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Stepdad -Daughter Wedding Dance Songs

So you’ve been challenged to find a suitable song for the Stepdad/daughter wedding dance… No worries- We’ve got you covered! We sent the Stepdadding.com editors out to find the best songs for your occasion. As usual- Stepdadding.com’s got your back. Here’s a list of great choices for that special dance. 

We’ve linked them to the song to make it easier for you –so if you haven’t heard it in a while or don’t know it at all, just click and listen. Take some time to pick carefully ‘dads, this is a very important moment you will be sharing with your girl. Take the time to say it right. It’s been a, challenge journey –relax and enjoy it. Make a life-long memory between the two of you -and most importantly, congratulations ‘dad!


Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

From the daughter’s perspective, this song is rock-solid. If you and your girl have a great bond, this is a good pick!


Can You Feel the Love Tonight? – Elton John 

A powerful song originally from the Lion King soundtrack… Yeah, Disney knows how to move the emotions. If you and your daughter are pretty close, this one may be just what you’re looking for.

Changes – Kelly Osbourne & Ozzy Osbourne 

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking because I thought that too. Give it a listen. You might be surprised what a great fit it is.

Daddy’s Little Girl – Michael Bublé

If you love her like mad, this one’s a great pick!  “You’re the end of the rainbow – My pot of gold – You’re daddy’s little girl – To have and to hold”

Daughter – Loudon Wainwright III


If you have a long, strong bond this up-beat tune might be for you. “That’s my daughter in the water. Every time she fell I caught her. Every time she fell.”

Daughters John Mayer

This is a nice, sweet, slow song with a neutral message. A good song even if the Stepdad and daughter aren’t extremely close.

Forever Young Rod Stewart

Another great neutral tune that will work if you’re close, or just close enough. “…whatever road you choose – I’m right behind you, win or lose – Forever young”

Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart

A very god song to send her off with lots of love -or for her to express her love. There’s also a great version by Van Morrison.

Here for You – Neil Young

If you like classic rock you might like this one. It’s a great tribute to her if dad gets to pick the tune. “…this old heart beating for you – Yes I’d miss you – But I never want to hold you down”

Hero – Mariah Carey

Another great song either dad or daughter can choose. It’s neutral in in’t message -just a great song to dance to.

Hold My Hand – Hootie and the Blowfish                                          

A great choice if you want a wonderful message and an upbeat tune. This one’s also nice if the Stepdad & daughter went through some tough times.

Bride in Veil with Red Rose Bouquet

I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

This song is a popular choice. It’s from the dad’s perspective more than the daughter’s and it can be used in situations where you have a close relationship, or simply have a bond with each other.

I Wish You Love – Michael Bublé

A remake of a classic tune of best wishes. Great song if dad gets to pick the song. “I wish you bluebirds in the spring – To give your heart a song to sing – And then a kiss, but more than this – I wish you love.” There’s also a nice version of this by Rachael Yamagata.

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

I great tune to celebrate what a wonderful daughter you have. “Isn’t she lovely – Isn’t she beautiful – Isn’t she precious…”

Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel 

A great song from him or from her. “I would not leave you in times of trouble – We never could have come this far – I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times – I take you just the way you are”

My Darling –  Wilco 

A mostly acoustic song with a sweet message about being a family. “…we were a family, my darling -right from the start.”

My Girl – The Temptations

If you like the oldies, this one’s a goodie. The message is strong and from a dad’s perspective.

Make a Wish

My Wish – Rascal Flatts

OK ‘dads, if you adore you little girl and she lets you pick, then this song will probably say what you’re looking to get across. A very nice tune with a very nice message.

One Friend – Dan Seals

A little bit country and a good selection if your daughter lets you pick the tune. This one is a great choice if you and your girl have grown to be buddies. It talks about amazing friendship bonds.

Ready, Set -Don’t Go – Billy Ray Cyrus 

One of our personal favorites, this song is from a dad’s perspective and will bring a tear to everyone’s eyes… maybe even your… so be careful.

