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44 of our favorite Parents' Dances

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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