• Top 20 Best Father/Daughter Dance Songs Ever

    Top 20 Best Father/Daughter Dance Songs Ever

    Happy Friday!

    Last time DJ John from Aria Melody DJ shared one of his awesome playlists on Bridal Musings ~ 13 Alternatives Songs For Your Walk Down The Aisle ~ it got such a great reaction from you lovely lot.

    We LOVED reading your comments about the songs you were walking down the aisle to. Lots of you were looking for something a little different to the average, over played wedding songs ~ we hear ya!

    So I’m thrilled to welcome John back ~ this time he’s sharing suggestions for alternative father / daughter dance songs.

    Orchard Cove Photography via Wedding Chicks

    It’s tough to find that perfect song to dance with Dad – you want something special, touching, meaningful…but not romantic.  Often, there’s a song that’s almost perfect — then there’s that one verse that makes it borderline creepy. Ask your DJ to edit it out.  Frank Sinatra’s “I Wish You Love” is a great suggestion — if the first 30 seconds are cut.

    Over the years, I’ve compiled some of my favorite father/daughter dance suggestions from my library, blogs and client playlists. 

    My new favorite is Nancy Sinatra’s “It’s For My Dad.”  It captures the sentiment perfectly.

    Maybe there’s a favorite childhood memory?  Heather (January 2012 bride) has seen Les Miserables with her dad 10 times so they danced to “Master of the House.” Perfect.

    Just click the ‘play’ button to listen to them on the page.

    1. Bruce Springsteen – “When You Need Me”

    Brice Springsteen – When You Need Me

    2. Tom Petty – “Wildflowers”

    Tom Petty – Wildflowers

    3. Ben Folds – “Gracie”

    Ben Folds – Gracie

    4. Wilco – “My Darling”

    Wilco – My Darling

    5. Natalie Merchant – “Kind and Generous”

    Natalie Merchant – Kind and Generous

    6. Loudon Wainwright – “Daughter”

    Loudon Wainwright – Daughter

    7. Paul Simon – “Father and Daughter”

    Paul Simon – Father and Daughter

    8. The Temptations – “My Girl”

    The Temptations – My Girl

    9. Stevie Wonder – “Isn’t She Lovely”

    Stevie Wonder – Isnt She Lovely

    10. Ray Charles – “Ain’t That Love”

    Ray Charles – Aint That Love

    11. Lulu – “To Sir With Love”

    Lulu – To Sir With Love

    12. Nancy Sinatra – “It’s For My Dad”

    Nancy Sinatra – Its For My Dad

    13. Bob Marley – “Three Little Birds”

    Bob Marley – Three Little Birds

    14. Heartland – “I Loved Her First”

    Heartland – I Loved Her First

    15. Rascal Flatts – “My Wish”

    Rascal Flatts – My Wish

    16. Frank Sinatra – “I Wish You Love”

    Frank Sinatra – I Wish You Love

    17. Billy Joel – “Just the Way You Are”

    Billy Joel – Just The Way You Are

    18. Beyonce – “Daddy”

    Beyonce – Daddy

    19. Edwin McCain – “Walk With You”

    Edwin McCain – Walk With You

    20. Michael Buble – “Daddy’s Little Girl”

    Michael Buble – Daddys Little Girl

    My favourites are:

    #1 I do like a bit of Bruce Springsteen.

    #8 & #9 ~ absolute classics and such fun to dance to!

    I hadn’t heard #12, the Nancy Sinatra song, but I love the thought of dedicating a song to your dad.

    And #14 Heartland. Oh my goodness. Big, fat, uncontrollable tears streaming down my face. I was a wreck by the time it had finished!

    Missy Cochran via Snippet and Ink

    You see I didn’t dance with my dad at my wedding.

    As I was listening to these songs, it made me realise that I missed out on a special moment which, at the time, I thought that I didn’t need or want.

    My mum and dad are divorced and as wonderful as my dad is (because he really is wonderful and I love him dearly) I’ve never felt very close to him. Not like I do with my mum. Which makes me sad. But if I could do it all again, I think I’d dance with him. I bet he could have shown me a few new moves! And I’d make sure Zee shared a special dance with his mum too ~ more for his mum’s sake rather than Zee’s, I’m sure she would have loved it.

    It’s 3 special minutes where you can thank your dad / mum for everything, they can share advice, you can both share memories, laugh together or simply move together in sync. I’d urge you to err on the side of caution and include any traditions or moments in your wedding that you’re seriously umming and ahhing about because you can never get those moments back.

    After I had my little cry, I thought about all the precious moments my dad and I have shared over the years. I’m lucky to have him in my life so  there’s no need for regrets!

    (If you’re looking for mother / son songs check out this post with 20 awesome ideas for mother/groom dance songs.)

    Brandon Wong Photography via Maharani Weddings

    For those of you reading whose dads have passed away or are not in your life anymore, I’m truly, truly sorry for your loss.

    It must be unbelievably hard tackling these wedding traditions. You might choose to dance with your step dad, mum, grandfather, uncle or friend instead or you could always simply share a first dance with your new husband/wife and then get down to the partying!

    That’s what we did and no one batted an eyelid, I’m sure they were happy to get back to the bar and start busting their own moves on the dancefloor!

    Now, over to you…what are your favourite father/daughter dance songs?

    Did any of these songs make you tear up too?! Do you have any more suggestions?

    Please do share them in the comments box, we’d love to hear them!

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  • http://twitter.com/orderinthekitch Lynn Lovejoy

    My dad and I will be dancing to “Butterfly Kisses” whenever I end up getting married.  I’ve had that planned since I was like 10… it will probably make you cry too but we used to listen to it together on our long car rides back from camp and I know it will mean a lot to him <3

    • bridalmusings

      That’s such a lovely song and sentiment. So cute you knew that was going to be your father/daughter dance since you were 10! :)

    • Goodlucksmom

       I have always wanted to dance with my dad to “Butterfly Kisses” Since i first heard it, which was when I was like 8 or 9. Dad says that if we did dance to that song he would probably cry like a baby.