Something About The Way You Look Tonight  – Elton John

A real winner. This song speaks to how beautiful and special the bride is. It’s the ultimate “vanilla” tune if you can’t make up your mind. You really can’t go wrong with this one.

Stand By Me – Ben E King

From dad, from Daughter- this one just works. A classic! The neutral lyrics are a great backdrop for the dance. A real winner!

Stealing Cinderella – Chuck Wicks

Whether she gets to pick, or he does -this song is a great fit. This one’s about a little girl growing up to find the right guy and her dad watching her go. A sweet song that doesn’t claim fatherhood -just celebrates her moving on as a woman.

Thank Heaven for Little Girls – Maurice Chevaulier


A nice, quick, classic song that’s fun and sweet.

That Makes Me Your Dad – Ryan St. Louis

Do you  love her like mad and know she’ll always be a daughter to you? Do you like country? This once might be a good choice. “Yes I know I’m not the one who made – Someone so beautiful as you – And I know I’m not the one who made – Another dream come true…”

The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

A nice, classic tune that always makes the room smile. A good neutral choice no matter who picks the song. You just can’t go wrong with frank! Not a Frank fan? There’s also a contemporary cover of this tune by Steve Tyrell.

There You’ll Be –  Faith Hill 

A great choice. This one is from a daughter’s perspective and reflects a very close, loving relationship.

Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

If you’re looking for something with an island feel and an upbeat message this one’s a winner. There’s nothing specific about dads or daughters but the message is a great one -especially if dad gets to pick the song. “Don’t worry about a thing – ‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright…”

Through the Eyes of My Father – Brianna Haynes

If you’re looking for a sweet tribute to a father figure with religious references, this may be the tune for you. “From the start you were first – He loves you at your worst – He’ll do anything – A father –  He shows you what love is- Saw your dreams before you did…”

Through the Years – Kenny Rogers

If you’ve never heard this song, it’s worth a listen. Very nice message.

To Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan

From Stepdad to daughter -this is a good choice if you’re close. It’s such a great song it’s been covered by artists in nearly every genre.  Here are  more versions to chose from: 1) Billy Joel, 2) Adele, 3) Garth Brooks 4) Straight No Chaser (all acoustic) 5) Glee


Unforgettable – Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

The ultimate dad/daughter duo; a very fitting song for the father-daughter dance. You might also prefer the original with Nat signing solo.

Walk With You Edwin McCain

If it’s dad’s choice and you’ve been a family quite a while -her’s a winner. “I’ll take this slow sweet walk with you – You’ll let go of my hand to say: I do – He will discover just how blessed a life can be – I know cuz all those years ago – Someone handed you to me”

What A Difference You’ve Made In My Life – Ronnie Milsap

A sweet little country tune. Good no matter who picks the song. What a difference you’ve made in my life – You’re my sunshine day and night – Oh what a difference you’ve made in my life”

What a Wonderful World – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo ‘ole

I can’t recommend this song enough. If you’ve never hear this version you need to check it out. The original by Louis Armstrong is also a good option. There is also a wonderful contemporary version by Michael Bublé. This song is great from her or him. Is has no dad or daughter reference. It’s just a wonderful song.

When I Needed You Most – Kimaya Seward

A Little-known, but powerful song for a girl to choose for her Stepdaddy.

Wedding Champagne

When You Need Me Bruce Springsteen

Sweet, tender… a real winner for dads who have a strong bond with their daughters and are Bruce fans.

Wildflowers Tom Petty

A lovely song to send off your daughter. The lyrics wish her well and wish her love and happiness. “Run away – Find you a lover – Go away somewhere all bright and new – I’ve seen no other who compares to you.”

You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder

The title says it all and the message is laced throughout the lyrics. A fitting choice for any situation.

You Don’t Have To Let Go – Jessica Simpson

A very fitting song from a daughter’s perspective: If the two of you have a close relationship then this one will do nicely.

You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban

This is a song of appreciation, but it’s not necessarily from only one perspective, so a great, all-around tune for the occasion.

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