44 of our favorite Parents' Dances

January 18, 2018

Photo by Irwin Photography


In 20 years of playing music for weddings, we've seen a lot of brides dance with their dads and grooms dance with their moms. One thing it didn't take us long to realize is there are a lot more Bride-father songs than there are Groom-mother songs. But that's ok. Dancing with one's mother has almost always been a tricky proposition. But people, in general, like symmetry. So we have split this list evenly at 22 apiece:


Father & Bride:


Moon River - Andy Williams
Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) - Billy Joel
Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
Sunrise, Sunset - Eddie Fisher
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
A Wink And A Smile - Harry Connick Jr
I Loved Her First - Heartland
Daughter of Mine - John McDermott
Daddy Sang Bass - Johnny Cash
Thank Heaven for Little Girls - Maurice Chevalier
You Are My Sunshine - Norman Blake
Father And Daughter - Paul Simon
Hokey Pokey - Ray Anthony
Daddy's Angel - T Carter Music
My Little Girl - Tim McGraw
I Love - Tom T. Hall
The Way You Look Tonight - Tony Bennett
Just Fishin' - Trace Adkins
These Are the Days - Van Morrison
Remember When (We Made These Memories) - Wayne Newton
Simple Gifts - Yo-Yo Ma & Alison Krauss


Mother & Groom:

In My Life - The Beatles
The Rose - Bette Midler
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
Just The Way You Are (edit) - Billy Joel
Lean On Me - Bill Withers
Forever Young - Bob Dylan
First Day Of My Life - Bright Eyes
(They Long to Be) Close to You - Carpenters
You Can't Hurry Love - Dixie Chicks
Circle of Life - Elton John
Daniel - Elton John
When You’re Smiliing - Frank Sinatra
Young at Heart - Frank Sinatra
Beautiful Boy - John Lennon
I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack
Dance Me To The End of the World - Leonard Cohen
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Unforgettable - Nat “King” Cole & Natalie Cole
My Wish - Rascal Flatts
Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart
You've Got a Friend In Me - Steve Tyrell & Dr. John


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