Playlist: Unexpected Parent Dance Songs


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

Playlist: Unexpected Parent Dance Songs | A Practical Wedding

Last month, we asked you guys to give us your best recommendations for non-traditional parent dance songs for weddings. As it turns out, good parent dance songs are actually remarkably hard to pin down. As one commenter mentioned, it can be particularly difficult finding songs that both refrain from infantilizing you while also respecting the parent/child relationship.

So today we’ve pulled together some of our favorites from your suggestions. (Er, have I mentioned how much ugly crying took place in my office while pulling these together? Because seriously.) In truth, there were a ton of great ideas in the comments of the original request, but for today we to call attention to the ones that were a little on the unexpected side (well, some of them at least).

The next playlist we have planned is going to be a good one (recessional songs, which might be some of my favorite wedding music there is). But in the meantime, we wanted to take this post to ask you guys: which wedding music do you want some extra help with? We love that today’s playlist came about from the community (you were pretty vocal about the lack of good parent dance songs), so if you leave us your suggestion in the comments, we’ll see what we can do about incorporating your idea into our next open thread music post.

And now, the playlist that will probably (definitely) make you cry at work. If only because Kermit singing always makes you cry, right?

Unexpected Parent Dance Songs from practicalmaddie on 8tracks Radio.

Unexpected Parent Dance Songs

  1. “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty
  2. “Still Fighting It” by Ben Folds
  3. “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Randy Newman
  4. “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram from the movie An American Tail
  5. “Little Willow” by Paul McCartney
  6. “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  7. “Rainbow Connection” by The Muppets*
  8. “You’ve Got A Friend” by Carole King
  9. If I Should Fall Behind” by Bruce Springsteen
  10. “Not Even The King” by Alicia Keys
  11. “Child Of Mine” by Carole King
  12. “Watch Them Grow” by Zach Gill
  13. My Wish” by Rascal Flatts

*Putting together this post made me suddenly aware of all the amazing “Rainbow Connection” covers out there. I mean, The Carpenters, Jason Mraz, Willie Nelson?!

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Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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  • Casey

    I’ll be walking down the aisle to Wildflowers by Tom Petty – such a great song! Love this playlist series!

    • hampton

      me too!!

  • J

    I had used the song “Thank You” by Natalie Merchant. It summed up my feelings exactly about my parents.

  • Lindsey

    I used Wildflowers for my father-daughter dance! Tom Petty is my favorite artist and one my dad likes as well, so it worked really well.

  • Reader F

    Any suggestions for a more generic parent song? I am doing a father daughter dance, except we are not very close AT ALL. I wanted to scrap it all together, but have compromised after my Mom explained it would mean a lot to them, and that it would cause lots of hurt feelings to not have it. I would still prefer a 1 min “thank you” song though. Any suggestions?

    • Reader F

      I should have said that because we are not close it feels less than genuine to dance to a 4 min ode to the best dad, so I prefer something more generic.

      • alyssa

        What about ABC by Jackson 5? Such a crowd-pleaser. Not only is it a fun way to get the dance party started, but I tend to think that upbeat songs are a little less mushy, which in your situation may help a bit.

      • emmer

        Are there any fun place specific songs that would be appropriate? A friend & his mom danced to “West Virginia– Country Road” and it was awesome!

        • Kgm

          My son and I danced to Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock”. I chose that one because I’ve seen quite a few Mother/Son dances where the son just looks like he can’t wait for it to be over but he tolerates it for his Mom. I wanted my son to enjoy the dance with me – not for me. It was a fun dance.

      • KC

        I have the same problem when choosing cards for people I have semi-complicated relationships with. It seems like special occasion cards tend to say that every single thing about this person and/or your relationship with them is superlatively amazing. Is there a nice way to say “I do appreciate some parts of our relationship” or “Thank you for the good times” (while not saying that all time with them has been good times…)? (recent revelation: non-over-the-top Etsy cards are easier to find than Hallmark cards)

        Crazy idea: does your dad have a favorite or memorable band/song/clip (that is not totally INappropriate)? If, say, there’s a favorite instrumental jazz song or a song about Arizona or peanuts or something, that could be edited down to just one verse + chorus or similar, it would be both reasonable (and could be explained as “oh, it’s a meaningful song to him!”) without feeling like you’re lying through your teeth.

