Get Your Guests Some Tissues, These Father-Daughter Dance Songs Will Have Everyone Tearing Up

We've rounded up 60 of the best choices to commemorate that special bond.

Father-Daughter Dance

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Few wedding moments are more touching than the father-daughter dance. But finding the perfect choice among all the father-daughter dance songs out there can be tricky. You're looking to encapsulate the special relationship you share with you dad—and let's face it, there are a lot of songs that start out endearing but quickly take a turn for the awkward once it becomes clear the lyrics are about a different kind of relationship. You want a song about love, but only the one-of-a-kind love between a dad and daughter.

To help you choose the perfect tune for your tender moment with Dad, we've compiled 60 of the best father-daughter dance songs out there, and got pretty emotional at our desks while doing so.

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"Sweet Pea," by Amos Lee

Lyrics of Love: "Sweet pea/Apple of my eye/Don't know when and I don't know why/You're the only reason I keep on coming home"

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"How Sweet It Is," by James Taylor

Lyrics of Love: "I close my eyes at night/Wondering where would I be without you in my life/Everything I did was just a bore/Everywhere I went it seems I'd been there before/But you brighten up for me all of my days"

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"Come Fly With Me," by Frank Sinatra

Lyrics of Love: "Come fly with me, we'll float down to Peru/In llama-land there's a one-man band/And he'll toot his flute for you/Come on fly with me, we'll float down in the blue"

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"Times of Your Life," by Paul Anka

Lyrics of Love: "The seasons are passing one by one/So gather moments while you may/Collect the dreams you dream today/Remember, will you remember/The times of your life?"

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"Unforgettable," by Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole

Lyrics of Love: "Unforgettable in every way/And forever more/That's how you'll stay/That's why, darling, it's incredible/That someone so unforgettable/Thinks that I am unforgettable, too"

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"The Way You Look Tonight," by Frank Sinatra

Lyrics of Love: "Some day, when I'm awfully low/When the world is cold/I will feel a glow just thinking of you/And the way you look tonight/Yes, you're lovely, with your smile so warm"

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"Butterfly Kisses," by Bob Carlisle

Lyrics of Love: "All the precious time/Oh like the wind, when the years go by/Precious butterfly/Spread your wings and fly/She'll change her name today/She'll make a promise/And I'll give her away"

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"Father and Daughter," by Paul Simon

Lyrics of Love: "I'm gonna watch you shine/Gonna watch you grow/Gonna paint a sign/So you always know/As long as one and one is two/There could never be a father/Love his daughter more than I love you"

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"Forever Young," by Rod Stewart

Lyrics of Love: "And when you fin'lly fly away, I'll be hoping that I served you well/For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell/But whatever road you choose, I'm right behind you win or lose"

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"What a Wonderful World," by Louis Armstrong

Lyrics of Love: "I see trees of green, red roses, too/I see them bloom for me and you/And I think to myself what a wonderful world"

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"You Are the Sunshine of My Life," by Stevie Wonder

Lyrics of Love: "You are the sunshine of my life/That's why I'll always be around/You are the apple of my eye/Forever you'll stay in my heart"

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"Daughter," by Loudon Wainwright III

Lyrics of Love: "Everything I say/She takes to heart/Everything she takes/She takes apart/That's my daughter in the water/Every time she fell I caught her/Every time she fell"

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"My Girl," by The Temptations

Lyrics of Love: "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day/When it's cold outside I've got the month of May/Well I guess you'd say/What can make me feel this way?/My girl/Talkin' 'bout my girl"

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"I Loved Her First," by Heartland

Lyrics of Love: "From the first breath she breathed/When she first smiled at me/I knew the love of a father runs deep/And I prayed that she'd find you someday/But it's still hard to give her away/I loved her first"

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"Brown Eyed Girl," by Van Morrison

Lyrics of Love: "So hard to find my way/Now that I'm all on my own/I saw you just the other day/My, how you have grown/Cast my memory back there, Lord"

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"Cinderella," by Steven Curtis Chapman

Lyrics of Love: "Oh, I will dance with Cinderella/I don't wanna miss even one song/'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight/And she'll be gone"

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"My Funny Valentine," by Frank Sinatra

Lyrics of Love: "But don't change your hair for me/Not if you care for me/Stay little valentine stay/Each day is valentines day"

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"Sweet Child O' Mine," by Guns N' Roses

Lyrics of Love: "She's got a smile it seems to me/Reminds me of childhood memories/Where everything/Was as fresh as the bright blue sky/Now and then when I see her face/She takes me away to that special place"