      • bridalmusings

        That’s the worry with choosing a very sentimental song isn’t it? I had to avoid them for my first dance/walk down the aisle as I’m prone to waterworks too! ;) 

        • http://www.facebook.com/dmkontnik Dana Williams

          I think those crying moments make for the best pictures though. My gift to the parents on the day is embroidered handkerchiefs with messages on them that’ll help with the waterworks as well lol.

          • bridalmusings

            I agree, they do ~ it’s lovely to see such pure emotion in photos. Such a sweet gift idea. Better tell the ladies to put on waterproof mascara! ;)

    • lexielynn

      I’ll be dancing to that song too— first heard it when I was 5 and have always known it would be our father-daughter song

    • goldilocks

      I’ve had butterfly kisses planned for my wedding since i was like six

  • LeslieM

    Hi, I am the mother of the groom – can you suggest songs for my son and I to dance to!

    • bridalmusings

      Hi Leslie, I’m definitely going to work on that for you. I know there’s lots of info focusing on Father/Daughter dances but the Mother/Groom dance is just as important :)

    • bridalmusings

      Hello again, I hope this isn’t too late for you: http://bridalmusings.com/2012/09/mother-son-wedding-dance-songs/

  • Adrienne O’Connor

    this is such an amazing list of songs – thanks for sharing – I will absolutely direct my brides here when they’re struggling over the perfect song! My dad and I danced to “My Life” by the Beatles because it’s just one of those songs that reminded me of him – he was always singing it when I was little and I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather dance with him to.

    • bridalmusings

      Thanks Adrienne, so glad you liked the list, John did a fab job :) Beatles My Life was such a lovely choice (especially the reason behind it).

  • courtney nye

    I have Isn’t She Lovely planned as my father daughter dance! Awesome list! Could you do a mother son dance list too?

    • bridalmusings

      Thanks for your comment, Courtney and Yay for Stevie Wonder! Sure, I’ll see what I can do.

  • Angella Schulte

    I am going to dance with my dad to Trace Adkins – Just Fishin’. I used to fish with Dad every Sunday growing up and when I was old enough I went hunting with him. The line “she’s doing everything but sitting still” is definitely how our first few years hunting together went because I would just fidget and talk about everything. Not good if you actually want to see a deer. :)

    I know this song is too country for a lot of people but I think it is perfect for us.

    • bridalmusings

      That is perfect! Really lovely to hear why you chose that song, what special memories you and dad must share :) Are you any better at hunting now? ;) 

    • Amber Sutterby

      Wow, i am over in Australia but the Trace Adkins song is perfect for my upcoming wedding and dance with my dad. Thanks Angella.

  • Jessica

    I’m still deciding but really love “Forever Young” from Bob Dylan! The only thing stopping me is my matron of honor danced with her Dad and don’t want to copy! :)

    So since my Dad is a HUGE Beatles fan, it will probably be that

    • bridalmusings

      Oh that is a bit tricky…will there be a lot of the same people that went to your matron of honour’s wedding at yours? Beatles sound great though, your dad will be smiling and singing along :)

      • Jessica

         no, not too many although her Dad will be there too…. I guess I have my answer,  Beatles it is!! thanks :)

  • Aly

    My sister danced with our dad to “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce and it was amazing <3 But it also makes it hard to find a song for my wedding!

    • bridalmusings

      I’d never heard of that song before, just did a little You Tube search ~ it’s such a sweet song :) But…yes awkward due to your sister situation.

      Hmmmmm, your dad might know of some classic gems that he’d like to dance with you to. It’d be something fun to do together to rifle through his records/cds together. Good luck! 

  • bree [capitolromance]

    GREAT list! my sister used Paul Simon’s “Father & Daughter” (Paul Simon is a FAV of my dad’s). We did BoDeans’ “Closer to Free” – mainly because when I was young my dad would change the lyrics to “closer to bree” … we had a BLAST dancing around like falling petals to that 90s hit :)

    • bridalmusings

      Awwwww ‘Closer to Bree’! That is adorable. Also love the imagery of ‘dancing around like falling petals’. So poetic. Glad you like the list :)

  • http://twitter.com/Soundtrack2IDo Colleen

    Love the list!! All excellent choices. :)

    • bridalmusings

      Thanks Colleen, that’s high praise coming from you with all your musical know how :)

  • Grace

    My name is Grace, but close friends and family call me “Gracie”. My dad heard the Ben Folds song after I had downloaded it to our family computer when I was 13 or so and loved it. I’ve always thought that would probably be the song we choose for our father/daughter dance at my wedding. Glad to see it on the list!!

    • bridalmusings

      Oh it’s the perfect choice! :) 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000450983814 Mallory Rose Marquette

    I want to dance to “Little Miss Magic” by Jimmy Buffett we love his music and it is just so pretty!

    • bridalmusings

      Awww that song is adorable!

  • Ashlieghkollmer

    what about “beautiful in my eyes” by joshua kadison??

    • bridalmusings

      Hadn’t heard it before, what a sweet song. Thanks for introducing it to me :)

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  • Jack Mason

    PhreshAct has great father daughter dance song list: http://phreshact.com/father/daughter/dance/songs/father-daughter-dance-songs.html
    We are also offering 20% off remaining 2013 wedding reception band packages!

  • http://twitter.com/thedemurewriter Christina Kelliher

    Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel) by Billy Joel….makes me tear up every time just thinking about my Dad and his old cassette tape that he’d listen to when I was little. 

    • Jamie

      I was in that music video when I was 8! My dad came with me for all three days of the shoot because my mom had to work so it became “our song”. We danced to it at my wedding last December.

      • bridalmusings

        Jamie what a beautiful story! Can’t believe you were one of those cute little angels :) I was blown away by the quality of the film. Really artistic.

    • bridalmusings

      I hadn’t heard it but just had a listen, it’s so lovely. Just the image of an old cassette tape too, you’re making me tear up now!

