40 Songs Perfect for Parent Dances

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Parent dances make for an incredibly sweet reception moment that you and your family will cherish forever. You could choose a song with special memories for you or your parent, or just pick one that makes you both boogie! Whatever your mood, International Musicians League (IML) has provided a list of perfect parent dances with meaningful lyrics, from the hip to the classic parents, country to Motown lovers, and the rock 'n rollers! 

Father Daughter Dance
Photo: Amy Aiello Photogrpahy 

Father + Daughter

"My Girl" - The Temptations

"Daughters" - John Mayer

"Isn’t She Lovely" - Stevie Wonder

"Wide Open Spaces" - The Dixie Chicks

"What A Wonderful World" - Louis Armstrong

"You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" - Stevie Wonder

"Landslide" - Fleetwood Mac

"You Are The Best Thing" - Ray Lamontagne

"Brown Eyed Girl" - Van Morrison

"Walking on Sunshine" - Katrina & The Waves

"You Are My Sunshine" - Johnny Cash

"The Best Day" - Taylor Swift

"Swept Away" - The Avett Brothers

"I Hope You Dance" - LeeAnn Womack

"You’ve Got A Friend In Me" - Randy Newman

"L-O-V-E" - Nat King Cole

"Only One" - Kanye West ft. Paul McCartney

"Sweet Pea" - Amos Le

"God Only Knows" - The Beach Boys

"The Way You Look Tonight" - Frank Sinatra

"Your Smiling Face" - James Taylor


Mother + Son

"Wildflowers" - Tom Petty

"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" - Marvin Gaye

"Home" - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

"Just The Way You Are" - Billy Joel

"In My Life" - The Beatles

"Simple Man" - Lynyrd Skynyrd

"September" - Earth, Wind, & Fire

"Can You Feel The Love Tonight" - Elton John

"My Wish" - Rascal Flatts

"A Song for Mama" - Boys II Men

"Stand By Me" - Ben E. King

"Our House" - Phantom Planet

"Happy" - Pharrell

"You Can't Hurry Love" - The Supremes

"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" - The Proclaimers

"Take Me Home, Country Roads" - John Denver

"Ho Hey" - Lumineers

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

"Hold My Hand" - Hootie & The Blowfish

"Just the Two of Us" - Will Smith

"Wagon Wheel" - Old Crowe Medicine Show 

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