August, 2019

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Father-Daughter Dance Songs from the Seventies

Looking back at the seventies we know that it brought us a great variety of music styles, including disco, funk, new wave and classic rock.  This decade also brought us some beautiful father-daughter songs that are often a part of a DJ’s playlist still to this day.  You will notice that Stevie Wonder has two songs that are in this list and most of the time, as a DJ, it is a rule of thumb not to repeat artists even in a list. Well this is one of the exceptions to the rule; there is something about these two songs that have touched the heart of many and not just for father-daughter songs.  Here is the list of the most requested father-daughter songs in this decade.

You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder

In the early seventies Stevie Wonder recorded this sentimental song that brings joy and happiness to any room, maybe that is why it has been popular at weddings ever since.  This father-daughter classic references his love for her and how she is the ‘apple of his eye’, he continues to express how important she is in his life and how he will always be around. What more could a daughter want in a song with their dad?

How Sweet It Is (To be Loved by You) – James Taylor

James Taylor brought us this beautiful song in the mid seventies, confessing that life was boring without her and how much he appreciates their relationship. He even adds how thankful he is to her coming into his life and how she ‘brightened up all of his days.’   The music to this song has a more upbeat tempo than most father-daughter songs which helps fill a room with fun energy, allowing it to be an easy song to dance to with your dad.

Landslide – Fleetwood Mac

Also coming out in the mid seventies is this sweet song, sang by a female singer, it gives a different perspective than most father-daughter songs allowing the daughter to be the one expressing her feelings. She sings about growing through the years, having up and downs, how ‘time makes you bolder’.  She also makes a confession that she’s been afraid of changing because she has built her life around him, what father’s heart wouldn’t melt with those lyrics.

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

In 1976 Stevie Wonder came out with another touching song popular at weddings perfect for a father-daughter dance as he exclaims how pretty, lovely and wonderful his love is for her. Throughout the song he also expresses how happy he is to have her in his life and how she is ‘Truly the angel’s best’. The rhythm to this song is spot on to Stevie Wonder style, it will have your guests swaying to the music and joining in on the dance.

Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel

In the late seventies Billy Joel recorded this song essentially about unconditional love, making it a great choice for a father-daughter dance. The song is done at a slow tempo with a beautiful rhythm that allows the words to be accentuated and enjoyed.  If you are looking for a female version, check out his daughter’s version, Alexa Ray Joel, she does a beautiful rendition of it.

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Father-Daughter Dance Songs from the Oldies

The early fifties and sixties may be a long time ago but that doesn’t mean that you still can’t explore some of the classics that were brought to us in this time.  Here are some of the songs that seem to still stand the test of time when brides are choosing songs to dance with their fathers.

Unforgettable – Nat King Cole

A beautiful song; sang by Nat King Cole back in 1951 which emphasize the importance of the love he fells. However a more popular version of this song for a father-daughter dance would be the remake made by his daughter 1991.  Natalie Cole recorded this long after he father had passed away and thanks to technology she was able to put together a beautiful version of the song that makes it touching for a father-daughter dance.  The remake includes Nat King Cole’s original recording edited and remixed to create a duet with Natalie Cole. 

Come Fly with Me – Frank Sinatra

This swing tune from the fifties is a great for dads that are old-school or even dads that enjoy crooner music.  The upbeat rhythm will have your guests entertained and looking to join on the dance floor, if a shorter song is your fancy than this is also a great pick. If you enjoy the crooner sound but would prefer it to have a newer sound to it, Michael Buble also does a version of this song.

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

This classic sang by Louis Armstrong in the late sixties is all about how beautiful the world feels when you love someone and when they love you back. Father and daughter can find a bonding moment in most of the lyrics showing how children see the world with their parents when they are young, ‘The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky’ or even the bond of how a father feels with his daughter, ‘I hear babies crying, I watch them grow, they’ll learn much more than I’ll never know’.  Love the song but want it more modernized?  This song has been recorded by many artists in the past 60 years, so you will have many versions to choose from, some favorite versions are Rod Stewart to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

My Girl – The Temptations

In the mid sixties the Temptations brought us this catchy Motown song, and even though it is an oldie it is timeless.  If your guests aren’t dancing they will find themselves snapping or clapping along to the music and it is just one of those songs that you can’t help but smile when you hear it. ‘My Girl’ shares lyrics such as ‘I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day’ and ‘I don’t need no money, fortune, or fame’ which make it ideal for any daddy’s girl.

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

This late sixties classic is a great choice for any brown-eyed girl and her father, as it talks about times when life was more simple and how much fun they had. It is important to note that although there is an original version that has a line that refers to ‘making love in the green grass’ you can choose the radio edit version which replaced the line with ‘laughing and a-running, hey, hey’.

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