Unexpected and Non-traditional Parent Dance Songs

The parent dance is an ideal time to have some fun and think outside the box. Songs should be chosen carefully and represent the relationship. Or, you could throw that out the window and go with something you like and is unexpected for your guests. Meg Keene, the author of the fabulous A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, has blogged an awesome list of unexpected parent dance songs compiled from feedback in the field. I've taken her suggestions and combined them with some of my own. Songs for thought!

  1. “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty
  2. “Still Fighting It” by Ben Folds
  3. “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Randy Newman
  4. “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram 
  5. “Little Willow” by Paul McCartney
  6. “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  7. “Rainbow Connection” by The Muppets (or Jason Mraz or The Carpenters or Willie Nelson)
  8. “You’ve Got A Friend” by Carole King
  9. If I Should Fall Behind” by Bruce Springsteen
  10. “Not Even The King” by Alicia Keys
  11. “Child Of Mine” by Carole King
  12. “Watch Them Grow” by Zach Gill
  13. My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
  14. "Sweet Pea" by Amos Lee
  15. "You've Got A Friend" by James Taylor
  16. "Forever Young" by The Pretenders (or Rod Stewart or Bob Dylan)
  17. "Tupelo Honey" by Van Morrison
  18. "Kind And Generous" by Natalie Merchant