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"The Way You Do the Things You Do," by The Temptations

Lyrics of Love: "As pretty as you are/You know you could've been a flower/If good looks were minutes/You know that you could be an hour/The way you stole my heart/You know you could have been a crook"

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"The Wonder of You," by Elvis Presley

Lyrics of Love: "When you smile the world is brighter/You touch my hand and I'm a king/Your kiss to me is worth a fortune/Your love for me is everything"

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"Dance With My Father," by Luther Vandross

Lyrics of Love: "If I could get another chance/Another walk/Another dance with him/I'd play a song that would never ever end/How I'd love love love/To dance with my father again"

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"Have I Told You Lately," by Rod Stewart

Lyrics of Love: "Have I told you lately that I love you?/Have I told you there's no one else above you?/Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness/Ease my troubles, that's what you do"

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"I've Got the World on a String," by Frank Sinatra

Lyrics of Love: "I can make the rain go, anytime I move my finger/Lucky me, can't you see, I'm in love/Life is a beautiful thing, as long as I hold the string/I'd be a silly so and so, if I should ever let go"

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"It Had to Be You," by Ray Charles

Lyrics of Love: "Finally found somebody who/Could make me be true/Whoa whoa whoa could make me be blue/And, even be glad just to be sad thinking of you"

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"Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)," by Billy Joel

Lyrics of Love: "Goodnight my angel, now it's time to dream/And dream how wonderful your life will be/Someday your child may cry, and if you sing this lullaby/Then in your heart there will always be a part of me"

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"Michelle," by the Beatles

Lyrics of Love: "I love you, I love you, I love you/That's all I want to say/Until I find a way/I will say the only words I know that you'll understand/Michelle, ma belle"

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"My Little Girl," by Tim McGraw

Lyrics of Love: "I turned around and you've almost grown/Sometimes when you're asleep/I whisper I love you in the moonlight at your door/As I walk away, I hear you say/Daddy love you more"

28 of 60

"Not While I'm Around," by Kat Jennings and Angela Lansbury

Lyrics of Love: "No one's gonna hurt you, no one's gonna dare/Others can desert you, not to worry, whistle and I'll be there"

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"Oh! My Papa," by Eddie Fisher

Lyrics of Love: "No one could be so gentle and so lovable/Oh, my pa-pa, he always understood/Gone are the days when he could take me on his knee/And with a smile he'd change my tears to laughter"

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"Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World," by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole

Lyrics of Love: "Somewhere over the rainbow/Way up high/And the dreams that you dream of/Once in a lullaby"

31 of 60

"The Long and Winding Road," by The Beatles

Lyrics of Love: "The long and winding road/That leads to your door/Will never disappear/I've seen that road before/It always leads me here/Leads me to your door"

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"There Goes My Life," by Kenny Chesney

Lyrics of Love: "Sleep tight, blue eyes and bouncing curls/He smiles/There goes my life/There goes my future my everything/I love you, daddy goodnight/There goes my life"

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"When You Need Me," by Bruce Springsteen

Lyrics of Love: "When you need me call my name/'Cause without you my life just wouldn't be the same/If you want me come sunny skies or rain/When you need me just call my name"

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"I Got You Babe," by Sonny & Cher

Lyrics of Love: "Don't let them say your hair's too long/'Cause I don't care, with you I can't go wrong/Then put your little hand in mine/There ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb"

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"You Are So Beautiful," by Joe Cocker

Lyrics of Love: "You are so beautiful/To me/You are so beautiful/To me/Can't you see/You're everything I hoped for/You're everything I need/You are so beautiful/To me"

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"(They Long to Be) Close to You," by the Carpenters

Lyrics of Love: "On the day that you were born the angels got together/And decided to create a dream come true/So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue"

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"A Wink and a Smile," by Harry Connick Jr.

Lyrics of Love: "Just the sound of your voice/The light in your eyes/We're so far away from yesterday/Together, with a wink and a smile"

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"Isn't She Lovely," by Stevie Wonder

Lyrics of Love: "Isn't she lovely?/Isn't she wonderful?/Isn't she precious?/Less than one minute old/I never thought through love/We'd be making one as lovely as she/But isn't she lovely made from love?"