  • Melissa

    My daddy and I danced to Heartland’s “I Loved Her First.” It came out when I was dating my husband and I knew it would be the song. Even now, almost six years later, I can’t listen to that song (let alone sing it!) without bawling! My daddy is my step dad but he’s always been there for me and is the best daddy in the world!

    • bridalmusings

      That’s so lovely, Melissa! It’s a touching song. You’ve obviously been blessed with a supportive, loving step dad :)

  • Sara

    I didn’t get to dance with my dad, because he passed when I was young. I danced with my mom to Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion. We both bawled. When the song first came out, I didn’t have money to buy her a big gift for Mother’s day, but I bought the single – and gave her a tear inducing card. Then I sat her down and played the song for her. It’s been something that makes us both cry to this day. And I got through a lot, because she loves me.

    • bridalmusings

      Oh Sara, I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. Your mum sounds like a wonderful woman. Your story really touched me. How lucky for both of you to have each other and what a beautiful song choice for your mother of the bride dance.

  • Shelby

    Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapmen!! It will make you ball your eyes out

    • bridalmusings

      Oh my! That’s lovely…the video with the girl dancing got me all choked up at the end. Beautiful choice :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/alyssa.m.whiddon Alyssa Marie Whiddon

      My wedding is in July of 2015 and my father/daughter dance is to Cinderella. It is the most beautiful song for this that I’ve ever heard.

    • Michelle

      That was my song in my wedding this past August and there wasn’t a single dry eye in the room!

  • me

    for something a little different…tori amos – winter…my dad walked me down the aisle to this song (piano instrumental) and i made it 2 steps before losing it, but i lose it every time i listen to this song.

    • bridalmusings

      Oh wow, just listened to a live version of this song. So powerful. No wonder you lose it every time! A beautiful alternative song, thanks for sharing.

  • Loriann

    I danced with my dad to Celine Dion’s “because you loved me” not a common father daughter song, but I think it’s perfect!

    • bridalmusings

      It is perfect! ‘I’m everything I am because you loved me’ is so fitting for a father/daugher , mother/son or any family/close relationship.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kacie.ragenmarsee Kacie Ragen Marsee

    I danced to My Little Girl by Tim McGraw. It put my sister in tears. Now that I have my own little girl it’s even more of a tear jerker!

    • bridalmusings

      Awwwww I bet! :)

  • Taylor

    I’m having my dad and big brother walk me down the asile because my big brother has been such an amazing roile modle I want to honor hm! Id also like to do a dance with him do you have any brother/sister songs?

    • bridalmusings

      Hi Taylor, that’s so lovely to hear. I’m sure your brother will be very proud to walk you down the aisle and dance with you.

      For a brother/sister song, the only one I can think of off the top of my head is Westlife (or Josh Groban) You Raise Me Up http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bxc9hbwkkw Such a gorgeous song about anyone who has inspired you / made you a stronger / better person.

      If that doesn’t suit, the best option would be a song that is special to you both personally. That brings back a happy memory or reminds you of when you were children growing up. Good luck and happy wedding planning :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/c.e.williams Courtney Williams

    My dad and I danced to “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie Cole. It was the perfect song for us and I liked that it was not a common choice.

    • bridalmusings

      How beautiful, thanks for sharing :)

  • Chigg

    Butterfly Kisses should be on this list also…

    • bridalmusings

      Thanks, Chigg. Great suggestion.

  • Sammi

    Ever since I heard #20 I’ve wanted to dance to that song with my dad. He loves jazz so I think it’s fitting. :)

    • bridalmusings

      Perfect for a jazz loving dad! :)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jenn.dube1 Jenn Dube

    I am dancing with my dad to Jamie Tate’s “Daddy Let’s Dance” at my wedding. That has to be the most perfect song.

    • bridalmusings

      How sweet!

  • Mrs Hagmann

    My dad and I danced to “Daddy’s Hands” two months ago at my wedding. He’s always been, well, rather gruff, so even I hearing this song as a little girl, I knew it was perfect for us. I love that I got to just hold my dad while he cried — I knew he knew how much I loved him and that he is always going to be a special part of my life. :) Good for any of those kick-your-butt-then-pick-you-up kind of dads who also love country music!

    • bridalmusings

      I hadn’t heard it before, what great storytelling and such a sweet song. Love your comment :)

  • Theresa Bond

    My father-daughter song we danced to was Edwin Mccain “Walk with You.” I loved the song the first time i heard it. I started crying when i first heard it, that was when i knew that would be the song.

    • bridalmusings

      It is lovely. I wonder if you cried during your dance with your dad?

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  • Kaysea

    Ever since Heartland put out “I loved her first” I knew I wanted to do the father daughter dance to that song… i thought it was an ex talking at first and then it got to the chorus and i had the big uncontrollable tears just like you… GREAT SONG PICKS!!

    • bridalmusings

      Yes, it could be an ex at first couldn’t it? It’s such a beautiful song. Thanks Kaysea, so glad you like the choice of songs :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/smorgan865 Samantha Morgan

    The heartland song came out the summer after I got married. I wanted to redo my entire wedding for that one song. Every time I hear it I want to cry uncontrollably!

    • bridalmusings

      LOL! It is such a tear jerker!

  • Simone

    These are the Days of our Lives by Queen. I grew up with my dad listening to Queen songs and as a result they’re one of my favourite bands. So the song is really special.

    • bridalmusings

      Awesome and very sweet too! :)

  • Danialle Stebbins

    my little girl by tim mcgraw. It was written for Flicka, and it is the best

    • bridalmusings

      Beautiful song (I haven’t seen the movie but really want to now. I love horses!)

  • http://twitter.com/_xony soniadelvalle

    How about John Mayer’s “Daughters” ot Cat Steven’s “Wild World”?

    • bridalmusings

      Great suggestions, thanks! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/nichole.keepers Nichole Keepers

    my dad and I will be dancing to Stealing Cinderella by Chuck Wicks

    • bridalmusings

      What a lovely song! Thanks for sharing.