        In any event, I hope you find something that’s just right for you. :-)

      • http://www.superfantastic.blogs.com Superfantastic

        What a Wonderful World sounds sweet without really having anything at all to do with your relationship with your dad.

    • Jashshea

      I don’t have a specific song, but check out mother-son dance song lists. Those tend to be less saccharine, in my opinion. Less about “my daddy” or “my baby girl” and more along the “thanks for the memories.” Or just a pretty sounding song that doesn’t really have any meaning for either of you.

    • Sara

      My friend had the same issue, she ended up with My Girl by the Temptations because it was upbeat and relatively short (like 3 minutes) and its not dad-centric but still sweet.

    • Courtney

      I’ve always liked “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. It has a nice beat to dance to, is recognizable, but isn’t parent specific.

      • Diane

        Heehee, that’s our first dance song. Mad props for spelling that last name!

    • MTM

      What about using the first part of a song that works for you and then both of you branching off and starting to dance with other people (then breaking of those pairings, etc) to get people out on the dance floor — that way it’s short, can be something fun/upbeat, and it gets the dancing started.

    • A-L

      When we were thinking about doing the parent/child dance we were going to go with “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole. It doesn’t say everything was lovey-dovey…just unforgettable, which was very true.

      But since we nixed that dance, I did have a dance planned that was in a foreign language that my dad and I share…and when I knew it was coming up I told him that he was part of the reason we picked that song. It was the only song he came out on the dance floor with, and it made him feel special, without doing the whole father-daughter dance. (It was “Ces Soirees La”, the French rap version of “Oh What a Night.” Upbeat & had a good crowd on the dance floor, even if only a couple of us actually knew the song.)

      • Kate

        Oh my goodness, thank you for reminding me about ces soirees-la ! My father and I both speak French, but I’m not sure I could convince him to be quite such a good sport. Still, I’ll have to make sure our DJ has some Yannick on hand for our wedding this summer…

    • Reader F

      Thank you everyone for all the suggestions! Her’s hoping I find something that honors my parents, but is still true to the type of relationship I have with them (especially my dad).

      • brittany

        What did you pick?

    • proweddingguest

      Another great idea is to start dancing for just a minute or so then have the DJ invite any other Father/Daughter combos to join you. You can also do this with the Mother/Son dance. It take all the pressure off the dance and makes it WAY less awkward!

  • Kari

    Thank you for the great playlist! I found Thee perfect father-daughter song a few months back, but my fiance is still looking for his mother-son dance. I’ll be sure to point him in the right direction;-)

  • http://www.mollyeverafter.com/ Molly Ever After

    I danced with my dad to “In My Life” by The Beatles. It was perfect for us because he’s a HUGE Beatles fan and raised me on their music.

    • http://writemeg.com Megan

      A friend danced with his mom to “In My Life” years ago at his wedding, and I still think about the tears in their eyes at the conclusion — and the way she gave him the sweetest kiss on the cheek at the end. I can’t hear it without thinking of that moment! Such a great choice.

  • http://thankyouredball.com Alyssa

    “Find Love” by Clem Snide. I am stealing this idea shamelessly from NPR’s Stephen Thompson.

    You can hear the song here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2013/01/09/168959094/we-get-mail-a-father-daughter-wedding-dance-that-wont-make-everyone-gag

    • Toucan

      Alyssa, it makes me happy to hear that someone else learned about this song from that show. I fell in love with it the second it was played! I’m nowhere close to a wedding but I’m happy someone else is using this beautiful song.

  • Samantha

    Yes! I’m looking forward to recessional songs because this is the one place where my fiance and I are stuck. Can you please include a bit on recession songs appropriate for a Catholic Mass wedding – i.e.: no popular songs, classical music is good or hymns. We are looking for something that will translate well for acoustic guitar, and we are having trouble finding something upbeat! Any suggestions out there?

