If you’re close with your dad and planning a father daughter dance, then these sentimental songs could be perfect for the occasion…
Father daughter dances often get a bad rap, thanks to our American cousins and country music. However, if you have a close relationship with your dad and want to dedicate a special moment in the reception to him, this US tradition could be perfect for you. Here are eight songs we think would be great picks…
Phil Collins – You’ll Be In My Heart
You may recognise this Oscar-winning Disney classic from the film Tarzan, but you may not know that Phil Collins wrote this beautiful song for his daughter, Lily, who was 10 at the time. A great choice for a Disney-loving bride.
Bob Dylan – Forever Young
This Bob Dylan ballad is a beautiful balance between sentimental and light-hearted, and the lyrics are the perfect advice to hand down from a parent to their child. Works for mother son dances, too.
The Tempations – My Girl
This old-school crooner is a popular choice for father daughter dances, and the up tempo, happy nature of it is ideal if you’re dreading the idea of a weepy slow dance.
Lennon & Maisy – A Life That’s Good
This sweet country duet is taken from the TV show Nashville, and isn’t necessarily about parenthood, but instead being content with how lucky you are in life – which is how you should feel on your wedding day!
Queen – You’re My Best Friend
If you and your dad are more like best friends than parent and child sometimes, then this fun, uptempo song is a great way to reflect that for your dance.
Eva Cassidy – Who Knows Where The Time Goes
Eva’s spine-tingling voice combined with the poignant nature of this song is sure to leave you a little weepy, but it’s a beautiful choice that works for plenty of dances.
Nancy Sinatra – It’s For My Dad
Plenty of father daughter songs are from the point of view of the dad, but we love this heartfelt pick because it’s from the daughter’s point of view. This song also works if your dad is no longer with you, but you want a tribute to him on the night.
Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
Forget slow dances and ballads – this is the song for a good old father daughter sing-along! Get everyone on the dancefloor to join after the first chorus for a floorfiller.
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