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"Scarlet Begonias," by the Grateful Dead

Lyrics of Love: "Ain't nothing wrong with the way she moves/Scarlet begonias or a touch of the blues/And there's nothing wrong with the look that's in her eyes/Had to learn the hard way to let her pass by"

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"Always, in All Ways," by Kenny Loggins

Lyrics of Love: "I thought you'd always be daddy's child/And suddenly you were grown/Now that you're on your own/If ever you feel alone/I'll be there beside you/For always, in all ways"

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"The Best Day," by Taylor Swift

Lyrics of Love: "And now I know why all the trees change in the fall/I know you were on my side/Even when I was wrong/And I love you for giving me your eyes/Staying back and watching me shine"

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"Constellations," by Jack Johnson

Lyrics of Love: "It was just another night with the sunset and/The moon rise not so far behind/To give us just enough light/To lay down underneath the stars listening to Papa's translations of the stories across the sky"

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"Count on Me," by Bruno Mars

Lyrics of Love: "If you tossin' and you're turnin' and you just can't fall asleep/I'll sing a song/Beside you/And if you ever forget how much you really mean to me/Everyday I will/Remind you"

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"Daddy," by Beyoncé

Lyrics of Love: "Can't stop my tears from falling/I love you so much, daddy/Thank you (my unborn son to be like my daddy)/You've done so much for me (want my husband to be like my daddy)/I love you, daddy"

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"Daughters," by John Mayer

Lyrics of Love: "On behalf of every man/Looking out for every girl/You are the God and weight of her world/So fathers, be good to your daughters/Daughters will love like you do"

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"Dream Big," by Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband

Lyrics of Love: "And when you laugh, be sure to laugh out loud/Cause it will carry all your cares away/And when you see, see the beauty all around and in yourself/And it will help you feel okay"

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"Gracie," by Ben Folds

Lyrics of Love: "One day you're gonna want to go/I hope we taught you everything you need to know/Gracie girl/And there will always be a part of me/Nobody else is ever gonna see but you and me/My little girl"

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"Hero," by Mariah Carey

Lyrics of Love: "And then a hero comes along/With the strength to carry on/And you cast your fears aside/And you know you can survive/So when you feel like hope is gone/Look inside you and be strong"

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"I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack

Lyrics of Love: "Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens/Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance/And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance/I hope you dance"

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"Kind and Generous," by Natalie Merchant

Lyrics of Love: "Oh, I want to thank you for so many gifts you gave/The love, the tenderness, I want to thank you/I want to thank you for your generosity, the love/And the honesty that you gave me"

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"Let Your Heart Sing," by Katharine McPhee

Lyrics of Love: "If you follow/Follow the voice in your heart/Always know that's how to find/Who you are/So hold on/Never let go of your dreams/You'll see the magic/Believing is where it begins"

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"My Wish," by Rascal Flatts

Lyrics of Love: "I hope you never look back, but you never forget/All the ones who love you, in the place you live/I hope you always forgive, and you never regret/And you help somebody every chance you get"

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"Somethin' Special," by Colbie Caillat

Lyrics of Love: "It's something special to me/Days go by and I grow stronger/It takes time, but I will never let go"

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"Thank You," by 33Miles

Lyrics of Love: "What if I looked at my life in a different way/Took a little more time to stop and pray/I know it will change all the moments in between/So here I go/Thank You for everything/Thank You for loving me"

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"You Raise Me Up," by Josh Groban

Lyrics of Love: "You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains/You raise me up to walk on stormy seas/I am strong when I am on your shoulders/You raise me up to more than I can be"

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"Your Song," by Elton John

Lyrics of Love: "Oh I know it's not much but it's the best I can do/My gift is my song/And this one's for you/And you can tell everybody this is your song/It may be quite simple but now that it's done/I hope you don't mind"

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"You've Got a Friend," by Scotty McCreery

Lyrics of Love: "If the sky above you/Should turn dark and full of clouds/And that old north wind should begin to blow/Keep your head together/And call my name out loud/And soon I will be knockin' upon your door"

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"Just Fishin’," by Trace Adkins

Lyrics of Love: "There holdin' that pink rod and reel/She's doin' almost everything but sittin' still/Talkin' 'bout her ballet shoes and training wheels/And her kittens/And she thinks we're just fishin'"

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"It Won’t Be Like This for Long," Darius Rucker

Lyrics of Love: "He lays down there beside her/Till her eyes are finally closed/And just watching her it breaks his heart/Cause he already knows/It won't be like this for long"

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"Because You Loved Me," by Celine Dion

Lyrics of Love: "You were my strength when I was weak/You were my voice when I couldn't speak/You were my eyes when I couldn't see/You saw the best there was in me/Lifted me up when I couldn't reach"

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