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Dancing Down Memory Lane: Top Songs to Share with Your Parents on Your Wedding Day

If you're looking to put together the perfect playlist of songs to dance to with your dad, mom, or parental figure, then this post is for you! From traditional, to more upbeat and fun, this post will have you planning out the perfect moves to dance to with your parent on your wedding night.

Traditional Father-Daugther Dance Songs

If you are seeking a more "traditional" song to dance to with your dad, or father figure, consider this list of songs for your wedding dance.

1. "I Loved Her First" by Heartland

Endearing lyrics: "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 awayI loved her first"

2. "Daughters" by John Mayor

Endearing lyrics: "So fathers be good to your daughters

Daughters will love like you do"

3. "Dance With My Daughter" by Jason Blaine

Endearing lyrics: "Gonna dance with my daughter

Spin her around under the lights

'Cause I'm just a father

Making the most of this moment in time"

4. "My Girl" by Temptations

Endearing lyrics: "Talkin' 'bout my girl, my girl, talkin' 'bout my girl

I've got sunshine on a cloudy day with my girl"

5. "Daddy's Little Girl" by Michael Buble

Endearing lyrics: "You're the end of the rainbow, my pot of gold,

You're daddy's little girl to have and to hold."

6. "The Best Day" by Taylor Swift

Endearing lyrics: "But I know I had the best day with you today

I have an excellent father

His strength is making me stronger"

7. "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra

Endearing lyrics: "Lovely, never, never change

Keep that breathless charm

Won't you please arrange it?

'Cause I love you

Just the way you look tonight"

8. "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong

Endearing lyrics: "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"

9. "Father's Eyes" by Amy Grant

Endearing lyrics: "She's got her father's eyes

Her father's eyes

Eyes that find the good in things

When good is not around"

10. "Your Song" by Elton John

Endearing lyrics: ""I hope you don't mind

That I put down in the words

How wonderful life is while you're in the world"

Fun Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Looking to surprise your guests with a non-traditonal father dance song? Then check out this list!

1. "U Can't Touch This" by M.C. Hammer

Fun lyrics: "Fresh new kicks, and pants

You gotta like that

now you know you wanna dance"

2. "Dancing In The Moonlight" by Toploader

Fun lyrics: "Dancing in the moonlight

Everybody's feelin' warm and bright"

3. "Jump On It" by Sir Mix-a-Lot

Fun lyrics: "What's up Atlanta, what's up

Atlanta jump on it, jump on it, jump on it"

4. "Dance Like Yo Daddy" by Meghan Trainor

Fun lyrics: "Don't worry 'bout the way you look

There ain't nobody judging you (Wanna dance with you)

I want you to dance like yo daddy (Come on)"

5. "Lets Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire

Fun lyrics: "Let's groove tonight (down down, up and down)

Share the spice of life"

6. "Sweet Child Of Mine" by Guns N Roses

Fun lyrics: "She's got a smile that it seems to me

Reminds me of childhood memories

Where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky"

7. "All Of My Love" by Led Zeppelin

Fun lyrics: "All of my love, all of my love

All of my love to you, now"

8. "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins

Fun lyrics: "Come on before we crack

Lose your blues

Everybody cut footloose"

9. "She's A Rainbow" by The Rolling Stones

Fun lyrics: "She comes in colours everywhere

She combs her hair

She’s like a rainbow

Coming, colours in the air

Oh, everywhere

She comes in colours.”

10. "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf

Fun lyrics: "Like a true nature child

We were born

Born to be wild

We can climbed so high

I never wanna die

Born to be wild.”

Just like the list we've compiled for father-daugther songs, we have a list of songs for the mother-sons as well!

Traditional Mother-Son Dance Songs

1. "My Mothers Eye's" by Tom Jones

Endearing lyrics: "Back in childhood days,

I can remember loving caresses showered on me.

Mother's eyes would gaze at me so tender,

What was their meaning? Now I can see."

2. "I'll Always Love My Mama" by The Intruders

Endearing lyrics: "I'll always love my mama

She brought me in this world"

3. "Mother" by Sugarland

Endearing lyrics: "She's your mother, you love her

There won't be another."

4. "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" by Stevie Wonder

Endearing lyrics: "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."

5. "You're Gona Be (Always Loved By Me)" by Reba McEntire

Endearing lyrics: "Sometimes, I'll protect you from everything that's wrong

Other times, I'll let you just find out on your own

But that's when you'll be growin'

And the whole time I'll be knowin' "

6. "Letter To My Mother" by Edwin McCain

Endearing lyrics: "I love you, Mama

But I want to tell her too

Is that her little boy still loves you."

7. "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts

Endearing lyrics: "My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to

Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small

You never need to carry more than you can hold."

8. "Have I Told You Lately" by Van Morrison

Endearing lyrics: "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"

9. "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion

Endearing lyrics: "For all those times you stood by me

For all the truth that you made me see

For all the joy you brought to my life

For all the wrong that you made right

For every dream you made come true

For all the love I found in you."

10. "A Mother's Love" by Kem

Endearing lyrics: "In a mother's love, you will find

Everything, everything's alright

To a mother's love, you are bound

You can rest on a sacred ground."

Fun Mother-Son Dance Songs

If you're looking for an alternative to the traditional mother-son wedding dance, then check out the list below.

1. "Mama Said" by The Shirelles

Fun lyrics: "Mama said there'll be days like this

There'll be days like this, my mama said"

2. "Loves Me Like A Rock" by Paul Simon

Fun lyrics: "Oh, my mama loves me, she loves me

She get down on her knees and hug me

Like she loves me like a rock

She rocks me like the rock of ages and loves me."

3. "Mama" by Adekunle Gold

Fun lyrics: "This is not a regular song oh mama

From the depth of my heart

I wrote this one for you

You are my super hero."

4. "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" by James Taylor

Fun lyrics: "I needed the shelter of someone’s arms

And there you were

I needed someone to understand my ups and downs

And there you were”

5. "Home" by Phillip Phillips

Fun lyrics: "The trouble, it might drag you down

If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone

’Cause I’m gonna make this place your home."

6. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Fun lyrics: "Cause baby, there ain’t no mountain high enough

Ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough

To keep me from getting to you, baby.”

7. "Child Of Mine" by Carole King

Fun lyrics: "All of my love, all of my love

All of my love to you, now"

8. "The One Thing" by Shakira

Fun lyrics: "And if I mess up everything someday

I won't hide my head in shame

'Cause you are the one thing that I got right."

9. "I Will" by The Beatles

Fun lyrics: "Who knows how long I've loved you

You know I love you still."

10. "You're My Best Friend" by Queen

Fun lyrics: "Oh, you're the best friend

That I ever had."

Choosing the perfect dance song with your parents is more than just picking a tune – it's a chance to weave love, laughter, and shared memories into your wedding. Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all melody for this moment. Whether you go classic and sentimental, upbeat and joyful, or even surprise everyone with a quirky twist, trust your gut and pick a song that resonates with your unique bond. Most importantly, relax, embrace the moment, and let the music do the talking! 

PRO TIP: If you're still feeling overwhelmed, don't be afraid to mix it up! Consider blending two contrasting songs for a seamless transition, or incorporating a special snippet from your parents' wedding song for a sentimental touch. Ultimately, the most important thing is to create a moment that celebrates your journey and cherishes the love that binds your family together.

Happy Planning (and picking songs!)

The Wedding Talk Team



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