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Father-Daughter Dance Songs

R&B, Jazz, Country, and Classic Father-Daughter Dance Songs

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R & B Father-Daughter Dance Songs

That's How Strong My Love Is Otis Redding Listen
Otis always makes me swoon, and this is a particularly great song for fathers and daughters.

Stand By Me – Ben E. King Listen

Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder Listen

Daddy – Beyonce Listen

Ain't That Love - Ray Charles Listen
This is not only a really fun song to dance to, but it repeatedly celebrates the love of a father and daughter.

Jazz Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Waltz for Debby Listen
Bill Evans wrote this Jazz piece for his niece, Debby, then Gene Lees added poignant lyrics. Though the song without vocals is beautiful, make sure you get an arrangement that includes them, such as that by either Johnny Hartman or Tony Bennett.

They Can't Take That Away From Me – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Listen
Another song that's written about a romantic love, yet whose lyrics work for a father-daughter dance.

Over the Rainbow – The Wizard of Oz
I love the trumpet in Chet Baker's version and Ella Fitzgerald's vocal version.

Country Father-Daughter Dance Songs

I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack Listen
This New Country song captures the best of a parent's advice to their child

Through the Years – Kenny Rogers Listen

Do I Make You Proud – Taylor Hicks Listen

There'll You'll Be – Faith Hill Listen
When you listen to the lyrics of this song you'll see it has a touching sentiment. It might be about a father who has passed away but that message is far from overt. The lines that repeat - "And everywhere I am there you'll be" and "You were right there for me" make it a good choice for a father-daughter dance.

I Loved Her First – Heartland Listen
Country-western artists seem especially good at writing lyrics that are perfect for this moment in a wedding. This song expresses how hard it is to give his little girl away, while still acknowledging that he wanted her to find someone to love.

Walk With You - Edwin McCain Listen
Though it's a little slow, the lyrics for this song are perfectly made for the father-daughter dance.

Classic Father-Daughter Dance Songs

These are tried and true songs for the Father-Daughter Dance that are a a bit cliché, but are still well-loved.

Unforgettable by Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole Listen

Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof Listen to Louis Armstrong version Perry Como version

My Girl – The Temptations Listen

Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle Listen

The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra Listen or Tony Bennett Listen

Isn't She Lovely – Stevie Wonder Listen

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong Listen

To Sir With Love - Lulu Listen or Glee Cast Version Listen

"How do you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume?"

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