    • KW

      I know it’s not this week’s theme but I don’t want to forget it since you asked. I had friends who married in a Catholic ceremony whose recessional song was “Linus and Lucy”. :) Granted, it was at a university’s Newman Center so not quite as conservative as a typical parish might be but might be worth asking the priest. Ode to Joy could be good too, on the classical music side.

      • Samantha

        Oh . . . I thought since we already did an open thread about parent dances this one was for recessional ideas or whatever music we needed help with – for the next post.

        Thanks for the suggestion. I will check it out. Luckily our priest is pretty laid back, so we shall see. :)

        • KW

          :-) I thought this post was fishing for ideas to be the theme of the next open thread to be posted at some future point, and I was simply worried I’d miss that post or forget I wanted to give an idea. Turns out your interpretation is turning out to be the one everyone is going with anyway.

          I did not have music since I did not have a traditional ceremony or reception (waterfall wedding, followed by a picnic and hiking). However, I recorded myself singing Covenant Hymn on my cell phone. I played it for him in private that night.

          This is someone else’s version of the song (I didn’t Youtube mine):
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8FBGi-ZPr0

          I had learned the song for a friend’s wedding, and then suggested it to my sister when I sang for her wedding. She used it as a song during Communion for her Catholic wedding mass. I had always said I wanted it sung at my wedding, so I made sure it happened in my own little way. Barely got through the one verse without crying. :-)

    • Elizgracie

      I wanted Toccata in F Major (Widor), but our organist didn’t feel comfortable playing it because it is more difficult so we went with Rigaudon (Andre Campra). They are both exuberant instrumental pieces for the recessional that were totally cool with the strict guidelines we have at our Episcopal church.

      Oh, now I see that you want acoustic guitar…well, I will post anyway in case other people have strict guidelines too!

      • Samantha

        No that’s okay thanks! Everything else we’ve been picking for the ceremony was no written for guitar. :)

      • Kara

        Our organist rocked Widor’s Toccata in F Major. It was fantastic.

        AND he learned Elgar’s Nimrod (set for organ) as a prelude – that would work ok for acoustic guitar, but damn hard.

        • http://partialto.tumblr.com LIZ (SINCE 1982)

          Nimrod love!!! I know it’s probably everyone else’s favorite variation too but augh, I adore it.

    • Reader F

      Suggestions for Catholic ceremonies in general are so helpful, because the Church is so strict, that any way to still make it your own is so appreciated!

    • Christina

      We got married in a Catholic Church and chose Ode to Joy for the recessional, it had special meaning to our family because my sisters and I used to play it for my dad on the piano as kids– but it is also just a jubilant song and captured the spirit of the moment really well.

      • Christina

        Also, “Seed to Sow” was a really popular song when I was in catholic high school for school masses, that is a really upbeat one, sort of Christian Rock but your church would probably let it in, and it plays well on the guitar.

    • CPM

      I like Hyfrydol, a Welsh tune that’s used for several hymns (including “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” which is great for a wedding). It’s a little different from your usual wedding march. Here’s a version arranged for classical guitar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG1wVLAKBHs

    • Heidi

      We did a variation on “Simple Gifts” as our recessional, again this is piano but may translate to guitar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3ewn7rYLOGo

    • ElisabethJoanne

      We had For All the Saints/Sine Nomine, which is very special to my family but probably wouldn’t work well on guitar.

      For a collection of hymns, look in a hymnal. If your parish doesn’t use hymnals, or won’t let you borrow one, get one from a large library. If you can’t read music, use this site to look up the tunes:
      http://hymnal.oremus.org/

    • Madeline

      We used the Indiana Jones theme for our recessional, but I don’t know how well it would translate to acoustic guitar. I would suggest looking into John Williams’ and other movie composers’ stuff, though. Maybe you can find a movie theme that’s meaningful for both of you that would work. I’d also suggest Mozart. Much of his symphonic music is really joyous and would likely be recognizable in a simplified guitar arrangement.

