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Reflecting on my own wedding, I can’t help but feel a twinge of regret for not having incorporated these parent wedding dance songs into my special day. As my wife and I exchanged vows in Korea and got ready to get on a plane for our honeymoon to Jamaica, our celebration was intimate, devoid of the traditional dances that often mark these joyous occasions. 

Looking back, I realize how these melodies could have added an extra layer of emotion to our festivities, especially during those cherished parent dances.

There’s something profoundly moving about the father-daughter and mother-son dances, a moment when time seems to stand still as the bond between parents and child takes center stage. As I envision myself swaying to the soulful tunes with my mom, I can’t help but feel a pang of longing for that missed opportunity. 

Songs like “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross or “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle would have undoubtedly shown the depth of our relationship, bringing tears of joy and nostalgia. And, oh we are some big emotional teddy bears in our family… Don’t get me started~~

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Top Song Ideas For Your Lovely Day

As I compile this list of parent wedding dance songs, I can’t help but feel a renewed sense of appreciation for the power of music to help grab human emotions. Each melody serves as a testament to the enduring bonds of family and the moments that shape our lives.

Whether it’s the combined parents dance symbolizing the unity of two families or the joyous celebration of love and togetherness, these songs resonate on a profound level, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts. Love’em!

So, to all the soon-to-be-weds out there, remember the significance of these parent dance songs. Embrace the opportunity to create lasting memories with your loved ones, as you only have one life, these are the simple things that bind us together in love and celebration.

As you step onto the dance floor with your parents, let the music guide you through a lovely road of love, gratitude, and cherished moments that will echo in your minds and hearts for years to come.

Selecting the perfect song for the parent dance is no less challenging than choosing a wedding dress or a venue. It should capture the essence of your unique relationship with your parents, resonate with your shared memories, and evoke the right emotions on your wedding day.

To help you navigate this task, I’ve come up with a list of wedding music ideas that are just perfect! 

20 Sweet Mother-Son Dance Songs

The mother-son dance is a beautiful way to honor the special bond between boys and moms. Here are 20 songs that perfectly encapsulate this loving relationship:

“Mama” by Adekunle Gold

“You’re Gonna Be” by Reba McEntire

“A Song for Mama” by Boyz II Men

“You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban

“The Perfect Fan” by Backstreet Boys

“93 Million Miles” by Jason Mraz

“Mother Like Mine” by The Band Perry

“You’ll Be in My Heart” by Phil Collins

“My Wish” by Rascal Flatts

“Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion

“I’ll Stand by You” by The Pretenders

“Mom” by Garth Brooks

“You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder

“Oh Mother” by Christina Aguilera

“Thank You Mom” by Good Charlotte

“Mother” by Sugarland

“The First Lady in My Life” by Paul Todd

“Mom, I’ve Always Wanted to Tell You” by Jonathan Cavier

“A Song for Mama” by MAJOR.

“Mother’s Love” by Mark Masri

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Memorable Moment: Father Daughter Dance

The father-daughter dance is a tender moment that symbolizes the unique bond between a father and his daughter. These 20 beautiful parent wedding dance songs are a must…

“Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross

“Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon

“I Loved Her First” by Heartland

“Daddy’s Little Girl” by Michael Bublé

“My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw

“Just Fishin'” by Trace Adkins

“Gracie” by Ben Folds

“Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

“Daddy’s Hands” by Holly Dunn

“My Girl” by The Temptations

“Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

“Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle

“Daughters” by John Mayer

“Daddy Dance with Me” by Krystal Keith

“Daddy’s Angel” by Anthony Carter

“Daddy’s Little Girl” by Frankie J

“It Won’t Be Like This for Long” by Darius Rucker

“There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney

“I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack

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20 Tear-Jerkers for the Combined Parents Dance

A combined parent dance is a modern twist to the individual parent dances, showing the unity of two families. Here are 20 songs that perfectly suit this parent wedding dance songs blog post…

