Popular Wedding Parent Dance Songs


When you go over your music ideas, song list and details of your wedding with your bandleader or DJ, he/she will ask you about parent dance songs.  Part of the ceremony or formality of a wedding reception is for the bride and groom to dance with their parents – the bride dances with her dad (father/daughter dance) and the groom dances with his mom (mother/son dance).  There are exceptions to this as when a parent is deceased.  In that case, an aunt or uncle or a brother or sister sometimes is a comforting substitute.  Below are some suggestions for parent dance songs.  In some cases the gender is obvious as in “My Girl” by The Temptations or “Father Daughter” by Paul Simon.  Some songs you just have to listen to or read the lyrics to make that determination.  Other songs are gender neutral such as “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.  It’s always a good idea to speak to your bandleader or DJ to find out if he/she has some favorites.  This is a list we came up with by interviewing some New York Wedding bands and DJs in NY.


Father/Daughter Dance & Mother/Son Dance Songs (Parent Dance Songs)

Beautiful In My Eyes – Joshua Cadison

Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

Bless The Broken Road – Rascal Flatts

Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlyle

Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John

Child of Mine – Carol King

Cinderella – Steven Curtis Chapman

Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray

Daddy’s Little Girl – Al Martino

Father and Daughter – Paul Simon

Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra

Forever Young – Bob Dylan

Forever Young – Rod Stewart

Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston/George Benson

Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison/Rod Stewart

I Am Your Child – Barry Manilow

I Hope You Dance – LeAnn Womack

I Just Called To Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder

I Loved Her First – Heartland

I Will – The Beatles

I’ll Be There – The Jacksons/Mariah Carey

I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel

Kind And Generous – Natalie Merchant

LOVE – Nat ‘King’ Cole

Lovely Day – Bill Withers

Love Is Here To Stay – Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong

Lullabye – Billy Joel

Mama – Boyz II Men

My Girl – The Temptations

My Little Girl – Steve Kirwin

My Little Girl – Tim McGraw

My Wish – Rascal Flatts

Something About The Way You Look Tonight – Elton John

Stand By Me – The Drifters

Sunrise Sunset – Fiddler On The Roof

Through The Years – Kenny Rogers

Time of Your Life – Paul Anka

Unforgettable – N. Cole

Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

You Are My Special Angel – Bobby Helms

You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker

You Are The Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder

You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban

You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins

New York Orchestras Entertainment based in NYC, NY, represents the band Central Park Orchestra for weddings and corporate events.

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I am a bandleader/drummer/vocalist/producer/DJ. I have made a career in the music business since age 15. I founded the company NY Orchestras Entertainment and the bands Central Park Orchestra, Island Head reggae band and The Vibe.

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