      • K down under

        Movie themes are great! We did Star Wars theme… and only four people in the whole chapel knew what was coming so the expressions on people’s faces were awesome!

      • Samantha

        Definitely on Mozart . . . movie theme songs don’t really work for a Catholic wedding but that sounds awesome! haha.

        • KateM

          we had a Catholic wedding mass and here are some of the recessionals that I came up with.
          Prelude from te deum Charpentier
          Bach: Prelude & Fugue in C Major BWV 846
          Grand Chœur Dialogué” – Eugene Gigout
          Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze

          Also excerpts from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons should translate pretty well to guitar, and are familiar without being over used.

          We also did these hymns through out the mass
          The King of Love- Offertory
          Panis Angelicus
          Ave Verum Corpus
          Magnificat- Presentation of the Flowers to Mary
          The Heavens are Declaring- Recessional

          • Samantha

            Thank you for all the suggestions! We have our other songs picked out, but recessional, ack, it’s got me stuck! I’ll listen to these.

    • Sam

      What about one of the 4 Seasons by Vivaldi? Don’t know if they can be translated to guitar, but I always think of ‘Spring’ when thinking of upbeat instrumentals.

  • Alyssa

    My dad loves BB King so we chose “Come Rain or Come Shine” and had other parents/children join us to dance partway through the song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNvl-p4n3jI

  • Kara

    I danced with my dad to “An Irish Lullabye” sans words (played by our band). It’s a waltz and it’s the song he used to sing us when we were little.

  • Jashshea

    I DESPERATELY wanted to do our dad -daughter dance to Teach Your Children, but my dad (uncharacteristically) didn’t like that option and wanted something pretty gooey that I wasn’t comfortable with (I won’t name it since it may sound as though I’m disparaging it). For the months leading up to our conversations about the song, I cried every time I heard CSN&Y. I REALLY wanted that song, so I left the decision up to him.

    He settled on Why Don’t We Try A Slow Dance by Manilow. In the end, it was fine not getting the exact song I wanted because I remember the moment, not the song. And I’d have been a sobbing mess to Teach Your Children.

    I walked down the aisle to Seven Nation Army and we recessed to Just Like Heaven.

  • Elizgracie

    My father-daughter dance will be to “Gracie” by Ben Folds. My dad has always called me Gracie instead of Elizabeth. Perfect.

    I sent these along to the fiance though–he needs a lot of help for the mother-son dance!

    • Another Meg

      We’re doing Gracie, too! Even though it’s not my name, I have always walked on my toes. :)

    • Diane

      If you’re cool with Fleetwood Mac, “Landslide” is an excellent option, too. IMHO, of course.

      • Alexandra

        That’s the one I’m strongly considering for my own father-daughter dance. Unless he has any ideas, I can think of a better one.

  • Jen

    We had an awesome band, Emily Anne Reed, and they did amazing covers! Our parent dance was to Papa Was A Rodeo by the Magnetic Fields and then we had a late night father daughter dance to Sugar Daddy from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

    It was all around good times!!!

    Papa Was A Rodeo: http://youtu.be/fllQTBPDalk

    Sugar Daddy: http://youtu.be/Eg-KDxoOYO4

  • http://itsloverly.blogspot.com nicole

    Love this! Great picks.

    We let our parents pick the songs we danced to with them.

    My husband’s mom picked “Godspeed” by the Dixie Chicks– certainly on the gooey side, but super sweet. And I hadn’t heard it before she picked it, so I have strong memories of their dance associated with it.

    My dad cut together two songs– Sara Gazarek’s version of You Are My Sunshine (jazzy and fantastic- I highly recommend checking it out) and My Girl. It was very fun and upbeat enough to keep my from crying.

  • http://townhousetohome.wordpress.com adria

    I used “Too Marvelous for Words” sung by Frank Sinatra. It was short and sweet without being creepy and weird.