  • Terri

    we had “Daddy’s Girl” by Red Sovine. Corny, but that is my Daddy and me…he started crying adn I didnt wan tto see him cry so I pulled back and dance like a moron, got him to smile, and then went back to normally dancing…people thought it was staged…nope, I’m just goofy!

    • bridalmusings

      Just went to have a listen, not sure I like the line ‘I know I’m Daddy’s no. 1 for he loves me like a son’ lol! ;) but how cute are you and your dad?! Bless him for crying and you for doing your goofy dancing!

  • Katelyn

    I’ve got a few years until I get married, but I’ve had planned since I was 6 to dance with my dad to You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban. He used to sing that to me each night before I would go to sleep and when I woke up in the night after a nightmare. I want to surprise him with it, too. Just thinking about it makes me tear up. It will be perfect!

    • bridalmusings

      Oh wow, it really does sound perfect! And your dad sounds like such a wonderful man :)

  • Tiffany

    My sister’s wedding was this past weekend & there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when she and my father started dancing to The Beatles’ – “In My Life”. What a beautiful song! My father requested for us to not pick Heartland’s song because it was “too sad” for him :)

    • bridalmusings

      How beautiful! Totally understand why your father wouldn’t want Heartlands :)

  • steveyeager

    You can dance with your dad anytime you are together and make it a memory for the future. Plan it!

    • bridalmusings

      Very, very true.

  • Angie

    My dad and I will be dancing to “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. I remember him listening to Louis a lot when I was younger, and when I was about 5 I said to him “Daddy, when I get married we’re going to dance to this song!” I recently got engaged, and when I told him I still wanted that to be our father/daughter song, he almost started crying. One wedding decision made! :-)

    • bridalmusings

      Awww Angie! How lovely that you remembered saying that, it must’ve meant so much to your dad. Congratulations on your engagement and best of luck with the rest of the wedding decisions :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/musicandmelmd Lindsey Kerr

    My dad and I danced to “The man he didnt have to be” by Brad Paisley. My dad died while my mom was pregnant with me, but she remarried the most wonderful man and has been there since I was two. The song fit us almost perfectly :)

    • bridalmusings

      Goodness, that really is perfect. It had me in tears. I’m so glad your mum found your dad and that you have him in your life :) What a special moment that must have been dancing with him to that beautiful song.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shesajem Jem Kiggins

    OMG I was trying so hard not to cry whilst reading this! lol

    • bridalmusings

      Lol! Tell me about it, Jem. I was crying my eyes out to the majority of these songs while putting the post together! ;)

  • Amanda

    A friend who just recently got married danced with her mom, since her dad passed away when she was ten. Her mom also walked her down the aisle to Annie’s Song…I shook with silent sobs during that part of the ceremony. It was so beautiful.

    • bridalmusings

      Oh that must have been so emotional ~ so lovely that they danced together. Annie’s Song was a beautiful choice.   

  • Cori First

    I have “You’re my Hero” by Teresa James set for my Father and Daughter dance song this upcoming May…. I Tear up when I hear it and we haven’t even danced to it yet!
    -Cori

    • bridalmusings

      Gosh, I was almost in tears after the first line! How beautiful. Best of luck with the rest of your wedding planning.

  • Sun seeker

    Daughter of Mine by John McDermott is a real tear jerker…my dad even cried.

    • bridalmusings

      So sweet! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Colin

    Red Robin by Clark Richard, it’s by far the best.

    • bridalmusings

      Just had a listen, it’s perfect!

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  • Dawn

    I’m getting married in 2 weeks and I love the Nancy Sinatra song “It’s for My Dad”. I never would have known about this song so thanks for the suggestion! I can’t listen to it now without tearing up so it’s going to be hard to dance to without crying.

    • bridalmusings

      I’m so pleased this post helped you! Thanks for letting us know :) Wishing you all the best for your wedding, I hope you enjoy every precious moment and don’t worry about those happy tears falling. 

  • Trace

    I used Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle at my wedding for my father daughter dance!!

    • bridalmusings

      How lovely! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Erica

    Last winter my dad and I danced to Jimmy Durante
    “Glory of Love”. It was perfect. Not too long and definitely like a
    dad talking to his daughter. Very classic.

    • bridalmusings

      That’s a GREAT father/daughter dance song! As you say, really does seem like a dad talking to his daughter (or the words could also apply from a mother to her son). Thanks for sharing :)

  • Kelmo14

    Seriously, I’m surprised BUTTERFLY KISSES is not on here! BEST SONG EVER!!!!!

    • bridalmusings

      It’s a lovely song – lots of commenters have said the same :)

  • sdlane

    I danced with my father to that song at my wedding thirteen years ago.  He chose it with me. I remember it like it was yesterday.  There was not a dry eye to be found and the photographer got some great shots of the two of us crying, and of my bridesmaids, aunts, etc. crying as they watched.  He is more than the best father I could ask for and it was the perfect song for us. 

  • Cduggan2009

    Tim McGraw : My Little Girl Amazing Song

    • bridalmusings

      Indeed :)

  • FutureMrsCorder

    My dad gave me a CD one year…it had one song on it…”Daddy’s little girl” (#20), as sung by Al Martino. That will be my daddy/daughter dance.

    • bridalmusings

      Awwww how sweet!

  • Accioharmony

    We danced to Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler. I danced half with my dad and half with my step-dad. My daughter/husband will dance to There Goes My Life (it came out when she was 4 and is our story) by Kenny Chesney. I will BAWL like a baby.

    • bridalmusings

      That’s beautiful that you danced with your dad and stepdad ~ such a good way to incorporate them both. I hadn’t heard ‘There Goes My Life’ song. Love it. I’m sure all of you will be bawling to that song at her wedding! :)

  • Samanthascarey

    Yep…blubbering like a little girl at heartland, its so beautiful

    • bridalmusings

      lol! It really is such a tear jerker!

  • Lindsay McCulloch

    Another one that would be good is “Fields of Gold – Sting” … That one is the one I would love to dance with my dad to <3

    • bridalmusings

      Oh yes! Love that song – it makes me think of my dad too.

