It’s not easy to find that special song to dance with your old man. A father-daughter wedding song needs to be touchy, sentimental, sweet, and not overtly romantic. With the wedding season knocking at the door, we have created a perfect compilation of father-daughter wedding songs to which you can dance with your dad.
1. Wildflowers by Tom Petty
The first song from the second solo album of Tom Petty was also released in 1994. Though different in mood from our previous song in the list, this one is also ideal for tapping your feet with your old man. Performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, this song is a must-have on your wedding playlist.
2. Father and Daughter by Paul Simon
Written by Paul Simon for the animated family movie "The Wild Thornberrys Movie" is a beautiful ballad where the singer is expressing his love for his daughter. As a nomination for the Best Song in Academy Awards 2002, this song surely occupies a place in the perfect father-daughter wedding song list.
3. Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
This one is taken from the 1976 Stevie Wonder album Songs in the Key of Life. In this beautiful song, Stevie rejoices from the birth of his little daughter Aisha. This song was performed live by Stevie for the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee Concert of 2012.
4. Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John
This song was composed by Elton John for the Disney film The Lion King, which is released back in 1994. As winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Song, it also earned Elton John a Grammy Award for Best Male Vocal Performance.
5. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) by Billy Joel
As a touching song from Billy Joel’s 93 album River of Dreams, "Lullabye" was written for his daughter Alexa Ray Joel. This slow song in G major is ideal for a slow dance with your daddy on the wedding day.
6. Forever by The Beach Boys
This song which came out back in the 70s is yet another must-have in your wedding playlist. As the ninth song of the "Sunflower" album by the Beach Boys, this one is considered to be one of the most harmonically beautiful songs by a rock n roll band.
7. You are my Sunshine by Johnny Cash
This song which was first recorded in 1939 by Jimmie Davies and Charles Mitchell has been covered by several artists including Andy Williams, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Nat King Cole, and Ray Charles.
8. My Girl by The Temptations
This slow yet groovy number by "The Temptations" was quick to top the charts in 1965 when it was first released. One of the signature songs by the band also finds a place in the Rolling Stones list of "500 greatest songs of all time".
9. Daughters by John Mayer
The third single from John Mayer’s 2003 album Heavier Things is a critically acclaimed song that won Mayer a number of awards, including the Grammy Song of the Year Award in 2005. If you are looking forward to a little slow dance with your dad then make sure to have this one on your playlist.
10. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
As one of the most popular songs of the legendary Bob Marley, Three Little Birds was subsequently covered by several other artists. Also known as "Every little thing is gonna be alright", this amazing song is sure to get you swinging to its tune.
11. She's A Rainbow by The Rolling Stones
Taken from the 1967 album "Their Satanic Majesties Request", this song has been described as one of the most uncharacteristic songs written by Keith and Mick.
12. She’s Leaving Home by The Beatles
No father-daughter wedding playlist can ever be complete without a Beatles song. This poignantly beautiful song from Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is often considered one of the best songs by the band.
13. Daddy’s Little Girl by Michael Buble
A classic song for white weddings "Daddy’s Little Girl" was originally written by Horace Gerlach and Robert Burke in 1906.
14. I Loved Her First by Heartland
This song which came out in 2006 immediately went up to Number One in the Billboard country songs chart.
15. Daughter’s Wedding Song by Dale Watson and Lone Stars
As the name of the song suggests, this one is a favorite of any country music fan and will surely find a place in your wedding playlist.
Ollie Mattison is a writer and a lover of all things video.