Child-Parent First Dance Songs That’ll Make You Cry

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been asking DJ Brian B and Jordan Kahn about their top recommendations for all things wedding songs. We got their suggestions for your first dance, grand entrance, and even for when you cut your cake—but what about that extra special moment of dancing with your parents after you’ve said your I dos? They have an extra special list for you. Find out which songs they recommend that wedding couples dance to with their parents—and get ready to shed a few tears.

Lighthearted Tunes

Let’s face it—dancing with your parent on your wedding day can be quite an emotional experience. Looking to keep things light and fun? Try one of these songs.

  • “My Girl” by The Temptations
  • “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
  • “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison

Cool Covers

For the couple looking for an alternative option, we suggest a cover of a classic! Your parents will cherish that you played a song they recognize, and you’ll love hearing the tune by an artist you follow.

  • “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Frankie Vallie Cover)” by Lauryn Hill
  • “Stand By Me (Ben E King Cover)” by Matt Johnson


Classics are classics for a reason—they never go out of style! For a traditional take, try one of these.

  • “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
  • “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III
  • “You Are So Beautiful To Me” by Joe Cocker
  • “Daddy’s Little Girl” by Al Martino
  • “Into The Mystic” – Van Morrison
  • “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra
  • “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” – Rod Stewart

Modern Melodies

If you didn’t get the chance to see Camilla Cabello perform her song, “First Man” at the 2020 Grammy awards, watch the above video and get ready to dance to this with the important father figure in your life. Loving the idea of a modern song for your first dance with your parent? Check out the below tracks.

  • “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth
  • “Daughters” by John Mayer
  • “Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey
  • “Everything” – Michael Buble

Country Hits

Not only does “I Loved Her First” by Heartland make a great country ballad to dance to with your parent, but DJ Brian B says it’s his most popular child-parent dance song by far. “This is on more than 50% of my playlists,” he explains. Thinking about blasting a country hit? Check out the below.

  • “Stealing Cinderella” by Chuck Wicks
  • “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
  • “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
Need more wedding music inspiration? Check out DJ Brian B and Jordan Kahn Music Company!
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