  • JC

     Turn Around by the Kingsman Trio should be on this list

    • bridalmusings

      Thanks for sharing.

  • titters.

    I’m thinking about “Heaven” by Warrent, and right before the second chorus he says “as long as you’re my biggest fan” and I’m gonna have it like skip there, and then start playing the blackhawks victory song- because my dad is a huge hawks fan.  It’s touching, but then fun because I know he’ll dance with me, but he’ll feel awkward with all the people watching him- so I want to make it ok for him :D

    • bridalmusings

      What a great idea!! That’ll be so much fun for you, your dad and your guests! :)

  • Lynda Hinnenthal

    Cinderella by Mark Harris is the one im dancing to, and the story behind it makes me tear up just listening to it (: it trully is beautiful

    • bridalmusings

      Awww, it really is. Beautiful choice.

  • Lynda Hinnenthal

    Im sorry its Cinderella by Steve Curtis I have no idea why I put mark harris

  • Caitlinkelley

    Me and my dad have had a lot of ups and downs an not the perfect daddy-daughter relationship but I still love him a lot, even tho its different from when I was little. My dads the type of person that doesn’t like to show his emotions that much. But on my wedding day I have a feeling I’ll see a said of my dad I’ve never seen before. That why I wanna dance to “I loved her first” 

    • bridalmusings

      I can relate to that but I’m sure despite the ups and downs he’s one very proud father. That is a lovely song choice :)

  • Andrea

    When my fiancé and I get married, I don’t want a very emotional song, because I don’t want to cry too much lol, so, I chose, The Kentucky Headhunters, Dumas Walker. Super weird, but there is a video I’d me, maybe 3, where I’m dancing to it saying “wook dad, wook!” , so it’s a memory thing for me. My mom and grandfather danced to ‘old time rock and roll’ lol!

    • bridalmusings

      That is quite random – but so perfect for you! Love that your whole family has a history of fun father / daughter dance songs! :)

  • Stitch510

    I dancedto butterfly kisses with my dad. And i cried, he cried, my mom and sister cried. It was something i will never forget…

    • bridalmusings

      Oh I’m sure – how beautiful.

  • Mslindo

    The song I plan on dancing with my father to when I get married is “Your Joy” by Chrisette Michelle. It’s about her relationship with her dad from a child to an adult. It expresses exactly how I feel about my Dad.

    • bridalmusings

      Beautiful!

  • Food4thought-krk

    Father-Daughter harmony by Phil keaggy (with Alicia keaggy)

  • Volatilewerewolf

    We’ll be dancing to Wildflowers by Tom Petty. This list actually helped me pick a song. I knew I wanted an old rock song because my dad is an old hippie. I just hadn’t thought of Wildflowers.

    • bridalmusings

      So glad it helped! Perfect song for an old hippie :)

  • keltie

    Just reading these made me tear up haha, I think I’ve narrowed it down to either Landslide by Fleetwood Mac (NOT the dixie shits…) or Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix

    • bridalmusings

      Lol! Fab choices.

  • Danae B.

    Steven Curtis Chapman- Cinderella

    • Isabella

      I love that song! Me and my daddy are dancing it at my wedding!

  • Mooney

    My daughter and her dad danced to Trace Adkins.”Just Fishin” All the male adults on my husbands side are sport fisherman as are our sons. My daughter used to fish with her dad and when she first heard this song she was crying and knew that would be her song with her dad.It was a complete surprise to him and our photographer and DJ had a video montage playing of their early fishing adventures. Many joyful tears.

  • Mel

    I notice noboddy has commented on To Sir With Love yet, most likely because they have no idea what it is. One of my favorite things to do with my dad is watch older movies that most of my friends have never heard of. This movie is one of our favorites. As soon as I saw that on the list my exact thought was “why didn’t I think of that.”

  • hans

    You can let go now !! By I dont know who was omg until we heard it properly but must hear the song

    • Cheyenne Autumn

      Its by Crystal Shawanda. Its a beautiful song that makes me cry every time. I love that song to death and think it will be used as my daddy daughter wedding song, even though im only 15 right now.

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  • abb_e_lynn

    I would love to dance to “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith with my father at my upcoming wedding. It has always been our song, and my dad is a huge Aerosmith fan. The movie Armageddon showcased the most amazing father-daughter relationship, and that song really always made me think of that vs. the romantic relationship in the movie. My dad has reservations though because of a few lines in the song that are more romantic. I have always wanted this song, but now he isn’t sure. So I’m completely stuck on what song to choose. I absolutely love Heartland’s song, but I feel like it’s the song every girl dances with her dad to at their wedding. Makes sense since it is beautiful and moving, but I want our dance to be special. Suggestions for a song for a classic rock kind of daddy?

    • bridalmusings

      Thanks for your comment. I totally feel your pain – it’s frustrating when a few rougue lyrics don’t fit / are inappropriate. John from Aria Melody DJ might be able to help edit out a few of those lyrics – you can find his contact details here: http://www.ariamelody.com/contact/

      Here are John’s other suggestions for father/daughter tunes from the rock genre!

      Changes – Kelly + Ozzy Osbourne

      When You Need Me – Bruce Springsteen

      Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix

      Thank You – Led Zeppelin

      Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

      Here For You – Neil Young

      She’s a Rainbow – Rolling Stones

      My Darling – Wilco

      Wildflowers – Tom Petty

      Hope that helps a little – wishing you all the best for the rest of your wedding plans and finding your perfect father/daughter song.

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  • Bill T B

    Scotty McReery’s “I love you this big” seemed like a good choice, but my daughter and I dropped it when we realized it was too much a boy meets girl song. Beyonce’s song is about a father who died!!! Not a good choice for a wedding, unless, perhaps, the dance is with someone filling in for a father who passed.

    • bridalmusings

      It’s so hard isn’t it?! Most songs are ‘boy meets girl’. The lyrics of Beyonce’s song don’t suggest it’s about a father who died (and her father is alive and well).

  • megsta89

    Need help ladies I didn’t meet my father until I was 19 now he’s my best friends and means the world to me. I won’t the perfect tear jerker song. Problem is most songs refer to your father being around you’re howl life. I’m truly daddys girl. Would appreciate any ideas.