  • Brigid

    We’re totally stuck on reception entrance songs. It seems like every list you find online lists the same three Black-Eyed Peas songs. Something that’s upbeat, sets the tone for the party ahead, yet doesn’t have anything too suggestive that makes it weird when your parents or children are walking out (an idea to do “You Shook Me All Night Long” was scrapped when I realized the flower girl or our parents would be walking in during the “she kept my motor clean” part.)

    • CPM

      How about Beyonce? I’ve had “Get Me Bodied” stuck in my head all day and I think it’d be great as an entrance song.

    • Colleen

      We used the theme song to “Happy Days,” for whatever it’s worth. Upbeat, “clean”, and a subtle reference to our last name.

      • Brigid

        Even if we don’t use Happy Days, theme songs are a great place to look!

    • JES

      Have you ever listened to The XX’s Intro? Give it a listen! We’re going to use that as an intro song- I think it is a great pump-up song without being obvious.

    • kyley

      I second this request!

      One part of our “entrance” is that my partner’s college friends/groomspeople will all come to the start of a song from Mortal Kombat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2cJrFDxzo8) . “Prepare your self…”

      Then we’ll cut to something that doesn’t talk about Johnny Cage dying. Haven’t figured that part out yet.

    • http://www.foreveryoungadult.com erin

      The Final Countdown?

    • Diane

      I’m an MD, he’s a PhD, so this only works for a limited number of couples (but I get the sense that those couples may be disproportionately represented on APW), but our super fun entrance song: “Bad Case of Lovin’ You” (a.k.a “Doctor Doctor”).

    • Andi

      What about Kool & the Gang “Celebration”?

      Celebrate good times, cmon!

      • Sam

        Signed Sealed Delivered is my current obsession (we are thinking of using it for our recessional, but I think it would work for an entrance too).

  • Melissa H.

    I took turns dancing with my uncles to Harvest Moon by Neil Young to honor my father who passed away 10 yrs prior. Neil Young was his favorite artist. My husband danced with his mom to a James Taylor song performed by his kids. I want to say You Can Close Your Eyes but that doesn’t seem right. All I remember was how happy his momma looked!
    I walked down the aisle to Adele’s cover of Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love (Garth Brooks also covered the song for country music fans) and we recessed to an acoustic version of Death Cab’s This is the Sound of Settling bc we met through friends at a Death Cab concert and liked the secret (except to Death Cab fans) song title choice. I wouldn’t say it’s ironic, but it’s…something.
    I think it’s the emotion and the moment that are the most memorable, so don’t worry of you get too stuck on song choice decisions.

  • Gayle

    I would gladly pay a lot of money to see a father-daughter dance to “Sweet Child O Mine” by Guns a Roses — which is what I thought was on the list when I just glanced at it and saw “Child of Mine.” Clearly it’s been a long day.
    I let my dad pick and he got it down to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong and Loudon Wainwright III’s “Daughter” and ultimately went with Louis (it’s hard to go wrong with Louis).

    • Samantha

      I’ve been thinking about that one and I youtubed it to see how other’s have done it . . .pretty funny stuff on there.

  • Kait

    We’ve decided to DIY our reception playlist but still want a raging dance party. Would love a playlist of songs that filled the dance floor at your weddings.

  • shank

    my dad picked “forever young” by Bob Dylan, makes me smile every time I hear it :)

  • Amanda

    My dad and I danced to Daughter, by Loudon Wainwright. I have him a couple choices and he picked that one, even though he’d never heard it before. It was great.

  • marbella

    My Dad picked ‘Blackbird’ by the Beatles which was a really nice choice I thought. I went to college in Liverpool (and started dating my now husband there) and my husband’s mother was born there, so it had meaning for all of us. We did a combined father-daughter and mother-son which made it a bit more fun and casual. He also considered Cat Steven’s version of ‘Morning Has Broken’

  • Kara

    My dad and I danced to “Irish Lullaby” played by our band (sans words). It’s a waltz – and the song he sang when we were little. Folks who didn’t know it just thought it was pretty, other folks (including my middle brother) got a little choked up.

