Parent Dance Songs

Popular Parent Dance Songs for Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding from DJ Bri Swatek

As the owner of DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style, I am often asked by my couples for Bride and Father or Groom and Mother Parent Dance song suggestions.  Finding the right song to share a special dance with other family members, including stepparents, siblings, or children are also popular requests.

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Surprise Photography at Candlewood Inn Summer 2014

What are the best wedding songs or the most popular current wedding music choices for these special moments?  While a songs selection should fit your unique style as a couple and as a family, looking at current trends in song choices can be a helpful place to start as well.

Reviewing requests from my couples, the following artists and titles have been popular choices for special dances during recent weddings.

Bride and Father Dances

Al Martino – Daddy’s Little Girl
Amos Lee – Sweet Pea
Barry Manilow – I Am Your Child
Beatles – In My Life
Ben Folds – Gracie
Bette Milder – Wind Beneath My Wings
Beyonce – Daddy
Bill Withers – Lean On Me
Billy Joel – Lullabye
Bob Carlisle – Butterfly Kisses
Bob Dylan – Forever Young
Bobby Morganstein Productions – I Will
Cat Stevens – The Wind
Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me
Celine Dion – Miracle
Chuck Wicks – Stealing Cinderella
Duke Ellington – Satin Doll
Eliza Lumley – Sweet Child O’ Mine
Elton John – Blessed
Elton John – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Faith Hill – There You’ll Be
Heartland – I Loved Her First
Holly Dunn – Daddy’s Hands
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow . . .
James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend
John Mayer – Daughters
John McDermott – (Dance With Me) Daughter of Mine
Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up
Kenny Rogers – Through The Years
Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance
Linda Ronstadt – Un Precisos Sueno
Loudon Wainwright III – Daughter
Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
Martina McBride – In My Daughter’s Eyes
Michael Bolton – Daddy’s Little Girl
Muppets – Rainbow Connection
Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole – Unforgettable
Natalie Grant – I’ll Always Be Your Baby
Natalie Merchant – Kind and Generous
New Wedding Traditions – A Song for My Daughter
New Wedding Traditions – One More Time
Paloma San Basilio – Gracias a Ti
Paul Anka – Times of Your Life
Paul Simon – Father And Daughter
Randy Newman – I Love to See You Smile
Randy Newman – You’ve Got a Friend In Me
Rascal Flatts – My Wish
Ray Charles – If I Could
Renee Nalbandian – Your Little Girl
Sheryl Crow – Sweet Child O’ Mine
Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Steve Kirwan – You’ll Always Be My Little Girl
Steven Curtis Chapman – Cinderella
Stevie Wonder – You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Temptations – My Girl
Teresa James – You’re My Hero
Thomas San Juan – Mi Niña Bonita
Tim McGraw – My Little Girl (Edit)
Tony Kenny – Daughter Of Mine
Whitney Houston – The Greatest Love of All
Wilco – My Darling

Groom and Mother Dances

American Stonehouse – On this Day
Barbra Streisand – If I Could
Barry Manilow – I Am Your Child
Beatles – In My Life
Bette Milder – Wind Beneath My Wings
Billy Joel – Lullabye
Bob Dylan – Forever Young
Bobby Morganstein Productions – Song For My Son
Bobby Morganstein Productions – Sunrise, Sunset
Bobby Morganstein Productions – You Are The Love Of My Life
Boys II Men – Song for Mama
Cat Stevens – The Wind
Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me
Celine Dion – Miracle
Christian Barnes – On This Day (The Wedding Song)
David Chamberlin – In Your Eyes
Eliza Lumley – Sweet Child O’ Mine
Elton John – Blessed
Elton John – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Faith Hill – There You’ll Be
Fiddler on the Roof Original Cast – Sunrise, Sunset
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow . . .
James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend
John Lennon – Beautiful Boy
Jolly Time Singers – Dear Boy of Mine
Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up
Kenny Rogers – Through the Years
Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance
Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Simple Man
Molly Pasutti – The Man You’ve Become
Muppets – Rainbow Connection
Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole – Unforgettable
Natalie Merchant – Kind and Generous
New Wedding Traditions – A Song for My Son
Paloma San Basilio – Gracias a Ti
Paul Anka – Times of Your Life
Paul Todd – The First Lady In My Life
Randy Newman – I Love to See You Smile
Randy Newman – You’ve Got a Friend In Me
Rascal Flatts – My Wish
Regina Belle – If I Could
Renee Nalbandian – My Son
Sheryl Crow – Sweet Child O’ Mine
Shinedown – Simple Man
Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Stevie Wonder – You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Toby Keith – Heart to Heart
Tony Kenny – Mother
Tony Kenny – My Son
Victor Manuelle – Vivo Orgulloso (Live)
Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
Whitney Houston – The Greatest Love of All
Willie Nelson – Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Toast Dutchess Manor Allan E Levine Photography

Sibling Dances

Elton John – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Faith Hill – There You’ll Be
Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
Jessica Andrews – I Will Be There for You
Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
Michael W. Smith – I Will Be Here For

Other Special Family Dances

Beatles – In My Life
Bette Milder – Wind Beneath My Wings
Bill Withers – Lean On Me
Bob Dylan – Forever Young
Cat Stevens – The Wind
Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me
David Chamberlin & Teresa James – Yours, Mine, and Ours
(for blending families with children)
Elton John – Blessed
Elton John – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Faith Hill – There You’ll Be
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow . . .
James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend
Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up
Kenny Rogers – Through The Years
Kimaya Seward – When I Needed You Most
(a tribute to stepparents & mentors)
Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance
Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
Molly Pasutti – I’m Blessed to Call You Mother
(a tribute to a stepmother)
Natalie Merchant – Kind and Generous
Randy Newman – You’ve Got a Friend In Me
Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Whitney Houston – The Greatest Love of All

Looking at current wedding song trends can give you an idea of what you want (or don’t want!), but ultimately, finding that “perfect song” to reflect your relationship with your family on your wedding day is always a personal choice that will be an expression of your unique style.

Congratulations,

Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email:   briswatek@gmail.com
Phone:  845.235.0080
Online:   www.djbriswatek.com

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