
Sunrise, Sunset – The Original Cast of Fiddler On The Roof
Surfer Girl – The Beach Boys
Taking You Home – Don Henley
Teach Your Children Well – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Tenderness On The Block – Shawn Colvin
Thank You For Loving Me – Bon Jovi
Thank God For Kids – The Oak Ridge Boys or Kenny Chesney
That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding or The Rolling Stones
The Dance – Garth Brooks
The Glory Of Love – Bette Midler
The Keeper Of The Stars – Tracy Byrd
The Things We’ve Handed Down – Marc Cohen
Then They Do – Trace Adkins
Takes My Breath Away – Tuck & Patti
Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
Time To Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli
Times Of Your Life – Paul Anka
Tiny Dancer – Elton John
To Sir, With Love – Lulu
Too Marvelous For Words – Frank Sinatra
True Love Ways – Buddy Holly
Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison
Turn Around – Harry Belafonte
Two Of Us – The Beatles
Universe – Mark Wills
When I’m Sixty-Four – The Beatles
When My Little Girl Is Smiling – Steve Alaimo
When The Stars Go Blue – Tim McGraw
When You Were Sweet Sixteen – Mills Brothers
Who Knows Where The Time Goes – Judy Collins
Wild World – Cat Stevens
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
Winter – Tori Amos
You Are My Sunshine – Norman Blake
You Can Let Go – Crystal Shawanda
You Decorated My Life – Kenny Rogers
You Don’t Have To Let Go – Jessica Simpson
You Look So Good In Love – George Strait
You Needed Me – Anne Murray
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
You’ll Always Be My Baby – Sara Evans
Your Smiling Face – James Taylor
Your Song – Elton John
You’re A Big Girl Now – Bob Dylan
You’re A Big Girl Now – Stylistics
You’re Gonna Be – Reba McEntire
You’re My Hero – Theresa James
You’re Still You – Josh Groban
Zoe Jane – Staind
Today I have a very fun wedding to share. Sara found my blog through her friend Holly, whose stunning wedding was featured on the Soundtrack a couple of weeks ago. Sara and her husband Brandon are both musicians, so they have lots of awesome musical details to their wedding. Enjoy!
Brandon and I were married on August 17, 2008 at St Dominic Chapel on the Providence College campus. Our reception was held at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, RI. We met at PC as sophomores and sang together in several choral groups. We started dating shortly after graduation in 2004 and did the “long-distance relationship” for a few years while he was living in RI and I was in MA. We got engaged on his birthday in December 2006 (smart guy – he’ll never forget our engagement date!) in the Boston Public Gardens on a little bridge overlooking the frozen lake. It was perfect and I was completely surprised!
Ah, what a day. Will & Kate were married, and my oh my did she did she look stunning. I truly wish the best for them.
Appropriately, I have a British wedding to share with you all today. It doesn’t have quite the pomp and circumstance of the Royal Wedding, but it does have all the charm. This wedding was sent to us from Matt Foden Photography, and I’m so happy to share it. Matt and Brenda Foden are wedding and portrait photographers based in Surrey, England. They cover Kent, Surrey, and the rest of the UK.
Here’s what Matt had to say:
Jon and Kelly’s wedding had two wonderful settings– St.George’s Church in Wrotham, and Cooling Castle Barn, both of which are set in Kent in England. Cooling Castle Barn in particular is a wonderful venue, and exudes the kind of warmth and magic you would hope for in a winter wedding.
Jon and Kelly were great fun to work with and judging by the reaction from their guests, a very popular couple! The day was packed with many fantastic moments, details and features. We especially loved the traditional London Routemaster buses that they hired to ferry their guests around, and we couldn’t resist the chance to feature this iconic London Bus in their portraits! The barn itself looked really magical lit up at night, and was complemented with some great features and characters, including a magician, a traditional Master of Ceremonies (who has also worked at Charles and Camilla’s wedding) and a fun photo booth. A fun, entertaining, and above all emotional wedding day that we genuinely loved photographing!
Congratulations to Jon & Kelly! Thank you to Matt Foden Photography for sending these beautiful photos to us.
Today’s tip goes for all aspects of your wedding, although I’ve catered it specifically to the music on your day. Consider your audience.
Of course your wedding day is all about you and your hubby, and everything that has meaning and is important to the two of you, but you are also sharing it with your loved ones. I’m sure you want them to have a great time and have fond memories. As far as music goes, this issue really comes into play during the reception, when it’s time to dance.
If you’re having a DJ, and you don’t give him a play list (or a no-play list) he pretty much has free reign, and will most likely play whatever is popular to dance to, as well as requests from the guests.
If you don’t have a lot of older family members, and/or haven’t invited children to your wedding, and you just want to have a wild dance party with your friends, then go for it! Or if the older members of your family are wild, same goes.
The main point of this tip is, consider who will be there, and try to blend create something that everyone can enjoy. Throw in some older songs with the current ones, and consider the song lyrics of the current pop songs that your DJ may use, before giving him free reign. If this isn’t a concern for you, then don’t worry about it, but I’ve known brides who let their DJ’s played whatever they wanted, and then regretted some of the music that was played.
For brides and grooms to be, check out our list of from the 1950’s to today that will get people dancing. Just to make life easier for you, there are asterisks* next to the songs with questionable lyrics so that you can decide if they are appropriate for your wedding.
