Non-sappy father/daughter dance songs #Reception Advice#father daughter dance#father of the bride#music#reception#songs#Time Warp dance June 20 | Offbeat Editors Photo from Tribesmaid @nrodell93088's wedding by Nima Salimi I've spent the last two days scouring the 'net for a father/daughter dance for our wedding reception, and frankly, virtually every suggestion I've come across has a title that makes me throw up in my mouth a little like "Daddy's Little Girl" or "Butterfly Kisses." I'm not opposed to sentimental songs but perhaps none with the bride=angel/child/doll theme I can't seem to get away from. My dad's a '60s/'70s Classic/Southern rock kinda guy. There's gotta be something out there about years going by, getting older, moving on… I just can't seem to find it. This is one of the few traditions we're actually keeping, so I'd like to find something right for us. —Sharon Yeah, nothing like the creepy incest themes that seem to come up with father/daughter dances, hmm? That's part of why I skipped the tradition, but I do agree that with the right song it can be a nice moment. Here are a few non-icky song ideas pulled from all kinds of sources including the many, many, many suggestions in the comments: Classic rock ballads and harder rock for those rockin' dads: Led Zepplin's "Thank You" (hear it) Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" (hear it) Rolling Stones' "She's a Rainbow" (hear it) The Cars' "Just What I Needed" (hear it) Warrant's "Heaven" (hear it) Neil Young's "Here for You" (hear it) Bruce Springsteen's "When You Need Me" (hear it) Queen's "You're My Best Friend" (hear it) Guns and Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" (hear it) Staind's "Zoe Jane" (hear it) Tom Petty's "American Girl" (hear it) style="display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8220608997908431" data-ad-slot="8586465252"> Contemporary sentimental, but not overdone (yet!): Loudon Wainwright's "Daughter" (hear it) Five for Fighting's "100 Years" (hear it) World Party's "She's the One" (hear it) 10,000 Maniacs' "How You've Grown" (hear it) Natalie Merchant's "Kind And Generous" (hear it) The Cary Brothers' "Blue Eyes" (hear it) Wilco's "My Darling" (hear it) Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" (hear it) Amos Lee's "Sweet Pea" (hear it) Eva Cassidy's "True Colors" (hear it) "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes (hear it) "Daughters" by John Mayer (hear it) Softer rock classics (when you want to rock, but also keep it purty): Tom Petty's "Wildflowers" (hear it) Bad English's "When I See You Smile" (hear it) Journey's "Lights" (hear it) Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" (hear it) Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" (hear it) Carol King's "Child of Mine" (hear it) The Byrds' "Turn, Turn, Turn" (hear it) Paul Simon's "Father and Daughter" (hear it) or "You Can Call Me Al" (hear it) Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely" (hear it) James Taylor's "You've Got A Friend" (hear it) Joe Cocker's "Darling Be Home Soon" (hear it) Exclusion to inclusion: inverting ye olde "grandparents dance" tradition You just want everyone on the floor together having fun, but the family insists on a "grandparents dance" which empties the floor instead of fills... [more] Fleetwood Mac's "Songbird" (hear it) or "Landslide" (hear it) The Beatles' "Across the Universe" (hear it) or Rufus Wainwright's version (hear it) Another Beatles selection, "In My Life" (hear it) Lulu's "To Sir With Love" (hear it) Gram Parsons' "A Song for You" (hear it) Bread's "Daughter" (hear it) Jimmy Buffett's "Little Miss Magic" (hear it) Spiral Staircase's "I Love You More Today Than Yesterday" (hear it) Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" (hear it) style="display:inline-block;width:728px;height:90px" data-ad-client="ca-pub-8220608997908431" data-ad-slot="8586465252"> Classics from the '40s and '50s Ray Charles' "Ain't That Love" (hear it) The Rays' "Silhouettes" (hear it) Frankie Avalon's "Bobby Sox to Stockings" (hear it) Elvis' "The Wonder of You" (hear it) Sam Cooke's "Nothing Can Change This Love" (hear it) Photo by Jennifer Morgan Photography Crazy and funky: Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" (hear it) Voltaire's "Goodnight Demonslayer" (hear it) Any version of "You Are My Sunshine," particularly the Johnny Cash version (hear it) "Time Warp" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (hear it) LOTS from The Vitamin String Quartet. Try Sweet Child O' Mine (hear it) or "Don't Stop Believing" (hear it) Kermit's "The Rainbow Connection" (hear