13 Songs About Dads and Daughters

Maybe you’re planning your wedding, and you’re not sure what to pick for the father-daughter dance. Or you want to dedicate a song to your daughter. Well, this list of songs about dads and daughters has something for everyone. 

Unforgettable by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

In 1991, Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole re-recorded his 1951 song “Unforgettable.” This velvety, musically sophisticated version of the classic celebrates the deep affection fathers and daughters share. 

Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder wrote and recorded “Isn’t She Lovely” in 1976 as a celebration of his daughter Aisha. 

What makes it different from other songs about dads and daughters is that Wonder incorporated recordings of a baby’s first cry and a happy child in the bath between the verses. 

Daughters by John Mayer

John Mayer’s “Daughters” is much less uplifting than some other songs about dads and daughters, but it’s a poignant warning that shows how important a dad is to his daughter and her future life. 

Mayer sings, “On behalf of every man looking out for every girl; you are the guide and the weight of her world,” emphasizing the importance of a father’s influence on his daughter’s life. 

Gracie by Ben Folds

In Ben Folds’ song “Gracie,” he considers some of the mundane but precious moments of parenting his daughter, as well as the deep and unique friendship between a father and daughter. 

Much like Natalie Cole, Gracie Folds followed in her father’s footsteps – she works as a singer-songwriter now, sometimes collaborating with her father.

I Loved Her First by Heartland

You may not be familiar with the band Heartland since they haven’t been active since 2007, but chances are you’ve heard “I Loved Her First.” It’s a classic, bittersweet father-daughter dance song that explores the thoughts of a father giving his daughter away at her wedding because he “loved her first.” 

Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel) By Billy Joel

Written for his daughter Alexa Ray Joel in her childhood, “Lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel)” is a song about a father’s relationship with his daughter and the questions children ask as they grow up. 

My Little Girl by Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw’s song “My Little Girl” is full of images that fathers of daughters can relate to! He encourages his daughter to go out into the world to pursue her dreams and “take on this whole world” while still reminding her that she can always come home.

Sweet Pea by Amos Lee

Amos Lee’s “Sweet Pea” celebrates the way his daughter’s love provides an emotional anchor amidst life’s other challenges and difficulties. And, whatever he struggles with, he assures her that she’s “the only reason I keep on coming home.”

I Learned From You by Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus

“I Learned from You” by Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus was featured on the Hannah Montana soundtrack, but its themes aren’t just for kids and teenagers! The song reminds us that fathers and daughters can learn from each other. 

Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle

Another father-daughter dance classic, “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle traces a father’s feelings from his daughter’s early childhood to her teen years and finally walking her down the aisle. 

She’s a Rainbow by the Rolling Stones

Unlike some of these songs about dads and daughters, the psychedelic “She’s a Rainbow” by The Rolling Stones isn’t necessarily about the father-daughter relationship, but it does express the wonder that dads feel as they watch their daughters grow up: “She shoots colors all around, Like a sunset going down.”

Daddy Dance With Me by Krystal Keith

In “Daddy Dance With Me,” Toby Keith’s daughter Krystal Keith combines tender, nostalgic childhood memories with a celebration of her ongoing relationship with her father. She tells him that the way he raised her gave her strength, faith, and confidence as she became an adult and went out into the world. 

First Man by Camila Cabello

Like other songs about dads and daughters, “First Man” focuses on the lasting impact of a father’s love. It traces the progress of the relationship through the singer’s reassurances to her father, from an early date to meeting the parents to her father preparing to walk her down the aisle. 

Other Songs About Dads and Daughters

  1. The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
  2. You Are My Sunshine by Johnny Cash
  3. Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
  4. My Girl by The Temptations
  5. Wildflowers by Tom Petty
  6. Daddy’s Little Girl by Michael Buble
  7. My Darling by Wilco
  8. Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler
  9. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys
  10. My Wish by Rascal Flatts
  11. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
  12. Right By You (for Luna) by John Legend
  13. How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You) by James Taylor
  14. You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder
  15. Stealing Cinderella by Chuck Wicks
  16. You’re My Best Friend by Queen
  17. Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
  18. Daddy’s Hands by Holly Dunn
  19. Count on Me by Bruno Mars
  20. Cecilia and the Satellite by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
  21. The Best Day by Taylor Swift
  22. Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison
  23. Just Fishin by Trace Adkins
  24. One Call Away by Charlie Puth
  25. Your Song by Elton John
  26. Michelle by the Beatles
  27. Butterfly Fly Away by Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus
  28. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

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