I’m so excited to share this story with you today. Because it’s super sweet, and also because it came from my good friend Jess, who is one of my favorite people ever, as is her husband Rene. Hope you enjoy their sweet proposal story as much as I do.
There is one thing you must know before hearing this story. And that is that in the months prior to this engagement, our relationship consisted of one girl anxious to start her life with the guy she fell for two years earlier, and one guy who had fooled her into thinking that wouldn’t happen for at least a few more years. He convinced her that he wasn’t ready yet, all the while knowing they were, so that she would be completely surprised when he gave her the ring he’d already bought.
This story actually begins with another. One we began writing ourselves one ordinary day back at home. René said to Jess that they ought to write their own fairy tale. So we began telling our own epic love story of a knight and a mermaid. Just after their first meeting, our valiant knight was kidnapped by a band of pirates and then brainwashed to believe he’d always been one of them, leaving the memory of his mermaid as only a distant dream. Years later, after a life of prodigal pillaging and plundering, a series of providential events reunited the mermaid with her knight-turned-pirate. The knight then faked his own death to escape his would be life of piracy so that he could spend the rest of his days with the love of his life.
This tale had been told over the span of a few weeks, and began a while before we left for a family trip to Maui, Hawaii. It was on this trip that René told Jess he wanted to finish the story, which seemed appropriate and inconspicuous enough to her considering their surroundings. So on a day trip down the road to Hana, we stopped at a turnoff that led to the most picturesque, fairy-tale-like cove you could ever imagine. We spent the day exploring underground swimming holes, climbing lava rocks, and getting our feet wet along the black sand beach, all the while expanding on this story you’ve just been told.
We snuck past a “trail closed” sign and walked along our own secluded path, with turquoise waves crashing against the black lava rock formations along side us. As we explored, René concluded that the knight and the mermaid built a house on a cliff like the one on which we stood, half on land and half on the water, where they met and fell more in love every day for two years. Jess stopped at the end of the path, surveyed the spot, and said “Yes, this will do. I can make a home out of this.” As they paused to take in the view, René set down his backpack and pulled out a little blue box…
Half expecting to see a ring and shaking like a leaf already, Jess opened the box only to find two pieces of paper. They were notes written to her from René. He told her to turn around and read their contents aloud. She opened the first and read a few lines he wrote, taken from Proverbs 31:10-12
“You are excellent.
You are more precious than jewels.
You earn my trust.
You do me good – forever.”
With tears already filling her eyes, Jess reached into the box, took out the second note, and read…
“This is where his and her life ended, and how their life began together.
The knight knew he couldn’t lose his mermaid. He also knew that she was what defined love. So he found her and said….”
He turned her to face him, got down on one knee (on sharp lava rocks mind you), held up a second small box with a sparkling blue stone inside, and asked her to marry him.
She said Yes.
The ring is an original design by Topazery.
I’m head over heels with this detail. I’m pretty sure I have to use it at my own wedding. So sweet and fun, plus easy and inexpensive! Win win!
I found these framed lyrics via Lauren & Matt’s wedding on Hi-Fi Weddings (where I find bucket loads of inspiration.)
So… do you love them as much as I do?? The hard part for me will be narrowing down the song choices… what song lyrics would you use?
Just to add a little spice to your life, here are some great Motown hits that can’t help but make you smile. Many upbeat Motown songs are great for the recessional (if you aren’t going the classical route) or for the bridal party entrance to the reception. There are also some slow ones that could be used as a first dance song, or during dinner. And of course, there are a few Motown hits that people can’t help but get up and dance to. Either way, you can’t go wrong with these songs that everyone has heard and no one minds hearing again and again.
Upbeat And Fun:
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
I’ll Be There – The Jackson Five
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Stop! In The Name Of Love – The Supremes
(Love Is Like A) Heatwave – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got) – The Four Tops
I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Too Busy Thinking About My Baby – Marvin Gaye
Someday We’ll Be Together – Diana Ross & The Supremes
My Girl – The Temptations
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
The Way You Do The Things You Do – The Temptations
I’m Gonna Make You Love Me – Diana Ross, The Supremes, & The Temptations
I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
Baby I Need Your Loving – The Four Tops
You’re My Everything – The Temptations
Forever Came Today – Diana Ross & The Supremes
My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder
Pride & Joy – Marvin Gaye
I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder
I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) – The Temptations
Do I Do – Stevie Wonder
Please Mr. Postman – The Marvelettes
All Night Long – Lionel Richie
I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
As – Stevie Wonder
Baby Love – The Supremes
You’re All I Need To Get By – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
Endless Love – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
I Believe In You And Me – The Four Tops
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Say You, Say Me – Lionel Richie
Overjoyed – Stevie Wonder
Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me – Gladys Knight & The Pips
Three Times A Lady – The Commodores
Hello – Lionel Richie
Your Precious Love – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Still Water (Love) – The Four Tops
My Love – Lionel Richie
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye
Songs To Get People Dancing:
Do You Love Me – The Contours
Super Freak – Rick James
I Want You Back – The Jackson Five
Dancing In The Street – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Brick House – The Commodores
Give It To Me Baby – Rick James
ABC – The Jackson Five
Dancing On The Ceiling – Lionel Richie