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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’.