“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

“You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor

“Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart

“In My Life” by The Beatles

“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” by James Taylor

“Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses

“Forever Young” by Rod Stewart

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

“Lean On Me” by Bill Withers

“Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole

“Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler

“Through the Years” by Kenny Rogers

“Hero” by Mariah Carey

“The Best Day” by Taylor Swift

“Perfect” by Ed Sheeran

“All of Me” by John Legend

“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

“Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur

“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith

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20 Uplifting Parent Wedding Dance Songs

For that special dance when parents want to share the dance floor, here are 20 uplifting songs that celebrate love, togetherness, and the joy of family…

“You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain

“Endless Love” by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

“I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

“Something” by The Beatles

“Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers

“When I Fall in Love” by Nat King Cole

“I Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher

“The Look of Love” by Diana Krall

“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

“At Last” by Etta James

“L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole

“How Deep Is Your Love” by Bee Gees

“Close To You” by The Carpenters

“Your Song” by Elton John

“Remember When” by Alan Jackson

“I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton

“Stand by Me” by Ben E. King

“You’re My Best Friend” by Queen

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More Parent Wedding Dance Songs

Here’s another great list of songs that everyone will enjoy, especially the most important people in your life. 

“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

“You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

“From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay

“You Are the Reason” by Calum Scott

“I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles

“Stand by Me” by Florence + The Machine

“Latch” by Sam Smith

“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele

“Lover” by Taylor Swift

“Lost in Japan” by Shawn Mendes

“Beyond” by Leon Bridges

“Speechless” by Dan + Shay

“I Get to Love You” by Ruelle

“Best Part” by Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R.

“You Are the Reason” by Leona Lewis & Calum Scott

“Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran

“More Than Words” by Extreme

“XO” by John Mayer

“Bloom” by The Paper Kites

“Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol

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​List of Tunes for Wedding Reception

This is my list of the best songs from the late 80’s and early 90’s. They’re fun and most people can dance to them.

“Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston

“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey

“Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel

“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!

“Footloose” by Kenny Loggins

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers

“You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates

“Walking on the Sun” by Smash Mouth

“Jump” by Van Halen

“Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses

“The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News

“Love Shack” by The B-52’s

“What I Like About You” by The Romantics

“Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine

“Faith” by George Michael

“It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls

Get it Right

As you dip your toes into the wild world of wedding planning, there’s one thing you’ll quickly learn: music is the spice of life, especially when it comes to those tear-jerking parent dances. It’s like adding that secret ingredient to a recipe that turns it from good to finger-licking fantastic. Seriously, who knew that a simple tune could have such magical powers?

Let’s talk statistics for a second. Did you know that 99.9% of wedding guests secretly judge the parent dances? Okay, maybe I made up that stat, but you get my point. These dances are the real deal, folks. They’re the moments where the room gets misty-eyed, and Aunt Jo breaks out the tissues like it’s nobody’s business.

But fear not, my new wedding couples! With a killer playlist in hand, you can conquer the dance floor like a pro. Picture this: you and your mom busting a move to “Mama” by Adekunle Gold or “You’re Gonna Be” by Reba McEntire. Trust me, it’s a recipe for waterworks in the best possible way.

And let’s not forget about dear old dad. Whether you’re slow dancing to “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross or grooving to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw, you’re guaranteed to make memories that’ll last a lifetime. Plus, it’s a golden opportunity to show off those killer dance moves you’ve been practicing in secret.

Bust a Last Move~

Now, I know what you’re thinking. How do you choose the perfect song from this treasure list of tearjerkers? It’s like trying to pick your favorite flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbin’s– impossible! But don’t worry, fellow readers. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let your heart be your guide. You’ll know the right song when you hear it, trust me.

So, as you start on this wild wedding adventure, remember one thing: the music is your secret weapon. It’s the glue that holds your big day together, the cherry on top of your wedding cake. So crank up the volume, grab your parents by the hand, and let the good times roll. After all, you only get one shot at this, so make it count! Go Bust a Move!

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