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You don’t need to be a father of a little girl for long before you will be attached to certain songs. I’ve created a list of my favorite father-daughter songs below. These songs range from before the birth of a daughter, all the way through the end of a father’s life. I feel they each capture something special about the father-daughter relationship. I’ve given my own thoughts on each song, but I would love to hear your feedback on what these songs mean to you, or other father-daughter songs you think should be on my list of the best father daughter songs.
You can easily get the songs on iTunes with the links provided below.
“I loved Her First” on
When I first heard this song I knew it would be an emotional one for me if I ever had a daughter. And I didn’t have to wait long for that to be a reality. I’m in no hurry for my daughter to grow up and get married, but this song is great at capturing what that moment must feel like, and transports me to what I think the day may be like.
“Butterfly Kisses” on
I remember liking this song when I was growing up, and at the time wasn’t thinking about my own adventures as a parent. But now when I hear it I can’t help but think about the special moments my daughter and I will share. I hope to have something unique we can share, whether it’s a butterfly kiss or anything else.
“Always Be Your Baby” on
I have this song on the list because I want to be the kind of dad portrayed in this song. I think my daughter has my eyes, and so that part also rings true. If I can be a hero for my daughter and any other children my wife and I have, then I will have succeeded as a parent. It’s not something I deserve by default or have any rights to, but it is something I will work for the rest of my life. The “hero” title is not something to be taken lightly as my dad recently described on his own blog, and I hope to be worthy of the title for my children.
“Lullaby (Goodnight my Angel)” on
What I like about this song is that it encapsulates the thought that even after I’m gone, that my “song” could live on. Anyone who knows me knows that won’t be a literal song, but hopefully I will leave an impression on and teach lessons to my children that they will carry with them after I’m gone.
“I saw God Today” on
This song was my first song with my daughter. From the hospital couch where I slept those first couple nights I remember listening to this song and counting my blessings. I remember posting these lyrics from this song on my Facebook account the night after she was born. “…my brand new baby girl, she’s a miracle, I saw God today.” It was how I felt then, and this song will always hold a special place in my heart.
“It Won’t be Like This For Long” on
I loved this song when I first heard it, and when I hear it now I look forward to how my daughter will grow. Time really does go by quickly, and I will do my best to treasure the special moments that come at each age because I know it won’t be like that for long.
“My Little Girl” on
This song I really appreciate as a love song for a daughter. From birth until the day a father has to give his daughter away, this song is also great at capturing the journey of emotions. I dream of being able to raise a daughter I love so much that I will honestly feel no guy will be good enough for her. I’ll have incredibly high standards for whoever that guy will be. So “guy”, if you’re reading this 25ish years down the line, just beware.
Get “Red Robin” on
I think what I love about this song is the recurring theme of “home.” From getting her home as a young girl, to meeting her again one day in our heavenly home, this song really covers from beginning to end. But it also captures some of the memories I hope to make, and how I hope that my daughter grows into a strong Christian woman (Read some of my other hopes and expectations for my daughter).
“A Song For My Daughter” on
This song is specially suited for the day I give my daughter away as a bride. It’s hard to believe that my daughter is already a year old, they really do grow fast, and I can only imagine I will be thinking the same thing many years from now when her big day comes.
Download “Stealing Cinderella” on
I have to admit I’m a little scared of the day my daughter “brings home” a guy for me to meet. While I’m a long way from that day, I imagine I will also feel like the guy is stealing my Cinderella. It’s my job to raise my daughter to bring home a guy worthy of my princess. Talk about a long, uphill battle.
Again, I love my daughter. She is my princess, and if she ever has sisters (heart kinda skipped a beat just writing that), they will be princesses, too. What Steven Curtis Chapman does in this song is express his love for his daughter. I dare any father who loves his daughter to listen to the song and not be touched by the words and story.
“Daddy Dance With Me” on
Perfect for a wedding. Some of the songs on my list are great anytime, and some are probably best suited for a wedding. This one may top them. From nursery rhymes through her big day, this song takes you there. I encourage you to listen and wouldn’t doubt that some of you reading this will use it in on a wedding day.
“King of the World” on
Hard not to tear up with this one either. The imagery is great, and it’s another perfect dance song for a wedding. One reservation for me with the song is that it is very much focused on exalting the dad, and it’s hard for me after this short time to think I could earn a song like this one day. Time will tell.
“Zoe Jane” by Staind on
“Hello World” by Lady Antebellum on
“The World” by Brad Paisley on
“Ballerina Girl” by Lionel Richie
“Your Joy” by Chrisette Michele on
“Daddy’s Baby Girl” By Jimmy Needham on