it) For the country dads at heart: The Bellamy Brothers' "Let Your Love Flow" (hear it) Kenny Chesney's "There Goes My Life" (hear it) John Fogerty's "I Will Walk With You" (hear it) The Judds' "Love is Alive" (hear it) Rascal Flatts' "My Wish" (hear it) Dixie Chicks' "Lullaby" (hear it) Far out stuff for alterna-dads: Yo La Tengo's "You Can Have It All" (hear it) David Bowie's "Let's Dance" (hear it) "Standing" from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical, sung by Tony Head (hear it) The Dropkick Murphy's "Forever" (hear it) And the strangest (but cool) suggestions from the comments: Randy Newman's "Short People" (hear it) Jonathan Coulton's "Re: Your Brains" (hear it) Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five's "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" (hear it) WANT EVEN MORE MUSICAL INSPIRATION!? Read these popular posts: First dance songs that haven't been done to death "Here Comes the Bride" alternatives for ALL kinds of processionals Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Crafty, Rough, Cheap, But Ours NEXT Cream & black wedding dress Toggle comments [ 320 ] Comment navigation ← Older Comments Newer Comments → We decided to forgo all those sappy sort of dances. Right after my husband and I danced we welcomed everyone to the floor and played "Footloose". It got the party started! 0 agree I so do not want a sappy song or a country song as my father/daughter song. I had no clue what would be a good father/daughter song that wasn't country. I finally came across the perfect song that a "Top Ten Father/Daughter Song" website had on it. The song is "Lullabye" by Billy Joel. This is the perfect song for anyone father/daughter to dance to and it isn't used that much. Check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LraZEoRnkPc 0 agree my dad & i listened to the beatles alot, too, and the song i was thinking of for our dance is "when i'm sixty-four". it's happy-sappy. 0 agree hey i might dance to Everclear's "Sunflowers" its a cute song about the lead singers kid 0 agree or a good one is Maroon 5 "Goodnight, Goodnight" 0 agree I just made a cd for my dad for Christmas… here are a few I found you might not have heard: "I learned from you" by Miley Cyrus from the Bridge to Terebithia Soundtrack. It's a great song, I suggest listening to it since it's not a normal Miley song. "My Hero Is You" Hayden Panettiere (from Tiger Cruise) Another disney song, but still great! "You're the Only Little Girl In My Heart." By Steve and Annie Chapman. I can't seem to find this song easily because it's very old. "Always be your baby" Natalie Grant I also put "Somewhere out there" on there… but that's because it's a song we used to dance to, good song… might not be what you're looking for. "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton… okay so that's not really a father daughter song… but I love it so I put it on the CD… it could work! Most of these are Daughter to Father rather than father to daughter like most of the songs out there… 0 agree I think I am going to use a simple, happy song and combine the mother-son, father-daughter dance… I was thinking of "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong. Who DOESN'T smile when that song is playing? 0 agree My niece danced to "Wind Beneath My Wings" with her dad at her wedding. It was perfect. Another good song might be "O Very Young" by Cat Stevens. 0 agree I'm going to use "I will walk with you" by John Fogerty…it's a song he wrote for his daughter. It's nice and bouncy, kind of unexpected, but very sweet. 0 agree I agree with everyone who pointed out that "Daughters" and "Brown Eyed Girl" are probably not the best songs to choose. The same goes for a lot of other's mentioned in this thread but the one that actually bothers me the most is "Thank Heave For Little Girls" from Gigi. Has anyone bothered to actually watch the movie? Gigi was a young teen being trained to be a courtesan. Maurice Chavalier wasn't singing about little girls in a innocent "oh are they cute do not touch them" way. It's a great movie, one of my favs BUT that song is too creepy for a Father/Daughter dance! 1 agrees I am trying to decide between My Wish by Rascall Flatts There Goes My Life by Kenny Chesney and Stealing Cinderella by Chuck Wicks…might be kind of sappy, any suggestions? 