    • hambygirl13

      I don’t know what your taste in music is but I think that breathless by better than ezra sounds sort of like a perfect fit plus they are amazing haha

    • Kathie Kinde

      Thank you for posting this! I was adopted at 11. I’m struggling with the same issue. They make Father’s Day cards fun too, don’t they? Ugh.

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  • Stephanie

    I love Michael Buble , but “Daddy’s Little Girl” by Al Martino is the way to go! I danced to that with my dad at my wedding 3 years ago. His choice! I didn’t even have a say in the matter and I wouldn’t change it for the world! He passed away about 9 months after our weddings and this song brings wonderful memories (and some tears lol)

  • Travis Augustine

    Gotta add Chuck Whicks – Stealing Cinderella to this list

    • bridalmusings

      Yes, thanks for that!

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  • Kate Lockhart

    “Good Time” by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen is a fun, totally non-sentimental song that’s perfect for dancing! I think especially for say, a step-dad whom you’re not especially close to

    • bridalmusings

      Thanks Kate, great suggestion!

  • Jill Ann

    how did Butterfly kisses not make this list? I feel like most people think of that song first before any other when thinking of father daughter songs. Also there is a song that isnt very popular but its a great song called Daddy Dance with Me by Krystal Keith

    • bridalmusings

      I know, I’m definitely learning that now! :) Thanks for sharing that track too.

  • Josh C

    Here’s hoping for a response, but I’m BM at my two great friend’s wedding coming up shortly and I am trying to help her find a song that her dad would like. He is into Metallica, Aerosmith, Rush, Tea Party, that sort of genre. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • jessiesmommy

    I love the song butterfly kisses I planned to dance to it at my wedding next weekend but the only thing is that I won’t have my daddy there he past away 2 years agony first born wasn’t even a year old yet and she will never know how much a great man he was and how much he did love me and her while he was here with us. I love my daddy so much that I was not able to sleep tonight from missing him like crazy for some reason today

    • bridalmusings

      I’m so sorry to hear that. It must be an emotional time for you. I’m sure you’ll pass on your dad’s legacy of being such a great man to your daughter. Perhaps you, your husband to be and your daughter could dance to Butterlfy Kisses in honour of your dad? Or dance with your mum to it? Wishing you all the best for your final wedding preparations – it’s going to be a beautiful day.

  • Hillz311

    Stealing Cinderella by Chuck Wicks is awesome, it makes me cry almost every time I listen to it!

    • bridalmusings

      Perfect choice – just be sure to wear waterproof mascara!

  • Name

    Thanks for all of these great ideas. I’ve been working on a photo collage for my 10-year-old daughter and her dad for Father’s Day, and this helps a lot. So far, Darius Rucker’s “It Won’t Be Like This for Long” is the one in the colleage that gets me every time it plays. I plan to make one for my daughter and me as well. For that one, I’m including “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride for sure.

    • bridalmusings

      You’re welcome, thanks so much for your suggestions too! :)

  • Heidi

    So, if I ever get married, lol, my father and I will dance to “Because You Loved Me” by Celine. Love, love, love the song and the meaning behind it!

    • bridalmusings

      Yes, such a beautiful song!

  • Jessica125

    Tough little boys by Gary Allen is the song I’m choosing for my dad and I (: its adorable. It has specific lyrics in it that my dad and I can relate too. It says “And your first day of school, I cried like a fool; and I followed your school bus to town”. I think that line is not only funny but so cute. My dad balled his eyes out my first day of kindergarden :)

    • bridalmusings

      Awwww, thanks so much for sharing. How sweet is your dad?!!

  • Hayley Robinson

    I chose “Love Never Fails” by Brandon Heath for my Father/ Daughter Dance, hopefully I won’t be crying during the whole song!

  • Maie Blount

    I’m gettin married Sept. 22, 2013 to the Love of my life. I am looking for a father daughter dance song, but just like some others here I’m unable to dance with my Father, I will be doing that dance with my Brother. Could someone help me with a great song we can use in honor of my Dad

    • j.rose

      Me too But September 14th 2013

    • nina

      you should dance to dance with my father by luther vandross. Good luck

  • WhitWedding

    We cant find Michael Buble “Daddys LIttle Girl” on iTunes. Can anyone help? Thanks

    • bridalmusings

      Sorry for the delay, have just seen this – I suggest trying Spotify, Rdio or Google Play Music. Good luck!

  • Laura White

    Wonderful list! I can’t pick between Paul Simon- Father and Daughter or Loudon Wainwright – “Daughter because they are both so beautiful! Thank you for the list!!!! Very helpful!

    • bridalmusings

      You’re welcome, Laura. I agree both those songs are beautiful! Have you picked yet?!

  • goldilocks

    Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle. i always cry.

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  • WeddingDanceHouston

    We love “Isn’t She Lovely” and “I Loved Her First”. Another favorite that isn’t on this list is “The Way You Look Tonight” (Sinatra or the Tony Bennet slow cover from Father of the Bride). We have a big list on Wedding Dance Houston website.

  • Pamela Villanueva

    “Nothing Can Change This Love” – SAM COOKE

    • bridalmusings

      Perfect, thanks for sharing Pamela! :)

  • Jill

    Dancin on Daddy’s Shoe by Leon Redbone

    • bridalmusings

      Thanks for sharing, Jill :)

  • Jess

    I will be dancing to ‘The Horses’ by Darryl Braithwaite. My papa bear used to sing me to sleep with this song. And it’s a great Aussie song :)

    • bridalmusings

      How lovely! :)

  • silver

    I’ve always thought Daddys hands was a great one. A tear jerker and a great tribute song as well.

  • Sherri

    I’m curious the best song to use for a second dance with my dad? I trying this marriage thing a second time but with a moral and faithful man. My dad is a old time cowboy and much of that rubbed off on me.

  • said

    my daughter run away…….I will never have these moments…..it is sad …….

