The Best Country Father/Daughter Dance Songs For Weddings

Last week we brought you a list of the top ten mother and son wedding dance songs. This week we’ve got you covered with the top father and daughter dances.



1) “My Little Girl- Tim McGraw

A popular father/daughter dance song choice, “My Little Girl,” was written by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas. Your dad is your first love, and this is the perfect song to honor him. The song shares a message that no matter how old you get, he will always be there for you even as you start your new journey with your husband.

“You’re beautiful baby from the outside in / Chase your dreams but always know the road that’ll lead you home again / Go on take on this whole world / But to me you know you’ll always be, my little girl”


2) “I Loved Her First” – Heartland

Continuing with the theme of fathers being their daughters first love, “I Loved Her First” fits right in. Written by Walt Aldridge and Elliot Park, the song is the perfect reminder that your dad will always be there for you and you’ll ever have a special place in his heart.

“I loved her first / I held her first / And a place in my heart will always be hers / From the first breath she breathed / When she first smiled at me / I knew the love of a father runs deep”



3) “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” – Billy Ray Cyrus featuring Miley Cyrus

Written by Billy Ray Cyrus and Casey Beathard, “Ready, Set, Don’t Go” tells the story about how every dad probably feels on his daughter’s big day. It’s not easy to say goodbye, but they know they are doing the right thing by letting their daughter take life’s next step.

“She’s waitin’ on my blessings / Before she hits the open road / Baby get ready / Get set / Don’t go”



4) “There Goes My Life”- Kenny Chesney

Written by Neil Thrasher and Wendell Mobley, “There Goes My Life” is a powerful song about how a father can’t picture his life without his daughter and how being a dad changes life for the better.

“There goes my life / There goes my future, my everything / I love you, daddy goodnight / There goes my life”



5) “Tough Little Boys” – Gary Alan

Daughters think of their dads as superheroes and believe that they never cry.  “Tough Little Boys,” written by Donald Sampson and Harley Allen, lets us know that watching their daughters grow up, however, are their weak spots.

“Well I didn’t cry when Old Yeller died /  At least not in front of my friends / But when tough little boys grow up to be dads / They turn into babies again”



6) “I’ll Be There” Josh Turner

Written by Phillip White and Steven Dale Jones, “I’ll Be There” is a great song to honor all the times your dad was there for you when you were younger and the times that he’ll continue to be there, even after you say “I do.”

“Anytime, anything, anywhere / I’ll be there if you need a frowned turned into a grin / Or you need a hand just to hold your hand / Need a daddy or you just need a friend / I’ll be there”


7) “Then They Do” – Trace Adkins

Written by Cathy Majeski, Jim Collins, and Sunny Russ, “Then They Do” tells the story of how quickly children grow up and how your dad misses that time with you, even though it might not have seemed like it when you were younger.

“Then they do / And that’s just how it is /  It’s quiet in the morning /  Can’t believe how much you miss /  All they do / And all they did / You want all the dreams they’ve dreamed of to come true / Then they do”



8) “When She Grows Up” – Craig Campbell

Written by Alex Dooley and Arlos Smith, “ When She Grows Up” is the perfect reminder that no matter how old you get, your dad will always be willing to do anything for you and you’ll never be too old to be his little girl.

“I still want to move mountains / I still wanna change the world /  And show her no matter what happens / She’s my little girl / And love lasts forever”



9) “It Won’t Be Like This For Long”- Darius Rucker

Written by Ashley Gorley, Chris DuBois, and Darius Rucker, “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” is another great song about growing up too fast in front of your dad’s eyes but he cherished every minute, even when times were tough.

“One day soon she’ll be a teenager /  And at times you’ll think she hates him / Then he’ll walk her down the aisle / And he’ll raise her veil /  But right now she up and crying / And the truth is that he don’t mind”



10)  He Didn’t Have to Be”- Brad Paisley

Written by Paisley and Kelley Lovelace this song is perfect if you are sharing the dance floor with your stepfather. “He Didn’t Have to Be,” says thank you to those who stepped up to be a “father figure” when he wasn’t asked to be.

“And then all of a sudden ah it seemed so strange to me/How we had gone from something’s missing to a family/Lookin’ through the glass I think about the man that’s standing next to me/And I hope I’m at least half the dad that didn’t have to be”

No matter what song you pick for your father and daughter dance, it’s a special moment you’ll cherish forever.


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