0 agree Crosby Stills Nash & Young Teach Your Children 1 agrees I am at the very early stages of planning but just thinking about picking wedding dance songs makes me nervous. My dad is pretty sappy, so I'm not as concerned about that, I just really want a good song and not a totally played out, run-of-the mill pick. We are both fans of Dar Williams and I am considering "The One Who Knows". I believe she wrote it for her son and it is a beautiful song, not incestuous AT ALL. 0 agree I'm making it sentimental and NOT neauseating. My Dad bought a copy of Cyndi Lauper's 'Girl's Just Wanna Have Fun' when I was born (came out the same year :D) and used to dance around with me to it when I was a baby, so that's what I'm using for our father-daughter dance. Cute and decidedly not creepy. 1 agrees I saw some Led Zeppelin mentions on here…I am planning on dancing to "All of My Love" with my stepdad. We are big LZ fans…as for my dad..I think Bowie's "Let's Dance" could be fun but my dad is a hulking former marine. Not eaxatly light on his toes As for the first dance with my husband- I like the idea of James Taylors' "How Sweet it is( To Be Loved By You)" – Especially for our barefoot, casual, fun beach wedding! 0 agree I saw some Led Zeppelin mentions on here…I am planning on dancing to "All of My Love" with my stepdad. We are big LZ fans…as for my dad..I think Bowie's "Let's Dance" could be fun but my dad is a hulking former marine. Not exactly light on his toes As for the first dance with my husband- I like the idea of James Taylors' "How Sweet it is( To Be Loved By You)" – Especially for our barefoot, casual, fun beach wedding! 0 agree Wow – I can't believe I read through the entire string of messages….this has got to be the most difficult part of planning my wedding so far…. Well, my favorite 3 at this point are: 1- Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (IZ) 2- Here For You (Neil Young) 3- 100 Years (Five for Fighting) I guess I will ask my dad which one he likes best….I know we both don't want to cry, but I don't think there is any way around it…. Good luck to everyone!! 0 agree I say go with something classic… youcan never go wrong there. For example "just the way you look tonight" by Frank sinatra or as the previous person suggested, "What a wonderful World". Or and oldie but goodie like "My girl" or "Brown-eyed girl" 0 agree My dad and I are having our dance to "Big Balls in Cowtown". He always teased that he'd dance at my wedding to that, so I'm making him put his money where his mouth is 1 agrees I don't have any idea what to use, but this will be really important, because my FH hates dancing so I'll be dancing my first dance with my dad instead. My dad said he'd be honored to dance with me, so I'll have to ask him what song he might like to dance to. I bet we'll both cry-we're sappy like that:-) 0 agree Thanks for all of the great ideas! Here are a few ambient songs that you might want to consider: "Hannah (A Child is Born)" – Jason Upton, its a fantastic song, a long beginning but the words are all encompassing. No Rain – Blind Melon, its a super fun song that everyone would remember and might be fun to just jive too. Grace's Amazing Hands – David Barnes, would be a fantastic first dance song if you want to be all smiles and an good upbeat THREE LITTLE BIRDS – Bob Marley, "Don't worry about a thing, cause every little things gonna be alright." Moondance – Van Morrison PROOF – Coldplay (good bride/groom love dance song) Now and Always – David Gray I Found a Reason – Cat Power (SUPERB bride/groom dance song) Fire and Ice – Ben Harper 0 agree wow, yeah i just spent about 2 hours reading everyones posts, and listening to the songs everyone suggested. and now i am a mess! lauren, i just listend to i found a reason by cat power. so beautiful., if you havent heard of Rosie Thomas, you should check her out. she has a beautiful and powerful voice, and her lyrics and songs are breathtaking. She has one song called "Wedding Day" and another called "You and Me" 0 agree My bride and her father danced to Faith of the Heart not the Rod Stewart version but the one from Star Trek Voyager. 0 agree At my wedding, I hope to dance with my fauther to "Learning to Fly" by Pink Floyd. 