    • bridalmusings

      I’m so so sorry to hear that.

  • rudyd85

    Daddy’s Baby Girl by Jimmy Needham is the best daddy-daughter song ever!! I will one day dance to this song with my daughters at their weddings!!

    • bridalmusings

      Thanks so much for sharing, it’s great to hear from a dad’s perspective! :)

  • Tiffany Trahan

    I’ve never heard Bruce Springsteen’s “IF YOU NEED ME” until now, after 10 seconds i knew it was the perfect song because i could’nt hold back the tears. My dad has been there for me no matter what and I could never thank him enough and this song definitley show that he will be there for me forever. Im getting married November 9, 2013 and was getting nervous that i wouldnt find that perfect song and i cant belive it just fell right in front of me…….THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!

    • bridalmusings

      Tiffany, that’s so wonderful to hear!!! I hope you had a wonderful wedding and enjoyed that special dance with your dad :)

  • Amanda

    butterfly kisses by Bob Carlisle

  • Anonymous

    Another amazing song that is dedicated to me by my daddy is Butterfly Kisses by Bob Dylan. I danced to this song with my 2 brothers, a year after my dad died at my wedding.

  • Cindy

    Me and my dad and my dad danced to Unforgetable by Nat King Cole and Nattilie Cole.

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  • Ashleigh

    I’m in the process of choosing my father daughter dance song for my wedding in June 2014.
    It’s a very difficult task for me as my parents divorced when I was 8 and my mum remarried. I’m now 25 and my stepdad has been as much if not more a part of my life then my dad as he moved interstate.
    I don’t want to take the moment away from my dad but I’d also like a special moment with my stepdad. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    But omg heartlands has just caused me to absolutely bawl my eyes out. And I will be suggesting stealing Cinderella for my sister and stepdads father daughter dance when the time comes.

    • Joe Kocsis

      Ashleigh. Have two daddy daughter dances. I know this may lengthen the program a few minutes. If they are sports fans and you want to add a little humor, you can have a ref come out for a coin toss. but realistically, adults should be able to discuss who goes first. All else fails, I know no man can replace the closeness my daughter and I have. If we were in your situation, I would elect to go second. That way I don’t have to give my baby girl to a “pretend” dad before she goes back to the man who asked for her hand. I mean no disrespect to your step-dad, I am just extremely territorial with my kids. I don’t understand how any parent can choose to spend a long time away from their kids.

    • Leslie

      I had the same issue. My parents divorced when I was young. I remained (and still am) close to my dad but my step-dad is like a second dad to me. I did the traditional father/daughter dance with my dad. we danced to “Somewhere over the rainbow” because he sang that to me when I was little. Then later in the reception, I had the dj call my step dad up and we danced to “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond since my step day is a huge fan. It was 2 special moments for me and both of my dads. Hope this helps.

  • Kristina

    I danced with my dad to Krystal Keith’s song “Daddy Dance with me,” she had recorded it specifically to dance with her dad (Toby Keith) at her wedding, and is all about the wedding day

    • Joe Kocsis

      Thank you Christina. Beautiful daddy daughter song. You just gave Kleenex another $2 profit with me listening to it. Lol

    • Fran

      That is such a great suggestion! Thank you!

  • Marie

    soo crazy searched for father daughter songs first like i click on, first song on the list is unbelievably perfect by dads favourite singer is Bruce Springsteen and the lyrics just fit so well. thankyou!!

  • Joe Kocsis

    My daughter is turning 7 soon and my son 4. I’m a sucker for songs from parents to there kids. I love that Heartland song. It came on the radio the other day and I looked at the wife and I said, “You know what this song is? The Daddy/daughter song at her wedding.” she just rolled her eyes because she knows I’m a big softy. Also check out “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw, “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride (if I remember correctly), or maybe a little humor with “Cleaning This Gun” by Rodney Atkins. There is a sad one “You Can Let Go Now Daddy” I forget who it’s by.

    • Guest

      Another. “Daddy Dance With Me” from Chris Keith (Krystal Keith). From the two seconds of looking it up, supposedly Toby Keith’s daughter. Make it through this song dry eyed and you either don’t have a daughter out of diapers or are too “manly” to have feelings and I do not envy you.

  • Amy Murch

    my wedding is june 2014 & my father daughter song is butterfly kisses by bob
    carlisle : )

  • Jane

    I would add Perry Como’s Father of Girls and I’m Gonna Be There by Robbie Williams to this list. have to agree that “I loved her First” is a killer song!

  • Alicia

    My dad passed away when I was 15. I am now 23 and getting married on Feb 7, 2014 and I’ve been trying to figure out what song I’m going to dance to with my Grandpa in my dad’s stead. I finally chose “All of My Love- Led Zepplin” Not only was my dad a huge Zep fan but Robert Plant wrote this song for his son that had passed away at the age of 5. It has a connection of something beautiful in the line of tradgedy But that is always there. ~ Alicia

  • Abigail

    When I get married me and my dad will be dancing to ‘my litter girl’ by tim McGraw

  • Christina

    I don’t know what I’m going to do, my father died before I was born and I want to have a father daughter dance at my wedding, I get married April 2015….any ideas

    • erin

      maybe do a slide show of pictures of your father and pictures of you when you were younger, then i would have all the fathers and daughters dance at your wedding, then whoever you look up to (your father figure, even a sibling or your mother) and dance with them

      • nicole

        or if you are close to his dad then you could have a father daughter dance with him

  • Patience

    I’ll be getting married next year and I’m trying to find a song for my and my dad to dance to. He adopted me when I was 13 so I didn’t get to grow up with him as my father. I think it’d be really special if we could dance together at my wedding but I can’t find a song that fits. Everything is all about from birth on. Any recommendations?

    • h

      Naleigh Moon is about adoption

  • Brianna

    Oh my god I can’t wait for me and my dad to go to the addy daughter dance

  • New Age DJ Service

    I have to say that Cinderella is a great song with a lot of feeling from the father, god bless his daughter.

