A lot of brides are at a complete loss when it comes to choosing the perfect song for the oh so emotional father daughter dance. Sometimes, the best place to start is to simply ask Dad (or Mom or a close family friend) what his favorite song is. After all, you want the song to be personal. But if you still need some ideas, we have a list of 50 songs to consider. From most popular to Disney classics to indie, country and rock, they would all make for a beautiful Father Daughter, or Mother Son wedding day dance.

Father Daughter Dance  (* also applicable for mother son)

1. 100 years (Five for Fighting)*
2. A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Ilene Woods) (Kimberly Locke) (Brian Wilson) *
3. Across the Universe (Beatles) (Rufus Wainwright)*
4. Bamboleo (The Gypsy Kings)*
5. Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion)
6. Bridge Over Troubled Wather (Simon & Garfunkel) (Aretha Franklin)*
7. Butterfly Kisses (Bob Carlisle)
8. Close to You (The Carpenters)*
9. Constantly (Cliff Richard)
10. Daughter (Laudon Wainwright)
11. Edelweiss (Julie Andrews) *
12. Father and Daughter (Paul Simon)
13. Forever Young (Rod Stewart) (Bob Dylan)
14. Gracie (Ben Folds)
15. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (Rod Stewart) *
16. Here Comes the Son (Beatles)*
17. I Loved Her First (Heartland)
18. In My Life (Beatles)*
19. I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song (Jim Croce)*
20. I’m Alive (Kenny Chesney feat Dave Matthews)
21. Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
22. Just the Way You Are  (Billy Joel) *
23. Lullaby (Billy Joel)
24. Moondance (Van Morrison)*
25. My Girl (The Temptations)
26. Over the Rainbow(Judy Garland) (Israel  Kamakawiwo’ole)*
27. Pure Imagination (Movie version) (Glee Version)
28. Ready Set Don’t Go (Billy Ray & Miley Cyrus)
29. Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
30. Stealing Cinderella (Chuck Wicks)
31. Sunrise Sunset (Louis Armstrong)*
32. The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra) (Tony Bennett)
33. Through the Years (Kenny Rogers)
34. Time After Time (Cindy Lauper)*
35. You’ve Got a Friend (James Taylor)*
36. You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Randy Newman)*
37. Thank You (Led Zepplin)*
38. The Dance (Garth Brooks) *
39. Unforgettable (Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole)*
40. Walk With You (Edwin McCain)
41. When You Wish Upon a Star (Billy Joel) (Louis Armstrong)*
42. Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)(Louis Armstrong) (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)*
43. You are My Sunshine (Johnny Cash)*
44. Your Are the Sunshine of My Life (Stevie Wonder)

Mother/Son
45. A Song for Mama (Boys II Men)
46. Beautiful Boy (John Lennon)
47. I Hope You Dance (Lee Ann Womack)
48. Sweet Baby James (James Taylor)
49. Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
50. You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)

 

If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of wedding music ideas, playlists and samples, be sure to check out Wedding Music Ideas!