0 agree My mother and father divorced when i was 6 yrs old. my father had visitaion and kept in contact with me until i was nine.Unfortunatley we lost contact after that,for whatever reason.We finally reunited in 2007 and have kept in contact since. I need a song that fits my situation. I am gettig married in May and I need a song for me and him to dance to. please help! 1 agrees Jeannie (#172)…I SOOOO hope that you use/used the recording of your mother singing Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are". I think that is the most amazing tribute for your mom. I got chills and teary. My mom died almost 11 years ago and I'm trying so hard to include her memory some how. That was just an amazing idea to hear. With that said…my dad's remarried…so Jimmy Buffett's "Little Miss Magic" is out. He's a huge Eagles and Chicago fan and I'd love to surprise him with one of their songs…but I just can't find anything I feel would work. I would LOVE to use The Beatles "Come Together" (when I was 5 I wouldn't let him take to school until I heard that song on the record player)…but I'm thinking that might be a bit odd for a F/D dance I love Loudon Wainwright's "Daughter". There is a beautiful song called "Daddy" by Kendall Payne…it's beautiful and emotional but too long for my dad to dance to. But I love it. I love the idea of using Vitamin String Quartet's stuff for the ceremony itself…one of my b'maids is a HUGE Coldplay fan and she'd just lose her s**t if I had her walk down the aisle to their arrangement of "Clocks". So keep the ideas coming 'cause I sure need 'em. 0 agree "She's the One" by World Party is a beautiful, slow piano song, which evokes a wistful, yet hopeful, mood. 0 agree So I've read everyone's suggestions on the father/daughter dance songs and it's all great advice, but I'm still undecided. I'm the youngest of 10 kids and this is my second marriage-but I would really want to do the father daughter dance one again cause my father is 77 years old and ill and we don't know how much longer he has. I need a very short but meaningful song seeing as he's elderly he doesn't move quickly and I'm half hispanic and would like to find a spanish father/daughter dance song with good lyrics that he'll always remember. Can anyone help? 0 agree This is a great list !!! I am getting married in september and my dad and I are dancing to Happy Trails by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans ( my dads a bit of a cowboy ) great song and not at all sappy 1 agrees Time by Leigh Nash from the Uptown Girls Soundtrack. (yes i watched that movie it made me laugh!) 1 agrees I didnt have my dad around growing up, and my grandfather who raised me passed away when I was 7. So my uncle will be walking me down the isle. I dont want a sappy traditional song, I'm sure I will be crying enough that day. =) Can anyone help? 0 agree Wow there are a lot of great ideas. i am still undecided! i have always thought i would use "Daddy let me Drive" by alan jackson but it is more about a father/son relationship, but my dad did ALWAYS let me drive. growing up i would beg my dad to let me hold the steering wheel up the dirt road to our house. that is one of my most favorite memories. is it appropriate for a father daughter dance though? Please help!!! 0 agree I THINK Taylor Swift covered this song for Alan Jackson's tribute and she changed the lyrics to fit a girl…but I'm not positive about it. You could probably find a version online. 1 agrees I've read through alot of these.. a nice song for dads.. Amy Grant – Fathers eyes. sorta sappy.. but talks a lot of both sides.. 0 agree I like "working class man" because it reminds me so vividly of my dad and its a fun Aussie rock song. 2 agree there's a great song for a father daughter dance by a NY band called "who are those guys" – I heard it at a friends daughter's sweet 16, not a dry eye in the house. I think it's called "my heart" or "my everthing" – you can probably find "who are those guys" on google and download it or email them and ask for it….. 0 agree my dad and i are using "the rainbow connection"… we haven't had a steady relationship but mom insists we do "the right thing"… so that's actually the first movie us watching together… kinda sentimental i guess… 0 agree my b/f and her dad danced to "take good care of my baby" it was adorable! another friend and her dad danced to the Nat king cole and natalie cole duet of "Unforgettable" 0 agree great work, My son is getting married in August and his bride had lost her Dad a few years ago, she had asked her future father-in -law to step in and dance with her, she is being given away by her 2 young boys and we do not know what to use for the dance , dad in law is ROCK AND ROLL 0 agree I just decided today after a month of looking that my dad are going to dance to "Daughter" by Loudon Wainwright III It works for us, since it was only me and my dad. 0 agree I need a song to dance with my future father-in-law. I am dancing with my dad to "I loved her first" by Heartland and my future husbands step-dad to Free Bird bc I have a couple of friends that are going to play and sing it. But I am having trouble with this Please help me. 0 agree Comment navigation ← Older Comments Newer Comments → Comments are closed.