  • Meghann

    I totally ugly-cried to “Somewhere Out There.” Holy flashback to my childhood!

  • Megan

    We’re planning on either the Leader of the Band by Dan Fogelberg or the Wedding Song (There is Love) by Paul Stookey (Paul from Peter, Paul, and Mary). My dad introduced me to my love of folk music, and those are two of his favorites. These are pretty traditional but totally us.

  • Claire

    I was just playing “Moonriver” by Andy Williams. I totally have memories of my Dad singing this when I was little. Feels like a very Dad sort of song.

  • http://breadandcheeseplease.com Charise

    I think we’re supposed to put our recessional songs in the comments? Ours were acoustic guitar versions of 1,2,3,4 by the Plain White T’s and Better Together by Jack Johnson,

  • js

    I did not do any parent dances at my wedding because it’s just awkward but that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good cry! My favorites, in no particular order:

    Landslide by Fleetwood Mac.
    You Are the Sunshine of my Life by Stevie Wonder.
    Tiny Dancer by Elton John
    Lullaby by Billy Joel
    Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder
    Mamma’s Song by Carrie Underwood ( for a Mother/Daughter Dance. Love this!)
    I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack (Crazy tear jerker!)
    Beautiful Boy by John Lennon (I DIE!!!)
    Your Song by Elton John

  • Margaret Thatcher

    I can’t believe no one has said “Winter” by Tori Amos.

    I wanted to use this song, but I can’t even hear the intro without becoming an ugly-crying mess.

    So we are going to go for maximum cheese and do “Mom and Dad’s Waltz” by Lefty Frizzell. He likes really old country and western, and also was the one who taught me to waltz when I was a kid.

  • Melanie

    I love that “My Wish” is on here! After hunting high and low for a good father/daughter dance song, I have decided that My Wish is the perfect song. It’s sentimental without too many daddy’s little girl vibes too it.

    • sbc

      My Wish is great! It was one of my top choices but we did our father-daughter dance to Never Alone by Lady Antebellum–gender neutral and a really slow obvious waltz rhythm for the less-skilled dancers out there.

      I had a 2-bride wedding so we each danced with our dads for a bit, then broke off from them and danced together and our moms came to dance with our dads. This was preplanned and I think a nice symbolism. Plus I felt awkward dancing with my dad so it was good to have it be short.

      Our recessional was walkin’ on sunshine by Katrina and the Waves (played on just on a piano, no vocals). It made me so happy–I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of myself with such a big smile. We also considered God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton, which I think could work for processional or recessional. My wife REALLY REALLY wanted to walk in to Pachbel’s Canon so we did that (with a piano version of Dodi Li by Peter Paul and Mary while everyone was getting seated–nice because it was religious and hippie) but I always dreamed of processing to an instrumental version of By Way of Sorrow by Cry Cry Cry with a fiddle and a flute and such. Can someone please do that and put a link on YouTube?

  • Deanna

    We had a bit of an unusual choice, as I’m kind of iffy with my dad and DH is very close to his mom. DH also had just moved from Britain on his fiance visa. We did a joint mother/son/father/daughter dance. We picked Tear Upon the Rose by Gaelic Storm, as it’s all about moving across the ocean for love and how hard it is to leave home. It seemed appropriate for both of us as it was a months-long process to decide where to move, so technically kinda-sorta applied to both of us.

    Parent dance was up in the air until the actual reception though, as his mom has several sometimes-very-painful disabilities, and it didn’t feel right for me to dance with dad if he couldn’t dance with his mom.

  • CinColorado

    I’m the last of three girls to get married, and one sister picked for my dad, and one he picked out. I’ve chosen Sam Cooke’s “Nothing can change this love” which is short and sweet, plus we both love Sam Cooke. Big ugly tears when I heard the version below that includes the lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWRWQ7S8R2g
    My sweetie has his song all picked out – bit long for his short walk, but we’ll figure that out. Processional song for me is still up in the air, as well as our Recessional song. I don’t want the same classical selections all my friends used. We are strongly considering “Happy Together” by the Turtles for the recessional, but I want something everyone knows that just shouts “Happiness-Joy-Love-Hooray”! “Happy Together” may not be it, as much as I love it. Can’t wait to see what ideas are out there!

