Any Suggestions For an Upbeat Father-Daughter Dance Song?

Updated 02/13/14

Kate Headley

Just because you and your dad have decided to do a father-daughter dance at your wedding reception doesn't mean you have to choose a slow song and sway around the ballroom. Our wedding etiquette experts have some favorite upbeat alternatives in our daily post.

My dad and I want to dance to something upbeat for our father/daughter dance. Any suggestions?

What a brilliant idea! Your guests most likely will be expecting a slow father-daughter dance, so changing it up with something upbeat and energetic will delight your guests (and make for hilarious photos and videos!). You could even take it a step further a choreograph a dance routine, like the father-daughter duo in the photograph above, who choreographed their moves to "Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye. It's not just a YouTube trend, it's something they won't be able to stop talking about.

So to avoid the predictable "sway and rock" dad-daughter dance, consider one of these fantastic songs instead—they are all songs your dad is guaranteed to like and will strike the right balance of peppy and poignant.

"In My Life" by the Beatles

"Daughter" by Loudon Wainwright III

"Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder

"Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison

"Wildflowers" by Tom Petty

"Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon

"My Girl" by The Temptations

"Ain't That Love" by Ray Charles

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

"Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns n' Roses

"Forever Young" by Rod Stewart

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