One of the most exciting aspects of planning a wedding is deciding on the music! But for special segments such as the father-daughter dance, it could end up being quite nerve-wrecking. What song perfectly encapsulates me and father’s relationship?

If you’ve been looking around for quite some time, chances are you have in mind TONS of perfect lovesongs for your wedding day. Unfortunately, none of them so far have been appropriate for your father-daughter dance.

The good news is after scouring the internet, we’ve made a quick list of songs that are sweet and non-romantic. There will be no weird exchange of glances at your wedding, or guests shifting uncomfortably at their seats. Rest assured.

So spare 25 minutes from your busy bridal schedule and listen to these beautiful father-daughter dance songs.

Daddy by Beyoncé

Kickstarting this list, is a less-known track by Beyoncé Knowles. Before taking the world by storm and being the Queen Bey she is now, Beyoncé secretly hid a song called Daddy inside her debut album,Dangerously in Love. In this slow R&B song, which was co-written by Beyoncé herself, she pays a little tribute to her father-cum-manager. She expresses in the lyrics how she wishes to see the qualities her father possesses in her future husband. Could Jay-Z have lived up to her expectations?

Later on in 2009, her father, Matthew Knowles, confessed that Daddy was his favorite song. Aww.

Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) by Billy Joel

Continuing this list of father daughter dance songs is Billy Joel’s Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel). The song features some of the sweetest, most earnest lyrics a father can sing to his daughter who has yet to grow up. The reason why this song fits just nicely for a father-daughter dance, is the fact that in a father’s eyes, no matter how grown up she may be, the daughter will always be his little girl.

Billy Joel wrote the song for daughter, Alexa Ray Charles, when she was young. And much like Beyoncé’s father, Alexa Ray regards Lullabye as her favorite song.

Marc Cohn – The Things We’ve Handed Down

And in that same vein, The Things We’ve Handed Down makes for another perfect father-daughter dance song. The song is about a man who has just learned about soon becoming a father and is contemplating  how the child will be like. It was written by Marc Cohn himself when he found out about his wife’s pregnancy.

What is especially touching about the song, is that it speaks both about the greatness and the fears of becoming a father (& parent) to this new child on the way. If you’ve been a little rebellious as a kid (Who hasn’t?), be warned. The song could seriously ruin your makeup!

Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman

If you’re looking for the right father-daughter dance song to come along, this is it. In the song, Steven Curtis Chapman sings about how fast the moments of being a father can go by. Throughout the song, the regret that comes with not having spent more time with his daughter is juxtaposed with the wonderful moments spent dancing with her.

As the song title suggests, Chapman likens his daughter to Cinderella. But unlike in the original story, Cinderella leaves her father all too soon – at the strike of midnight. It’s a great twist and adaptation of the fairy tale we all know and love.

When You Need Me by Bruce Springsteen

Weddings are meant to be a joyous occasion, but there will be emotional moments between you and your family. If you have a good relationship with your father, it goes without saying that there will be a hint of sadness in the air as he gives his daughter away to a man.

When You Need Me can be interpreted as a song that assures another that he will always be there when he’s need. Although you’ll be whisked away by your future husband, something will not change: your father will always be there for you, and you will be there to need him.

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac

Unlike the rest of the items in this list of father-daughter dance songs, Landslide is less literal in its meaning and is pretty much open to interpretation. For most, the song signifies a major change one is undergoing, such as the pivotal moment of a father’s life when his daughter gets married off.

Change can be scary; it can build you up or tear you down piece by piece. But it happens without our control. Landslide is about being terrified of these changes, yet still believing in them.

In My Life by the Beatles

Among the greatest songs ever written by the Beatles is In My Life. It’s another beautiful song that evokes nostalgia, as the persona thinks back to a time long ago. It’s also about love, and can perfectly encapsulate a father-daughter relationship.

In My Life was written by John Lennon, and song itself was made with Paul McCartney.

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