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  • Sam

    Ugly crying. Check.

    Recessional options (we haven’t decided yet):
    You Make My Dreams – Hall and Oats
    Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
    Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
    All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
    Seasons of Love – Rent

  • Courtney

    My dad and I danced to “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N Roses. We did our father-daughter and mother-son dance at the same time, as my husband and I (and our parents) aren’t really dancers, and while the song is technically about a girlfriend (I think), it worked nicely. One of the few things my dad and I really share a common interest in is classic rock, so it was a nice choice. We cut off the last minute of the song, also, so it wasn’t so long.

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  • Teal

    I think “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” would be a great sibling dance. I love Carol King, and “Child of Mine” tears me to shreds. Great song.

  • Keera

    *for our processional/recessional we used “Speechless” by The Veronicas – it’s a gorgeous song but a little bit of a tear jerker
    *our father/daughter / mother/son dance was the Muppets “Rainbow Connection” (really excited to see that it was #7 on the list above as some people thought it was “an odd choice”)
    *for our grand entrance to the reception we used the “Star Wars Theme” for the bridal party and switched it over to the “Imperial March” for ourselves – this was quite entertaining for me as my husband didn’t want to have a lot of input whatsoever when it came to the wedding, ESPECIALLY our music and as the bridal party was being announced he leaned over and said to me “You know what would’ve been cool? We should’ve had him play Darth Vader’s music for us” needless to say I had a little trouble keeping a straight face for the next few minutes, and he was pleasantly surprised when we were announced. I also had several male guests come up to me after and say how cool that was and they wished they could’ve done that at their wedding.

  • Amy

    My dad and I are not very close. We danced to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Tony Bennett.

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  • breezy

    I don’t have a father but I have an incredible big brother who’s always been there and he is the one walking me down. Any suggestions for a song?

  • kim

    Ah what about “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder?
    Or “Evermore” by Allison Krauss.

  • klucero

    For a father daughter dance what about the song Daddy’s Angel by anthony w. carter. It says everything that almost every father is possibly thinking at that exact moment.

  • Lauren

    Edwin McCain’s “Walk With You” is what my dad and I danced to. I had everyone in tears!

  • Tasha

    My father chose ours. It was “I will take you home” by the grateful dead. Not a dry eye in the hall, even the staff was crying.

  • Bridgett

    Crazy by Patsy Cline. He said, “Now we can dance and cry together” and he was right.

  • Dani marie

    My dad and I danced to Rainbow Connection by the Muppets mixed with a version by Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies…. we had a strained relationship growing up so it was really personal to us but not too cutesy

  • Janetaz

    Had memories growing up singing to the Beach Boys everyday to school with my dad so we danced to “Surfer Girl” and it was so fun! Made for a unique father daughter dance perfect for us.

  • Ashley

    My dad and I danced to “I loved her first” by Heartland. I don’t know if anyone cried or not, but it definitely meant a lot to me. My husband and his mother danced to “A song for Mama” by Boys II Men, and a lot of his family cried.

  • MaggyMunk

    For alternative song lovers, we chose Death Cab for Cutie – “I Wil Follow You Into the Dark” as our last dance…

  • http://littlebooklet.tumblr.com/ Kelsey F

    I seriously love this playlist. My dad and I are thinking about using Wildflowers, so thank you for putting this together!!

  • Cristina

    “When I get married, I want out father/daughter dance to be “Daddy’s Little Girl” by Michael Bublé. It makes me cry every time I listen to it.

  • Jen

    Drive by Alan Jackson- it’s fun and upbeat, and if you’re like me, you probably have a few memories of your dad teaching you how to drive:-)

  • Emylia

    I have known for years that Wildflowers would be my father daughter dance, Tom Petty is a favorite of my dads and has been a part of so many childhood memories of mine!