  • Ross Olivia

    The one that should be here and shoud be on the top 3 is Ma Fille de Charles Asnavour sang either in French (original) or English … Why isn’t it even mentioned?

    • Ross Olivia

      Correction the title of the song is …A ma fille (for my daughter)!

      See this part that says

      Toi tu ne verras rien des choses de mon cœur
      Tes yeux seront crevés de joie et de bonheur
      Et j’aurai un rictus que tu ne connais pas
      Qui semble être un sourire ému mais ne l’est pas
      En taisant ma douleur à ton bras fièrement
      Je guiderai tes pas quoique j’en pense ou dise
      Dans le recueillement d’une paisible église
      Pour aller te donner à l’homme de ton choix
      Qui te dévêtira du nom qui est le nôtre
      Pour t’en donner un autre que je ne connais pas.

      If this is not what a father feels … then what …

    • Ross Olivia

      If you want the english version here it is

  • Renee Webb-Pelchat

    You can let go daddy by Crystal Shawanda brought tears to my eyes, definitely going to be the song for my father daughter dance

  • Lisa

    I’m due to get married in June 2015 and our father daughter song is butterfly kisses by bob Carlisle it’s absolutely beautiful xx

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  • Alex

    Butterfly kisses by Bob Carlisle and Stealing Cinderella by Chuck Wicks.

  • Tenley Baldwin

    What about Forever Young? My fiance thinks it’s a little too fast for the ideal slow dance, but maybe a slower version like the Bob Dylan one from the Parenthood theme song?

  • Pbj Heather

    The thought of slow dancing is by far causing me the most anxiety about planning my upcoming wedding… I’m not comfortable doing it even without a huge dress and high heels! I can boogie all night to fast tempo songs, but slow dancing with a partner by ourselves in front of people is a different story… I’m super nervous. *Eeek*

    My fiance and I have already selected our first dance song: “At Last” by Etta James. Yes, I know it’s totally predictable and overused, but the sentiment really does hit home (this is my first wedding at age 43) AND it’s short at just over 3 minutes. *whew*

    Now I have to pick out TWO father/daughter dance songs… One for my slightly estranged father whom I’ve barely talked to in over two years, and one for my awesome step-father who has been a great support to me ever since he married my mother over 20 years ago. I’m trying to find songs that are appropriate and yet SHORT in duration (around 3 mins or less).
    I think I’ve pretty much decided on “It’s a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong for dancing with my bio-dad… Again, a common selection I suspect, but it’s only 2:30 mins long and fairly emotionally generic, yet still sweet.
    My challenge now is finding a short song suitable for the dance with my step-dad… I’m at a loss! Any suggestions?

  • Zoey Keller

    My Dad picked put our song and it’s going to be Zoe Jane by Stained!

  • Taylor Muenzberg

    Try the song “Never gonna be alone” by Nickelback. Great song!

    • Renae

      Thank you beautiful song I’m in tears

  • Philece

    I’m having a difficult time finding a father/daughter song for my dad & I due to the fact I haven’t always had a good relationship with my dad. The wedding is coming up in a month & I would like to share that moment with him but I can’t find a song that will fit us. If someone could please help me out with some suggestions I would be beyond appreciative….

  • Bobbie Fowler

    My dad and I are dancing to Martina McBrides: IN my daughters eyes

  • Zaphyrah Zainal

    Wind beneath my wings! by bette midler. tearjerker :’)

  • Melanie

    A song for my daughter by Ray Allaire – I cant stop crying every time I listen to it and i’m getting married next month – I am SO not gonna be able to hold it together

  • etherrea

    I’ll be dancing to “Zoe Jane” by Staind with my father for my wedding. It’s a perfect waltz song, and the lyrics are key:

    “…And I want to show youTo show you all of the things that this life has in store for you
    I’ll always love you
    The way that a father should love his daughter”

  • KP

    Butterfly Kisses (Daddy’s Little Girl) Bob Carlisle #1

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  • Laura

    My dad and I were inseparable and then one day we were so far apart and headed in different directions with our lives with out each other. After 12 long years we came together and my boyfriend asked my dad for his blessing and my hand in marriage. With my dad’s blessing and the promise to walk me down the isle I couldn’t be happier! This song put me into tears with in the first 20 seconds. Here is to us dad, the song for our dance at my wedding! Edwin McCain – Walk With You

  • alexandra

    my little girl by tim mcgraw ………..

  • Jen

    Friend of mine danced to #14 Heartland at her wedding – there wasn’t dry eye in teh place…even the men were tearing up a little.

  • Reba

    “God Make Me Strong Enough” by James Keith Norman. First time I heard it I couldn’t stop crying. Best part is my Dad cried and I knew we found the song!

    • Brittany

      How can I find this song? It doesn’t come up for me….

      • Katie

        I heard it on Spotify then found it on itunes.

  • Lisa

    my dad’s kinda old school quiet…when I got married in July 1994, I chose Holly Dunn’s “Daddy’s Hands”

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  • Stephanie Marsh

    We are doing “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman.

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  • Shelby

    When I was a baby, I was at a wedding with my dad and we danced together to Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose”, and we also danced to that when he remarried two years ago, and I can tell you for sure that that’ll be the song we dance to at my wedding.

  • britt

    I highly suggest you listen to butterfly kisses. DIRECT daddy/daughter song. It will be what my dad and I dance to. It’s perfect.

  • bwhite

    Whitney Houston’s – You’ll Never Walk Alone

  • mcariveau

    Turn Around by Harry Bellafonte is another great one!

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    I’m in the middle of writing a post about this, I’m defiantly going to share this link!

  • princess

    I’ve always thought Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman is a good one. It’s from the daddy’s perspective though

  • April

    I didn’t want anything too sappy… after months of frustration I had almost given up when I decided to look to my childhood. I didn’t tell him the song I picked, I had the dj introduce the song “… she picked a song that reminded her of spending time with her dad as a child.” He started laughing when “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog started playing (so did all the other guests). It was perfect. Sweet, nostalgic, and not too sappy.

  • jackie

    I plan on doing “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac :) I love this list though

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